The Shadow Prince was my first Bree Despain, but I will definitely be going right out to track down more of her earlier novels. Right from the first chapter, I was completely swept away. I’d just finished reading some contemporary sci-fi (heavy on the science and gadgets), and so making the switch, here, was a bit of an adjustment: ...
It’s been a busy week around here, and one of my biggest frustrations has been my inability to sit down and read Robison Wells’ Feedback. I just finished Variant last week, and I was so enthralled by the dang thing that I had to immediately download the sequel. I couldn’t be bothered to track it down at the library. (Thank ...
Pivot Point is the perfect example of a strong debut novel. I heard about this one via Goodreads, and I wasn’t really sure what I was in for. West has managed to create a story that’s not quite like anything I’ve read before: Addie’s parents are getting divorced, and she has to choose between them. Sounds normal, right? Except ...
I was so excited to discover Ashen Winter was finally on the shelves! I was absolutely nuts for Ashfall, Mullins’ first book. It was one of those that I enjoyed when I read it, but it stuck with me, so that I’d find myself thinking about it while my mind was idle. The whole idea of a couple of ...
I read several reviews from readers who were so excited by how much better Spark was than Glow. I have to disagree. I thought Spark suffered from the same weakness Glowdid–not enough interpersonal development. Ryan is fantastic with dramatic tension when it comes to plot: she can craft a great story, and she is an excellent wordsmith. But something is ...
I really wasn’t sure what I was going to make of Glow. It’s a sci-fi/romance/thriller set in space. Could be cool, right? The back makes grandiose claims like “The next Hunger Games.” …really? That’s brave. But I have to admit, the plot is pretty gripping, right from the start. It’s not a total psychological thrill-ride like The Hunger Games–not even ...
After two adventure-filled novels, Promised has lots of plot to deal with and loose ends to wrap up. O’Brien does a nice job, here. Gaia has a lot to do, between saving herself, her family, and …for the sake of spoilers, let’s just say a lot of other people, but she manages to pull things off, and have some ...
I enjoyed Prized every bit as much as Birthmarked, the first in the series. I was thrown, here and there, by O’Brien’s writing style; there were a couple of conversations that confused me a little, because the characters were expressing emotions that we were supposed to understand they’d been feeling, when they hadn’t been clear at all. I found ...
Ashfall was a nice departure: it's so nice to read a post-apocalyptic novel based in actual fact! I love fiction, and don't mind at all if something is spun from pure imagination, but I hate it when something is presented as "science" and even an right-brained lay person like me can spot the flaws. This was interesting and well-researched, ...
Overall, I felt warm-ish about Birthmarked. When it began, I found it maybe a little juvenile. At some point, I found myself shocked to discover that the book does not take place in some sort of medieval period–rather, it’s more dystopian. Either I missed that explanation completely, or it’s just not made clear at all. There’s a bit of ...