Posts Categorized: 3.5 star books

Love Is the Drug: Review

Love Is the Drug: Review

I’ve had my eye on Love Is the Drug since I first heard of it. I haven’t read Alaya Dawn Johnson’s first young adult novel, The Summer Prince – a post-apocalyptic novel set in Brazil that features queer relationships – but it’s been on my to-read list for awhile. (Peyton, however, has a great review of The Summer Prince here on GoodReads. Check it out!) Anyway, I figured Love Is the Drug would be catnip for me. I love post-(or almost-but-not-quite) apocalyptic fiction. I love fiction about bioterrorism. And I love YA fiction that features diverse characters. Also also, I will happily read anything that is sold as “such and such meets Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.” Thank you, I will take two of those. And on that front, Love Is the Drug did not disappoint. Refer to the blurb once again; it is absolutely all of these things. It is def fiction about… Read more »

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Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer: review

Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer: review

No spoilers if you haven’t read this series yet. Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer brings everything full circle in the final installment of the Elemental series.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Michael, the responsible oldest Merrick brother, and it’s great that we finally get his story after seeing him take care of his brothers for the past couple of years. As with the titular Secret, sacrifice is a big theme in this book as the boys suffer life-changing losses, both physical and emotional. Michael’s on his own for much of the story, as he’s literally isolated himself from his brothers and his girlfriend Hannah after an explosive opening chapter. I love Michael’s strength, I love his steadfast loyalty, and I love that he looks past what people aren’t saying to understand what they really mean. As always, I also love the scenes when the boys use their powers to… Read more »

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A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

This book had me grinning like a fool within the first several pages (Buffy references?? Yes, please!) and kept the good feels coming all the way through. This is a very sweet story about two really good people who deserve to be together. It should be simple, right? They like each other, they have mutual interests and classes, and many friends/others are rooting for them. And yet it’s not simple at all. We are often our own worst enemy and this story proves that more than most. At its best this book is a funny, sweet and heartwarming examination of how our own perceived troubles and insecurities can get in the way of actual happiness. And what we can do about it. There are fourteen POV characters, none of whom are the couple in question. Each brings their own personalities and perspectives to the relationship. Not all are cheerleaders but… Read more »

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Child of a Hidden Sea: Review

Child of a Hidden Sea: Review

This is the story of a lost girl. Both literally and figuratively. Sophie is adrift in the course of her life, stuck in that sort of early 20s purgatory, and living in the shadow of her adopted family’s academic genius. On a mission to track down her birth mother Sophie gets more than she bargained for when accidentally stumbles upon on an assassination attempt with people from another world. When Sophie accidentally travels back with them she discovers there’s more to her history than she ever thought possible. I enjoyed the plot. The political machinations and the mysteries at the heart of the story are twisty-turny and thoroughly absorbing.   This is fun political fantasy. And even though this is actually an adult book it has such a spirited MG feel. It’s a high seas adventure! There are pirates! And magic! There are even moments of grotesque horror akin to the… Read more »

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Half a King: Review

Half a King: Review

So here is your standard “disgraced underdog hero goes on an epic journey of self discovery to reclaim what is his by rights” coming of age story. What elevates Half a King above the standard? This is not the black and white world of high fantasy. The whole book has an overwhelming gray feeling. Gray in atmosphere and gray in morality. It takes place in a Viking-like world with little magic. A politically minded fantasy, there are plots upon plots and layers of conspiracy to uncover. Betrayal after betrayal happen and the twists keep coming until the very last page. This is gritty and grim low fantasy, but it never feels hopeless. The characterization is superb. As the younger son of the king, considered “half a man” for having a half formed hand (thus unable to fight in the strong warrior culture), Yarvi is easily relatable. A strong gift for… Read more »

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The Falconer: Review Discussion

The Falconer: Review Discussion

  Being the fantasy loving gals that we are, Kate and I both devoured this one last month. And now here we are to bring our thoughts to you! I’m not normally a huge fan of steampunk or faery stories, but Kate likes both. We ended up enjoying this one just the same, though. Intriguing! Do join us as we discuss the reasons why.     Kim: I rather enjoyed this one. I don’t often go for steampunk, and I really don’t care for faery stories so the fact that I liked this as much as I did should go to show for something. I mean, there are mechanical spiders that will stitch you up. That’s fucking awesome. Kate: I tend to like steampunk as a general rule–not, like, the cosplay or whatever, because it seems exhausting, but I love being able to read historically-set novels that can contain modern… Read more »

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Review: The Forever Song

Review: The Forever Song

This review is spoiler free. All spoilers have been hidden behind a spoiler tag. Vampires are my favorite. They have been my favorite since I watched the very first episode of Buffy  premiere  at the tender age of 10. It’s been a lifelong love affair ever since. I don’t care about trends or vampires being played out or whathaveyou. I will always love them and will always want to read books about them. I just loved that the Blood of Eden series was about a kickass vampire girl who was not afraid to feel. I loved that she was so strong yet allowed herself to be so vulnerable. I was a super fan of the romantic element from the beginning and I rooted for Allie and Zeke the entire way. Of course, The Eternity Cure ended in such heartbreak. I knew there were only so many realistic ways the plot… Read more »

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