After almost 10 long months of waiting, I have finally got myThis review + pictures can be found on my blog: Books, Boys, and Blogs My Rating: 4.5/5
After almost 10 long months of waiting, I have finally got my hands on the sixth volume of Saga! Now if you have not read Saga yet, I would suggest you start! It is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated graphic novels I have ever read.
Saga is the tale of “two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war who fall in love and risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe” (Goodreads).
But don’t be fooled! This is not your typical love story about star-crossed lovers; Saga is also a heart pounding tale about family, relationships, and life changing experiences.
As the narrator of the novel, Hazel recounts her life from the moment she is born to all of the crazy and weird adventures she and her parents, Alana and Marko, experience throughout the novel. Although, what makes Hazel and her story so special is her heritage; she is the product of love between a Landfallian, an individual from a winged race, and a Moony, and individual from Wreath. Unfortunately, because she is the first child ever born between these warring worlds, her existence is not taken lightly. She’s a target and is being hunted down by the military.
As of Volume 6 (Issues #31-36) of Saga, Alana and Marko have been separated from their daughter and are traveling across worlds in search for Hazel. Unbeknownst to them, Hazel and her grandmother, Klara (Marko’s mother), were taken to a detainment center on Landfall. There we are introduced to two new characters who play, or will play, an important role in the survival of our favorite protagonists: Noreen and Petrichor.
Noreen is Hazel’s school teacher on Landfall who develops a special bond with our little girl and is one of the few people who know about her true heritage. While Petrichor, who I speculate is the first transgender character Brian K. Vaughan has introduced in the world of Saga, was a Wreath soldier who takes pity on Hazel thinking she is the product of rape due to her hybridity.
Because both characters are fairly new to the novel, we are only given a small insight to their personalities and true intentions; therefore, there is a lot of potential for them to either help or hamper our protagonists. Aside from them, there were some familiar faces who do make appearances throughout the novel: Izabel, The Will and Sweet Boy, Upsher and Doff, and Ginny. Despite being secondary characters in the novel, they do play an important role and will either be helpful or a hindrance to our protagonists. And to be fairly honest, they to provide a little something something to the novel; usually comedic relief or even a plot twist.
Overall, I was satisfied with this volume and pleased how one arc of the story came to a close and another started but simultaneously leaving us wanting more! And as Hazel’s identity becomes less and less of secret, it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of role she will play in the future of the novel.
But there were some lingering questions I had regarding this volume: •What happened to Gwendolyn, Sophie, and Lying Cat? •How did The Will become such a hot mess? •Will Hazel, Alana, and Marko see Klara again?
I NEED ANSWERS.
If you want to join me as I wait for Volume 7, you can purchase Saga Volume 6 and it’s predecessors on Amazon...more
First and foremost, I need to thank Emily Ross for giving me the opportunity to read Tiger's Promise in exchange for aTIGER'S PROMISE. WOW. WOW. WOW.
First and foremost, I need to thank Emily Ross for giving me the opportunity to read Tiger's Promise in exchange for a review!
I felt like I was reading the series again! It brought so many happy and sad memories of the books! I would recommend this novella to readers who have and haven't read The Tiger Saga. It was a great read overall!
I was actually shocked when I finished the novella, I had a moment where I was "oh my god, I can't believe that's how that happend!" Colleen Houck does not disappoint! Just like all her other Tiger books, this was beautifully written and pulled your heart strings. And since the novella was in Yesubai's perspective, we got more of a sense what kind of father Lokesh was and how he affected Yesubai's life.
Within the first few pages of the novella, we immediately know Yesubai despises her father and is against everything he stands for. As I kept reading I definitely saw the parasitic relationship Lokesh and Yesubai had. Yesubai was abused, tortured and belittled; however she remained strong.
As we progress into the book, Yesubai meets Kishan and Ren and falls head over heels for one of them (view spoiler)[I don't know why, but I had this assumption that Kishan stole Yesubai from Ren while reading the other books; however, we learn Yesubai actually fell in love with Kishan first (hide spoiler)]. We also learn that Lokesh is in pursuit of the last two pieces of the Damon Amulet, and he uses Yesubai to get close to Kishan and Ren's family to learn where they are.
And Kishan and Ren's family are a million times better (not to mention the absolute opposite) of Lokesh. They are so loving and respectful to one another, it would make Lokesh sick! I personally fell in love with Kishan and Ren's mother, Deschen. She is a strong and independent woman who radiates compassion and love. I felt as if Deschen was the role model Yesubai needed in order to break free from Lokesh's abuse.
Now, if you thought the endings of the other Tiger books were heart wrenching, wait till you read the ending for this one. I didn't expect (view spoiler)[Yesubai's death to happen like the way it did (hide spoiler)] but nonetheless, it was sad and heartbreaking. We do meet Durga again and her presence (in my opinion) foreshadows the plot to the other Tiger books.
I personally wanted more after finishing the novella. I wanted to know what happened after the ending and whether if the brothers pursued Lokesh for the crimes he committed. Overall I loved Tiger's Promise and am patiently waiting for Tiger's Dream.
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In exchange for an honest review, I received ARC of Fire and Flood from the publisher.
All I can say is WOW. This book blew me away. I love Victoria ScIn exchange for an honest review, I received ARC of Fire and Flood from the publisher.
All I can say is WOW. This book blew me away. I love Victoria Scott's Dante Walker series and I absolutely love this book!
WELL DONE VICTORIA WELL DONE.
In Fire and Flood,the protagonist, Tella, receives a mysterious box which instructs her to a enter a race called the Brimstone Bleed to win a cure for her ill brother. And it did seem a bit similar to The Hunger Games, but I soon found out how incredibly wrong I was. The Brimstone Bleed is a race that lasts for three months and takes place over various terrains: Jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain. Although, the contenders are not alone; they have their pandoras! AND I WANT A PANDORA. REALLY BADLY. Pandoras are scientifically enhanced animals with unique abilities to help their contender survive the race.
And I must say, the contenders were amazingly written! Each character had their own personality, backstory, and secrets. Tella is by far my favorite character. Not because she is the main character, but because she has heart. She cares not only about her pandora, but she cares about everyone. She is a beautiful character.
Now that you know that there are characters who care. There are characters who are absolutely HORRIBLE, SICKENING, AND JUST PLAIN MEAN. Ehem. I'm sorry for my outburst, but I'll leave out the name of this character and let you hate this person once you read the book. All I can say about this contender is they're despicable.
But once you do read the book, which comes out February 25, 2014 you will discover how epic this book is. The journey you will take with these contenders will change the way you see relationships with animals and humans.