Jan 192015
 
Review: Advent

I feel so torn about this book. On one hand I really liked Gavin’s character and found his story quite engaging and interesting, and parts of it were told with a very magical prose, but on the other hand, Gavin’s story is interspersed with Johann’s narration, and this part had me very confused and uninterested. Writing my review several weeks after reading the book is a bad idea here as most of the story has faded in my memory, which is never a great sign. I know there were parts that had a very magical feel, and I can almost […]

Jan 152015
 
Review: The Maze Runner

I feel like I’m one of the last people to read this book. That seems to be the case for most really popular YA series that turn into movies. As such, I’m not really sure what I can say that hasn’t already been said. I really liked the book. The action was fast paced, and Thomas didn’t sit around questioning everything, instead, he actively tried to figure things out, and make things better. He had a surprisingly positive attitude considering everything that was happening. I liked how the maze wasn’t just a setting, but it was a character in its […]

Nov 102014
 
Review: Daring

I’m not really sure how I feel about this addition to the series. I loved the first book completely, but this one is so different, it almost feels like it belongs to another series. The story is still told from John’s point of view, and he’s still a snarky sarcastic werewolf former-Knight, but that’s pretty much all this book has in common with the first. There is a whole new set of characters, and John spends most of the book dealing with werewolves, and in particular, his own werewolf. I think this werewolf focus may be the source as my […]

Nov 052014
 
Review: Don't Drink and Fly

I thought this was going to be a fun and light hearted paranormal romp, but I DNF’d at the halfway mark because I just felt super lost. I couldn’t tell what the main plot was, or where it was going, and with quite a few POV narrations, everything felt super busy. What little I did understand, felt less like a paranormal story, and more like a literary character based drama. There was no magic or witchcraft used, and the focus seemed more on the messy and complicated lives of the people involved. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into the story as […]

Oct 272014
 
Review: Seeing The Light

This was a quirky ghost story set in Edmonton, Alberta. With likeable characters Marie, who can see ghosts but doesn’t want to, and Farley, who is a recent ghost who wants to find out what caused his death, this story was a fun and fast read. I will admit that I was a bit leery at first as the premise of a reluctant “ghost whisperer” character is nothing new, but there is a gentle sassiness to this story that is quite entertaining. Marie is very much an optimist, even when her string of bad days seems like it will never […]

Oct 062014
 
Review: A Vision of Fire

When I first saw this book popping up, I was torn about it. The X-Files was an awesome show, and obviously the author is using that connection to find an audience, but just because you can act sci-fi, doesn’t mean you can write sci-fi. The summary has potential, but I felt it could reach towards overly political. Having read the story, I’ll admit I’m still torn. This was a very heavy and serious feeling book. There wasn’t an overly political tone, but the entire plot was a little lacking on believability. I think part of that stems from the main […]

Sep 222014
 
Review: Cursed Moon

This was a very dark and gritty urban fantasy story. With the main characters trying to stop a rape bomb, this story features quite a few elements that a lot of readers will not enjoy. If you can get past the unpleasant elements, the character develop does advance the series arch enough to make the story worthwhile. Kate spends a lot of the book dealing (or not dealing) with the events that happened in the first book. Her continual internal debate is both nice to see and annoying. It’s nice in that she’s not the typical overly confident and competent […]

Sep 082014
 
Review: Sisters of Treason

The appeal of historical Tudor fiction is the intense scheming. The political and personal plots are so intense and passionate, it’s hard to believe they have a basis in reality. But even when the actual stories are fiction, there is still a grain of truth in the events, and this is true of Sisters of Treason. A story about the sisters of Lady Jane Grey, two historical characters about which litle is known, this book creates a realistic image of them. It’s easy to feel sorry for Mary, a tiny woman with physical deformities, but her sister Catherine, is just […]

Sep 022014
 
Review: Everybody Has Everything

I had been putting off reading this book because I was afraid it would be too emotional, but I finally decided to just go for it, and my overall impression was one of disappointment. I approached this book with the feeling that I would be very sympathetic about Ana and James, and their reactions to receiving custody of Finn. Unfortunately, I never connected with Ana. From the very first page, she felt cold and unlikable. It’s hard to feel for a character when you can’t bring yourself to like anything about her. Even most villains have some redeeming qualities, and […]

Aug 272014
 
Review: To Die Fur

This is such a fun series. I was laughing out loud in multiple spots, and giggling like crazy in others. What else can you expect from a series that includes floating turtle ghosts, a talking reincarnated and very sassy cat, a ghost dog able to take the form of any breed, and a whole menagerie of other animals? Foxtrot is a great main character. She’s just the right amount of sanity, and controlled behaviour needed to offset all the paranormal craziness. Her practical and logical manner comes in very handy, and her quick wit and sharp thinking results in plenty […]