Review of The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Star Ratings Characters: 5 stars Character Development: 4 stars Plot: 3 stars Writing: 4 stars Overall: 4 stars Age recommendation: 16 and up It took me two nights to read The Wasp Factory, not because it was particularly long – it’s actually quite a short novel – but because it’s one extremely tense and disturbingContinue reading “Review of The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks”

Anticipating Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

So, like nearly every other nerd in book-land, I am having trouble containing my excitement for Neil Gaiman’s new adult novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, which comes out on June 18th.  No one’s let on exactly what the plot is, but I’m happy about that because I want to dive into those pagesContinue reading “Anticipating Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane”

Review of The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

  Star Ratings Characters: **** Character Development: *** Plot: *** Writing: *** Overall: *** Age range recommendation: 16 + I picked up The Daylight Gate to give Jeanette Winterson a second chance to impress me. When I saw that she had just published a new novel based on the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 IContinue reading “Review of The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson”

Archived Review: Book Review: Rescue, or, Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal by Amy Leigh Strickland

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on May 31, 2013.   Star Ratings Characters: ****(4 Stars) Character Development: **** (4 Stars)
 Plot: **** (4 Stars)
 Writing: ***** (5 Stars)
 Overall: ****1/2 (4 1/2 Stars)
 Age recommendation: 13 + This is the first novel I’ve ever read entirely on an e-reader, and while I was a littleContinue reading “Archived Review: Book Review: Rescue, or, Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal by Amy Leigh Strickland”

Archived Review: The Earth Hums In B Flat by Mari Strachan

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on April 16, 2013   Characters: *****(4 Stars) Character Development: **** (4 Stars)
 Plot: *** (3 Stars)
 Writing: **** (4 Stars)
 Overall: **** (4 Stars)
 Age range recommendation: 16 + I read this book in two sittings, so it’s clearly got plenty of excellent qualities. I love child-detective stories,Continue reading “Archived Review: The Earth Hums In B Flat by Mari Strachan”

Archived Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on March 26, 2013.   Since this is an anthology of short stories, the star ratings will be slightly different. Star Ratings: Writing: *** (3 stars. The authors chose to present their stories in their raw and largely unedited forms: notes in the margins point out what they wouldContinue reading “Archived Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff”

Archived Review: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on January 16, 2013 Star Ratings Characters: ***** (5 Stars) Character Development: **** (4 Stars) Plot: ***** (5 Stars) Writing: **** (4 Stars) Overall: ***** (5 Stars) Age range recommendation: 13 + This is the sort of novel I want to read all day, every day. This is theContinue reading “Archived Review: Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough”

Archived Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on November 6, 2012 Apologies for the short review and the brusqueness of tone, I originally reviewed the book on Amazon, because I wanted other readers of my interests to know that The Raven Boys is better than the cover and blurbs make it out to be. Star RatingsContinue reading “Archived Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater”

Archived Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Originally posted on The Saint’s Arts and Culture page – St Andrews’ independent student newspaper – on October 16, 2012   As an avid fan of Pratchett’s Discworld series and of Mr. Dickens’ novels I spent a torturous few days staring longingly at Dodger as I passed Waterstones before I finally gave in and boughtContinue reading “Archived Review: Dodger by Terry Pratchett”

Archived Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Originally posted to Dark Lady Reviews on February 12, 2012 Star Ratings Characters: *** (3 Stars) Character Development: ** (2 Stars) Plot: *** (3 Stars) Writing: *** (3 Stars) Overall: *** (3 Stars) Age Range Recommendation: Young Adult I have very mixed feelings about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The concept of the novelContinue reading “Archived Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs”