Friday, 14 October 2016

Review: Belly of the Beast by Ashe Vernon

Belly of the Beast
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first poetry book I've ever read.

And, it was AMAZIINGGG! Usually, I'm not really into poetry. But, the poems in this book were deep, yet still provided very clear imagery to follow along with the context of the poems.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Review: The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

The Butcher's Hook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here's the short review: If you like dark, realistic stories that punch you in the face with characters that will probably (I said probably, so they still might get a happy end, technically I haven't spoiled anything) not get a traditional happy ending, then you'll like this book.

Now, here's the long review: So we start off by following this young girl from very early childhood to adolescence. The book starts off sweet and innocent, but the language gradually shifts to darker tones, and coarseness. As a psychology major this novel was like fuel for my brain, I read this for leisure, but I couldn't help myself to some serious psychoanalyzing of this incredibly damaged girl.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"This world is full of dragon-slayers. What we need are a few more people who aren't too proud to listen to a fish."
This book really is like a Sherlock Holmes meets supernatural in New America. Jackaby has that Sherlockian vibe to him; eccentric, aloof, hyper, and then all of a sudden he flips over to cunning. Although, he is a lot nicer than BBC Sherlock... Most of the time.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Review: Deadly Games by Lindsay Buroker

Deadly Games (The Emperor's Edge, #3)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Each book in the series just gets better and better. And, when I found out that this is not just a trilogy, and that there are actually multiple books in the series... Oh boy, I think it's time to lock myself in.

I pretty much powered through the first three books, right now I'm taking a little break. Because, you see, when I read a really good series that allows me to get super absorbed in the world, I come back to reality very disoriented. And then I realize that I haven't eaten anything in 24 hours

In this new adventure with Amaranthe and the gang, we investigate a missing persons case occurring during the Games (kind of like the olympics).

Review: Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker

Dark Currents (The Emperor's Edge, #2)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the 2nd and 3rd book so fast that I finished each one before I could even think to write a review.

In Dark Currents Amaranthe and the gang go on another adventure, this time up north into some mountains to get to the bottom of who's poisoning the city's water supply. With each book Lindsay delves a little deeper into each of the characters. They're as funny as always, as quirky as always, and the book is filled with jokes that actually tickled my dark, cynical humour.
"Amaranthe's birthday is next week and, with our limited funds, I didn't think I'd be able to find her a gift."

"So, you're getting her...dead bodies?"

"Perfect, don't you think?" Books smiled.

"Most women like jewelry and flowers."

"Do you honestly believe she would prefer jewelry over a mystery to solve?"

Maldynado jiggled the key fob thoughtfully, then nodded toward the bodies. "Can we say one is from me?"