Month: August 2013

Review 41: My Big Fat Low-Fat ..

Posted August 19, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 41: My Big Fat Low-Fat Wedding (Katya Starkey)

This book is for fans of humour but not for fans of realistic situations and plots that make perfect sense. There’s no denying that the story was funny and had me chuckling, but there were definitely moments when I just raised an eyebrow and went “What just happened?” We follow Emily, a plus-sized girl who is absolutely desperate to lose weight before her wedding day. Throw in some crazy robots, her devoted fiancé, crazy wedding plans, and you have a quirky summer read. It won’t astound you with a well-crafted plot and the pacing was a little off but if […]

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Review 40: Heavenly Hell (Aria..

Posted August 17, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 40: Heavenly Hell (Aria Williams)

I haven’t really read YA books featuring angels and since Indiana (aka Indy) is a fallen angel, I guess this kind of qualifies. I’m sorry to say my first angel-related YA book experience was not a very good one. The beginning was good as it jumped right into Indy kicking a sleazeball’s ass and I liked that she was so headstrong and protective of her friend. I found the action and fantasy elements of the plot interesting but the characters did not work for me, I found the writing style to be choppy in some parts but an information overload […]

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Review 39: Through the Door (J..

Posted August 15, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 6 Comments
Review 39: Through the Door (Jodi McIsaac)

I am a fan of mythology but I have to admit that I don’t know much about Celtic lore. This book was a very interesting experience for me because although it had the familiar elements of myths, the Celtic focus was new and refreshing. There’s a new spin on familiar creatures, giving them rather unexpected personalities and showing how they relate to each other. Character-wise, there’s a lot to look at. There’s Cedar, out heroine who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and fight back even to people more powerful than her. Her love for her daughter, Eden, is […]

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Review 38: Finnikin of the Roc..

Posted August 12, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 3 Comments
Review 38: Finnikin of the Rock (Melina Marchetta)

I won this book from an awesome fantasy giveaway from Paola of A Novel Idea Reviews. I picked this book because it comes very HIGHLY recommended from her. She said it would get me right in the feels and the story did just that. This book broke my heart but in a good way. The story does not gloss over the horrors of war, betrayal, slavery, dehumanisation, and abuse. The pain felt by the characters and their people is clear and gut-wrenching. Like a knife being twisted into your flesh. It hurts to even read some of the atrocities and […]

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Review 37: Fairest (Gail Carso..

Posted August 9, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 4 Comments
Review 37: Fairest (Gail Carson Levine)

I picked this up right after reading the awesomeness that was The Two Princesses of Bamarre expecting another winner from Levine. Unfortunately, Fairest is not as good as the other two in the set. Though it makes a little nod to Ella Enchanted which made me smile. What I did like about this book was that it expanded on the kingdom of Ayortha that was touched on in the first book. It was interesting to learn their culture and how their love of music influences how they gather and party. I also liked all the castle intrigue that went on in […]

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Review 36: The Two Princesses ..

Posted August 7, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 6 Comments
Review 36: The Two Princesses of Bamarre (Gail Carson Levine)

Before I get to my review of the book, I have to link Paola’s interview with A.K. Host because I think she says some very important things about strong female heroines that I agree with and made me love this book even more. I say this because Princess Addie, our heroine in this book, isn’t brash or loud. She’s quiet, shy, and fearful. But when her sister is in trouble, she rises to the challenge even if she IS scared. Reading Addie’s journey to save her sister made for a wonderful experience since the reader gets to see this meek […]

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Review 35: The Murder of Roger..

Posted August 5, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 3 Comments
Review 35: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)

This book reminded me why I loved Agatha Christie’s work and why I love mystery stories. The puzzle is so well-crafted, so full of red herrings that make sense instead of being confusing, and makes for an exciting read. The story is set in a small village so gossip and rumour abound and the reader is able to pick up on the dark little secrets that each of the characters have, giving nearly all of them some kind of motive. Hercule Poirot, along with his assistant (and narrator) Dr. Sheppard, set about unraveling the tangled mystery. The crime seems to […]

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Review 34: Cinder (Marissa Mey..

Posted August 3, 2013 by Ana in Reviews | 22 Comments
Review 34: Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

I love fairytale retellings and science fiction, so seeing the two come together in this book made me very happy. The original tale is turned and mixed into this whole new story set in futuristic New Beijing with the smart and strong Cinder as our main character. Reading all the technology was a joy and the way Meyer was able to flesh out the history of the world and its relationship with the Lunars really brought this story to life for me. A lot of my friends loved this book and I am no exception. I absolutely loved the character […]

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