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 […]

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 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. […]

Jun 022015
 
Review: The Dragons of Heaven

I wanted to love this book because it has a cool, and original sounding premise. There are super heroes, with dragons, and Asian myth lore, told through a female protagonist. Unfortunately, it’s told using a dual now and then narration that felt more like 2 different people. The story starts with the now narrative, but it’s very confusing as to who everyone is, and what’s happening. Most of this is explained in the then narrative, but since the two narratives switch back and forth throughout the story, you don’t really get the full background until near the end of the […]

May 212015
 
Review: Little Black Lies

This just such a creative and intriguing book. It had twist after twist after twist that kept me guessing right to the end. The narration style of the book was a big draw for me. It’s told in 3 parts, with each part narrated by a different person: Catrin, Callum and Rachel. It was very interesting to see how each narrator added their own spin to the unfolding story. The story itself was quite dark and moody. With missing children, tragic deaths affecting all the characters, and an overall backdrop of the war in the recent memories of all the […]

May 202015
 
Review: Revive

This was a very exciting and fun story, with a ton of twists and reveals. These elements, which made for a great read, make this book extremely hard to review. There are so many surprises which affect everything that happens after that point, that mentioning almost anything would be a spoiler. The story is told with alternating present time events, and flashbacks as Sophia remembers things. It was never confusing, and lent to the mysterious feel of the story. It helped me connect with and understand Sophia as she never seemed to know anything that the reader didn’t. It made […]

May 192015
 
Review: The Well

This book had such an overwhelming melancholy feel, I had to read it in small chunks because the feeling of the book kept soaking into me. The feeling fell just short of depressed, but it was certainly on the darker side of emotion. This mood fit the story very well as the story is all about Ruth, and her reflections on what happened at The Well. Her story looks back at when her and her husband first arrived, and the struggles that started with the drought. It goes through the arrival of her daughter and grandson, and the arrival of […]

Apr 282015
 
Review: The Beautiful Daughters

This story sounded like it would be an interesting slow unravelling of a mystery, but I didn’t connect with either of the main characters, and so I DNF’d at the 38% mark. The first introduction to Adri was exciting as she’s living a nursing life in Africa, but she quickly comes back to the states, and is shown to be rather boring. Most of what I read was her complaining about why she was there, and how she didn’t want to be there. It was annoying, and boring. Before I quit reading, there was one glimpse into Harper’s current life, […]

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 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 […]