Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
4.5 Stars , Reviews / March 24, 2016

Paperback Release Update: The paperback of Ink and Bone will be released on April 5, 2016   For those of you that missed my review originally, I absolutely LOVED this book! And now to celebrate the paperback release on April 5th, 2016, I have giveaway share for Throwback Thursday! If you haven’t read the book yet, you can read all the reasons I love it in my review. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below! It’s a great chance to catch up on the series before the second book comes out this summer.   Ink and Bone is an addictive, intense read that shares a love for books with the reader.  In the world of Ink and Bone, knowledge can sometimes be viewed as a virus, if left to spread, it can cause corruption. So, what do you do with something infectious? You try to contain and control it. That is what The Great Library does. All physical books are possessed and controlled by the Great Library (does that sound “great” to you??). Owning books is illegal. Like, very illegal. There are automatons that will seek out and destroy not just people caught in possession of a book, but any…

Audiobook Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
3 Stars , Reviews / February 9, 2016

So here it is. A review that I am disappointed to be writing because I just couldnt bring myself to love this book that so many others have loved. I will forewarn you, I may sound like a jerk in spots. But, my reaction is what it is, so I will share it with you anyway. There’s bound to be readers out there that will have a similar experience as I did, though many will have the same reaction as the reviewers that have written glowing reviews for this one. In case you haven’t gathered already, I went into Six of Crows with high hopes. A number of reviewers that tend to have similar taste as me really enjoyed this one (and rightfully on their part!). However, I think I had a different experience with it. I can’t say the book is without its merits, but I can say that it might not have been the best choice for me. Ultimately what failed to work for me was the characters and their relationships (especially the romantic relationships, oh my holy ANGST. Serious amounts of ANGST. And I can do angst, but evidently I can’t do ANGST). In a book like…

Audiobook Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
4 Stars , Reviews / September 14, 2015

I was quite intrigued by the description of this book, but when I heard the audiobook clip, I pushed it to the must read (listen) list. The narration in this book is more of a production than just simply reading. Don’t get me wrong, it is not overdone, but there is mood music in places, sound effects in the background whenever we are listening to a  recorded session, little details added. Also, this a book with a good amount of emotion and panic, so the narrator had to crank it up to really get that level of turmoil and desperation across. Despite hearing this was a very visual book, I absolutely don’t feel I missed anything with the audio version, actually, this is one of those cases where I think the performance probably heightened my experience with the story. The Dead House is a haunting and desperate tale of two girls residing in a single body. Carly Johnson comes out during the day, Kaitlyn Johnson comes alive at night. The girls are both different and almost defined by the time of day they are in control. Carly is nice and sweet and everything made of light. Kaitlyn is impulsive and daring,…

Review: Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
4 Stars , Reviews / July 25, 2015

Half a War is certainly a good conclusion to the Shattered Sea series. The larger story arc that spans all three books come to an intriguing ending. We also get characters and stories unique to this book. I think it is an interesting way this trilogy was done. Each book focuses on a different set of characters and their individual stories, while the bigger picture story is told through out. It brings fresh perspectives (and characters) to each book, as well as keeping in touch with many of the familiar ones. King Uthil and Grom-gil-Gorm are in open rebellion against the high king.  Yarvi and his apprentice Koll are helping to steer the tides of war. Koll becomes one of our POVs for Half a War. He’s conflicted between two obligations, of which he needs to choose and commit to one. Life as a minister, where he can help shape the world and influence kings. Or, a life with the girl he loves. We are introduced to another strong female POV in this book. While Thorn asserted her strength in a physical way, Skara’s strength is in her wits and wisdom (which seem well beyond her young years). Skara is faced with…

Graphic Novel Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
4 Stars , Reviews / June 16, 2015

Anya’s Ghost is a wonderful young adult graphic novel that both entertains and contains some important life lessons. There’s also some wonderful humor were it pokes fun at some stereotypical YA story lines. Anya, like so many people, feels like she just doesn’t fit in. She has one close friend at her private school, and there’s some fun angsty type humor between the two of them. Anya is very self conscious. She’s embarrassed by her family, her name, her Russian heritage. She’s just not happy and honestly, that makes her like most kids out there. And then, just to make things worse for her, she falls down a well and is stuck there for two days. This could be horrific for any one, but turns out she was not completely alone down that well. She picks up a new companion, the ghost of a girl that died down that very well a long time ago. When she is rescued, the ghost comes with her. Anya quickly learns both the advantages and disadvantages of having a ghostly companion. They work together to figure out how to make their situation work and Anya starts delving into the mystery of her ghost’s death. It is sweet and…

Audiobook Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
4 Stars , Reviews / May 25, 2015

In Stolen Songbird, there is a race of individuals, trolls, that have been cursed to remain confined to their city, Trollus, below the Forsaken Mounts. A witch cast this curse 5 centuries ago, so the humans above rely on rumors and folklore for knowledge of trolls. And lets just say, there is nothing very favorable known or mentioned about either trolls or Trollus. I mean, they are trolls, they live underground, and have been cursed to stay there for 500+ years. The witch likely did the human race a favor. So, imagine the horror when Cécile is abducted, ripped from her current life, to be sold to the trolls. It would be frightening enough to be taken from your current life by force, but then to be taken to a strange underground city, lacking all of the natural beauty and sun and stars of your world, to be sold to these fearsome creatures would be an even worse nightmare. And to top it off, they expect her to marry one, their prince. When little girls dream of growing up to become a princess, it is usually not via marring an underground troll prince. I really enjoyed this one. It is a a sweet…

Review: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
3.5 Stars , Reviews / March 24, 2015

It’s been years since I read the Poison Study trilogy and I honestly did not expect another book in the series. I have not read the other books in the Ixia series and so am not sure how that may or may not impact this one. Since this is considered a Poison Study book, I would assume that skipping the others is fine. Shadow Study does a great job of dropping bits of information for people like me that had not read the series in a while. It helped refresh my memory on events and characters, while I did not remember much, I never felt lost. I don’t read YA all that often, but every once in a while, it can be a nice change of pace, particularly when I am reading some longer, darker epic fantasies. This was no different, it’s a book I would categorize as a comfort read. While Valek may be an assassin, the reader is slightly more removed from the darker edges of the story, making it a lighter read. There’s really no gore or grimness even if there can be some dark parts. I think that’s why I read these books to be honest, even…

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
4 Stars , Reviews / February 2, 2015

Not all covers are created equal, in my opinion, and I have to confess to being in love with this one. Pair that with a great experience reading Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and it was just a matter of time before I broke down to read, or rather, listen to this one as well. A modern day fairy tale featuring a girl named Hazel who strives to be knight, playing with her brother Ben in what she believes to be a world of make believe with makeshift swords and attire. But what kind of fairytale would this be if everything remained pretend? We hear of a mysterious horned boy who sleeps in a glass coffin in the woods. Teenagers whose pranks and antics are unable to rouse or disturb him, unable to pierce or shatter the glass that contains him. A changeling that has been kept by the human family that discovered him. The book skips timelines, making the reader piece together the story with the bits and pieces they are given. And with Hazel as a narrator, the story may be a bit skewed. We learn about Hazel’s personality a bit, her penchant for kissing boys, her childhood spent with…

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
5 Stars , Reviews / April 27, 2014

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie is exactly the type of YA book I have been waiting to find. It’s no secret, that Abercrombie is one of my favorite authors, so I was hopeful, but still wasn’t sure what to expect. In this book, Abercrombie does not compromise or dampen his story for a younger crowd. When things get dark and violent, so does the book. The detail may be a little less than his other books (maybe? Well, there’s no Glokta, but yeah, there is still violence), but Yarvi experiences some grim, dark times and those are not skipped over at all, the reader gets to see it all. And of course, it wouldn’t be an Abercrombie book if there wasn’t just the right amount of dark humor interspersed to help counter the darkness. Another thing I really appreciate about this book is that it does not have an overwhelming romance. I know there are other YA books that don’t, but often, that is my gripe. I enjoy everything about the story but some sudden obsessive love interest. Not at all the case here. Also, for those readers who found Abercrombie’s other books slower to get into, I think you…