Jun 192015
Review: Rogue

It took me almost 2 years to finally read this series ender, but it didn’t feel like it. By the time I read the first 10 pages, I was completely sucked in and felt comfortable understanding everything that was happening. That’s a great sign since the previous books obviously made an impression somewhere in my memory. This book fit right into those impressions, and fulfilled my expectations wonderfully. The darkest in the trilogy, this book still has the overall humour vibe of the series. It meant the book was very entertaining, even with a lot of darker undertones. Like the […]

Mar 092015
Review: Mortal Heart

I really enjoyed this ending book of the trilogy. It was incredibly sweet and romantic. Not at all what I’d expect from a series about assassin nuns, but when I look back at the series overall, there was a lot of romance, and it was all handled really well. Something that I didn’t really pick up while reading, but seems obvious looking back is the symbolism of the titles. It really speaks to the purpose of each book, and what portion of the god is revealed. It is a really nice touch to have such meaningful titles. The high point […]

Jun 052014
Review: What Came from the Stars

This was an intriguing YA story told in alternating chapters between Tommy on Earth, and the Valorim on their home planet. The viewpoints were quite distinct, and yet went together easily. Tommy’s chapters were all present time, focusing on the current action, while the Valorim chapters started with the history of events leading to Tommy’s possession of the chain, and continued up to and including the events that happened after Tommy’s story ended. Unlike a lot of YA science fiction, there was no dumbing down on the details. The Valorim were a well thought out race, with a complete history. […]

Oct 212013
Review: Graceling

I feel like I’m one of the last people to read Graceling, but now that I have, I can see what all the fuss is about. Katsa and Po are so adorable. They give me warm fuzzy feelings. So entertaining together, I wanted more scenes with their bickering and fighting. I loved that they didn’t hold anything back in their fights, trusting each others skills and abilities. Katsa’s grace was quite useful and interesting. Everything seemed so effortless to her, even though she really had to work at understanding her skills. Her humility was quite refreshing, and her growth throughout […]

Oct 102013
Review: Stained

This was a powerful and emotional story about the strength most people carry within them. Sarah sees herself as weak and deformed, yet must find the inner strength that others see when they look at her in order to survive a terrifying ordeal. Not just survive, but overcome. I was blown away at the sheer amount of emotion the book generated. I haven’t read a Cheryl Rainfield book before, but you can bet I will be reading her other books now. This book was full of raw emotion. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. I had to […]

Aug 192013
Review: Scorch

This is a dark story that still manages to be humourous at times, and entertaining all the time. Darker than the first book in the series, there is less humour and more serious moments, but it is still as engrossing. The best and worse thing about this book is the fact that the author is not afraid to kill the characters. For a book about death, it hurts to watch beloved characters die. It makes the threat of danger much more meaningful because, as the reader, you know that something could actually happen to the main characters. The ending is […]

Aug 092013
Review: Croak

This is an awesomely funny, laugh-out-loud story filled with dark sarcastic humour. It is the perfect YA story to pick up when you’re getting sick of the normal YA drama. While the action is exciting and original, it’s the characters that got to me. Everyone is uniquely intriguing, and is a rightful “character”. My favourite is Driggs. Oh Driggs, you’re so funny and amusing. I loved that he and Lex actually threw punches and were constantly bickering. The tension was awesome to watch, and I kept waiting for things to explode between them. It was quite natural and amusing. Almost […]

Jan 282013
Review: Grave Mercy

This book is well worth the considerable hype it has gotten. Assassin nuns are definitely worth read. I found that although this is classified as YA, it’s definitely on the older end of that scale, almost an adult read. I would describe it as a historical romance with healthy helping of spy action. I was disappointed that the spy training was skipped, and that the actual assassin action took a back seat to the romance story, but at least the romance was sweet and well written. Gavriel is a gentleman and a good match for Ismae. He is both aggravating […]

Sep 212012
Review: The Last Dragonslayer

This was a fun and quirky book. It reminded me of Jasper’s book Shades of Grey in a great way. Both books are innovative with intricate and imaginative worlds. Jennifer is a fun character. She’s honest and trustworthy and wants to do the right thing. The secondary characters are varied and unique. Each person has their own personality that stands out and makes them come alive. This book has a subtle theme about the power of emotion. They are cleverly woven into the story and only became apparent near the end. It generated a great statement of how greed is […]