Category: Book Review

Review – Witch Song by Amber Argyle

June 13, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Witch Song by Amber Argyle

From the beginning: Right off the bat, the story held my attention. Argyle’s world was fresh and intriguing, changing the idea of “witches” in fiction. And yet, the story held to the basic coming-of-age story with the young adult defeating the bad guy (or woman in this case) without wandering into the realm of cliche. A truly refreshing take. Couldn’t put it down: I never […]

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Review – Predators of Darkness by Leonard D. Hilley II

June 12, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Predators of Darkness by Leonard D. Hilley II

A slow beginning: I struggled to get through the first several chapters and questioned if I was going to finish the book. Everything seemed to move… not slowly, but not a lot of action either. That could just be my personal taste though. I enjoy a good bit of action to really get you into the story and it wasn’t really there. Tension was high […]

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Review – Vibrational Passage by Jennifer Dustow and Kimberly Miyasaki Lee

June 3, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Vibrational Passage by Jennifer Dustow and Kimberly Miyasaki Lee

Right from the beginning, I was hesitant about reading Vibrational Passage, a “cross between suspense, sci-fi and conspiracy thriller fiction” according to the authors. I enjoy reading science fiction, however not thrillers or suspense novels but I wanted to give this one a chance to see if my reading tastes had changed. They haven’t. Vibrational Passage started off jumping right into the story, which was […]

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Review – Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

May 31, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Well, how about those characters?: I liked the characters a lot. But there were a few personality traits that I just didn’t like at all. Patch was very stalkerish and creepy. I didn’t mind it too much but there were occasions that it came through a little too strong. Nora, on the other hand, just annoyed me at times. She acts like she’s a complete […]

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Review – Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

May 5, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

If a book was every going to break my heart, it’s this one. I don’t cry when I read, nor when I watch movies, but I was tearing up at the end of Shadow Kiss. This book is everything I ever wanted and then suddenly it tore my heart into itty bitty pieces. I think if I hadn’t known there would be more books that I would’ve […]

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Review – Firelight by Sophie Jordan

May 4, 2011 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Slow to start: I initially had trouble getting into the story. It seemed to take several chapters before there was anything to really draw me in. There was also the fact that the novel’s in present tense, which really threw me off. At times it seemed like it would have been better suited to be in past tense, which I personally would’ve preferred. Last were […]

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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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