Apr 202015
 
Review: The Lair

Ugh. Just ugh. Where I loved the first book in this series due to its portrayal of an autistic character, this book read like a cliched teenaged angtsy relationship. It felt like all Lily and Carter did was whine about their relationship. How loving each other put them both at risk. How they couldn’t act responsibly or logically if they were near each other. And yet neither wanted to be apart. It was just all so overblown. I was most disappointed in the developments of Mel’s character. Being turned into a vampire “cured” her autism, and I found it almost […]

Apr 132015
 
Review: The Truth About Alice

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw details before its publication. I finally got to it, and in audiobook format even, and I’m so glad. This is an extremely powerful story. There are several things that greatly annoyed me, including the ending, but without spoilers, it’s hard to talk about any of it. Even though some parts made me angry, the fact that I felt such forceful emotions speaks volumes about the book. The audiobook has several narrators, one for each of the characters telling the story. It’s not often I listen to full cast narrations, […]

Apr 092015
 
Review: Now You See Me

I am quite amazed at how many twists and surprises there are in this story. I never would have guessed the ending, but it was done in a way that absolutely made sense, it was just entirely unpredictable. The story is set in London, and has a decidedly British feel. It was interesting to see what British police procedure is like. It’s not very different from Canadian or American procedure, but there were a few quirks that made the story feel a bit foreign. Along that theme, I listened to the audiobook version, and it was narrated with an amazing […]

Apr 082015
 
Review: The Private School Murders

Normally I start audiobook reviews talking about the story, and put my thoughts on the narration at the end, but in this case, it’s the narration that really stands out to me. I doubt the narrator is actually a teenaged girl, but the voice fits perfectly. It sounds like a slightly snobby, privileged teenager girl who is struggling with rebuilding her life and her self. It’s just so believable. Getting to the story, I liked a number of the mysteries that Tandy helped to solve, although there was one big element I greatly didn’t enjoy. The whole obsession about James. […]

Apr 062015
 
Review: Magic Bleeds

Is this really only book 4 of the series? There is so much that happens in this book, that I just can’t see how much further it can go. I did enjoy the adventure this book took me on though. There is a lot of Kate’s history and family explained in this book, and it really made me feel like I could understand Kate. It never felt info-dumpy, just like a story within a story. Kate and Curran’s relationship is hella crazy, as usual. It has so many ups and downs, and I’m still in disbelief over everything that happens […]

Mar 172015
 
Review: Magic Study

It’s been almost a year since I read the first book in the series, but this book made it so easy to slip back into the world and characters. It felt very smooth, with just the right amount of recap. I found it interesting that the focus of this book is so different from the first. In this one, Yelena meets her family and basically goes to school to learn how to control her magic. It was an interesting development, and one that opened up a whole new range of issues, along with ones that continued from book one. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feb 202015
 
Review: The Windup Girl

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for a long time, and finally had a chance to pick up the audiobook version. Unfortunately, my experience with it fizzled quite quickly. I found the story very slow and I finally gave it up and DNF’d partway through. The plot seemed to move really slowly, and the characters blended together so that I had a hard time separating their stories. More than once I mixed up who was who. The narration of the audiobook was okay, but I think part of the mix ups came from the fact that there was no […]

Feb 072015
 
Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This was a very imaginative story. It wasn’t very long, but it was complete and quite captivating. There was a magical quality to it that made it easy to follow and enjoy. I listened to the audiobook and found it was a very pleasant experience. It was narrated by the author, so there is obviously a familiarity and understanding of the story already, which came through in the narration. This was a quick and enjoyable story, and I’d highly recommend the audio version.