All entries for May 2015

May 28, 2015

Shadow Unit 8

I've never read a series that has felt as real, or made me cry as much as this one has. It's dark and it's gritty and it's so good.

Shadow Unit 8Shadow Unit 8 by Emma Bull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series doesn't pull punches when it comes to emotional content. the drama just feel sso real. I wish they would stop drawing out the story though, I'm burning through money :)

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May 26, 2015

Shadow Unit 7

Shadow Unit 7Shadow Unit 7 by Emma Bull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don't think this story will ever get old. The characters and their struggles are just so compelling and real. I just want to read more.



May 21, 2015

Graveyard Shift

I've tried to find a few more fun things to read. And I guess my sense of humour is a little black, as this counts as fun. Joking aside, I really did enjoy this story.

Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., #1)Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun story, great characters and a decent if underdeveloped plot. This is a really solid start to a series. Characters are well established, as is the bases for a good series. What's missing is more depth to the drama aspects of the book. It's lacking just a little bit of punch. There's a lot of good stuff here too, an interesting world, emphasis on cool characters, I love the old Gods theme, and the attention to detail in the story itself, there's a few inaccuracies in some details, but the narrative itself is detailed and interesting.

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May 19, 2015

Appearance Changes

So I'm playing with the appearance of my blog. I figured that since Warwick has changed its branding; I would too. Since this is a university blog I only have a few designs to choose from, but let me know what you think, and I will take people's opinions into consideration.


Political Thriller

The Foundation: Jack Emery 1The Foundation: Jack Emery 1 by Steve P. Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a political thriller, this didn't go very deep. There's a lot of really good story and action to be had here though which makes up for the lack of depth. Characters are well developed but honestly the story is just a touch predictable for my liking. I think some of the scenes could have done with a touch more depth.

The Foundation is like watching a really good action movie, you are involved while its happening and its enjoyable, but you're not reliving the scenes later on remembering the thoughts and feelings. It's a fun read, but could do with just a touch more to make it an awesome one.


May 07, 2015

How can a book change your state of mind?

My reaction to this book made me think I need to keep a better record of my mental state and what I am reading at the time. Mercy's (Sugar's) story and internal dialogue was actually similar enough to my own at times that the past couple of days reading this have been filled with depression and self hatred. In other word, I need some happier books to read, might try and break out the kids books for a while. On another note, I think once in a while everyone should read something like this, just to understand how hard the habits of depression and self-loathing are to break.

SugarSugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sugar is about a girl who is physically and mentally abused, not only by the typical bullies at school but also by her family. This leads to an emotional response with food. Sugar is beautifully written, heartbreaking and uplifting. It is a brief snapshot into the life of a strong beautiful girl, who has to deal with so much. This in my opinion should be in High school reading lists, it would teach compassion and empathy very effectively. The writing itself is also gripping, its not a book I could easily put down. The only thing I wish is that it didn't grip me as hard as it did, my mental state has suffered while reading this, which only adds to my rating of the book.


May 05, 2015

Harrowing True Story

Terror by Night: The True Story of the Brutal Texas Murder That Destroyed a Family, Restored One Man's Faith, and Shocked a NationTerror by Night: The True Story of the Brutal Texas Murder That Destroyed a Family, Restored One Man's Faith, and Shocked a Nation by Terry Caffey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well written, well portrayed account of what will (I hope) have been the hardest year of the authors life. The telling of his families murders is harrowing, and the events surrounding are so emotive that I couldn't put the book down. In the midst of the chaos that is life, Terry finds God, and God helps him deal with the world.

I am an atheist, I make no secret of that, but the journey that Terry makes is powerful, with or without God. Finding something positive from something so terrible is an amazing thing, he should be congratulated for that.

I will admit to getting very tired of the constant "God is great" theme that runs through the entire book. For me, Terry is an excellent survivor, and a strong compassionate man. He is not at all open-minded though, God did not help him anywhere near as much as he helped himself, or even as much as the lovely people around him helped. Can't help but feel his daughter would have been more well-adjusted had he and his wife been more open-minded and not preached the typical, you must obey your parents and not sleep around spiel.


May 03, 2015

Choose Your Path Mobile Game

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The Siege of the Necromancer by Tin Man Games

My Rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I had a certain fascination to playing what promised to be an interactive fantasy gamebook. I was hoping for pictures, and moving elements. For instance when you click loot the big chest, I would expect to see a dice roll, then a graphic of you succeeding/failing to open a chest using whatever bonus it is you've just rolled. What I did not expect is essentially an ebook, in which you click a link to the page your path is on, much like when you turn to a page in a physical version. There are other elements which are slightly more interesting, though the combat mechanic seems to be just a dice roll and the option of Attack or Defend.

I think that I'm mostly just dissapointed by how much you have to read. Don't get me wrong, I love reading, but on a mobile platform, audio and video would work so much better. I can't be too disheartened, as I have another 11 or so games to play courtesy of the latest Humble Mobile Bundle, which of course not only allows you to buy great games at great prices, but also allows you to set where your money goes, giving to both developers and worthwhile causes too.


Deaths Keep

I haven't said that much in this review, partly because I didn't want to spoil the story. The other reason is that the more I say the less it feels like I liked the story, which is simply not true. Though I just can't think of anything else to say without describing the story.

The Book of Lokk: Death's KeepThe Book of Lokk: Death's Keep by Sommer Nectarhoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very original concept, with some great storytelling. I think I would have liked a little more gore and a little more urgency and fear through the story. Saying that the story plays out really well, and I loved the idea of Greek style gods and their servants.



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