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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16 Responses to Book Reviews: Emergence and An Abundance of Katherines

  1. davidprosser says:

    Two fantastic reviews to gladden an authors heart Kourtney. I’m jealous.
    xxx Mega Hugs xxx

  2. Thanks for the reviews, Kourtney! I love John Greene…I almost bought his book last weekend while at Barnes and Noble. After reading your review, I might need to go back this weekend.

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Thanks for the reviews. What a great title Green has with “An Abundance of Katherines”!

    • Happy to share them. I had a run of great reads in March. So cool when you discover authors you enjoy and they have several books out. 🙂 And it’s a perfect fit for the story!

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    I always enjoy reading your reviews, Kourtney. I feel like I come away with a really good sense of both what the story is about and the tone of it. That’s very helpful in deciding if a book might be for me!

  5. Aquileana says:

    Hi Kourt…

    I love the reviews on these “katherines”´books … 🙂
    Schwengel´s book sound really intriguing and a compelling read for those who like tension-filled readings.
    Thanks for sharing,. best wishes, Aquileana 😉

    • John Green is amazing. He can talk the nerdiest things and make them cool. The Katherine theorem makes it cool to try to graph equations. 🙂 Schwengel is awesome fantasy–there is tension and great characters and epic plotting there. 🙂

  6. Sounds an interesting read … Many thanks for sharing Kourtney… Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to take time out to enjoy too 🙂 xxxx Sue

  7. It’s clear you post the reviews of the books you love Kourtney, because your passion for them comes through each time – glad you’re managing to fit some great reads into your schedule 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ve had a string of good luck with reading lately. I try to squeeze it in for 30-45 minutes before bed. It helps me grow as a writer and relax as a reader. 🙂

  8. 4amWriter says:

    Great reviews, Kourtney. I loved Kathi Schwengel’s First of her Kind, and I figured her second book in the series would be a knockout. Thanks for confirming that!

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