Review: Nightlife

Nightlife
Nightlife by Rob Thurman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book on the recommendation of my daughter, and really enjoyed it. For some reason, though, I found it quite stressful, and actually took a long break from it around the middle! Not because I wasn’t enjoying it–I was just too worried about the main character. Haha, I’m a wimp, I admit it. There’s a fine line for me between a book I can’t stop reading and a book I have to stop reading for a little while. :) If you like paranormal/adventure you should like these characters and their troubles. There’s lots of depth in both the storyline/plot and the characters, and it’s well-written in both style and pacing. I’ll definitely pick up this author again, and the further books about these characters.

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Review: Knight Shift

Knight Shift
Knight Shift by Krista D. Ball
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silly me, I read book 3 in this series before I read book 2, but once I had started, I didn’t want to stop. I’ll backtrack now. :) I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of Krista Ball’s paranormal novellas set in Newfoundland. Being from Cape Breton, “the Rock” (NFLD) is only a hop, skip, and jump (and a seven-hour ferry ride) away, so I loved the touches of familiar dialect and geography. The series’ main character, Rachel, is in fine form in this tale and really coming to grips with her abilities as a Spirit Caller. Lots of romance, intrigue, and paranormal goings-on with the always-entertaining and sometimes terrifying spirits who populate Rachel’s world. If you like paranormal romance you should definitely check out this series.

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Review: Tomorrow

Tomorrow
Tomorrow by Karen Henderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My feelings about this book are a bit complicated. I’m giving it four stars because the stories are very good–there’s a great variety in the kinds of calamities that have befallen mankind, and they’re very imaginative and intriguing. Strong characters populate the stories. Everyone has a lot at stake. Each story makes you want to read it straight through to the end.

But overall, the stories are bleak. (Well, what did I expect, they’re post-apocalypse stories, right?) There are not a lot of happy or hopeful endings, so that makes them not as enjoyable for me. That’s just my taste.

So if you like grim and gritty, futuristic, post-apocalyptic stories, you should love this anthology! If you’re a fan of happy endings, you might want to give it a miss. :)

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Review: The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book with absolutely no expectations…hadn’t heard about it, hadn’t read about it. It just happened to be available in my library’s audiobook section and it sounded interesting. Wow. I was pretty much blown away by it. It had me hook, line, and sinker and I just had to keep going back to it until I reached the end. It was fast-paced, high-tension, I liked the characters’ voices and they were very believable.

There’s one thing about the aliens that I wasn’t sure I could buy into, and one plot hole that bothers me a little, which is why I’m holding off on that fifth star…but I’m willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt. He may come through with a way to fill in that rough spot in subsequent books, which I will definitely be checking out.

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Review: Dead Man Rising

Dead Man Rising
Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dante Valentine’s adventures continue in this second book of the series. Although these urban fantasy books venture sometimes into areas a little darker than I generally like, I just flip those pages really quickly. :) I like the complexity of the character(s) and the layers of the world the author has built. Will definitely read more!

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