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The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu My rating: 2 of 5 stars DISCLAIMER: I received The Lives of Tao as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found at The Title Page I really wanted to like The Lives of Tao, I really did. I have heard nothing but great things about it, and it’s under one of my favorite publishing houses so I was excited...
You made your own bed, and now curse others for putting you there.– Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao
When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.– Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Sever by Lauren DeStefano My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars My Rating: 1.5 Stars It was hard for me, at first, to figure out why everyone seems to love the second and third books in these series and the first one got awful reviews. Because, to me, all three of them were pretty awful. Then it hit me. The first book was so bad, that only the diehard fans read the sequels. And then me. The writing in...
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters My rating: 3 of 5 stars This review can also be found at The Title Page My rating: 2.5 Stars I really wanted to like this book, because I loved Break My Heart 1,000 Times and because so many people seemed to love it too. I just couldn’t get into this book. I was worried that it would be Twilight-esque, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t a horrible book,...
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso My rating: 3 of 5 stars DISCLAIMER: I received A Shimmer of Angels as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found at The Title Page Rating: 3.5 Stars I wanted to review A Shimmer of Angels while it was still fresh in my mind. I finished the book yesterday and have mixed feelings about the title. I have...
Nexus by Ramez Naam
Nexus by Ramez Naam My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars DISCLAIMER: I received Nexus as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found at The Title Page Rating: 2.5 Stars I’ve read a fair bit of Angry Robot books lately, the publisher really knows how to find amazing sci-fi work. I eagerly applied for the ARC for Nexus on NetGalley and added it to...
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz My rating: 3 of 5 stars DISCLAIMER: I received A Conspiracy of Alchemists as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found at The Title Page Rating: 3.5 Stars A Conspiracy of Alchemists follows air-pilot, Elle, and her warlock companion, Hugh on a quest to find her kidnapped father. Elle discovers...
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose...
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars This review can also be found at The Title Page Rating: 4.5 Stars The blurb for this book is a bit misleading, not so much in a bad way. Don’t expect a book from the point of view of an android, that’s not what this is about. This book is about a young girl’s growth from adolescence to adulthood....
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black My rating: 1 of 5 stars Rating: 1 Star I cannot say I enjoyed Dance of Shadows. The immature dialogue, the unimpressive world building, the annoying teenage attitude, the overbearing parental figures, and the lack of character depth added together makes me wonder how this ever got a publisher’s attention. Not to mention the secret-but-not-really-a-secret...
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pantomime by Laura Lam My rating: 5 of 5 stars Check out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page Rating: 5 Stars When books end in a way that makes me hate myself for being alive… I normally hate them in return. I hate the writing, I hate the author, I hate the plot, the characters, the dialogue. Basically, I wish the book had never been written and in that, I had never read it....
The Burn by Annie Oldham
The Burn by Annie Oldham My rating: 3 of 5 stars Rating: 3 Stars The Burn starts off quickly with an introduction to Tessa, and the colony she lives in with her sister, father, and grandmother. The underwater world Oldham has created is intriguing and extremely detailed. Her character and setting descriptions help pull the reader into the world she has created. She does an amazing job setting...
The Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
The Best of all Possible Worlds by Karen Lord My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have to say, The Best of all Possible Worlds may be the breakthrough novel of it’s time. With a slow start, this book shoots forward with a booming magnetism, embodied in beautiful writing and exquisite world building. As soon as the plot begins rolling, you are dragged into this exhorbent love story between two...
Marked by P.C. Cast
Marked by P.C. Cast My rating: 1 of 5 stars Rating: -.5 I start off by mentioning that I completely knew what I was getting into when I started this novel. I had read enough negative reviews and mocking blogs to be prepared for the horrors that lie between the covers of this er-novel. I read it anyways. Call it morbid curiosity, call it a death wish, whatever you want. As you may or may not...
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 3 of 5 stars Rating: 2.5 Jonathan Maberry is a conundrum. He has an amazing imagination, and beautiful writing style, but he has a tendancy to draw his ideas out too long. Stretch them too thin. He seems like he is a very tenacious person. After reading Rot & Ruin, I was beyond excited to dive into the rest of the series. I immediately purchased...
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eragon by Christopher Paolini My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read Eragon when I was 15. And again when I was 17. Then again when I was 21. The moment I opened this book, it whisked me away. Picture Lord of the Rings, but YA. God knows, I’ve read Lord of the Rings enough times, but when I was younger, getting through that book was like getting through my long period American History class...
Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters My rating: 5 of 5 stars Break My Heart 1,000 Times was one of the best books I’ve read all year. Keep in mind that I am on book 80 of 2012. The main character, Veronica isn’t your typical Sci-fi protagonist teenager. She’s pretty (and knows it), flirty (and proud of it), and extremely moody. In short: she’s not perfect. Her...
Glamour by Penelope Fletcher
Glamour by Penelope Fletcher My rating: 1 of 5 stars *WARNING* I use what might be considered offensive language in this review, buyer beware. Glamour starts with Rae, a super awesome fast runner, absolutely gorgeous, better at everything than everyone, chick who is studying to kill demons. She breaks out of the protective walls through a hole that mysteriously appeared right in front of her...
Review of The Selection by Kiera Cass (review by...
I am reposting this review because of all of the controversy associated with it. It comes down to this: should authors and agents be commenting on negative public reviews? Check out the review Here This is the beautiful Twitter exchange between Elana Roth (Cass’s editor) and the author, Kiera Cass. Personally, I think it is disgusting that a editor (or author) would refer to a reviewer...
Fifty Shades of Grey - Review by Katrina Lumsden →
Hey, remember that amazing Fifty Shades review you read by Katrina Lumsden? No? Well here it is! Nothing encompasses this book better than this 1 star review (less if it were possible) by a comedic genius on goodreads.
Wither - Lauren DeStefano
Wither by Lauren DeStefano My rating: 2 of 5 stars Before the opening page, there is a quote from a zombie novel I read a while back. I instantly knew I had read it before even before I arrived at the credit. “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.” — T.S. Eliot, Hollowmen Do you know how many post-apocalyptic books have copied this exact quote? Either stolen it and put...
The Art of Notwriting: You Know You're Having A... →
theartofnotwriting: -Your back hurts from sitting in a strange position for too long. -And you don’t know how you didn’t even notice that Coldplay came up on shuffle. (Because you don’t actually like Coldplay.) (At all.) -And you don’t want to take the time to make lunch, so you just cram some carrots in your…
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Check out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page Get ready for a long one…ha The Maze Runner is the story of 50-60 boys thrown into a Maze together and forced to build a society. They work together to live, and figure their way out of their prison. Everything is going fine. That is, until Thomas and Teresa show up. The...
Writing Tips: Character Situations
I was trying to find a good bunch of situations I could use to build my characters. I couldn’t find a comprehensive list, so I’ve made one here out of bits I’ve found on the interwebs. You can fill out all, some, or none, but these questions help you get a feel for who your character really is. I would highly suggest only working on one character at a time, or the exercise will...
Closed Hearts - Susan Kaye Quinn
Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn My rating: 2 of 5 stars Check out my other book reviews at my blog; The Title Page Closed Hearts is the sequel to Open Minds, a novel set in a world where everyone normal is a mind reader. Kira, however, is not normal. She’s a jacker. Jacking is a special skillset in which the Jacker can enter and ultimately control a Reader’s mind. In this novel,...
The Hour of the Time, Vincent Hobbes
The Hour of the Time by Vincent Hobbes My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book intreagued me for no other reason that all of the reviews raved. “How could such a short novella get such great reviews?” I asked myself, and set out to find the answer. You automatically don’t like the main character, he’s annoying, and weird. He’s the type of person who you cross the street...
To Read or Not To Read, Vincent Hobbes
To Read or Not to Read by Vincent Hobbes My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, I was expecting a twist, but that was awesome! If you have 5 minutes to put aside in your day, read this books. The first bit of it dragged a little, and was a bit confusing, but the last chapter wholly made up for it, leaving you wanting more. I want to know more about this special bookstore, where did it come from? How does...
Partials, Dan Wells
Partials by Dan Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars What can I say about Partials? First off, I must point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and while there were certain aspects of it that annoyed me, I don’t regret one minute spent on this novel and have to mention that it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time. Kira is a sixteen year old nursing intern who has grown...
Starters, Lissa Price
Starters by Lissa Price My rating: 4 of 5 stars What to say about Starters… I enjoyed this book overall. Yes, there were a lot of things left unexplained, but I didn’t expect a 16 year old girl to know everything about the world she was living in, so that is understantable. The characters were pretty fleshed out, I really got to know and relate to them, to the point where I was...
Deathly Contagious, Emily Goodwin
Deathly Contagious by Emily Goodwin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Just finished this book and… here is my review. Like the first one in the trilogy, there are some grammatical errors, nothing I can’t overlook. I’ve noticed that (like a lot of my attempts at writing) that there is a lot of useless and immature dialogue. Fitting for the characters ages, but not so much worthy of...