Nice short. I always appreciate reading Curran’s side of things. Above all, I really appreciate that the Andrews team doesn’t allow their series to be...moreNice short. I always appreciate reading Curran’s side of things. Above all, I really appreciate that the Andrews team doesn’t allow their series to be brought down by gratuitous sex scenes. The plot really does remain at the forefront.(less)
I originally read this comic as an ARC and then decided to purchase it immediately before I even finished it. Since I was reading the series via ebooks, I wanted something for Ms. Briggs to sign for when I meet her at San Diego Comic Con this July. I was going to try to get through the ebooks as fast as I could so that I could then also purchase a paper copy of my favorite installment. After seeing this comic, there's no longer a need. And even better, it fits in with the theme since it's about the comics at Comic Con (well, it supposed to be anyway). I'm now super excited so I can spaz to Ms. Briggs in person about how wonderful of a job the artist did. I can already tell this is one of the best. Talk about doing a series justice!
No doubt this graphic novel adaptation accomplishes the most important goal of all; it's very visually very pleasing to look at! That's the point of a graphic novel at all, right? I actually enjoyed the comic much more than the actual book. The book comes off as somewhat bland in parts (though the series gets better with every book), but seeing the action come to life on the pages gets my adrenaline pumping. The drawing style is fabulous and not over the top. I love the coloring and shading and spent a few panels simply admiring the images. I feel like it truly captures the Mercy Thompson world. Mercy's gorgeous, Adam's sexy, and Sam actually looks much better than I assumed he looked in the books. I thought the artist was very good with expressing the characters' emotions as well. A few of the transformation scenes were a little awkwardly drawn, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment.
I like that it's close to the book. I think that made me read it much faster. Unlike the book, it kicks off with action to draw you in. It was a nice technique to keep it engaging. I felt the pacing was just right. There wasn't a moment where I was bored and yet it stayed true to the plot.
I always have this trepidation of looking at fictional characters outside of the reading medium. 9 times out of 10 it just doesn't capture the images I've conjured up in my mind. I am so pleased that's not the case here.
We get a bonus section that's by a completely different artist. It's a completely different style that doesn't portray the dark urban fantasy feel, so I didn't really connect to it as much. Also, some of the proportions and angles were off. I recall at one point a character was drawn cross-eyed.
It ends with short of a narration of the panels to see how the artist conceptualized the panels. It was pretty cool to see their process, but not really necessary. My biggest enjoyment was in the meat of the story. I wish we could have seen Stefan, Warren, and Kyle in this volume though.
Because these look so good and flow so well, I plan to follow the comics for this series in conjunction with the books, as long as Ms. Amelia Woo continues to illustrate. It's very rare that I can say I prefer any other medium to the original, but in this case I very much prefer the comic to the novel.
The third novel of the Sabina Kane series focuses on the kick-ass mage/vampire on a mission to save her twin sister, Maise, w...moreDestination: New Orleans
The third novel of the Sabina Kane series focuses on the kick-ass mage/vampire on a mission to save her twin sister, Maise, whose been kidnapped by their vampire grandmother. Sabina and her trusty demon and mage sidekicks, Gighul and Adam, travel to New Orleans to get her sister back and do away with her grandmother once and for all. No, this is not your typical nuclear family. There is not much love lost between the twins and grandma, who can't accept her grandaughters' mage heritage. The stakes are high and Sabina's patience is low with her sister's life on the line.
I have not read the previous two books for this series, but from what I could gather, Sabina's character experiences a bit of growth. Throughout the book she learns to trust her teammates, open herself up to love, and become a more effective and powerful mage.
I didn't feel as if I missed much from the first two books. I'm not sure if it's because this book rehashed plot points well enough, or if it's because this series isn't much different from other urban fantasy books out there. While it was an easy read for me, it came off as formulaic and predictable. Sabina's character isn't very unique. She's got a chip on her shoulder, yet being surrounded by her teammates and coming to terms with her past mistakes, she experiences changes for the better. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so.
This book has a lot of action which helps move the story along. There are many quirky characters and Dark Races between fae, werewolf, mages, vampires, demons, you name it. No one really came off as a favorite in terms of personality, but I liked trying to imagine how Gighul looked.
Would I recommend this series? It certainly isn't the worst, but at this point, I didn't really feel compelled to want to go back and read the first two or continue on to book 4. For me, at this point it's forgettable, but it's not a bad read for someone new to the Adult Urban Fantasy genre. Actually, I think it'd be a good transition series between the Young Adult and Adult genres.
I started this series thinking Keri Arthur was publishing a new one alongside the Dark Angels novels. I didn't know that they we...moreI was hoping for more
I started this series thinking Keri Arthur was publishing a new one alongside the Dark Angels novels. I didn't know that they were republishing her older works. It's very interesting to become familiar with an author's style and ability and compare it to something else. I noticed after a while that this had more of a pedestrian quality to it as opposed to the Dark Angels series. I've only read the first Riley Jenson novel but it did not feel quite on that level either. This is not to say that the story wasn't straightforward and enjoyable in some parts. I thought the mystery was good and it worked fine as a standalone story. But it's not my favorite effort by Arthur.
I didn't really become invested in the development of the protagonists or their relationship to one another over the course of the book. The most interesting aspects were the villains and the world building, but as I said, Arthur's definitely done better. This is the first of a trilogy, though to me if felt perfect as a standalone. I honestly doubt I will continue with this as I'm more likely to read her other books instead because I'm not yet caught up on either one.
This was my first time delving into the Love at Stake novels, or at least I think so. What drew me to this book was mainly the title. I thought it’d be a parody of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novel. There was humor here and there, but this is first and foremost a paranormal romance, so the romance and drama take precedence. I may have read a short story from this series before because one aspect sounded familiar to me; it was the VANNA angle in particular though I can’t recall where I could have read it. VANNA is a life-size synthetic device designed to look like a human woman. There’s blood stored inside it to help curb a vampire’s desire to attack real living people. That provided a healthy dose of comic relief in this book. Though the story appears to be a standalone, there is an overarching plot that I feel has been developing since the earlier books. But even still I never felt lost.
The relationship between Dougal and Leah was decent but I didn’t connect to it very much. Both were a little too down on themselves most of the time. I also think the timing was wrong for me because I read this on the heels of another book where reincarnation was at the heart of the relationship. I wasn’t disappointed with the book, so I imagine fans of the series who have read it from the beginning should enjoy it. Though I doubt I will read all the earlier 13 novels, I might look into reading one of its stronger prequels to get a better feel for Kerrelyn Sparks’s writing at its best.
*ARC Provided by Publisher *Review also posted on Amazon.(less)