I think I went into this with much higher expectations for how I'd like Callie (Caliandra). Our first scene with her however left me feeling irritatedI think I went into this with much higher expectations for how I'd like Callie (Caliandra). Our first scene with her however left me feeling irritated and thst persisted til closer to the end. She's judgmental, argumentative and clueless much of the time. Other characters give her sound advice, but she's ok with ignoring it, or claiming its too hard or wanting others to change instead. She's young, though that's hardly an excuse when her younger sister is more level headed.
I was also kind of uncertain why Royth, the Seer, didn't just tell everyone about his vision. He was the SEER, they already trusted him and turned to him explicitly for his guidance. He was literally the one person who could have said "Look I saw bad shit go down." and he'd have support. Hell between his declaration and the proof from Kells, Callie would have had time to focus on the important parts of the plot. Like Minister Usurper....more
More of a 3.5 really. Here's the thing, I had some trouble buying into the mastermind in the end. Also my god hospital security is hella lax.
As an expMore of a 3.5 really. Here's the thing, I had some trouble buying into the mastermind in the end. Also my god hospital security is hella lax.
As an experiment this worked well I think. I've seen far more dicussion with each new chapter release then in most books I read. This did feel like the old Point thriller books though--or even the RL Stine books. Most chapters ended on some sort of OMG moment, relying on the reader's need to know what happens to drive their motivation to keep going.
Plus not for anything but by the end there's at least a dozen people--teen mostly--kidnapped, assaulted and/or killed in what? 2 months? Less? At what point should the federal gov been intruding all over the place bc in TV they seem to show up for any murder count above 3......more
Two things stopped me from enjoying this book as much as I wanted to:
1) I did not like Laura, or her friends. Not a single one of them. 2) This book hTwo things stopped me from enjoying this book as much as I wanted to:
1) I did not like Laura, or her friends. Not a single one of them. 2) This book has atmosphere aplenty and that's about it.
There is no common sense to be heard of from these kids. None. Not a single iota. A volcano erupts and instead of staying inside they run around Rome (sometimes with a teacher, most of the time not). Weird shit constantly (and I do mean constantly) happens around our main character Laura and she just sort of freaks out silently, but tells no one.
An entire hostel worth of people are getting deathly ill so Laura and her friends decide to run off into Rome.
Morris describes Rome in wonderful detail (at least insofar as I can see, it sounds like what I see of Rome in pictures and videos) and she sets the mood for this epic war of the Gods...but at the end of the day its all teenage hormones all the time. Laura spent just as much time worrying if Dan (a classmate she sort of finds cute) found her cute as she did about the birds dive bombing her head.
Part of the problem is that I've read so many stories at this point which feature teens/young adults who find out they are an important piece of an age old battle between ancient Gods/Goddesses. I'm not entirely sure what was important about Laura beyond her nifty stone from her grandfather who apparently picked it up after World War II.
Compare her against Percy Jackson or Ashline Wilde or Gwen Frost or ANY of the recent Medusa-related books I've read and quite frankly Laura is lacklustre. She was ineffectual. I thought Maia was more useful and reliable, but she didn't have main character charisma/personality.
Unlike with Ruined, THE ETERNAL CITY doesn't offer me enough to find interesting in the characters as well as the city itself. And that's a damn shame because I had high hopes for this.
Realistically this is more of a 3.5 for me....but as someone who has always been suspicious of Peter Pan, I appreciate Jensen agreeing with me so thatRealistically this is more of a 3.5 for me....but as someone who has always been suspicious of Peter Pan, I appreciate Jensen agreeing with me so that earns it another half star.
There has been a lot of different renditions of Hook in my life time--the move HOOK with Dustin Hoffman, PETER PAN with Jason Issacs, PETER PAN with Christopher Walken, PAN with Hugh Jackman, Disney's animated Hook, WENDY AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES' animated Hook, Syfy's NEVERLAND's Hook, ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME's Killian Jones/Hook...
And that has nothing on the LITERARY versions...
So Hook has gotten a lot of play in the last 30 years or so okay? This however was an intriguing take as it focuses more on the man who was Hook before, during and after being Pan's "foe" Captain Hook. and that peaked my interest like you wouldn't believe....more
My love of the EMPOWERED comic series compelled me to buy this, a compilation of the specials released for various reasons. Interestingly some a goodMy love of the EMPOWERED comic series compelled me to buy this, a compilation of the specials released for various reasons. Interestingly some a good amount were in full color and many were drawn by Guest artists.
I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. That may sound odd, as why would I be wasting time on a book that I don't think I'd enjoy, but much like theI was pleasantly surprised by this comic. That may sound odd, as why would I be wasting time on a book that I don't think I'd enjoy, but much like the Zack Davisson (who wrote the forward to this volume) I've read too many comics (or novels) where the appropriation of the foreign culture is off putting.
Also historically my track record with IMAGE Comics has not been stellar as of late.
So I went into WAYWARD a little hesitant, but willing to try. I'm glad I did because it was enjoyable.
Its not for everyone though - there's some topics dealt with that aren't perhaps dealt with as well as they could be (namely Rori's coping mechanism) and some which won't make sense to the reader without the helpful back notes. Zub tosses you into what life is like for Rori--a half Japanese/Half-Irish teenager who's research doesn't prepare her well enough for life in Tokyo.
Rori, who's used to being "cool" in Ireland for her mixed heritage is suddenly pretty much a social outcast because she isn't on the level of her peers. She's struggling to keep up with what their teacher is saying only to have him privately warn her that her natural hair color was disruptive so maybe she should dye it dark.
That's pretty simple stuff for her to deal with next to the supernatural crazy that erupts around her though.
By the end of the 5 issues contained in the volume I was kind of feeling at odds with the pacing and the development. A lot of things HAPPEN with little context or reason, much of it left to the reader to discern why Rori suddenly can see these red threads (of fate).
I am interested in seeing how the secret(s) her mother hid from her will play out, and I generally found the characters to be interesting (though a little broadly written in terms of personality, they fit certain stereotypes initially and grow only a fraction by the end).
I'll warn for violence and for something that is personal to Rori (view spoiler)[she cuts "alone" into her arm, though we're shown this only once and its not made clear why no one can see the marks on her arm when she wears short sleeved shirts often enough (hide spoiler)]. and language, though that's not a big issue.
Insofar as cultural appropriation goes...its hard to tell since Rori had a certain perception of the culture via her mother and Zub tries to convey that in how the reader experiences Tokyo. Whether or not this will change as the series goes on I can't say however.
There was definitely something...sumputuous about this book. Draven is at pains to describe the world and motivations of the primary characters. The 3There was definitely something...sumputuous about this book. Draven is at pains to describe the world and motivations of the primary characters. The 3rd person perspective goes between Martise and Silhara, offering the reader a sometimes unnecessary but often intriguing dichotomy of perception.
I will say while the relationship between the two built nicely it did kind of sideline the plot at times....more
Okay folks first full disclosure, I'm friendly with the author. We talk non-book stuff and in the past hung out at various events. She's awesome and bOkay folks first full disclosure, I'm friendly with the author. We talk non-book stuff and in the past hung out at various events. She's awesome and before being an author was a book blogger I admired. This in no way influenced my rating.
Previous to this book I've had 2ish brushes with the Four Horsemen. In Highlander, with my one time all consuming crush Methos, Charmed where Apocalypse = Capitalism (no seriously it did) and in a Vertigo comic series I remember vaguely only because it had nudity and I read it at like 13. I barely have religious understanding of them.
Corwin's take humanizes (ahahaha you have no idea how funny that is considering the main character's intro) them while running them through the cosmic ringer. Fate, life, love...at the end of the day (end of times?) none of that matters if you refuse to speak up and do what needs to be done. Watch as they learn the hard way!
**spoiler alert** Soooo....guess I'm eating my hat. Unlike Party Games which promised horror and gave readers red herrings, this Fear Street novel was**spoiler alert** Soooo....guess I'm eating my hat. Unlike Party Games which promised horror and gave readers red herrings, this Fear Street novel was like "Death! All the death! Death for you, death for your family...everybody gets death!"
(I like how we've now adjusted the series for this to "Fear Street Relaunch", this is actually a good idea since those who read the old Fear Streets may kind of be like "wait...CONTINUITY". Or that's just me. Moving on)
Pop Quiz Time Fear Street Fiends:
Your therapist offers you a job working with a "perfect angel" of a child. Its extraordinarily, some might even say improbably, good money for minimal effort. The caveat being the last baby sitter just up and disappeared. Having lived near Fear Street long enough to hear the rumors would you:
A) assume the baby sitter was at fault, because awww the kid is so cute! B) have a bit of self-preservation instinct and ask questions like "I'm in therapy for severe nightmares brought on by my father's traumatic death, why give me the care of a child?" C) Ignore your suspicions because you think your boyfriend may be cheating on you with your best friend so that's more important. D) those rumors about Fear Street are unfounded and unjustified
You've miraculously survived babysitting the angel of a kid, however you are seeing some rather strange sights and your pesky PTSD from your father's traumatic death seems to be getting worse. Do you:
A) allow everyone to reassure you that the strange sights you saw are meaningless because awww the cute kid loves you! B) Be rather concerned that no one else is concerned that you are having these traumatic moments and seek new outside help. C) Ignore your suspicions because you think your boyfriend may be cheating on you with your best friend so that's more important. D) It can't possibly be related to the rumors about Fear Street, so why does it matter?
You made your concerns about your PTSD known and things seem to have calmed down. Until that girl who used to date your boyfriend winds up dead after warning you about said boyfriend. Do you:
A) Assume she's just batshit cray-cray with jealousy and her death has nothing to do with your boyfriend because awwww the cute kid loves him! B) Be VERY concerned because wtf she died not even a block away after warning you about your increasingly suspicious boyfriend. C) Ignore your suspicions because you think your boyfriend may be cheating on you with your best friend so that's more important. D) Pfft just because she happened to die in a gruesome manner on Fear Street doesn't mean it has anything to do with those unfounded and unbelievable rumors about Fear Street.
Now you've gone and done it. You've found out your boyfriend is related to the angelic child (and your best friend?), you've learned that the former babysitter is now in a looney bin, and your best friend has told the police that you're seeing things. Do you:
A) Assume you're going crazy and it has nothing to do with the kid because awww cute kid! B) Take a step back and realize "Wait. No. This really feels like a conspiracy guys!" and go to a higher authority with hard proof of said conspiracy. C) Ignore your suspicions because you think your boyfriend may be cheating on you with your best friend (HIS COUSIN?!) so that's more important. D) Just because your very suspicious boyfriend's best friend who made a move on you wound up dying in a horrible horrible manner just steps away from the kid's house on Fear Street doesn't mean that those rumors are true!
Well somehow, by some plot deus ex machina, you survived. The real murderers are behind bars, the angelic kid is gone from your life, you've moved away and you're finally feeling mentally healthy again. Do you:
A) Stop to reflect on the fact everyone you trusted was completely okay with making you out to be certifiably insane to protect that awww cute kid! B) Realize you should have had your suspicions much quicker so from now on you'll listen to your better instincts. C) miss the boyfriend who was ready to let you believe he was cheating on you with your best friend (his cousin?!) and let you be carted away as crazy (at least until that plot deus ex machina occurred). D) Seriously none of this has anything to do with the rumors about Fear Street. Its all a bunch of coincidences.
Dear Fear Street Fiends let me assure you if you chose any answer but "B" in any of the questions you obviously should move to Fear Street because you're the type of rube they're looking for.
Real Estate is cheap! Get in while you still can! ...more