Jul 072015
 
Review: Those Girls

These girls are seriously cursed. And this book is seriously awesome, in a totally scary, uncomfortable, left me bawling on the ferry in public, kind of way. Do I need to back up here a bit? No way. I read this as quick as I could because it was entirely captivating and thrilling, but I don’t really want to relive it. Why? Because those girls went through hell, and I have no wish to go through it with them again. If anything could go wrong, it did. Think of your worst nightmare, and then double it. *shudder* I’ll never look […]

Apr 152015
 
Review: What You Left Behind

While I felt this story started off a bit rocky, it turned into a thrilling, and surprising read by the end. I didn’t realize before reading that it was the second in a series, but it stood alone quite well. There are a few remarks that hinted at a prior story, but nothing that stood in the way of enjoying and understanding this story. This book had several twists and turns, and in the first half, had several story lines that seemed very disconnected. I had a bit of trouble seeing the point to everything that was happening, but things […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dec 182014
 
Review: For We Are Many

I am just so confused after reading this book. I have so many questions. And not in a good way. The premise of the book sounded really good, but the execution fell sadly short. It just seemed so disjointed and fast and incomplete. Without giving spoilers, it’s hard to articulate all my questions, but there is a group of people that just appear in the story, and they apparently become important, but I don’t know where they came from or really how they are. Fletcher’s story started off quite good. He’s obviously different and has some kind of ability that […]

Nov 202014
 
Genevieve Reviews: The Job

This is the third installment in this particular series, and this one is definitely consist with the first two. It’s a light hearted but well-written story about some cons who con the bad guys. It’s full of action, exotic locations, designer brands, and multiple capers. It’s fun, easy reading. Personally, I tend to get very emotionally invested in books. Will the two leads get together in the end? Will the bad guy get away? Is everything going to work out?!? It’s bad. I routinely look at the end of a book before I get there to see how things are […]

Sep 092014
 
Review: Lethal Code

This was a very exciting and scary techno-thriller about a terrorist group that sets out to destroy the US by taking over technological systems. I found the idea of the faceless, could be anyone even your neighbour, terrorist who attacks remotely through technology to be the scariest part. We live in an age where enemies are not staring at you across a battlefield, where psychological warfare is crucial, and where havoc and paranoia are commonplace. Unfortunately, I was disappointed that the story was a lot more telling than showing. The main characters were mostly removed from the individual disasters that […]

May 022014
 
Review: Blown Circuit + Giveaway

An exciting espionage story with a distinct political slant, this was quite the adventure. Taking place mostly in Turkey, this story is a nonstop thriller. Similar to the first story, there is a lot of political and historical information which I found myself a little lost following. But the action more than makes up for it as the plots rolls by super fast with lots of twists, turns and surprises. It’s not really necessary to completely understand the political aspects to enjoy the urgency of the book. I listened to the audiobook version, and this is definitely the way to […]

Apr 222014
 
Review: Suddenly a Spy

Sometimes you just need a fluff read. This book fits that bill. It’s a classic romance action story with a lot of entertaining humour. The humour was the highlight of the story for me. There was witty banter, silly jokes, and Jeff’s antics were very amusing. I spent most of the book with a grin on my face because it was down right amusing. The actual story was a bit too over-the-top unrealistic for me. Ronnie went from an average office worker to super spy in just a few glossed over months. Her reasonable reaction of anger at learning her […]