Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Club Pick - Zoe & Zak and The Ghost Leopard


Zoe & Zak and the Ghost LeopardZoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Cover - Absolutely adorable. Two children whisked away on an adventure of a lifetime, it's the perfect cover for the story.

Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all.      

Story - I expect that this book had an editor, albeit not a professional one because many sections are clean and spared from grammatical errors. However, two things ruined the reading experience for me. The use of "OK" instead of "okay" and the over-use of the word "like". While these may be American styles, it was like you know slightly like irritating to read paragraphs that like had like in every other sentence. Hoping I made my point?

What I liked - The cultural depictions were spot on. We've visited India several times in the past and Lars Guignard did a fascinating job in capturing all these details and then writing about the experience through the eyes of a child. Various descriptions and reactions reminded us of our own kids when they had visited India with us.

What I didn't like - The editing just wasn't polished enough for me.

Rating - 3 / 5 stars.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review - Personal Pick - The Mountain City Bronzes by Madeleine McLaughlin


The Mountain City BronzesThe Mountain City Bronzes by Madeleine McLaughlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover - I loved the artistry of the cover and the shade of red obviously reflects the terror that lies within the pages of this book. The children reflect Kevin's innocence which is torn apart by his father's secret.                  

Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all.

Story - There were many moments in this book that seemed like Stephen King had crossed paths with Nora Roberts. You have the small town, mysterious secret and eery happenings that all tie together in a very unexpected ending.

What I liked - Although shorter than most stories, the author's writing style was captivating and able to reach out to the reader.

What I didn't like - There is no description for this book. If I had not been given a review copy and wanted to purchase a copy, I wouldn't. I don't know what I'm buying into.

Rating - 4 / 5 stars.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Club Pick - Pure Perfection


A Tale of the Other Kind: A Therian NovelA Tale of the Other Kind: A Therian Novel by Leandi Cameron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover - With a cover like that, who wouldn't drool over the book? The rustic brown colour combination is also very appropriate for the theme of the book.

Formatting / Appearance - No complaints whatsoever, everything was ship-shape.

Story - All characters seem to have a sense of vulnerability about them which makes for better emotional connection with the reader. All aspects have been well-organized and researched. Given that she has created a whole new world, there are no slip ups in the timeline or settings.

What I liked - Everything about this book. I couldn't pick a favourite chapter or section because this book has you glued to the pages right from page 1.

What I didn't like - That we have to wait for Book 2. Really? I'm already in linge.

Rating - 5 / 5 stars.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

"Book Club Pick - Good Writing, Bad Judgment"

Lethal CircuitLethal Circuit by Lars Guignard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Cover - I am not sure what to think. When Kipling used the swastika on the spines of his book, this was based on the Indian sun symbol. When British royalty used a swastika as an arm band for a fancy dress party, an apology was issued by the palace. Why this writer seems to have a lackadaisical approach to the symbol is simply beyond me.

Formatting / Appearance - Overall, no issues There were large gaps between chapters but this may have been intentional and did not affect the reading experience.

Story - If you were to compare the writing style to those of Tom Clancy, Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlum or Ian Fleming - it will fall flat on it's face but if you were to read it and appreciate it for it's own qualities, Lars Guignard has created a character that may well last through time.

What I liked - Michael is seen as a searching hero. He needs clues for the mystery at hand and for his own life's direction. The way these two components are mashed together in the story kept it going for me.

What I didn't like - The swastika logo on the cover and the fact that there were large chunks of the book that appeared under-developed. Given a bit more time, I am sure the writer could have tweaked this to create a stronger character.

Rating - 4 / 5 stars.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

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