The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Novel) Review

  • Title: The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld Novel #12)
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Massmarket Paperback
  • Special Features: Insider’s Guide, “The Darkest Day” short story, Who’s Dating Whom, Q&A, fun extras!
  • Pages: 507
  • Price: $9.99 CAN ($7.99US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-80373-6

Another Lords of the Undeworld has come and gone way too quickly, but it was better than the last. I found this female character way more tolerable than the last, and no, it’s not just because we have the same name. Katarina couldn’t do everything, and it made her a much more believable character. She never pranced around acting or talking tough, but instead showed a different kind of strength without over doing it to a point where it became unrelatable. However she (and you can say this about really all of them) fell for her captor rather quickly, especially after the masacre she witnessed, and left behind. But eh, it’s a romance novel. But I think it would be nice if maybe in one of these books the heroine wouldn’t fall for such (horrific, temperamental, possessive, inappropriate) questionable behaviour so quickly. There was a point near the end of the book, where I found the evolution of the Katarina a little…too quick, especially since she was going up against Hades.

Baden was a beastly brute, who had an interesting path to follow. However for someone who can’t stand the touch of people, and who isn’t an overall people person, he sure did over come his quirk rather quickly when Katarina came along. I did love the connection Baden and Pandora had to Hades, and that we got to see more of his character. And while we got to see more Hades, we got to see more William and Gillian. And wooo, that was fantastic! I really hope we get his book next after Cameo because the wait is becoming unbearable, especially with the dramatic turn of events between the two. Fingers crossed we get to see them again in The Darkest Promise.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars. An improvement over the last.

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Deceptions (A Cainsville Novel) Review

  • Title: Deceptions (Cainsville Novel #3)
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Random House Canada
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2016
  • Edition: 2016 Paperback
  • Special Features: preview to Betrayals
  • Pages: 469
  • Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-3073-60595

Not only did Olivia find out she is the daughter of notorious killers who committed the sadistic Valentine murders, but now she’s a critical piece in the game between the fae, both Dark and Light. Along with trying to clear her parents name, Olivia is having more and more visions of a little girl in a sundress, who only speaks in riddles. Olivia’s feelings for Ricky are deepening, but so are her affections for Gabriel, and these feelings have left her conflicted. But when a new twist to the fae game hits, those feelings take on a whole new meaning. Not all feelings stem from love, but from jealousy and possession. James has taken things to far, and the stalking has reached an all new high. But at what cost? Things soon get out of hand, and soon things take a turn for the worst. And will Olivia be able to handle the outcome?

Deceptions was filled with so much more intensity the the previous two. And if you’re an Olivia/Gabriel fan (like myself) you will love this book. It brings us one step closer to we’ve been waiting for, and that’s for Gabriel and Olivia to finally get together.

Aside from the new Olivia/Gabriel hope, the overall story idea, is refreshing, creative, and intriguing. Bring in what seemed like what would a a normal(ish) crime/mystery novel gets intense and fun with the addition of the fae, and their back story, and why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Next installment in the Cainsville Series is Betrayals.

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The Masked Truth (Book Review)

  • Title: The Masked Truth
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; division of Random House
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 Hardcover
  • Special Features: None
  • Pages: 340
  • Price: $21.99 CAN ($17.99 US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-68475-0

This was so different from anything else I’ve read from Kelley Armstrong. Different, but good. A weekend therapy camp that was suppose to do wonders for it’s recipients, turned out to be the makings of a real life nightmare.

Not only is there no supernatural/paranormal element to this book, which is the signature in pretty much every Kelley Armstrong novel. But Armstrong takes on something that can be intimidating and hard to pull off without coming cross as ignorant or crass. Many of the characters were dealing with mental disorders, and Armstrong handled each person’s case with care, and made each one of them realistic.

As I reached the third act of the book, it completely threw me. I was not expecting the curve ball that was thrown, or how the ending turned out, and who was involved in the terror that went down Friday night. Turns out if you connect the dots from several different parties, more then one case can by solved.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars

Would I recommend: Yes, not only is it something different from Kelley Armstrong, but it’s also different from any other YA novel I’ve read. It’s talks about mental disorders, but not in a way that’s insensitive, but also how the character learn to accept, and work on ife’s everyday challenges.
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Big Little Lies – Book Review

  • Title: Big Little Lies
  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House, zBerkley
  • Publication Date: July 2014
  • Edition: 2017 paperback, mini series tie in.
  • Special Features: Discussion questions
  • Pages: 486
  • Price: $22.00 CAN
  • ISBN: 978-0-399-58719-1 

Wanting to read this before the show finished, I quickly completed it in a matter of days. And boy am I glad I did. One, I did not see (part) of the ending coming, and two, the changes that were made. Were they all necessary? No. And I’m not talking about them leaving out details from the book, but adding new material to the show that wasn’t even remotely hinted at in the book.

It was still a great book though, despite the difference. It’s about murder, but told not only with great suspense and fills your need for a great mystery, it does so in a way that is  humorous and exciting. The relationships between the characters are believable, and you can picture them all as real people you’d run into on the street, at school, or through mutual friends.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re in need of a good mystery novel.

The Scorch Trails (Book Review)

  • Title: The Scorch Trails (Maze Runner Novel, book 2)
  • Author: James Dashner
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2011
  • Edition: 2011 Paperback
  • Special Features: Sneak peek at The Death Cure (Maze Runner boo 3), and The Eye of Minds.
  • Pages: 400
  • Price: $10.99
  • Genre: fiction, teen dystopian
  • ISBN: 978-0-3857-3876-7

Thomas and his freinds are forced once again to play WICKED’s games and complete another test run in finding a cure to The Flare. 

Was this book as good as the first? I’d say they both hold their own. Each had it’s own interesting and intriguing moments that were unique to each book. The storyline was interesting, and made it easy to create visuals to go along with story. There was an equal amount of page time for each of the main characters, so much so that you got a good understanding of everyone, and not just one character in particular. 

There was one moment in the book towards the end between three characters that I felt was unnecessary, because it made no sense, and really serviced no purpose. It felt like it was just a page filler. But other then that, the book held up really well, and wasn’t a dull read.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars. That one very unnecessary idea near the end forced me to tak e away a star, because the idea served absolute no purpose.

Wild Justice (Book Review)

  • Title: Wild Justice (Nadia Stafford, Book 3)
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Vintage Canade – division of Random House Canada 
  • Publication Date: Novemeber 26, 2013
  • Edition: Paperback 2013
  • Pages: 362
  • Special Features: None
  • Price: $21.00
  • Genre: Mystery-thriller
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-81302-2

This is the final instalment of the Nadia Stafford series, and she has one more hit to make. But things take a foul turn when the wife shows up at the husbands secret date with his mistress. Things get tense, and end poorly in the underground garage of a hospital. Nadia blames herself for the poor turn of events. As a way to try and cheer her up, Jack gives her an unexpected “gift”. One that Nadia has been dreaming about since that horrific night 2o years ago. The chance the get justice against the man who killed her cousin. But there’s much more to the case then Nadia remembers, and soon memories start to make their way to the surface, and some might be too difficult to process.

With Jack in toll to help with any obstacle that falls in her wake, Nadia also recieves help from Evelyn, and Quinn. Though the latter will pose some problems of its own, as feelings that where buried deep down among others will rise to the surface.

I found this to be the best Nadia book out of the trilogy. After hearing about Nadia’s tragic past in the previous two instalments, Wild Justice holds more intimate details about that terrible night. Even though Jack gives Nadia the gift of a lifetime, to kill the man who killed Amy, there are so many more obstacles standing in Nadia’s way before she can “take the shot”.

Nadia and Jack’s relationship is also a little more light weight, and I’m pretty sure he says more in this book then he does in the last. More of Jack’s past is revealed, and there’s more to it then I thought there’d be. Not only is Jack getting a little more comfortable with talking, he’s also opening up more, and willing to take more leaps of faith towards the things he wants most.

While Nadia works through obstacles in her professional life, her personal life isn’t a walk in the park either.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars

The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbir Chronicles Novel) Review

  • Title: The Queen of Zombie Hearts (A White Rabbit Chronicles novel; book #3)
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books s.a
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2014
  • Edition: 2014 paperback
  • Special Features: Note from Cole, bonus scene from ‘Through the Zombie Glass’ from Cole’s P.O.V, and a sneak peak at ‘A Mad Zombie Party
  • $11.99/9.99
  • Genre: supernatural, Teen Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-21186-9

If you’ve read the previous books, then you’ve pretty much read this one, minus a few little plots details, but it’s all pretty much the same only, wait for it…Ali and Cole didn’t break up in this book, or even really fight all that much. But the slayers versus Anima still continues, and the fight is still the same.

The only thing that differs between this book and it’s predecessor’s is we learn something pretty major about Ali, that is a blast from the past and is a game changer in the battle of Slayers vs Anima. But if anything Ali becomes more and more of a Mary Sue. The hammer’s being brought down, and the series is almost over so major changes a.k.a deaths have to be made, especially a major one.

But aside from two major differenence, this book felt very similar to the previous two books in this series. Even though this book was relatively the same, the few major difference made this book a little more interesting. Especially since there was little to no Ali and Cole drama, it made the book a little easier to read. Although Ali did make a few remarks that had me rolling my eyes.

My Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: If you’ve already started the series, you might as well finish it. If you’ve started and it’s not doing anything for you, I’d say don’t bother. For most of the book it was quite similar to book’s 1 and 2. If you’re indecisive about your feelings towards the series, give it a shot, the two new major game changes are interesting enough to encourage reading of this book.
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The Unquiet Past (A standalone novel) Review

  • Title: The Unquiet Past
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 Paperback 
  • Special Features: Sneak peak into 
  • Pages: 264
  • Price: $14.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4598-06542
  • Genre: Fiction-paranormal

The Unquiet Past is part of a seven book, collaborative series by seven Canadian authors about a group of groups who lived in an orphanage until the Home burned down. Being the oldest they are each given a clue to their past, and forced to set out on their own. In The Unquiet Past Tess is given a clue that leads her to a small town outside Montreal, Quebec to find out who she really is, and where she really comes from.

Along the way Tess meets a mysterious boy who is also on an adventure of his own. Together the two work to uncover the mystery of their pasts, but along the way uncover something horrifying that may give them more answers than they originally bargained for.

Just like any other Kelley Armstrong book, this one easily captures your attention, and can keep it till the very end. Even though this is a novella, so not as much detail is given to the plot, or overall surroundings. But there’s enough there for the main characters, and overall plot that it doesn’t feel like a dull. 

If you liked her Darekst Powers series, you may find yourself liking this novella, because the character Tess is similar to Chloe, power wise.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes, it makes for a great, quick easy read.

The Unquiet Past can be read on its own, or as part of the collaborative series, Secrets, which can be read in no particular order.

  • The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
  • Small Bones by Vicki Grant
  • A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn
  • Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
  • My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock
  • Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten
  • Innocent by Eric Walters

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Joker (Comic book) Review

  • Title: Joker
  • Author: Brian Azzarello
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2008
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Special Features: 
  • Pages: 128
  • Price: $23.99 CAN ($19.99 U.S)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-1581-1

Joker is out of Arkham, and has some how managed to convince the staff that he is cured. But once he’s out, he’s ready to wreck havoc, and take back the city others have stole from him.

Johnny Frost is hired to pick up Joker when he is released, and for some whatever reason has the desire to be like him. But after watching the violence, and cruel acts the Joker unfolds, Johnny stars to have moments where he starts to realize that maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t want this life.

Harley Quinn makes an appearance here, but she doesn’t have a single line of dialogue, which makes me wonder why she was even featured here. Joker here bares a strong resemblance to Heath Ledgers Joker from Batman: The Dark Knight.

I found while reading this, that after I finished reading a page and flipped to the next, I’d have to go back to make sure I didn’t miss a page because at times it felt like I missed a line or two of dialogue, so it made for a tricky read to times. Other than that, it was nice to see Joker interact with some for a semi-long period that isn’t Harley, and see how he interacts with them. But this not one of the favorite Joker stories, but it’s definitely not remotely bad either.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars.

Would I recommend: With you like the Joker, especially Heath Ledgers, then you’ll probably find yourself liking this take.
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Pretty Baby (A Standalone Novel) Review

  • Title: Pretty Baby
  • Author: Mary Kubica
  • Publisher: MIRA Books
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2016
  • Edition: Trade Paperback 2016
  • Pages: 400
  • Special Features: Questions for Disscussion, Conversation with Mary Kubica, and a Sneak Peek at, The Good Girl.
  • Price: $18.99 CAN ($15.99 U.S)
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller, Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0-7783-1874-3

While on her daily commute to work, Heidi spots a young, teenaged girl soaked in the rain, and in the folds of her jacket is a baby. In the field of work that cares for the well being of people everywhere, Heidi is compelled to help the girl, Willow out. But after bringing Willow into her home, neither Heidi’s husband or daughter is happy about the new additions.

But the longer Willow and the baby stay, the more past events, and pain start to a raise, and everyone gets more than they bargained for.
Just like The Good Girl, Pretty Baby has multiple character point of views, Heidi, Willow, and Chris. Heidi is the main protagonist of the book, who finds, and takes care of the homeless teen, adn her baby when she finds them living on the streets of Chicago. Chris is the distant husband, who wants nothing to do with the strange new comers, and for most of the duration of the novel, doesn’t seem to like home life very much either.

Willow, and her baby are a jumble of secrets, starting with the leather suitcase, her love for, Anne of Green Gables, and her fascination with morning cartoons. While Heidi is willing to ignore, and not pry into Willow’s past, Chris’s growing concern at having a stranger in the same house as his daughter has left him on edge, and wanting to find out just who Willow Greer really is. If that’s even her real name.

But later things take a turn for the worst, and each life will be alter in ways they never thought possible. Some will be left better off then they were, while others will have their world turned upside down.
Unlike The Good Girl, the last few chapters will clue you in, and bring all the pieces together, while The Good Girl throws a major curve ball  at the very end.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes! Pretty Baby is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing, and coming up with different outcomes until the secrets are revealed.
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