Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

3/5 stars.
ebook, 161 pages.
Read from January 09 to 15, 2014.

I picked this book up in anticipation of the movie coming out called The Seventh Son. I have heard that the movie is invariably different than the book and the book series itself which makes me a little bit sad but that is usually the case with book to movie interpretations. The book series, called ‘The Last Apprentice’ or the ‘Wardston Chronicles’ contains 12 books.

As a young adult novel, this story is not only extremely exciting but very dark at the same time making this story appealing to variety of age groups, which I think is what the movie creators saw. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of the seventh son and like all boys in this birth position he is sent off at to apprentice to become a ‘Spook.’ A Spook, is the person in charge of managing all of the evil and supernatural in the area, such as witches, boggarts and ghosts. The seventh son of the seventh son is sent for this position as they are born with special intuitive gifts that keep them in tune with the supernatural. The downside to all of this is that the work is very dangerous and lonely. Spooks are not well liked and all of the apprentices prior to Thomas have not lived to see themselves become the next Spook. Thomas finds himself in a pinch when he inadvertently has to deal with a very malevolent witch early on in his training.

There are a lot of different details in this book that make me want to continue the series: I have questions about Thomas’ mother and the strange friendship that Thomas builds with a young witch he encounters. Additionally, the writing appeals to readers of all ages as the author plays with the grey area between good and evil, where most us find ourselves in, adding that extra moral dilemma for the characters and the reader.  Also, the author, while making Thomas the hero, still manages to keep the physical and emotional age of Thomas in proportion. This makes the story more enticing and exciting as Thomas is facing obstacles that no boy his age should be but the author ensures that he reacts appropriately for his age in these experiences.

Overall, a solid young-adult fantasy read . I am looking forward to the next book in the series and the movie, even if it does end up being a bit a different from the book.

 

 

Control by Charlotte Stein

4/5 stars.
(ARC) ebook, 238 pages.
Read from January 02 to 13, 2014

Well out of all the Erotica I’ve read so far, this one, surprisingly, has been my favourite. Ms. Stein has found the perfect balance of smut, character and plot. She was able to provide the reader just enough information about the characters for you to invest into them but didn’t divert so far that you forgot you were reading a piece of Erotica. The story plays with the idea of both female and male dominance and the author was very effective in showing both of these stances in the same story.

Madison, the main female in the story, which seems to be a popular name to use in Erotica as it’s the second piece I’ve read that has used the name for their main female character, owns a bookstore. Not just any bookstore but one that specifically sells Romance and Erotica. In her pursuit to find some help running her store she encounters Andy and Gabriel. While she doesn’t hire Andy, she has rough dirty sex with him on a regular basis. Andy himself, is rough and takes great pleasure in taking control of any sexual encounter. She hires Gabriel because she is enthralled by his passive and quiet nature. Gabriel is the exact opposite of Andy, in every aspect, and what Madison will end up discovering through the many sexual adventures between and with both of them (at the same time) is a side of her she didn’t know about and a pleasure and a love she didn’t know existed.

This book has some immensely erotic scenes that would get just about anyone’s heart racing. I would highly recommend this book to any Erotica lovers or new comers into the genre who aren’t afraid of something new and a little adventure.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

3/5 stars.
ebook, 288 pages.
Read from January 07 to 08, 2014.

Ahh how delightful! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to know how successful Ms. Allie Brosh has become with her work. I can’t imagine that Allie ever believed that her comedic posts about her obnoxious childhood or hilarious coping mechanisms would ever become the star of the blogging internet world but it’s because Allie truly does have a gift. Allie’s imagination and experiences are so immensely relatable and in combination with her writing/comic style that’s easy to read it’s hard not to become addicted to her posts. Allie seems to let you know that what you think and feel is not so abnormal. For example, I too have an issue with people who choose to ignore spelling and grammar and in her post titled, The Alot I found some relief from my grammar Nazi ways and I will now use the same method she endorses in that post to deal with those who have poor spelling and grammar.

If you are unfamiliar with Allie’s blog, I absolutely insist that you visit it. You won’t be sorry: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/

Her book is a collaboration of some of her most popular blog posts as well as some new content and while I enjoyed the book the reason I did not give it a higher rating is that I’m not sure her content worked in book format.  What I enjoy about her blog is that the posts are concise and moderately short, just tid bits and bursts of awesome when you choose. When it’s all in a book I found that the style is overwhelming and can get redundant. I didn’t want to devour it all at once and maybe I shouldn’t have. While I understand that this book means profit for Allie and it’s a great way to commemorate her success it just felt like a weird medium to me while I was reading it.

So overall I’m glad this book was published and I want Allie to keep writing but I would like to see her success continue through her blog.