The Clockwork Scarab

17084242The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

What happens when a genius, a vampire hunter, and a time traveler walk into a museum?

I don’t even know where to begin with The Clockwork Scarab. This book is probably the craziest mismatched hodgepodge of different elements I have ever read…and yet I enjoyed it immensely!

The novel introduces Alvermina Holmes and Evaline Stoker, niece of Sherlock and sister of Bram, a detective and vampire hunter tag-team duo called to investigate missing persons and a murder. It really is such a shame that they hate each other and refuse to work as a unit–or maybe not, since their antics are hilarious! Enter a time-traveling teen and the cult of an Egyptian goddess in a steampunk Victorian London, et voilà! A masterpiece of strangeness. Continue reading

Poison Princess

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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

I’ve got a serious bone to pick with this one. And okay, part of it is my fault that I apparently didn’t read the synopsis carefully enough but mostly, it’s that so. Much. Bothered. Me.

I just barely avoided giving it a 1-star on goodreads, and even then the most I could bring myself to give was 2 stars. Let me make this clear: I hate giving books poor reviews. Often, enjoying a book is a very subjective thing and I feel like I’m doing a disservice to all the work the author put in, especially when by all accounts the book should have been good but it wasn’t good for me. If goodreads ratings are any indication, though, tons of people LOVED IT so I’m thinking this is more of an ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ kind of thing despite my first reaction being ‘no it’s totally just you.’

But nonetheless, this is gonna be angry. Continue reading

Lady Midnight

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Unpopular opinion time: I didn’t absolutely love Lady Midnight.

Here’s the thing: I wanted to love Lady Midnight. Very badly. And I don’t NOT like it–it’s still amazing!–but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

First issue I had is that it takes a reeeeaally long time before seriously getting started. There’s a lot of introducing characters and solidifying relationships but even through the whole mysterious murders thing starts in the very first chapter, it’s not until a good 400 pages in that the Emma and her crew put some actual effort in to figure it out. It’s the first book of the series–I don’t care that it’s Cassie Clare and most people are going to be reading it just because of her and of Clary and Jace and Tessa and Will and Jem, it needs to grab and sustain our attention from the beginning. 400 pages of set-up, no matter how interesting the world is, is frustrating to read. Continue reading

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

28954137Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Raise your hand if you’re a Shadowhunter fan! And another if you miss the TMI characters! And a foot if you love Simon!

*hovers in mid-air and raises all body parts for good measure*

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy is a compilation of various short stories detailing Simon’s life and lessons at the Shadowhunter Academy, shortly after the finale of City of Heavenly Fire, the final installment of Cassandra Clare’s indescribably fabulous The Mortal Instruments series. It’s a combination Simon’s resent-day shenanigans and academy lessons told as flashbacks with familiar characters. Oh, yeah–the familiar characters is key. All of the stories told in TFTSA are either Simon’s or that of another from TMI or TID (with the exception of Nothing but Shadows which gives a little preview of the MCs of the upcoming prequel-sequel series, The Last Hours). It. Is. Glorious! Continue reading

Dance of Shadows

12788061Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Much about this novel makes it a prime example of why not to judge a book by its cover. The cover, as you can see, is gorgeous! The book itself, on the other hand… well, it doesn’t quite live up to it.

Dance of Shadows is about Vanessa, a freshman at the prestigious NYBA (New York Ballet Academy). This also happens to be the very same school from which her sister Margaret disappeared a few years prior. She spends the novel (well, she’s supposed to) trying to figure out what really happened to Margaret and in the process uncovers some more sinister, supernatural happenings at the academy.

Let’s begin. It has been a very long time since I read a novel where my biggest issue was with the main character. That being said, the following is written with a heavy heart: Vanessa drove me crazy. First of all, she’s a bit moronic: she does everything she shouldn’t do, trusts everyone she shouldn’t trust, and ignores ignores every warning she should heed. Continue reading