Nov 122015
 
Review: Feed

This book started off feeling clunky. It’s full of futuristic teen speak, and has a selfish and entitled teenaged narrator. It was hard for me to get into, but once things started happening, it seemed smoother. This is not a fluffy, happy ending style story. It’s actually quite dark. Not only when you consider Violet’s issues, and Titus’ reactions, but the entire societal set up with advertising and capitalist embedded in every second of life, and every inch of brain space, is quite unsettling. It’s easy to see how how current society could become the situation portrayed in the book, […]

Nov 062015
 
Review: White Night

I find later-in-the-series book hard to review because I never know what to discuss. It’s not like the characters are all new, or I don’t know what kind of story it will be. Harry is a familiar character now, and I know he’s going to get into a crazy and complicated situation where multiple bad guys are going to try to harm him and/or his friends. That is certainly the case with this story. Although it’s not entirely new, the story itself is quite entertaining. I find this series has become a type of comfort read as I adore Harry […]

Oct 222015
 
Review: The Martian

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out, and now that it’s in theatres, I had to read it before I saw the movie. That’s a serious requirement for any book-to-movie adaptation. I’m so happy I did, because I really loved the book, and can now put the energy into getting to the theatre. I was impressed at how much science was in the book, without becoming overwhelming or confusing. Everything Mark did was explained well, in a believable way, and all with a sense of humour. Mark’s humour was probably my favourite part of the story. […]

Oct 212015
 
Review: Red Rising

This was a brutal book. Violent, but brilliant. I’m very certain the only YA element is that the main character (and most others) are in their teens, but what they go through is definitely an adult hell. What they have to do is horrible, and nothing anyone should have to suffer, let alone a teenager. I’m not convinced this should be listed as a YA book, but regardless, the story is amazing. The plot is divided into three different parts, each with a different focus and feel, but it’s the final section, the Institute ordeal that really stands out. I’ve […]

Oct 192015
 
Review: Year Zero

Dude. This book is so funny. It’s like Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy but with music instead of the demolition of Earth. Apparently the Earth isn’t far into its evolution. Except for music. Earthlings make music that completely outdoes anything else in the galaxy. So much so that they restarted the galactic calendar based on when they started listening to it. And now the galaxy owes us because of our copyright laws. Like big time owes us, and they obviously aren’t happy about it. So starts the book, and the hilarity of aliens and lawyers, and bad puns and a ton […]

Oct 132015
 
Review: By a Thread

It’s always sad to say goodbye to a series, but I think I’m done. I was on the fence with the last book, and the constant repetition again in this book has sealed the deal. It’s too bad as the plot is quite exciting, and I enjoy the characters, but I just can’t handle another retelling of Gin’s entire life story. This book had a plot that was basically completely separate from the previous books, and it was refreshing. It was also great to see Donovan Caine make a reappearance, even if he is still an obnoxious jerk. Gin’s continued […]

Sep 242015
 
Review: One Salt Sea

One Salt Sea: such an apt title as it describes what each reader creates by the time they are done the book. I have seriously never had a series so constantly make me cry. Especially an urban fantasy series. This whole series is way more than just the standard kick butt action, and this latest installment is simply amazing. Like previous books in the series, children play a very important role in the plot. I didn’t really notice how many children were in the story until after it was over, but I would estimate that at least half the important […]

Sep 222015
 
Review: Forever Grace

It’s stories like this that make me enjoy romance books. This is such a sweet and heartwarming story. I can easily remember it after several months, and several other books, and that makes it special. I love the accurate portrayal of people, both adults and children. Children so rarely appear in romance stories, except as side notes, but in this entire series children play an important role in each family, and this book is no exception. They are realistic and adorable and amusing. The adults are much the same way, with very character having a fully developed personality, complete with […]

Sep 182015
 
Review: Boundary Crossed

A new series that returns to the world of nulls? Count me in. I greatly enjoyed the previous series, and this one is off to a promising start. With a tough heroine and lots of action, this story was exciting and thrilling. Lex was a great heroine. Unlike most Urban Fantasy heroines, she doesn’t have a troubling past, she isn’t an expert in everything paranormal, and she isn’t something really extraordinary. She’s pretty much a regular female, albeit strong and confident, who is thrown into a full new world. She adapts quite well, and it was uplifting to see her […]

Sep 172015
 
Review: Bad Will Hunting

I loved this book. Even though I actually read it a few months ago, I still remember it quite well. It was sweet and very funny, and makes for a great light-hearted read. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from this author, which means it’s well worth reading. At first, Ashley is not at all likable. She’s very angry and fixated on revenge, which are not pleasant traits. As the book progresses, she’s still not the most lovable heroine, but she does show enough growth and change to make for a decent read. On the other hand, Sam is lovable […]