When I picked this up I was expecting more of a storyline than a storytelling. This book features something that hapReviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
When I picked this up I was expecting more of a storyline than a storytelling. This book features something that happened in each of the characters past, something they feel shame about. It doesn’t do anything to further along the story or even make me feel like I know any of the characters any better. It was so disconnected from the TV series that it would have been a totally different plot point. Telling stories that have already happened is always hard to do and this often came up as boring instead of intriguing. I liked the idea of the new bad guy, but some plot points seemed to be missing for everything to make sense....more
The follow up to Bad Taste in Boys is as fun as the original. Kate is in a new situation, trying to solve murderARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
The follow up to Bad Taste in Boys is as fun as the original. Kate is in a new situation, trying to solve murders instead of a zombie-plague, but finds even more weirdness than just your typical murder story. She is all about the science behind things, even with a brother that is all about it being something mystical.
While the storyline isn’t suprising and there are no deep tangled secrets in the mystery aspect, it is still fun to follow along with Kate to see what could happen next. It’s a very quick read at only 240 pages and as it is a light read it flies by pretty fast. A fun, if slightly darker beach read that one can devour in a day!
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
This story about an imaginary friend who turns out to be real is both intriguing and well written. I loved thatARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
This story about an imaginary friend who turns out to be real is both intriguing and well written. I loved that Sarah Rees Brennan made this simple storyline into something more complex featuring the history of the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale and the history of the families that live there. Weaving the lore and history in with what is going on at present is done wonderfully, without using any flashbacks, old letters or documents. We find out first hand from the townspeople what the stories are.
Kami’s character is snarky and fun, but at times I felt that she was a lot younger than she was supposed to be. I had to keep reminding myself that she was old enough for some of the conversations and to be going off on her own. Kami’s best friend is so wonderfully annoyed at the existence of people; I really wanted to read more about her and her love of napping. While that might sound boring, with the napping and all, it is so the opposite!
The story had a few unexpected twists to it, which any great YA mystery is in need of and this one delivered. Sarah Rees Brennan is already a beloved author of YA novels, this one is sure to please her fans and earn her new ones!
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
Will West is a very cool character and the friends he makes at his new school are more of the same. Will and his friends seem made for one another, thWill West is a very cool character and the friends he makes at his new school are more of the same. Will and his friends seem made for one another, they fit together so well and enhance one another’s character in many ways. With Mark Frost’s writing I was able to easily imagine each one of the characters and how they would react in the different situations that arose. Some of these characters I feel like I know everything about, that’s how easy it was to become friends with them – though I’m sure in the next book there will be more to discover. Other characters are clearly hiding some aspect of themselves, covering something up – be it bad or good – and I want to know exactly what it is.
The storyline, while familiar in the short run – kid has abilities and is chased by bad guys – felt fresh and new in the long run. The adults in this book aren’t wishy-washy or a waste of space, but lend something credible to the storyline. I liked that a lot. Too often the parents and the teachers in books overlook what the kids are doing or are simply clueless. While Will’s parents may not be in much of the story – their presence is felt constantly as Will reminds himself, and us, of the rules they set forth. The teachers and administrator’s at the new school pay attention too.
There are some forces at work that we haven’t seen the last of in this book and much more to figure out. Mixing the history of the school along with a sci-fi twist filled with creatures and science that we don’t know anything about makes it a unique story to tell. I look forward to reading more in this adventure series.
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
A book featuring William Shakespeare himself has all the makings of Romeo & Juliet. Miranda is from our worlARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
A book featuring William Shakespeare himself has all the makings of Romeo & Juliet. Miranda is from our world, our time. Stephen is from Shakespeare’s world. These two are star-crossed and working together in hopes of keeping Shakespeare on the right track. The story started off quickly, wasting no time between introducing us to the main characters and moving through time. We didn’t need to know much about Miranda and Stephen and their personalities in order to jump into the main focus of the storyline.
The one problem I had with the storyline was why Miranda would be going back in time with Stephen to try to not-alter history. Essentially that’s what it boils down to. Shakespeare might not continue on his way to become a famous playwright. Usually time travel books say you shouldn’t go back and change anything or else you could alter the future, which makes sense. Though this one says to go back in time in order to be sure the future isn’t altered, which makes no sense to me at all. Maybe I missed something, but I went back to check and still couldn’t find it.
That set aside, it was a cute and quick read. There wasn’t a lot of depth and I figured out early on the majority of the mystery surrounding the story, so there wasn’t a lot of wondering or looking forward to figuring out how things were going to happen. I was also left wondering how Stephen was going to explain Miranda’s lack of presence after she went back to her own time.
If you are a fan of Shakespeare, I think that would be the main draw to read this book. You get to see the young Will a bit different than the older Shakespeare we often read about....more
Dearly, Departed was one of my favorite books last year. To quote myself “Zombies + Humor + Steampunk + Romance + War = Brilliant”. The follow-up alsoDearly, Departed was one of my favorite books last year. To quote myself “Zombies + Humor + Steampunk + Romance + War = Brilliant”. The follow-up also contained all of these items, but fell just a tidbit short for me to give 5 stars again. I missed the amount of humor that was in the first one….the amount of steampunk too I believe. It still was a really good story, so don’t let my 4 stars fool you, I’m really stingy.
Once again you read the story from many different point of views so you get the full picture of just how big the events happening are. We meet some new characters, some of which are quite lovely and different. A zombie growing flowers within their own body…come on – that’s freaking brilliant all on it’s own.
There are a few different storylines to follow as well, but they all play into one another and Habel does a wonderful job weaving in and out. She’s able to make me hate some and love others, her characters are still so varied and distinct that it makes it easy to follow along with who you are reading about. If you enjoyed the first book, this one will still intrigue you. If you didn’t read Dearly, Departed, shame on you…it’s required reading in my world!
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Did not finish this one. 20% read, felt it wasn't going anywhere. Narrative was too long and drawn out. Felt as if it was being crass and crude just tDid not finish this one. 20% read, felt it wasn't going anywhere. Narrative was too long and drawn out. Felt as if it was being crass and crude just to say it was crass and crude....more
Upon meeting Kitty and Cat, both nicknames for their longer name, I instantly despised Cat and all that she stooARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Upon meeting Kitty and Cat, both nicknames for their longer name, I instantly despised Cat and all that she stood for. She is the friend that uses and abuses, makes everyone do her bidding, and lives to manipulate everything and everyone into what she desires. Kitty wasn’t much better in the fact that she lets herself be manipulated and walked all over, but she does so in trying to be a good person, trying to see the good in others, and trying to do the right thing – those are her saviors and why she is so likeable. Especially in comparison to Cat – they are so very different.
This young adult historical fiction had many aspects based in fact, but the author let their imagination run free with the things that we will never really know and it was wonderful. I loved seeing the court from Kitty’s point of view and seeing everything that goes on behind the scenes. Kitty’s character grows stronger with time and she even opens herself up to the idea that she could be loved by someone, even as her family seems not to.
While life is definitely not the bed of roses they thought it would be once they entered court, it does have it’s moments and it’s benefits. It also has it’s downfalls – especially being a woman in that time period – and that’s where things go wrong for the girls. The story is full of twists and turns, but you are privy to all of them and know what’s going on. It’s the journey to the end that is so mesmerizing and I’m happy to hear that there will be additional books set in King Henry’s court from Katherine Longshore....more
This is by far my favorite Batman comic I have ever read. It does what it says, it shows Batman in a new way. It shARC reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.
This is by far my favorite Batman comic I have ever read. It does what it says, it shows Batman in a new way. It shows a little more back story, which I always look for, and fail to find in many Batman comics.
I like the variety and differences in how the characters are from the way that they are usually portrayed. It makes me see Batman as more of a regular person, more humane, more relatable. Batman isn’t perfect, he's not “super”, and that’s how he should be thought as. Imperfect. They also made Alfred a freaking bad ass, so obviously it’s a great comic. I’m definitely reading the next in this series. It’s on the top of my wish list....more
As far as characters go, they were written well – especially the main character Nick. He could have gotten lostARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
As far as characters go, they were written well – especially the main character Nick. He could have gotten lost in his thoughts of the future, but his personality shone through. It was easy to see why he was looked to as one of the town crazies (his mother being the other one). As much as he tried to reign in that which made him different, it is nearly impossible to do so, especially when lives are on the line.
One of the main parts of the story is the “script”, which is what Nick tries to follow in order to have the future go as planned. However, reading about what Nick is supposed to do right before he does it and having this take place again and again and again is tedious. I understand that it was written that way to have the reader know what Nick knows, but the fact that it is shown to us so many times makes me feel like we, the readers, shouldn’t be so smart as to catch on and comprehend that he’s following the “script”. I think there could have been an easier way to get the point across.
The girl, Taryn, comes into Nick’s world and she is what creates all of the chaos in his life this time, though apparently the chaos happens a lot anyways. This time is different though because of the Book of Touch, which complicates matters even more. It’s an interesting twist and if you suspend belief you can buy into it’s existence in a world where one can see the future....more
One of my most highly anticipated reads of the year and it didn’t disappoint! The story focuses a lot on the chaARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
One of my most highly anticipated reads of the year and it didn’t disappoint! The story focuses a lot on the characters, which is something I adore. Celaena is a multifaceted gem of a character. She has her ups and downs, her moments of foolishness and stupidity mixed in with those of great intelligence. I felt sorry for her one moment and intrigued in the next. Even the secondary characters felt richer and deeper than they are often written. I can see why Maas has an online following of faithful readers.
The one part of the story that I felt was lacking was in relation to the title of the book, The Throne of Glass. While there is mention of this castle and the glass walls and so on, it still felt as if there were no reason for it. Maybe it will come into play in a later book, but it wasn’t significant enough in this one to merit the title. I’m not quite sure why it’s even like this. It’s not a metaphor, but literal glass.
The storyline of the assassin’s competition was wonderfully written and I loved hearing about the different aspects of the tests. There is a fantasy element to the storyline, one that isn’t even mentioned in the description of the book. While it is featured throughout the story, it isn’t something that should turn non-fantasy readers off. I found the element to be unique and it helped to move the story along appropriately – it wasn’t just added in order to have some fantasy thrown in.
Fans of historical fiction with strong women characters and some action are sure to enjoy this one....more
I’m not quite sure about calling this a Victorian gothic tale as I can’t quite place the time period through theARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
I’m not quite sure about calling this a Victorian gothic tale as I can’t quite place the time period through the language, clothing, and social aspects used within – it seems to be more a of mish-mash of time periods – which is OK if you go into knowing that and not expecting a purely Victorian time period.
It is a gothic tale though and the world that the Darrow boys and Charlotte cross over into is mesmerizing. While I am not one to do comparisons, I can’t help saying that those portions felt like Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman had a love child that decided to create an alternate reality. It’s kind of like that and I kind of loved it.
What I didn’t get was the fact that Charlotte is playing a “game” with the master of Darkling, whom Mrs. Darrow is indebted to. I felt lost as I never saw what moves he was actually making, because it wasn’t from his point of view. And it just didn’t feel sinister enough to me – not like it should have for what was on the line.
I did enjoy the characters that were otherworldly as they were creatures, some that pretended to be human and some that clearly couldn’t care less. The oddities that came with those characters were inventive and intriguing and if we would have stayed with them the entire time I wouldn’t have minded one bit....more
This is a good collection of short (some very short) stories to introduce a reader to the author. That’s why I oARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
This is a good collection of short (some very short) stories to introduce a reader to the author. That’s why I opted to read it at least. Some of the pieces that felt like they were simply taking up space, or maybe leaving too much space behind – a line per page for most of a story, while usually artistic, or meant to drive a point home, did nothing for me.
Other stories felt as if they could have been made into stand alone novels and still hold my interest. There were two in particular that I want to see again: Standard Loneliness Package and First Person Shooter.
Standard Loneliness Package (in the Sorry section of the book) featured normal everyday characters that weren’t doing anything extraordinary in their world, but it was different from our world, and the main character was just so realistic I felt compelled to know more about him.
In First Person Shooter (oddly enough in the same Sorry section of the book) a zombie is shopping, but it’s not your average zombie, although knowing that it was shopping might have led you to understand that. I would love to read a full book featuring the type of zombie’s features in this story. Again, the other characters in it were so real and flawed and lovable, that I found myself sad when those few pages were over.
I think I was about half and half over the stories that I really liked and the ones that just didn’t click for me. I didn’t find anything laugh out loud funny, but thought that the sci-fi aspects of the stories, the ones that featured sci-fi, were intriguing and oddly believable....more
ARC reviewed by Chris for Book Sake. I was a little confused by this book. The whole time I was reading it I was waiting for something horrific or spooARC reviewed by Chris for Book Sake. I was a little confused by this book. The whole time I was reading it I was waiting for something horrific or spooky to happen, but it never really does. With the exception of a few moments it all feels pretty mundane.
Since I was looking forward to something supernatural, it was a bit of a let down. Taken at face value, it’s a decent western. It has that trademark slow build and a cast of screwy characters all haunted by their past.
The art, while good, felt a bit off when compared to the story. The art is open and bright which doesn’t sell the dark, oppressive story. It’s not something that supposed to be for the kids, so I don’t know if it was the right art choice.
The is the second First Second book that has sold me on ‘supernatural’ and not delivered but still delivered an interesting, if small, story. If you are a fan of the western in the vein of ‘Unforgiven’ or ‘True Grit’ this may be right up your alley. Book Rating: 3/5
ARC reviewed by Kole for Book Sake. This was a very surprising read for me, in a good way. I was expecting an average book that would take me a little bit to get through, but I got a lot more.
The art was great and refreshing from the art that I’ve seen recently, and it was very well written. I noticed that the author had also written for Splinter Cell, and was surprised to see that, considering the two different style. I guess that shows that the author has a really good range.
I was confused with the story in the beginning, but I understand that was the point of the book. I felt like the story had a little bit of a rough start, but after a while I got into it very easily. The characters are great and varied, and you’ll have feelings for them. The ending left a little bit more to be desired but I’m assuming there’s another on the way. I sure hope so, because I definitely want more. Book Rating: 5/5...more