Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rapid Fire Review: The absolute true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Again one of those times I wish I was more articulate in expressing the right words to explain why you all need to read this. A perfect novel for all ages and something that needs to be read and taught to our young people (FYI my 15 yr old read it for school and told me all about it) Loved how it didn't talk down to kids or force a moral down your throat but kids will at the same time might start to feel a bit more sympathetic to the Native community. It is raw and tackles some very difficult subject matter, but it is done with humor and honesty. At times I was crying and laughing at the same time. The book is worth the price alone for the chapter dealing with books and boners. Tears running down my eyes from laughter - it was so raw and hell it makes sense. This my friends is now one of my all time favourite books. And also my fellow Canadians we need to talk about this - lets get out from behind our guilt of what are ancestors did and actually help our fellow man. Since I don't have the words, here are some brilliant quotes from the novel -- I could have posted at least 50, but I don't want to ruin it for you.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes,' I said. 'By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn't true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.”

"My grandmother had no use for all the gay bashing and homophobia in the world, especially among other Indians. "Jeez," she said, Who cares if a man wants to marry another man? All I want to know is who's going to pick up all the dirty socks?"

“We Indians really should be better liars, considering how often we've been lied to.”

“I didn't literally kill Indians. We were supposed to make you give up being Indian. Your songs and stories and language and dancing. Everything. We weren't trying to kill Indian people. We were trying to kill Indian culture.”


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rapid Fire Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok this series so far is brilliant. The writing is par none and the world building is extraordinary. I am not going to lie, it is far above my head and more for the real Fantasy novel aficionado, but the characters and dialogue make it enjoyable for even someone like me. First off if you do not love Delilah Bard, I am afraid we cannot be friends. For those who know me, you won't be surprised why I love this feisty damaged heroine, she is such a little spitfire (Reminds me a little of Caelena from Throne of Glass series). This one will keep you on your toes as it is fast paced and leaves you on the edge of your seat on many occasions. Also, the author has a true gift for the unexpected. You are never going to know what is going to happen and that my friends is true talent. Often I know what is going to happen and in this case - nope, she surprised me on many occasions. And don't get me started on the dialogue between characters, true perfection.

Favourite Quotes/Passages

“The world is neither fair nor right, but it has a way of balancing itself.”

“If these men worshiped anything, they worshiped magic, which she supposed would be heresy back in Grey London. But then again, Christians worshiped an old man in the sky, and if Lila had to say which one seemed more real at the moment, she’d have to side with magic.”


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Rapid Fire Review by Emily St. John Mandel

Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fascinating, well written, Canadian ( you must remember any mentions of Canadian places makes us Canucks all tingly and stuff) and a tad too literary for this sweet simpleton. It reminded me of times as a cross between The Stand and The Passage (also got a kick later in the novel where the author actually implies the novel The Passage) -- which by the way is a compliment as I highly enjoyed both of these novels. It is fast paced, the language is beautiful and well its full of Shakespeare, you cannot help but enjoy it. The writing was so vivid that you felt like you were acually immersed in the story. I loved how it expressed the idea that without art, life is empty. Now that being said it was beautifully written and very Canadian Literary (Yes I know that isn't a word, but I am not that intelligent and cannot find the exact word for what I am looking for to express a feeling) but it felt empty at times in terms of characters that you felt a connection to.
Ok, I know this is silly, but like I have felt while reading other dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories - not enough time has gone by for things to have turned this much to shit in terms of knowledge. (That being said I have no real idea what would happen so you can always just ignore that comment)

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Jeevan's understanding of disaster preparedness was based entirely on action movies, but on the other hand, he'd seen a lot of action movies."

"First we only want to be seen, but once we're seen, that's not enough anymore. After that. we want to be remembered."


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Rapid Fire Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess DiaristThe Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5
Won't lie I didn't love this one as much as I wanted to and thought I would. I have read all of her other works and have adored them all. I just found this one a little rambling and all over the place. Now its not all disappointing, there are some very wise observations and some wickedly funny commentary. Also it was interesting reading about her thoughts and feelings during the filming of Star Wars. It also made me quite sad as I always felt a wee connection to her and I never got the chance to meet her. I almost had the chance but I chickened out as I didn't want to have to pay for her autograph and felt silly just going to say hi. I really should have because I wanted to thank her for being so open about her mental health issues and well just for showing us how a real princess should be. That's right kick some imperial ass and trade witty repartee with a scruffy looking nerd herder. That is a princess I can get behind
I did really enjoy her take on Comic-Cons etc and her enjoyment (and hell I can imagine how she really told some of the stories about them to her friends and family) of all of the fans she has met over the years of doing lap dances (Yup you have to read, so you can truly understand)

You will be missed Ms Fisher

Favourite Quotes/Passages

"Please!" I interrupted. "You don't have to apologize for my looking older to your daughter after forty years. I look older to me, too, and I don't apologize to myself-though perhaps I should."


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