Audiobook review: There’s A Word For That by Sloane Tanen

Star Ratings: Story: 4/5 Writing: 3/5 Characters: 5/5 Audio recording: 4/5 Overall: 4 out of 5 stars I listened to There’s A Word For That via Libro.fm, which I recommend enthusiastically. A percentage of all purchases helps out indie bookshops! Please go check them out. This was very much an impulse download; I needed somethingContinue reading “Audiobook review: There’s A Word For That by Sloane Tanen”

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

How does everything Helen Oyeyemi touches turn to gold? Her writing follows some fairy tale logic that meanders off the road, yet never leads you astray. I was smitten with Boy, Snow, Bird and White Is For Witching. I was beyond enchanted by the stories in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. And IContinue reading “Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi”

Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s novels have away of finding me right when I need them most, and they always hurt my feelings.  There’s not much I can say about Normal People that other reviewers haven’t already said, so I’ll be brief. I liked Conversations With Friends quite a lot when I read it this time last year,Continue reading “Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney”

Book Review: Fourth Of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) This book did not make me happy, it was not a particularly fun reading experience, but it was wonderfully engrossing.  Smith Henderson sure knows how to tell a story.  The little detailsContinue reading “Book Review: Fourth Of July Creek by Smith Henderson”

Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Star Ratings Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: ** (2 stars) Plot: ** (2 stars) Writing : *** (3 stars) Overall: ** (2 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 + (Mostly because the academic subject matter might be boring to many younger readers, not due to any particular graphic unpleasantness.) I was so excited to finallyContinue reading “Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean”

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman (coming out May, 2014)

Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) (It is hereby stated that I read the advanced reader’s copy of Bird Box and a few details might change before publication.) When I wrote my preview of Bird Box after meeting Josh Malerman at theContinue reading “Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman (coming out May, 2014)”

Book Review : The Quick by Lauren Owen (coming out June, 2014)

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) (Let it be hereby stated that I read an advanced reader’s edition of The Quick, which may still be waiting on final edits.) When a friend and colleague of mine at the bookshopContinue reading “Book Review : The Quick by Lauren Owen (coming out June, 2014)”

Book Review: She Rises by Kate Worsley

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age rage recommendation: 15+ (some violence and language; unpleasant sexual situations) She Rises was a strange combination of things I love and things I hate, and while I definitely thought it wasContinue reading “Book Review: She Rises by Kate Worsley”

Mini Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

This is just a tiny little review, mostly copied from my blog, because I don’t have enough time to do a proper write-up of Grave Mercy but I do want to recommend it to anyone who likes historical YA fiction. Star Ratings: Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: ***** (5 stars) Writing:Continue reading “Mini Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers”

Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age recommendation: 15+ (Plenty o’ drugs and violence, but not much sex.) Remember when I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that The Raven Boys was much more exciting and mysterious thanContinue reading “Book Review: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater”