Oct 222015
 
Review: The Martian

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out, and now that it’s in theatres, I had to read it before I saw the movie. That’s a serious requirement for any book-to-movie adaptation. I’m so happy I did, because I really loved the book, and can now put the energy into getting to the theatre. I was impressed at how much science was in the book, without becoming overwhelming or confusing. Everything Mark did was explained well, in a believable way, and all with a sense of humour. Mark’s humour was probably my favourite part of the story. […]

Oct 192015
 
Review: Year Zero

Dude. This book is so funny. It’s like Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy but with music instead of the demolition of Earth. Apparently the Earth isn’t far into its evolution. Except for music. Earthlings make music that completely outdoes anything else in the galaxy. So much so that they restarted the galactic calendar based on when they started listening to it. And now the galaxy owes us because of our copyright laws. Like big time owes us, and they obviously aren’t happy about it. So starts the book, and the hilarity of aliens and lawyers, and bad puns and a ton […]

Jun 172015
 
Review: The Library at Mount Char

This book takes a little bit of time to get into, and to really understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it. So very worth it. By the time you get to the end, the story will have blown you away. It’s hard to describe the book, but my description would be if someone asked a person high on a variety of drugs for story elements, and then a great writer wove a story around all the ideas. Basically it’s a crazy mess of a story that was told wonderfully. That’s the only way I can think to describe a […]

Jun 122015
 
Review: Shadow Scale

I feel so sad because I didn’t love this book. I really loved the first one, and this sequel has been so well received by everyone else, but I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. I found it slow and boring, and the best part was that I finished it. When I read the first book, I was very intrigued with the characters in Seraphina’s garden, wanting to learn more about them. This book is really all about those other characters, which I appreciated. It was interesting to see how Seraphina’s images and names tied into […]

Jun 102015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Queen

I picked up this book because I thought it would be a light, entertaining read that would be engaging, but wouldn’t leave me an emotion wreck or anything. Unfortunately, it just made me mad by how light this thing really was. Red Queen is a mashup of all the YA books that have come before it, without adding any interesting twists. The beginning is very similar to The Hunger Games. The main character is in the middle of doing an illegal activity that she’s been forced to do because Oppressive Society (In Hunger Games Katniss is hunting, in this book […]

Jun 032015
 
Review: The Fold

This is science fiction done right! I was sucked into this story about Mike with his brain ants, and his investigation into the teleportation project that just feels wrong. Mike has a photographic memory, which he describes as ants in his brain, and hates it. His desire for a normal life is so extreme that he goes out of his way to avoid overstimulating his ants. So he works a normal high school teaching job, doesn’t read, and doesn’t do anything exciting with information. But that all changes when his friend Reggie convinces him to audit a secret government project. […]

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 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 152015
 
Review: What You Left Behind

While I felt this story started off a bit rocky, it turned into a thrilling, and surprising read by the end. I didn’t realize before reading that it was the second in a series, but it stood alone quite well. There are a few remarks that hinted at a prior story, but nothing that stood in the way of enjoying and understanding this story. This book had several twists and turns, and in the first half, had several story lines that seemed very disconnected. I had a bit of trouble seeing the point to everything that was happening, but things […]

Apr 022015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Golden Son

It took me a long, long time to write a review for this book because it left me with such a book hangover. It was very, very good, and it was so easy to get caught up in the story. But the ending was just crushing. Really good. But crushing. Golden Son picks up two years after Red Rising ended. Darrow is just finishing up at the Academy, which is sort of like the Institute from the first book, only with space ships. And like the Institute, the Academy isn’t lessons in class so much as it is war games […]