Category: Book Review

The Big Sleep by Meaghan Gray

Book Review | The Big Sleep by Meaghan Gray

I very nearly passed this one by but now that I’ve finished it I’m glad that I didn’t. I say I almost passed it by because the way the opening chapters are written didn’t appeal to me. The quick chopping and jumping around between dreams was off-putting, but I skipped past them to where the real story starts. The opening is basically prologue and, thinking back on it now, could be dropped all together. I get that we need to...

Book Review | Dreadnought by April Daniels

I’m on a bit of a heroine kick at the moment – FYI – I just made myself triple check the spelling of that to make sure it didn’t come across as something else entirely. Between what I have read and a number of books I plan on reading next there are quite a few female protagonists in my future. This book – Dreadnought by April Daniels – came through my WordPress feed thanks to Reading Sanctuary, and after reading...

Book Review | The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Sometimes poking around random GoodReads lists pays off big time. That’s certainly the case with this one – The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I grabbed the sample chapters from Amazon and knew right off it was one I’d lose myself in, and after I bought the full story, I found I was right. A time-travelling pirate ship? Count me in right there. But there was so much more to love about this novel. Lost love, adventures through time,...

Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers by Tom Moran

Book Review | Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers by Tom Moran

Another suggestion by Goodreads and another home run. My profile over there is obviously tweaked to perfection because it’s been recommending a lot of winners recently, and Dinosaurs and Prime Numbers by Tom Moran was no exception. If you were to merge Arthur Dent with Mister Bean and add them to a Sherlock Holmes mystery, you’d get something similar to this book. Walton Cumberfield is a character you can’t help but laugh at and with as he struggles on through...

A Matter of Scale by Jonathon Burgess

Book Review | A Matter of Scale by Jonathon Burgess

I happened across this short story by Jonathon Burgess after an email from instaFreebie. It’s a fun short story you can read entirely on your lunchbreak (as I did) and is an great introduction (possibly a prologue?) for future novels. The author lists is as the first in a series called The Blackscale Chronicles, which I’ll be interested in reading once they’re published. A Matter of Scale is not available (at time of writing) from Amazon, but you can get it for free...

Book Review | Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This was another book that popped up while I was perusing Goodreads for my next read. It suggested Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli as other people had read it after reading other books I was looking at. The simplistic cover drew me in and I had to know more. I read the sample and the existing reviews and I grabbed a copy straight away. It’s aimed at the young adult market and really (I think) should be required reading for all...

To Cure The Humans by Douglas Lewis

Book Review | To Cure The Humans by Douglas Lewis

To Cure the Humans by Douglas Lewis popped up on Goodreads as a suggestion for something I might like. I’ve said it before, but the machines are getting closer to taking over, because they were spot on. I did like it! The story is well paced and filled with a cast of well-developed characters, this rather long novel (456 pages) kept me entertained from beginning to end. It’s funny without trying too hard (for the most part). The length took me...

The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan

Book Review | The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan

This was a departure from the type of books I generally read, however I’m always willing to try new things. So I grabbed a copy of The Bride Wore Dead by EM Kaplan and cracked it open. Its categories on Amazon put it in the “Mystery / Cozy / Culinary” category. I never knew there was such a category, but I guess it makes sense. Thinking back, I do recall seeing detective shows on the TV where the semi-retired cop...

Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake

Book Review | Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake

Before last week I hadn’t heard of Ryan Drake, possibly because his first book – Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite – was only published a little over a month ago. He came to my attention by combining a giveaway with some of my favourite authors (Robert Bevan, Steve Wetherell) plus others I haven’t yet read. Not being one to pass up a freebie or a bargain, I grabbed the sample and checked it out. In short: I was...

Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Book Review | Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Each year around the end of December I like to get out my favourite Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard, and watch it for the nth time. This time while I was watching it I decided to look up the book that inspired the movie – Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp – and actually did something about reading it. I was hesitant at first; being a die hard Die Hard fan I was worried that it was going to...