Let me first say, I have not read the Dark Swan series, but since reading this issue, I'll definitely be checking it out now. That's how much I loved tLet me first say, I have not read the Dark Swan series, but since reading this issue, I'll definitely be checking it out now. That's how much I loved these issues.
In all three issues they have gorgeous artwork. I love pretty things and I hate to say it, but usually that's the first thing I look for in a graphic novel. Sad, but true. I could tell by the cover that the insides were going to be pretty (let me insert other adjectives here: stunning, beautiful, dazzling, lovely, etc, etc...).
Eugenie looks sexy, without being overly sexual. It's nice to see a character who looks badass in a t-shirt and jeans and not spandex and black leather. (Don't get me wrong, love black leather and spandex, but there's a such thing as too much of a good thing, yeah?) I do think there were times when her facial expressions could have been cleaned up a bit and others when just a little more detail was needed.
Like I said, I've never read the novels, but I think the comic version does an excellent job at storytelling. I never got a moment where I felt lost or bored for that matter. It was also very easy to pick up the next issue and jump straight back into Eugenie's world.
My only qualm is at the very beginning of the first issue, I wasn't sure if I had skipped a few parts into the story or if the story actually started there. It was quite apparent after a few pages in that that was how the comic started off.
For issues 1-3 I give it five stars. Can I times infinity it? Yes? I'm very excited for issue 4 now!
This review is for all three issues (that are out now) of the Dark Swan Series....more
If you're interested in reading this series (and why wouldn't you be?!), I strongly recommend reading the companion novella to Cry Wolf. It will save yoIf you're interested in reading this series (and why wouldn't you be?!), I strongly recommend reading the companion novella to Cry Wolf. It will save you much time and confusion. Trust me.
There is so much to love about this book, so, so much. Every character is amazing- not as in 'perfect' but as in essential. Anna, our leading lady, is probably one of my favourite main characters. She's not only strong, she can be weak, but she's not without backbone. Anna has been through so much. She was changed against her will, brutalized, truly her life has been hell since she was changed and even then, she was never really beaten down.
You'd think the story would be about Anna falling in love with Charles, becoming his mate, etc. The description doesn't do the book justice. It's not just about that, but discovering the secrets that lay beneath certain members of the pack, of Anna learning what an Omega is, and of finding out just what exactly is hiding in the Cabinet Wilderness.
I love everything about Cry Wolf, with my favourite characters being Bran and Asil, I'm glad they get a lot of face time. I think Cry Wolf is a good example of getting over abuse, moving on, and becoming apart of something big. I definitely recommend this if you want something different to read....more
I know Moon Called has been out for years now, but I only just discovered Patricia Briggs. My whole reaction to this book was, "Wow." I love everythingI know Moon Called has been out for years now, but I only just discovered Patricia Briggs. My whole reaction to this book was, "Wow." I love everything about Moon Called and I can't pick out a single thing I dislike.
Mercy is just the kind of character that's easy to like. I never got tired hearing her talk back or say something funny. She's an excellent heroine, and I really liked that she knew how to say, "No." or she simply went ahead and did what she thought was right. She's also a Walker. She can easily shift into the form of a coyote.
While she doesn't have super strength, she's doing pretty good for herself. She owns a garage and has Adam, the sexy werewolf neighbor (Can I get one too? ...A sexy neighbor, that is.) and a vampire friend named Stefan. Adam is the neighborhood pack leader and a hunky love interest- well, not exactly, but almost.
The werewolves are portrayed as hot tempered, but they're also given this quality that makes them human...or should I say more relatable than what you thought a werewolf would be. From what I've read of this book and her other book Cry Wolf, Patricia Briggs has a way with words and making characters appeal to you in a way that they become your friends. If they get hurt, you want to kill them yourself, if they cry, well, hey, you're bawling your eyes out too.
All in all, why hadn't I found out about Mercy Thompson sooner? Blood Bound is calling me to continue on this amazing series....more
This is probably one of my favourite series, if not my favourite ever. I read Blood Bound with a stupid grin on my face and at times I thought I needeThis is probably one of my favourite series, if not my favourite ever. I read Blood Bound with a stupid grin on my face and at times I thought I needed a pillow to hug and squeal. I love when books do this to me.
Mercy Thompson just can't catch a break, although, in part of this book she went looking for trouble and I can't blame her one bit. Blood Bound is slightly darker than the first book. OK, so scratch out slightly. There's murder, more murder, scary vampires, scary werewolves, basements...well, basically, there's a whole lot of evil going on.
I didn't particularly enjoy the first few chapters, and that was only because the werewolves hadn't appeared yet. Stefan was our main feature in the beginning and I only sort of like him- if you don't count the ending of Blood Bound when I finally liked him.
At least three quarters of this book is nerve-wracking. There are so many things going on and the characters will get to saying things and the next thing you know YOU believe them. All evidence points that they were right and it's just...you don't want to believe them and here's Mercy with all her hope and just... My feelings cannot be properly explained.
I like all the feelings I got. Even if I felt manipulated. ...more
Fasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that's my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As youFasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that's my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As you all should know, I'm a huge fan of Jennifer. I devoured the first two books of the Raised by Wolves series like I was starved. Taken by Storm delivers in so many ways that the other books didn't (for me that is). So, I'm telling you now, if you haven't read this series, or you've been putting it off- stop! Go read it, now. And just know that when you do and you're on the edge of your seat, remember I'm the one pushed you into reading awesomeness. You can thank me later.
Our Bryn grows up tremendously, she was already well on her way in Trial by Fire, but the weight pressing on her shoulders really turns her into a character you love. I can say, hands down, she's one of my favourite characters ever. She reminds me a little bit of Katniss at the end and if you read it, you'll know why. I still think Chase was just there for the say-so, he becomes a place in plot that was just meant to be Bryn's stepping stone. I just do not feel the connection there between them. My hunk Callum, though, I feel it everywhere. I'll have you know my favourite character gets plenty of face time. With a few semi-new characters, Taken by Storm becomes my favourite in the series.
I had complained in the previous reviews that tension would build and then ultimately get resolved in an anticlimactic way. Boy, I feel as though TbS was written just for me. Not only was the conflict built up as high as it could go, but it delivered. Honestly, delivered. I don't know how I read what I did, but I sat there open mouth reading the last half. Hats off to you, Ms. Jennifer Lynn Barnes. You have impressed me, shocked me, and overall, I love you. Thank you for doing the unthinkable.
The only thing that irked me was the ending. To some, it'll be ideal. It's very open ended, but the last scene was something I had been waiting on since the first book. I was disappointed it hadn't be elaborated on because when I went to touch the screen to change to the next page- it wouldn't. I thought my Nook was broken!
I'm not getting my hopes up for a fourth book, but Taken by Storm ends the series with a bang that will leave you sighing for days....more
To start off: this is probably the funniest, most romantic book I've ever read. Well, maybe not most romantic, but it certainly does a good job.
I wasnTo start off: this is probably the funniest, most romantic book I've ever read. Well, maybe not most romantic, but it certainly does a good job.
I wasn't really sure I wanted to read it. When I started, the writing just seemed weird or maybe I should say, the main character reminded me of a complete air-head and I was really turned off...until a few pages later and she got on the plane. While I had been 'meh' on Emma up that point, once she started blurting out her secrets on the plane, which had hit a patch of turbulence, I started to love her. Not because she was sharing her secrets, but because she was funny and she honestly thought she was going to die!
The stranger she's sharing her precious secrets with turns out to be her boss. The Boss with a capital B. Jack Harper is a mystery man and downright sexy. The things he does are hilarious. He has poor little Emma on her toes throughout the book and their reactions to one another are priceless. In my usual reading, I would rather have the main character end up with the other guy, but for this one, I was rooting for Jack the whole time. I was just waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen between the two if them and when it finally did, it was bliss. I actually squealed with joy. No really. I did. I squealed several times actually.
I can't say I loved the whole book though. Emma's parents and her cousin are sort of cliche. The cousin moves in, becomes the star of the family and then their actual child is left with the bits and pieces. But the cousin gets hers, so in the end that worked out. Emma's friends, however, are very annoying! I hated Jemima. She was a thoughtless person and was very self-centered. Nothing in this world could make me like her. The other friend, Lissy, is better, but at times she seems smart and then at others, I felt she was dumb-downed. She's a lawyer for crying out loud! Emma has her own flaws as well. She doesn't say what she likes or dislikes. With her boyfriend Connor, she's lying that she likes this or that, when in reality, she utterly hates it. Emma does this a lot and she has a bunch of people thinking she does or enjoys something when she really doesn't. It drove me nuts, but I can't completely blame her. I've done the same thing and still do on occasion.
I've read plenty of books that made me smile, but Can You Keep a Secret? took it to a whole new level. I was snorting, I was laughing, I was crying, I was angry, and most of all, I really connected with the book, I was a part of it and I didn't want it to end....more
If I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty andIf I could name any one book that had everything I looked for in a good, fascinating read, this would be it.
All ugly Tally wants to be is pretty and join her best friend Peris in New Pretty Town. I'll admit, the names just sound silly. Uglies, Pretties, Littlies, New Pretty Town, Rusties, they remind me of something my four year old cousin would say. There's a lot of other slang that takes some getting used to, but don't let it put you off! Uglies is set in a society where everyone has an operation to become pretty by a certain age. Peris has already became pretty and Tally makes one last trip to see him before her operation in 3 months. Uglies and Pretties don't mix, so you can imagine she gets into some trouble which is just the start of her adventure.
I like Tally, she's not my favourite character ever, but she's not overly annoying. The only thing that bugs me is her obsession with being pretty. She goes on and on a few times about it, but she's been brainwashed to think anyone who hasn't been made pretty is automatically ugly. I guess I can forgive her for that, because she does, eventually, start to see the world differently.
I don't want to go into the story of Uglies, or what Tally gets herself into, but in a nutshell, she has to decide if becoming pretty is worth the price of betraying her friends. I like the adventures she has, I like the cast of characters, I like the setting, basically there's nothing about this book that I dislike. I am really surprised at how gender neutral Uglies is, I was not expecting that and you could say I got a little frustrated with the lack of romance. Westerfeld's writing more than made up for it though.
With the ideas presented later in the story, it's almost eerie to think about something like that happening in the future. I definitely recommend this one to anyone....more
I’ll be upfront with you, Sweet Evil reminds me of Hush, Hush and The Mortal Instruments. Is that a bad thing? No. Did it feel as though I have alreadI’ll be upfront with you, Sweet Evil reminds me of Hush, Hush and The Mortal Instruments. Is that a bad thing? No. Did it feel as though I have already read it before? Definitely no. Sometimes books have a way of overlapping in my mind. I may be reading a werewolf book and then switch over to another series about werewolves- and guess what usually happens? I start thinking, “Well, where is so-and-so?” I’ll rake my brain and try to find him and then be like, “Oh. Duh. Wrong series.” With Sweet Evil, there is no chance you will get a series confused (I may just be in that category by myself). What I’m getting at, is that Sweet Evil has enough of its own special thing that there’s no way you would think you were reading Hush, Hush or any other. That is what I LOVE about this book.
There is so much to be discovered with Sweet Evil. From demons, angels, spirits, guardian angels, to extra sensitive senses and everything in-between. I really loved how the author explained things. The word for it would be… addicting. I was often disappointed because parts of the explainations were saved for later when I wanted them right now. That’s honestly a personal problem though and nothing to do with the book itself, just my impatience.
I was a little worried about Anna and the covenant- the way religion would be explained and come into play. I like my books to be pretty neutral on religion, again, that is a personal preference, but Sweet Evil did a pretty good job at keeping religion part of the storyline and nothing more. You really can’t avoid religion with a subject like angels anyhow. I did like that the author was constant with Anna praying and whatnot- it made me glad it wasn’t a fly by night idea where, “Hey, my character prayed once so now I don’t have to ever talk about it again” type thing.
Speaking of Anna, she’s a steadfast character. She continually struggles with the bad side of her nature. Not once does she flip the magical switch that suddenly makes her immune to dangerous impulses. That is what I love about Anna, she struggles, makes mistakes, wants to do better, and at times, fails. The only bad thing about Anna is her infatuation with Kai. It comes to the point where she’s just another girl wanting to stick her paws on him and inevitably falls into the, “I love him, but we can’t be together, he thinks he’s so bad for me. I’ll just take a Bella moment and cry for a few months, too bad I don’t have a best friend named Jacob” category. I do give her credit for trying to resist him and failing.
As for Kai, being the son of lust, you can just imagine the sexy times he gets into. Even though he was trying to act as though they were bad for each other and just saying the absolutely wrong things (I totally would have beat him to a pulp, just saying) he is probably my one of my favourite lead male characters. I like that Anna eventually strips him down of his bad boy exterior and we get to see the real Kai. As for our our minor characters, there is not one character I dislike. Well, I think that’s a lie, I have a few characters I don’t like for obvious reasons such as being the bad guy or what not. I do have a grip about Anna’s father “Jonathan LaGray” and their relationship. I had a real hard time believing what I read when they first met. I know I sure don’t treat every Sargum Sam (woo-hoo southern slang!) like that when we first meet. Heck, I don’t even treat distant family members like that. I just can’t imagine living everyday of my life with anger and then it burning out at the drop of a hat.
Besides the storyline being set in the south, I really have no idea why she’s described as being a southern girl- because she is sweet? (Sweet and southern don’t always go together, y’all.) The south and being southern really had no purpose other than to put distance between her and her father. Which is a little disappointing.
Even though I have some nitpicks with Sweet Evil, I enjoyed reading it and I didn’t want to stop (I admit I stopped several times to try and make the book last longer- it didn’t work). I only hope that the sequel will come out soon and solve all of those mysterious questions I have burning on my tongue....more
I passed by Reckless Magic twice, until I finally just went ahead and downloaded it (because, hey, it was free!). It turned out to be one of the best deI passed by Reckless Magic twice, until I finally just went ahead and downloaded it (because, hey, it was free!). It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made.
Reckless starts off a little slow and I wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading. The prologue is written in third person and I was a little worried the whole book would be like that. Thankfully it wasn't and the first chapter was set in our main characters POV, first person POV that is. Eden is one of the better heroines I've read about and I can honestly say the only thing that bothered me was her inability to come to conclusions on her own. Otherwise, I loved her dialogue and attitude. I feel this way about all the characters. They had good personalities and were likable and relatable. (Though I did want to strangle Avalon sometimes.) And can I just say how I love the names of the characters? Avalon, Karin, Lucan, Talbott, Jericho, seriously, I love them.
One thing this book is good about is it continues on and never gives long, unneeded rambling passages or info dumps. It's not stagnant in any way and the pace has a nice flow. I love this so much, because I hate massive info dumps, when information is given it's given in such a way that it's not overloading.
There are a few things to nitpick about. Kiran is often described as having a smirk, it was really one of the only facial expressions he was described as having. There are grammar mistakes and words/phrases that are used over in the same paragraph and a few times I had to go back and read over what I just read because it had jumped to another part. The only thing I can say I didn't like about it, was when certain important characters were talking, they might mention some- thing important and it won't be commented on until paragraphs later. Or certain facts might be mentioned several times in several different paragraphs. --This only happens maybe 4 times at the max. None of these things deteriorate the story. In the beginning, I do think it read like another popular novel, but by the times I was about 11% done I could see it had it's own little style that it was totally addictive.
Yes, this book is highly addictive and I couldn't hardly stay away from my computer. Thanks to Reckless I even missed a few meals (though I admit I brought a huge bowl of ice cream and ate while I read). I'd really love to have a hardcopy of this, but it's only available in ebook format at this time.
I'm anxious to begin book number two now in what is said to be a 4-part series. I seriously can't wait to see what is in the future for the star-crossed lovers....more