Nov 102015
 
Review: Deadly Spells

This story was a fun adventure. It felt like it focused more on series and character development than on a stand alone story, but since this the point in the series where most people commit or leave the series, it felt appropriate. There is a main story plot, with a magical black panther assassin running around killing people and trying to start a coven war. It makes for a politically charged atmosphere, but one that Kate seems almost comfortable negotiating. She certainly seems more at home with this type of violence than with the issues she has with her rebelling […]

Nov 062015
 
Review: White Night

I find later-in-the-series book hard to review because I never know what to discuss. It’s not like the characters are all new, or I don’t know what kind of story it will be. Harry is a familiar character now, and I know he’s going to get into a crazy and complicated situation where multiple bad guys are going to try to harm him and/or his friends. That is certainly the case with this story. Although it’s not entirely new, the story itself is quite entertaining. I find this series has become a type of comfort read as I adore Harry […]

Oct 232015
 
Review: Attachments

I loved everything about this book, except the ending. The characters felt so real, even the girls, which is quite amazing since we really only see them through email. Luckily, they email each other a lot, and their personalities really come through. Lincoln was absolutely adorable. He started out as such an insecure loner, and by the end of the book, was really starting to become self confident and strong. His growth was a great reason to read the book since it was slow and steady and very realistic. It was almost unnoticeable as it happened, like more personal growth, […]

Oct 222015
 
Review: The Martian

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out, and now that it’s in theatres, I had to read it before I saw the movie. That’s a serious requirement for any book-to-movie adaptation. I’m so happy I did, because I really loved the book, and can now put the energy into getting to the theatre. I was impressed at how much science was in the book, without becoming overwhelming or confusing. Everything Mark did was explained well, in a believable way, and all with a sense of humour. Mark’s humour was probably my favourite part of the story. […]

Oct 212015
 
Review: Red Rising

This was a brutal book. Violent, but brilliant. I’m very certain the only YA element is that the main character (and most others) are in their teens, but what they go through is definitely an adult hell. What they have to do is horrible, and nothing anyone should have to suffer, let alone a teenager. I’m not convinced this should be listed as a YA book, but regardless, the story is amazing. The plot is divided into three different parts, each with a different focus and feel, but it’s the final section, the Institute ordeal that really stands out. I’ve […]

Oct 202015
 
Review: Midnight Thief

Meh. This book left me feeling meh. It’s not so much that I disliked it, I just didn’t feel much for it at all. Kyra was very mousy and naive for someone who grew up on the street. She seemed rather bland and one dimensional. I just never came to care for her much. I did enjoy Tristan’s character, although he was rather stereotypical. He did have a little depth to him, which made him my favourite of the bunch, but there honestly wasn’t much to choose from. I found the story really slow to start. It seemed to take […]

Oct 162015
 
Review: Stray Bullets

This was a straight forward police procedure combined with courtroom drama story. The biggest “twist” is that it is very Canadian. The story is set in Toronto, Ontario, with locals sure to recognize scenery. The story clears shows the way the Canadian law and court systems work, with their subtle differences from US systems. I loved the sense of familiarity this book had. I find court-based stories to be rather relaxing as there is a definite pattern and expectation to the plot. Reading them is like wearing comfortable pyjamas, and to experience that with a Canadian version makes them flannel […]

Oct 132015
 
Review: By a Thread

It’s always sad to say goodbye to a series, but I think I’m done. I was on the fence with the last book, and the constant repetition again in this book has sealed the deal. It’s too bad as the plot is quite exciting, and I enjoy the characters, but I just can’t handle another retelling of Gin’s entire life story. This book had a plot that was basically completely separate from the previous books, and it was refreshing. It was also great to see Donovan Caine make a reappearance, even if he is still an obnoxious jerk. Gin’s continued […]

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 […]