Oct 152015
 
Review: The Drafter

Yes, yes, and yes. This is an urban fantasy with a unique and original time travel twist. Peri is a drafter, which means she can rewrite time in small chunks, but it costs her as she can’t handle having both timelines in her head. She relies on an anchor to help her sort out her memories and cement only the rewritten part into her head, which means she loses the original timeline. Bad side effect: she loses time from before the rewrite as well. This premise takes a bit to comprehend, but once I understood it, the story was slightly […]

Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

Apr 232015
 
Review: Suspected

The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology. The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy. Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types […]

Mar 242015
 
Review: Shadows Have Gone

This third book in the series picked up immediately after the second book ended. It jumped right into the action, but there were enough recaps spread out over the first few chapters to help me remember everything important from the previous books. This story surprised me with how dark it was. There was quite a bit of death in this book, including some characters that I felt I knew and liked. It was powerful, and really highlight how uncertain and unsafe a post catastrophe world would be. One thing that I really enjoyed in this book was the sense of […]

Mar 202015
 
Review: The Damned

This was such a creepy book. It stopped short of full on horror, but the premise of the book was very creepy and there were a few scenes that made you want to turn on all the lights. The idea that a near death experience could result in you bringing something back to life with you is terrifying. The way Danny brought back his completely psychopathic twin sister’s ghost was so scary. Not just because it’s a malevolent ghost, but her back story and her behaviour were just so creepy. Not only was this the story of Danny battling for […]

Mar 112015
 
Review: The Exile

If urban fantasy and epic fantasy had a baby who liked a touch of romance, this story would be it. The story mostly felt like urban fantasy with normal humans encountering paranormal situations, but with a large part of the story taking place in Faerie, with a war and succession issue, there was an overall feel of epic fantasy. I don’t normally dwell on genres, but this book had a unique feel that is sure to cause some comment. I really liked how the story was told. There were multiple narrations told in alternating chapters, with many characters, both human […]

Feb 102015
 
Review: Inherit Midnight

Oh my gosh, this was such a fun read. The blurb compares it to The Amazing Race and The Westing Game (never read), but it totally reminded me of the movie Rat Race. The shenanigans some of the people get up to is just ridiculous, but still totally believable within the realm of the story. I found Avery to be a very likable character. She may have grown up in a very rich family, but she doesn’t act like it. Her main goal is to have a “normal” life with a loving support centre. Her family is really not that, […]

Feb 042015
 
Review: Echo 8

This is a science fiction story with a strong romance element. It has a love triangle that is complex and very fun to read. Unlike most love triangles, the circumstances dictate that there isn’t really a “who will she pick” angle, just a lot of layers that made it feel unique. I found the romance in the story was hot and steamy, but also very fast. The relationships proceed at a breakneck speed which seems almost too fast, until you realize the entire book moves at the same speed. Then it starts to make sense and seem less rushed, but […]

Jan 282015
 
Review: They Call Me Crazy + Giveaway

This was a quick mystery story that is filled with very unique characters in a very small town. With a different narrator for every chapter, it does take a while to really get a grasp on everything that is happening, but the focus is mostly on Cass and finding out whether she actually killed her husband, and whether he deserved it. The plotline is fairly straight forward, but there are enough secrets and twists to keep a reader interested. There is a lot of charm in the story. It really highlights how small towns think and interact. You really can`t […]

Jan 262015
 
Review: Pacific Fire

I really liked this book. It takes place 10 years after the first one, and focuses on a different character, but the overall feel was much the same, and was very inventive. Sam is a character I found super easy to like and root for. He’s a golem, but seems very human. I was surprised at how much like a normal teenager he seemed, except he’s been extremely isolated (not uneducated or naive though) and knows he is considered a very expensive prize. Even knowing this though, he still has a good heart and great intentions, and follows his own […]