On first look, Sunborn Rising, starts out with the type of heroine character you'd expect. A bit rebellious and wild but as I read I discovered I quitOn first look, Sunborn Rising, starts out with the type of heroine character you'd expect. A bit rebellious and wild but as I read I discovered I quite liked Barra our main character. The way she has all this determination to get what she wants and the way she looks out for her friends. In particular, how she is willing to brave things first before her friends do to protect them.
Needless to say, Sunborn Rising has strong characterization! A very good thing, indeed, given the grand scheme of Fantasy mythology which can get hard to follow at times. While this is true thankfully it has illustrations even in full color to help the reader.
It's a read that presents its issues but that is no less enjoyable given author Aaron Safronoff's noticeable effort. His effort bleeds through enough that I found myself really getting fond of those in this first book of the Sunborn Rising series. While not for everyone I can definitely see this occupying a select audience who appreciates monstrous characterization and deep, deep lush Fantasy realms. ...more
It pains me to know that I in fact only recently read the latest Gillian Summers book in my beloved Faire Folk Saga. It was released back in August 20It pains me to know that I in fact only recently read the latest Gillian Summers book in my beloved Faire Folk Saga. It was released back in August 2014 but that year had many new things in store for me that I could never find the time to get to Queen of the Faire. That said, I promise that there was never a time I wasn't fully thinking about Queen of the Faire. I was always fully aware of it and how much I wanted to read it.
Thankfully I have, finally! And am I glad I have continued to read Gillian Summers. This following line was worth it all but OK so was the rest of the book. Go, Gillian Summers!
"Don't you think you were being too charming?" Keelie asked.
"I was being nice". Dad grinned, and then he laughed. "I'll be more subdued and somber like Elianard".
Keelie made a face. "As if you could".-Page 330 of 377 on my Amazon Fire 7 (Kindle e-reading)
Reuniting into the newest troubles Keelie faces as the chosen handler of a magical Compendium at an equally magical Renaissance faire was glorious. Even as I struggled to get into the habit of reading (hello reading rut) I am glad Gillian Summers can ease that transition in me. Reading as I was, it was intriguing to see Keelie handle an unexpected job and a possible new romance with a human for the very first time after a tough breakup with her old boyfriend who some of you may know as Sean O' the Woods. But then again good thing because I always thought the guy was too arrogant for his own good and I hate arrogance.
And yeah, I did notice some of the grammar errors to which I usually cringe. But you know, whatever. This is Gillian Summers a writing duo that cannot be replicated and that is why the grammatical errors all but disappeared as I read. My thoughts? Incredible read. Yet again, go Gillian Summers. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Faeries, Elves, Dragons, Nature Gods ...more
To be honest, I detest about all the characters in it. Since Vengeance is from the point of view of Decker, Delaney's best friend and eventual boyfrieTo be honest, I detest about all the characters in it. Since Vengeance is from the point of view of Decker, Delaney's best friend and eventual boyfriend, I thought he would be as sweet and fun as in Fracture. But boy was I wrong. He's at times so unlikable I actually felt the need to punch something. Nevermind that he is at times sexist as one character points out in the book. And I think the only reason I believed he was sweet and fun is because in Fracture we see him from the point of view of Delaney and as everyone knows, the way, we see other people changes from someone else's point of view. In this instance, we don't have any one character seeing him through rosy-colored, biased lenses.
It's like this book lets you in into all the deeper, unseen hidden parts of Fracture we might not have seen. And this side of Decker the true Decker is someone I couldn't really sympathize or empathize with. But, but! I did manage to empathize with him, at least, momentarily in one of the darker moments in Vengeance. The moment when he's in so much emotional pain that he starts having panic attacks. It was hurtful to see that side of him because yes I have been there. And I loved how accurate Megan Miranda was. Anxiety and panic attacks are no jokes, people. Further along, other times when I would lose my sense of hate towards Decker came when he himself realized even when he hated Delaney he couldn't hate her because when he saw her he would forget everything and could only love her. He was so wrapped up in her. [And nods] Yeah, I would say that is about right when it comes to love. Sometimes you forget why you hate them.
Yes! I about detested everyone in Vengeance except Delaney who I see as the more pure individual of all the characters in Vengeance and Fracture, but at the same time I do see the value Vengeance brought. Megan Miranda managed to continue her story and somehow made this into some form of Mystery Thriller.
Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Young Adult, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller...more
After reading The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies I so badly wanted to read If YoAnother great story by the Nine Naughty Novelists
After reading The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies I so badly wanted to read If You Give A Duke A Duchy.
While the concept of twins switched at birth is not a novelty, The Nine Naughty Novelists, know just how to write as to include some new funny directions in which to create something else.
Without spoiling anything for possible readers they expand on what pirates and ninjas could be like in a Historical Fiction setting. All with hilarious character dialogue that is sure to entertain. Surprising really since this book had about 6 central characters and as a reader you want to know and keep up with all these six.
But perhaps the most interesting aspect of If You Give A Duke A Duchy is that this could yet be the most genre-blended book the Nine Naughty Novelists have written. It's an odd but wonderful mix of Historical Fiction with an Erotica slant, all while pirate and ninjas make an appearance. Pretty stacked but it works, oh so well....more
The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies is certainly a fast read but the story has a lot of cohesiveness and somehow despite this beinThe Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies is certainly a fast read but the story has a lot of cohesiveness and somehow despite this being written by a lot of novelists it does not come off as scattered.
The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies is utterly funny and manages to use the myths of vampires and werewolves in some new ways. That in itself is surprising. Amazing read. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Supernatural, Erotica, Romance
I liked reading about how skittish and haunted Lanore was after Adair's imprisonment. Only reading the full length novels doeA Fun, Quick novella read
I liked reading about how skittish and haunted Lanore was after Adair's imprisonment. Only reading the full length novels doesn't show you this much. Just wish the novella could have been longer....more
I return to another look into Sigmund Freud's mind. After being away from his inner thought process after 9 years in other words when I was 12 years oI return to another look into Sigmund Freud's mind. After being away from his inner thought process after 9 years in other words when I was 12 years old and read Interpretation of Dreams.
I must say I loved reading his all over the place thought process in this one. Unlike my previous experience of his work.
Sigmund Freud begins by relating the discontents most people have that actually spring forth out of our search for happiness all superimposed with a vast level of complexity. In this there are several paths open to people and whether they succeed in gaining happiness or a lowering of pain in their life in the end depends on them and their natural constitution.
Next Sigmund Freud goes into great detail on how civilization developed. He makes it aware that to get to where we are there were likely many sacrifices for man and in turn there are still many. Many of these cause mental and emotional disturbances for us and are seemingly stoked thanks in part to too many restrictions by society. One of the main ones that Sigmund Freud brings up is civilized sexual morality. Which in opinion, while it does have some truth I also think this is only but one of several factors in that discussion.
Amongst his heavy use of harsh realistic truths he still invariably comes off as impartial. Something I couldn't help but sense. And I wonder if I was the only one? The thing that worried me was whether this impartiality came from a pure sense of wanting to be like that or if he had perhaps given up on humanity. I seriously hope it was the former rather than the latter.
Even so, I heavily enjoyed further reading from Sigmund Freud. A lot of what he touched upon gives clearer insight into the ways of life for us now and not to mention his predictions are spot-on, but most important of all a lot of it was full of logic. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Non-Fiction...more
Given the negative press Stones of Power was getting I was a little cautious about beginning the manga but like anyone who knows me I always like to fGiven the negative press Stones of Power was getting I was a little cautious about beginning the manga but like anyone who knows me I always like to find out things on my own. Surprisingly this manga is not bad at all. It is great in fact!
What I like best about Stones of Power was it began in a medium pace introducing us to the main character named Fujita who has an interest in Aronawa fish which are considered a rare type of fish in Japan. Slowly but surely Fujita meets a beautiful but mysterious woman named Youko who has ties to the world of Gods and spirits. Proving that the Aronawa Fujita has recently come into possession are more than just your average fish. And that's when things get very interesting for us as a reader.
And while the story is well-balanced and actually funny especially with concern to character dialogue, I believe another great factor about this manga is the artwork. That's right! Stones of Power does boost a minimalist art style but it is in these moments you realize how graceful some of the character designs are. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy...more
What to say, what to say about Philistine? Well. Let it be known that I really admire Steven Shrewsbury's writing style. A style I first came across iWhat to say, what to say about Philistine? Well. Let it be known that I really admire Steven Shrewsbury's writing style. A style I first came across in reading Thrall and later Overkill. One thing. Philistine is set up as something not like anything seen in those two books. It's a book that is more like an Epic. Epic Fantasy. Due to that, the very first thing you have to conquer is the amount of time it will take to complete a book such as this. Yet, eh, that for me is not the problem. To me big books or tomes do not prove daunting. The only thing is quickly enough I became aware this was not going to be like any other Steven Shrewsbury book I had ever read.
The story pace to me proved rather slow and not in a good way. Primarily because the introduction of Goliath, our main character, was sort of like an introduction of meeting Gorias La Gaul from Thrall and Overkill. Needless to say, the characterization for Goliath was much too close to that of Gorias, for my liking. If that wasn't bad enough some of the universe's history and present cultures could be a bit confusing. Names thrown around like Ba'al Zebul, Sanrevelle, and Beth-horon proved vastly confusing to me. I'm sure this would not be an issue if I knew more of this type of mythology.
Yet, for readers who might not be remotely interested in mythology I'm sure they would be even more lost than me.
Those negatives out of the way. After about 50 pages or so I did feel the story picked up quite nicely. I was again re-introduced to why I love Steven Shrewsbury books. You never quite know what you are going to get but that is the whole point of reading in the first place. And while Philistine might have begun in a restrained manner, by the end, I found that perhaps the more interesting characters to discover all along might have been Orpah and the Gods of Philistine. Overall: Touching read Genre: Fantasy, Warriors, Mythology...more
Seven Seas Entertainment does no wrong with Volume 2 of Devils and Realist. It is here where there is a--Manga Reviewed via The Huge Anime Fan blog--
Seven Seas Entertainment does no wrong with Volume 2 of Devils and Realist. It is here where there is a a release of their better handsome looking manga volumes. Given the culmination of both the anime and manga franchise it is a real relief. In Volume 2, the noticeable difference between the manga and the anime series becomes most noticeable. With the manga diverging from the path of the anime. Or in actuality the anime diverging since the manga is the original source material.
It is not over events in the manga being more elaborated on. In general, the manga series, has many events that never take place in the anime at all. For individuals who have seen the animation television first this certainly brings a different spin of the story. Something not necessarily bad.
Now there can be a growth for a taste of the original source material and where the story was to be directed in the first place.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy
Undertones: Shonen-ai, Boys Love but Not Yaoi, Bishonens everywhere...more
Now with the Devils and Realist manga I wasn't sure what to expect. It takes a huge leap of faith for me--Manga Reviewed via The Huge Anime Fan blog--
Now with the Devils and Realist manga I wasn't sure what to expect. It takes a huge leap of faith for me to begin any manga series. To further disclose the reason even began the Devils and Realist manga series was more over my humongous love for the Devils and Realist anime series.
I loved the opening and ending theme songs by the lead voice actors. The setting, animation, and pretty much every detail. Not that this was anything remotely good considering for some time after the premiere thought for sure the series was going to be left unlicensed for release by any anime company here in North America. Phew! Good thing its coming by March 17, 2015!
Still before getting the news of the anime getting licensed I had already given into buying the manga. Now that I think about it wasn't so bad. Though I wont ever seriously read a lot of manga unless I really love a series for the artwork, then story development, and then characterization. The manga actually so far as of Volume 3 follows the story very closely to that of the animation television series. A few deviations here and there. In some ways, the manga gives of bigger Boys Love hints than even the anime which I find pretty awesome. Sorry I love Boys Love hints!
What becomes the focus in the Devils and Realist manga series is the artwork, the very comedic instances vs. serious character interactions, and the stable balance of the story progression. It's a noble attempt at introducing readers to the manga series. While usually Devils and Realist would work best for those interested in Boys Love in a light sheer amount although it could also draw in anyone interested in a good supernatural comedy manga series.
While the Devils and Realist anime series is exceptional. As a manga work it is on a whole different level of experience. Volume 1 covers 2 episodes from the anime series with slight variations here and there.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy
Undertones: Shonen-ai, Boys Love but Not Yaoi, Bishonens everywhere...more
What happened? You know while I sort of lost interest when Chaol became Celaena's love interest almost out of nowhere. I could forgive that.
Yet, thisWhat happened? You know while I sort of lost interest when Chaol became Celaena's love interest almost out of nowhere. I could forgive that.
Yet, this time it went too far. Celaena goes to another kingdom in the Throne of Glass universe and thinks switch from her perspective to others who are lead characters. Its not very focused. Also find that Celaena just allowing Chaol to decide things for her really made the story be attached to this new kingdom which was actually hard to picture while reading.
I abandoned it. Just not going to read any more books by Sarah J. Maas. Dorian was a noble chaarcter but sometimes its hard to read when all the other characters are so hard to really understand.
If someday I pick up another book by Sarah J. Maas, then fine but right now just cannot get over my disappointment in the series since Crown of Midnight....more
The Boxcar Baby was a book labeled as Steampunk Fantasy-esque.
When actually sat down to read it took me about two weeks to read primarily since had aThe Boxcar Baby was a book labeled as Steampunk Fantasy-esque.
When actually sat down to read it took me about two weeks to read primarily since had a lot going in my studies. The Boxcar Baby was a pleasant surprise since considered the fact that if it was one of those books, you know, the type that if you don't finish in about three to four days you'll lose your place in the story or worse yet outright interest. It was a pleasant surprise again since none of this ever actually happened and every time continued each day little by little as the story progressed in my mind really since I wanted to know what will happen next. Such books have to say are the true showmanship of a good book that keeps you reading long into the night. Granted the premise seemed to be very mysterious that as a reader wanted to know more about but in reality actually wasn't sure what to expect. Any reader hopes for the best if discovering a book and seeing if it will be a treasure but with The Boxcar Baby had some doubts even though with the premise was equally held in some interest over what it will be like.
The Boxcar Baby concerns AB’Gale or Abby who's father goes missing and she must look for her father who doesn't happen to be her real father but must since she's grown to see him as her real father. Another reason she must find him is if she doesn't she will be shipped off to a working house where she will be forced to do manual labor for life. Her search brings her incredible adventure and terrible danger where she learns through experience monsters come all over the place from regular people to real-life monsters.
In reading there were many times that thought that AB’Gale was such a charismatic and strong character. Her language granted is very hilarious to me since sometimes comes off very un-educated but given that read the synopsis of book description as The Boxcar Baby being written with a Southern influence I can see why this might apply to AB’Gale's language. AB’Gale is just one of the characters that is very well-written since over her many adventures in Book One of the Steel Roots Series , AB’Gale, meets various other characters. All of them give off their own unique presence to the story. One of the main qualities that loved though of The Boxcar Baby was that it began with a more non-Fantasy way of life for the main heroine and turned into the more Fantasy side of things toward the end. Readers will be surprised at this since you would tend to expect it might just be fiction with no out of the ordinary Fantasy.
J.L. Mulvihill is quite a talented writer and think she has such a creative mind to come up with this Steampunk Southern American Adventure. Book One of the Steel Roots series is so wonderful and I am extremely excited to see what will happen in Book Two. There are many directions it could head next....more