I hate spending time reading about the plot of a book on review sites - just tell me, Did you like it or not?

Friday, January 31, 2014


Mitosis (Reckoners #1.5)


ebook, 35 pages
Published Dec. 3, 2013 by Delacorte Press

A short story in the universe of the Epics and Reckoners - this could have been a chapter or two in the next book, but it's a nice taste for people who loved the first book and can't wait for the next to come out.

I am one of those people.

Quick paced and full of action, Mitosis will not disappoint. I am quickly becoming a Brandon Sanderson fan.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains)


320 pages
Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

This is the payback I get for not reading the reviews and "blurb" before reading a book. I thought I was being all brave and stuff for picking up this on the fly. NO!

I got to page 60 before I shut the book. It had wildly, wildly inappropriate content for teens!!! Porn on a page. Awful. I wish I could give it 0 stars. My brain "eyes" are bleeding!

Even if the porn wasn't there, I'd still give it one star because the writing was below sub-par. I was skimming paragraphs because it was all just atrocious. Terrible.

Please, don't read this book. There are so many other worthwhile and better written books out there.
Rant over.

Monday, January 27, 2014


Redwall (Redwall #1)

Published Sept. 4, 2006 by Red Fox (first published 1986)
A cute book about bravery and fortitude, but there are just sooo many books in this series that I got a bit overwhelmed and decided not to read anymore.

Plus I don't know if I could get down with reading about mice and other little animals all the time. Kids would definitely like this.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride (Summer Island #2)

I wasn't overly thrilled with this book, but it was a sweet story without all the yucky sex scenes. A bit of an unbelievable plot, with the main characters falling in love the moment they see each other - call me jaded, but it usually doesn't happen that way. I guess that's why it's a "romance" book - the idealized version of love.

I was a little bugged by the blatant use of puppies and knitting and cooking in the book - it was as if the author thought of three things that women love and stuck them in the book to appeal to the widest range. I'm surprised that kittens and rainbows did not make an appearance, although reading in front of a sunset did (which is my personal favorite). See! It caught me, too!

Doubt I'll read another one in the series. But it was a good experiment.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

When in Doubt, Add Butter

When in Doubt, Add Butter


2 stars

338 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Press 

I wasn't a fan of this book - at all. It was too saccharine for my tastes. Harbison tries to grit it up by liberally showering the f-bomb throughout the book. So tacky.

And let's talk about how horrifically predictable it was. I had the entire book laid out from start to finish with the first mention of Mr. Tuesday.

So why did I actually finish the thing - in one day, at that? Hmmm ... Despite all the negative crap contained within those pages, there was something about the writing that caught me and wouldn't let go - like a fly caught on one of those sticky fly tape trap things. It was - I don't want to say addicting - but it sort of was. Harbison definitely has writing talent. She just needs work on her imagination - plot and vocabulary specifically.

I can't honestly recommend this book to my friends because of the bad language. And I probably won't pick up anymore of Harbison's books, either. Life's too short to waste on bad books.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Cry of the Icemark

The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1)


Published May 1, 2006 by Chicken House (first published Dec. 31, 1999) 
This wasn't an awful book. But I am not going to read the rest of the series, though, because it wasn't a great book. Bland and forgettable. Just like this review.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Boy at the End of the World

The Boy at the End of the World


224 pages
Published June 21, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 
I started this book, then put it aside for a while to read another book. I guess that says something for the story.

While it was an interesting concept - an engineered boy waking up after thousands of years since the extinction of man - I just couldn't quite engage in the story. Mostly because it was a little-disguised environmental lecture. I love nature, yet I don't like being told that I'm an evil villain because I drive my kids to school.

I give this three solid stars because the writing was actually quite witty. There were even some places where I laughed out-loud ... Hello!

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Dark Shore

The Dark Shore (The Atlanteans #2)


Published May 21, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Lost Code

The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1)


Published May 22, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books

I'm wavering between a 2.5 and a 3 star rating.

The first couple of chapters were fantastic. I couldn't believe how gripping they were - kid at a summer camp drowns, but doesn't drown. Cool stuff happens to his body that allow him to breathe underwater.

But after he figures that whole body thing out and he finds some friends, the story kind of stalls. It picks back up toward the very end of the book with some major discoveries, but the previous lackluster story dulled the heightened tension. I really had to push through the "blah" to get to the "yah!"

I must say, though, that Kevin Emerson knows how to write a good bad guy.

There is some gore and swearing and allusions to teen sex.

I may read the next in the series. We'll see.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Code (Virals #3)


3.5 stars

408 pages
Published March 7, 2013 by Young Arrow

I am an avid "Bones" fan - I love that TV show! And if you are, too, this book is hand-picked for you. Especially if you like YA, adventure and murder mysteries. I wouldn't be surprised if this book made its way to the small screen - it's right in line with the premise and execution of the TV show.

The reason I docked it 1.5 stars, though, is that I was hoping for more use and development of the Virals' powers. That was touched on, yes, but the Gamemaster story overshadowed that aspect. I especially wanted some insight into the other 3 members of the pack and their individual development of their powers. Readers are still unsure exactly what they can do - just general information is provided.

Despite that, I am infinitely grateful for this series. I am guaranteed an entertaining and thrilling story without all the swearing and sex and gore of adult fiction. The mother/son team of Kathy and Brendan Reichs is definitely talented and engaging. They know how to write great YA fiction.

Keep 'em coming, please! I'll be waiting.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Resist (Breathe #2)


2.5 stars

368 pages
Published Oct. 8, 2013 by Greenwillow Books

I'm being very generous with the 2.5 star rating. I really wanted to give it a 2-star, but the ending was happy-ish, and you know how much I like happy endings.

The reasons for my "meh" inclinations are many:

1. Too many main characters. It took me half the book to actually figure out what was going on and who was who again. I had read the first book, Breathe, when it first came out and got this one as soon as I could, but it was tough for me to remember exactly who everyone was - there were way too many main characters to make the sequel easy to read. It it did not help that each chapter was from the viewpoint of each of those multiple characters. It was so hard to keep track!

2. Too many loose ends. What happened to Niamh? The other members of the Ministry? The other members of Sequoia? Or Vanya? What were the oxyboxes?

3. The writing was blah. There was also some swearing, supposedly to add some spice to the bland writing.

4. The characters were blah. Nobody grew much really. All that apparently happened in the first book. This book was not character driven at all. It was all focused on ...

5. The plot, which was also blah. Overthrow the Ministry. Start growing plants. Booooring.

6. There needed to be an Epilogue - from at least 20 years in the future - so we the readers could see how everything turned out and how the environment had changed.

So all in all, a solid blah effort.