Genre: Supernatural

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I’ve only read one other V. E. Schwab book (A Darker Shade of Magic) and loved it.  Schwab has a way of wrapping her reader up slowly in her stories, until you’re so tangled you have no choice but to dig deeper for the dark secret at the center of the novel.  It’s a beautiful thing, really.  Thank goodness her books aren’t as long as George R. R. Martin’s, or we’d all be ensnared for life. Victor Vale is a great character.  He is beyond confident – Vale is resolute.  There were a few passages that set off red flags […]

Posted September 3, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

This isn’t a mermaid book. I guess that shouldn’t come as a big surprise to me since it never explicitly promises mermaids?  I think I read a couple reviews that implied there would be mermaids…  but I just want to get this out of the way in case anyone else is wondering – nope, no mermaids in this book.  Also, that wasn’t a bad thing. What this book is about, is a myth about Atlantis. Therefore, this review will require GIFs from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Which also has no mermaids. Teardrop starts with a car accident. In this accident, Eureka loses her […]

Posted December 10, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan is in love, but Lena’s counting down her remaining days. Nothing ever happens in Gatlin.  It’s the same sleepy town with the same sleepy people and their Civil War reenactments and cheerleading squads.  Nothing happens in Gatlin… until Lena Duchannes moves to town.  Suddenly, the weather gets worse than “just” hurricane season and suddenly everyone has their eyes on the mysterious Ravenwood Manor, and Ethan falls in love. For Lena, the notoriety is the last thing she wants.  She just wants to be a normal girl and have friends and go to school.  Her birthday draws ever nearer and […]

Posted October 23, 2017 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

  Usually I am a “books before movies” kinda gal, but I watched the first three seasons of True Blood plus some before picking up the first Sookie Stackhouse book.  Fortunately, the long haul with the Harry Potter series has taught me to view books and films as separate entities, so I appreciate the television show while still loving the book.  This is not to say that there weren’t difference (boy were there differences) but I have learned not to get enraged about them. Sometimes, reading the book after seeing the films/show allows for an added appreciation, and this was […]

Posted August 3, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

  I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this book. Frankly, in YA Fantasy Lit, anything that doesn’t scream “vampire” is a nice respite. So right off the bat, this was a nice break from what is the usual voice in this genre right now. Then enter Chloe, protagonist. I actually liked Chloe, which is strange for me, since I am generally inclined to loathe protagonists (don’t even get me started on Harry Potter…). She’s quirky, but controlled. She’s your typical teenage nerd girl – proud of who she is and dealing with the world in the […]

Posted December 9, 2011 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake by Lisa McMann

  Wake was refreshing as a short book, but even then on some counts it failed to deliver. The characters remained rather flat and a little stereotyped, and really, how many of us are taking Cabel’s sudden and magical transformation very seriously? But if you can get past the stories, McMann’s got a very interesting concept. And Janie’s best friend Carrie? She’s the worst. Getting past the intellectually shallow characters, McMann does have a very interesting concept. There are not a lot of books that delve into the dream world, and even fewer that do so without tying themselves to […]

Posted August 26, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //