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 152015
 
Review: The Drafter

Yes, yes, and yes. This is an urban fantasy with a unique and original time travel twist. Peri is a drafter, which means she can rewrite time in small chunks, but it costs her as she can’t handle having both timelines in her head. She relies on an anchor to help her sort out her memories and cement only the rewritten part into her head, which means she loses the original timeline. Bad side effect: she loses time from before the rewrite as well. This premise takes a bit to comprehend, but once I understood it, the story was slightly […]

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 […]

Oct 122015
 
Review: The Accidental Prophetess

This was a fun action story with a lot of humour. Natalie has quite the adventure with The Society kidnapping her on the belief that she is a mystical prophet. Natalie is ditzy and reminded me a lot of the Shopaholic series, and a little like Stephanie Plum. She doesn’t always think things through, and that leads to disasters that are really amusing to witness. She does have good supporting friends, which help keep the story from getting too ridiculous. Overall, this was a nice light-hearted read with some frivolous fun.

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 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 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 […]