In the distant future the human race has been decimated by the giant humanoids known as titans. The surviving humans have built a community encompassIn the distant future the human race has been decimated by the giant humanoids known as titans. The surviving humans have built a community encompassed by three walls. There have been no titans and an era of peace for 100 years. One day that peace ends by the sudden appearance of the titans. Eren Yeager is an eager young man who wants nothing more to be on the illustrious Survey Corps, the faction of the military that actively goes out into titan territory to learn more about them. The day the titans return is the day that changes Eren's life, as his mother is taken and killed by a titan. Eren and his adoptive sister Mikasa are sent with the other refugees behind the next remaining wall to resume their life. After losing his mother, Eren is more determined than ever to join the military and defeat the titans at any cost.
Isayama has created an interesting and action packed world. Not all of the rules of this world are known and it is interesting the way pieces are revealed bit by bit. If you pay attention you can catch some of the foreshadowed information to see where the story is heading. There is a lot of action and gore, so if you have a weak stomach you may want to pass on this. The art has been criticized for not being nice to look at, but I think it fits for the narrative. I like the stark lines as it adds to what is occurring in the story. My curiosity has been whetted and I can't wait to continue on this wild ride and to learn more about the elusive titans as well.
The Beauchamp woman, Mother Joanna and daughters Freya and Ingrid, live on the tip of Long Island, New York. They seem to be regular family, but theyThe Beauchamp woman, Mother Joanna and daughters Freya and Ingrid, live on the tip of Long Island, New York. They seem to be regular family, but they are actually a family of witches who cannot use their powers. Ingrid, the youngest daughter, is getting married to the wealthy Bran Gardiner, but things do not go as they should at their engagement party. The Beauchamp women all end up using their powers to help the people around them, but their helping hands seem to have negative consequences.
de la Cruz’s attempt at writing adult fiction falls flat. As with her Blue Bloods series, she writes about two different types of mythologies together. Not only are these women “witches” they are actually goddesses from Norse mythology. However, if you are looking for a book with actual characters (besides names) from Norse mythology this is not it. The characters are flat and rather irritating and do not act as adults, but rather a group of adolescents. It is as if she just looked up the various gods and goddesses from the Norse mythology pantheon and wrote aspects of their characters from some list. Not much actually happens in this story until the end when the reader is slammed with numerous references to Norse mythology where we discover this really isn’t a book about witches. There are even characters from the Blue Bloods series that pop in for no reason whatsoever which detracts from the narrative (what there is of narrative). This is nothing more than another Blue Bloods novel with more explicit sex scenes in it. Definitely a novel to skip and no need to continue reading the series....more
Samhain “Sam” LaCroix is a regular guy working at a burger joint until a random encounter with a customer goes very wrong. That customer, Douglas, jusSamhain “Sam” LaCroix is a regular guy working at a burger joint until a random encounter with a customer goes very wrong. That customer, Douglas, just happens to be a Necromancer who raises the dead for a price. What Sam doesn’t know is that he too is a necromancer and now Douglas wants his power. Douglas will do anything in his power to make sure Sam does what he wants, to the peril of those closest to Sam. Sam has a short time to figure things out and outwit Douglas and needs to rely on his friends and family to save him.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fun romp with things that go bump in the night. The prose utilized by McBride is entertaining and makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read. Many of the usual suspects are included (werewolves, witches, fairies, etc.) in the story with some interesting additions like a werebear. While completely entertaining, there is definitely a dark side to this tale. Not only is Sam hindered by good intentions and trying to outwit a maniac, he is also dealing with secrets from his family’s past. While intended for an older teen audience, this is a fun read for adults as well.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist for 2011, and also is on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011) and Top Ten Books for Young Adults (2011) book lists. ...more
Evie O’Niell has a special ability that she tries to conceal. One night at a party, she reveals her talent for reading objects and is forced to leaveEvie O’Niell has a special ability that she tries to conceal. One night at a party, she reveals her talent for reading objects and is forced to leave her small town in Ohio to spend some time with her reclusive uncle in New York. Evie is thrilled to be heading to New York to be where the action is and plans to be somebody. However, things do not go as planned and not only is she the victim of a pickpocket at Grand Central Station, she discovers her Uncle Will is the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult – commonly referred to as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” Not long after her arrival, a series of occult-based murders occur and the police seek the aid of Evie’s Uncle Will. Evie can’t stay out of the investigation and is the only one who can piece together the various clues left by the killer.
Bray has managed to transport readers straight into the Roaring Twenties. Not only are readers physically transported by the locales but with the language itself. The characters are fleshed out and immerse one into the story. This book has something for everyone with historical, paranormal, mystery, and thriller elements throughout. While a rather large tome, the story is so engrossing one cannot help but continue to turn the page to figure out what will happen next. It may be a good idea to read this with a light on, as the thrilling conclusion to this first book of the series will leave you with chills. ...more
Tessa Gray thought she was starting a new life in London, but she never thought things could go so horribly awry. Not long after she arrives in LondonTessa Gray thought she was starting a new life in London, but she never thought things could go so horribly awry. Not long after she arrives in London, she is kidnapped into London’s Downworld. Downworld is the sordid supernatural underbelly of London, filled with vampires, werewolves, and people called Shadowhunters. Tessa learns that she has been taken to be the bride of someone called “the Magister.” A couple of young Shadowhunters came to her rescue and took her to recover at a place they refer to as “The Institute.” Once here, Tessa learns more about Downworld and that she herself is not a regular human (called a “mundane” by Shadowhunters). At the Institute, Tessa is taken under the wing by two young Shadowhunters who each teach her more about their world and what it means to be a Shadowhunter. A mystery must be solved and the Institute is in peril of being closed, and Tessa is the center to it all.
The dark world created by Cassandra Clare is brought to colorful life by HyeKyung Baek. The characters literally come alive on the page in each panel. Baek has perfectly melded the fantasy world created by Clare with Victorian London. The story and art together pull you into the dark world of The Infernal Devices. To offset this, there are some moments of humor interspersed throughout. The art and narrative compel you to keep turning the page to find out what happens next. Although the source material was written for teens, this adaptation is more appropriate for older teens due to some of the more violent and somewhat graphic portrayals of scenes from the book. Adults will also find this manga enjoyable and definitely a page-turner. ...more
In this alternate history tale vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life. Alexia Tarabotti has someIn this alternate history tale vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life. Alexia Tarabotti has some problems, mainly she has no soul. She is what is referred to in polite circles as a preternatural or if you want to be vulgar, soulless. While at a bore of a dinner party Alexia was enjoying a perfectly good tea in the library when a rogue vampire comes out of nowhere an attempts to bite her. She takes matters into her own hands and defends herself with some strategically placed hair stakes. Things go from bad to worse as Lord Conall Maccon appears to investigate the incident. Lord Maccon is appointed by Queen Victoria to investigate all matters of the supernatural in London and he doesn’t like Alexia (or so he declares). Werewolves start to go missing and rogue vampires are showing up in the oddest places and it appears Alexia is in the middle of this mystery. Alexia cannot ignore these strange occurrences and involves herself in this investigation and perhaps with Lord Maccon as well.
The witty prose created by Carriger is translated perfectly in graphic form by Rem. The art style fits perfectly with Carriger’s creation and absolutely makes the characters jump from the page and come to life. There is such vitality to this adaptation that makes one want to read more. This manga series is definitely geared more for adults, due especially to some of the romance elements towards the end of the original novel. However, older teens will definitely enjoy this as well. Soulless was awarded YALSA’s Alex Award (books written for adults but have teen appeal) in 2010. If you enjoy witty prose and enjoy things that go bump in the night, this is definitely a book to devour. The only bad thing is waiting for the next volume....more
Takahashi Natsume can see spirits and demonds that are in hiding from humanity. This gift has always kept him separate from other people and he has beTakahashi Natsume can see spirits and demonds that are in hiding from humanity. This gift has always kept him separate from other people and he has been very much alone. Due to his gift, Natsume has been sent from one relative to another and ends up living in the same town as his grandmother, who seems to have shared his gift. They now also seem to share something else – The Book of Friends. Unbeknownst to Natsume, his grandmother (who also felt alone) captured the names of spirits in demons in her Book of Friends so she would have power over them. Natsume finds the Book of Friends and is on a quest to give the spirits and demos their names back. He gets some help and advice from a yokai he unwittingly set free who was trapped in the form of a Lucky Cat who he calls Nyanko Sensei.
On the surface, Natsume’s Book of Friends is a story steeped in Japanese mythology. However, there is much more to the story. This is very much a study of human nature and how people relate to each other. The art style reflects Natsume’s softer side. Midorikawa uses shading very effectively to soften the world of Natsume, which accentuates his own soft personality. This series can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike, with something inside that everyone can relate to. It also affords a great look into the fascinating world of Japanese mythology....more