After reading the first two books in the series for review, I decided to purchase these for my Kindle and finish out thReviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.
After reading the first two books in the series for review, I decided to purchase these for my Kindle and finish out the Fallen Star Series. In the first two books I really enjoyed the creativity that the author had, and how she created a character that really wasn’t like any other story out there. The Vision seemed to lack this creativity and I found it hard to get through parts of the book because it was very repetitive and a little boring. At other times I was very interested in the new characters, and how they played into the story of Gemma and Alex.
There were some good surprises in the story, and while the creativity seemed to fall short in the story line, it was present in the different characters and the abilities that they brought to the table. I still enjoyed the book and the piece of the puzzle that it added to the series. It also seemed that the eBooks had a better editor then the hard copies that I reviewed previously, because it wasn’t plagued with the simple grammar errors that detracted from the story....more
This book says dynamic poses and it means it. The majority of the poses are quite interesting. I found myself sayiARC reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.
This book says dynamic poses and it means it. The majority of the poses are quite interesting. I found myself saying for almost every pose, I want to draw that. I have another model book and all the poses just bore me. This book got my creative juices flowing.
In addition to the creativity, the book is also technically well done. The poses and the forms of the body are very easy to read. There is a crispy high definition quality to the images.
Unfortunately, my review copy did not come with the CD material. I think this is where the real value of this book comes into play. The CD contains all the poses from the book with the bonus of a 360 view. The images are also high resolution so you can see all the teeny details.
I've seen a few 'comic' pose books and this is by far my favorite. I think I may end up purchasing my own copy of this book....more
This is a completely fun middle grade book and it’s the start of a new series, one of which I will be continuing on with. The cover caught the eye ofThis is a completely fun middle grade book and it’s the start of a new series, one of which I will be continuing on with. The cover caught the eye of more than one person while I was reading out and about. The book was also snatched up by my niece as soon as I was done reading it.
The story centers on a very real kid just trying to get by at a new school and it quickly takes a turn for the weird. Strange things start happening, strange creatures show up and Robert finds himself in the middle of it all. There is a big mystery going on at the school and Robert wants to get to the bottom of it. I loved the mystery part of the story and thought it was well done since I (an adult) hadn’t guessed everything that was really going on.
I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and continuing on with the weird and fun adventure!
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The eccentric cast of characters in this book is what made the story for me. Katharine on her own is interesting enough, but surround her with her uncThe eccentric cast of characters in this book is what made the story for me. Katharine on her own is interesting enough, but surround her with her uncle, a creative and lovely apprentice, a mute child with bunny rabbit in tow, a lady’s maid that doesn’t ever stay quiet, well, the list goes on – but these characters are all wonderful on their own and even more intriguing when they are playing off of one another.
I was a bit disappointed in the mystery part of the story and didn’t like the reasoning for what was behind all of it. It seemed a bit of a stretch, a bit out of place, and a bit too simple underneath it all. The ending came to a close very quickly and very neatly, I almost wish it hadn’t so that there would have been more to the story, more places for these odd characters to go.
This isn’t heavy on the steampunk – basically it’s just the creations that her uncle creates and I would have liked to have seen more of those out in the community that he lives in. It would be wonderful for a second book to feature more of that to give it more of a steampunk feel. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading more about Katharine and her uncle.
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This is my first read of Lisa Jewell’s and I’ve found that she does have a way of creating very real feeling chaARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
This is my first read of Lisa Jewell’s and I’ve found that she does have a way of creating very real feeling characters. This is a contemporary women’s book that features three people and how their lives intertwine. I felt that the majority of the book focused on Lydia, although numerically that may not be true – there may have been an equal section of the book devoted to each of the characters, but it felt as if it was all based around her. That might be because she was the most interesting character as well. Dean and Robyn both had different things going on, but they weren’t characters I would want to read about again.
The storyline and how the three characters are connected becomes obvious right away, but this isn’t a mystery or suspense novel. It is written well in the aspect that this could have been a true story and these people could exist in our world right now. I didn’t feel very connected to the story or the characters though and that’s where it is missing out for me. It lacked that special something that grabs me and makes me want to flip page after page to become immersed in the story.
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When I started reading this one I was a little lost. Diving right into the characters new lives in Salvation conARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
When I started reading this one I was a little lost. Diving right into the characters new lives in Salvation confused me a bit – but then it went into some explanations and it cleared things up quickly. In my review for Enclave, the first book in the series, I mentioned Aguirre’s talent at world-building, as well as character-building, and it is still evident in Outpost. She’s added on more dimensions to the main characters without losing the essence that I loved about each of them in the first story. We get to know many new characters and each of those felt so real and true to this new town that it was easy to fall into.
The Freaks are still to be feared and Aguirre gives us even more reasons to fear them. She also holds onto the fact that people often do stupid and rash things when under stress. I didn’t foresee where many parts of this book where going and that is one of the things I absolutely love about this series, it’s ability to surprise me, but to still have everything played out realistically. I can’t wait to read more!...more
The first volume of Crumrin was more a collection of short stories about Courtney. The second installment was a siARC reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.
The first volume of Crumrin was more a collection of short stories about Courtney. The second installment was a single story. The book does a really swell job of keeping things shrouded in mystery, but still building the lore of the magical world Courtney lives in.
Courtney herself is a bit of a hard read. Harsh exterior with a kind heart? Possibly. She walks the fine line between lovable rapscallion and obnoxious brat, with only slight and brief stumbles. Those stumbles tend to change the feel of the book. What feels like an all ages book most of the time, may possibly upset the youngest of readers.
The world of Crumrin does feel vast and full of magic. Courtney herself is a unique character. She is similar to Kat Incorrigible, but with a punk edge....more
I’m enjoying medical related stories more and more. That might be the RN in me, I don’t know, but this book wasARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
I’m enjoying medical related stories more and more. That might be the RN in me, I don’t know, but this book was no different, I enjoyed it very much. I knew going in that a story like this would have me crying and it certainly did.
While Elle is who the story revolves around, Matt is the main character and we get to read about how he feels about this strange situation. However we also get to see and understand what Linney, Matt’s mom, and Elle’s dad and brother think about everything. Even the public has their ideas and their say on what seems to be a highly personal decision.
For me – this story tells me I need to get my papers in order so that it will be completely clear as to what I would want had anything ever happen to me. Leaving it to chance can tear families apart and be as heartbreaking as this read. Fear not – there are very moving and uplifting moments as well.
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I love hearing the original Brothers Grimm stories and how awful and gruesome they were. It just amuses me that theyReviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
I love hearing the original Brothers Grimm stories and how awful and gruesome they were. It just amuses me that they were made to be so squeaky clean after a time. This book takes from some of the original tales and morphs them together in a new take on Hansel and Gretel. The author has a presence in the book as well, giving us reminders that the little kids that scare should be removed from the room at certain points of time. This just adds to the charm since these are the kids that the book is aimed at.
While there is more gruesome talk featured in this story than is in most books directed at kids aged 9-12, it isn’t over the top or overly detailed. It simply states the facts of what happened and tells you that they were covered in blood, no lingering for effect. It is a great read for reluctant readers, as the chapters are divided up quite well and feel quick to read. It is for both boys and girls, and anyone who has ever questioned how easy those “once upon a time” tales really have it. ...more
This is unfortunately the final book in a long and satisfying series of books. I have always been a huge fan of RangersReviewed by Kole for Book Sake.
This is unfortunately the final book in a long and satisfying series of books. I have always been a huge fan of Rangers Apprentice, since the beginning. I’m sad to see the end. This book lived up to the expectations of its predecessors. It had a great new cast of characters, along with the old familiar ones. The story was written very well and the plot kept me wanting more. This is one of the few series that I actually want to read every time a new book comes out. There hasn’t been a single bad one in the series and this is one of the best books of the Rangers Apprentice series. Everything was wrapped up nice and neat. I can't wait to read the spin-off stories from Rangers Apprentice. ...more
This is the best book out of the first two in the series. It has the most action, the most varied characters, and it waReviewed by Kole for Book Sake.
This is the best book out of the first two in the series. It has the most action, the most varied characters, and it wasn’t boring at any part. The story is fast moving and exciting numerous times through out this book. There were a couple of surprises in there that I wasn’t expecting. The main thing that drew me into this book more than the first one is the amount of action and the story progression. All of the characters have an important part in the storyline. There are so many fights that happen and so many different things take place in the story. It seems like it could have been too books in the series instead of just one, but I guess that’s a good thing because I can’t wait to read the next book in the series....more
I loved the idea behind the story and absolutely love the role that fencing played in it. Mason has got some serARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
I loved the idea behind the story and absolutely love the role that fencing played in it. Mason has got some serious skills and any scene having to do with her fencing was written wonderfully. And who can resist a character that doesn’t remember anything more than his name – and what a name it is – the Fennrys Wolf. All of the characters were realistic and I easily felt as if I knew the characters personally. In some books authors will make a character do something out of character to create a moment, but Livingston kept all of her characters true to form which is the way I prefer it to be done.
As this is a beginning to a series, I understand why there was so much story buildup in this book, but I wish there would have been more substance. I felt like nothing much happened after the opening. If it weren’t for the characters being intriguing I may have lost interest. As I do like the idea for the story, I will read the next book, I want to see where it goes and hope that it will go in a more fast paced direction....more
I really enjoyed the first book, Ashfall, and was very excited to see where the story would take me. While there is still a good read in the book, itI really enjoyed the first book, Ashfall, and was very excited to see where the story would take me. While there is still a good read in the book, it was overflowing with time spent on the small things, minute by minute, tiny detail after tiny detail. I felt myself wanting to speed read through these parts, but it was most of the book. Looking back, I think if I would have just read the dialogue and the small bits surrounding it, I would have had the same story with less distraction.
Problem after problem arises and while they are written as grand issues, they don’t feel that big because there are so many of them. Some of the characters that we meet are annoying and I just wanted Alex to move on so I didn’t have to read about them anymore.
The good parts were when the big things were actually happening. Wondering what would happen next with those moments kept me reading and interested. It still scares me when I think about something like this happening in our future, because I think the way people will behave will be quite similar to the world that Mullin has created. For that alone he is a wonderful writer, pulling the possible from the unthinkable.
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I featured this book on the blog as a Waiting on Wednesday pick and this one was worth waiting for! In a Fix isARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
I featured this book on the blog as a Waiting on Wednesday pick and this one was worth waiting for! In a Fix is full of action and quirkiness. Throw in some great guys, a girl trying to do her best at becoming a woman, modern day Vikings, being a different type of shape-shifter, and you’ve just touched the tip of this story.
The book is a lot of fun, the entire way through, and that’s mostly due to the main character Ciel being such a…Ciel. Add one of the guys that just can’t resist giving her a hard time and there is room for a lot of sarcastic humor (ah, my favorite). The story isn’t on the hot and heavy side, but there is enough sexual tension and moments that keep the romance in the story alive.
This is the first book in a series, but the story itself stands alone. I am so glad that there will be more, but 2013 feels so far away to wait for the second book, Quick Fix.
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When I picked this up I was expecting more of a storyline than a storytelling. This book features something that hapReviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
When I picked this up I was expecting more of a storyline than a storytelling. This book features something that happened in each of the characters past, something they feel shame about. It doesn’t do anything to further along the story or even make me feel like I know any of the characters any better. It was so disconnected from the TV series that it would have been a totally different plot point. Telling stories that have already happened is always hard to do and this often came up as boring instead of intriguing. I liked the idea of the new bad guy, but some plot points seemed to be missing for everything to make sense....more