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 […]

Jun 172015
 
Review: The Library at Mount Char

This book takes a little bit of time to get into, and to really understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it. So very worth it. By the time you get to the end, the story will have blown you away. It’s hard to describe the book, but my description would be if someone asked a person high on a variety of drugs for story elements, and then a great writer wove a story around all the ideas. Basically it’s a crazy mess of a story that was told wonderfully. That’s the only way I can think to describe a […]

Jun 152015
 
Review: Forever After

Have you ever finished a story and wanted just a little more? This short story does just that. It gives the reader just a bit more time with Gwyn and Gareth, with a fun tale of their wedding. Even though this is a short story, it’s still well developed. I was able to easily slip back into the characters lives, and experience this joyful, and stressful, adventure. I had several laughing moments, and the obligatory cry-at-the-wedding moment. It was a great hour’s read when I needed a little pick-me-up, and made me excited for the next book in the series, […]

Jun 142015
 
Week in review Jun 14

Vacation countdown: only 2 more work days left! Then it’s a quick overnight trip to Vancouver, and then off to Ontario for 2 weeks. So excited! I was back for a visit in November, but this is the first time my son’s been back since we moved 2 years ago. I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly. I still vividly remember our drive across the country. Books read: Rogue – Dark and still humourous, this was a great trilogy ender. The Library at Mount Char – This was like someone asked a high person what should be […]

Jun 122015
 
Review: Shadow Scale

I feel so sad because I didn’t love this book. I really loved the first one, and this sequel has been so well received by everyone else, but I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. I found it slow and boring, and the best part was that I finished it. When I read the first book, I was very intrigued with the characters in Seraphina’s garden, wanting to learn more about them. This book is really all about those other characters, which I appreciated. It was interesting to see how Seraphina’s images and names tied into […]

Jun 102015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Queen

I picked up this book because I thought it would be a light, entertaining read that would be engaging, but wouldn’t leave me an emotion wreck or anything. Unfortunately, it just made me mad by how light this thing really was. Red Queen is a mashup of all the YA books that have come before it, without adding any interesting twists. The beginning is very similar to The Hunger Games. The main character is in the middle of doing an illegal activity that she’s been forced to do because Oppressive Society (In Hunger Games Katniss is hunting, in this book […]

Jun 082015
 
Review: Hammered

With the current popularity of the Marvel movies, which include Thor, it’s interesting to read a completely different take on the character. This book’s Thor is a real jerk and bully, enough that several strong people want to kill him. There is a lot of storytelling in this story, as the group of characters who are going against Thor share their histories as a way to bond. It was fun to learn more about Leif and Gunnar as they are both very interesting characters. Their stories were quite heartbreaking. Since most of the book focuses on the lead up to, […]

Jun 072015
 
Week in review June 7

June is flying by so quickly. I’m loving it since it means my vacation, and trip home to visit family, are almost here. I’m definitely in countdown mode already. Not really in book or reading mode, but I am still getting some books read, so at least there is progress, even if it feels like a snail’s pace to me. Books read: Shadow Scale – I’m going to be the odd man out here, because everyone has been loving this book, but I found it slow and almost boring. I did read it all, but my only real impression is […]