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 […]

Mar 172015
 
Review: Magic Study

It’s been almost a year since I read the first book in the series, but this book made it so easy to slip back into the world and characters. It felt very smooth, with just the right amount of recap. I found it interesting that the focus of this book is so different from the first. In this one, Yelena meets her family and basically goes to school to learn how to control her magic. It was an interesting development, and one that opened up a whole new range of issues, along with ones that continued from book one. I […]

Nov 182014
 
Review: Beyond the Shadows

The final book in any trilogy usually has a lot it needs to accomplish, and this book was no different. I’m very happy that not only did it wrap everything up in a satisfying and believable way, but there was a depth to the story that I was not expecting. I mentioned in reviews for previous installments that this series has a lovable protagonist, and that the series overall is supposed to have a balance of light and dark. Where the first book was really dark, this finale was really light. I was very surprised at how prevalent the theme […]

Nov 062014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Curse Giver

I wasn’t expecting much when I got this book. The cover looked a little like a corny romance novel, but I was going on vacation and I figured why not try it. By the second page I knew I was going to love this book. The action gets going right away and once it starts it really doesn’t drag. It was one of those stories where you just had to see how it was all going to work out, or if it was going to work out, even if it meant reading into the early hours of the morning. The […]

Aug 292014
 
Review: Poison Dance

A standalone prequel, this is an exciting introduction to the world and setting used in Midnight Thief. I was impressed at how much history and set up were included, especially since there was no dreaded info dumping. I got to learn quite a bit about the Guild and how it works, and met some very interesting characters. As a way to make me interested in the actual first book, this prequel did its job. I’ve heard there are discrepancies in feel and tone between this prequel and the first book, and that makes me sad as this prequel was quite […]

Aug 282014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception has a really corny title and it doesn’t exactly break new ground as far as fantasy novels go, but it was still a solid read. The writing is enjoyable and it’s easy to get sucked into the story. For the first seventy percent of this book I really couldn’t put it down. The best thing this plot has going for it is a pretty big twist I really didn’t see coming that made me go back and see the story in a whole new light. Normally I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but I […]

Aug 142014
 
Review: Shadow and Bone

This is another book that I feel like I’m late to the party with, especially since Genevieve reviewed book 3 last month. But better late than never, and I’m really glad I got to this book as I totally loved it. There was so much going on in this book, that I’m not even sure where to start. Do I start with the characters and how much I adored Alina? Her character went through a lot of trials and had amazing growth. Mal was someone I wasn’t sold on, although he did start to grow on me by the end. […]

Jul 252014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Midnight Thief

I’d been looking forward to reading this book for a long time and I was counting down the days until it came out, but I ended underwhelmed. The plot is actually pretty interesting and as I was reading it I was thinking, I should be engrossed by this, I should be on the edge of my seat, but I never got there. The writing in this book is very simplistic, and I didn’t get a real sense of personality or voice from it. There weren’t any clever turns of phrase, no attitude in the narration at all. When I’m reading […]

Jul 112014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Ruin and Rising

The third book in a series always has a lot to do. Plot threads need to be wrapped up, the bad guy needs to be dealt with, romances need to be resolved. Maybe that’s why I always feel a little let down by final instalments in a series. There so much the book need to cover, it rarely gives completely satisfying closure. That’s why this book really surprised me. It did a great job of wrapping up everything with the primary characters. There wasn’t a ton of action in the book, but I still enjoyed the story. Actually, I was […]

May 302014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Nihal of the Land of the Wind

This seemed like it had everything I wanted: epic battles, magic, and a girl who wants to be a warrior. And at first, I was enjoying it. The beginning felt slow, but I was willing to overlook that because it seemed like it was setting the stage for later events. But as the story hit and then passed its midway point, the pace and the tension never picked up. I think the reason the story wasn’t all that engrossing was the writing style. According to the blub about the book, this novel was originally a best seller in Italy and […]