Month: September 2015

Last Line Read

She wore the same uniform I did – white blouse, plaid skirt, black knee socks and shoes, and navy blazer – but somehow she made it look stylish. No idea.

Exposure by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs, page 43


Book Review: Nox-Cruor

Nox-Cruor by R. Kain - eBook, 160 pages - Published June 10th 2015 by R.Kain's Fantasy Stories

Nox-Cruor by R. Kain – eBook, 160 pages – Published June 10th 2015 by R.Kain’s Fantasy Stories

I was sent a copy of Nox-Cruor in return for an honest review.

I haven’t read any of R. Kain’s other works, so this was entirely new to me. It was a story of sacrifice, mystery and magic that keeps the reader intrigued throughout.

It isn’t a particularly long book at only 160 pages, and so the plot accelerates rather quickly. I found some of the dialogue a little… unbelievable, I suppose? Or unnatural may be another way of putting it. Basically, I think the speech could have been written to sound a little more fluent in places, but it’s nothing major (just me being picky).

I’m also going to point out that there are a few grammar mistakes and such, but I can’t say I’ve read any book without noticing something along these lines. Again, it’s nothing huge, just a little observation.

The story of Rayne and Nikolas is complicated and exciting and, especially nearing the end, heart-wrenching. There are unexpected plot twists that any reader will appreciate, however it may seem a bit complicated and hard to follow at times. This is probably due to how short the book is, and the way that the whole story has been squeezed to fit within the pages.

I had no idea what to expect from Nox-Cruor, but I must say I enjoyed it. It was exciting and full of action, and although there are a few improvements that could be made (but honestly, isn’t that the case with every book?) it was a nice read. I’m going to give this 3.5 stars.

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Book Review: BZRK

BZRK by Michael Grant - Paperback, 407 pages - Published September 3rd 2012 by Electric Monkey

BZRK by Michael Grant – Paperback, 407 pages – Published September 3rd 2012 by Electric Monkey

BZRK is a unique, action-packed story about the war taking place “down in the meat”, the war that could determine the fate of the human race.

Sadie McLure, daughter of billionaire Grey McLure, is horrified when she witnesses the death of her father and brother. This was no mere accident, and Sadie is determined to discover the truth behind their deaths.

And Noah Cotton is desperate to find out the cause of his brother’s madness. He was an army recruit, Alex. But then something happened, something that drove him so insane that he was sent to live out his days in an asylum, screaming about Bug Man and repeating the word “nano”. It has to mean something, doesn’t it?

These two teens are joined in extraordinary circumstances, and thrown into the deep end of a major battle. A battle that is too small to be seen by the human eye. A battle between biots and nanobots. A battle that leads to multiple deaths, and could alter humanity entirely.

I loved the concept of this book. I’ve never read anything like it, about tiny bug-like robotic creatures and people who are linked to that are linked to their biots in such a way that they risk their sanity with every mission. But personally, I found it all somewhat… overwhelming. I wanted to enjoy it but I just got lost and, frankly, kind of bored. It improved again further on but I’m only going to give BZRK 3 stars.


Book Review: Matched

Matched by Ally Condie - Paperback Cover

Matched by Ally Condie – Paperback, 366 pages – Published June 2nd 2011 by Penguin

Do not go gentle into that good night

I was not sure what to expect from this book. A story of love? A story of finding freedom? A story of loss and desires? In the end, it turned out to be all of these things, and more.

Cassia’s Match Banquet is extraordinary; it is extremely rare for it to turn out the way hers did. And she’s happy. She’s really, truly happy.

But then something happens. Something even more unusual, something that sends Cassia’s world tumbling. She could choose to ignore it, simply dismiss it as a mistake of the Society.

Or she could fight.

The Society rules the lives of everyone – it takes care of their choices, both good and bad. Everyone is used to it; they know it’s for their best interests. They would never dare to think otherwise. But…

What if it isn’t for their best interests?

Matched reminds me very much of the Divergent trilogy, in the way that the Society is so much in control of everything. Freedom is something nobody ever even thought to fight for, until Cassia is faced with a terrible and rare decision. This is a book about love, but it also about fighting for what is right, and making choices in a world where there is none. 4 stars out of 5 for this piece of work by Ally Condie.