REVIEW: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Generally I don’t consider myself a gothic romance fan. I like gothic elements in books but basically every other time I’ve actually tried to read a gothic romance I’ve been disappointed by the characters or the plot or the writing. I keep trying to find a good gothic romance, though, because I’m masochistic like that. When I saw Rebecca just sitting there in a free book box I thought “oh, that might be good,” and Read More …

REVIEW: Dragon and Soldier by Timothy Zahn

First off: there’s a female character in here, and she plays an important role! I mean, it’s only ONE important female character in a sea of important male characters, but it’s still an improvement on the male-female ratio from the first book. Plus there’s two other side female characters, although I…can’t remember if they actually got a chance to talk or not. Secondly: yay, character development! Not only in Jack’s case, either– Draycos is slightly Read More …

REVIEW: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

35. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (December 1, 2008), ebook, 400pp / ISBN 1582349908 Genre: YA Fantasy Rating: Buy it Read: April 9, 2011 Source: Bought Summary from Amazon: Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, Read More …

REVIEW: Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

38. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis Publication: Atheneum (April 5, 2011), ARC, 298pp / ISBN 9781416994473 Genre: MG Historical Fantasy Rating: Buy it Read: April 16-17, 2011 Source: Publisher Summary from Amazon: Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she’s inherited her mother’s magical talents, and despite Stepmama’s stern objections, she’s determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa’s intended fiancÉ, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Read More …

REVIEW: Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn

What do you think when you look at the cover and title of Dragon and Thief? I know what I thought: I thought “okay, dragon, thief, illustrated cover– this must be some sort of fantasy, possibly urban, most likely set in the present day. I hope it’s not full of tropes. That’d be really annoying.” Finding out it was really a sci-fi action/adventure novel with aliens and space ships and other planets was really fantastic! Read More …

REVIEW: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

29. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson Publication: Puffin (October 13, 2003), Paperback, 304pp / ISBN 9780142501849 Genre: YA Historical Fiction Rating: Buy it Read: March 26, 2011 Source: Bought Summary from Amazon: Accompanied by Miss Minton, a fierce-looking, no-nonsense governess, Maia, a young orphan, sets off for the wilderness of the Amazon, expecting curtains of orchids, brightly colored macaws, and a loving family. But what she finds is an evil-tempered aunt and Read More …

REVIEW: Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden

You know those family history-slash-memoir books that came out in the 1920s and ’30s? The ones with wit and style and humor, so much so that it all just screamed “flapper”? Well, that’s what Dead End Gene Pool reminds me of. It’s not a true flapper memoir, of course, not least because it’s not set in the 1920s. But the style reminds me of those flapper memoirs, and despite the edge of darkness it’s actually Read More …

REVIEW: Postmortem by Laurel Saville

What is with these parents from the 1960’s? Why were so many of them absolutely horrible? What was it about the 60’s that said “yes, go and be a parent but only in name, and don’t forget to traumatize your kids a couple of times a week so they’ll turn into famous authors later on,” eh? The only bright point to all these memoirs is that the kid does, normally, escape relatively sane from his Read More …

REVIEW: Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster

23. Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster Publication: EgmontUSA (March 8, 2011), ARC, 232pp / ISBN 1606840991 Genre: YA Sci-fi Rating: Buy it Read: February 24, 2011 Source: Publisher Summary from Amazon: Humanity, like computers, can be upgraded. And old versions disappear. . . . At some unspecified point in the future, when technology is as advanced as possible and we are a race of super beings, some old audio tapes are discovered. On the tapes Read More …

REVIEW: Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Skating to Antarctica, since all I remembered about it was that it had something about travel and it was also kind of depressing. If I could remember HOW I found out about Jenny Diski’s books, I could figure out how that was all I knew about them, but since I can’t we’re in the dark together. Anyway, it’s not as depressing as I thought it Read More …