Book ReviewChangeless

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Orbit, 2010

After reading and loving Soulless, the first book in this series, I predictably ran (literally, with my jogging pants on and everything) to the nearest book seller and bought everything they had which was sadly, just the first three of the Alexia Tarabotti books. Without wasting a minute I eagerly dove into Changeless. I was most interested in seeing how author Gail Carriger would handle the rest of the series. In book one, when Alexia and Collan get married (something that could have been stretched into a few books but was condensed into the first) what would their 'happily ever after' look like? And I...

Book ReviewSoulless

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Orbit, 2009

Like Alice in Wonderland, to tumble into the pages of Soulless is to find yourself in a warped version of the world you know and be fascinated by the characters you find there. I simply loved this book that reads like a thick stew - fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, suspense, adventure and the still warm freshly baked tea biscuit to go with this stew is the comedy. The best thing about comedy is the way it surprises you - especially in a historical, puritanical setting such as Soulless in the mid-1800's, Great Britain. I...

Book ReviewSwept Off Her Feet

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Simon and Schuster, 2011

What a lovely wee romance novel this is. Hester has given us a nice mix of modern girl bumbling around a family's antiques which uncovers a love story from the past. There is a perfect balance played out between the two time periods - heavy on the modern, light and just enough on the historical. Romance is the main theme of the book but it...

Book ReviewKat Incorrigible

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Publisher: 
Simon and Schuster, 2011

In the words of the chicken from Robin Hood, Ooh Da La Lee! What a great book! Okay, she didn't say the book part but the sentiment is the same. My 12 year old daughter read this book first and told me it was really good and did we have the other books because she wanted them right away. A few months and an approved budget at the library later I finally had the trilogy in hand and decided to give it a go myself. And I'm so glad I did! While most adults turn...

Book ReviewEtiquette and Espionage

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Little, Brown and Company, 2013

First let me point out - AMAZING COVER! It completely drew me in and interested me in the premise of the book. And what a book! Our main character is resourceful, inquisitive to the point of reckless but she draws on her friendships to help her remain under the ever-watchful radar of teachers and mechanical guards. This book is a delightful dump of adventures done in layers of petticoats which are great for concealing mechanical...

Book ReviewThe Goddess Test

Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Harlequin Teen, 2011

There are certain ironies in life such as: non-matching socks are cool, vanilla extract smells awesome but tastes terrible by itself and you can't recommend a book to a book reviewer. Weird, I know, but it's true. Reading is an intensely personal experience and if you're not in the same wagon as me - wanting happy endings always, sometimes fast paced nail biters, sometimes steamy romance, sometimes sweet relationship characters - then don't recommend me a book. I don't want devastation, hard truth memoirs, or heavy Science Fiction. Neither do I want mamby pamby. Our current co-op student...

Book ReviewKiller Insight

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Signet, 2006

This was a fun, fourth installment in a solid whodunit mystery series. I am still loving the psychic tidbits that real-live psychic and author Victoria Laurie gives us as readers. It is a sneak peek at both the pros and cons of living a life with that special sight. One of Victoria's strengths is writing relationships that ...

Book ReviewSofie Metropolis

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Tom Doherty Associates, 2005

As you can tell from the summary, there's a lot going on in this starter series novel, but it's all good. I quite enjoyed this book like a spritz of water in the face in the heat of summer. It reads much like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but there's no Grandma Mazur and Sofie's mother is much more overbearing. It does have a great sense of humour much like Evanovich that had me laughing out loud and sharing parts with my husband. There's kooky characters in general within Sofie's family, her apartment building, her neighbors and her coworkers but it all...

Book ReviewSofie Metropolis

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Tom Doherty Associates, 2005

As you can tell from the summary, there's a lot going on in this starter series novel, but it's all good. I quite enjoyed this book like a spritz of water in the face in the heat of summer. It reads much like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but there's no Grandma Mazur and Sofie's mother is much more overbearing. It does have a great sense of humour much like Evanovich that had me laughing out loud and sharing parts with my husband. There's kooky characters in general within Sofie's family, her apartment building, her neighbors and her coworkers but it all...

Book ReviewMidnight in Austenland

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Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Bloomsbury, 2012

I was looking forward to this second installment in the Austenland series by Shannon because I so very much liked the first, Austenland. But sadly, this second novel is nowhere near the perfection of the first.
Shannon mixes a few aspects of Jane Austen's novels into each of her own. In Austenland we had the play - much like how the characters in Mansfield Park performed a play. In Midnight in Austenland our main gal Charlotte is much like the shy, vulnerable Fanny in Mansfield Park. Charlotte is even given a...

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