Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg


I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long while. I finally did last night! The Paper Magician was a bit Harry Potter and a bit Night Circus. It moved fast, barely enough time to really get to know the characters. Part of me wishes it went a little deeper and we had more time for Ceony and Emery to get to know each other before the drama hit. The flashbacks were a bit overwhelming and overtook around 2/3 of the book. And then, it suddenly ended. I see this is a trilogy, and while I enjoyed this book, I'm not chomping at the bit to read the others. It just seemed like a lot of rushing even if the premise was great and the writing was good.
Still, if you like Harry Potter and you like The Night Circus, then definitely read THE PAPER MAGICIAN. 

3/5 stars

I received an ARC for an honest review 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sparrow Man is Free for a limited time

I’m using up my Kindle freebies before branching out to Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc. So SPARROW MAN is free Jan 22-26.

Get the Kindle eBook here:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Being Human: Best series and best series ending

I live the simple life, one without cable. We do have a TV and a Netflix subscription and we look forward to a few shows each year. For a few years now we have been watching this show called Being Human. Awesome, amazing, loveit. Last night we watched the last of season 4 and found out it was the final of the series. Ultimate sadness.

I don't usually do TV show reviews but this series is pretty amazing. Basically it's a show about a brooding Vampire, a self-loathing Werewolf and a crazy ghost-girl. (And most of the main characters are Registered Nurses! Being an RN, I loved this!)

There's plenty of drama and humor. I was never disappointed or bored with any episodes.

If you're an 80's kid there are plenty of references and jokes about the Koolaid man and Harry Potter. The series had an emotional closing and it was pretty perfect. I'm sad that it's over but since it's on Netflix I can re-watch the series over and over and over again.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

I was really excited to get my hands on this book. The blurb sounded intriguing and this author is known for writing excellent thrillers.
Was I thrilled reading The Great Zoo of China? Yes. But was I thrilled reading The Great Zoo of China, um, well since I've already seen/read Jurassic Park I was a bit disappointed with this read.
It's Jurassic Park with Dragons. And if you're wondering, is it really Jurassic Park with Dragons, I'm telling you, it's almost a play by play Jurassic Park with Dragons.
I've read the author's Q&A at the back of the book is by far the most interesting aspect of this novel. He gives is reasoning for choosing the setting of China and expresses his love for Michael Chrichton's Jurassic Park.

An author can pay homage to their favorite book, but using it as a carbon copy is a bit frustrating for readers when they are promised something refreshing and new.

3/5 stars

Friday, January 2, 2015

2 titles made a best reads list!