Very quick reviews: November 2015, part 4 (yet more romances)

This is the last of the November batch reviews! Huzzah! As a sidenote, I wanted to let everyone know that Marvel Unlimited has a promo going for a free month’s subscription using the code FORCE. If you’ve been wanting to read series like Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, etc., this would be a really great way to get ahold of them for cheap!

REVIEW: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

I love vampires and werewolves and whatnot, but I tend to like them scary and brutal rather than romantic and cuddly. Hemlock Grove gives me the scary with a small side of cuddly, and it worked out really well. The whole book has this balance between fresh and old fashioned– like if pre-1980s horror movies were redone for a modern audience.1 My favorite part about Hemlock Grove was the atmosphere. It’d be a perfect Halloween Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Bloodsucking Fiends, ‘Salem’s Lot, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

062. Bloodsucking Fiends – Christopher Moore paperback / source: library / read Apr. 9, 2013 / Amazon (fantasy / humor) To be honest, I was bored with this book after the first 50 pages or so. I probably shouldn’t have kept reading it but it was the only book with me at the time and I was desperate to read something. Not the best circumstances for reading ANY book, but especially not a humor book. Read More …

REVIEW: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

172. Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko Publication: Miramax; Tra edition (July 26, 2006), Paperback, 464pp / ISBN 1401359795 Genre: Urban Fantasy Read: September 20-22, 2012 (reread1) Source: Bought ♦ Author’s site | Goodreads | LibraryThing ♦ Summary from Amazon: The Night Watch series has caused a sensation never before seen in Russia — its popularity is frenzied and unprecedented, and driven by a truly great, epic story. In 2005 Fox Searchlight announced it had acquired Read More …

Tiny reviews for May and June reads

So I made it a goal for me to review ALL the books I read this year, and while mostly that’s working out okay there are some reviews that’ve really lagged behind. I’ve basically given up on the ones before May, but I’ve read some v. good book since then and I want to at least MENTION them. I suppose also I’m just a completest– I like looking at my Books Read list and seeing Read More …

Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Poison Tree, when I first started reading it, seriously confused me. It’s a YA book, but it stars adult protagonists. It reads EXACTLY like an adult urban fantasy book, except for the lack of sex and over-the-top violence. The language is exactly the same as in adult urban fantasies, the story is the same, there’s the same types of characters (including a (literal) Kick-Ass Heroine) and even the setting isn’t all that different. All the Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: 3 Terry Pratchett Books

075. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett Publication: HarperTorch; Reissue edition (February 2, 2000), Paperback, 213pp / ISBN 0061020699 Genre: Fantasy Read: May 11, 2012 (reread) Source: PaperbackSwap (I think?) Mini-Review I really like this book because it pokes at the idea that because things have always been a certain way, they have to STAY a certain way. Plus I like Granny. And Esk. However, the ending falls apart because, I think, it tries to say Read More …

REVIEW NOTES: Those Who Hunt the Night, Anna and the French Kiss, Making a Living Without a Job

I want to finish up on 2011’s reviews so I can start 2012! So, very quickly: review notes of three books! – Vampires! Yay. I’ve actually started to like vampires again…sort of. – Vampires who do vampire-y things like eat people and be inhuman and stuff! Double yay. – Interesting detective character– one of those amateur detectives who get in over their head, but not in a cozy mystery sort of way. I like his Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: The Warded Man, iDrakula, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains

Click on the book cover to go to its Amazon page. 92. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett Publication: Del Rey (March 10, 2009), ebook, 432pp / ISBN 0345503805 Genre: Dystopian Fantasy Read: August 1-2, 2011 Source: Bought Mini-Review I don’t think I’ve read a proper dystopian fantasy before, though I’ve read a few magical realism-type ones. This one was interesting because there were demons, there was magic, and while it was still obviously Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Jane-Emily, Mechanique, Hounded

As always, click on a book’s cover to go to its Amazon page. 83. Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp Publication: Harper Paperbacks (August 7, 2007), originally published 1969, Paperback, ~130pp / ISBN 0061245011 Genre: Children’s Horror Read: July 26, 2011 Source: Bought Review Things that scare me: evil children, ghosts, haunted houses, evil child ghosts haunting houses, evil child ghosts haunting houses and trying to kill people. Jane-Emily has all that and more! It’s a short Read More …