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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Crown of Embers

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)


Published September 18th 2012 by Greenwillow Books

The first half of the book was booooring. It took me forever to get through it. Slog, slog, slog.

Once I got through that though, it picked up. But then that part went way too fast. Why couldn't Carson skip the lame stuff and concentrate on pacing the good stuff? The final "battle" was like a page long, maybe two.

Don't know if I'm going to read the third in this series.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Valkyrie Rising

Valkyrie Rising (Valkyrie #1)


4 stars

352 pages

Published Oct. 9, 2012 by HarperTeen

An interesting book about a subject not written about often. Especially in a YA genre.

I didn't know a lot about the Norse legends and myths and this was a good introduction. I'm familiar with Odin and Loki (from the movie Thor), but the Valkyries were mostly new.

I enjoyed the pacing and the writing. The main character was a bit too whiny for me at first, but she got better. Especially when she discovered her powers.

I'll probably read the next one in the series. There's enough room for a sequel, but it's not necessary. This is a standalone book.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs #1)


5 stars

249 pages
Published 1912 by Hodder & Stoughton
It is rare that I give 5 stars, but this adorable book deserves it. I believe this is one of the sweetest books I've ever read. It's witty and cute, and although it's written back in the early 20th century, it still is pertinent to today. I loved it.

I recommend to everyone! It's a quick read and you'll be a better person for reading it.

How many books can you say that about?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)


After reading Gail Carriger's adult Parasol Protectorate books, I thought I'd give her YA ones a try. This one didn't disappoint, although there was a bit less adventure contained within its pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, characters, and the plot. Mostly the writing. Exquisite vocabulary usage.

Completely YA appropriate - no swearing, sex or other ickiness. I may be checking out the next in the series.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around (PERSEFoNE #1)


Published Aug. 28, 2012 by HarperCollins (first published Jan. 1, 2012)

Non-stop action and suspense coupled with computers and hackers and conspiracies! What a combination! I am definitely going to be reading the next in the series to see where it goes. Great book.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dust Girl

Dust Girl (The American Fairy #1)

Published June 26, 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published Jan. 1, 2012)
Meh. Not a great book. I think its first mistake was pairing the Great Depression/Dust Bowl with Fairies. Not a good match. It's like that awful movie a while ago - "Cowboys and Aliens." No amount of Daniel Craig-ness could pull that one out of the gutter. 

This book wasn't quite that bad, but it was sure weird. Weird. Weird. Some things just shouldn't be paired.
Will not be reading anymore in the series.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

Published July 1, 2007 by Harper Teen
This was a solid 3+ star book. I enjoyed it!

It's about a girl, who is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, who refuses to embrace her "destiny" as a medium who talks to dead people. But one ghost refuses to be denied.
I liked Sparrow. It's not often that a character is fully fleshed out in a teen fiction book. They are usually flat, flat, flat. Oh! I love Edward! or Oh! I'm so angst-y! or Oh! I have to fight to survive!

Sparrow actually had a range of emotions!

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Moon Riders

The Moon Riders (Moon Riders #1)


Published Oct. 31, 2006 by Harper Teen (first published Feb. 6, 2003)

I have given up on this book. It's just not my style and a bit boring and sloooow. The only reason I gave it two stars is that it's not a bad book, I just can't get into it. I gave it a good try though - made it halfway before going on to other books.

If you are into the Battle of Troy and the legend of the Amazons, then you should give this a go.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Heat Wave

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1)

Published Sept. 29, 2009 by Hyperion

Monday, February 3, 2014



4 stars

47 pages
Published July 14, 2010 by Tor Books (first published Dec. 17, 2008)

Another Brandon Sanderson short story. This one is set in the far future in space - about a guy who is an absolute failure as a military tactician.

Fantastic moral at the end - with a bit of a Twilight Zone-ish twist. Loved it.