Nov 102015
 
Review: Deadly Spells

This story was a fun adventure. It felt like it focused more on series and character development than on a stand alone story, but since this the point in the series where most people commit or leave the series, it felt appropriate. There is a main story plot, with a magical black panther assassin running around killing people and trying to start a coven war. It makes for a politically charged atmosphere, but one that Kate seems almost comfortable negotiating. She certainly seems more at home with this type of violence than with the issues she has with her rebelling […]

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, […]

Oct 202015
 
Review: Midnight Thief

Meh. This book left me feeling meh. It’s not so much that I disliked it, I just didn’t feel much for it at all. Kyra was very mousy and naive for someone who grew up on the street. She seemed rather bland and one dimensional. I just never came to care for her much. I did enjoy Tristan’s character, although he was rather stereotypical. He did have a little depth to him, which made him my favourite of the bunch, but there honestly wasn’t much to choose from. I found the story really slow to start. It seemed to take […]

Oct 162015
 
Review: Stray Bullets

This was a straight forward police procedure combined with courtroom drama story. The biggest “twist” is that it is very Canadian. The story is set in Toronto, Ontario, with locals sure to recognize scenery. The story clears shows the way the Canadian law and court systems work, with their subtle differences from US systems. I loved the sense of familiarity this book had. I find court-based stories to be rather relaxing as there is a definite pattern and expectation to the plot. Reading them is like wearing comfortable pyjamas, and to experience that with a Canadian version makes them flannel […]

Sep 252015
 
Review: Crash

I’m so conflicted. There were elements that I both really loved, and really disliked about this book. I love Jules’ family. The focus of the book wasn’t on them, but that was one of the beautiful things. Jules and her siblings are super tight, with great relationships with each other. Her twin brother is gay, and is open about it. I love that this is just part of the background of the story. This happens so rarely in books, so it is definitely something to celebrate. Also worth celebrating is the inclusion on mental health issues in the form of […]

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 […]

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 042015
 
Review: Those Who Walk in Darkness

This book has a very hard edge, and a lot of profanity. It’s written into the story well, and is accompanied by a lot of angry feelings and fast action. Unfortunately, the story wasn’t strong enough to keep my attention. The story started quite exciting, with Soledad on her first call with the Mtac team, facing a villain with super powers. But every time I put the story down, I didn’t rush to pick it back up, and after forgetting about it for 3 days, I realized I just wasn’t invested in the story, and so DNF’d it.

May 292015
 
Review: Two for the Dough

I am quite saddened that I didn’t love this like I did the first book in the series. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that I listened to the audiobook version, as I just couldn’t get into the narration. It’s rare that I don’t enjoy the audiobook version of a book, but this is definitely one of those times. The narration had such an over the top accent, with an attitude that I didn’t associate with Stephanie, that it really threw me off. I found the actual story amusing, but I just couldn’t connect […]

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 […]