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 […]

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 […]

Jun 242015
 
Interview: J.P. Choquette + Giveaway

Thank you, first of all, Sarah, for having me as a guest on your site—very exciting! If you had to describe your book Twitter syle (140 characters or less), what would you say? Hmmm, if I were to describe ‘Subversion’ Twitter-style, I’d post someone else’s review (self- promotion isn’t my strong suit): “Grab a quilt & a cup of tea; once you start this book, you won’t want to put it down~explores the darker side of human nature, while renewing your faith in humanity.” What books have influenced your writing? As far as finding my rhythm and “voice” as a […]

May 262015
 
Review: Sharp Objects

This was a seriously messed up story. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I like it or not, and I just can’t decide. There are just so many elements at play that it’s difficult for me to figure out exactly what I thought of the book. Camille has had a very messed up life, with a messed up family, and lived in a very messed up town. Combined, there was just nothing “normal” in the story, and I think this lack of backdrop made it hard to take in everything. And there was a lot to […]

May 212015
 
Review: Little Black Lies

This just such a creative and intriguing book. It had twist after twist after twist that kept me guessing right to the end. The narration style of the book was a big draw for me. It’s told in 3 parts, with each part narrated by a different person: Catrin, Callum and Rachel. It was very interesting to see how each narrator added their own spin to the unfolding story. The story itself was quite dark and moody. With missing children, tragic deaths affecting all the characters, and an overall backdrop of the war in the recent memories of all the […]

May 192015
 
Review: The Well

This book had such an overwhelming melancholy feel, I had to read it in small chunks because the feeling of the book kept soaking into me. The feeling fell just short of depressed, but it was certainly on the darker side of emotion. This mood fit the story very well as the story is all about Ruth, and her reflections on what happened at The Well. Her story looks back at when her and her husband first arrived, and the struggles that started with the drought. It goes through the arrival of her daughter and grandson, and the arrival of […]

May 152015
 
Review: Once a Thief

This was a light-hearted and fun book, one I’d consider a pure entertainment read. I love heist stories, and this one is all about museum heists, with both the museum curator and the thief as main characters. The book actually features two couples: Morgan and Quinn and Storm and Wolfe. There is more time spent on Storm and Wolfe, although the encounters between Morgan and Quinn are highly amusing when they do occur. While I liked all the characters, I thought there was more chemistry and depth between Morgan and Quinn. This is definitely the first half of a story, […]

Apr 142015
 
Review: You Can Trust Me

This book was told in alternating chapters between Livy and the serial killer, and let me just tell you that the serial killer chapters were absolutely horrifying. They were so straight forward and emotionless, they really portrayed how utterly cold and psychotic the killer was. That one element made the book hard to put down because I wanted to know who that horrible person was. I was completely unable to guess who it was, and was shocked, surprised, and horrified at the reveal. It almost seemed worst because it seemed believable. Livy’s actual story didn’t fully impress me. I found […]

Apr 092015
 
Review: Now You See Me

I am quite amazed at how many twists and surprises there are in this story. I never would have guessed the ending, but it was done in a way that absolutely made sense, it was just entirely unpredictable. The story is set in London, and has a decidedly British feel. It was interesting to see what British police procedure is like. It’s not very different from Canadian or American procedure, but there were a few quirks that made the story feel a bit foreign. Along that theme, I listened to the audiobook version, and it was narrated with an amazing […]

Apr 082015
 
Review: The Private School Murders

Normally I start audiobook reviews talking about the story, and put my thoughts on the narration at the end, but in this case, it’s the narration that really stands out to me. I doubt the narrator is actually a teenaged girl, but the voice fits perfectly. It sounds like a slightly snobby, privileged teenager girl who is struggling with rebuilding her life and her self. It’s just so believable. Getting to the story, I liked a number of the mysteries that Tandy helped to solve, although there was one big element I greatly didn’t enjoy. The whole obsession about James. […]