Jul 312014
 
July 2014 in review

Summer seems to be passing in fast leaps and slow stretches. We’ve had both record breaking hot temperatures, and several very cool nights where we actually closed the windows. Not much rain though, although definitely more than last year where we had no rain at all in July. Books read: In July – 15 Year-to-date – 89 Favourite book of the month: I had a difficult time choosing my favourite book this month because I read a wide variety of genres to suit my mood. I’m going to go with Evening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery. This whole [...]

Jul 302014
 
Review: Every Other Day

This was a fun paranormal story. It was lacking a bit in depth, and seemed very juvenile YA at times, but I still enjoyed it because it was plain entertaining. A large part of the entertainment came from the supporting characters. Kali was an okay character, but I found myself drawn more to Skylar and her brothers. Skylar was very funny and perceptive. Her brothers were protective, and their relationships and behaviour towards each other were amusing and realistic. There’s nothing like buying a “You’re #4″ keychain for a sibling to really show how your family dynamic works. The plot [...]

Jul 292014
 
Review: Evening Stars

This series is so heartwarming that it puts me in a great mood when I read it. The stories are so much more than just romance, and while this book had more romance than the previous with two love interests, it really focuses on family dynamics and inner growth. With a flighty mother and a spoiled little sister, Nina has grown up with too much responsibility and as such, put her own dreams aside to concentrate on taking care of everyone else. When things happen and she has a chance to look at her life, she isn’t really happy with [...]

Jul 282014
 
Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead

I love this series. Seriously love this series. Since I’ve been reading a book month, you know it’s serious. This is just a great, sink into and laugh your butt off series. The characters, Charley’s inner monologue, and all the dialogue are just so entertaining. I love the characters we already knew, Cookie, Ubie, etc, but the new ones are great additions to the series. I hope we see more of Donovan and his motorcycle gang, as well as Mistress Marigold. She’s very much a mystery that should be fun to solve. Getting back to old characters, Reyes behaviour wasn’t [...]

Jul 272014
 
Week in review July 27

This has been a quick week. A little rain, a little sun, and a fun kid’s birthday party on Saturday. Not too much reading though. Books read: Dirty Magic – I had to jump right into this book, and I’m glad I did. This was an exciting urban fantasy story, with lots of magical elements and ideas that are new to me. The Darwin Elevator – A military space alien story that didn’t feature much space or aliens, just military style action. Books received: Conduits by Jennifer Loring To Die Fur (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #2) by Dixie Lyle

Jul 252014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Midnight Thief

I’d been looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I was counting down the days until it came out, but I ended underwhelmed. The plot is actually pretty interesting and as I was reading it I was thinking, I should be engrossed by this, I should be on the edge of my seat, but I never got there. The writing in this book is very simplistic, and I didn’t get a real sense of personality or voice from it. There weren’t any clever turns of phrase, no attitude in the narration at all. When I’m reading [...]

Jul 242014
 
Review: Prototype

A very exciting and thrilling conclusion to the duology, this book was quite different from the first. While the first book focused mostly on Emma and her amnesia, this book focused more on Emma’s relationship with Noah, and her fight against Declan. Picking up shortly after the first book ended, this one started with a heart-pounding action scene. The story continued with almost nonstop action until the very end. It made for a very quick and adrenaline filled read. While the story was exciting, I did find it less original than the first book. This one followed a more standard [...]

Jul 232014
 
Review: The Line

This was a southern magic story that was both captivating and beautiful. Set in Savannah, Georgia, this story really used the expectations of southern behaviour and magic in a great way, while also avoiding the stereotypical New Orleans cliches. Mercy is the unfortunate younger twin of the very powerful Maisie. Poor Mercy has no magical ability, and seems to be hated by the family matriarch. She is surprisingly well adjusted though, and it was easy to like her. She’s not perfect by any means, but she is relatible, and makes generally sound and believable decisions. I really liked the secondary [...]

Jul 222014
 
Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

This was a very entertaining and intriguing story that caught me by surprise. As I frequently do, I started the book without re-reading the blurb, and so wasn’t sure what it was about. What I got was a mysterious story told by a teenage girl speaking directly to me, while warning that she’s probably the definition of an unreliable narrator. I listened to the audiobook version, and the story lent itself very well to this format. It wasn’t just a narrated story, it was Tandy telling me the story. The voice worked well, and really knew how to portray a [...]

Jul 212014
 
Review: Gravely Inanimated

Wishy-washy, woe-is-me female characters annoy me, and unfortunately I just couldn’t take the main character in this book. Lucy seems to lament the fact that she’s single one minute, and then suddenly she’s met 2 men and is worried that she’s leading them on by not making a decision between the two. This change happens within days, after meeting one of the men only once. It just made me roll my eyes so hard it hurt. I made it a third of the way through the book, but it didn’t feel like much action was happening, and what little action [...]