Jul 062015
 
Review: The Book of Speculation

This is a very captivating, very melodic story. With a duel past and present narration, the story follows the current day Simon with his crumbling house and worries for his sister, and the past story of Peabody’s travelling circus with its Wild Boy, Seer, and Mermaid. Both narrations had a similar melancholy dreamy feel, and fit together well. It felt like two very separate stories until near the end, but even so, they were both very interesting. The characters in both were well developed and intriguing. The past narration definitely had more unusual characters, but Simon’s worry and depression were […]

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 102015
 
Genevieve Reviews: Red Queen

I picked up this book because I thought it would be a light, entertaining read that would be engaging, but wouldn’t leave me an emotion wreck or anything. Unfortunately, it just made me mad by how light this thing really was. Red Queen is a mashup of all the YA books that have come before it, without adding any interesting twists. The beginning is very similar to The Hunger Games. The main character is in the middle of doing an illegal activity that she’s been forced to do because Oppressive Society (In Hunger Games Katniss is hunting, in this book […]

Jun 082015
 
Review: Hammered

With the current popularity of the Marvel movies, which include Thor, it’s interesting to read a completely different take on the character. This book’s Thor is a real jerk and bully, enough that several strong people want to kill him. There is a lot of storytelling in this story, as the group of characters who are going against Thor share their histories as a way to bond. It was fun to learn more about Leif and Gunnar as they are both very interesting characters. Their stories were quite heartbreaking. Since most of the book focuses on the lead up to, […]

May 122015
 
Review: Late Eclipses

The crying! I was not expecting so much death and sadness. I really didn’t think an urban fantasy series could make me cry so much, but the last book got me started, and this one was just such a bawl fest. It was unexpected, and makes me realize how emotionally attached to the characters I am. It was so heartbreaking, but there were also some really sweet parts. I said that book 3 was my favourite of the series so far, and I have to change that now to say that book 4 is my new favourite. The narration of […]

May 072015
 
Review: Spider’s Revenge

Oh, the whining and repeating. It almost made me DNF the book and the entire series because I just couldn’t take any more whining. For an assassin, Gin sure complains a lot. And if I have to listen to the story of the night Gin’s family died one more time, I’m seriously quitting this series. There is only so much repetition I can take. If those two elements were taken out though, this was a thrilling, and very series advancing book. A lot happens, and it really pulls Gin’s whole chosen family together. It seems that with each book Gin’s […]

May 042015
 
Review: The Innocent Mage

This was a very classic feeling epic fantasy with magic story. It was slow and long, but also very satisfying. The highlight of the book was the friendship between Gar and Asher. The majority of the first part of the story was the building and deepening of this relationship, and it was quite special to witness. The last part of the story is where the action really starts. It’s where the plots start to unfold and events start happening. It all happens very quickly, and the story ends on a cliffhanger. Oh, the dreaded cliffhanger. Usually I don’t enjoy them, […]

Apr 272015
 
Review: Hexed

This series is something that is sheer fun to listen to. It’s not without its flaws, but this book is quirky and humourous, with enough originality to make it very enjoyable. There are some pop culture jokes that will make it dated quickly, but the biggest flaw is the lack of any non-gorgeous, not attracted to Atticus females. Just one “regular” female character would be nice. Similar to the first book, my favourite character is Atticus’ dog Oberon, although the widow is creeping up there. She’s such a sassy old woman, and there is one scene whether Atticus is not […]

Apr 252015
 
Review: Crux

Urban Fantasy can often be very steamy, and this book is definitely hot. It didn’t cross into explicit, but there was a lot of very fun tension running through most of the book. The book mostly revolves around Mackenzie, but I’m not entirely sure I like her. She undergoes a lot of change and growth in the story, but it almost felt like too much. She went from super scared in the beginning, to quite confident near the end, and it just felt a little too rushed. I did love the supporting characters though. There was a camaraderie between them […]

Apr 212015
 
Review: Dead Beat

Reading this series is like listening to the latest adventure of a friend, and this book is no exception. This time around Harry goes through a lot of trouble, but comes out a little stronger than before. Character growth in a series can be a big deal, and Harry tends to grow very slowly. This book felt like it had some measurable growth, which is good since the bad guys keep getting more and more evil. Even if Harry’s personal growth seems slow, the growth of his family is much more obvious. Contrasting his relationships in this book with the […]