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, […]

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 […]

Jun 082015
 
Review: Hammered

With the current popularity of the Marvel movies, which include Thor, it’s interesting to read a completely different take on the character. This book’s Thor is a real jerk and bully, enough that several strong people want to kill him. There is a lot of storytelling in this story, as the group of characters who are going against Thor share their histories as a way to bond. It was fun to learn more about Leif and Gunnar as they are both very interesting characters. Their stories were quite heartbreaking. Since most of the book focuses on the lead up to, […]

May 122015
 
Review: Late Eclipses

The crying! I was not expecting so much death and sadness. I really didn’t think an urban fantasy series could make me cry so much, but the last book got me started, and this one was just such a bawl fest. It was unexpected, and makes me realize how emotionally attached to the characters I am. It was so heartbreaking, but there were also some really sweet parts. I said that book 3 was my favourite of the series so far, and I have to change that now to say that book 4 is my new favourite. The narration of […]

Apr 272015
 
Review: Hexed

This series is something that is sheer fun to listen to. It’s not without its flaws, but this book is quirky and humourous, with enough originality to make it very enjoyable. There are some pop culture jokes that will make it dated quickly, but the biggest flaw is the lack of any non-gorgeous, not attracted to Atticus females. Just one “regular” female character would be nice. Similar to the first book, my favourite character is Atticus’ dog Oberon, although the widow is creeping up there. She’s such a sassy old woman, and there is one scene whether Atticus is not […]

Feb 272015
 
Review: Hunter's Trail

This was the best book in the series so far! There was so much humour in the story that I found myself actually laughing out loud several times. There was lots of series development, and several plotline closures in this book. It had a very satisfying feel to it. Scarlett did a lot of growing up in the book, and seems to be coming into her power and potential some. Of course, she makes a lot of amusing missteps along the way though. On the character side, I found myself actually liking most of them, although Scarlett’s roommate Molly was […]

Jan 022015
 
Review: An Artificial Night

This is THE book of the series so far. I totally cried near the end. There was just so much emotion. More so than any other book in the series so far. It was just awesome. There is so much in this book that is not mentioned in the summary, so it’s hard to talk about anything for fear of spoilers. This includes the narration of the audiobook. The voice so far has always surprised me with how soft and mature it sounds, and there is a twist to this story that affects the narration, and I think it was […]

Nov 032014
 
Review: A Local Habitation

This is a very unique urban fantasy series in that it had a much softer feel than most UF. Toby is more mature, and the focus is more on growth and plot than on mindless action or sex. In this story, Toby is accompanied by Quentin, a teenaged foster child who becomes her apprentice. The addition of Quentin to the story is a large part of what makes this feel different from other series. Toby and Quentin get along great, and she treats him with a lot of respect. Their relationship is a great parent-child example, which is rare to […]

Feb 032014
 

For the first part of this book, I found myself wondering if this was going to suffer from book-two-itis and make me quit the series. Why? Because not much seems to happen in the first half. The last part of the book convinced me that this story isn’t that bad, and I should continue with the series. This book is really about Scarlett, Olivia, and their past together. Due to this focus, there seemed to be a lot of reflecting and reminiscing, and not much action. This in turn made the book feel slow and unexciting. The final few scenes […]

Jan 202014
 
Review: Rosemary and Rue

The first part of the story is slow and quite confusing. It felt like there should be a prequel to explain Toby’s history with turning into a koi, how she became human again, and the first few years afterward. A lot of that situation is only referred to offhandedly, and is a bit confusing. My favourite character was Tybalt, but he’s one of the least utilized people in the story. Every glimpse of him was exciting, and I wanted more. I fully expected to see the hate relationship between him and Toby develop into something else, and I was surprised […]