Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey: Mini Book Review

Haunting Violet
by Alyxandra Harvey
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2795-4
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Description: Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.
Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

The Good Stuff
  • Wonderful love story intertwined with ghost story - perfection!!!
  • Ghosts - thank you, I love me good ghost stories and there are so very few these days
  • Gothic feel, reminds me of  those fabulous Victoria Holt novels I read when I was a young teen - this is a compliment, those books made me fall in love with reading
  • Perfect for reading on a dark and stormy night
  • Enjoyed the relationship between Violet and Lord Jaspar
  • Violet is an absolutely delightfully likeable character. I fell in love with her immediately
  • Fabulous dialogue 
  • Hooked me in from the very first paragraph - kept me up till 1 am reading.  I was very hard pressed to put the damn thing down
  • Please Alyxandra, write more of these, there are so very few well written Gothic ghost stories
  • Perfect uses of humour
  • There was a ghost dog, how can you not love a story that has a ghost dog
 The Not So Good Stuff 
  • Wanted more
  • No redeeming qualities in Violet's mother - she felt more like a caricature than an actual fully fleshed character
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" I'd made her angry and vulnerable and I didn't need to be told she wouldn't forgive me for it. I knew girls like Tabitha - I'd been raised by one. She would need some kind of revenge."

"I wandered through the huge room with its towering  walls of books. There were so many to choose from. It was better than chocolate cream biscuits, better than Xavier's kiss-and nearly as good as Colin's."

"You look lovely, and more importantly, you're positively glowing with ectoplasm."

4 Dewey's

I picked this up at Forster's Book Garden Ltd in Bolton after meeting Alyxandra at OLA 

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu: Mini Book Review

OCD Love Story
by Corey Ann Haydu
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-6081-2
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Description: When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart

The Good Stuff
  • Wasn't sure I wanted to read as well the subject matter seemed very dark and depressing and well lets face it scary but the author's writing ability  and sensitivity hooked me in to keep reading
  • An excellent book for class discussions or book clubs.  
  • Such a hopeful ending
  • Well crafted and realistic characters that you come to love and hope that they can heal
  • Unique
  • I'm finding it really hard to write this review as this book brought about so many thoughts and emotions, yet I cannot find the words to express them.
  • Intense and uncomfortable, yet you feel so much sympathy for these characters - bravo Ms Haydu
  • There really is someone for everyone
  • Author takes what could be truly despicable characters and turns them into someone that you not only learn to accept, but to actually like and cheer for
  • Great opening line
  • Some seriously dark and twisted humour
  • Truly fascinating

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Uncomfortable to read at times as these are very damaged characters. Also uncomfortable as it makes you take a good look at some of your own issues
  • I really wanted to know more about how the characters became who they are - I found that it wasn't very clear
  • Intense - not a book i didn't want to put down - I had to put down and only read a few chapters at a time
  • Took a wee bit of offense that schools in Canada are safer than those in Canada - like Canada is some fairy tale place with no violence - come on we got problems here to people - but hey the lack of gun thing does help

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Therapists. Always asking the same question over and over in slightly different ways. They are, like, the Ultimate Thesauruses."

"Lucky for me, I don't get panicky in small dark spaces or anything. I'm a different breed of crazy."

"I think of everything and I'm pretty sure if I could use my organizational skills for something else, like wildlife survival kits or preparing people for nuclear warfare, I'd be a millionaire. Or at the very least actually a useful human being. But as it is, I just have a packed car and a lot of extra shit that makes me look like a sociopath."

"Good thing I have OCD, because that makes me totally anal enough to cover my tracks."

"Classes are letting out all over the building and I'm suddenly the center of attention in the hallway of the all boys' school. I've never been as desirable as I seem to be for these few moments. The standard of beauty change quite a bit when there's no one to compete with.'

4 Dewey's

I received this at the Simon and Schuster Book Blogger Party at Book Expo America 2013

Splintered by A.G. Howard: Mini Book Review

by A.G. Howard
Amulet Books
ISBN: 9781419704284
Suggested Ages: 13+
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Description: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own

Mini Book Review: I never understood the appeal for Alice when I was growing up, so even-though the cover hooked me in, I was reluctant to read this one. Glad I didn't just give this one away. Absolutely fabulous, unique, dark, creepy and her talent with words, mood and setting are positively awe inspiring. The story dragged a wee bit but not horribly so.  Also, there is a love triangle (though I totally can see why she is attracted to both of the boys - yummy - I know ick ick kinda cougarish) which kinda irritates me but hey I am not the intended audience as I am old.  Once again I want to mention the cover as it is truly perfect for the book (my copy even has the cover and chapter for the next book)  This is a truly unique and imaginative take on the Wonderland tale. I am looking forward to what happens in the next,  and hopefully only book,  in the series (I am really tiring of trilogies because in most cases, the 2nd book is usually just lame filler.

Favorite Quotes

"We turn to find Morpheus standing there with enough rage in his black eyes to send the Devil packing for heaven."

"It's okay that you have a little bad inside. So do I."

You know, you should never trust a woman with green skin. Just ask any man who's had a hangover from absinthe."

"Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible."

4 Dewey's

I picked up a copy of this at Book Expo America 2013 based on the fabulous cover

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1)
by Sarah MacLean
Avon (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-185205-3
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Description: A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner. Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she's not careful, she'll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

Mini Good Review: It's been a long time since I read from this genre, which used to be the only genre I read, and it was the perfect story to hook me back in.  Calpurnia is a delightfully charming heroine and the love interest, Gabriel, is an imperfect but delicious rake that is perfect for her.  This is a fabulous story to lose yourself in while sitting at the beach or snuggled up on the couch with a glass of wine.  I understand Calpurnia, a quiet girl who does what she is expected to do but yearns to be wild and free.  She wants someone to see and love her for what she is. I think most bookworms like me feel exactly like Calpurnia.  Story is fast paced if a tad predictable and the dialogue is delightful.  Good steamy sex scenes, that are wonderfully done (take note certain authors that use terms like love missle) and some cry your eyes moments and even better laugh your ass off scenes. Some interesting secondary characters that I would like to learn more about, and judging by this being listed as, Love By Numbers 1, I am sure I will be soon.  Look forward to reading more by Sarah.   My only beef with this one is the cover. Um hello that chick on the front is the total opposite of Calpurnia. I hate when they put some pretty little thing on the cover instead of the realistic looking character described in the book.

3.5 Dewey's

I picked up copy of this at Book Expo America 2013 - well because I am a sucker for anything with Rake in the title

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington: Mini Book Review

The Dead and Buried
by Kim Harrington
Point (Scholastic Inc)
ISBN: 978-0-545-33302-3
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

The Good Stuff
  • Perfect for the reluctant reader
  • A ghost story - very rare in the YA genre. What a shame so much of 9-12 is ghost centered, yet so little in the next step up
  • Great relationship between Jade and her little brother Colby
  • Fast paced and spooky
  • The ghost is a "mean girl" (come on you sorta wished sometimes that you could take down those mean girl types)
  • Just the type of book I loved as a teen
  • Sweet love story - a little bit love trianglish - but not that bad
  • Story hooks you in right away and its the type of book you don't want to put down - which thank goodness it wasn't huge book (295 pgs in my ARC copy)
  • Jade is extremely likeable and willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some of the secondary characters are more caricatures than fleshed out characters
  • A tad bit predictable as a older reader, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Yeah, she's weird. I'm weird. Who cares? If people showed the honest versions of themselves instead of the the scrubbed, toned-down versions, we'd all be a little more interesting."

"No, you don't mess with those things," a guy said, pointing at the Ouija board like it was on fire. "My grandmother told me stories. Those things can open doorways."
"It's mad from Hasbro," Faye snapped. "Grow a pair."

"Normally, I'd trust a five-year-old boy with a delicate piece of jewelry as much as I'd trust a thief with an ATM password, but Colby was different."

4 Dewey's

Can't remember where I got this but I think it was from our arc collection at work

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Omens (Cainsville)
by Kelley Armstrong
Random House Canada
ISBN: 978-0-307-36052-6
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On Sale August 20th

Description: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancĂ©, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

The Good Stuff
  • Olivia is a fascinating character - very realistic and kick ass strong and doesn't take crap from anyone
  • As usual Armstrong's world building is incredible
  • Fast paced with lots of twists and turns -- cannot wait to learn more about what is going on
  • Dark - reminded me at times of Koontz and King - not a lot but the mood of the story reminds me of them
  • I've said it before but must reiterate - Kelley is a natural storyteller which to me is a fabulous gift - she never disappoints
  • Dark humour is spot on and gets you when you need it most
  • Loved the opening chapter - its the kind that hooks you in and you know you are not going to want to put the book down
  • Gabriel is also a fascinating character and I look forward to knowing more about him & um he sounds kinda hot
  • I feel the need to decorate my house with gargoyles now - trust me, so will  you after reading
  • Perfect book for a cold winters night under a blanket with a nice glass of wine or hot chocolate
  • Character development is realistic

The Not So Good Stuff
  • I was a wee bit confused at times - but hey I got a 4 yr old - might just be me
  • OMG - how long do I have to wait till the next book - never mind - I am just impatient and well I am reading it months before it is actually coming out
  • O.K. now this one is extremely picky. A paragraph mentions that the child had spina bifida and it couldn't have been her since she would be in a wheelchair. Um,  hello, my son has spina bifida and is not in a wheelchair.  Yes I know picky, picky but it did make me slightly irritated
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Also, the killing of small animals is the entrance ramp onto the serial killer superhighway'" I paused. "Damn. I bet the cat knows that.  He picked me because I can't hurt him, or I'd be fulfilling my biological destiny. So I'm screwed. The cat stays. Unless you'll kill him ..." I glanced at him. "How does fifty bucks sound."

"Wishful thinking, as if having my weather omen come true would somehow prove I was perfectly sane. Because "storm-prediction-by-cat" was sane."

"Or was I hoping it wasn't as bad as I'd heard? Oh, they only killed six people, not eight like I thought. Well, that's not so bad."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Obviously if you like Kelley's other books - you will love this
  • If you like spooky moody mysteries - pick this up you will not be disappointed
  • I really think fans of Koontz and Stephen King will take a shine to this
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Friday, August 16, 2013

Inhuman by Kat Falls: Mini Book Review

Inhuman (Fetch #1)
by Kat Falls
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-37099-8
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Description: In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy

The Good Stuff
  • Unique premise 
  • Fast paced, exciting and with some nice dark humour
  • Great cover - this will sell based on the cover alone
  • Good character development - especially with Lane
  • Lane is a likeable character who you cheer for - she is strong willed and willing to fight for what is right
  • Dystopian (yup you know I love the dystopian genre - so many discussions to be had in this genre)
  • Falls gifted in setting up mood - I really felt like I could touch and see her world
  • Story hooked me in right away and I cannot wait to find out what happens next
  • Got a giggle at times about the names of the animals - sorta reminded me of a much loved episode of Kim Possible (don't judge I'm a mom)
  • Perfect for a reluctant reader
 The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Damn, this book doesn't come out till October -- do you know how long I am going to have to wait for the next book in the series.
  • Two love interests for the heroine - as an older reader, I find this irritating and cliche - but than again these books are not written for me
Favorite Quotes

"The description of me was the final insult: brown eyes, brown hair, average build. Why not just say average everything."

"If you're trying to make yourself cry, don't bother. I had my heart surgically removed when I took this job."

4.25 Dewey's

I picked this up at Book Expo America (BEA) 2013 based on the cover -- I know, I know, I am such a cover slut

Redshirts by John Scalzi

by John Scalzi
Tor Books
ISBN: 978-0-7653-1699-8
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Description: Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives

Mini Book Review: A delightfully hilarious tale that really comes across as a love letter to all things Star Trek. I picked this one up on the advice of Christa who thought I would enjoy it.  I am quite surprised that no one has ever written something like this before as any true Trekkie (Trecker) has always wondered about the lives of those "redshirts" who always seemed to be killed on those away missions. There is plenty of dark humour, interesting characters and some fabulous dialogue.  Won't lie, I was a wee bit confused at times about what was going on, but that is more my problem, not a problem with the actual writing.  The book is so well done that it will appeal to not only the die hard Trek fan, but to those who just enjoy a smart and witty Science Fiction story. Look forward to reading more by Scalzi.  After I finished the book, I threw on my DVD of Galaxy Quest, which is also a love letter to Star Trek. Oh yeah and Chapter 24 made me snort on the bus & people stared, thanks a lot Scalzi.

Favorite Quotes

"What are we going to say, Andy?" Collins said. "Hi, welcome to the Intrepid, avoid the officers because it's likely you'll get killed if you're on an away team with them, and oh, by the way, here's a magic box we use for impossible things? That would be a lovely first impression, wouldn't it."

"Yes, death by away team. Very effective on this ship," Jenkins said.

4 Dewey's

I purchased this just because Christa suggested it

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White: Mini Book Review

Mind Games
by Kiersten White
ISBN: 978-0-06-213531-5
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost

The Good Stuff
  • Fascinating and unique premise
  • Enjoyed the bond between the sisters, both of them wanting to protect the other was a nice change of pace for someone who spends her day trying to keep her kids from killing each other
  • White's delightfully snarky sense of humour (wish there was so much more)
  • Liked the ending  (may check out the sequel)
  • James is an intriguing character - want to know more about him
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • I wanted so much to love this, as the premise was intriguing and I love Kiersten, but just couldn't get into this one
  • Repetitive - this might have worked better as a short story
  • This could be a fantastic book with more time and energy - think it was churned out too fast
  • Didn't feel connected to any of the characters 
  • Jumpy and vague
  • Almost gave up on this one on many occasions
 Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I'd really like to look at your brain," Adam says.
I snort. "That has got to be the weirdest thing anyone has ever said to me."

“Their smiles are lies.
Most smiles are.”

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does anyone give a crap?" I mutter.” 

2.5 Dewey's

I won this from HarperTeen on Twitter - Sorry guys I really, really, really wanted to love it.  Don't worry Kiersten, I will still scoop up your next book, this one just wasn't my cup of tea.

The Blondes by Emily Schultz: Mini Book Review

The Blondes
by Emily Schultz
Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-67105-7
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Description:  Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes--whether CEOs, flight attendants, skateboarders or accountants--into rabid killers.

Hazel, vulnerable because of her pregnancy, decides to flee the city--but finds that the epidemic has spread and that the world outside New York is even stranger than she imagined. She sets out on a trip across a paralyzed America to find the one woman--perhaps blonde, perhaps not--who might be able to help her.

The Good Stuff
  • This one truly reminded me of some of  Margerat Atwood's earlier books. To me it had a similar mood and writing style to Atwood's The Handmaids Tale (one of my favorite books).  Hazel even reminded me of times of Offred. 
  •  Smiled when Hazel referred to her fetus as different little pet names as she not only learns to accept her child but learns to love it.
  • As a Canadian, obviously enjoyed all of the Canadian references
  •  enjoy the developing relationship between Hazel and Grace
  • The jumping back from past to present was a wee bit hard to get into at first but it works - gives you little bites to keep you hooked and wanting to find out more about what is going on
  • Main aspect of story being women's powers  being stripped away by men in charge, as a reaction to a "plague' (in the guise of the protecting the rest of the population)
  • Darkly funny
  • I'm a brunette - so you can imagine the appeal of the premise
  • Would be perfect for a book club discussion. Would lead to fascinating discussions about beauty, friendships, feminism - just to name a few
  • Dystopian (speculative fiction) - I am always a sucker for this genre.
  • Please don't be put off by my opinion of this novel.  The author is gifted, it really is just me in this case. I think I was expecting something different and this effected my enjoyment of the story.
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  I was extremely frustrated with Hazel (The character Grace so eloquently  mentions in the story, that Hazel is " is a bit of a dumb slut") and I personally had a hard time feeling empathy for her. For someone so educated, I expected more from her. 
  • Felt more at times like a social commentary than a story - not really a bad thing, but personally I enjoy more story (Yes, I know I am sure this makes me somewhat a less intelligent woman - but I really don't care - this is who I am and I won't apologize for it)  So in other words, if you are more intelligent than I (which not to be self deprecating or anything - but that would be most of you ) you will love this.
  • Could not understand why she fell for her professor - nothing intriguing about him and quite frankly I found him to be repulsive
  • Ok, picky picky on this one.  Scientifically I don't understand how natural and peroxide blondes could both be affected, it just didn't make sense.
Favorite Quotes/Passages
"God, how we all wanted to work at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation! It was practically upper-middle-class welfare."

"I joked that I thought there might be protestors, and Kovacs told me that it was no joke, we were lucky. This wasn't Canada where maniacs were polite."

"She was one of those glass-half-full types, and I would've been ready to choke her at the end of the eight weeks, if someone else hadn't tried."

"I thought about my own Mom going through that fatigue, and the nausea, every second of every day for months for me, and how I never knew that and never respected her - and I wished now that I had. I wished I could take back every mean thing I'd ever retorted, every time I rolled my eyes, or didn't listen."

3 Dewey's

I borrowed this from our backroom where staff drop off their ARC's that they are done with

Signed Books for Sale

As my bookshelves are seriously crowded and well lets face it this stay at home mom thing doesn't pay.  I have decided to sell off any books that aren't signed personally to me (or the kids)

Excellent deals as most of them I am just charging the cost of the book plus shipping of course.  Usually cost about $11-15 to ship in Canada.

Franklin in The Dark by Paulette Bourgeois - $20

Me to We: Turning Self Help on its Head by Craig Kielberger - $10

Explorers Who Made it or Died Trying by Frieda Wishinsky - $7

Exiles from the War by Jean Little - $20

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - $30 SOLD

The Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua - $5

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman - $20 - SOLD

A Million Suns by Beth Revis - $10

Exit to Eden by Anne Rice (She signed as both Anne Ice and Anne Rampling) - $25

Serenity comic book signed by Nathan Fillion - $50

That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems - $20

Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid - $20

Comic Con signed by Morgan Spurlock - $30

WonderStruck by Brian Selznick - $20

Oryx & Crate by Margerat Atwood - $40

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult - $30

Splinters by Kevin Sylvester - $20

I am So the Boss of You by Kathy Buckworth - $15
 (Picture to come)

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver - $15

Flying Bind by Deborah Cooke and  Betsy Wickwire`s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant - $10

The Leftovers by Tom Perrott. - $12

 Little Princes by Conor Grennan - $12

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong - $5

Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson. - $15