I admit, I am not well-read in the science fiction genre, but I loved this book. J. M. Filipowicz is an author who pulled me into her world from the f...moreI admit, I am not well-read in the science fiction genre, but I loved this book. J. M. Filipowicz is an author who pulled me into her world from the first page with her rich, descriptive prose and adventurous story-telling. She built her world expertly, a world I had no problem envisioning and believing in, as setting changed throughout her story.
I was interested to hear the author talk about my favourite character Commander Adam Black. She purposely set out to over-do the stereo-typical man. I think this is brilliant. J. M. Filipowicz does not write ordinary characters. Adam Black is a character you won’t forget, gritty, grumpy and rough around the edges, he’s one guy I rooted for from the first chapter.
This is a story that has is all: wonderful characters, humour, action, suspense, even a little hopeful romance. You don’t have to be a science fiction fan to love this book! (less)
Some say the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Bring It On is a story that challenges the hero Tommy to prove he’s not defined by...more Some say the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Bring It On is a story that challenges the hero Tommy to prove he’s not defined by his past. Right from the start, I rooted for Tommy, a sexy, loveable hero because he cherishes the heroine Katy. Who doesn’t love to be cherished? The lust between Katy and Tommy is evident, but lust isn’t enough, not in the eye of this willful heroine, and not in the midst of the whirlwind adventure that Shelley K. Wall throws at her characters. It’s hard to hate the bad guy because this author does a great job of writing a sympathetic villain. This adds all sorts of conflict for the reader as the suspense builds in tandem with the heat and friction between Katy and Tommy. Bring It On is a wonderful love story that will keep you guessing until the end! (less)
Following on the heels of Black Creek Burning, Flying in Shadows is like revisiting old friends, while taking a peek in a new neighbour’s window. This...moreFollowing on the heels of Black Creek Burning, Flying in Shadows is like revisiting old friends, while taking a peek in a new neighbour’s window. This is a true love story with a full cast of characters and stories within stories. R.T. Wolfe writes solid heroes and strong, passionate heroines who know what they want. A true animal lover, Wolfe must write what she loves because the heroine’s love for her animals shines through as she educates the reader with fascinating eagle habits, a part of the story I read with enthusiasm. While this is a romance between Andy and Rose, in true Wolfe fashion, evil visits Black Creek and makes Flying in Shadows a suspenseful read. Wolfe doesn’t shy away from emotionally charged subjects as the heroine must face an devastating truth about her past, one that no one, not even her very capable hero can save her from. Can't wait to take another trip back to Black Creek!(less)
It’s wonderful when you get to follow characters through more than one story. I eagerly awaited Return To Me to discover what would happen to Gigi and...moreIt’s wonderful when you get to follow characters through more than one story. I eagerly awaited Return To Me to discover what would happen to Gigi and Magnus in their future life, to discover if Morgan O’Neill could deliver a story as fast-paced and rich in history as the first two in this wonderful Roman series. I wasn’t disappointed. Once I opened the first page, I couldn’t stop reading. This was a book I read in nearly one sitting, a story that starts with action and never stops. Once again, I was drawn to Gigi, a heroine whose strength drives the action. Gigi and Magnus’ story is a truly romantic tale of ever-lasting love. I loved every word! This is a must read series. (P.S. Don’t forget to read the author notes at the end to learn about the true Princess Galla Placidia.)(less)
The Darkest Corner of the World tells the story of Madli, a 15 year-old girl, who is caught between two evils in 1941 Estonia under the iron rule of t...moreThe Darkest Corner of the World tells the story of Madli, a 15 year-old girl, who is caught between two evils in 1941 Estonia under the iron rule of the Soviet Union. This is a poignant story that everyone, teenagers especially, needs to read. Not just because it’s vital we remember historical atrocities, but to also put to rest every teenage quest for materialistic pleasure and/or lack thereof followed by the complaint that life sucks. For the most part, relatively speaking, life really doesn’t suck that much. Unless you’re wearing Madli’s shoes. And you do slip into her shoes when you read The Darkest Corner of the Earth because Urve expertly sets you into 1941 Estonia with her seamless descriptions, historically-accurate world-building and vivid details. I loved the way Madli is very much a normal teenage girl, not for our times, but for her times. In Madli, Urve captures the wants and desires that will always reside in teenage hearts, while keeping Madli’s voice, actions and motivations set firmly in 1941. This novel reads like a fast-paced thriller as Madli faces life and death decisions. She not only struggles to save the people she loves, she struggles to save people she doesn’t know. This is a book with conflict on every page, a story where betrayal isn’t a surprise, it’s expected. As much as The Darkest Corner of the World is fraught with danger, heartbreak and reality, it’s also a novel of strength, hope and courage. A novel that opens eyes and left me feeling grateful for freedoms we should celebrate every day. This is a story that needed to be told, and I can’t wait to read more of Urve Tamberg’s brilliant work!
I loved In This Life! This is a love story I didn’t want to end. I read it slowly, soaking up the worlds Terri Herman-Ponce created. Yes, worlds. Spun...moreI loved In This Life! This is a love story I didn’t want to end. I read it slowly, soaking up the worlds Terri Herman-Ponce created. Yes, worlds. Spun together in skillfully crafted transitions that send the reader from present time to ancient Egypt as we travel into richly developed past lives. This author has done her research and seamlessly delivers the reader through space and time with vivid, descriptive, sensory details. I could smell the lotus blossoms and feel the heat of an Egyptian sun. In This Life is a novel full of complexities that follows an inter-connected community and the love triangle that so brutally affected their lives.
In a heartbeat, I would recommend this novel to everyone, but especially to those intrigued by the concept you may have lived and loved before. Lottie and David both struggle with inexplicable, deep-seated feelings and behaviours. Terri Herman-Ponce takes her characters on a beautiful journey of self-discovery. This is a book to be savoured, one that will last through the ages, one to be read again and again. (less)