Mar 302015
 
Review: The Watchers

This book was long. So long. Not just in pages, but in feel too. Some long books can zip by, and you’d never know they were over 700 pages in length. With this book, I felt every page. I actually considered DNF-ing a few times, but by then I was already halfway through, and I kept thinking “I’ve already gone this far, I have to finish”. I mean really, once you’ve read 400 pages, what’s another 300? The book focused mostly on 3 people, Marc, Katherine and Jay. Of the three, I only really liked Marc. I didn’t care at […]

Feb 182015
 
Review: Vengeance Born

Going into this book, I was expecting a classic-style fantasy story with maybe a YA tilt. I was very wrong. This is paranormal romance, with a heavy emphasis on the romance. If I had peeked at the other covers in the series, I probably would have had a better sense of what to expect. As it was, I was caught fairly offguard. The fantasy parts of the story were well developed. There is a sense that everything has been well planned, and a lot of the world building is portrayed without info dumping. I quite enjoyed the unique elements introduced […]

Jan 122015
 
Review: Uriel's Fall

I’m torn on how I feel about this book. It has some interesting ideas, and some witty banter, but it’s also very predictable, and some of the romance scenes were eye-rolling. The presentation of angels and demons was good. I like the concepts used, with the only difference between them being which side they’re on. I didn’t really get the concept of the cherubs. I’m not sure if it had to do with how it was explained, but it just left me confused. I don’t get the importance of them. The banter between Ronnie and the voice in her head […]

Sep 262014
 
Review: Unborn

This was both a familiar feeling story, and a forgettable one. Even within days of finishing it I was having trouble remembering the details from it. The story has an interesting premise: Khara spends half her time with Hades in the Underworld, and the other half with Demeter. She’s the other half of Persephone’s myth, so where ever one girl isn’t the other is. But Khara is suddenly pulled from this arrangement and dropped on Earth, in Detroit, and is found by one of Ares’ sons, who recognizes her as an unknown sister. And that’s where the story starts… The […]

Sep 192014
 
Review: Kindling the Moon

Not a new series to the urban fantasy genre, but a new-to-me one, and one that I’m very happy to have found. Arcadia (Cady) Bell is a sassy and busy heroine. Her series starts with quite a few tasks and adventures, which made for a very exciting story. Cady is a likeable character, and so is her somewhat partner Lon, but it’s Lon’s son Jupe who clearly steals the show. A talkative and very charismatic young teen, he brings a ton of light, energy and sheer fun to every scene he’s in. I seriously want more story, just so Jupe […]

Jul 022014
 
Review: I'll Be Damned

I was drawn in by the cutesy cover. Unfortunately, the book doesn’t seem to fit the cover. The summary is more accurate than the cover, but even that doesn’t cover everything. There is just so much going on in this book. It’s a case of too many ideas shoved into one story. This makes it clunky and disjointed, with some parts being skimmed over, and others having too much detail, without there being an overall smooth flow. The part that had the most promise, and was the most disappointing, was Anna’s training. The premise is that when she turns 30, […]

May 192014
 
Review: Sins of the Lost

This book is the darkest and deadliest of the series so far. The story is moving beyond Alex and her involvement with everything that’s happened so far, and is setting up for the big showdown. Like the last book, this is an intense Heaven versus Hell story, without religion. I find this incredibly intriguing, and very satisfying, in a slightly horrorific sort of way. While Alex is still very much near the spotlight of the book, I thought that more focus was put onto Seth. I didn’t really care for his character, either in the beginning, or when things really […]

Apr 232014
 
Review: Sins of the Son

I flat out loved this story. I really like the first book in this series, and I’m so happy that I loved the second book even more. This is an intense angel versus demon with looming apocalypse storyline. It’s heavily religion based, and yet the story doesn’t feel religious at all. I feel like it took the best parts of a religion-based plot (strong characters with familiar feel) and avoided the potential pitfalls (preaching) and delivered an overall amazing story. This story is set in Vancouver, which gives me warm fuzzy feelings. I love when stories are set in Canadian […]

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 […]

Jun 192013
 
Review: Carpe Demon

I got this audiobook to listen to while driving across the country, and ended up playing it for my both my husband and me. It was not a great introduction to audiobooks for him. While the storyline was okay, there was way too much repetition. Everything seemed to be repeated at least 3 or 4 times. The story could have been half the length, and it would have been much more enjoyable. The repetition was mostly in the descriptions and details. Why mention a table cloth if you could describe every colour and shape on it? Why mention training with […]