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!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Just One Damned Thing after Another by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Jen, I adore this series so far. Max is a fun and feisty heroine and the world Taylor has created is fascinating and filled with memorable characters. A fast paced story that you will not ever want to put down (Ok Well I was listening to it, so I guess I should say, didn't want to turn it off) Its sweet, snarky, sexy and fun, and you will actually learn a little bit of history too. The realistic look into history shows you the honesty and horrors of the past. It made me laugh out loud and cry and sorta wish I could be a Historian too . My only two complaints would have to be, it's time travel and that shit hurts my brain LOL! And umm, I am a little worried though if I ever meet a woman named Barclay I am going to want to call her bitchface Barclay. Cannot wait to listen to the next installment. Max is up there with my favorite heroines like Flavia de Luce and Lady Georgie Rannoch

Favourite Quotes (sorry was enjoying the story so much I forgot to highlight quotes so this is it - I promise to be better next time - I swear there were so many awesome one liners & many using the term bitchface barclay)

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce, #8)Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh you impish minx Flavia, I have missed you dearly. In my hearts of hearts, I so wish you were real and of my own flesh and blood. Bradley has done such a magical job of creating this world of Flavia de Luce. Each and every character is flawed and so richly developed that you have a hard time believing that they are not real. Each and everytime I finish one of these tales I feel bereft and counting down to the next installment.

This tale starts very soon after the end of the previous novel, with the delightfully frank Flavia returning from her adventures in Canada awaiting an epic homecoming. Unfortunately, she is to be disappointed as her father has fallen ill and the whole house is in turmoil. So much change for our little charming imp of satan. Nothing is as she was expecting and she is unsure of her place and of who she has become. Thank goodness she once again stumbles upon a corpse and immerses herself in the mystery, which takes her mind off of all the changes going on around her. There are plenty of fun hi jinks and some delightfully true observations of life, love and family. And as always it is the characters in this series that have me coming back for more. Not one feels like a caricature

I can't go into much more as I would give away too much of the story but I do suggest some tissues. Please Mr Bradley, I need more right away. Please if you haven't read (or even better, listened to) this series, get thee to a book store asap, you will not regret it.

Alas, I find it always so hard to write an eloquent review on stories that I feel so passionate about.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Real life is messy, and it's probably best to keep that in mind. We must learn never to expect too much."

“You can learn from a glance at anyone's library, not what they are, but what they wish to be.”

"Faith and hope are a piece of cake but charity is a Pandora's box: the monster in the cistern which, when the lid is opened, comes swarming out to seize you by the throat.”

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)The Last Star by Rick Yancey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yeah its going to be hard to right this one without being insulting. I mean, seriously if you read my reviews you know I have absolutely no talent in telling a story. So me, judging an established and obviously gifted writer, is kinda not cool (See what I mean about my talent) But that being said this one was a hot mess and honestly I was confused a lot of the time about what was going on. The first book was brilliant and I enjoyed the second installment, but I have a feeling the author stopped giving a shit about the characters in the series. Cassie became all wussy and her constant comments about Evan made me gag -- and for the love of god do not get me started on the sex scene - ick. I did enjoy Ringer and Zombie but even then not enough to care about them at the end. I think I just expected better from Yancey whose other books I have truly enjoyed. Umm maybe this is once situation in which the movie will hopefully be a lot better. Also Yancey, I love you but I have to be honest.

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Rapid Fire Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy hell this series just gets better and better and the character development is brilliant. This installment will have you on the edge of your seat and tears will also be running down your face. And plenty of snarky fun dialogue too. I love Celaena (ok Aelin -- but she will always be Celaena to me) and have really enjoyed getting to know all of the secondary characters and the background to this fascinating world that Maas has created. And this is from a girl who previously hated any stories dealing with the Fae. Maas takes the genre and turns it on its heel and makes me want more and more. Ok heads up this is one naughty installment, almost everyone gets a little bit of detailed action. (Some of it might be a wee too much for some of the younger YA readers) And hello I have a sudden urge to find a Fae lover (Dont worry Tennant - you are still my first choice). Really enjoyed some of the characters from Celaena├Ęs past coming back and once again I so enjoy the dialogue between all the strong and feisty female characters. However, the ending is gasp worthy and killing me right now, as I have no idea when the next installment is coming out -- Maas give me more NOW!

Just some of my favs

“You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.”

“You will find, Rolfe, that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien. One survives her”

“Rowan’s always looking for an excuse to show off. Dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfillment in his dull, immortal life.” There”

“The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.”

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Rapid Fire Review: Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife (The Midwife Trilogy, #1)Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A truly fascinating biography that hooked me right away. The stories are heartbreaking, funny and completely eye opening about giving birth in the east end of London during the 50s and 60s. Jennifer is candid and honest about the conditions she worked in, the poverty and abuse she saw. But also the beauty she found in the simple joys of people who did not have much. Some of the stories are quite funny and others so painful to read, you will find tears running down your eyes. You will fall in love with the nuns she worked with and her patients. You will also learn so much and truly be grateful (and somewhat saddened strangely enough) by the changes in medical practices dealing with childbirth (Done it twice myself, and holy hell thank you I cannot imagine what would have happened to Jacob if I had giving birth during that era) I really enjoyed the story about Princess Diana's bodyguard and also the one about the husband who accepted another mans child as his own. I will be picking up the other books by her before I sit down to watch the series.

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