Apr 182014
Review: Open Minds

This was an exciting story that started as a high school paranormal drama, and morphed to a high-powered thriller. The action comes fast and furious, and caused me to stay up late just so I could finish the last 50 pages. I couldn’t put it down without getting to the end. I loved Kira. She was a likable heroine whose internal dialogue was easy to relate to. Her soft heart and strong moral compass are great attributes that helped make her character easy to support. Kira’s ability, or disability, had very realistic reactions within her high school. This was especially [...]

Apr 172014
Discussion: When Series Names Are the Same as Book 1 Titles

Pet peeve time. I dislike when the name of a series is the same as the title of the first book. For example, The Hunger Games is the title of the series, and the first book in that series. I find it confusing because when someone talks about The Hunger Games, I always question whether they are referring to the book or the series. Why must there be a confusion? Why can’t the series name be different? It’s not like most series are spur of the moment decisions, with the author having no idea they were going to write a [...]

Apr 162014
Review: The Writer

While I enjoyed the premise of the story, this was one instance where the writing left me DNFing the book. I found the plot pacing was too uneven. Nothing happened for long stretches, and then too much happened all at once. It was hard to follow and stay engaged. I found the wording to be very repetitive, with the same details being retold over and over. Combining that with the constant verb tense changes that had me rereading passages to understand what was happening left me exhausted and unable to enjoy the story. I can usually overlook or read past [...]

Apr 152014
Review: Before I Die

I wanted to like this story. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but I just didn’t care for it. Tessa is just not a likable character. I understand that Tessa’s situation is heartbreaking and her anger is a very valid response, but I just couldn’t like her. Tessa is selfish, obnoxious, and mean to everyone she meets, including her family and friends. She has lost herself in her cancer and treats everyone around her like garbage. Her list of things to do before she dies isn’t very mature, or respectable: sex, drugs, illegal activity. Nothing on her [...]

Apr 142014
Review: Nightwalker

The start of an urban fantasy series, this book features a very strong heroine who gives no apologies for her behaviour, a semi-partner who seems both good and evil, and a unique paranormal enemy in the form of naturii, who are a combination of elves and fae. I quite enjoyed the fast paced action, especially in the later half of the story. There is a lot going on, and most of it involves action and adventure. We do get a glimpse at Mira’s history, which provides a softer, more rounded view of her rather than just the tough exterior shown [...]

Apr 132014
Week in review Apr 13

I don’t feel like I have a lot of news this week. This was a quiet week, filled with lots of reading and spending time with my son. I probably feel like I have nothing to say because I already talked about my week over on my personal blog. Books read: The Writer – Interesting idea, but the continually changing verb tense was just too hard to read. Open Minds – A very exciting paranormal story that went from high school drama to high-powered thriller very quickly. Wake – A secret filled story that featured an adorably sweet romance. Suddenly [...]

Apr 112014
Review: Shadowmagic

This book makes me think of jazz hands and Irish accents and magic. All of which is a direct result of the fact that I listened to the audiobook version. The podcast version precisely, where due to the serialized publication method, each chapter had an intro and outro with Celtic music and an overly enthuastic rendition of the title. The audiobook production was actually quite well done. It’s the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by the author, and it was very pleasant. There was a lot of excitement and variation to the narration, and it’s obvious the [...]

Apr 102014
Review: Shift

Similar to the first book in the Wool series, this book is comprised of multiple short stories that make up a longer one. In this book, each of the short stories is closely linked, following the same narrator through different points in time. This book takes place before the first Wool book and tells the story of the origin of the silos. It’s a scary, realistic story that has a distinct possibility of coming true. This realism adds an element of horror as it shows exactly what modern people are capable of, and it’s not pretty. While this was an [...]

Apr 082014
Review: Sunrise

Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this trilogy finale since the series first started. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but my worries were for naught. This finale fit perfectly. The story was mainly focused on living and building a future after everything that’s happened. I like both the approach, and the way things played out. Well, not the way everything played out, there were a few surprise disasters that left me reeling and wanting to yell “how could that happen!” Of course, in the effort to be spoiler-free, I won’t tell you what happened, [...]

Apr 072014
Review: Getting By

This was a fairly straight-forward contemporary romance. It had all the expected elements, but something fell short, and the story was a bit clunky. Part of this feeling came from Emma. She was a hard character to like. She was a serious workaholic with hidden secrets, who had little interest in forming connections with other people. Her standoffish attitude was hard to relate to, or sympathize with. Jake was a more personable character, but I found his overprotective behaviour a touch too much. I did like his brothers though, especially Mitch, whose humour added a little fun to the story. [...]