Book Review

Naamah’s Kiss

I thought I wouldn’t be as interested in Moirin’s trilogy after I heard that it takes place so long after Phedre and Joscelin and Imriel’s time. I was wrong. There’s an entirely different approach to this one. It’s the same in that the story starts with Moirin as a young girl, and we watch her… Continue reading Naamah’s Kiss

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Emmy & Oliver

The premise of this book is different and fascinating. How many kids have one of their closest childhood friends kidnapped? Emmy is sweet and authentic. She feels so much like a real person, with complexities and passions. Robin Benway did a fabulous job writing her (and this story, in general). I don’t visit realism much,… Continue reading Emmy & Oliver

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Morrighan

I haven’t read any Pearson before, but listening to this novella in audiobook format has me wanting to pick up the first of the books in the Remnant Chronicles. Pearson describes the awakening and growing yearning of a boy and girl in a post-apocalyptic world really well in this story. There are clever bits of… Continue reading Morrighan

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Kushiel’s Mercy

Imriel’s great quest in the wilds on his own is over—but Carey’s stories are never that simple. He’s made great sacrifices, and terrible mistakes. And now he has to win the right to be with the woman he loves. You feel sorry for him. No one should have to endure the amount of travesty and… Continue reading Kushiel’s Mercy

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Kushiel’s Justice

This is the second book in the Imriel trilogy, and it’s just so darn sad! In the best way possible, because I’m beginning to think that Carey’s incapable of writing anything bad. But I definitely cried while reading this book. I actually was reading a particularly weighty scene during a pumping break at work (still… Continue reading Kushiel’s Justice

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Kushiel’s Scion

You know that I really love a book when I re-read it in less than a year. I read this Imriel trilogy while I was pregnant, and had to re-read all of the Kushiel’s Legacy series about eight months later because it's just that good. Some authors are fabulous at protagonists of one sex, but… Continue reading Kushiel’s Scion

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Divergent

There’s good and bad parts of this trilogy, and a large portion of the good ones happen in the first book. Which isn’t to say that people shouldn’t read them all—but the first book is the best, in my opinion. I know the story well by now, having read the first book a couple times… Continue reading Divergent

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Tarzan of the Apes

I love Tarzan. I’m fascinated by the way that some characters can exist beyond their original forms—Tarzan is right up there with Dracula, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland. To say that I’m excited about the coming movie would be a gross understatement. I joke with my friends that going back to work after having the baby… Continue reading Tarzan of the Apes

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The Key Trilogy

Nora Roberts generally has a sort of pattern to her trilogies. The first woman is fighting for her self-respect, the second generally has some sort of specialization to round her out, like knowledge or fitness or a business, and the third is courageous and stubborn, fighting against all the odds. The Key Trilogy is one… Continue reading The Key Trilogy

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Eleanor & Park

I spent all of yesterday with the Eleanor & Park audiobook playing while I nursed my post-bachelorette party hangover. I rehydrated to the two different voices reading Eleanor and Park’s parts (genius idea, really, to increase the emotionally impact by having two distinct voices in actual sound as well as diction). When I knew I… Continue reading Eleanor & Park