Oct 262015
 
Review: Owl and the City of Angels

This book is all about adrenaline. It’s starts off with a bang which got my heart racing, and it didn’t stop until the end of the book. There is so much action and excitement, it felt like I should read faster and faster in order to match the pace of the story. Even with all this excitement, the characters and plot are well developed. I love all the various creatures that Owl interacts with. Her firm no supernatural rule really likes to slap her in the face, as her circle of friends and jobs keeps expanding into that territory. It’s […]

Jun 122015
 
Review: Shadow Scale

I feel so sad because I didn’t love this book. I really loved the first one, and this sequel has been so well received by everyone else, but I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. I found it slow and boring, and the best part was that I finished it. When I read the first book, I was very intrigued with the characters in Seraphina’s garden, wanting to learn more about them. This book is really all about those other characters, which I appreciated. It was interesting to see how Seraphina’s images and names tied into […]

Jun 022015
 
Review: The Dragons of Heaven

I wanted to love this book because it has a cool, and original sounding premise. There are super heroes, with dragons, and Asian myth lore, told through a female protagonist. Unfortunately, it’s told using a dual now and then narration that felt more like 2 different people. The story starts with the now narrative, but it’s very confusing as to who everyone is, and what’s happening. Most of this is explained in the then narrative, but since the two narratives switch back and forth throughout the story, you don’t really get the full background until near the end of the […]

Mar 112015
 
Review: The Exile

If urban fantasy and epic fantasy had a baby who liked a touch of romance, this story would be it. The story mostly felt like urban fantasy with normal humans encountering paranormal situations, but with a large part of the story taking place in Faerie, with a war and succession issue, there was an overall feel of epic fantasy. I don’t normally dwell on genres, but this book had a unique feel that is sure to cause some comment. I really liked how the story was told. There were multiple narrations told in alternating chapters, with many characters, both human […]

Feb 262015
 
Review: Slayers

Modern day dragons and dragon slayers. The very idea is enchanting and this story delivered well on the idea. With unique paranormal powers thrown in, it was like watching an exciting movie unfold. As with any movie though, there were good parts and bad. On the good side was the portrayal of the dragons, and the well thought out history. I was able to buy into the dragon stories easily, and enjoyed how everything was explained. On the not so great side, the characters were fairly stereotypical. You have the pretty-girl main character, two hot guys battling for her attention, […]

Jan 132015
 
Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus

Yes, yes and yes. This book has everything I love in urban fantasy: lots of paranormal creatures, action and adventure, romance with tension, smart-aleck heroine and lots of humour. I don’t even know where to begin, except to say you need to read this book. Owl is a gaming human who is an archaeologist turned thief specializing in supernatural artifacts. She reminds me of Lara Croft, except where Lara is suave and smooth, Owl seems to bumble her way through everything. She is extremely lucky that her backtalking to every supernatural creature she encounters hasn’t resulted in her death yet. […]

Jan 012015
 
Review: Hearts of Darkness

Do you ever read a book and think “I should DNF this, why don’t I DNF this?” because that was this book for me. The whole time, I kept thinking that, and yet I kept listening. I don’t have a good explanation as to why I actually finished it, but I did. Everything just felt super cliched and predictable. There were no surprises, no twists, no depths. This was a simple story that follows a very predictable plotline and features a weak female and stereotypical bad boy. Cue eye rolling that almost hurt. I kept hoping for something to make […]

Dec 082014
 
Review: The Knife's Edge + Giveaway

It’s been a while since I read an epic fantasy that really gripped me. This book did just that with its inventive legends of The Ronin, an almost mythical group of magical heroes. I loved following Grey as he learned about his past, his talents and his connection to the Ronin. He was an easy character to like. Charming, self-doubting, and fiercely loyal to his friends, he was so easy to root for. One of the tricky things about epic fantasy sagas is the immense amount of world building needed to create a success story. This book had a great […]

Oct 242014
 
Review: The Eye of Zoltar

Before I wrote this review, I looked up what I said for book #2 in the series, and realized most of my thoughts for this book are the same. This is a super fun, very entertaining read. Picking up not long after the end of book 2, this story sees Jennifer headed to another country on a quest, but don’t call it a quest because that would involve paperwork. She’s accompanied by an eclectic cast of characters, which shrinks and grows as the story progresses. She encounters one adventure after another, each one stranger and more entertaining than the last. […]

May 302014
 
Genevieve Reviews: Nihal of the Land of the Wind

This seemed like it had everything I wanted: epic battles, magic, and a girl who wants to be a warrior. And at first, I was enjoying it. The beginning felt slow, but I was willing to overlook that because it seemed like it was setting the stage for later events. But as the story hit and then passed its midway point, the pace and the tension never picked up. I think the reason the story wasn’t all that engrossing was the writing style. According to the blub about the book, this novel was originally a best seller in Italy and […]