Book Reviews: Emergence and An Abundance of Katherines



Emergence, the second book in the Darkness and Light series, is a neck-tingling, tension-filled journey that I loved every second of. It picks up shortly after The First of Her Kind left off.

The entire book kept me on the edge of my seat. K.L. Schwengel is a master at infusing tension and anticipation into every scene.

Even in the most peaceful moments in Galys Auld, foreboding lurked. I knew Donovan would try to reclaim Ciara and I couldn’t wait to see how he did it and if Bolin and Ciara would be able to overcome him.

The author knows just how much to reveal about backstory and world building to keep the story moving and the reader intrigued.

The journey from the safety of Galys Auld to Nisair is an absolute nail biter. I fretted over every member of the convoy. Knowing at any moment danger would overtake them.

The author creates characters you can’t help rooting for. I laughed beside Garek as he needled Bolin and felt Berk’s helplessness amongst the marauders. Was calmed by Nialyne’s soothing presence.

I swooned over Bolin. And bonded with Ciara. I can’t wait to spend another book with these characters.

Great, great work Ms. Schwengel!


Blog Note: I can’t wait for my interview with K.L. on Monday, please stop by to hear all about her series!


abundance of catherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green has amazing voice.

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy on the cusp of becoming an adult. He feels this intense pressure to be a genius and this intense doubt that he will ever create anything worthy of that title.

He’s at an identity crossroads. And Katherine, the 19th Katherine that he’s loved, just dumped him. His best friend, Hassan (who lights up every scene he’s in), and he end up taking a roadtrip.

Colin decides to create a theorem. A way to predict who will be the dumper and the dumpee and how long a relationship will last. He will plot it and graph it.

Only John Green can have footnotes and graphs within a novel! It’s delightfully perfect for the voice of this story.

If you enjoyed math in high school, this will be particularly fun to read. If you didn’t, don’t worry, he makes it easy to grasp.

The roadtrip takes Colin and Hassan to Gutshot, TN, and they encounter the town golden girl Lindsey Lee Wells.

Their time with Lindsey is very character revealing, including a hilarious hunting scene where Colin shoots something he shouldn’t and a fight scene that had me rolling around in bed, laughing out loud.

It’s a quick read–Green’s prose are ridiculously smooth and each sentence leads into the next so well that the pages flip faster and faster.



March was a month where I traveled lots and knocked out some amazing reads. I highly recommend all of these and you can read my reviews of  them on Amazon too!

The Entire Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead:  Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice

The First two Books of the Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead: Bloodlines and  The Golden Lily

Quiet the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee


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