Weekly reading, vol. 13

UGH, backlog! I really wish I’d done a better job of reviewing these things when I read them. Bah. Anyway, here’s what I read for the week of February 21-27! So it’s about this point that I abandoned my TBR and dove deep into the treasure trove that is the Brooklyn Public Library ebook collection. I started off the week with a contemporary romance: Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton . Don’t let Read More …

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 …

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 …

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: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Vesper, Dramarama

017. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares Publication: Dell Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2005), Paperback, 352pp / ISBN 0553494791 Genre: YA Fiction Read: January 26-27, 2012 Source: Bought Mini-Review I’ve been meaning to read this book for forever, mainly because it’s one of those generation-defining books that’re so important. I’ve seen bits of the movie and I know vaguely what it/the book is about, so I was expecting something cute Read More …

REVIEW: The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong

93-95. Darkest Powers #1-3 by Kelley Armstrong Publication: Book 1: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009), Paperback, 416pp / ISBN 0061450545 Book 2: HarperCollins (April 28, 2009), ebook, 384pp / ISBN 0061450553 Book 3: HarperCollins (April 6, 2010), ebook, 416pp / ISBN 0061662836 Genre: YA Paranormal Read: August 5-9, 2011 (entire series) Source: Sandy for the first book (thanks so much!), and I bought the next two books Summary of The Summoning from Amazon: My 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 …

REVIEW: Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

I don’t know why, but I basically compare every urban fantasy mystery with The Dresden Files, which can be detrimental to how much I like a book when it’s really not like The Dresden Files at all. Hard Spell is sort of like the Dresden Files in that it’s got urban fantasy stuff and a dude who walks around wearing a trench coat, but the Dresden Files is fantasy noir and Hard Spell is more Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Jack’s New Power, Villain School, Decline & Fall

Click on a book’s cover to go to its page on Amazon. 50. Jack’s New Power by Jack Gantos Publication: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 30, 1997), Paperback, 214pp / ISBN 0374437157 Genre: MG Fiction Read: May 30-31, 2011 Source: Library Book sale Review This is less like a novel and more like a short story collection of vaguely related events, and unfortunately it’s kind of boring. After the greatness that was Dead End in Read More …

REVIEW: Changeless by Gail Carriger

I said in my review of Soulless that while I enjoyed the plot/characters/etc I couldn’t help but be annoyed by the plot holes (or maybe “plot gaps” is a better term). Changeless doesn’t really fill in any of the gaps, but it does expand on some of the world’s details (like the technology!) and it was overall a so much more fun book that I’d say even if you didn’t particularly like Soulless you WOULD Read More …