Tag Archive: 4.5-star


Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Blood Red Road by Moira Young

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was a very entertaining book! Set in a bleak, future version of the world, the author did such a good job describing the environment, you can practically taste the dust and feel sand blasting you in the face. The main character, Saba, is one tough cookie. Nothing is going to stop her from traveling across the wasteland to rescue her brother – not even mercenaries, cage fights, or evil overlords.

The bizarre dialect of this book was quite distracting at first, and the weird style without quotes around the dialogue. After a while, you forget about it though, and besides being very unique and actually pretty darn cool, it really adds to the flavour of the story.

I definitely thought there was a Mad Max feel to this book. I would recommend it to fans of dystopian fiction who enjoy a gritty tale full of action and adventure. There’s a touch of romance, but it’s not the focus of the story. The ending absolutely compelled me into reading book 2!



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Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I love me a good werewolf book, and Hemlock did not disappoint!

This is one of the rare books where humans are completely aware of the werewolves’ existence. The powers that be are attempting to round up all the people infected with Lupine syndrome because they can be dangerous if affected by bloodlust. Unfortunately, the authorities don’t really know what to do with the werewolves once they’re caught, other than chuck them into camps until they find a cure. IF they find a cure. Consequently, most werewolves hide their infected status and try to pass themselves off as human.

Thrown into this great premise is the main character, Mac, who’s dealing with the aftermath of her best friend’s murder. No one seems to know what really happened, and Mac is determined to find out. Hemlock is full of mystery, with some great twists, a dash of romance, and heart-stopping action. An excellent start to this trilogy!



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3:593:59 by Gretchen McNeil

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

It did not escape my attention that there are exactly 359 pages in this book – very cool. :)

I love the concept of alternate realities, reminiscent of the show Sliders from back in the day. At precisely 3:59 (both AM and PM) every day, a window to another version of Josie’s world opens up for one minute. All sorts of science fiction fun follows, but it’s hard to say much without giving things away.

There’s plenty of action and suspense, and even some scary supernatural creatures thrown into the mix. I really enjoyed this story, although there were a couple of odd scenes (including the most bizarre make-out scene ever) which made me think, “What the hell?” – I notice a lot of other reviewers have pointed out the same thing. Anyway, I’m quite willing to look past the occasional what-the-hell scene, and overall I thought it was highly entertaining.



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Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I wouldn’t quite give this book 5 stars, however I really enjoyed it. J. R. Ward never fails to entertain with her awesome Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I think the BDB series is considered paranormal romance, but it’s certainly not a light and fluffy type of romance. These books are hard core (and definitely not YA for anyone who thinks I only read YA!)

Qhuinn and Blay are the main focus in Lover At Last, and I personally think it’s great to see a non-heterosexual couple in the spotlight of a bestselling series. As Ward said in the story, love is universal.

For some reason I had trouble keeping track between Xcor, Assail, and Trez, which could just be me, but perhaps there was one side-story too many. Also, I get that it wouldn’t make sense for Qhuinn and Blay to get together and live happily ever after right off the bat, but I felt like their failure to figure things out went on about 200 pages too long.

Overall, I was absolutely entertained and it’s safe to say I’ll be rushing out to read every BDB book that is ever released in the future!



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Twilight Fall (Darkyn, #6)Twilight Fall by Lynn Viehl

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This was another strong showing in the Darkyn series, and one of my favorites so far. I like how the author seems to have an overall plan for the series – each book focuses on a new couple, yet pulls in characters and plot elements from the other books in the series. I appreciate that there were main characters of Asian descent and/or short in stature too. :) The ending was terrific, and definitely makes you want to run out and get the next book!



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Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book was packed full of action, with a diverse list of characters, and engaging plot. I know it’s been compared to the Hunger Games series, but the only similarities I see between the two series are 1) they’re both dystopian, and 2) they’re both really excellent. The reason I wouldn’t give this series a full 5 stars is that I found myself having to forget about things being realistic (a lot) and reminding myself to just enjoy it. I’m okay with books and movies being unrealistic – the whole point is to be entertained – however, there is a limit to how many times I’m willing to gloss over the unrealistic parts. Ultimately, I did find this novel extremely entertaining, and I think it deserves all the popularity and attention it has received. I’m definitely excited to read the next installment, and I’m very curious to know what sort of world lies outside the city.



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