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 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 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 […]

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 […]

Nov 032015
 
Martin Reviews: Undermajordomo Minor

. A castle and the town under its shadow is the setting for Patrick deWitt’s latest novel, Undermajordomo Minor (Ecco, 2015). It is in this alpine landscape where Lucien Minor (Lucy), deWitt’s protagonist, is provided all the requisite tests of adulthood and where deWitt loots the motifs of the Romantic coming-of-age tale to produce a rollicking, modern work. We join the seventeen-year-old Lucy as he leaves home for his new job as an under-servant at the castle Von Aux. After an exchange of farewells with his mother, he sets off down the road and soon finds the opportunity to sit […]

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 […]

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 192015
 
Review: Year Zero

Dude. This book is so funny. It’s like Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy but with music instead of the demolition of Earth. Apparently the Earth isn’t far into its evolution. Except for music. Earthlings make music that completely outdoes anything else in the galaxy. So much so that they restarted the galactic calendar based on when they started listening to it. And now the galaxy owes us because of our copyright laws. Like big time owes us, and they obviously aren’t happy about it. So starts the book, and the hilarity of aliens and lawyers, and bad puns and a ton […]