Sunday, June 04, 2017

Tori's May 2017 #Book #Reviews (LBE)

It's time to take a look at what I read in May.

As with the previous posts like this one, if you want to know more about the book, or the author, click on whichever it is you want to learn more about, and it will take you to the appropriate page on Goodreads. Clicking on my rating should take you to my actual Goodreads review for the book in question.

Don't forget: the format I've reviewed may not be the format I read. Also, please remember that I read across multiple genres and age ranges, so you should always check if a book is suitable for the intended reader, especially when children are involved. Sometimes reading the book's description on its Goodreads page will be enough for this, but other times you may need to check elsewhere to figure out the genre and/or recommended reading level.

OK... On to the reviews!

Doctor Who: Engines of WarDoctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an awesome book, which fans of Doctor Who will love.

UnderlifeUnderlife by Marissa Farrar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The emotional struggles of the characters are believable, and the main character is well-rounded. Some of the other characters are developed well too, though others feel like they could have done with rounding out a little more. Anyway, I did enjoy the book, and it has great potential. Unfortunately, I feel it didn't fully reach its potential. The author goes in to great detail in scenes where she could be brief, and leaves things vague where we could do with more details, so that the plot drags in places, and things are left unexplained in others. Not to mention, there are a few times where her choice of words for things made me think she was someone unfamiliar with the British words for things, rather than being the English born author Goodreads says she is, such as when she uses the words "potato chips" instead of "crisps" for example; if you're writing a book set in a certain country, with characters who have grown up in the country in question, you should use the phrasing for that country. So, a nice read, but not a great one.

The Path of Air (Quests #3)The Path of Air by Barbara G. Tarn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A beautifully written and wonderful story, with a great cast of characters.

The Path of Earth (Quests, #4)The Path of Earth by Barbara G. Tarn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A wonderful and well-written addition to the series, with an interesting cast of characters.

SMTG - Iso-bel Aya ShermacSMTG - Iso-bel Aya Shermac by Barbara G. Tarn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An interesting and well-written story.

IndestructibleIndestructible by Barbara G. Tarn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent addition to the series, which provides more details about the characters and their world from another unique prospective.

Judy: A Dog In A MillionJudy: A Dog In A Million by Damien Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Not only is this a well researched story of what life was like for some of the Japenese prisoners of war during WWII, but it's also an amazing story of one very special dog, and her fight to keep herself and those she considered to be in her care alive during all the hardships they faced. I highly recommend this book, though I suggest you have the tissues handy while reading it, because you're going to need them!

The Vernal Memory: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel (The Variant Saga Book 4)The Vernal Memory: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel by J.N. Chaney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent book, and a fantastic ending to the series!

Yellow HairYellow Hair by Andrew Joyce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
On the one hand, this is a great book, with an interesting plot, filled with fascinating historical facts and a wonderful cast of characters. On the other hand, there's too much telling and not enough showing, and the way the book was written meant I alternated between feeling like I was reading a textbook and a fictional novel (either of which would have been fine, but the constant shift from one form to another was off-putting).

Angelic Retribution (Afterlife, #3)Angelic Retribution by Katrina Cope
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is an excellent addition to the series, which makes for an enjoyable read. It is well-written, and has an interesting plot that moves at a nice pace. Plus, the series as a whole contains a cast of characters that is both colourful and believable, with relationships that evolve and develop as the story progresses.

Soulmarked (The Fatemarked Epic, #3)Soulmarked by David Estes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Absolutely awesome read! This book has everything you could ask for in a fantasy, the plot is excellent, and seeing the relationships between the characters - as well as the characters themselves - grow and develop is great. A must read for all fantasy lovers!

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