I was hopeful, expecting an interesting dark, gothic, horror novel. Unfortunately, Something by Shelby Lamb really misses the mark for me. The writing was gratuitous seemingly there only for shock value. The horror wasn’t developed enough to be frightening. Then, there are the characters that all feel like caricatures out of horror movies. There was nothing for me to latch onto.
This review is on the written copy of Angelbound by Christina Bauer, not the audiobook. That said, I really enjoyed it! Bauer does a great job of getting immersing readers in the world without bogging the story down. We learn as we read, which is fantastic. The pacing is steady and the characters fun.
As an aficionado of vampire fiction, I was really excited to pick up Awakening: Bloodline by Tiera Rice. Beautiful cover, intriguing synopsis, destiny and romance, all the markings of a great YA paranormal book! But, they all fell a little flat for me. I was disappointed and left expecting and wanting more.
An AMAZING follow-up, White Rabbit Society pt2 by Brendan Detzner takes readers on an emotional ride, culminating in an ending that satisfies. This honestly is one of the best follow-ups I have read in a while. It continues a great, original story, and keeps its characters true to themselves. White Rabbit Society, both parts 1 and 2, make me sad that there aren’t more books in this sort of gritty magic realism genre (UNLESS there are, and if so, please point me to them ALL).
Our last bookcast! No, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hasn’t made us quit, but we are changing things up! We’re reformatting the bookcast so that every month there will be two episodes of the book club discussions (at 50% and 100% completion) which will liven discussions, and in between those two episodes, we’ll have a podcast chosen at random. Could be gaming, could be movies, could be social commentary, who knows what’ll be randomly selected!
Things really picked up during the last half of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Unfortunately, it’s still a mess. ((Sorry for the late upload! Things have been rough lately in the personal life.))
Well, we thought it couldn’t get worse last week, but boy did we get proven wrong! Characters take a southward turn in the latest 25% of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
I can honestly say I don’t know how to feel about this, other than I feel strongly. Wintersong by S Jae Jones is beautiful, with grand, sweeping descriptions that envelope the reader in a faerie new world. But it is also not enough at times. There are characters you come to love and grieve for, and others you grow to tolerate. It definitely bears the marking of an author trying to strike the right balance between all of the different elements needed to make a story truly amazing.