Category: Book Review

Mini Review – Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

July 7, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Mini Review – Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

Why, oh why, did I think it was a good idea to read the sequel? I didn’t have a great experience with the first in the series, Into the Dim, but I had this hope that MAYBE the sequel would be better. It happens. Sometimes. This, however, wasn’t one of those times unfortunately. It’s been a while since I left a book unfinished. After the previous […]

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Review – Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

July 5, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

I never thought I’d be reading a book about superheroes… sorry, superheroines… and I didn’t think it would be anything like Heroine Complex. I guess I was expecting lots of action and big epic battles, awesome superpowers, all that jazz. Instead, I read a book that was fabulously down-to-earth and just felt real (despite all the demon things running around the city of San Francisco). This book […]

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Review – A Fading Sun by Stephen Leigh

July 4, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – A Fading Sun by Stephen Leigh

So. From my understanding, A Fading Sun, is a play on history and mythology, combining the likes of Boudica, a Celtic queen, and her battles mixed with the paranormal. Which is pretty awesome because Boudica is seriously cool as a historical figure and one I don’t see represented, even loosely, in fiction very often. But… that’s where my excitement started to fade. First off, this book […]

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Review – The Cityborn by Edward Willett

July 1, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Cityborn by Edward Willett

I’ve finally read a dystopian that I’ve enjoyed. Well, I suppose it’s technically sci-fi but it FELT like a dystopian with the whole world-ending, have to overthrow the government vibes. The Cityborn is told from the alternating perspectives of Alania, raised on the highest tier of the city, and Danyl, raised quite literally in the trash well below the floating metal monstrosity. It took a number […]

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Review – Lost Boy by Christina Henry

June 30, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Lost Boy by Christina Henry

I’ve never liked Peter Pan. It’s one of those stories that just didn’t capture my attention and no matter how it’s spun, Peter strikes me as an awful little boy. So I was very excited to read of Captain Hook’s origins, fully expecting Peter to be the villain and I wasn’t disappointed. I was hesitant to read Lost Boy at first as I wasn’t a huge fan of Henry’s Alice or Red […]

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Review – Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

June 27, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins

Having met Daphne, the leading lady in Duke with Benefits, in Ready Set Rogue, I wasn’t really sure how this book would play out. See, she’s not your typical heroine and that’s not a bad thing. Lady Daphne is very… honest. Blunt. Doesn’t really understand social customs of conversation in any way and I wasn’t really a fan of the way she was portrayed in the last […]

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Review – The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams

June 25, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams

Goodness this was a long book. It’s probably the first massive fantasy I’ve tackled in a long time and I’ve learned that my reading tastes have changed since the last time around. The Witchwood Crown continues the story of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, starting a couple decades later with characters new and old. I haven’t read the first series in this world but I never found […]

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Mini Review – The Legend by Donna Grant

June 24, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Mini Review – The Legend by Donna Grant

I really struggled to get through this book. Part of this I attribute to trying to read the third in a series where the three are closely connected. Many of the characters were unfamiliar to me and I could definitely tell I was missing something. So if you’re thinking about picking The Legend up, definitely read the previous books. Now, I’m a HUGE fan of Grant’s […]

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Review – Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

June 22, 2017 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Reading this book made me sigh in relief. The series can be redeemed! I had…issues…with The Glittering Court. And I was honestly worried that the sequel would take a similar turn, especially when I heard that it’s more of a companion, telling the same timeline of the story but from another character’s perspective. But I’m happy to report that not only was Midnight Jewel an improvement on the […]

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