The ones I left behind

It’s Monday? Let’s be negative!

Here are two books I was meant to read and review, but after a couple of tries I simply gave up. Since both of them were from NetGalley I kind of felt obliged to write some kind of reviews, so here they are. I know they are far from being positive, but what can I say?

I received copies of these books from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.

baker-street-phantomThe Baker Street Phantom (Singleton & Trelawney #1) by Fabrice Bourland

My rating: DNF  star-full-iconstar-half-full-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-iconstar-empty-icon

The more “Sherlock” stories I pick up from post-Doyle authors the more I’m convinced I really should give up. I do realize his writing was very specific and not everyone likes it, but you have to admit it was still pretty damn good and interesting. Continue reading “The ones I left behind”

Squirrels, foxes and Japanese temple maids

Risuko A Kunoichi TaleRisuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1) by David Kudler

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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Risuko is a mid-grade novel about a girl taken to become a kunoichi. And what is a kunoichi? Technically it’s only explained at the end of the story, but you can easily figure it out before the new girls get to their destination.

First. there was this fascination period for about 20% of the book. Then came the “yeah, riiight… I don’t really care” part. And at the end, the story picked up again and it was rather good, but I couldn’t fell for the book again after all of the “training” sessions. Continue reading “Squirrels, foxes and Japanese temple maids”

Superpowers at the loose

Please Don't Tell My Parents I've Got HenchmenPlease Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #3) by Richard Roberts

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I received this copy from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.

Book blurb

What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It’s time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers.

Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-at-all-secret admirer, who wants to be Penny’s partner almost as much as she wants to be Penny’s rival. The meanest girl in school has gained super powers and lost her mind. Can Penny help her find a better one? Can she help an aging supervillain connect with his daughter, and mend the broken hearts of two of the most powerful people in the world? And in all this, where will she find time for her own supervillainous fun, or even more dangerous, to start dating?

It’s going to be a long, strange semester.

This was a very entertaining read, I enjoyed how the author showed the super community, all the villains and heroes mixed up together from their young years till the adulthood. It shows that each of them has a rightful place.

Penny and her friends create a delightful bunch of kids who simply can’t resist using their powers. And who could blame them? If I could, I would be doing the same thing :D.

In this story you’ll find plenty of shows of powers, from the first opening fight at a school game, till the final battle, a fantastic display of superpowers, various inventions and strategy skills. All kept in a fast paced story about friends trying to discover what they really want to do with their life. Continue reading “Superpowers at the loose”

Don’t let the Darkness win

If you’re interested in fast-paced graphic novel with a bunch of girls armed with superpowers here’s a story for you

Crystal cadetsCrystal Cadets by Anne Toole, Katie O’Neill, Paulina Ganucheau

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I received a preview copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads blurb:

Zoe has always felt out of place; her foster parents are great and all, but she’s long felt like something was missing. That is, of course, until she discovers a mysterious gem left to her by her birth mother and her whole universe gets flipped around! When the crystal grants Zoe mysterious powers of light she becomes the Diamond Cadet, and she’s not the only one; suddenly she’s meeting new friends who shoot flames and glowing green arrows. It’s all fun at first, but when The Darkness possesses Zoe’s foster parents her only choice is to join this wild group of action-hero girls, traveling the globe to defeat The Darkness and find a cure!

This novel is all about friendship and fighting evil. It all starts with just three girls, but rather quickly they find and save more cadets, more gifted girls with jewels that allow them to use their special powers. Each gem has its own strengths and weaknesses and the girls have to fight as a team to defeat the evil lurking nearby. But who will be the last cadet? Who’s controlling the darkness?
Continue reading “Don’t let the Darkness win”