Jan 292015
Review: Claiming Callie

This is a fun and light-hearted romance story. It felt very similar to Shopaholic in that the main female is a complete disaster and needs to rein in her financial situation. There are several key differences though, primarily being the duel narrative with Dean. I think Dean’s narrative was my favourite part of the story. He’s just so sweet. He really has Callie’s best interests at heart, and seems like the only actual adult in the story. Callie’s plan to earn quick money is really a disaster and not thought out at all. It’s no wonder she ran into problems. […]

Jan 282015
Review: They Call Me Crazy + Giveaway

This was a quick mystery story that is filled with very unique characters in a very small town. With a different narrator for every chapter, it does take a while to really get a grasp on everything that is happening, but the focus is mostly on Cass and finding out whether she actually killed her husband, and whether he deserved it. The plotline is fairly straight forward, but there are enough secrets and twists to keep a reader interested. There is a lot of charm in the story. It really highlights how small towns think and interact. You really can`t […]

Jan 272015
Review: Magic Strikes

Oh my gosh, this book was made of awesome! There was so much humour, and emotion, and action, and just everything. I feel like just flailing and screaming keywords from the best parts, in true fangirl fashion. PIE! HOT TUB! Derek! How could they?! Picking up Julie! CURRAN! CURRAN! CURRAN! I can’t stop. It was all just so good. And so hard to talk about anything without spoilers. There was so much series development, and yet also a fully formed single book plot. This is definitely the best of the series so far, and one that makes me want to […]

Jan 262015
Review: Pacific Fire

I really liked this book. It takes place 10 years after the first one, and focuses on a different character, but the overall feel was much the same, and was very inventive. Sam is a character I found super easy to like and root for. He’s a golem, but seems very human. I was surprised at how much like a normal teenager he seemed, except he’s been extremely isolated (not uneducated or naive though) and knows he is considered a very expensive prize. Even knowing this though, he still has a good heart and great intentions, and follows his own […]

Jan 252015
Week in review Jan 25

This has been a very hard week personally. My grandfather was taken to the hospital on Tuesday and passed away on Friday. He’s been sick for several years, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I wasn’t able to work for most of the week, and really wished I could visit Ontario, but it’s just not in the budget right now. Instead, I really did escape into reading. Books read: Edged Blade – I liked this book, but didn’t love it, which was disappointing since I loved most of the earlier books in the series. Echo 8 – This book […]

Jan 232015
Book vs Movie: Outlander

This isn’t exact a book vs movie look, it’s book vs tv series. This past summer, Outlander came to tv with an 8 episode season 1. Season 2 is scheduled to begin April 2015, and I’m really looking forward to it. I didn’t actually catch the tv series when it first aired, but did PVR a replaying in Sept, and then watched it over the past few months. It’s been a while since I read Outlander, but I really enjoyed the first book, and the whole series, so I was looking forward to the tv series. Since I did read […]

Jan 222015
Genevieve Reviews: Red Rising

This is a gritty, dark story. There are no punches pulled in this novel. It makes The Hunger Games look like a sweet, bedtime story. I’ve read quite a few YA dystopian novels, and this one blows them all away. It’s more like Game of Thrones than any young adult novel I’ve read. Red Rising is definitely one of those books that pulled me in and took over my head for a few days. The book is about Darrow, who gets recruited to join a rebellion after the death of a loved one. He’s the strong and silent type, but […]

Jan 212015
Review: Blood Rites

This installment of the series seemed to be all about series development, and it was awesome! Harry seemed to take charge in several situations, and this felt like a great improvement. Too often, it seems like Harry just goes with the flow, but he really seemed to be directing several situations, and it really fit him. Some of the bigger developments can’t be mentioned without spoilers, but one development was the appearance of Karen Murphy. It seems like she hasn’t been present much in the last few books, but she gets lots of page time in this book, which I […]

Jan 202015
Review: First Frost

This was a magical and beautiful story. It had a wonderfully poetic feel, and really centered on family and love. While this is a sequel book, I didn’t actually read the first, and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This is a great stand alone story. It felt mostly like Bay’s story, and it was quite magical as she has the gift of knowing where things belong. She knows she belongs with a specific boy in her classes, even if he doesn’t seem to know she exists. There is also a little mystery drama with an older con […]

Jan 192015
Review: Advent

I feel so torn about this book. On one hand I really liked Gavin’s character and found his story quite engaging and interesting, and parts of it were told with a very magical prose, but on the other hand, Gavin’s story is interspersed with Johann’s narration, and this part had me very confused and uninterested. Writing my review several weeks after reading the book is a bad idea here as most of the story has faded in my memory, which is never a great sign. I know there were parts that had a very magical feel, and I can almost […]