Category: Book Review

Review – Spirit Storm by E.J. Stevens

April 28, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Spirit Storm by E.J. Stevens

Here come the spirits: After reading the first book, She Smells the Dead, and enjoying it, I had high hopes for the sequel. However, I found the book somewhat anti-climatic, especially the ending. Yuki was preparing and working so hard to fend off all these spirits and what does she do? Steals an amulet and everything’s alright. I continued to read the book because I […]

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Review – Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

April 25, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

The war is still raging: In this sequel to Westerfeld’s Leviathan, World War I is still raging across Europe. And yet again, Deryn and Alek are on another adventure. Westerfeld keeps the excitement flowing through this second book as the airship, Leviathan, heads for the Ottoman Empire. I loved the action in this novel and Westerfeld’s attention to detail, especially concerning the variety of cultures […]

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Review – She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens

April 19, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens

Let there be… vinegar: What an interesting power! Yuki, as the title suggests, can smell the dead. This isn’t your average superpower; nothing like flying, invisibility or super-strength. As a lover of the strange, I found this idea to be intriguing and it held my attention through the course of the book (especially how Yuki’s most recent otherworldly friend makes her smell vinegar. Yuck, but […]

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Review – Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

April 16, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Action, adventure, comedy, and romance. Who could want more? This book was an action-packed urban fantasy that was sometimes serious, sometimes (very) heavy on the romance, and sometimes drop-on-the-floor hysterical. Cat and Bones have a certain chemistry that makes them perfect for the main characters of this book as their personalities clash and mix to create a whirl of an adventure. Halfway to the Grave […]

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Review – Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

April 15, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

A new take on werewolves: Unlike most novels I’ve read about werewolves, Johnson provides a fresh idea where the only werewolves are female and they have closely knit packs. The world also knows about werewolves and have organizations, whose goals are to “cure” the werewolves of their “curse.” Similar to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, the werewolf gene isn’t triggered until around the age of sixteen. […]

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Review – Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

April 9, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Changed My Opinion Any time I hear someone mention World War I, it makes me cringe because it seemed to be the only thing we ever discussed in my history classes. However, this book completely changed my opinion. Yes, it’s fiction but it made me rethink the war, strangely enough. The idea of having two groups, the Darwinists (Allies) and Clankers (Central Powers), is interesting […]

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Review – Sara Six Strings by Moriah Howell

April 6, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Sara Six Strings by Moriah Howell

Seeing Is Believing Or is it the other way around? The imagery used in this book is wonderful. As you’re reading, you can clearly picture the various settings. Although the author sometimes tells more than shows, it is easy to visualize the characters and where they are without explaining every little detail. These descriptions really add to the story to make it believable.

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Review – Grey Areas by Jessica Dall

March 18, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Grey Areas by Jessica Dall

Amazing Characters If I had to pick one thing I loved the most about this book, it’d have to be the characters. From Brooke’s bubbly nature to Logan’s nonchalance, each character has a distinct personality that makes them memorable. It’s been a couple hours since I finished and I’m still thinking about them (not a common occurrence for me). I love how Dall gives the […]

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Review – Dark Life by Kat Falls

March 13, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Dark Life by Kat Falls

A Pleasant Surprise I’m not one to read books in first person PoV when it’s a male protagonist but I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Ty, is passionate about what he believes in and tries to do the right thing, whether his parents and the government believe in it or not. He made reading Dark Life very enjoyable.

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Review – Frostbite by Richelle Mead

March 4, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Rose and Lissa are back and this time they’re going on vacation, though not under the best of circumstances. The Strigoi are on the hunt for royals sending the students of St. Vladimir’s to spend their Christmas vacationing at a ritzy ski resort. There’s a lot going on in¬†Frostbite but not so much at the forefront as in the background. Royals are being targeted by […]

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