Why I read it: I've decided I need to expand my reading repertoire, and so I've started purchasing Kobo's "daily deals" when I'm looking for a new booWhy I read it: I've decided I need to expand my reading repertoire, and so I've started purchasing Kobo's "daily deals" when I'm looking for a new book. It helped that the description for All Dogs Go to Kevin billed the read as something that would appeal to fans of James Herriot's veterinary series, a long-time favourite of mine.
What I liked about it As a dog person myself, I loved Vogelsang's heartwarming observations about the canines that had been part of her family. Her love for and commitment to these animals is obvious, and she tells their stories with humour and respect. I also enjoyed the client stories woven into the book. Vogelsang has an easy, approachable writing style that is indeed reminiscent of Herriot.
What I didn't like: At times the book felt a tad disjointed, with bits of stories thrown in and then left, never fully woven in or finished. This should have been something addressed at the editorial stage, in my opinion, and it led to moments of frustration for me as I paged back and forth on my Kobo to see if I'd missed something somewhere (I hadn't).
Final thoughts: Having gone in expecting Herriot, I was initially a little disappointed not to have more anecdotes from the veterinary side of things...once I let go of those expectations, however, I began to enjoy Vogelsang's own voice and the insights into her life. This was, after all, a memoir and not a job history. By the end, I wished it was longer -- which is always a sign of a good book. :) In short, I wholeheartedly recommend the book, especially if you're a lover of dogs . Oh, but do make sure you have the tissues handy. You'll definitely need them!...more
Once upon a time, there were no more happy endings...
So reads the tagline on the front cover of author Marie Bilodeau's new novella, Nigh, which releaOnce upon a time, there were no more happy endings...
So reads the tagline on the front cover of author Marie Bilodeau's new novella, Nigh, which released yesterday. And people, she's not kidding. At 57 pages long, Nigh is the first segment in a serialized novel about two worlds colliding: ours, and that of the fae.
What I liked about it
Nigh is not your run-of-the-mill fairy story, my friends. It's dark, dangerous, and more than just a little terrifying--and it more than justifies its "dark fantasy/horror" designation. The story pulled me in from the very first page and didn't once let go. There's a soothing, almost seductive quality to Marie's writing that lulls you into a sense of ordinariness, only to slam you with a new and rapidly changing reality that leaves you as breathless and reeling as the characters...over and over and over. Marie doesn't gloss over anything, so details are vivid and graphic, and despite the fantasy aspect, they feel scarily real.
What I didn't like about it
Um...nope. I got nothin'. I really can't think of anything I didn't like about this, apart from the fact that I have to wait for the next installment... *taps foot impatiently and raises eyebrow in Marie's direction*
If you're a fan of darker fantasy and/or horror, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Even if it will leave you waiting and wanting. Seriously. Go. Buy it now. You can thank me later. ;)...more
I loved so much about this book, I don’t even know where to start. The story is about what the world looks like after the zombie apocalypse — and it’sI loved so much about this book, I don’t even know where to start. The story is about what the world looks like after the zombie apocalypse — and it’s not pretty. Our hero is a 16-year-old kid who’s in charge of a group of army cadets who have holed up in the city until now, but if they’re going to survive, they have to get out…and the zombies (or creeps, as they’re called in the novel) are just the beginning of their problems in doing so.
The post-apocalyptic world that Cummings has created is incredibly detailed and all-too-believable. The characters are tough (yes, even the girls!) without being over the top, and they strive to maintain their continued humanity in the face of unbelievable odds. And the action? A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, must-read-just-one-more-chapter, relentless pace.
About the only complaint I have is with regard to back story. THE NORTH kicks off six months after the apocalypse happens, and I would have liked a little more info on how it all came about, what caused it, etc. I’m hoping these details will be forthcoming in the next two books (this was the first of a trilogy), but it would have been nice to have more up front.
If you like zombies and dark, gritty, no-holds barred apocalyptic fiction, you’re going to love this. Heck, I DON'T like zombies, and I still loved it.
I picked this book up for two reasons: (1) it was on sale; and (2) I was curious about Amanda Hocking after her meteoric rise i2.5 stars
Why I read it:
I picked this book up for two reasons: (1) it was on sale; and (2) I was curious about Amanda Hocking after her meteoric rise in publishing.
What I liked about it:
I really liked how Hocking hit the ground running in this. She writes a good action scene, and there was plenty of action in this book. The world-building was also solid, and I loved the main character, Remy (at least, throughout most of the story), finding her toughness and determination plausible given the circumstances.
What I didn't like:
At about the 3/4 point, the story started to fall apart for me. Hocking had made all her characters more or less three dimensional until that point, but then she introduced a new one who behaved too much like a puppet for my taste, seeming to exist only to help her get the story to where she wanted it to go. The ending itself was a disappointment as well, feeling loose and rushed and not really fitting with Remy's character. The book could have used a heavier copyediting hand as well, especially with regard to misused words.
Hollowland was a decent read, and I think Hocking has some serious storytelling potential. I'd be interested in reading her later works (I had the impression this one was from earlier in her career), but I won't be continuing this series. ...more
Mia currently has this book up on Wattpad as a free read, which is where I found it...and absolutely LOVED it. Snappy, fast-paced, great lead-in to aMia currently has this book up on Wattpad as a free read, which is where I found it...and absolutely LOVED it. Snappy, fast-paced, great lead-in to a series that I'm now very much looking forward to reading. ...more
A potentially interesting story line that came off as a little pedantic for me. I found it tough to connect with characters who were two-dime2.5 stars
A potentially interesting story line that came off as a little pedantic for me. I found it tough to connect with characters who were two-dimensional, and the entire book had a bit of an "insert slot a into slot b" feel of being too carefully (or carelessly?) structured. This was my first Freethy novel, and while I won't discount reading another, I won't go looking for one, either. ...more
Written in the 1970s, this book is about as politically incorrect in its word choice as you can get at times...and I loved it from start to finish. AWritten in the 1970s, this book is about as politically incorrect in its word choice as you can get at times...and I loved it from start to finish. A vivid, entertaining (and yes, sometimes grim) account of life at the tail-end of the gold rush, told by a school teacher who left the bustling city to go northwest to Dawson...and then stayed for more than 20 years. Highly recommended for anyone who feels the tug of the North or is just curious about the era!...more
I'd heard a lot about the Greywalker series, but the books weren't high on my TBR list until the first one came up as this montThis was a 3.5 for me.
I'd heard a lot about the Greywalker series, but the books weren't high on my TBR list until the first one came up as this month's read for the Vaginal Fantasies Book Club. So...my thoughts.
I had a really hard time getting into the book, and to be honest, I probably wouldn't have continued if I hadn't been reading it for the club. I found it very difficult to connect with the heroine, Harper, who struck me as rather ditzy and muddled. I also found that the first half of the story wandered aimlessly, with a lot of irrelevant conversations and mundane activities filling the pages.
That said, however, things did start to come together around the half to two-thirds mark, when the pace and tension both kick up a notch and Harper seems to finally wrap her head around her situation. The story's climax was intense enough that when my e-reader gave out at the 95% mark, I was seriously annoyed.
All in all, I'm glad I stuck it out. The premise behind the series is interesting, and Richardson's world-building is solid. My understanding is that the series continues to grow throughout, too, so I'll be adding the other books to my TBR list. And I'll very much look forward to the book club discussion! ...more