Review – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

March 29, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

“Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.” Evanjalin of the Monts offers advice to the First Man of Lumatere, Sir Topher, as they sit in waiting for their comrade Finnikin and his believed-to-be-lost father. Some may call Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta a character-driven fantasy adventure and I’d agree wholeheartedly, yet it is more than […]

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Review – Biting Cold by Chloe Neill

March 7, 2013 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Biting Cold by Chloe Neill

Wow. Book six. Still going strong. Well, sort of. Compared to the past five books, I wouldn’t say this one quite lived up to my expectations. Still good, just… boring at times. Biting Cold picks up pretty directly after the end of book 5 which is great since a LOT happened that needed to be resolved. This was a bit of a redemption story for Mallory and I think […]

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Review – Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

December 26, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

The higher the expectations… I love this series and couldn’t wait for Dead Reckoning. This might have affected my view of the book because I was really disappointed. After having read books 1-10, my expectations of book 11 were pretty high. However, I found myself putting it down to do something–anything–else. It just didn’t hold my attention and seemed like Harris was writing it as […]

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Review – Sparks Ignite by J.A. Gouthro

October 30, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Sparks Ignite by J.A. Gouthro

To start off, I’d like to briefly mention the visual aspects of this book. If I’d seen this book in the store and never read the synopsis, I wouldn’t pick it up. I found the cover to come off as amateurish and could have been done better. I also wasn’t a fan of the font choice and line spacing. The thin typewriter print contrasted harshly […]

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Review – Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

October 18, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long to read this after Hard Bitten or I would have been a wreck. And if you haven’t read the previous book then this review is definitely not for you. Though I try to keep spoilers out, it’s harder this late in the series. I think the biggest problem with this book, for me, was that there was no Ethan. […]

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Review – The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

September 28, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

I’m not really sure what to say. This book left me speechless, utterly speechless. First off, Iloved the first three books in the Iron Fey series. I think Meghan is a strong female lead and entertaining to read about. Then comes The Iron Knight, told from the Winter prince, Ash’s, point of view. I really liked the new insight on his character (he was always […]

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Review – Stitch by Samantha Durante

August 18, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Stitch by Samantha Durante

Stitch is one of those books that takes you all over the place. Right when I thought it was going one way, suddenly a new twist appears taking me in a completely different direction. Some might think that’s confusing but in this case, it was masterfully written. The story itself was shocking at times (like shivers down your spine…in a good way). This world is […]

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Review – Transition by Megan S. Johnston

August 17, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Transition by Megan S. Johnston

Alright, for starters, I was bored. Don’t get me wrong, I finished the book, but it didn’t captivate me like so many others have in this genre. I was looking for something new, something I’d never read before, and the prospect of this world with Chimeras sounded like it would fit the bill. Instead, I felt like there wasn’t enough about the world and what […]

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Review – Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

August 11, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

Any book with a mythology basis is usually a must-read for me. This book had plenty of action and adventure to keep me reading from start to finish. I’ve studied Greek mythology here and there for fun and found that this book, while sticking to the characters from the myths, also added a new edge that made the story unique. My only major complaint was […]

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Review – Jabin and the Space Pirates by Bev Allen

August 7, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Jabin and the Space Pirates by Bev Allen

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. From the cover alone, I didn’t expect much (it’s not something I would pick up in a bookstore). The title suggested more middle-grade but I found the novel to be well suited for YA readers, even adult. There’s plenty of action, and the world-building is well done, enough that I fell into the story. While […]

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