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 […]

Sep 232014
 
Review: The Bear

I was initially scared to read this as it’s told from the viewpoint of a 5 year old girl, and I have a son the same age. The very idea of him being in a situation like the story was enough to freak me out. But I decided to just go for it, and with the audiobook version too, and it was worth it. This is an amazing story. Yes, the first few chapters are horrific, and I was listening with a stunned and horrified expression I’m sure, but once the initial bear attack was over, it was much easier […]

Sep 202014
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue

After the first two books in the series took place in North America, Kitty is finally heading out on a true adventure beyond her home continent. Her first stop is Iceland, where she obviously runs into some trouble. I was excited to see her heading to Iceland. I know very little about the country, so it was interesting to read all the historical and culture tidbits in the story. I did find that some of these educational pieces didn’t blend into the story as well though, and at times they seemed quite out of place. Overlooking the obvious education, the […]

Jul 122014
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost

Oh, how I want to take a vacation in the sunny Florida Keys. Nevermind that my local weather is nice, this story conveys the beauty of the Keys so well that I want to experience it myself. This book is a lot more laidback and not as dangerous feeling as the first, but the storytelling was just as amazing. Like the first book, I learned a lot about the history of the setting, without realizing it. I’m left with a sense of wonder about it, and the urge to know more. Luckily, the author was prepared for this, and there […]

Apr 292014
 
Review: Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold

I picked this story up because it was described as a cross between Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking. It’s so much more than that though. This is an utterly delightful adventure that features a lot of beautiful BC and Alaskan landscape. Marketed as a YA adventure story, I feel this is a bit closer to a NA story, strictly due to Kitty’s age. She’s just finished high school and is setting out on her own for an adventure for the summer. This is a bit older than standard YA character ages. There is little to no romance and is a […]

Mar 102014
 
Review: Rebel Spring

This second book was a mix of unexpected deaths, multiple viewpoints and exciting developments. The death toll in this book was similar to the first, in that there are quite a few deaths, especially for a YA story. Some of the deaths were totally unexpected, which made for interesting reading. I love when authors aren’t afraid to kill beloved characters, and this series certainly fits that bill. This book focused on four main characters, and they all had chapters from their viewpoints. I think this multiple narrative had a few too many narrators. I found the constant narrator changes to […]

Jan 242014
 
Review: The Guilty Plea

Taking place a couple months after the first book, this story features many of the same characters, with some former secondary characters taking centre stage. Homicide Detective Ari Greene and Officer Daniel Kennicott are back on the case with a different Crown Attorney and defense lawyer squaring off in this murder investigation. This story is quite similar in layout, direction and feel as the first book. Whilte it featured a different murder, motive and lawyers, the investigation itself seemed to follow the same pattern and feel as the first one. The Toronto setting was as much a star in this […]

Jan 222014
 
Review: Old City Hall

This is a quick paced crime story that is part police procedural, part courtroom drama. With narration from the lead detective, the first officer on scene, the Crown attorney and the defense lawyer, this is a full view of a complex and mysterious murder investigation. Each of the characters is well developed and distinct, right down to the secondary characters that only appear occasionally. Only a few of the lawyers are a bit one-dimensional; the majority of the characters are believable, even if they sometimes seem unnecessary. One of the highlights of the book was the intense focus on the […]

Oct 102013
 
Review: Stained

This was a powerful and emotional story about the strength most people carry within them. Sarah sees herself as weak and deformed, yet must find the inner strength that others see when they look at her in order to survive a terrifying ordeal. Not just survive, but overcome. I was blown away at the sheer amount of emotion the book generated. I haven’t read a Cheryl Rainfield book before, but you can bet I will be reading her other books now. This book was full of raw emotion. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. I had to […]

Sep 022013
 
Review: The Gypsy King

This was an exciting story featuring a strong heroine. There was always something happening, and yet nothing felt forced. The action seemed to move fast in a very natural manner. Persephone is a strong girl. She has endured much, and yet has grown from the experiences, not letting them defeat or kill her spirit. Her interactions with Azriel were delightful to read. The tension between them is entertaining. Their attraction was slow and natural, yet quite forceful to watch. While I loved the story and the characters, the ending partially ruined it. It was the dreaded nonending. The action just […]