Sunday, December 04, 2016

#Reading Ramblings: November 2016 #Book #Reviews (LBE)

It's time for this month's book reviews post. Well, it's technically last month's book reviews post, since the books reviewed in it are ones I read during November. But, either way, it's time for me to post some reviews.

As with the previous posts like this one, the format reviewed may not be the format I read the book in. Also, please remember to bear in mind the fact that I read across multiple genres and age ranges, and you should always check suitability of content before reading, especially when children are involved. Finally, if you want to know more about the book, or the author it's by, simply click on the book title, or author name, to go to the appropriate Goodreads page.

OK...

Not Just a WitchNot Just a Witch by Eva Ibbotson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a fun and entertaining read.

Wake the HollowWake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For the most part, this was a great story, which did a good job of combining the legend of Sleepy Hollow with "real" life. However, I think it would have been better if the romance element was removed, so that the main character hadn't spent so much time focussing on how good looking people she was supposed to be afraid of were. Also, I thought it was stupid how she was more open with people she didn't know and had reason to be suspicious of than she was with people she was supposed to have been close to in the past.

Creature Teacher: The Final Exam (Goosebumps Most Wanted, #6)Creature Teacher: The Final Exam by R.L. Stine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a great book, which makes a wonderful addition to any Goosebumps collection. It's another that big animal lovers may find a couple of scenes a bit disturbing in though... Just to warn you. Oh, and a little tip: don't eat while reading this one, especially if you have a weak stomach.

Kaylyn the Sister-in-DarknessKaylyn the Sister-in-Darkness by Barbara G. Tarn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a great book, which makes an excellent addition to the series. The plot itself is interesting, there's a wonderful mixture of characters, and the historical facts dotted throughout the story are fascinating.

Unpredictable (Lady Jenniviere's Quill)Unpredictable by Lady Jenniviere
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you're looking for something strange and unusual, this story will deliver. There are a few places where I think it could use a little work, but for the most part it's a pretty good read, with a very appropriate title.

A Tapestry of TearsA Tapestry of Tears by Gita V. Reddy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Some of the stories in this collection are better than others. Some give you a lot to think about. Some are potentially upsetting, especially to more sensative readers. But all are beautifully written, and combine to make a collection that's worth reading.

Never EverNever Ever by Gita V. Reddy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I first read this story, I had some serious issues with it, because some of the characters' behaviour didn't sit right with me. But then I read it again with the fact the family is from a different culture to my own in mind; a culture the author would be more familiar with than I am. It then occurred to me that most of my issues were based on differences that can be explained by cultural differences. Being open to this idea improved the story for me. Bearing the difference in culture in mind still didn't make it one of my favourites by this author, but it certainly increased my enjoyment of the story.

MarginaliensMarginaliens by Philip Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an imaginative and fun read, which I really enjoyed.

An Old-Fashioned ThanksgivingAn Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a beautiful little story.

Gods in the MachineGods in the Machine by Marilyn Peake
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The idea behind this story is a great one, and it has the elements it needs to have the potential to be a great read. However, it was poorly done. The author spent too much time fussing over minor details that weren't important, which would later be repeated in full detail every single time there was even the smallest link between those details and the story's events, and not enough time moving the plot forward. Not to mention, there were so many characters we got the full backstory for, that I'm still not entirely sure who was meant to be the main character. Also, some of the characters' reactions felt over done, as though the author thought it more important to be as dramatic as possible, rather than being believable, so that when something potentially important to the plot did actually happen, it was lost in the confusion of false drama. On top of that, the ending was way too sudden. Is this part of a series? I'm not sure... I've not seen a series listed for it. Even if it is though, that was one really sudden ending, especially after how slowly the plot had been moving from the start.

RedemptionRedemption by Elora Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OK... WOW! This book was amazing! The plot grabs your attention from the start and holds it until the end, the worldbuilding is great, the emotions are powerful, the characters are well-rounded with complex personalities, the descriptions are excellent, the plot moves at a nice pace, the way you see the relationships between characters grow and evolve is wonderful, and that ending was incredible!
*NOTE: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. That fact has in no way influenced either my opinion of this book, or the contents of this review.

Misery, Rancor, and Angst: Or, The Three GracesMisery, Rancor, and Angst: Or, The Three Graces by Kirsten B. Feldman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The plot is interesting and moves at a nice pace, the characters are well-rounded and have different personalities, and the writing style is easy and enjoyable to read. All in all, this book is a great read. The only reason I don't give it the full five stars is because I felt that we were missing a few details of the backstory, as well as a couple of details of how the ending came about; it was an excellent ending, apart from the few details I felt we were missing to fully understand how it happened the way it did.
*NOTE: I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This fact has in no way influenced either my opinion of this book, or the contents of this review.

VoidVoid by David M. Staniforth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book begins with a note about how the author recommends that you take a moment to listen to the songs mentioned in it as you read. I ignored the suggestion and read it without listening to them, despite not being very familiar with them. Even so, I thought this was a beautifully written and powerful read. I can only imagine how much more amazing the reading experience would be if you were to take the author's advice.

Pilgrim: The Collected Series 1-4: The BBC Radio 4 Fantasy Drama SeriesPilgrim: The Collected Series 1-4: The BBC Radio 4 Fantasy Drama Series by Sebastien Baczkiewicz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Each episode has an interesting cast of characters, as well as an entertaining storyline, and all the episodes work together well.

Pilgrim Series 5-7: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramasPilgrim Series 5-7: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The episodes in this volume were an enjoyable addition to the series, with a plot that continues to be entertaining, and an interesting cast of characters.

It Came from Beneath the Sink! (Goosebumps, #30)It Came from Beneath the Sink! by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There were a few things the characters did that either didn't make sense to me, or felt like they were done only to move the plot in the direction the author wanted it to go in. But other than that, this was another great addition to the Goosebumbps series.

2 comments:

Intense Guy said...

I love some of these book covers!!

Victoria Zigler said...

Iggy:
Glad you're enjoying the book covers, even if the contents of the books aren't always your thing.