Reviews written by Kelly Goodwin

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May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Phenomenal Pacing, Plot & Characters!

Shadow and Bone is...."unlike anything I've ever read" (Veronica Roth). I truly cannot come up with a better way to describe my reading experience - I loved the characters, I was honestly shocked during the plot twists and I found myself completely immersed in the world that Bardugo had created....

May 24, 2012 (Updated: May 24, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Light-Hearted & Fun

Of all the cheesy, eye-rolling and slightly heart-warming releases so far in 2012, The Selection is most definitely my favourite! Though it's not a literary masterpiece - it should be read with the expectation that you will be entertained, and nothing more - it is a LOT of fun! ...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
One Large Info-Dump/Where's Ren?!

I loved Nightshade. It was fast-paced, romantic and had an independent and strong heroine. Unfortunately, Wolfsbane did not live up to any of those expectations. Where Nightshade almost cruelly leaked out clues about the Guardians origins, leaving me desperate for more information, Wolfsbane was one large info-dump about the Searchers...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Spell-Binding!

Wither has left me completely and utterly heartbroken. From the elegant prose to the creation of monsters of men, I don't think I have ever been this shaken - or hopeful - after finishing a book. First I would like to address a couple issues I have...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Suspenseful Thriller

The Other Life is a suspenseful thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the time I spent reading it. But just when I started to become truly invested in the plot and the characters, it ended and I was left disappointed that such a...

May 24, 2012 (Updated: May 24, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Beautifully Written

Until Next Time was definitely NOT what I was expecting. My expectations having been completely off-base, I find myself of two minds. On the one hand, I loved Lignor's beautiful writing and the more religious-based approach to angel mythology as it was both refreshing and had a feeling of realism...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A New-Found Hope for Angels in YA

I wanted to love this book. I wanted to find a YA paranormal series about angels that didn't make me want to shake some sense into the female protagonist. Unearthly almost managed to accomplish both of these things...almost. The premise caught my attention from page one. An...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
"I literally shook the book in my satisfied frustration"

Under the Never Sky is an adrenaline packed thrill-ride from start to finish. Travelling in constant fear of cannibals, light storms and harsh elements means there's never a dull moment. Add in the scintillatingly slow development of romantic feelings and the hope and strength that comes with true self-discovery and...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Pleasantly Surprised

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this, as the synopsis really doesn't give you much detail. I am thrilled to report that I was very pleasantly surprised. Mara wakes in the hospital with no memory of the accident that killed her friends and left her mostly untouched....

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Adrenaline-Packed Thrill Ride!

What a roller coaster! From the opening pages, Touch is an adrenaline-packed thrill ride, with twists and turns certain to keep you guessing! Dez is exactly the type of heroine I love to read about! She's strong and independent and tough-as-nails, unwilling to back down from anyone...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Unique and Refreshing!

Struck has to be the most original apocalyptic - no, scratch that - one of the most original novels I have ever read. I love Bosworth's vision of a future Los Angeles in turmoil, and the idea of a person being able to survive being struck by lightning multiple times....

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dizzying

"...a dizzying tale of action, drama, and romance with just the right twist of humour and tragedy." - Kiersten White, Author of Paranormalcy Kiersten hits the nail on the head with her praise for Starcrossed, but I would emphasize the "dizzying" she mentions as the thing...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Insta-Love & Predictable Plot Twists with a Relatively Relatable Heroine

Spectral is a fun, light read with a relatively relatable heroine. While it does start off a little slow and suffer from both insta-love syndrome and overly predictable plot twists, I found it to be a mostly enjoyable read. Having spent her entire life on the run...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Strikingly Haunting Prose & Vivid Imagery

With strikingly haunting prose and vivid imagery of nightmarish scenes, The Space Between easily captured my attention from start to finish. Having my notions of "good" and "evil" manipulated until the line separating the two thinned and almost disappeared left my head spinning and the hopelessness that seemed to ooze...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Breathlessly Horrifying & Beautifully Heartbreaking

I once read that Maggie Stiefvater's writing was "like music". I didn't understand what that meant until I read The Scorpio Races. Her words flow from the pages until they are floating and dancing softly in your head, helping you to vividly imagine the world she is creating so that...

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