Reviews written by Kelly Goodwin

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May 24, 2012 (Updated: May 24, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
An Unsuccessful Mix of New-World Technologies & Old-World Mythologies

I absolutely loved Incarnate...until I started thinking about it. As I thought about what I had liked, I realized that the well-developed romance that I had found endearing, was actually an obstacle that prevented the plot from progressing, the concept of reincarnation, while fascinating, was questionable in its explanation, and...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Unapologetically Dark & Unflinching

The Immortal Rules is an unapologetically dark and unflinching story about survival where everyone is fighting for some semblance of an existence. The characters are constantly living within a cloud of despair, but for those strong enough, the despair isn't enough to vanquish their hope for something better then merely...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0
Young Adult Fiction
Enjoyable on the Surface

First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this book, on the surface. A quick read (finished it in one sitting throughout the course of a rainy, lazy Sunday), I was hesitant to read another angel/nephilim themed book, as they all seem to follow the same premise; I loved...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Dangerous & Exhilarating!

I don't think I will be able to articulate clearly how much I LOVE a good psychological thriller. To say that I live for the excitement that comes with watching someone determine whether what they're experiencing is based in reality or fantasy might be a bit of an understatement. Nothing...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0
Young Adult Fiction
Preachy and Unoriginal

At first, I couldn't stand the thought of another fallen angel, searching for the reincarnated soul of their human soulmate, plot. And then I realized (hoped) that Halo might be different - three angels are sent to Earth, disguised as humans, to use their good actions to counteract the forces...

May 24, 2012 (Updated: May 24, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Completely Captivating!

Two words: assassin nuns! I had no idea what to expect from Grave Mercy, as I'm not usually a big fan of historical fiction. But the constant shroud of mystery, the political backstabbing and constant plotting, light fantasy elements and a forbidden romance completely captivated me from...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Mediocre

As someone who loves the idea of learning about Greek mythology, but never really took the time to sort through all the details, I mostly enjoyed the Goddess Test. There was some romance, some back-stabbing and some twists, all delivered in a fairly readable manner. But while being entertaining on...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Emotionally-Havoc Wreaking!

Having been neither under or over whelmed by The Goddess Test, I was expecting more of the same from Goddess Interrupted. After repeatedly putting the book down in frustration, just to pick it back up again a minute later, I quickly realized that Goddess Interrupted had successfully infiltrated my defences...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
The Sophomore Slump

I was so intrigued with the ending of Wither, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Fever. I was excited to see the world outside of the mansion, and to watch Rhine fight to get back to her brother. A lack of real plot progression, the...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0
Young Adult Fiction
An Overly Apathetic Protagonist with a Passive Voice

Ferocity Summer is written as a gritty, realistic look into the downward spiral a teenager can enter once drugs and alcohol are introduced. What should have been a fascinating and enthralling venture into a chaotic and destructive lifestyle was hindered by an overly apathetic protagonist who's passive voice failed to...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fluff-Less Dialogue & Emotionally Flat Characters

An interesting premise with a strong heroine combine for a fast-paced, entertaining read. But blunt dialogue and choppy paragraphs create an unwelcome distraction that takes away from an otherwise enjoyable read. It took me a few chapters to get used to Barnes' writing style. The dialogue is...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Heartbreakingly Beautiful

A heartbreakingly beautiful tale of love, loss and immortality, Everneath is the type of book that will leave you broken and sobbing on the floor, as your heart breaks over and over for the fates bestowed upon these tragically hopeful characters. Having spend the last century in...

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Plot 
 
1.0
Characters 
 
1.0
Writing Style 
 
1.0
Young Adult Fiction
Ugh. Finally

Ugh. Finally. Sorry, I just had to say it. I loved Evermore, enjoyed Blue Moon, and then this series just went downhill for me. In Everlasting we finally have the completely predictable finale to the Immortals series. First, let me point out that the entire premise...

May 24, 2012 (Updated: May 24, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Eerie & Captivating

I really enjoyed this debut novel by Jeff Hirsch; it was a quick read, but kept me turning the pages as I tried to anticipate's Stephen's next move. I loved Hirsch's references to modern-day establishments (Starbucks, McDonalds), and was fascinated by Stephen's descriptions of how they had fared post Collapse....

May 24, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Poor World-Building & Lacklustre Characters

Divergent, though at times a heart-pounding, adrenaline pumping thrill ride, was slightly overwhelmed by poor world-building, lacklustre characters and the inability to persuade me that this future was possible. Imagine a world where society is divided into five factions, each which represents a particular virtue - Candor...

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