Review – The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

May 23, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

As today is about a year since this book’s publication date, I thought it would be a fitting time to post my review. As it was with the first book, this one left me with mixed feelings. While the characters I loved (and hated) were around once again, some of their choices or lack thereof made me want to throw the book across the room. […]

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Review – Witch Hearts by Liz Long

May 22, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Witch Hearts by Liz Long

Ladies and gentlemen, Liz Long has done it again. Almost a year ago, I reviewed her novel, Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel, which I absolutely loved. After receiving a request to review Witch Hearts, I couldn’t say no. Long delivered in a captivating and dark tale of magic and the consequences of wanting too much power. Witch Hearts is a story of death and fear, love […]

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Review – The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

May 21, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The version of The Girl in the Steel Corset that I purchased included the short prequel novella, the Strange Case of Finley Jayne. While I really enjoyed the prequel, I have mixed feelings about the first in the Steampunk Chronicles series. Overall, I enjoyed it, but as a character-oriented reader, I didn’t feel the strong urge to root for these characters compared to those in […]

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Review – Hearts in Cups by Candace Gylgayton

May 20, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Hearts in Cups by Candace Gylgayton

My first thought on Hearts in Cups was “What is with all the description? Get to the action!” Granted, that was only after a few pages so my final assessment is quite different. I’m a huge fan of the Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin, and watch the TV series A Game of Thrones, based off the series. Gylgayton’s Hearts […]

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Review – The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

May 19, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

To describe The Sweetest Dark, I would start with “unique.” Shana Abe’s world of “starmen” and Drakons is not something I’ve encountered in YA, especially with the backdrop of Europe during World War I. Abe’s main trio of characters brought life and an untold story to the war era, despite their homes being far from the main fight. In this novel, you get a taste […]

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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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