I enjoyed this story a little more than the first. Now that I'm reading the sequel I like the episodical feel of this series. I could envision it as a...moreI enjoyed this story a little more than the first. Now that I'm reading the sequel I like the episodical feel of this series. I could envision it as a cartoon on a TV station for kids like Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, or Cartoon Network. (less)
It's a good read about how to include visuals in your social media campaign. Some of the insights were spot on but the book could have been stronger a...moreIt's a good read about how to include visuals in your social media campaign. Some of the insights were spot on but the book could have been stronger and provided more examples and detailed case studies. There were good takeaways but I wish it were more substantial. (less)
I can always get behind a good graphic novel, and the synopsis here was practically irresistible! If you’re going to put a twist on classic fairy tales then sign me up! Unfortunately this has happened more often so it’s becoming a trend. That makes it harder for stories to stand out and be truly unique though a few still accomplish this.
For this graphic novel I’m more on the fence about it. I don’t feel like the character’s back stories are incorporated well enough for me to buy why these characters are special. They aren’t anything like what I knew or grew up with. They really could just be anyone but that’s a harder selling point. That said, the story kept my interest for the most part. I do want to see where things go next, but it’s mostly because of a potential villain, or at least a character that is clearly in the gray territory. I am curious about his motivations.
All in all it’s a good read to pass the time. The artwork is good, though not great. And there appear to be spin-off stories for all the main characters toward the end of the volume where we see brief side story prequels for them. Though I wasn’t a fan of how throughout all of those prequels we see little notes to buy other issues to read even more about their back stories. I understand the marketing tactic behind it, but as someone who doesn’t really read comics and graphic novels too often, I want everything I need in the Volume I am current reading and I don’t really care to seek out half a dozen other comics to get the big picture.
That said, I will read the next one, Volume 2 that is.
*ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. *Review also posted to Amazon. (less)
I thought the concept was interesting! I wasn't super emotionally invested in the characters or their relationship and I thought the plot was a little...moreI thought the concept was interesting! I wasn't super emotionally invested in the characters or their relationship and I thought the plot was a little rushed toward the end. The artwork was okay but I think I prefer other styles. Neither character looked remarkable and I think that would have added to the appeal a bit more. I am curious as to whether volume 2 will focus on these characters or on new characters. This story worked fine as a standalone to me. (less)
After reading The School for Good and Evil series I thought that the Grimmtastic Girls would be right up my alley. I really enjoy the twists on classi...moreAfter reading The School for Good and Evil series I thought that the Grimmtastic Girls would be right up my alley. I really enjoy the twists on classic supernatural fairytales. After reading this one I felt the content was a bit too surface for my liking compared to The School for Good and Evil, but I suppose it is appropriate enough for middle schoolers whereas I found The School for Good and Evil slight more mature than I was expecting. I think this would have benefitted from having more pages to flesh out the plot and the characters more, but it got the job done and I'm looking forward to how things go for the next Grimmtastic fairytale. (less)
"Adam snorted as he pulled on a faded green t-shirt that said "I Heart Coyotes." Yet another sign that folding my clean clothes wasn't too big a price to pay to make him happy. He didn't have any "I Heart Christy " shirts--or I would have burned them already."
"I thought we should apply that kind of thinking to the matter of Cristy's stalker." He gave me a skeptical look. "No, really," I said. "Now that we know that Flores is really this nasty, fiery, superpowerful nothing-can-kill-me demon from hell, maybe we should consider just giving Christy to him?" He laughed. "I'm serious," I said.
"Seriously? Do you know how many guilty people are in jail? None." Gary's voice rose to imitate a woman's voice. "Honest. I didn't kill him. He fell on my knife. Fourteen times."
You would think that our favorite coyote, Mercy, would have enough to deal with in her life when it comes to adversaries of the supernatural and furry variety. But she may have to confront her biggest challenge yet in the form of the former Mrs. Adam Hauptman. That's right, the ex is in trouble and on the run from her psycho boyfriend. And Adam wouldn't be the Adam that Mercy knows and loves if it wasn't in his nature to help others, especially the mother of his child.
The ex, Christy, is only safest in Adam's house and with his pack even though several things aren't quite adding up. But one thing is as clear as day, Christy wants Adam back and isn't afraid to play dirty to get him. Mercy isn't going to take this lying down, but Christy's peculiar psycho boyfriend may have more going on than some crazy stalker tendencies and as more bodies pile up, it's up to Mercy to put a stop to it.
Night Broken is certainly one of the more memorable entries in the world of Mercy Thompson. She's got bad guys...and girls all around and it's hard to know who she can truly trust! Christy's character is the one you love to hate. We'd been lucky for a while with her out of the picture, but since the character never died we knew she'd have to crop up sooner or later. And even death isn't always a guarantee that we'll be done with a character in the paranormal world, so it's always in our best interests to just wait and see. I did thoroughly enjoy this part of the book, even if Christy made me want to
Mercy's snark was of the highest order this time around and I found it refreshing. I loved this that novel tested the depth of Mercy and Adam's feelings for one another as well. They define what it is to be a unit. I think Adam fans in general will find him pretty swoon-worthy.
The villain was pretty interesting. I wasn't always sure what direction Briggs was going to take with his character so that helped keep the read very engaging. I did find myself annoyed more than once with Adam's pack though. It really disappointed me how they treated Mercy despite her dedication to them and the fact that she sticks her neck out there for their sakes time and time again. I really wish they would get over themselves. One saving grace is the fact that if they can't do it at once, they might be able to do it one by one. I thought the developments with Honey were well done and are a closer step in the direction of where things need to go.
My biggest gripe for the book would be the length. The latest Mercy books have felt too short to me. I mean, 350 pages might seem like enough but I feel like I whiz through it so fast. I could use another meaty 50-75 pages per entry. Additional pages would perhaps allow for more inclusion of side characters whose presence I found myself missing, namely Stefan. I know it's probably not very easy to figure out how to incorporate him now that Mercy's married to Adam, but I really like his character and his devotion to Mercy. Though he plays an important role, he is featured so little here and that makes me miss the old times. I am not very invested in the vampires as a whole in this world, just him. Briggs does a wonderful job at making me care more about pack matters in general, but I could still use a Stefan spin-off!
But all in all it's a good read and I think the fans will enjoy it immensely. The series still has a lot to offer and I look forward to what's next.
*ARC Provided by the Publisher. *Review also posted to Amazon. (less)
"I pinned him with pitying glare. 'That the best you got?" His eye flares at the challenge. 'No, this is.' His hand cupped his balls. 'According to Alice in Dispatch'--I lowered my gaze to his crotch and winced--'there ain't much magical about that wand."
"How do I know where you're really taking me? Maybe you got a plan to kidnap me and make me your sex slave." I scanned a dubious gaze over the man's ratty gray hair, serious dental hygiene crimes, and the dirt caked back under his nails. "It's tempting, but I think I can control myself today."
"I leaned against the counter and eyed the back of Danny’s head. His hair was in the style his peers favored—meticulous messiness. I swear the kid took half an hour applying goo to his hair so it could look exactly like it had when he rolled out of bed."
Well this was a fun one! Does the cover model remind anyone else of Olivia Munn? I should know!
I think this series is off to a great start. I don't really read too many police procedurals, but Dirty Magic makes it more interesting through incorporating paranormal elements in a traditional urban fantasy setting. The magic is really unique and I liked that it isn't totally flashy. It comes off as more scientific which makes the parallels between magic in this world and drugs in ours very believable.
Kate can be very funny and I think she's a good heroine so far. Though she has a tragic past, the series doesn't come off as too dark. I found myself quoting several hilarious lines though the latter half isn't quite as quotable as the first one. A few of the supporting characters should develop pretty nicely in the sequels, but I wasn't quite attached to them right away. I do sense a potential love triangle brewing, but I wouldn't be surprised if this series doesn't put a lot of focus on romance.
I'm very happy to have given Jaye Wells another shot. I tried a novel in her Sabina Kane series and it didn't really grip me, but Dirty Magic's witty dialogue, solid worth building, and character development put this series on track to become a potential favorite.
*ARC provided by the publisher. *Review also posted to Amazon.(less)
Being the fan that I am of crossovers and retellings of old tales, I figured this would be right up my alley, cheesy cover as...moreCheesy Cover, Good Story
Being the fan that I am of crossovers and retellings of old tales, I figured this would be right up my alley, cheesy cover aside. I'm a sucker for Disney and I make no apologies for it. After reading it I can confidentially say that the story is definitely better than the cover suggests.
One of the challenges of doing crossovers and retellings is that the author has to make the plot flow as cohesively as possible. I felt like this was handled well for the most part though there were a few subplots I didn't care about. Above all the novel needs to be able to stand on its own and I think there was enough original content, world building and history to accomplish that. Though I know how Jack the Ripper, Snow White, and Dracula end, I wasn't able to predict the direction of this book, which is a good thing.
While the story was enjoyable, I thought the actual characters were fairly flat and I wasn't totally invested in the romance. It was nice to see Alba Spencer's character as a barrister (a type of lawyer if you didn't know) and in a position to solve problems, but it just wasn't as compelling as I was hoping it would be for the majority of the novel. Her position does become more relevant and interesting toward the end, but by then it was too little too late for me. Dmitri's inner turmoil got a little tiresome at times as well, but his position as a surgeon leads to a few interesting plot twists.
If you plan to give this a shot keep in mind that this book is the second novel in this series, but it is written as a standalone. I haven't read the first book, but it's completely different and features different characters.
I have an idea of where this series is going to go. But after reading this book, I have no idea how long Karen Chance plans to take to...moreTempted to Stop
I have an idea of where this series is going to go. But after reading this book, I have no idea how long Karen Chance plans to take to get us there. For a two year wait I felt like it should have had more impact for me than it did. But the two year wait could have also been to its detriment. Considering my super long to-be-read list, I’m not really one to go back and re-read books unless I find it exceptional. So because of that I found myself occasionally confused this time around. This one didn’t quite draw me in as easily compared to the others either.
It definitely keeps to Karen Chance’s usual style of non-stop action to the point of where your head spins and occasional humor, but something felt missing for me this time around. I know what else (or rather who else) was missing as well, Mircea. In the earlier books I wasn’t necessarily Team Pritkin or Team Mircea because I’m just not that much of a Cassie fan, but I feel like she’ll ultimately end up with Pritkin. And books like this where Mircea is literally nowhere to be seen only reinforce that idea and further raise my heckles when it comes to my annoyance with this supposed love-triangle. It’s a pathetic one at best. After reading the Dorina Basarab books, Mircea has easily become one of my favorite characters of the series and I feel like while we see fantastic development for him there, he really gets the shaft here and I find that frustrating.
And you know what else is frustrating? Cliffhangers. We’re left with another one. Apparently this was originally 800 pages and Chance practically had to cut the book in half to get it published. After reading it that didn’t surprise me at all. I’m at a place now where I much prefer the Dory books because I find it has all of the plusses and none of the drawbacks that irk me with the Cassie books. I just wish Chance was able to produce both series in one year instead of alternating them every year.
I’m at the point where I’m contemplating dropping the Cassie books and focusing solely on the Dory ones. Since this book was really only half the story, I may read the next one but if I don’t connect with that one either, I’ll be hanging it up…unless the 8th book is the last one.
This was my first time reading a full length Larissa Ione novel. I believe I read a short story once upon a time but I can't remember wh...moreEntertaining!
This was my first time reading a full length Larissa Ione novel. I believe I read a short story once upon a time but I can't remember which one. I figured I'd rather start fresh with a new series to see if I enjoy her style, and after reading this novel I'd say I do! Though primarily a PNR, I thought it offered a satisfying dose of snark, comedy, and action. I liked the premise of vampires actually being the slaves this time around. At first glance it seems a bit ridiculous considering their place on the food chain, but humans have strength in numbers, resources and smarts and all of that plays a big part in this novel.
The love story between Riker and Nicole was satisfying enough. It felt like your standard fanfare in terms of progression for a standalone. Though I wasn't blown away by the book, I did appreciate the solid world building and the characters. It has potential to get better and better. I would consider reading the second book and I'd also considering giving her Lords of Deliverance series a try sometime down the line. It definitely won't be this year, but perhaps sometime in 2014. If you're in the mood for a lighter PNR, I'd recommend this one. It has dark themes at times, but it didn't really play on my angst strings very much.
I read the first Shadow Reader novel a couple of years ago, but due to the supposed cliffhanger nature of the second book I decided to hold off on continuing the series until it was completed. After a back-to-back read I don’t feel either novel was as strong as the original.
I do appreciate the world that Sandy Williams creates and how it intertwines and conflicts with the human world. The fae culture is very developed and unique in this series. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a boring read because things are constantly happening, but I honestly didn’t feel as if I was on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen either. I kind of figured out where things would go, it was just a matter of how the story would get there.
Most of the time I actually felt these books could be better suited to the young adult genre than the adult genre. Part of that could be due to how immature McKenzie is sometimes along with the usual interrupted opportunities. I am a big fan of good characterization (most of the time that keeps me engaged better than a plot will) and I felt like there was more to be desired when it comes to personality from these characters. I liked all of them more in the first book, but in the sequels there was more self-centered drama that I could have done without.
I felt like the love triangle was already settled in the first book, so I was annoyed with the perpetual reminders about why she chooses who she chooses. The life bond situation served to annoy me more than entertain because it unnecessarily reinforced that idea. That and its place in the story still didn’t make sense to me. She felt how she felt about that person before the bond, so why would she doubt her feelings now just because the feelings between both of them are connected? “Oh boo hoo, I’m connected to someone who loves me more than anything. Whatever shall I do?” Ultimately, I just really didn’t like the dynamics of the trio.
Flaws aside, I think it’s a fairly solid trilogy. It's just that my gripes are strong in this one.
I thought this was a great reference for unusual positions. It's not quite the same as having a live models, but the diversity of models will give an...moreI thought this was a great reference for unusual positions. It's not quite the same as having a live models, but the diversity of models will give an artist plenty of inspiration. (less)
Tempted by Blood is book 3 in Laurie London's Sweetblood series. The war continues between Guardians, the evolved race of vampires who cho...moreA Good Read
Tempted by Blood is book 3 in Laurie London's Sweetblood series. The war continues between Guardians, the evolved race of vampires who choose to protect humans, and Darkbloods, the more primitive vampires who want to maintain their heritage and culture, remaining at the top of the food chain. The focus of this book is on one special Guardian, Jackson. He takes pride in his work and finds himself protecting a teen girl who is the Darkblood's target. She is in the custody of her cousin, Arianna. Arianna works for a gaming company while maintaining a secret paranormal blog. Having always suspected that supernatural activity existed, she and Jackson cross paths trying to keep her cousin safe, and what she witnesses may expose them all.
I honestly didn't know this was a part of a series because the author does a really good job at providing back story. Jackson is indeed hott, but every time I think about him I imagine Taylor Kitsch. The cover doesn't really match him at all, especially when it comes to his multi-colored hair. Arianna is his love interest and she comes off as fairly ordinary in appearance, but Jackson loves that about her.
While this can be classified as paranormal romance, there's a good deal of action, plot and tension that keeps things very interesting. I actually felt as if this book balanced the elements really well. No, it's not the most original, but it's still an entertaining read. I think fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood would like this; I myself particularly appreciated normal names and villains that are actually intimidating.
Feel free to skip this paragraph because this may be considered a spoiler, but I was fine with the book up until the ending. In all honesty it was way too "Happily Ever After" for my tastes. I was hoping for a little more grit and I felt like this book could have taken a more interesting route. Tieing everything up into a perfectly neat bow was just cringe-worthy for me.
So aside from that one gripe, I recommend this book if you're searching for a new series. I was engaged all throughout, so that's a sign of a good read for me.
The cover suggests a slightly more mature theme, even within the YA genre. It can happen. I just finished reading a book where it happened. But 99% of the book is spent with her outside of this “Everneath”, resulting in a fairly uninteresting read. I read it quickly so I didn’t waste too much time on it, but I really don’t like it when covers are so deceptive.
Nikki is the central character of the story. 6 months ago she was taken to the Everneath by Cole, an immortal who used her life force to sustain his own and his Queen’s. She spends 100 years literally attached to Cole as he feeds from her. Once the feeding is done it is discovered that Nikki is a unique case, surviving it as most others wouldn’t. This suggests that she has a special power, making her very attractive to Cole. She has a choice to stay in the Everneath with him, but she decides to go back home to be with her family and her boyfriend, Jack, who was her biggest motivation to remain alive. However, going back to the real world puts her on a countdown to destruction, destining her to spend an eternity in the Underworld. She tries to live her life (or what she has left of it) but Cole is an obvious interference, desperately trying to convince her to be with him and rule the Everneath. But her heart is with Jack, putting her in a predicament and forcing her to look for any alternative she can find. And therein lies the story.
I didn’t really like how 100 years in the Everneath is only 6 months in the real world. That was too convenient. There is a lot of time jumping (showing POVs from past to present to past, etc. ) while counting down to the climax, but the build up isn’t intense. It’s very “day in the life”. The beginning ropes you in in hopes that you’re in for a super cool roller coaster ride, but then it turns into an unoriginal high school teen drama; I would have avoided this book had I known to expect that. In terms of characters, I preferred Cole simply because he was actually interesting and that was an actual challenge. Don’t get me wrong, he’s manipulative and a horrible love interest, but as a character I would have liked to have seen more. I like my villains to be more than one-dimensional. I started skimming the scenes with Jack after a while, though I got the point. This book was more teen romance with a dash of paranormal lore. Overall, if they took out the lore most of the book would be unaffected.
The best parts were the brief mythology references. While it seems as if the next book could focus on a little more adventure, I’m not taking the bait. There are two other potentially interesting worlds that we merely hear about: the Everneath and the Underworld, and I wanted Nikki to explore both. This was the chance for the series to stand out to me and it didn’t. It’s got pretty good ratings overall though, so maybe it’s just me. I might be willing to read the second book if she does explore these worlds in future books, but I’m not waiting with bated breath for it.
Maria Snyder is off to an excellent start with Touch of Power, Book 1 of The Healer series. The book centers on Avry of Kazan...moreEngaging All Throughout
Maria Snyder is off to an excellent start with Touch of Power, Book 1 of The Healer series. The book centers on Avry of Kazan, a young woman with special power to heal those around her while she absorbs their ailments. One would think that this would be a revered power, but instead it puts a huge target on her back. Suspected of creating the plague that wipes out a significant part of the population, Healers are now persecuted and murdered. Against her best interests Avry secretly continues to heal those in need, often exposing herself. To survive she must lead a nomadic and lonely lifestyle.
This all changes when she ends up abducted by a rebel group who needs her power to heal their leader who has been M.I.A. There’s a hitch of course; healing this leader will cost her own life. Their leader, Kerric, is a prince himself though unconventional with a set of magical powers all his own. Against her will, she treks on a journey with them facing off against mercenaries, the undead, and nature itself. She begins to bond with them much to her chagrin, and re-evaluates who the enemies really are.
There’s a lot of action, adventure and magic in this series that I really enjoyed. The character development is well done, keeping it fairly realistic in this fictional setting. They aren’t as one dimensional as I was fearing, so I really connected with the story. I would put Avry in the “strong heroine” category. She’s not too badass but she’s not a fool either, taking a lot of initiative and being extremely brave when necessary. Overall, I like her.
I think the magic was very interesting without being too confusing. I look forward to how that evolves over the course of the series. The villain was slightly on the predictable side, and I sort of predicted how this would ends since I know it’s the beginning of a series, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to where things go next.
I may start reading more YA series again. For a while I haven’t been enjoying them as much as their adult counterparts, but it seems as if YA books centered around adults is as good as anything for me. Avry is twenty, and many of the adult novels are centered on twenty-somethings too, so the overlap works. I definitely recommend this one.
A very interesting viewpoint on how the world was created as well as where we could be going. Having a science background would make it a lot easier t...moreA very interesting viewpoint on how the world was created as well as where we could be going. Having a science background would make it a lot easier to understand though. Some concepts went over my head, but overall it was worth the time. I may need to read it twice to fully understand it. I do think that religious people will have a problem with this publication as Stephen Hawking makes his atheism pretty apparent. While I'm not an atheist (I am more agnostic and decide to live by the golden rule), I do see how it could be difficult to convince a religious individual since many theories over the course of history have been debunked and even the current theories that can't be tested could be debunked. I am still left wondering how does one *really* know, one way or the other? A 200-paged publication obviously will not have all of the answers. (less)
This Haunted World is creepy! It kicks off with a wounded soldier explaining what happened on the battlefield. He descr...more*ARC Provided by Sea Lion Books
This Haunted World is creepy! It kicks off with a wounded soldier explaining what happened on the battlefield. He describes a mysterious tribe who completely annihilates his troop. Nobody believes him, but from the looks of it, they will soon wish they had. There is a good deal of disturbing imagery, suspense, and paranormal elements. The art is well done and several stills capture the characters expressions really well. It's certainly an interesting start to this series, leaving you wondering what's in store for the characters. (less)
Say it ain’t so!! So I find a series that I genuinely enjoy. No mopey heroine (okay, maybe she’s a little obnoxious, but at lea...moreA Hell of a Good Time!
Say it ain’t so!! So I find a series that I genuinely enjoy. No mopey heroine (okay, maybe she’s a little obnoxious, but at least she’s fun about it), no emo vampires, just lots of action and fun. While it wasn’t a cliffhanger, I finished this book thinking there would be more in store. Well unfortunately Cherie Priest was only contracted for two books, meaning this may be the last we see of Raylene and friends unless the books sell more. So I guess I’m doing my part and recommending you guys read this one if you enjoy light urban fantasy series.
I read Hellbent (Book 2 of the Cheshire Red Reports) before the first and I believe it works well as a standalone. Raylene, our favorite professional vampire thief, is settling in well at her new digs after her old warehouse/home was raided by the Feds. She’s picked up a couple of new roomies too: blind vampire Ian Stott and my personal favorite Adrian deJesus, ex-Navy Seal and Drag Queen extraordinaire. While unconventional, a sense of domesticity is established as Ian helps mentor the orphan siblings Pepper and Domino who we met in Bloodshot. Adrian is still primarily focused on finding his sister who had been abducted along with Ian for that top secret government experiment that left him blind.
There is more development with that plot point, clearly establishing it as an overarcing storyline in the series. Aside from that, the master of Ian’s house has been murdered and he’s slated to take his place. This doesn’t sitting right with his brother whose been waiting in the wings to take control. Ray must protect Ian from the target on his back while taking on a side quest to collect powerful ancient artifacts.
While the books feel like more of the same, I actually think I liked the second book a bit more than the first. The characters are becoming more familiar with each other and beginning to settle into a dynamic. Who am I kidding, I liked that there was more Adrian. He’s a great sidekick for Raylene and even though she’s more powerful as a vampire, his skills, wits, and determination, allow him to keep up with her fairly well. The series doesn’t have a lot going on in the romance department, but it seems like the author wants to test the waters between both Adrian and Ian. Though her chemistry with Adrian is even stronger in this book and almost non-existent with Ian.
The vampire politics were interesting and ended up being the center of some of the best action. The humor is as strong as ever and I found myself laughing out loud a number of times. The characters are all likable in their own way…even Ray’s new kitty cat. The ending is predictable, but it makes sense. Overall, Hellbent is and enjoyable ride, but what bring the series down a bit is that it should have been structured as a duology if there was a risk that so many loose ends would be there when it’s all said and done.
If there is a book 3, I want it right away. But if there isn’t I do plan to follow Cherie Priest’s steampunk series because she’s a good writer and I like her style.
*ARC provided by NetGalley *Review also posted to Amazon(less)
Normally I prefer to start a series with the first book, but when I saw Wayfinder (book 2 in the Worldwalker Duology) listed I couldn’t help myself. The cover was nice and premise sounded very interesting. Overall, it turned out to be an enjoyable read. This was a little more on the high fantasy side as opposed to urban fantasy because you spend a great deal of time in the Barrowlands (a post-apocalyptic land for their Faerie-kin). Thankfully, even though I didn’t read the first book the author catches you up to speed.
The book is centered on Lara Jansen, a not-so-ordinary tailor that has special powers allowing her to be a human lie detector. Her gift makes her very attractive for the beings of this other world, so she reluctantly trades her sewing kit for a magical staff that proves challenging to control… Or is it trying to control her? Either way, she needs it to fend off enemies in the Barrowlands as she tries to rescue her beloved Dafydd, the Seelie prince who originally sought her out for her gift to save his world. As she takes this journey she meets many powerful characters, some friend and some foe.
I found it very easy to immerse myself into the story. There’s a lot of decent action and world-building and the magic was cool. Lara isn’t particularly special or quirky, but the character experiences the necessary growth into her roles as a Truthseeker and then a Wayfinder. The romance for me is a little bland, but this may have been because I didn’t read the first book where a lot of the development happens. As it stands, this book didn’t need that angle to be interesting.
I liked the author’s writing style and I felt as if the pacing was just right. I enjoyed this book enough that I have added the first book to the TBR queue. As a Duology, we’re not committed to an on-going series which is good and bad. I appreciate that the books didn’t drag on, but I think this could have been a decent on-going series if handled well. Either way, I recommend this series.
This is a good reference guide with general knowledge on geography. I reviewed the e-arc and there were a lot of grammar mistakes that I hope will be...moreThis is a good reference guide with general knowledge on geography. I reviewed the e-arc and there were a lot of grammar mistakes that I hope will be fixed in the final version. I also own "My Grammar and I...or Should That Be Me?" from this series and I found it to be an even easier read because it was able to provide more examples. I felt like I retained more from that one than this one (that I didn't already know of course), but this one is a good reference to keep on hand. I STRONGLY discourage buying this as an e-book. I read this on my e-reader and the fact that I can't flip through the pages as easily is really nerve-wracking. E-readers are best for linear text (ie: fiction and non-fiction stories) and it's incredibly limiting when it comes to anything else. (less)
The pieces are all there for Laura Anne Gilman’s Tricks of the Trade. Your enjoyment will simply depend on your tastes as a reader. If you want mystery, there is tons of it. If you want mythical creatures, you get that too with a little comedy along the way. Basically, it delivers what it promises. Our protagonists are detectives of the PUPI (Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations) organization. It’s supposed to be pronounced as “puppy”, but my Kindle’s text-to-speech doesn’t seem to understand that. I’ll let you guess what it sounds like instead, but I can say that I got in a few immature chuckles at first. Anyway, these detectives have magical powers which allow them to solve paranormal cases. Interestingly enough, electronics interfere with their magic use, so they can’t use them. There are two cases: one is a murder mystery surrounding a murder/break-in, while the other looks to be an even bigger issue with an ancient creature targeting them.
To get to the bottom of everything they of course hit snags along the way, both professionally and personally. The POV switches between the main character, Bonnie, and her boss and reluctant love-interest, Venec. I usually don’t read a lot of books that switch between POVs and I found it a little confusing at times. It may have been because the ARC I received was not formatted. The only way I could signal the change was the switch from first person (for Bonnie) to third person (for Venec).
This series is supposedly standalone. They are all from Bonnie’s POV, though you get references to the cases in previous books. So on one hand you don’t necessarily have to start with the first book, but on the other hand that means you may not be able to rely on a lot of development for supporting chracters (aside from the slow going romantic development with Venec of course). Instead you will have to rely on the author’s good story-telling abilities to make the cases interesting.
All in all, it’s a solid read. I think I was personally in the mood for more of the world-building fantasy elements, which is why it wasn’t that enjoyable for me. But as I said before, it just depends on your tastes. It’s definitely worth giving it a try to see if it’s your cup of tea.
It's not badly written, but it's just not interesting at all. I couldn't get sucked into the world, and with a novella you've only got a short span of...moreIt's not badly written, but it's just not interesting at all. I couldn't get sucked into the world, and with a novella you've only got a short span of time to make an impact. The author is a decent writer though, so I do encourage her to keep going.
It is always touch and go when you decide to dive into a new series. I approached the first book of the Comarre trilogy with a little trepidation thinking that it could just be eye candy and little else. I’ve been burned before on that one. Thankfully, this is worth a read.
It primarily follows Chrysabelle, a member of a special breed of humans known as the Comarre. Their blood is especially potent, making them ideal companions to vampires. Once their “blood rights” are claimed, a Comarre or Comar (for males) can only be released from their bond by their vampire patron’s will or if their patron dies. Crysabelle’s patron…dies, but it turns out he was murdered and it is looking like she is the culprit. That is certainly a no-no in their society, so Crysabelle goes on the run until she can figure out his murderer and clear her name. She runs into Malkom, a vampire who has remained far removed from their society. He has his own demons to fight and as they work together, they have to stop an even greater evil from gaining power that could destroy mankind and the vampire society alike.
I read this book coming off the heels of a super fast-paced series. I can say that the slower pace was welcome. It’s not too slow, but it’s just right to keep you from becoming bored. I can be easily annoyed by the female leads when it comes to urban fantasy series, but thankfully Crysabelle is a likable heroine and the Comarre society is interesting. I enjoyed the build up of tension between Crysabelle and Malkom and I expect that to continue through the other two books in the series. The supporting cast could be improved. There was one character I rather liked, but everyone else seemed more generic and disposable.
The biggest plus to this series is that each new installment is only one month apart, so there will be no significant waiting to see what happens next and no long-term commitment. It only gets 4 stars because it wasn’t super intense to the point of where it was hard to put the book down. The story is still pretty good though and because of that, I certainly plan to keep up with this one. (less)
This Angel omnibus includes 12 stories, so you definitely get your fill. It’s like a marathon. I enjoyed the dialogue, pacing...moreARC Provided by NetGalley
This Angel omnibus includes 12 stories, so you definitely get your fill. It’s like a marathon. I enjoyed the dialogue, pacing, and action, but the art could have been better. The coloring was acceptable, but nothing to write home about. In terms of proportions and character design, there wasn’t always a good consistency, so at best I was indifferent about reading the story in this form since I didn’t necessarily like or hate looking at it. It should sell because of its title, but if it was a relatively unknown series, the art itself wouldn’t compel me to pick it up.
All in all, I think that if you enjoy urban fantasy and enjoyed the Angel series, you might enjoy this. I watched the show occasionally, so I am not quite a die hard fanatic, but I can say from experience that I don’t always enjoy every medium for a series I like. Because of that I can’t guarantee that Angel fans would like this. I just know that when it comes to the story, it is good enough for me to want to read more installments. (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.
This series is awesome! If you're a fan of zombie movies like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, then you'll love this. Husband and wife team, Dave and...moreThis series is awesome! If you're a fan of zombie movies like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, then you'll love this. Husband and wife team, Dave and Sarah, are in the Zombie-killing business--and business is a-booming. That is, until they discover a new strain of Zombie; one that is stronger, faster, and smarter. How will they get out of this one? It has you at the edge of your seat. They run into a doctor whose working on a cure, but needs their help to acquire zombies to be his "test subjects." They also gain a side kick named, Robbie; he's pretty resourceful 11-year-old who provides many laughs and smart-alecky comments.
I didn't read book 1 of this series, and I didn't really need to. Book 2 never really made me feel like I missed a beat. Very entertaining and engaging ride with a great dose of comedy, action, horror, and a touch of romance. I highly recommend this series. I will soon read book 1 and anxiously await book 3. (less)
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.