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 […]

Mar 102015
 
Review: Lacy Eye

I read this book really quickly and found myself sucked into Hanna’s life and memories. She suffered a brutal home invasion attack which left her disfigured and her husband dead, and there was suspicion cast on her youngest daughter. That sounds like a complete nightmare to a parent. The story focuses mostly on Hanna and her quest to remember what happened that night, as she’s been asked to testify at an appeal trial for her daughter’s boyfriend, who was found guilty of the attack. At the same time, her daughter comes to live with her, and Hanna struggles with figuring […]

Feb 242015
 
Review: The Life I Left Behind

This was a difficult book to read, mostly due to the overwhelmingly depressing feel of Melody’s narration. Her constant sorrow, terror and depression come through so strongly that it’s hard not to feel those emotions pulling at you. It’s not really a bad thing because that is a good sign of excellent writing, but it does still make the book a more difficult read. Melody’s narration is interspersed with Eve’s narration, which has a much lighter feel, even though Eve is dead and Melody is still alive. Eve’s voice is solemn, but it has a “moved beyond pain” feel that […]

Feb 172015
 
Review: Doctor Death + Giveaway

This was an engrossing, very Gothic feeling story. It started as a straight forward historical based murder mystery, and ventured into magical realism, and almost paranormal. Looking back, it’s easy to see the directions the story took, but while reading, I couldn’t guess what would happen next, and honestly, I was too captivated to stop to speculate. Madeleine was a delightfully intelligent young woman who knew what she wanted to do with her life, and it didn’t include being the stereotypical woman of her time. She was smart enough to realize that she couldn’t be straightforward with her interests and […]

Feb 102015
 
Review: Inherit Midnight

Oh my gosh, this was such a fun read. The blurb compares it to The Amazing Race and The Westing Game (never read), but it totally reminded me of the movie Rat Race. The shenanigans some of the people get up to is just ridiculous, but still totally believable within the realm of the story. I found Avery to be a very likable character. She may have grown up in a very rich family, but she doesn’t act like it. Her main goal is to have a “normal” life with a loving support centre. Her family is really not that, […]

Jan 282015
 
Review: They Call Me Crazy + Giveaway

This was a quick mystery story that is filled with very unique characters in a very small town. With a different narrator for every chapter, it does take a while to really get a grasp on everything that is happening, but the focus is mostly on Cass and finding out whether she actually killed her husband, and whether he deserved it. The plotline is fairly straight forward, but there are enough secrets and twists to keep a reader interested. There is a lot of charm in the story. It really highlights how small towns think and interact. You really can`t […]

Jan 082015
 
Review: The Accidental Alchemist

This was such a cute and fun story! The addition of a living gargoyle sidekick was definitely the best part. Can I please have a French expert chef gargoyle with a dry sense of humour? I promise to prioritize the need to find his missing property much higher than Zoe did. Without a doubt, Dorian was my favourite part of the book. When I went into it, I didn’t know it was the first in a series, but as soon as I was finished, I went looking to see if it was because I want more Dorian! Luckily, it is […]

Jan 072015
 
Review: The Forgotten Girls

This was a quick Danish police procedural that felt familiar and foreign at the same time. A lot of the procedural parts were familiar, while the setting and some of the characters felt foreign. I think part of the foreign feel has to do with the translation, which was mostly smooth, but had a few bumpy spots. Another part of the foreign feel probably had to do with the fact that this book is actually in the middle of a series, but is the first to be translated to English. While reading it, I didn’t feel like it was the […]

Jan 062015
 
Review: There Will Be Lies

This was an interesting mesh of YA contemporary, mystery, and North American fantasy. The mythology and fantasy part was completely unexpected, and I found myself wishing it wasn’t there, so I could concentrate on the contemporary mystery. The mystery portion is all about Shelby, and who she is, and what is going on with her mother. I liked the way this plotline unraveled. There were multiple twists and turns, and was very exciting. I found that I didn’t even try to guess what was coming next because I was too busy enjoying the story. In contrast, the fantasy-based part of […]

Jan 052015
 
Review: The Fourth Rule of Ten

My complaint for the last book in this series was that it was missing the zen feeling of the previous books, and I have the same complaint with this book. I think it has to do with the political feel of both books. This one featured a human trafficking ring, which is sure to dampen anyone’s zen feelings. There was a lot going on in this book, and while it was a bit disjointed and busy in the beginning, things did come together in the end. There were multiple mysteries, which all take a logical path to their conclusions. I […]