Glancing at the blog you may have noticed that I have been somewhat absent this past month. Working almost full time and preparing for Christmas has caused me to push aside my blogging recently, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading! Far from it! Over the past month I think I have read about 8 or 9 books! While all of this reading was relaxing and entertaining, it also means that I’m pretty far behind on my reviews. Rather than trying to crank out 9 reviews over the next week, I’ve decided to give you a quick preview of some of the novels that I’ve been enjoying lately. Hence, the title of this post is ten second reviews! Hopefully each of these mini reviews is quick and to the point so that you can get a taste of each one! Enjoy!
Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
The continuation of the Star Wars story after Episode 6, Heir to the Empire explores the lives of Luke and Leia as they attempt to solidify peace in the New Republic. I won’t lie, I picked this one up right after the announcement that a new Star Wars movie will be coming out in 2015. I couldn’t resist! Due to a half an hour commute to and from work, I decided to listen to this classic sci-fi as an audiobook, and I was not disappointed! The narrator did an exceptional job bringing the characters to life through his reading! I almost felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to a book! I highly recommend this book to fans of the Star Wars series! Especially the audiobook version! Check out a snippet of the audiobook here! I still can’t get over the fact that ONE man does ALL the voices! Talk about talent!
Rating: 4 Stars
Spin by Catherine McKenzie
After falling in love with Arranged by Catherine McKenzie, I decided to check out her first novel, Spin. This book focuses on the character of Kate, a journalist looking to land her dream job at a popular music magazine. In order to get the job, however, she must first go to rehab in order to spy on a high profile celebrity. Overall, Spin was an enjoyable read, but not as gripping as Arranged. Kate tended to be a little too self-destructive for me, but the book was entertaining!
Rating: 3 Stars
Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
What if the three wise men who visited Mary and Joseph that fateful night in the stable, weren’t actually wise men at all? Putting a unique twist on the classic Christmas story, Seth Grahame-Smith fills the role of the three wise men with three prisoners who have escaped from Herod’s prison. I know the concept of this novel may sound strange… but it was actually really amazing! I fell in love with the murderous Balthazar immediately, and really enjoyed seeing the way his character developed and changed throughout the book. After reading and despising Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I vowed never to read another book by him again! Luckily, Farrah from Broken Penguins insisted that I give him a second chance, and I’m really glad that I did! Overall, Unholy Night was an awesome book to kick off my holiday reading!
Rating: 4 Stars
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
After having The Forgotten Garden recommended to me by several people, I finally picked up a copy to read for myself! The book alternates the narration of the story between three women living in completely different time periods: Cassandra (2005), Nell (1970s), and Eliza (1890s). After her grandmother (Nell) has passed away, Cassandra travels from her home in Australia to England to discover the secret behind her grandmother’s past. Cassandra soon discovers that her grandmother’s past is somehow linked to a mysterious children’s author named Eliza who lived on a large estate in the late 1800s. While this story was a bit slow to start, I’m really glad that I was finally convinced to read it! The Forgotten Garden was a great historical read filled with suspense and plenty of gothic elements. It has even made its way to my list of favourite reads!
Rating: 5 Stars!!!
Soulless: Manga #2
After devouring the first manga adaptation of Gail Carriger’s Soulless series, I was literally counting down the days until I could get my hands on the next installment! The second manga (based on the novel Changeless), was just as humorous and entertaining as the first book! The illustrations were fantastic, and really helped to highlight some of the funnier (and steamier) parts of the story. I am already on the edge of my seat waiting for the release of the third manga in June 2013!
Rating: 4.5 Stars