Tag: fiction

Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems

Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

This is a simple, standalone book that is well written, enjoyable, and imaginative. Romy is a teen… alone in space!! That is really the full set up and to a degree, story. The plot takes a while to really ramp up or have a clear direction, but it’s short and fun regardless.

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Adversary would have been better if Kneupper had had the balls to kill off Jesus

Adversary would have been better if Kneupper had had the balls to kill off Jesus

★★★☆☆

(3.5 stars)

(Book 1 review, Book 2. This is the last book in the trilogy)

Ah, Kneupper. I love this series, I really do. I was so excited for this book, even if the warning signs were all there. And it didn’t suck, really. I had fun. This has always been a guilty pleasure of mine anyways.

But you nearly had it all, you bozo.

Way to blow it.

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Chaos Umpire Sits has a worse name and a better story than its predecessor

Chaos Umpire Sits has a worse name and a better story than its predecessor

★★★★☆

(4.5 stars)

(Book two in a series. Book one is here. Book three is here.)

O Kevin, O Kneupper! I know it is tempting to name your books fancy things, but considering book three is just ‘Adversary’, maybe you shouldn’t have jumped onto naming book two… Chaos Umpire Sits. It’s a little, well. A little much, isn’t it Kev?

I just finished book three, speaking of, so it’s time for a full write up of book two.

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They Who Fell has major problems, but also, some pretty sick angels

They Who Fell has major problems, but also, some pretty sick angels

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

(Book one. Book two is here, book three is here.)

Good, well written, except for the parts where it wasn’t. Vastly better if there weren’t breaks every other chapter to spend time with four cardboard cutouts of soldiers who mission I ultimately do not care for and root against actively. The Perch is interesting though. And I really wanted Jana to mack on some vaguely evil, untrustworthy angels, so there’s that.

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Fallen Host takes an okay series and makes it phenomenal

Fallen Host takes an okay series and makes it phenomenal

★★★★★

(5 stars)

Book 2 in a series. Here’s book 1, Archangel Protocol.

I picked up the first book because it was 3$ and looked silly, and it turned out okay. I do love angels, though, so I went ahead and bought the second book since it was in stock.

Really, really glad I did. This book is 100% better than the first, and just stunningly good… compared to the last, but it is also quite good in general. While I was reading, I kept telling everyone about how stunned I was at the quality.

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A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)

A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

(This is a review of a free ARC I got from the publisher. As you may guess, this did not impact or change my review or review process. These opinions are my honest own.)

I hate to leave a negative review, especially for a book I’d been excited for, especially for a book by a debut author, especially for a book from an indie press… but here we are.

This book was right up my wheelhouse- wait, scratch that, it was parked in my garage. Urban fantasy? Demons? Demon-human integration? (with promise of political-social implications of that?) Beauty and the Beast type romance? Soul selling? Gothic cyberpunk? Yes. Yes please. It was on my ‘to-read’ list before I’d gotten myself an ARC.

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Beauty Queens: Diversity is good, but it doesn’t make a book

Beauty Queens: Diversity is good, but it doesn’t make a book

★☆☆☆☆

(1 star)

I love Libba bay. I want to put that out there. I loved Going Bovine, and when I was about 13, it was probably my most read and reread book. Beauty Queens, by her, sucks. Oh man. Oh boy. I used to just be lukewarm, but I’ve been seeing it float around on LGBT recommendation lists and on tumblr, so I want to officially clear the air: Don’t read this book.

Is there a lot of diversity, female friendship, gay stuff, ethnicity stuff, and feminism? Does the cover rock? Is the premise gold? Well, sure. But that doesn’t make up for everything else.

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