Reviews by Haley Kral

C
Hold Me Until Midnight

I’m a big fan of the fake boyfriend/fake husband trope, so I thought Hold Me Until Midnight might hit the spot for me, but it was a little off the mark. The characters are likeable enough but the plot was too thin to support them, and left me less than enamored. Scarlet Ashford is ...

F
Bind Me Before You Go

It’s a rare thing for me to say I don’t think a book was even worth $1.99. I mean, that’s a cheap book, not much of an investment. But Bind Me Before You Go is just that awful. It was only 132 pages and I couldn’t even make myself finish the book. Save that money and go buy a Snickers bar. Y ...

C
Changing His Game

When I heard that Megan Erickson was doing a new series about sexy nerds, I was more than ready to get my hands on one. While Changing His Game was very readable, and both characters are interesting, there was something about it that didn’t click with me. Marley Lake is ...

C+
The Girl at Midnight

This book has a beautiful cover, interesting description, unique fantastical beings, and should have been everything I love in a book. I read it mostly because I saw it compared to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which is an all-time favorite of mine. Sadly, all of those elements didn’t combine into a ...

B+
The Darkest Part of the Forest

This was my first book by Holly Black, but I am already on to another. She has a real skill for world building and it shows in The Darkest Part of the Forest. Fairfold is painted with such realism as a town where human and fairy folk are so used to coexisting that it is no longer of much interest. T ...

A+
End of Days

This was my most anticipated book of 2015 and I am so pleased to say that it lived up to my excitement. Ee created a wonderful and terrifying angel apocalypse and then used it to show how humanity – both the good and bad of it- continue on after a catastrophe. Since neither of the previous two ...

B
Bone Gap

Two things led me to read this book: the hype and the fact that it was billed as Magical Realism. I heard multiple authors crow about how wonderful it is, and saw a stunning number of positive reviews. I’m a huge fan of Young Adult and Magical Realism, so how could I resist? The description sou ...

C
Need Me

Sometimes a book is totally working for you, and then something tanks it. Need Me could have gotten a much higher grade from me, except the middle of the book went so far off the tracks that it was irredeemable. The result was half a book I loved, and half one that I couldn’t stand. ...

F
To Marry a Scottish Laird

This book wins the award for the longest I have ever attempted to avoid having to read a review book. For roughly half a year I have been trying to put off forcing myself to finish reading To Marry a Scottish Laird. There was just nothing about it that called out to me to read it. ...

C+
Blood Magick

Well, my anticipation for Branna and Finbar’s story was, sadly, not met. This is the third book in the Cousins O’Dywer series and I had been hoping that it would be the one to put the others to shame. The first two books, Dark Witch and Shadow Spell were pretty dull. All along though, Branna a ...