Nov 092015
 
Review: Salt

I usually love apocalypse books. There is something about the end of the world via natural disaster that excites and thrills me. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book, mainly because it felt a little clunky. It seemed to take a long time to explain exactly what happened to cause the world to drown. Yes, it’s briefly mentioned in the summary, but there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation in the actual story. Also, how did that many boats come together? It just felt under explained, which left me doubting. And what was Eva’s back story? She alluded to it […]

Nov 042015
 
Review: Boundary Lines

While I really loved the first book in this series as it featured a null and a main heroine with no paranormal abilities, this second book was less ground breaking. Charlie (the null) wasn’t really in this story, and Lex isn’t a plain-Jane human anymore. These changes put this book strictly into regular UF territory, and while it was exciting and fun, it’s wasn’t as original. Lex has a lot on her plate this book, with vampires going missing, werewolves intruding into the territory, and a whole lot of issues with the witches. All this action means something is always […]

Oct 272015
 
Review: The Paladin Caper

Is this the end of the series? Was this a trilogy? Something about this book makes me think that, and I’m okay with it because almost everything feels resolved. Not just resolved, but resolved in a satisfying way. I love when that happens because it so rarely seems to, but by the end of this book, I was feeling pleased. It’s hard to say much about this book and its characters that I haven’t already said. I love the ever present humour, especially Kail’s “your mother” jokes, those never get old. I also love how we get to meet Kail’s […]

Oct 262015
 
Review: Owl and the City of Angels

This book is all about adrenaline. It’s starts off with a bang which got my heart racing, and it didn’t stop until the end of the book. There is so much action and excitement, it felt like I should read faster and faster in order to match the pace of the story. Even with all this excitement, the characters and plot are well developed. I love all the various creatures that Owl interacts with. Her firm no supernatural rule really likes to slap her in the face, as her circle of friends and jobs keeps expanding into that territory. It’s […]

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 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 […]

Aug 072015
 
Review: Awake

Ugh. Just ugh. I quit this book somewhere around the halfway mark, and it’s a wonder I got that far. The premise of the book is just ridiculous. The whole idea is that Scarlet has no memories before the age of 5, and this is supposed to be a big deal. Except, very few people have many, if any, memories before the age of 5. How can this possibly be the basis of an entire story plot? It just doesn’t make any sense. But I kept reading, just in case there was something extraordinary. But nope. Just some stupid instalove […]

Aug 032015
 
Review: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

This was a fun paranormal story with lots of action packed into every page. There are ghosts, a family curse, an unsolved murder, and time travel. So much stuff, but it never felt tangled or rushed. The plot was the highlight of the story, but the characters were fun too. I liked the focus on Kat and Evan. They were a good contrast, and I loved the hints at something between them. It struck just the right balance between sweet and teenaged awkward. There were a few developments right near the end that I didn’t care as much about, but […]

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.