Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review: Croak Trilogy by Gina Damico

With Halloween just around the corner I thought this would be an appropriate read.  And being a fan of sarcasm and Dark Comedies and a show with a similar concept, “Dead Like Me”, how could I pass this series up?

The Premise of the series is around a 16 year old teen, Lexington Bartelby, who has just discovered she is a Grimm reaper and there is an entire Grimm society.  Within her first year she has learned she is not only a Grimm but also a super powerful Grimm that has to help with the survival of the afterlife. Don't agree this series is fun and worth your time? Share your thoughts at

This book has some great banter between characters keeps you laughing and during this you forgive the learning curves of a young author. can What the author lacks in mature characters she makes up for in quick witt and loving characters. The villans in this book are predictable and one dimensional but that just makes them easier to hate. And yes this book is written for the young adult audience but I think it would be fun for adult audiences too.

With all of this fun and wit the author still deals with very big issues death, child abuse, afterlife and your path in this life and handles all of it with grace and a few tears on my part.

This series was overall fun and easy to read yet made me experience a roller coaster of emotions.  Not sure how I missed this series. With the Third and final installment just released this was a great time to read it no waiting for the next installment in the series! 
I’m not the type of person that likes to give away anything in a book so I suggest you go out and read the series.  Share your thoughts on the series at

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Almost lives up to the Hype

This may be one of the most hyped-up books of the year with boastings of “Harry Potter meets Hunger Games”. It's best to leave behind any thoughts of Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen at the door because if you come in expecting that, you're gonna be disappointed. Enter this world as blind as possible and you'll find an interesting book with complicated characters after you get through the worst bits.

In Shannon’s debut, the first in a series of seven novels, she brings us to Scion, a totalitarian state in England circa 2059, where “voyants” are designated “unnatural” and clairvoyance is outlawed. I struggled with the first 100 pages or so of this book, but the set-up that the author necessarily needed to create the new world of Scion got me boggled down with terminology, I can't remember half of it. It would have helped to have some chart at the beginning of the book to explain them in addition to the maps of Scion London. I came very close to quitting several times, but the great reviews and hype made me plow on.

The book centers on 19-year-old Paige who unintentionally kills two police, is captured, and is shipped off to a secret "penal colony" called "Sheol". Inhuman creatures run Sheol from another dimension that make slaves and servants of the voyants. Over the course of the novel, Paige must face a number of tough questions, including whether she's willing to fully develop her clairvoyance, how far she's willing to go to protect her friends, who she should trust, and whether she is fighting only for her personal freedom or for the good of all voyants ... and, ultimately, humanity. I found the final resolution of "The Bone Season" acceptable knowing a sequel is coming; I didn’t expect everything to be wrapped up with a bow.

The book is long, 481 pages to be precise, so strap in for a long ride and 6 more books after this. In spite of some shortcomings “Bone Season” is a powerful story, that has left me with lots of question and I'll be following this series to get my answers.
Those who enjoy immersing themselves in dystopian books and detailed worlds will love Bone Season and Samantha Shannon is an author to watch.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Don’t take this Mistress to bed you wont be satisfied! Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

Currently #3 on the NY Times Best Seller list I originally picked Mistress up as

it is a James Patterson book. However this is one of those that he co-wrote, which can lead to not so good books, and in this case my 2.5 stars reflects that as true.

A lot of other reviewers think this book was “disjointed” due to the constant jumping around and the persistent history and movie quote injections. As a self-proclaimed movie buff I loved the endless movie quote inflections and I liked the random history facts. I thought it was a great way to infuse comedy into an action thriller. I found the main character's thought processes intriguing, and entertaining.

However, the story line tended to drag on and it was a little hard to believe. The stuff that happens to the main character was so fantastical that I was waiting to find out if it was all just hallucinations. Seriously, there are some James Bond type action scenes that I didn’t think anyone but Bond would survive.  The disjointed story line makes me wonder exactly how do this “co-author” books work? Does Patterson outline it and Ellis fill it in or does Ellis write it all and Patterson just throw in some stuff here and there? From the first page you realize the main character is not all there and it seemed like a viable option.

Overall it was a decent book with a dose of humor and a good twist to the typical crime novel you normally read. Should you read it…meh there are plenty of other 4 and 5 star books to be read leave this for later. That is my opinion what’s your? Share it at