Sep 302015
September 2015 in review

It’s been quite a while since I did a monthly review. I did a small review in July, but the last full one was in May. Books read: In September – 5 Year-to-date – 96 As you can see, my reading has been very slow the last few months, but I’m still on track to meet my goal of the year, mostly due to audiobooks. This is a great way to sneak in reading when you can’t, or don’t want to, read an actual book, and it’s definitely boosted my numbers this year. I’m slowly getting back into my reading […]

Sep 292015
Review: The Sisters of Versailles

Most of the historical fiction I’ve read centres on the English monarchy, so reading a story about 18th century France was exciting. I know almost nothing about French monarchs, but this story was everything I expect from a good historical fiction. The drama surrounding kings and mistresses seems to be pretty universal, and the court scheming was quite entertaining. The story viewpoint moved between each of the five sisters, which resulted in a really well rounded look at everything that happened. It made some of the schemes and actions seem more elaborate and cruel, especially when you consider that all […]

Sep 282015
Review: Soul Meaning

This was a very action packed story that offered an entirely new paranormal creature. Actually two new creatures, the Crovirs and the Bastians, who are immortal races that are hiding in plain sight. Similar to humans, but also very different. I loved the depth and background given to both races. There is a whole history woven into the story, with details doled out in easy to digest chunks. Everything flows together well and creates a detailed story with truly unique characters. The plot of the story was very action packed and exciting. There was always something happening or something developing, […]

Sep 252015
Review: Crash

I’m so conflicted. There were elements that I both really loved, and really disliked about this book. I love Jules’ family. The focus of the book wasn’t on them, but that was one of the beautiful things. Jules and her siblings are super tight, with great relationships with each other. Her twin brother is gay, and is open about it. I love that this is just part of the background of the story. This happens so rarely in books, so it is definitely something to celebrate. Also worth celebrating is the inclusion on mental health issues in the form of […]

Sep 242015
Review: One Salt Sea

One Salt Sea: such an apt title as it describes what each reader creates by the time they are done the book. I have seriously never had a series so constantly make me cry. Especially an urban fantasy series. This whole series is way more than just the standard kick butt action, and this latest installment is simply amazing. Like previous books in the series, children play a very important role in the plot. I didn’t really notice how many children were in the story until after it was over, but I would estimate that at least half the important […]

Sep 232015
Review: Spindle

This book was highly imaginative. It felt so creative and intriguing once I settled into it, but it did take quite a lot to get there. Without a doubt, the first part of the book was very confusing. As a reader you’re thrown right into the action of a crazy fairy tale retelling, but there are so many things not explained. Everything is creative and fun, but also confusing as there is no basis of understanding. Once you get into the later part of the story, everything seems to come together and I definitely felt like I had a handle […]

Sep 222015
Review: Forever Grace

It’s stories like this that make me enjoy romance books. This is such a sweet and heartwarming story. I can easily remember it after several months, and several other books, and that makes it special. I love the accurate portrayal of people, both adults and children. Children so rarely appear in romance stories, except as side notes, but in this entire series children play an important role in each family, and this book is no exception. They are realistic and adorable and amusing. The adults are much the same way, with very character having a fully developed personality, complete with […]

Sep 212015
Review: Thirty Days of Red

This was a huge disappointment. I picked it up because there were comparisons to Gone Girl, which is an amazing book. This book has very little in common. Everything felt rushed and forced, and there were several character actions and thoughts that just made absolutely no sense. Pretty much the entire book could have been avoided if Liv had acted like an adult instead of a temper tantrum throwing child. It was just a huge waste. I just can’t understand or condone her actions or thoughts.

Sep 182015
Review: Boundary Crossed

A new series that returns to the world of nulls? Count me in. I greatly enjoyed the previous series, and this one is off to a promising start. With a tough heroine and lots of action, this story was exciting and thrilling. Lex was a great heroine. Unlike most Urban Fantasy heroines, she doesn’t have a troubling past, she isn’t an expert in everything paranormal, and she isn’t something really extraordinary. She’s pretty much a regular female, albeit strong and confident, who is thrown into a full new world. She adapts quite well, and it was uplifting to see her […]

Sep 172015
Review: Bad Will Hunting

I loved this book. Even though I actually read it a few months ago, I still remember it quite well. It was sweet and very funny, and makes for a great light-hearted read. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from this author, which means it’s well worth reading. At first, Ashley is not at all likable. She’s very angry and fixated on revenge, which are not pleasant traits. As the book progresses, she’s still not the most lovable heroine, but she does show enough growth and change to make for a decent read. On the other hand, Sam is lovable […]