Book Reviews

Terraformer by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse series – Book SnacksI’ve read the Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck and I did enjoy them. The first book was a little difficult to read, but things improved as the series went on. When I saw Terraformer on NetGalley, I thought why not give it a try? (Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.) 

This one was also rather difficult to start. The first two chapters were about Astra waking up on the ship and then just hanging around waiting for someone else to wake up. I think all of that could have been condensed to just a few paragraphs, but once the others woke up, things started moving. 

I was quite intrigued by the world that Houck built for this book. It shows an earth that has been so devastated by pollution that people can only live in specially controlled environments. The new planet, Gaia, is completely different, though. It is full of foliage and living things. I especially thought it was interesting that Uncle Harm asked the plants’ permission if he could use them for food. I’m not sure that we need to go that far here on earth, but perhaps if we were not so quick to take what we wanted all the time…would it help? 

Anyway, Astra was an interesting character; she was quite intelligent. However, I cannot say that I agreed with her choices in men. Honestly, I didn’t really like either of them. Jax seemed unhealthily infatuated with her and Thane could only think of what was best for the colony. Also, I wish that Astra’s relationship with the trees could have been more fully developed. She went from knowing little, to being super connected to them. There was not a long in between section that helped transition and develop their relationship.  

So I don’t know about this one. I enjoyed the setting and some of the ideas behind this story, but I found that it could have been coloured and shaped differently.    

Have you read any of Houck’s books? What did you think?

Anyway, by for now! Talk to you all soon.

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Book Reviews

Lost Girl (Neverwood Chronicles #1) by Chanda Hahn

This book was AMAZING!!! I could not put it down and it easily became my favourite Peter Pan retelling. It is such a unique twist on the story – it is a MUST read. 

The characters were absolutely loveable. Wendy was smart and brave even though she faced great challenges. And Tink…! I was never a huge fan of Tinkerbell, but in this one, she stole my heart. Of course, we can’t forget about Peter. What a darling. 😉 He was a leader, but he was also vulnerable and sweet.  

The writing was enjoyable. There were a few typos here and there, but it was nothing terrible. And the plot totally had me hooked. XD I was in over my head the entire time. Image result for tinkerbell gif

I can’t go without mentioning the ending, though. ARRRGH what a steep cliffhanger! After everything that happened Wendy… Well, I better not spoil it. Haha

Lastly, this was mostly a clean read. There is mention of Tink swearing, but her words are covered by bells that ring at the same frequency as her voice.

So anyway… YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. It is incredible and it only has 232 reviews on Goodreads! It deserves more than that so please, give it a try.     

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Book Reviews

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Where I do I begin? Perhaps with a little background… I’ve looked at Armentrout’s books before, but I’ve never actually picked one up to read. They have rather good reviews so when I saw “The Darkest Star” on Netgalley, I requested it.

I want to say it started out good but… Here, I’ll share a quote from the first chapter.

“My lips parted on a soft inhale. The reaction was startling and embarrassing. I sort of wanted to smack myself, but in my defense, the guy was stunning, the kind of beauty that almost didn’t seem real at first.”

Shall I continue? It gets better.

“Messy brown hair toppled his forehead in waves and curls. Even from where I was standing, I could tell that his face knew no bad angle, the kind of face that needed no filter. Impossibly high and broad cheekbones were paired with a carved, square jaw. His mouth really was a work of art…”

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Okay, I’ll stop now.

After reading this only 2% of the way through, my skepticism skyrocketed. Things didn’t get better and I stopped at 47%.

What I did like: The idea of the Luxen and Origins was quite interesting – it has a lot of potential. To me, it is a unique twist to the whole “aliens from another planet inhabiting earth.”  

However, the characters weren’t compelling since they lacked depth. Evie wasn’t very smart and had few interests so this gave her little to no personality. Luc, I felt like I didn’t get to know him because every other description mentions his insanely good looks. I care more about who he is than what he looks like. The dialogue between the characters, especially Luc and Evie, did not flow nicely and was riddled with sarcasm and sassiness. At first, I let it slide since it gave the characters some fire, but simply put, it was overdone. Further, the writing contained minimal flourishes. It wasn’t a work of art, it was vague shapes and lines. I expected more from an author who has so many published titles.

And lastly, this was not at all a clean read. The characters swore frequently and up to 47% there wasn’t any sex, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the other 53% contains it.

Altogether, I do not recommend this book and I don’t think I will read any other books from this author either.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

Book Reviews

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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“Soft hearts make the universe worth living in.”

     My first impression of this book was not so great. I don’t know why, but Chapter 1 and 2 were not written well. At all. The sentence structure was weak and there was a lot of telling instead of showing. I found myself wondering what in the world happened to the bestselling author of Divergent. Thankfully, it improved in chapter 3 with Cyra’s point of view. But altogether, the writing was average, I didn’t find it to be overly stunning. It was just a story, it wasn’t really a work of art.  

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    Okay, so the characters. Not perfect and that was great! At one point Akos observes Cyra fingering a pimple on her chin. I had to read it twice because I couldn’t believe it. Sorry, maybe some of you are cringing, but that is real life relatable and not something I read about on a regular basis. Anywaaays, I liked that Roth added this element to the characters.

“I may be in pain, but I am not weak.”

Now, Cyra’s attributes were a clear result of her upbringing, she was as strong as a lion yet as fragile as a butterfly – I actually kind of liked her in the end. Akos, though… I’m not really sure about him yet. He seems a tad selfish and maybe a little weak too. I think this improved as the story went on and we’ll see what book #2 brings.

   To be honest, the plot was kind of slow. It did pick up a bit in places, but I felt like I had to plow through it instead of being able to sit back and enjoy the ride. Also, the story was rather violent and brutal. Killing played such a large role that I didn’t enjoy the book quite as much as I had hoped. I’m not convinced it’s even moral to write about something like this and pretend it’s okay. Yeah, there were and are violent cultures and we should be aware of that, but I don’t think we should romanticize it. What do you guys think?

     So it was a pretty clean read. There wasn’t much swearing and they didn’t have sex, but nope, I’m not going to recommend it. It was a cool idea; however, en masse, it wasn’t a great book.

    Have you read this book? What did you think?

    Have a fantastic weekend my friends!

    E.J. Hill