For Love of Mother-Not by Alan Dean Foster

This is one of those rereads where I sort of remember the overall story, but not the details. For instance, I remembered that it was about a kid going after his kidnapped (adopted) mother, and there’s a space-dragon and scifi stuff and things with powers of the mind. I did NOT, on the other hand, remember the strange vocabulary choices– like describing the descended-from-people-who-on-Earth-are-called-Asians evil scientist-doctor lady as “Oriental.” Multiple times. Like, EVERY time she Read More …

Ghost Time by Courtney Eldridge

Amazon’s previous publishing endeavors have left me feeling mostly “meh.” Not that I’ve read a TON of their books. I haven’t been interested before now! However, now they’re starting up a YA imprint (Skyscape) and WE SHOULD ALL BE AFRAID. At Book Expo America they gave away most of the Skyscape books coming out in the next few months– this is the first one I’ve read, and WOW. If this is what we have to Read More …

REVIEW: Hidden Talents by David Lubar

This is a reread, though the last time I read it was sometime before I started this blog so it’s been at LEAST five years. I remember liking it more back then! The downside of being a book blogger is that you end up reading so many good books so often that books you enjoy pre-book blogging usually pale in comparison (though there are exceptions). Back when this book came out, I think there were Read More …

Portlandtown by Rob DeBorde

I checked this book out from the library because it had two things: 1. zombies 2. fantasy/historical fiction/Western mash-up It’s got a lot more than that, too, but those were the things that drew me to it– them, plus the cover. It’s the first book in the series, and unfortunately it does that thing where ALL the characters, backstories, worldbuilding, and main conflict are set up all at once. There’s a LOT going on in Read More …

REVIEW: Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones (#dwjmarch)

The first time I read Hexwood, I was all “wtf.”1 It’s one of those books that, if you don’t pay super close attention to the details, will throw you for a loop sooner or later. With time travel, space government conspiracies, and machines that mess with your perception of the world, romance, terror and robots called Yam, there’s a LOT to pay attention to. I’m not an actual speed reader but I sometimes do skim Read More …

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I have NEVER read a Maggie Stiefvater book before, which you’ll understand if you consider her previously published books. Paranormal romance trilogy with werewolves and a love triangle? Eh. Dystopian thingy? Eh. Not really anything that personally interests me at the moment, so even though lots of people love her books and there’s tons of hype about everything she does, I have neglected to actually read any of her stuff.1 Then came ALA, and there Read More …

REVIEWS: The Big Over Easy, A Confusion of Princes, Talking to the Dead

I’ve decided to stop differentiating between “tiny,” “mini” and “regular” reviews and just call them all “reviews.” Because it’s easier! Anyway, I’ve finally got caught up on my reviews for the end of September through October, and I’m working on catching up with November’s reads. Since I haven’t read that much this month (yet), it’s going very well. I’ll be posting the reviews out of order because, er. Because. Here’s the first batch! 182. The Read More …

Gifts, Voices, and Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin

Having now read the whole trilogy (instead of just the second book), I can see the overarching theme(s) of the series more clearly, which is kind of neat. Basically I think it’s about how freedom is gained through knowledge and learning and the sharing of knowledge with other people? Also the power of love, etc. Yay! Other good points: the protagonists for at least two of the books are PoC, the world-building with magic and Read More …

Tiny reviews for the end of August

160. Scaramouche – Rafael Sabatini e ebook / public domain / read August 17-19, 2012 I can’t seem to write a good enough review of this, so instead I’ll just link you to my comments over at Tasha’s Project Gutenburg review of Scaramouche. Also here’s a gif expressing my feelings: 161. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy e ebook / public domain / read August 19-20, 2012 I expected this to be more of a Read More …