Monday, December 27, 2010

The Second Half of Life (Sionna Cailey)

Overall: 3.6
  • Plot: 4/5
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Language: 2.7/5
  • Believability: 3.8/5
The Second Half of Life by Sionna Cailey

Tequila, magic and rock & roll set the stage for midlife rebellion when Aidan, Kathy and Diana decide that witchcraft is the only way to rev up their boring small-town lives. They discover the secret of a demon that grants your heart’s desire and magical wishes always come with a high price tag – can they afford it? A wicked, Wiccan Romance...

Genre: Women's Fiction
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In an ongoing effort to assuage their dissatisfaction with life, Kathy, Aidan, and Diana – the so-called "Committee of the Disaffected" – dabble in one activity after the other. Their quest for that elusive something, that sense of purpose or meaning, eventually leads them to dabbling in witchcraft. At first, I was uncertain as to whether or not this would all be some major hoax, an instance of their minds convincing them that they were indeed commanding things. Then, the demon appeared.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm a bit behind at the moment, since I'm in the midst of applications for residency programs. Unsurprisingly, book reviews are easier to write than career-related essays and cover letters! I much prefer the former.

Have a happy holiday! I will post the next review as soon as everything is turned in.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Miracle Inspector (Helen Smith)

Overall: 4.6
  • Plot: 5/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Language: 4/5
  • Believability: 4.5/5
The Miracle Inspector by Helen Smith

A dystopian thriller set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London - with disastrous consequences.
Genre: Thriller
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The third of Smith's works to be reviewed on the site, The Miracle Inspector is by far her best. While the tone and style are indisputably hers, the storytelling takes a compelling turn that makes the book more absorptive than either Alison Wonderland or Being Light.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Right Path (Debra L. Martin and David W. Small)

This book is a novelette leading into the Dark Future series by authors Debra Martin and David Small. It serves to whet the appetite as it describes a post-war future of scorched earth, broken buildings, violence, and beggars. Our focus is on a handful of individuals, one a cripple and the other an orphan, navigating through this mess as they find the so-called "Right Path."
  • Overall: 3.8   ҉
  • Plot: 4.2/5
  • Originality: 3.8/5
  • Language: 3.5/5
  • Believability: 4/5


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