Jul 222014
Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

This was a very entertaining and intriguing story that caught me by surprise. As I frequently do, I started the book without re-reading the blurb, and so wasn’t sure what it was about. What I got was a mysterious story told by a teenage girl speaking directly to me, while warning that she’s probably the definition of an unreliable narrator. I listened to the audiobook version, and the story lent itself very well to this format. It wasn’t just a narrated story, it was Tandy telling me the story. The voice worked well, and really knew how to portray a […]

Jul 142014
Review: Cruel Beauty

I haven’t really read many fairy tale retellings, but if this book is any indication, then I need to start seeking them out. Although, to be fair, while this is marketed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it is quite far removed from that story. Nyx has had a difficult life, knowing that she was to be married to the Gentle Lord since she was little. As a result, she’s not a happy person, and harbours a lot of anger towards her father and sister, most of which seems rightfully earned. And yet Nyx never gives up. She’s strong, […]

Jul 042014
Review: All Our Yesterdays

This was a very unique time travel story that had dual narratives: the present Em and the past Marina. At first, these two characters seem completely different, and it’s only through following the story that you learn how sweet, naive Marina turned into tough, strong Em. It was a remarkable transformation, and yet very believable, given the events she went through. Marina/Em is not the only great character. Each of the characters in the story had a depth and development that felt very fulfilling. Finn was such a sweet guy, and there were many instances where his kind nature is […]

Jun 042014
Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

When I started this book, I was surprised and delighted to learn it had a teenaged male narrator. Yet again, I forgot what the summary said since it clearly indicates the main character is male. The cover is misleading. It pictures Anna, not the narrator, like most book covers. I found Cas to be likable and believable. He’s a very sweet boy who grows from a loner ghosthunter to a very friendly ghosthunter with a close circle of friends. His growth was natural and felt very rewarding. The story is part horror and part humour. I found the humour to […]

Mar 032014
Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I wanted to like this, I really did. Everyone else seems to. But when I realized at the halfway point and didn’t really care what was happening, I decided to give up. I should be engaged by then, wanting to know what happens next, but I just wasn’t. I think the problem I had was a lack of plot movement. It seemed like not a lot had happened so far, and what had happened wasn’t very exciting. I could probably summarize everything in one or two sentences, and that shouldn’t be enough for half a book. I was listening to […]

Oct 162012
Review: Irises

This was a slow and boring book. It felt like nothing was really happening. I wasn’t really drawn to either sister. Kate felt cold, and Mary was in her own little dream world. I tried several times to listen to the story, but kept giving up because I lost interest. The narration itself was good. Smooth and steady, the voices were lovely and slightly distinct. The story is what disappointed.