Category: Book Review

Review – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

May 12, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Today I found a Barnes & Noble gift card while doing some cleaning. Of course my first thought was what books have I wanted for months and haven’t bought yet. When it came time to check out, however, I found the first book in my cart was Shadow and Bone. I couldn’t resist since borrowing a copy from the library simply wasn’t enough. This book […]

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Review – The Selection by Kiera Cass

May 12, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection was one of those books that I flew through, but I’m not sure if I really liked it or it was just easy to read. My first thought when I read about the Selection was “oh, so it’s a nicer version of the Hunger Games” (and I’ve seen that I’m not the only one relating the two). It wasn’t until after I finished […]

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Review – Mirror of Shadows by T. Lynne Tolles

May 9, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Mirror of Shadows by T. Lynne Tolles

Mirror of Shadows was…interesting. While I finished it fairly quickly, I wasn’t really sure what to think of it afterwards. To start, Tolles created a likeable cast. Ella isn’t an airhead (always a plus) and is, in fact, quite independent. She read as more mature than her age at times and I found her easy to relate to. The second corner of the little triangle […]

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Review – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

April 11, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy was one of those books that I heard all about, something recommended to me by several friends, so when I started reading it I felt obligated to finish. The novel started out shaky. Present tense isn’t too common and took some time to get used to, but was easily ignored by the time I got about halfway through the novel. As far as […]

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Review – Seeing Red by Sidney Halston

April 3, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Seeing Red by Sidney Halston

Upon finishing Seeing Red, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I enjoyed the novel itself. It’s an enjoyable read and has memorable characters. From the beginning with a deserted island and the plane that crashed there–and the three children grown-up at the time of the novel’s start–to the complexity of their lives and the friendship binding them to each other, Halston weaves a delicate […]

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Review – Eliza’s Shadow by Catherine Wittmack

April 2, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Eliza’s Shadow by Catherine Wittmack

I love a good YA paranormal romance, which is the first thing I thought of after reading the synopsis for Eliza’s Shadow. This book had its ups and downs. The storyline itself was different than what I expected; original enough to keep my interest until the very end. I liked the magic aspect as I’m a sucker for a good witch story. Wittmack also utilizes […]

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Review – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

March 29, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.” Evanjalin of the Monts offers advice to the First Man of Lumatere, Sir Topher, as they sit in waiting for their comrade Finnikin and his believed-to-be-lost father. Some may call Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta a character-driven fantasy adventure and I’d agree wholeheartedly, yet it is more than […]

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Review – Biting Cold by Chloe Neill

March 7, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Biting Cold by Chloe Neill

Wow. Book six. Still going strong. Well, sort of. Compared to the past five books, I wouldn’t say this one quite lived up to my expectations. Still good, just… boring at times. Biting Cold picks up pretty directly after the end of book 5 which is great since a LOT happened that needed to be resolved. This was a bit of a redemption story for Mallory and I think […]

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Review – Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

December 26, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

The higher the expectations… I love this series and couldn’t wait for Dead Reckoning. This might have affected my view of the book because I was really disappointed. After having read books 1-10, my expectations of book 11 were pretty high. However, I found myself putting it down to do something–anything–else. It just didn’t hold my attention and seemed like Harris was writing it as […]

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