coming of age

Starving Review: The Treason Game by Viv Doyle


The Treason Game by Viv Doyle (Amazon)

It’s time to sink our teeth into some fresh meat after our brief hiatus! Let’s get back into the saddle with a classic coming-of-age recipe mixed with a fresh coat of contemporary paint. Following a young British woman as she tries to find her way in the world and find a career in the video gaming industry, will this mix of classic storytelling and modern ingredients pay off with a tasty meal or sludgy quagmire?

Before we start the download, let’s check the Starving Review Rules FAQ:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible


Starving (Audio)review: The Flight to Brassbright by Lori Alden Holuta


The Flight to Brassbright by Lori Alden Holuta, narrated by Lea Popielinski (Audible)

Good morning, my literary foodies! Let’s start our Friday off right with a quick Starving Audioreview for a meal I’ve previously dined on in the written form, The Flight to Brassbright! A coming of age steampunk adventure, it was a delightful read but how well does Flight stack up in an audio format?

Quite well, as it turns out! The audiobook edition is completely unabridged so listeners won’t miss any of the original tale while the narrator does an excellent job both voicing the main character Constance while providing a broad range of accents and vocal stylings to bring the rest of the cast to life. There is a lot of heart to her narration, something that gets across the delightful sense of wonder and discovery that characterized the original book.

Definitely deserving a hearty round of applause all around, the audiobook edition of The Flight to Brassbright is well worth a listen, as excellent as the written edition. If you’re an on-the-go audiophile who wants to hear some fun and wonderful steampunk literature, definitely pick this one up. If you’ve read the book and are curious, rest assured this is a worthwhile purchase!

FINAL VERDICT: ***** (As wonderful and heartfelt as the written edition!)

Book News: More Kind Words! a.k.a. Another Opening Bell Review

It gives me no greater pleasure than to hear that someone enjoys what I write.  That being said, I’m pleased as punch to pass along another happy review for The Opening Bell.  Enjoy!  Here’s the link:

Starving Review: Only the Devil Tells the Truth by Jake D. Parent


Only the Devil Tells the Truth by Jake D. Parent (Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords)

Life is a hard road, something a Starving Reviewer who scrapes by from literary meal to meal understands.  This week, the pantry has produced a coming-of-age tale that professes to pull no punches, to deliver a slice of realism pie for its readers.  The ingredient list sounds good, but does Mr. Parent produce once he gets in the kitchen?  Let’s find out!

But first, put your hand over your heart as we recite the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.