Ok, so some of you might have noticed that I have been really quiet lately. There hasn't been a new review in a while. Well all for a good reason. I have been working on a better looking, smoother running, more user friendly website for the people who read my book reviews. And that site is finally up and running. Meet www.bronsenhawk,com. Not only will this site hold all of the newest book reviews, but it will also hold much much more content. A blog . Video game, movie, and T.V. reviews. Guest bloggers and short stories. Projects by me and so much more. If you want to submit content (a guest blog, a short story, get your novel reviewed, etc) just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can not wait to have you guys join me on this next chapter.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Jackey Two Times: Australian Hero” is a story about an aboriginal boy that joins the expedition crew of Edmund Kennedy as they explore a new land. Kennedy, a land surveyor, takes on Jackey after helping him with some unruly men. The story starts off being more about Kennedy than about Jackey but as the story goes along Jackey comes into play. And when he does, he is pure awesome. By the end of the novel Jackey is known as The Australian Hero. And those word should not be taken lightly.
My quickie review would have to be that I loved this novel. It was a short, 67 pages, tale of one person’s devotion to another. The author, Budd Severs, captures the language spot on. However it was hard to understand what some of the characters were saying at times. As I said before Jackey is an overall beast. But, my favorite character would have to be Edmund Kennedy. He was just more developed as a character in my opinion. Which is weird considering that this is based on a true story. Edmund was just the one I was rooting for. There are other characters in the novel but they are not as important.
Character development, the awesomeness of Jacky, Edmund’s character as a whole, and the tone that the story follows all add up to “Jackey Two Times: Australian Hero” being an awesome read. 5/5 stars. Indiesently good.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Eliot Sexton is having a bad day. Not only has a ridiculously expensive musical instrument been stolen from his Park Avenue townhome but a close personal friend of his has also been murdered in his home as well. To top it all off it all takes place at a party where anyone could be the killer. And everyone is a suspect. Even Eliot himself.
Penned with over-the-top descriptions, elegant and shady characters, and the gorgeous backdrop of New York City, “Dangerous Illusions is and episode of Law and Order from the eyes of the suspect. In novel form of course. I loved and hated the way Joseph, the author, described every little detail of every little detail. For example, the author goes on for about four kindle fire pages describing the drums in a drum store. Is it important to the plot? Kinda, but not really. And he manages to do this severally times in the novel, often breaking into list.
Nevertheless the novel was expertly crafted. Well edited. And includes an ending I would have never seen coming even if my life depended on it. “Dangerous Illusions” is an amazing mystery novel filled with everything you’d expect, and several things you would not. I would love to read more from the author. 4/5.
Friday, March 7, 2014
This being the first war novel I have read, bravo to Catherine Aerie for a riveting tale of love, lost, and pain. I went into this novel not expecting to love it the way I did. And I enjoyed sharing it with the people around me every chance I got.
The story centers around a young Chinese doctor caught smack dab in the middle of the Communist uprising in the 1950s. Jasmine Young, the daughter of a wealthy family, has to enlist herself in the war effort after a series of events that leave her with few other options. While in the field, she not only finds a new resolve and strength but also an iron determination to depend on no one but herself. And it is in that field work that she meets Lieutenant Wesley Palm of the American Army.
The fates of these two officers are connected, but they don’t see each other as much as I would like them to. For the most part they are doing their own thing and occasionally thinking about each other. This did not bother me as much as the giant history lesson on Jasmine in the middle of the book. It seemed uncalled for and could have been implemented in chunks along the novel. I would have also liked to get the history of Wesley. He is more of a secondary character than is used show a different side of Jasmine than a main character himself.
All in all I loved this story. Aerie did an excellent job of making me as the reader feel how Jasmine felt. I would have liked more of Wesley and for the structure of Jasmine’s back story to be a little bit different. Nevertheless, "The Dance of Spirits" shines a bright light on the grittiness of war and the lives of the people that are involved within it. 4/5 stars.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Fight back. Those two words sum up “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow perfectly. That and “Don’t trust anyone over 25.” (I’m getting close to that so don’t trust me for very long.). This novel made me want to go argue for something or other. It inspired me to want better for myself, and to not take the world's explanation of life for face value.
Upon first entering this novel, the reader is introduced to Marcus. Marcus is someone who can get things done. If you present him with a problem, he will find several ways to get past it. Through Marcus, and his friend Darryl, we are brought into the world they live in. And after a severe case of wrong place wrong time, Marcus and his friends are picked up by the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and brought in for questioning. However, when they are finally released Darryl is nowhere to be found. His friend disappeared without a trace. This causes Marcus to fight back like never before. The DHS was not going to get away with this. If they were going to spy on him, he was going to spy on them.
All in all this novel reminded me of the movie “Hackers”. A few teens facing unlimited odds with only the help of fellow like minded individuals. This book worked because Marcus was smart. A level of smart that is very scary. A level of smart that puts you on a NSA watch list. However, his vast intelligence is balanced out by his fear of being caught by the DHS again.
The supporting characters of this novel were surprisingly refreshing. Most of them are extremely well written and do not feel like just another face that the main character knows.
The only gripe I have with “Little Brother” is the description. Within the novel we are introduced to a lot of characters who simply don’t do anything. Characters who are supposed to be main characters yet fade into the background never to been seen again till several chapters later. It wouldn’t have bothered me if it didn’t happen so often. And it was to the point to where I do not think the story would have changed if those characters would have not been introduced at all.
Nevertheless Little Brother is brilliant and thought provoking. I wonder how much of this stuff actually goes on around us everyday without us even noticing. Cory Doctorow took me on a ride that I will not soon forget and I can not wait to read Homeland, the sequel.
5/5 stars from this reviewer.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
While other girls her age are hanging at the mall, doing each others nails, and talking on the phone about whatever, Izzy Brannick is out slaying a body glitter wearing Vampire. This was the point in the story that changed my mind about what I was about to read. I full went into School Spirits full on thinking it was going to be a cry baby teen fiction about a girl who slays monsters. I could not have been more incorrect. Right from the start Izzy's wit and descriptions draw you in. The first couple of chapters made me laugh out loud at several points. She reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a smart mouth and intelligence to boot. However, she did seem a little slow at points.
To sum up the plot, a series of events take place which puts Izzy on a case to track down a ghost that is haunting a school in Mississippi. The job is suppose to be a simple ghost, nothing more nothing less. That is, until the haunting at the school starts to get out of hand. And to make matters worse, a school club called PMS (Paranormal Management Society) is getting in the way of her investigation. The only way she can lure the ghost out and solve the problem for good is to infiltrate the school as a normal teenage girl and learn what knowledge PMS (such a silly name) has.
Since I didn't read Hex Hall I didn't know much about her character going in. But I did not feel lost at any point in reading the novel. Once I was introduced to the mother I had a hint of where this story was going. Rachel Hawkins did an excellent job of conveying the loss that Miss Brannick feels over the disappearance of her oldest daughter. And despite her trying to act tough, her sadness breaks through and makes you feel it as well.
The greatest part of the novel for me was Dexter. In my opinion, he held the story together at several points. His style of speech alone made his miles more interesting than the rest of the supporting characters. In the same vein, I also felt that Torin could have been put on the back burner. I know that he was an important piece of the book but everytime he showed up he just annoyed the crap out of me.
Throughout the story Izzy constantly overlooked clues that were dead in her face. Despite being incredibly intelligent she seemed to blank on the obvious. I could chalk it up to her being emotionally invested but it still bugged me.
Overall School Spirits was a fun read, and I can not wait to read more. 4/5 stars.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Summary/First Impressions: I had seen advertisements for this novel on the back of several comic books at my job and after about two weeks I decided to give it a shot. The description had everything I wanted in a novel. Virtual Reality, check. Main character, Michael, who is a huge gamer/hacker, check. High tech toys, check. Little did I know I was in for the ride of my life. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner held me from the very first chapter to the very end. I was screaming the entire way.
The story opens up with our main character trying to talk a girl off of a ledge. If he succeeds, he get experience points. After things don’t go according to planned Michael is approached by the VirtNet Security –VNS- and forced to help them track down a hacker that threatens the safety of the VirtNet. His best friends, a smart mouthed Bryson and a caring Sarah, are also dragged into the mission. From that point on it turns into a page turner that will have you wanting more.
My favorite part about The Eye of Minds was the world that it took place in. It was highly advance. Scary even, but it held a certain charm. I loved the coffin that they used to access the Sleep as they called it. Basically accessing the VirtNet or Internet. But above all, full sensory immersion into video games. Even the internet itself. It reminded me of an episode of Futurama. That type of technology is both amazing and dangerous. Every anime I’ve watched on the topic has told me so. (. hack sign, Sword Art Online, etc.)
I also found a certain charm in the characters that surrounded the main character. Bryson was the life of the party and kept a smile on my face whereas Sarah was cunning to a whole other level. There were times where it felt like they were running the show instead of the main character.
My only major grip with the novel was at times the author tended to just write what happened instead of writing out how it happened. It seemed like the lazy way to do it but it was easily overlooked.
The Good: Loved the world and the characters in it. The story had me hooked till the very end. Left me wanting more.
The Bad: This tended to be talked about instead of acted out.
Overall: 5/5 it was amazing. Indiesently Good Read.