Currently Reading: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Remember how much I liked Grave Mercy? It was years ago, and I never wrote reviews for the other two books in Robin LaFever’s excellent His Fair Assassin trilogy, but the stories of Ismae, Sybella, and Annith have stuck with me for ages and have, quite honestly, made other historical fantasies pale in comparison. SoContinue reading “Currently Reading: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers”

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Star Ratings: Characters: *** (3 stars) Character Development: *** (3 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: *** (3 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 and up.  (Definitely not for anyone who isn’t in high school yet, as there’s sex and other grossness.  I would actually recommend this to a lot of twenty-somethingsContinue reading “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas”

Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Star Ratings: Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 15 and up (contains torture and language) I’m still recovering from the madness of the holidays; selling books at Christmastime doesn’t leave much brain- or will-power left at theContinue reading “Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch”

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Star Ratings: Characters: **** (5 stars) Character Development: ****** (6 stars. Deal with it.) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: ***** (5 stars) Overall: ***** (5 stars) Age range recommendation: 14 and up. Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle will always be the Big Fat Exception to the I-rarely-read-sequels rule.  The third installment of this four book seriesContinue reading “Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater”

Book Review: Deadweather And Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1)

  Alas and alack! My pile of Pirate Books To Tackle has grown so monstrous that I should have avoided starting a new series on top of everything. Usually I gravitate towards stand-alone books in my reading ventures, because life is too damn short. But several stalwart and fervent young readers of the 9-12 persuasionContinue reading “Book Review: Deadweather And Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1)”

Book Review: Talker 25 by Joshua McCune

Star Ratings (out of 5): Characters: *** (3 stars) Character development: *** (3 stars) Plot: ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) Writing: **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Overall: *** (3 stars) Age range recommendation: 12 and up In the not-too-distant future, America has a dragon problem.  No one knows how or why they arrived, but the enormous creaturesContinue reading “Book Review: Talker 25 by Joshua McCune”

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”

Book Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Star Ratings Characters: ***** (5 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: ****1/2 (4 1/2 stars) Age recommendation: 10+ In all his years as an apprentice historian, Tom Natsworthy has never doubted the moral supremacy of Municipal Darwinism; that is, mobilized cities and towns hunting each otherContinue reading “Book Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve”

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 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”