Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review: Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price

4 stars for Grave Visions (Alex Craft book 4) by Kalayna Price.

An enjoyable, entertaining read that is worth the long wait of 3.5 years.

Grave Visions is a good story with snippets of interesting tidbits that help readers refresh their memories about the fae and faerie, that is, after discounting the one annoying character, the Winter Queen whose power and greatness I certainly do not see eye-to-eye on.

On the topic of Death.. ah... I never know Death, also known as the Grim Reaper or soul collector or what have you, can be one such mystical yet charming character until the Alex Craft series. Yes, I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of him in the next instalment.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

5 stars for Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

Still Alice is not your run-of-the-mill story that you read and then forget about. It is a poignant portrayal of Alzheimer's Disease, the most common cause of dementia, a disease irreversible and where no known cure exists, that may one day hit you or me.

As Alice's condition progressively deteriorates, readers are thrust into an increasingly fuzzy world where protagonist and readers all seems to amalgamate as audience of one looking inwards into Alice's world yet outwards into Alice's self.

A compelling read that has me crying so many times that I have lost count.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Review: The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

2 stars for The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne.

I am Kirstie
I am Lydia

I am confident and loud
I am thoughtful and quiet

I lived
I died

Or did I?

Seriously, I do not like this story. The more I think about it, the lower I want to rate it.

I read The Ice Twins because the - above - blurb on the back of the hardcover is superbly written and deeply enticed me to read beyond that which is disclosed.

The tale starts off well with intriguing, captivating characters, especially the sad, troubled twin with a delusional case of identity. Equally creepy is the background setting of a place with no internet access and no cell phone coverage - the isolation is intense.

Unfortunately, I am disappointed at the end of it all. The first and third person narratives are all too disturbing and melancholy for my taste. To top it off, it is more the wife's story than the twins'. In my opinion, The Aloof Wife makes a better title.