Book Review – The Fire Sermon

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

Published – March 10, 2015 by Gallery Books

Length – 384 pages

Other – Netgalley eArc, in return for an honest review

Cass and Zach live in a world where everyone is born a twin, and one of those twins has a deformity.  The twin with the deformity is sent away to live as an Omega, while the so-called perfect twin stays at home as an Alpha.  Sending away your twin can be a bad thing though because you share a special connection…if they die so do you.

Cass manages to hide her deformity for years before her brother Zach and parents find out.  When this happens she is sent away to live as an outsider in an Omega community.  But the world is changing and a resistance is building.

The characters in this book were really well-developed.  It seemed as thought out as to why people would act in certain ways, and yet there was still mystery about backgrounds.  We are brought over a large area and can see what effect the Alphas are having, and get to speculate on what led up to the world they are in now.  I enjoyed this book, at times I forgot to pick it back up, but when I did I remembered why I was reading it.

-3/5 stars

– Meaghan

Library Book Haul March

I stopped by my library on the weekend to pick up a few books that came in as holds.  These aren’t all the books I have had this month from the library or will have (I am picking up a few more later today), but they happen to be the ones I have at the moment.

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I have four novels and five graphic novels.  The novels are the rest of the books in Ben Aaronivitch’s Peter Grant series;Moon Over Soho, Foxglove Summer, Broken Homes, Whispers Underground.  The graphic novels I picked up were The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Blankets, Game of Thrones Volume 1, Fables Volume 1, and Through the Woods.

So far I have read two graphic novels and in the process of reading Moon Over Soho.  What other graphic novel recommendations do you have?

-Meaghan

Taking my Cat to the Vet!

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So non-book related post for today.  It’s that time of the year again where Simba needs to go to the vet for his shots.  This is always fun because I usually end up covered in cat hair and stressed out from the wait and needles.

I’m going to at least be able to get some reading done while I wait (last time I was fifteen minutes early for my appointment and wait over an hour for the vet to come in…).  I am currently reading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, on recommendation of a friend, so I should be able to get a dent in that while I wait.

And since Simba is waiting to go I better get him in the car before he changes his mind!

– Meaghan

 

Book Review – Midnight Riot

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch 

Published –  February 1, 2011 by Random House Ballantine

Length -298 pages

Other – Library book.

A few months ago I borrowed this book from my library as an ebook, but between the other books I had out and other books I was reading for review, and at home, I never got around to reading it.  I came across it again last week while I was looking for something to read, and finally re-read the summary and couldn’t understand why I didn’t start it when I had it previously.  The copy I ended up picking up has a blurb from Diana Gabaldon on the cover (inset blurb words)  which made me even more excited.  After picking it up I had time to read in my car while it was getting a car wash, and it was a good thing I wasn’t driving because I didn’t want to put it down.  I read about half of it that night until I had to get started on assignments for school, and then picked it up again this morning before I even left for school.

The main character; Peter Grant, is in probationary police training waiting on permanent assignment when he and all extra police are called out for crowd control on a murder.  While there he has a talk with what he believes is a witness, until he realizes he can see right through him.  This leads Peter into a new world where things really are not what they seem and he needs to learn to pay a little more attention to the things around him.  Along with Inspector Thomas Nightingale  they are in the midst of an investigation that neither has any clue how it’s happening.

Before I even got halfway I got on my computer and put holds on the next two in the series, they are the perfect blend of magic and crime thriller that I love.  At this point there are 5 books out in the series with another planned for this year.

-4/5 stars

– Meaghan

Book Review – Vision in Silver

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Published – March 3, 2015 by Penguin Publishing Group

Length – 416 pages

Other – Received an eArc in return for an honest review.

This is the third installment in The Others series by Anne Bishop.  I sadly found I was not as engrossed by this  book as the previous books and it took me a lot longer to read.  Meg continues to learn more about herself and about her relationships.  Simon continues to question his relationship with Meg, and more humans are moving into the Others pack.

I found there was no major drama in this book.  There were problems, and continuations of problems, but nothing that had me thinking the whole time “WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN???”.  I found the first half of the book to drag and the second half picked up a little quicker.  I really wanted to like this book as much as the first two but I couldn’t, so for now I will eagerly wait for the next book.

 

– Meaghan

Comic Review – Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada (The New 52)

Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada (The New 52) by Jeff Lemire, Illustrated by Mike McKone

Published – March 10, 2015

Length – 176 pages

Other – Received as an eArc in exchange for an honest review.

 

It has been a while since I have read any comics/graphic novels, the last one I believe I read was the second compendium of The Walking Dead, so I was really interested in reading Justice League Canada.  Being able to relate to part of the setting was a big plus for me, and even though I don’t live in the area primary focused on I was still able to pick out landmarks.  I am not familiar with any of the other Justice League comics/plot so I was picking up a few things as the story went on, but I never felt completely out of the loop.  A few jumpy scenes had me scrambling back and forth to see what was happening where and when.

This story introduced a superhero to the franchise who is female and Canadian.  It introduced her background story and showed us some of what her powers will be.  I liked the strong female presence in this installment, it seemed as though they were out to prove they didn’t need help and were powerful enough without men.

Overall I would really recommend this and will be keeping my eye out for future issues!

 

– Meaghan

Quick Update on February Reading and Current Progress

So last month I did not get anywhere near where I wanted to with what I planned to read, much like all good plans it got derailed.  I think I may have upped my Canadian authors read from 0 to 1, and continued on a decent kick of female authors (romance tends to attract them).  After my slump of reading I have decided to change-up my tactics for the rest of this month and probably April too since I will be in the process of finishing assignments this month and the beginning of April and then moving into finals (last finals till my next degree!).  So for the rest of this month my focus on reading  is on rereading War and Peace.  While it is a giant book, I have already read it once so it’s like catching up with an old friend rather than embarking on a new friendship and testing the waters.  After I finish it (I will have to probably buy myself a better copy that isn’t falling apart) I am going to grab another book I have already read (reread the Stormlight Archives?).

If I happen to want something to break up my reading I will probably try to read something I have for review, but I wont be focusing on finishing terrible books that make me want to pull my hair out.  I’m ahead of my reading goal for this year by a lot so I have nothing to worry about getting behind in my reading, and I can guarantee over the summer while I am either working or trying to find a teaching position for the fall, I will have a lot of time on my hands to catch up on reading.

Also I really need to get back into more consistent blogging, I started the year off strong and then I let vacation and school get in the way.  I have had two weeks of dumb group projects (six member groups let’s be serious please) and other random assignments, and now I am back to a steady pace.  I think I need to overshoot this week for a post a day that way three posts a week doesn’t seem like such a big deal next week.

Wish me luck

– Meaghan