Posts Categorized: Reviews

[Review] Inferno by Dan Brown

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15 February
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Books like Inferno are my ultimate guilty pleasures — some people read trashy romance novels or watch reality TV, but I geek out HARD to the ‘historical detective: clue solving, traversing Europe using the knowledge of the historian to uncover wondrous things or save the world’, type genre. Throw in my favourite buzzwords – Medici, Florence, Italian Renaissance, Dante – and I am one sold fan-girling historian. In the latest installment of the adventures of symbologist Robert Langdon, we are transported to Florence, Italy – though even Robert does not know why, or how he has arrived. Soon, Robert is… Read more »

[Manga Mondays]InuYasha

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Title: InuYasha Author: Rumiko Takahashi Publisher: Viz Media Genre: Graphic Novel Subgenre: Action/Adventure Welcome to another Manga Monday! This week I’m reviewing InuYasha, by Rumiko Takahashi. First, let’s have a look at the cover. We see the manga-typical Japanese School girl, wearing a green and white uniform, freefloating near the bust of an apparently ‘cat-eared’ teenaged boy with golden eyes, while an insect-like body fills the void space behind them. The colors are from the old manga-standard Copic markers and ink pens, with graphics added of course by the publishers. This story is MASSIVE. It ran in the Shounen Sunday magazine from November… Read more »

[ARC Review] Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michaels

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06 February
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This book was short and sweet, therefore my review will also be short. Must Love Dukes had everything I look for in good historical romance, or just in romance period. It had a steamy love affair, witty banter, and above all else, it had a very romantic and happy ending. I don’t read historical romance novels for historical accuracy. I read them, like so many of the other books I read, to escape. In Must Love Dukes, Lily follows a strange man into a tavern, gets drunk with him, and follows him home to his bed. In the morning she… Read more »

[Arc Review] Death Sworn

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05 February
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Finishing this book didn’t give me any elation. Though the first chapter was gripping and interesting, the book continued in the same vein of discovery and banter almost the entire way through. I kept giving it one more chapter to see if it impressed me, and though it picked up around chapter sixteen, it didn’t ever reach a point where I connected with the characters or their plight. For a book that is the first in a series, this is a problem. Sure, Ileni was a strong heroine with a no nonsense attitude, and in the beginning, she cares little… Read more »

[Arc Review] Panic by Lauren Oliver

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04 February
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I want to like Lauren Oliver’s books, I honestly do. They all have really interesting premises and colorful characters. Yet, somewhere between point a and point b, the ball gets dropped and I never end up enjoying the books as much as the summary would make me believe. Panic is no different. Though I wasn’t as disappointed with this one as I was with Delirium. Where Delirium was romance driven, this book mainly focuses on Heather and her attempt to carve out a place for herself in the universe. Even the chapters with Dodge –  while a nice break from Heather’s… Read more »

[Manga Mondays]Glass Mask (or Glass no Kaiman)

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The first thing that you notice about this manga is the cover-art. The image is that of a young girl, with large ‘manga typical’ eyes, and a small pointed nose, yet there the colors that come from obvious hand-painted marker and ink in her glittering eyes and her shining hair, and the sparkle of the glass mask in her hands, makes you very interested. There is a determination in this girl’s eyes that makes you curious about her, and seek to open the cover and read on. This is how I became interested in Glass Mask, also called ‘Glass no… Read more »

[ARC Review] How to Be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark by Patrick Kingsley

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02 February
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Let’s begin by acknowledging that I am Danish. In fact, genetically, I am very Danish. My last name, Jensen,  is the most prevalent surname in all of Denmark, and the whole of my family has the very, very Danish look. However, I have never (yet) been to Denmark, and due to the obvious language barrier, I have very little contact with most of my extended family. So when the chance to read this book came up, I jumped, figuring this would be the perfect way to amuse myself and uncover more about the place from which I hail. Just how Danish… Read more »

[Review] This is What Happy Looks Like

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01 February
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So, I picked up this book with the thought that it was probably going to be majorly corny.  By the end of this book I was pleasantly surprised to find I actually liked this book.  This is What Happy Look Like has one cheese, cheese, cheesy plot line.   The story starts when a young Hollywood star accidentally emails the wrong person about walking his pet pig.  Then the person he emails responds to let him know that he got wrong address and just happens to be a seventeen year old girl.  They start an online pen pal relationship never sharing personal details like… Read more »

[Arc Review] Fire & Flood

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29 January
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Tella Halloway is annoying, and everything I despise in a protagonist. She’s not that bright, worried more about the shallow things in life like nail polish and fashion, and she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with her family. Her brother is terminal, and her relationship with him is almost normal, considering. Tella immediately receives a mysterious package, with instructions on how to become a Contender in something called the Brimstone Bleed. It’s a race, you guys, across several different and grueling biomes. The winner gets a cure for the terminally ill patient of their choice. Catch? Her parents are… Read more »

[ARC Review] Alienated

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28 January
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I started this book when I was on vacation and I ended up really liking it.  I was on a cruise boat, and I found this book provided just the right kind of vacation reading.  The story is light, full of action, and of course there is kissing.  It was one of those reads that drags you in and doesn’t let go until the end.  For me, I found Alienated by Melissa Landers quite a fascinating read. The book is set in an alternate reality where aliens have made contact with Earth.  This alien race shares DNA with humans. They even look like humans… Read more »