Jul 072015
 
Review: Those Girls

These girls are seriously cursed. And this book is seriously awesome, in a totally scary, uncomfortable, left me bawling on the ferry in public, kind of way. Do I need to back up here a bit? No way. I read this as quick as I could because it was entirely captivating and thrilling, but I don’t really want to relive it. Why? Because those girls went through hell, and I have no wish to go through it with them again. If anything could go wrong, it did. Think of your worst nightmare, and then double it. *shudder* I’ll never look […]

Jul 062015
 
Review: The Book of Speculation

This is a very captivating, very melodic story. With a duel past and present narration, the story follows the current day Simon with his crumbling house and worries for his sister, and the past story of Peabody’s travelling circus with its Wild Boy, Seer, and Mermaid. Both narrations had a similar melancholy dreamy feel, and fit together well. It felt like two very separate stories until near the end, but even so, they were both very interesting. The characters in both were well developed and intriguing. The past narration definitely had more unusual characters, but Simon’s worry and depression were […]

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 […]

Mar 162015
 
Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge

I feel really torn about this book. I love this series, but this wasn’t my favourite book. It felt a little forced in the beginning, and a bit scattered. It did pull together in the end, and there were lots of highly amusing bits, but I didn’t have the same love for the book as I did for previous installments. There was a very notable exception to this: Angel’s story. We finally get to learn more about his back story, and it was heartbreaking. There was one scene that was just so emotional. It was beautiful. There were lots of […]

Feb 122015
 
Review: The Secrets of Midwives

This was a very emotional story about 3 generations of midwives. Neva has just announced she is pregnant and won’t say who the father is, while her mother Grace struggles to accept the news, her grandmother Floss is reminded of her own story. I found that I quite liked both Neva and Floss, but could barely stand Grace. Grace just seemed too selfish and flakey. Neva was a strong modern woman, and I loved the way her story flowed. Floss had quite the secret in her past, and while it was fairly easy to guess early on, the actual story […]

Feb 092015
 
Review: One for the Money

Oh, Stephanie. I waited a really long time before starting to read your adventures, and can I just say that you are highly amusing. How you manage to land yourself in such complicated situations, and yet still escape relatively unharmed is quite amazing. You have guts but aren’t looking for glory, just a small pay cheque to survive the next week. This small term, realistic outlook is refreshing and believable. Your humour is fun, and your taste in men is highly questionable. Plus, you get up to such fun escapades. I mean, really, stealing your mark’s car? Awesome! He can’t […]

Jan 202015
 
Review: First Frost

This was a magical and beautiful story. It had a wonderfully poetic feel, and really centered on family and love. While this is a sequel book, I didn’t actually read the first, and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This is a great stand alone story. It felt mostly like Bay’s story, and it was quite magical as she has the gift of knowing where things belong. She knows she belongs with a specific boy in her classes, even if he doesn’t seem to know she exists. There is also a little mystery drama with an older con […]

Nov 132014
 
Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light

I finally like Reyes! Prior to this book, I was a bit hesitant about him, with moments where I really didn’t like him. But this book showed that he really actually cares for Charley, and really understands her. It was just great, and now I will happily root for him. I also liked that we got to learn more about Garrett. He’s one of my favourite characters, and I love that he got more page time this book, and also that his secrets are slowly being revealed. It’s amusing to watch Charley and Garrett interact as their relationship is so […]

Oct 172014
 
Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Oh, Charley, how I adore your antics. You may be having a hard time coping with the events from the last book, but once things start happening, you have a knack for ending up right in the middle of things. Often with a quip on your lips and a solution brewing in your head. Similar to previous books, this one had several plotlines criss-crossing and intersecting, with Charley being the focal point. Everything builds to exciting resolutions, with several new threads being spun out to come into play in the next book. Charley’s main case in this story involves a […]

Oct 082014
 
Review: The Silent Sister

I had really high hopes for this book, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. The story is built around a mystery about Riley’s sister Lisa, who was thought to have committed suicide when she was a teen. As Riley is cleaning up her father’s house after this death, she stumbles upon information about Lisa that makes her question everything that happened. While I found the mystery a little predictable, and slightly unnecessary, I mean really, why was everything kept a secret from Riley, I did find Riley’s grief very realistic. Her inability to concentrate of the task […]