Aug 022015
 
July 2015 in review

I have been feeling out of sorts all month. It actually started just before my vacation in June, and doesn’t seem to be going away. I’m finding it extremely difficult to write reviews, and I’ve barely been reading at all. Everything just feels all wrong. I’ve had slumps before, both reading and review writing, but this one seems the worst ever. It seems to be a spiral as I’m not motivated to write the reviews in my backlog, and I don’t want to read and create more of a backlog. So round and round I go with no books and […]

Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

Jul 222015
 
Review: The Memory Game

This was a sad story, but one that really grew on me. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting to David because he was quite a jerk. Even as a ghost, he seemed to have little compassion or empathy for anyone else. But this changed slowly as the book progressed. It’s too bad David didn’t mature until after he was dead, but I guess it’s better late than never. All my sympathy was with Bethany. She led a hard life, with a horrible father. Every glimpse into her life brought more pain. The ending is what made the […]

Jul 212015
 
Review: Agents of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel

I want to like this, but I didn’t. It felt like the story was trying too hard to be funny, and ended up failing. There was too much college frat boy humour for me to enjoy, and once you removed the humour, the story fell apart. I read more than half of the story, but it just didn’t keep me interested enough to continue.

Jul 072015
 
Review: Those Girls

These girls are seriously cursed. And this book is seriously awesome, in a totally scary, uncomfortable, left me bawling on the ferry in public, kind of way. Do I need to back up here a bit? No way. I read this as quick as I could because it was entirely captivating and thrilling, but I don’t really want to relive it. Why? Because those girls went through hell, and I have no wish to go through it with them again. If anything could go wrong, it did. Think of your worst nightmare, and then double it. *shudder* I’ll never look […]

Jul 062015
 
Review: The Book of Speculation

This is a very captivating, very melodic story. With a duel past and present narration, the story follows the current day Simon with his crumbling house and worries for his sister, and the past story of Peabody’s travelling circus with its Wild Boy, Seer, and Mermaid. Both narrations had a similar melancholy dreamy feel, and fit together well. It felt like two very separate stories until near the end, but even so, they were both very interesting. The characters in both were well developed and intriguing. The past narration definitely had more unusual characters, but Simon’s worry and depression were […]

Jul 052015
 
Week in review July 5

Boo to vacation being over. Also, boo to not getting any of my review written before or during my vacation. That was quite a bit of silence for the last few weeks, and now I have several books to review that feel like I read ages ago. Oops. Oh well. It was a great vacation. Books read: Boundary Crossed – A thrilling start to a new series. Forever Grace – A perfectly sweet romance. Thirty Days of Red – Not so good, this felt very rushed and forced. The Memory Game – A sad story that was still really good. […]

Jun 242015
 
Interview: J.P. Choquette + Giveaway

Thank you, first of all, Sarah, for having me as a guest on your site—very exciting! If you had to describe your book Twitter syle (140 characters or less), what would you say? Hmmm, if I were to describe ‘Subversion’ Twitter-style, I’d post someone else’s review (self- promotion isn’t my strong suit): “Grab a quilt & a cup of tea; once you start this book, you won’t want to put it down~explores the darker side of human nature, while renewing your faith in humanity.” What books have influenced your writing? As far as finding my rhythm and “voice” as a […]

Jun 212015
 
Week in review Jun 21

Vacation! So nice. I managed to get a lot of reading done last week since I had several travel times. I don’t expect to get much done this week, so it balances out. Books read: Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces – Another fun adventure, and one I’m happy to report that I enjoyed, unlike the last book in the series. The Book of Speculation – A very sad feeling book, but one that has some intriguing magic woven in. Bad Will Hunting – I started off really disliking the main character, but her growth was phenomenal to […]

Jun 192015
 
Review: Rogue

It took me almost 2 years to finally read this series ender, but it didn’t feel like it. By the time I read the first 10 pages, I was completely sucked in and felt comfortable understanding everything that was happening. That’s a great sign since the previous books obviously made an impression somewhere in my memory. This book fit right into those impressions, and fulfilled my expectations wonderfully. The darkest in the trilogy, this book still has the overall humour vibe of the series. It meant the book was very entertaining, even with a lot of darker undertones. Like the […]