Publisher: Delacorte Press

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

While I appreciate a few of the unique and creative ideas in Gravemaidens, there are a few things that made me pause.  At its bare bones, this is an interesting book with characters that could be loved. But it doesn’t quite get to that raving fan point.  Gravemaidens is a forgettable book, and honestly?  I’m disappointed. In a rare event for me, I let myself wait a day to write this review.  Usually, I’m scheduling these reviews within hours of finishing.  Gravemaidens required some additional thought, because I needed to find the right words to express the weird feeling I had […]

Posted October 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style.  This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well.  There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a lot of pop culture references here, as the book is partially autobiographical.  Morgan Parker also has a great, if subtle, sense of humor that comes through in the constantly-falling-flat jokes.  Nobody in the book seemed to think she was being funny, but I thought […]

Posted September 13, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Once upon a time, there was a princess.  This princess possessed magic, but needed to hide it because her grandfather the king kept people like herself in chains.  She survived for a while living two lives, but then she was discovered, and faced with death or enslavement, the princess made her own choice.  This is the story that Rhea Ravenna hears in the darkness of her attic, and it is a story that will change her life. At the beginning, I loved The Waking Forest.  Alyssa Wees’s writing is a little flowery, but I like that aspect.  Part One weaves between […]

Posted February 27, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight was interesting, and in some ways unique, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t fall in love with it. Echo is discovered as an orphan and taken in by the Avicen – a species of avian humanoids who have feathers instead of hair.  As a pickpocket, Echo wins her way into the hearts of the Avicen through stealing candy for them and through her own natural charm, but to some, she’ll never belong.  When Echo is sent on a secret quest for one of the high council members to find the firebird, she follows her mission […]

Posted January 10, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

I think I need to come to terms with the fact that gaming books are not going to be a great genre for me. And that kills me because I LOVE IT when it’s done right.  But when it’s not… I feel like I spend a lot of time going “you imbecile, NOBODY calls them ‘non-player characters’!!!” or flailing that nobody has a gorram health potion and OMG do writers not research MMORPGs before writing about them please just stop. Otherworld was super frustrating for me.  First of all, I wanted to like it because I like Jason Segel as an […]

Posted February 8, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Hmm. Some mixed feelings on this one?  I’m sort of on the edge of meh, but just curious enough about the plot to continue forward.  That’s weird for me – I’m a character reader, and if I don’t care about any of the characters, then I usually opt out.  Interesting change. 1.  There was a lot of room for incredible world building in this one, but I feel like Dashner fell a bit short.  The characters must have spent half the book in pitch black and after the first time, that got boring.  There’s this whole wasteland of opportunities, but he […]

Posted January 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //