Review: Paladin of the Fates

Paladin of the Fates
By: Jai J. Mongiovi
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Series: The Paladin Series
Received From: Jai J. Mongiovi
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

When first picking up a new book I’m always hesitant. Will I like it? Will I hate it? Will I become obsessed with it? These questions double when I am aware that the book is the start of a series. So, imagine how many questions I had when picking up this book. My reasons for hesitation, despite having come upon it as a former coworker did the cover art and knows of my fantasy obsession, really stemmed from the fact that this book is part of a proposed series. Which means, should I become obsessed, I will need to wait for the next installments. So, while I was hesitating due to my usual “getting involved in a series” questions I decided something: just go for it. I am glad I did. Read on if you want to know more about why you should read this book.

Review – Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker

Cure for the Common Universe
By: Christian McKay Heidicker
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I stumbled upon Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker completely on accident, and boy am I happy I did. I was at the Harry Potter release party waiting impatiently for midnight when this caught my eye. There it was, all bright reds and oranges popping off a background of blues and greens and whites, surrounded by identical looking paranormal romance novels with dark covers and shiny lettering. It even had an interesting sounding title. So I put it on top of my already too-big stack of books and wanted to love it instantly.

And boy howdy, I was not disappointed.

Review: The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker
By: Kat Spears
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears is a novel about Luke, a boy forced to move away from his mother in DC to live with his pastor father in a small, rural town in Tennessee. As he struggles to get used to life in a small town instead of the city, things begin to go wrong, and fast.

I enjoyed this book. It was a good YA novel that touched on some important and universal issues for young adults. Of course, this is a novel, so the magnitude was a bit larger than most high schoolers would face. The characters were all distinctive, with their own voices, and rather memorable.

On the other hand…

I felt like I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with any of them. None of the characters, or their backgrounds, were explored in a lot of depth. And that includes Luke, the main character. I’m not sure it was ever actually disclosed what, precisely, he did to warrant being sent away to his father so he could somehow reform him. Luke seemed like a very regular seventeen year old to me. He didn’t seem any better or worse – actions or morals wise – than the majority of the other characters.[/paragraph]

The book touched on some rather interesting questions and situations. For example, walking the fine line between bravery and utter stupidity. It also dealt with a lot of issues high schoolers do have to deal with. How far are you willing to go to become part of the popular crowd? Who are your true friends? Who is it that will have your back when everything goes wrong, even if they don’t necessarily agree with your actions?

The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker was well written, and despite issues I had with it, I did really enjoy it. It’s a fast read, and one I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA titles.