PEOPLE. I’ve been thinking about what to write for this review of Champion for hours, now, and I am seriously sitting at my laptop, eyes bugged out huge, because, OMGOSH. I think so much just happened that it broke my brain.   Holy crap. This book is absolutely my most favorite of all the series-enders I’ve read in the past year. Looking ...
I’ve been finished with Allegiant for three or four days, now, and I still have no idea what to write. So…here are my jumbled thoughts? Roth is an exceptional writer. She’s one of the strongest recommendations for this series (and there are many), and considering that she got her start so relatively young, I cannot wait to see what ...
I received this lovely, glossy, *autographed* copy of Mind Games right from the hands of Kiersten White herself. I’d like to pretend it’s because I’m superfancy, but really it’s just because I follow her on Twitter like the giant book geek I am, and I won a contest. But still: how cool is that?? An author mailed me a ...
So, a million years ago, I went to college and got a degree in English, which meant I slogged through–er–read ALL THE THINGS. Well, all the long, “important” things, anyway. Sometimes I loved it, and sometimes it just made my brain tired. (I had an entire semester on James Joyce. If you know who he is, you’ll understand.) Which brings ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
I’ve been struggling with how I feel about Partials. I want to like it? I kinda like it? I wouldn’t say I didn’t enjoy reading Partials–it wasn’t a chore, but it wasn’t a book I found myself in a hurry to get back to whenever I had free time. I can’t quite figure out why. The plot was interesting, ...