Posts By: Kim

Side Effects May Vary: Review

Side Effects May Vary: Review

I’ll be straight with you. Contemporary is not my favorite genre. With that said, if I am going to read a contemporary novel it means I think there is a strong chance that I will really like it. Side Effects May Vary left me confused, disturbed, irritated, depressed, and angry in turns. I was so bewildered by this story that I am convinced that I simply must have missed the entire point of it. There just has to be something I’m not understanding here. Why would I want to read a book about terrible people, who are terrible to each other, and who exhibit extremely minimal amounts of personal growth throughout? Truly, I do not understand. Perhaps this is my fault. I thought the sort of repercussions Alice would be dealing with would be things like telling someone you love them because time has run out only to discover that… Read more »

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Half Bad: Review

Half Bad: Review

Well, I guess I can be excited because Half Bad taught me something new: I’m not a fan of second person present tense narration. The first 20 pages are written as such and I found myself incredibly distanced. I had to quickly skim ahead a bit to check that this did not continue throughout and, whew! Bullet dodged! We switch to first person present but, sadly, I didn’t find that much better. There is a lot of “I do this. Nothing happens. I feel this. Character appears. She performs action. I perform action.” No, literally. Just substitute in the sparse verbs and adjectives and that is how it reads. The writing style is very choppy and disjointed and only further served the distancing I initially felt. Also, I think that you should be aware that the first 40% of this book is flashback filling in on Nathan’s backstory leading up… Read more »

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Crown of Midnight: Review

Crown of Midnight: Review

Help. I’m drowning in a river of feels. If you enjoyed Throne of Glass, prepare to be completely bowled over by Crown of Midnight. For me, Throne of Glass was “just” a 3.5, but this installment blew me away. Everything about CoM is more. More action, more badassery from Celaena, more world building, more villains, more mystery, more magic, and more romance. The plot ascends to the next level. There are so many twists and turns. There’s magic, romance, betrayal, adventure, absolute heartbreak, and death. I can’t believe one book contains so much awesome. And even though the two biggest twists can be seen from miles ahead, the story is so engrossing, the plot so intricate, and the characters so easy to care for that I didn’t even mind. This book took me on an emotional thrill ride. My heart went from soaring to absolutely devastated. No, really. Devastated. There… Read more »

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Alienated: Review Discussion + Giveaway

Alienated: Review Discussion + Giveaway

Hi all! Since Kate and Wendy had so much fun with the discussion review for Secret, we’re doing it again with Alienated! Unlike Secret, though, our feelings turned out rather mixed. A surprise to all three of us since almost everyone we know seems to love it. Come along as we discuss! ~ Kim Kim: Oh man, I was so sure I was going to love this. I’d been eagerly anticipating this book for months. I’m a huge fan of the “emotionally closed off/stoic partner gently breaks down through love” thing, as well as paranormal romance. Unfortunately, there was a lot that was just…off with Alienated. Wendy: Baa baa black sheep. I’m gently butting the two of you in our pen. Kate: Yeah… It wasn’t what I’d expected, based on the blurb. Kim: To start off with, I really didn’t care for either main character. I actually like that Cara… Read more »

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An Evening with David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell: Event Recap + Giveaway!

An Evening with David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Last Sunday, I weathered the frigid winds and freezing roads to arrive at the lovely and charming Children’s Book World in Haverford, Pennsylvania. All for the love of books, my friends. I was truly beyond thrilled to attend this incredible author event: David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell all in one room, reading to us from their works. This is the very first author event I have ever attended (yes, in my life! what??) and it could not have been more fun! It was an absolutely packed house. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and I soon understand why.  All three authors were absolute delights. David Levithan was hilarious and had us laughing all night (seriously!). Lucy Christopher was endearingly gracious and lovely. And Rainbow Rowell was so fun, and down to earth, and just plain cool. We began with David Levithan talking about and reading from Two Boys… Read more »

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: Review And Giveaway

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: Review And Giveaway

While I enjoyed this book overall, I couldn’t escape the gnawing feeling that there was something missing here for me. Were my expectations too high? Maybe. Perhaps it was unfair to read this so soon after I finished the very excellent Eternity Cure. The premise here is exciting and original. I was positively shaking in terror throughout the first chapter. Unfortunately, that was the only real sense of danger I felt throughout the rest of the reading experience. There were some tense moments, sure, but I never felt as completely drawn into the world as I did in that first chapter. The pacing is easily the weakest part of Coldtown. It felt like nothing of real consequence or importance happened throughout the entire middle portion. If this were a shorter book, or more tightly plotted, it would have been more effective and enjoyable. Still, there are enough moments of atmospheric… Read more »

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Red Rising: Review

Red Rising: Review

Oh, Red Rising. Where do I even start with you? There were many “What in the world?!?” moments throughout this reading (that’s a good thing). This is essentially “Dystopian, eugenic, Capture the Flag on Mars”. For real. I did a lot of creepy, evil smiling throughout. What can I say? This book served to further chill the cockles of my cold, dark heart, and I just loved it for that. This is a story for readers who, like me, are fascinated by these questions: What happens when your enemy becomes your friend? What happens when you become your enemy? I’ve kept this as free of plot points as possible. The less you know about what is going on and what is going to happen the better. I wouldn’t want to deny you a single one of those jaw dropping moments. I am absolutely horrified by the world of Red Rising… Read more »

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