Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
hdhubbard

hdhubbard

Joined November 2018

review
hdhubbard
Mehso-so

5/10 This is a very imaginative book. The world and the characters were both interesting and diverse. I certainly haven't read anything like it before. The main issue I encountered was that quite few things that were a little too far fetched even for my tastes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from voraciousreadersonly.com, and my opinions are my own

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10
Not what I expected in the best way possible. Tony and Frankie are immensely likable larger than life characters. If you enjoy a good detective story with a dash of romance, a shot of fantasy, and a thread of humour throughout, you should read this book. The author brings his characters to life and creates an immersive experience you simply can't put down. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from voraciousreadersonly.com

review
hdhubbard
Any Time Soon | Tamika Christy
Panpan

3/10 The story that this book tells is really good in theory, but not well executed in that it ended up feeling like I was reading someone's diary. A lot happened, and it moved fairly quickly but never felt like it fully developed.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from voraciousreadersonly.com

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10 This book had me hooked from the very beginning. Amanda Knight is a psychic widow with a knack for solving crimes. Ghosts, demons, sibyls, witches and dwarves occupy the same space as humans in the forest, and she receives some help from a few unexpected places. Bundy manages to keep the surreal just real enough to be believable, and creates a world where past, present, and future all play together in the most delightful manner

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

8/10 Funny and quick moving, definitely a great read. I've read this one a couple times, and it doesn't seem to get old or boring. Space pirates, secret identities, and crime lords? Yes please!

review
hdhubbard
Rucaern Orb | Tyler Kalarchian
Bailedbailed

3/10 I really wanted to enjoy this book. Half way through, and I still can't find anything to keep my interest. Arius had a good start as a character, but Anaya made me super frustrated and annoyed. She acts/reads as about 6 years old, but is supposed to be an adult. I can't finish the book, too bad. The majority of the characters came across as either useless, confused or both.

review
hdhubbard
Skid - The First Chronicle | Keith Fenwick, Jessy Powell, Illuminati Design
Panpan

4/10 Great concept, actual delivery was iffy. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but the repetition and characters quickly became banal at best, and downright irritating at worst. Character development around Sue and Bill was okay, the Skidians were pedantic and absurd. I won't read this again.

review
hdhubbard
The Crown | Kiera Cass
Pickpick

10/10 Slightly predictable, but loved every minute of it. Read it in one sitting!

review
hdhubbard
Son | Lois Lowry
Mehso-so

7/10 Liked this grouping of books, there is a fantastic storyline here. This is the last book of the group. I really wish there was more depth to the story. Lots happened, yet nothing much at all was really resolved.

review
hdhubbard
To Tame a Highland Warrior | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

9/10 Fine example of the historical romance genre. Good read, likeable characters, and just enough going on to make it interesting.

review
hdhubbard
Restart | Gordon Korman
Pickpick

9/10 YA fiction is a good change of pace. Simple story with an interesting premise, this would be a fantastic jumping point for other short stories. Well written, charming without being smarmy and cynical.

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

8/10 This book, like her others are written in such a way that you recognize yourself, your family, and people you know in her books. Lydia losing herself to keep those around her happy is a sensative topic for me, this is not a book I will forget.

review
hdhubbard
That Kind of Mother | Rumaan Alam
Mehso-so

7/10 Decent read, too much and not enough happening all at once. There is a thread of a story, but it almost feels like you can't really get into it because the substance just isn't there. Interesting concept of a book, but left me wishing for more depth.

review
hdhubbard
Beyond the Highland Mist | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

8/10 Rollicking good read, rather a good specimen of the historical romance genre. Well worth the read, and Tavis is a favourite!

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

9/10 Excellent book, definitely a case of truth is stranger (and more interesting) than fiction. I enjoy how this is written, more like a conversation with a friend than a point A to point B type story. I've got a list of a couple restaurants I want to try next time I'm in Toronto!

review
hdhubbard
Perfect: A Novel | Rachel Joyce
Mehso-so

6/10 Had a tough time getting started with this book. Around the 1/2 way point, it started to get interesting. Decent read, but wouldn't read it again.

review
hdhubbard
River Marked | Patricia Briggs
Pickpick

10/10 6th book in the series, and still going strong. Interesting juxtaposition of fantasy and factual details. Well worth the read, would be great for travelling, on the beach, or anywhere in between.

review
hdhubbard
High Voltage | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

10/10 Much more in depth story of Dani. I sincerely hope the author writes more stories about the individual characters in this series! Very well written and impossible to put down.

review
hdhubbard
H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
Pickpick

8/10 Nonfiction Biography. Some parts of this book struck a deep chord. When my father passed, it was unexpected and very hard for me. I was able to relate to Helens grief and feeling very odd. Helen found her salvation in Mabel. Goshawks are rather different birds, and I'm interested in learning more about them.

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10 Fairly short read, would make for a very interesting longer story. Matt and Branch are my favourite characters in this. Some interesting plant knowledge in this one as well.

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10 Three way tie between Warren, Mercy, and Zee on who's my favourite character. Book #5 out of 11, and I can't wait to see where the author takes this storyline. Another great read for travelling, you get sucked into the story, and by the time you finish and come up for air a bunch of time has passed!

1 stack add
review
hdhubbard
Feversong: A Fever Novel | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

10/10 The series has sadly come to its end. I cried more through this book than any of the others. Not the ending I expected, but perfect nonetheless. Long but worth every minute of the read.

review
hdhubbard
Annabel | Kathleen Winter
Pickpick

8/10 Great story, I read it in one sitting! Wayne, and Treadway are very different characters, with a few hardfound similarities. Some chapters are overlong on description with a distinct lack of anything happening. I'd read this again, and would be interested in other books by this author.

LeeRHarry This was a definite pick for me too 😊 (edited) 5mo
2 likes1 comment
review
hdhubbard
Alternate Side: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
Panpan

2/10 I tried, I really did. The story was banal and irritating in my opinion. Tried to read it three times, only managed to get a quarter of the way through the book in total. Possible that the book improves, just can't be bothered to torture myself any further.

review
hdhubbard
Panpan

5/10 Not my favourite read, book has a very religious overtone. Percy is an interesting character, and the parallels between growing up normally vs having a visable difference from others is a very clear thread throughout. The abuses perpetrated by the church are quite believable. Longer book, and I wouldn't read it again.

review
hdhubbard
The Giver | Lois Lowry
Pickpick

9/10 Very interesting and quite thought provoking. Well worth the read, I finished it in once sitting! Only reason for a 9 is that the ending is very abrupt with no closure. Read it, you'll probably like it!

review
hdhubbard
The Heir | Kiera Cass
Mehso-so

8/10 Book 4 of 5, well written but not as good as the first three in my opinion. Possibly due to the perspective shift, it feels harder to like the characters and their interests/interactions. Still, it's worth reading, would be good for a summer beach read.

review
hdhubbard
Mehso-so

7/10 Decent read, not what I'd expected. Multiple short stories, each with different perspectives, characters, and story lines. Left feeling a little disappointed, wish the stories would have been slightly longer, as they almost felt unfinished, or that they would've tied in together at the end somehow.

review
hdhubbard
Dressmaker's War | Mary Chamberlain
Pickpick

9/10 Interesting story based on some true events during WWII. Very believable characters with a few unexpected moments. Decent read, good to pass the time while traveling.

review
hdhubbard
Pride | Ibi Zoboi
Pickpick

10/10 Interesting and exceptionally well written take on pride and prejudice based in New York City. Enjoyed it more than I expected, well worth the time to read.

6 likes1 stack add
review
hdhubbard
Ruby: A Novel | Cynthia Bond
Pickpick

9/10 Not an easy book. Some parts hurt on a visceral level. Well written, the world needs more men like Ephram .

review
hdhubbard
Little French Bistro | Nina George
Pickpick

9/10 Excellent read. Heartfelt and sweet, no big twists, just a well written story, that pulls you along rooting for Marianne all the way. Excellent summer read, great for travel, or simply relaxing and enjoying.

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

8/10 Good solid read. Not amazing, not horrible, somewhat predictable, but nonetheless enjoyable. Characters are well written and generally likeable. Good book to read on n the deck with a lemonade or while traveling.

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

6/10 Different perspective on a coming of age story in the 60's. Maureen is young, poor, and trying to find herself after growing up with an angry bitter mother and jovial drunk for a father. One event sets the stage for her life going forward, and the second is a form of rebirth for her. Definitely not my favourite book, but worth a read anyways.

review
hdhubbard
Feverborn | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

10/10 8th book in a fantastic series. The pieces are coming together, in the best way. Shazam breaks my heart, Mac is delightful, and the Nine are deliciously bad. As the series progresses, their characters are being fleshed out more each book. Keeps the interest without becoming repetitive.

review
hdhubbard
Bone Crossed | Patricia Briggs
Pickpick

10/10 Easily the best book I've read yet in the Mercy Thompson series. A lot of emotions in a small amount of pages, definitely keeps you enthralled. Love the walking stick and the new oak tree by Mercy's trailer.

review
hdhubbard
Burned: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

8/10 7th book in a fantastic series. Only reason rating is lower than 10 is the amount of jumping from character to character detracts from the story imo. Otherwise as enjoyable as the rest of the series.

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10 Excellent read, definitely a good book while travelling as the time you spend reading it disappears in a blink. I quickly became emotionally invested in the characters, and was pleased how it ended

review
hdhubbard
A Bridge Across the Ocean | Susan Meissner
Mehso-so

7/10 Good read, this author tends to write very similar stories mixing the past and present. As noted in my review of another book by the same author, characters are likeable yet oddly 2 dimensional. The bit around the war brides coming to America has sparked an interest in doing more research about the war brides, which is the only reason the rating is higher than a 6.

review
hdhubbard
Iron Kissed | Patricia Briggs
Pickpick

10/10 3rd book in the series, I really enjoy this author's style. This book had an emotional component to it, and actually made me laugh and cry. Trigger warning : sexual assault

review
hdhubbard
A Fall of Marigolds | Susan Meissner
Pickpick

8/10 I enjoyed the book, but went away feeling a little disappointed. The characters are well written, but almost come across as flat. The end of the book ties everything together in a neat package, but the story feels unfinished. There is both too much and not enough information. Worth the read, may try to read again at a later date.

review
hdhubbard
The One | Kiera Cass
Pickpick

9/10 Third book in the series, enjoyed the journey with America and Maxon. They're both genuinely likeable characters if a little naive and it's easy to fall into the story. The ending wasn't a surprise, but there are a few unexpected turns getting to the end.

Only wish I have would have been to flesh out the other candidates a little more, they are very 2 dimensional most of the books.

review
hdhubbard
Iced: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

10/10 sixth book in a series of 10. This whole series is exceedingly well written. Literally can't put it down, doesn't matter what time of day it is, you have to know what happens. Plenty of action and emotion, things move quickly but keep to the thread of the story. I was wrong! Next book brings Mac and Barrons back! Woohoo!

review
hdhubbard
As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
Pickpick

10/10 Gread read, couldn't put it down. One of those books you'll read in bed, telling yourself that you'll just finish this chapter and you'll go to sleep. Suddenly it's 3 hours and more than a couple chapters later, and you are still awake and still reading. Intriguing story based in the city of Philadelphia nearing the end of the WWI, and the great flu epidemic. An author worth reading, she handles tough subjects with grace and empathy

review
hdhubbard
Pickpick

10/10 Not what I was expecting considering the beginning of the book. First couple chapters were not great, but not bad enough to stop reading either. Easily my favourite character is Izzy, with Moody being a close second. Well worth the read in the long run.

review
hdhubbard
Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
Pickpick

10/10 Exceptional read, an eye opening look at the lives and politics of modern day Cuba, and the revolution in the '50s. Well written characters catch your interest, and the story is interesting without being overly political. The juxtaposition between the beauty of the climate against the harsh political conditions brings a country to life in a very personal way. Reads more like a true story than a fiction novel.

review
hdhubbard
Shadowfever: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

10/10 fifth book in a series of 10. This whole series is exceedingly well written, this one is long enough that I couldn't finish it in one sitting. Literally can't put it down, doesn't matter what time of day it is, you have to know what happens. Plenty of action and emotion, things move quickly but keep to the thread of the story. Sad to see the end of Mac's story arc, but looking forward to starting Dani's.

review
hdhubbard
Genuine Fraud | E. Lockhart
Pickpick

9/10 Well written, lots of interesting twisty turns that answer all the questions and none of them at the same time. Definitely worth reading, keeps you interested and entertained.

review
hdhubbard
Dreamfever: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
Pickpick

10/10 fourth book in a series of 10. This whole series is exceedingly well written, I'm reading each one in one sitting. Literally can't put it down, doesn't matter what time of day it is, you have to know what happens. Plenty of action, story moves quickly but keeps to the thread of the story arc.

review
hdhubbard
Bailedbailed

1/10 Sloppily written, and the tone comes across as whiny and arrogant. Didn't get more than a couple pages in, and can't stomach reading the rest.