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 […]

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 […]

Mar 052015
 
Review: The Prophecy Con

I was so excited to read this book since I loved the first one, and the funny thing is I only discovered this sequel through a happy Twitter coincidence. I didn’t know this book was coming out until I talked to someone who was reading the first book, and I looked up a detail, and noticed this book. So I bought it, downloaded it, and read it right away. And then joined the Twitter conversation again to confirm when book 3 was coming out. This book has as much humour as the first book, and makes for a highly amusing […]

Sep 262014
 
Review: Unborn

This was both a familiar feeling story, and a forgettable one. Even within days of finishing it I was having trouble remembering the details from it. The story has an interesting premise: Khara spends half her time with Hades in the Underworld, and the other half with Demeter. She’s the other half of Persephone’s myth, so where ever one girl isn’t the other is. But Khara is suddenly pulled from this arrangement and dropped on Earth, in Detroit, and is found by one of Ares’ sons, who recognizes her as an unknown sister. And that’s where the story starts… The […]

Sep 092014
 
Review: Lethal Code

This was a very exciting and scary techno-thriller about a terrorist group that sets out to destroy the US by taking over technological systems. I found the idea of the faceless, could be anyone even your neighbour, terrorist who attacks remotely through technology to be the scariest part. We live in an age where enemies are not staring at you across a battlefield, where psychological warfare is crucial, and where havoc and paranoia are commonplace. Unfortunately, I was disappointed that the story was a lot more telling than showing. The main characters were mostly removed from the individual disasters that […]

Jul 232014
 
Review: The Line

This was a southern magic story that was both captivating and beautiful. Set in Savannah, Georgia, this story really used the expectations of southern behaviour and magic in a great way, while also avoiding the stereotypical New Orleans cliches. Mercy is the unfortunate younger twin of the very powerful Maisie. Poor Mercy has no magical ability, and seems to be hated by the family matriarch. She is surprisingly well adjusted though, and it was easy to like her. She’s not perfect by any means, but she is relatible, and makes generally sound and believable decisions. I really liked the secondary […]

Apr 292013
 
Martin Reviews: The Far Time Incident

I must admit that when I pick up a book that uses time travel as a literary device I get a little nervous. It’s not that fiction can’t use time travel effectively: H.G. Wells began the fascination with time machines in his quintessential The Time Machine (1895); Dan Simmons succeeded brilliantly in weaving together the future and past time travel in the Hyperion Cantos (1989); and if we take the leap to film, Chris Marker’s “La Jetée” (1962) has perhaps one of the most chilling depictions of a protagonist traveling into the past to witness his own death. But then […]