Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
I must admit, this book seemed to be a read that would just be enjoyable. However, the moment I opened the pages and began reading, the book completely entranced me. The way Tiffany writes her novels is beyond brilliant- her characters have flaws that are comical, and that add an interesting element to the already well-thought out story. The plot seemed generic at first, the typical "I need to rescue my idiot brother at substantial risk to myself". But, that's where the similarities ended. I enjoyed the way the author put her characters into compromising situations, and in this novel, unlike a lot of thrillers, you find yourself rooting for the underdogs, the nerds, rather than some kind of physically superior macho hero. The way the author handled the comedy and the wittiness in the series was commendable. It made for a fast-paced, enjoyable read, and I finished the book in two days.
Tiffany's favorite character of mine by far is Toesy. The way his character was created, the way the cat interacted with the humans, had me laughing out loud where I sat. And then, as the story went on, the antics the cat got into to save the "Great Man" and his other friends were engaging and addicting. Deli and Carl, the two main characters, are well-rounded and flawed, which made the reading enjoyable.
If I had to put one criticism in this review, it would be that I wasn't particularly fond of the relationship dynamic between Paul and Deli. I thought it was more of an afterthought, and even though Paul was the one they were supposed to be finding, he was very rarely mentioned until just the end of the novel. The way the author handled that relationship and the conflict at the end, though, made me smile.
I would recommend this book to everyone. And I have. It was fantastic, and I cannot wait for the next installment to come out. I will definitely be reading!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
The title of this book was what initially grabbed me, and in the first few pages I was sucked in and couldn't be let go. Just like Jaden, it felt like I was trapped- her in this warped time/space continuum, me within the pages of this novel. I don't think I have read a novel so fast in a long time. The tension between her and the judge is palpable, and it makes for a very fascinating, edge-of-your seat read. I love the way the author strings her readers along, and I shamelessly admit I was dragged the entire way. I won't give anything away, but the characters have so much depth and breadth to them you will not be disappointed in this book.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
This book...well, this book was very on the edge for me. It's a vampire novel, and it seemed to take a very realistic take on vampires, which was refreshing...but that was where the book and I ceased to get along. Ava's relationships with both of the boys in her life seem mediocre at best. There is no real heat, no real passion...no real emotion, to be honest. The man she enslaves seems to have more connection to his emotions than she does. Overall, the book just seemed to lack substance for me. There was nothing about it besides the way they portray vampires that really makes it stick out.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
This book started out a little slow, and I admit, I almost put it down. I'm very glad I didn't, though. The connection between Trace and the psychic is electrical, and you can practically feel it stunning you through the pages. I can't decided whether it's more of a mystery or a romance novel, though. It has one foot in each of the worlds, but it does a good amount of justice to each. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the fantasy element that they did throw in, but they way they covered it up to allow Aislinn to live among people normally is a good one. I'd read another book from this author, definitely. I just wish the beginning had been a little more fast paced; if someone reading it had been a little less dedicated, they may have put it down before the story really got good.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
I almost put this book down. I really did. The grammatical mistakes and the way the author strung the words together just didn't do it for me, and that hurt me a lot. I like my books to be well put together, with very few grammatical mistakes in them. The idea behind this one, though, kept me continuing even as I looked at it with trepidation.
I'm very glad I did. The story itself, the concept of it, is an intriguing one. There are so many dystopian novels out there right now about what could happen to the world, but this one was a whole new brand of different for me. I won't give anything away in this review, but the way that this author wrote about a possible future involving the specifics that she did was commendable. I ended up enjoying the book so much, I got the rest of them as well. I look forward to reading the continuation of Clara's story, even if I do have to look past the grammar to do it.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Honestly, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this book. I liked the idea that a retired cop could still do so much, and I did enjoy the touch of the occult that went into this novel, but after that the rest of my review will be a little muddled. Granted, I came into this book before reading book 1, and so some of the connections seemed a little far-stretched to me, but there are definitely a few things that I liked and disliked about this particular novel.
The conversations and relationships between the characters seemed strained, and maybe even a little fake. There were some things within the novel about solving the case that just seemed to be too easy, even with the aspect of the occult thrown in.
I did like, however, the story itself. The characters were interesting, and they each had their own quirks and strengths, which I liked. I enjoyed the way the author could visualize for me each character he wrote for.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this short little novella. It was a fascinating concept to, for once, have the tables turned. As the story progressed, I was beginning to see the ending coming, but I always wondered just who it was that was going to come out on top. The way this author ended this short, quaint little story had me laughing at the end, which gave me some very interested looks from people sitting around me. It was twisted, and it was perfect. A dose of your own medicine, indeed. I would like to read more of this author's. The only negative I can really say is that I would've liked to get to know the players a little better. I was teased with a taste, and then it was ripped from me. That, though, was part of the enjoyment, and it kept me wanting to find out more, and had me guessing about what the author didn't actually tell us. Overall, enjoyable for a quick read.