Posts Tagged ‘Book Review’

Review: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

February 16, 2012

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)Prince of Thorns
by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not the first one to point out that making an anti-hero work is really difficult; it’s a fine line between being disgusted by the actions and hating the character. Lawrence hit on the balance. I still walked away disturbed, perhaps more so at the end than I’d been all along. But Lawrence created all the right circumstances and a world that made Jorg what he is without justifying it, without apologizing for it, and making you think about the potential for the monster in all of us.

Chillingly wonderful character development.

Combined with an inventive storyline, a fascinating world, and a great pace and cast of supporting characters and you’ve got a book I read in one day. Just couldn’t stop.


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Review: Red by Kait Nolan

February 9, 2012

RedRed by Kait Nolan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The premise of this one so intrigued me that I picked it up, even though I’ve been feeling a bit glutted with YA books lately. I’m glad I didn’t pass it up. YA heroines often leave me feeling empty, as if they’re a bit shallow (some of that just being the effect of youth rather than bad writing.) But Nolan did a great job of giving us a scarred and complex heroine paired with a similarly scarred and complex hero and making their struggles and developing relationship utterly realistic (for werewolves.)

I was drawn right in and couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

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Review: Crash Into You by Roni Loren

January 26, 2012

Crash Into You (Loving On The Edge, #1)Crash Into You by Roni Loren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great read. Hot and steamy without being so focused on the erotic elements that it neglected the plot. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth and intricacy of the conflict that is so often missing in erotic romance, where hook-ups are often the whole point of the anemic storyline. Nice bit of mystery and suspense here to make the relationship that much more important and satisfying.

Well done and worth the read.

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Review: Eden by Phil Rossi

January 12, 2012

EdenEden by Phil Rossi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was such a treat. The emotion Rossi evokes is real and universal. His hero is flawed and both mourns those flaws and accepts their inevitability. He doesn’t let the problems, inside or out, keep him from solving this fascinating mystery. The action here is subtle and suspenseful, inside a world that feels both mind-boggling impossible and painfully real.

Great read.

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A #FridayReads Review – When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

December 2, 2011

When She WokeWhen She Woke by Hillary Jordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I expected to be disappointed in this book. In part from the lukewarm reviews, and in part because I often have a hard time with re-telling of books I enjoyed. But when I finally came to this one it sucked me in and I finished it that night.

I think Jordan built a fascinating setting. Yes, there are only so many ways you can go with a fundamentalist Christian society, so if you want, that part was “predictable” but if it hadn’t been it would have been ridiculous. And sticking within the Scarlet Letter story required certain features that I think she pulled off very well with her future interpretations.

The abortion issue was handled in a very balanced way for a book that was clearly never going to say abortion was wrong in and of itself. While the scientific and medical reasoning was presented, Hannah herself never rationalized her decision by retreating behind it.

I won’t give away the spoiler though I know some others have, but I’ll say that was the thing that kept me from giving this five stars. The book’s not brilliant but was completely enjoyable and well paced. But when it got to the scene with Simone, I was thrown out of the world. That just came out of nowhere and I didn’t believe it would happen that quickly. Jordan came close to executing it well enough to be believable, because, I believed that Hannah could eventually go there, but not at that point.

But, honestly, it was a great read and that certainly wasn’t enough to ruin it. I’d recommend the book to anyone interested in a thought-provoking, satisfying read.

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