Posts Categorized: 3 star books

Scan: Review + Giveaway

Scan: Review + Giveaway

So one way to succinctly summarize Scan is “Junior MacGyver vs. the Aliens.” Okay, there is more to it than that, but that is the basic gist. We follow the adventures of Tate Archer as he unwittingly unleashes a secret and powerful alien horde on his family. Kids these days! For me, the strongest point of the book was the characterization. For being a MacGyver-level, 11 language speaking, hacker, chemistry genius, Tate comes off as a normal teenage boy. He makes some really dumb (but understandable) mistakes. Sometimes he says the wrong things to his girlfriend, Christina. Perhaps he was even too normal in some ways. At the very beginning of the book Tate’s POV is just so obnoxiously male. He berates himself for being “a pussy.” His thoughts and the way he looks at Christina occasionally rove toward “leer” territory, but is balanced by how much you can tell that Tate really loves… Read more »

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Heaven’s Queen: Review

Heaven’s Queen: Review

So here’s the deal: Heaven’s Queen is fine. If you enjoyed where the series seemed to be heading in book two, if you think Rupert and Devi are interesting together, if you don’t particularly care for the parts of the story where Devi fights in her robot suit… You’ll like this book. It will seem fitting and appropriate, you will be warm and happy, and you’ll agree with the majority of readers on Goodreads, where it currently has a rating over four stars. What follows will contain minor spoilers for the previous books in this series. If you started this series because you were interested in a story about a badass female mercenary who unapologetically sleeps around (you know, a man in every port and all that), and who fights in an awesome robot suit, you may come out of it feeling a little bit betrayed. Devi’s not a character… Read more »

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Stolen Songbird: Review

Stolen Songbird: Review

This is a beautifully written book, with strong characterization, a beautifully eerie and atmospheric fantasy world, and an interesting political climate to explore. And yet, I thought its heart skipped a beat or two. The world building is solid and engaging. I felt wholly transported to this silvery, dark world. A place of shadow with a only a sliver of the sun or the moon ever reaching it. Even the small portion of the book spent Earth-side has a clear and vibrant brightness to it, a cheery farm town feel. I did find I kept getting distracted by the name of the world: Trollus. I kept seeing “Troll us” and asking myself, “Is the author trying to…troll us?!” I think a little bit, yeah? The tone and mood are similarly matched to the dark and magical feel of Trollus. There is a sumptuousness to this world full of stylish grace, courtly manners,… Read more »

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The Nethergrim: review

The Nethergrim: review

The Nethergrim is an enjoyable middle-grade fantasy by first time author Matthew Jobin. It tells of the adventure of three outsiders: Edmund, the son of an innkeeper, who spends what little money he saves on books of spells, legends, and histories; Katherine, the daughter and only child of the Lord’s master of horses, who should be learning how to be a lady but instead is riding horses and wielding swords; and Tom, an orphan slave, who serves as shepherd to an abusive farmer. They live in Moorvale, a village akin to one you might find in the medieval times. It’s all very primeval and gothic. Mysterious things have been happening: lost animals, missing children, and whispers of an old terrifying tale more suppressed than forgotten. You see, the town of Moorvale owes its existence to three heroes: Tristan, the greatest knight that ever lived; Vithric, the greatest wizard that ever… 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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Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2): review

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2): review

Rebel Spring is the much anticipated second installment in Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms series. Right where we left off: Princess Cleo’s kingdom has been conquered, King Gaius has won. Jonas is the leader of a rebel group. Prince Magnus is at his father’s side and Princess Lucia is trapped in her magically-induced slumber. As Rhodes made clear in Falling Kingdoms, this is not a fantasy novel of war, power, and magic sugar-coated for its young readers. She doesn’t skip over brutality — in fact, she seems to relish in it. Her world truthfully depicts the heinous and cruel acts of battle…and in turn, its consequences. The good thing: this is highly readable. It’s an easy story to get into and it has enough grit to suck you in. It’s a pretty thick book but pages fly and the story takes you for a ride. The characters are also mostly likeable…. Read more »

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Endless review

Endless review

Title: EndlessAuthor: Amanda GrayRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: October 8, 2013Publisher: Month9BooksAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher I read “time travel” and “Romanov Russia” in this novel’s synopsis and thought this book must have been written for me…because let me tell you, I have quite the fascination with the last ruling royal family of Imperial Russia. A revolution, an assassination, an escaped princess whose body was never found? That is the stuff of my childself’s imagination. (Also, this is one of my favorite movies of all time — judge me.) In fact, I’ve immersed myself so much that I can recite the particular characteristics of each sister, so finding out that Gray centers on my personal favorite grand duchess just blew me out of the water. That is where it ends, however, because Endless is an occasionally effective mystery book, an at-best adequate suspense story and a… Read more »

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