Did you think Jumanji was the bomb? Did you think Never Ending Story was practically perfect in every way? Yeah, me too. Well, Malice is a hybrid of tDid you think Jumanji was the bomb? Did you think Never Ending Story was practically perfect in every way? Yeah, me too. Well, Malice is a hybrid of the two.
I will not recap the description, you’re welcome. But know this. Malice’s opening is beyond brilliant. It’s enchanting, arresting, pure funivity at its finest. Malice is completely immersive. As close as you can get to a movie experience, IMO. A total page-turner. Unputdownable. Did I mention that I really liked this tome? Sometimes I’m not clear with my feelings.
The Jumanji aspect in this novel is a comic book in place of a role playing game. Some important deets. The story itself is about two friends who find out that their missing friend, Luke, is in fact not missing, but trapped within the pages of a comic book, once thought of as an urban legend. Said two friends Sherlock their way into the bowels of London to track down an unheard of comic book store, a la the Frog Brothers, where after some cloak-and-dagger maneuvering, they pilfer the comic book - the myth, the legend - entitled Malice (not the actual book I'm reviewing, but the story within the book). Its pages are brimming with missing children crying out for help within its pages. Including Luke. Creeptastic, right? Word on the street is that the author/artist of Malice scours the missing person section of the daily to use as inspiration for his characters, or does he? With comic book in hand, rumor has it that if you Beetlejuice a certain phrase, not three times but six, after having cast an animal-friendly spell (mad props to the author for keeping it PETA-esque *blows kisses your way Mr. Wooding*), those that are brave enough to cast spell and recite phrase are then whisked into the world of Malice. Inside the bleeping comic book. Well, in order to save their "missing" friend, that's what the two friends do. And so begins the adventure. (And yes, Malice is a book, it's a comic book, it's a world.) But there's a catch. After the spell is cast and words are recited, Tall Jack comes looking for you! Spine-tingling, terrifying, so so cool! So watch out kiddies!
Keeping with the comic book theme, peppered throughout the actual book of Malice are graphic novel sections. Now, for those that balk at graphic novels/comic books, there are only 8 pages a pop. Totally doable. To me those sections mixed it up, added to the story and the overall amazingness and uniqueness that it was/is.
More gushing: likable characters atmospheric descriptions Typographic symbolisms- visually awesome And . . . Fantastic ending. Totally hooks you for more, tempting you to continue on with the series. To which I say, uh, yeah, obvi I’ll be reading Havoc. I have to, for I’m in love with this whimsical series. ...more
The Dresden Files keeps getting better and better and Death Masks certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it's a good sign when you get ticked off becauThe Dresden Files keeps getting better and better and Death Masks certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it's a good sign when you get ticked off because life seems to get in the way of you and a book. The book in question has been every one thus far belonging to the Dresden Files. I can't put them down; so it should come to no surprise that that's what happened with Death Masks. I love books where demons run amuck so naturally I enjoyed the angels vs demons searching and battling for the Shroud of Turin story line along with Harry's bittersweet reunion with Susan. On a side note: Kudos to Jim Butcher. He sure can write some hot, sexy scenes, even if they are short. Jim Butcher does a fabulous job of thoroughly immersing his readers into the world of Harry Dresden. From his descriptions to the characters, to the magic cast, the dialogue, you feel like you're there, connected to his stories and the characters. ...more
The Conscious Cook is a fabulous cookbook for vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores who are wanting to make a change, or just simply want to wow thThe Conscious Cook is a fabulous cookbook for vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores who are wanting to make a change, or just simply want to wow their herbivore friends.
I have been a lifelong vegetarian, but within the past 2 months, I have been easing my way into veganism. Why? Well, it all started about 6 months ago when I discovered that rennet (taken from the stomach lining of calves) is found in most cheeses. And from that day forward, our love affair came to an abrupt end. Unfortunately, cheese has been a staple in my life, as is so true with many vegetarians. But I digress.
The only other vegan cookbook that I’ve come across worth its weight in gold seems to be Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet and The Imus Ranch . Sadly, I am not a fan of most of the recipes within said cookbooks. So when I heard about chef Tal Ronnen and The Conscious Cook touting vegan gourmet recipes, this budding chef had to check this book out, posthaste.
The recipes within are not only beautifully presented, but incorporate fabulous, scrumptious ingredients. Many of the recipes use Gardein “chicken”. (By the by, it’s to die for. I made a horseradish-laden “chicken” salad and it was ah-may-zing.) FYI: I could only find this brand at Whole Foods. The only thing to watch out for is MSG. It does contain some. Good news - It is GMO (genetically modified) free, unlike many of the soy products out there. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really into altering my DNA anytime soon.
I have made a few recipes, tweaked a few, and they have all turned out scrumdiddlyumptious.
Whoever you cook for, using the recipes within, you are guaranteed to knock their socks off. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan, I would highly recommend The Conscious Cook. ...more
Epically awesome and then some. Word to the wise: Better have Shadowfever on hand because the ending to Dreamfever is a doozy. Cliffhanger doesn't eveEpically awesome and then some. Word to the wise: Better have Shadowfever on hand because the ending to Dreamfever is a doozy. Cliffhanger doesn't even begin to describe it. ...more
The sequel is even better than the first. Now how often does that happen? Heart-wrenching, exciting, suspenseful, painful are some of the choice adjecThe sequel is even better than the first. Now how often does that happen? Heart-wrenching, exciting, suspenseful, painful are some of the choice adjectives best used to describe my experience while reading this book.
I can't wait to read the final installment in this amazing trilogy. ...more
Amazing. Even better (didn't think that was possible) than The Hunger Games. I devoured this novel in one sitting. Why? Well, each time I told myselfAmazing. Even better (didn't think that was possible) than The Hunger Games. I devoured this novel in one sitting. Why? Well, each time I told myself I had errands to run, things to do, a life to be lived, I'll just finish the current chapter . . . said chapter would end with a cliffhanger of epic proportions. So what was a girl to do? Keep reading of course. And so went my thought process with each turn of the page. Catching Fire won out, it trumped everything going on in my life until I was finished with the novel. It left me salivating for the final book in the series. ...more
Little known fact about yours truly: the Exorcist movie was a childhood favorite of mine. Let's just say my mom was very lax on telly viewings. My chiLittle known fact about yours truly: the Exorcist movie was a childhood favorite of mine. Let's just say my mom was very lax on telly viewings. My childhood best friend and I would watch it and even laugh during certain parts. (Not your average kids, I'm aware.)
With that confession out of the way, it should come as no surprise that I'm a horror buff (slasher films exempt. Can't stand gore). I don't frighten easily. While the movie version of The Exorcist failed to send a chill dancing along my spine (except for the Ouija board part in the beginning with the creeptastic Captain Howdy making his introduction), the book certainly did just that. This novel is fantastically creepy and totally scratched my wanting-to-be-horrified itch. If you're a fan of the movie; or a horror buff; craving an unputdownable, page turner; or just want a good scare, I'd totally recommend that you read this novel. You won't regret it. ...more
I'm going to keep my thoughts short and simple: Just read The Help. It lives up to all the buzz and then some. And when done with the novel, watch theI'm going to keep my thoughts short and simple: Just read The Help. It lives up to all the buzz and then some. And when done with the novel, watch the movie. ...more
Angel, Spike, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Michael (The Lost Boys), Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt). What do all these men have in comAngel, Spike, Eric Northman, Damon Salvatore, Michael (The Lost Boys), Louis de Pointe du Lac (played by Brad Pitt). What do all these men have in common? They are all lustworthy, over-the-top sexy vampires. That’s what I love - sexy-as-hell, smoldering, make-me-weak-in-the-knees, dangerous, I-could-rip-your-throat-out-at-any-moment-but-let's-make-sweet-sweet-love-instead vampires. And then we have the vampires more like the übervamps from BTVS. They kind of vamps that are hella nasty, have been beat with the ugly stick, and basically evoke a sitting-in-a-corner-sucking-your-thumb-whilst-rocking-to-and-fro type reaction at their mere presence. My friends, The Strain trilogy is comprised of the latter. Add in tentacles that shoot out of the vamps' mouths and there you have it.
In the past, I have shied away from these types of monsters. Not really even enjoying movies featuring them. Why? Well, I think I’ve gone over that. And also, I've been obsessed with the smoldering kind of vampires since the age of five. The lusting came later, but still. My favorite vampires were always human looking. With all that said, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Strain books, homely vampires aside. I particularly enjoyed The Fall, more so than The Strain, because nonvirus vampires fight alongside humans to rid the world of the un-pure vampires. The ones who’ve fallen prey to a virus. Not true vampires. It was this aspect that made for an even more action-y read.
Speaking of action, it starts from the beginning and doesn’t let up. Kelly is hellbent on turning her son Zack. Eph is hellbent on protecting his son from Kelly. Setrakian’s history is revealed. I must say, I enjoyed the flashbacks. Learning more about this man of mystery. Readers are introduced to a book that uncovers the history of The Ancients (true vampires). All factions are seeking out this tome. Add in a few more interesting characters and there you have it.
To sum up, The Fall was unputdownable from the start. ...more