Tyler Palewhite:Soft-Boiled Detective
on Nov. 27, 2011
I didn't finish this book. I had been expecting something along the lines of a tongue-in-cheek mockery of a noir detective story. Instead to me the story resembled (the book version of) one of those artsy films about the minutiae of some poor sad bloke's daily life. Unfortunately, books and films like that aren't really to my taste so this story will have to be enjoyed by someone else.
Draykon (An Epic Fantasy of Dragons)
on Jan. 12, 2012
It took me a few tries to get started on this book. At first I didn't find the writing style that engaging but as I read further I began to be drawn into the remarkably complex set of worlds within Draykon. Stories told from multiple viewpoints can be frustrating to follow at times but I didn't find this with Charlotte English's book. Her characters were engaging and the plot lines fit together interestingly. My only complaint is that she finished the book with a cliffhanger! Now I have to wait for the second book in the series to be written.
on May 06, 2012
The setting for this book is a land where winter never ends and an orphaned girl and her two younger siblings struggle to make ends meet, where remnants of technology are dangerous, and the forest is filled with deadly creatures called Watchers. Life is all about survival and the young female protagonist in this story knows it better than most; she is the sole provider for her household with a young sister and crippled brother to protect. A mysterious injured stranger drops into her life and the inevitable romance ensues with secret organizations, enemy soldiers, and dangerous escapes thrown in. Despite the stereotypical romance and fairly predictable characters, I found Kate Avery Ellison's story world intriguing. In subsequent books, I'd love to discover more about Frost and Aeralis and the history behind their world (although I'd hope to see the characters developed much more thoroughly).
Daughter of Wolves
on Nov. 15, 2019
This was an enjoyable and interesting quick read. I loved Javaneh's strong, independent, clever, and insightful character. So often "strong women" characters turn into diminished stereotypes once a prospective love interest shows up. But the author did not fail her character; Javaneh remains true to herself right to the end of the story. The world building was intriguing and even the secondary characters weren't flat- they had hints of complexity. I will definitely be checking out Lia Patterson's other stories.