Mini Reviews: July & August 2014

I really fell behind with my reviews over the summer, but here are some short and sweet mini reviews of some of the books that I enjoyed in July and August! Now that September is here things should get back to normal on the  blog! (Fingers crossed)


The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Synopsis: The Orenda tells the moving story of three characters: a Jesuit priest, a Huron warrior and a young kidnapped Iroquois girl. When the lives of these three strangers intersect during a fateful winter’s day, the world as they know it will never be the same again.

Thoughts: Another brilliant and moving story by Joseph Boyden! I felt like I had actually been transported back to 17th century New France! The characters were compelling, the story was captivating, and the writing was absolutely breathtaking. Boyden continues to be one of my all-time favourite authors, and if you haven’t yet read a book by him then I highly suggest that you do!

Rating: 5 Stars


The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

Synopsis: The Gamble focuses on Nina, as she travels to the Colorado Mountains on a “time-out” vacation from her stuffy and insensitive fiance. Arriving at the cabin she has rented in the midst of a snowstorm, Nina is shocked to discover that it is already occupied by a stubborn man named Holden Maxwell. Claiming that the rental agency has made a mistake, Holden refuses to leave the cabin, and Nina is stuck spending her vacation with this handsome stranger.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed The Gamble at first. The plot of exciting, the characters were intriguing, and the setting was very romantic. Unfortunately, about halfway through the story the characters (mainly Holden) started to annoy me and the conversations began to feel repetitive. At 687 pages the story also felt way too long. Putting my annoyances aside this was a solid romance, and I would recommend it to someone looking for something light to read.

Rating: 3 Stars


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Synopsis: Princess Lia is forced into an arranged marriage by her father in order to help create peace with a neighbouring kingdom. Finding the idea of marrying a man she has never met repulsive, Lia runs away to a seaside village, where she is determined to start a new life amongst the common people. Little does she know, however, that two men are on her trail: the Prince she rejected, and a bounty hunter who has been ordered to have her killed.

Thoughts: The Kiss of Deception was an unexpected and pleasant surprise! I went into this book with low expectations and ended up really loving it! The characters and multiple perspectives were absolute perfection! And talk about a plot twist! I actually had to re-read the one chapter a few times because I was so shocked by the sudden revelations that occurred in the book. I’m really eager to pick up the sequel in order to find out what will happen next! If you love YA Fantasy/Romance then this is definitely a book that you will enjoy!

Rating: 4 Stars!


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis: Despite recognizing that her marriage is in trouble, Georgie McCool passes up on a Christmas family visit to instead work on the scripts for her long dreamed television series that may soon become a reality. Halfway through her week alone, however, Georgie starts to regret her decision, and tries telephoning her husband in order to set things right. Unfortunately, her cell phone needs a new battery, so Georgie is forced to use the old landline….which just so happens to be magic.

Thoughts: I love Rainbow Rowell’s stories, and Landline was no exception! It was sweet, funny, and entertaining! I’m not usually a fan of stories that revolve around troubled marriages (they stress me out), but this one actually didn’t bother me very much at all. I also thought that the idea of a magic landline was pretty cute.

Rating: 3.5 Stars


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka Rowling)

Synopsis: The newest mystery from the Cormoran Strike series! This time Strike investigates the mysterious disappearance of a writer, who has just finished penning a manuscript that reveals the dark secrets of several high ranking people.

Thoughts: I’ve never been a big mystery fan, but I can’t get enough of these books! I think one of the reasons I’ve loved both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm so much is that I find the character of Cormoran so intriguing! I wasn’t overly surprised by how the ending of this book turned out, but I’m excited to see what Cormoran will get up to next!

Rating: 4.5 Stars



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