Loved this one for many reasons. Loved Niall. OMG! Love the Scottish accent. Also, loved the crossover to the non-vampire characters. I love that theLoved this one for many reasons. Loved Niall. OMG! Love the Scottish accent. Also, loved the crossover to the non-vampire characters. I love that the trio attended Chloe and Brandon's wedding. This one was a little long though. ...more
Fantastic follow up to THE HOLLOWED ONES. I haven't read anything, but it feels like this is the end. So, maybe there are only two books to this storyFantastic follow up to THE HOLLOWED ONES. I haven't read anything, but it feels like this is the end. So, maybe there are only two books to this story. This is action packed. The wilderness survival really plays a big part since they are on the road for most of the book. Also, talk about a unique solution to the vampire problem! Kudos to Lauren Bickle for this idea. Thinking outside the box. ...more
The beginning was awkward. The middle was good. But, the ending was rushed. Plus. There is a really weird panel toward the end that I can't figure outThe beginning was awkward. The middle was good. But, the ending was rushed. Plus. There is a really weird panel toward the end that I can't figure out what is happening. It could have been left out and I would have been happy. All in all, this graphic novel adaptation of EIGHTH GRADE BITES was just okay. ...more
This graphic novel was a long time coming. When I read TANTALIZE in 2007, my first blog post on Karin’s Book Nook, I wished there had been more aboutThis graphic novel was a long time coming. When I read TANTALIZE in 2007, my first blog post on Karin’s Book Nook, I wished there had been more about Kieren. Now, finally, we get to see his point of view.
Kieren is in love with his best friend, Quincie. Their relationship should be no problem because he knows she feels the same way about him, but Kieren is a hybrid werewolf and will need to leave to join the pack soon. He knows it will break her heart when he leaves and if they are romantically involved it will make it even harder for Quincie. Keeping his distance from her is difficult, but for the best. He manages just fine until Quincie’s parents are killed in a car accident. Kieren can’t help but be there to support her.
His concern for Quincie grows when she starts spending more time with the new chef at her parent’s restaurant. Her uncle convinced her to change the theme to attract the wannabe vampire crowd. The transformation takes a lot of work – decisions about the new decor and new menu seem to take all of her time. Kieren doesn’t trust Brad, the new chef. Something doesn’t seem right about him and when people start disappearing from the community, Kieren gets even more concerned.
Watching the mystery unfold through Kieren’s eyes is just as exciting as reading TANTALIZE from Quincie’s point of view. The only thing that prevents this from being a great graphic novel is the art. The illustrations are too rough. All the people look old because of the hard lines used to draw them. Even Kieren’s 4-yr-old sister looks too old. Color would have made it better too. The cover illustration is beautiful, it’s a shame the same artist didn’t do the inside panels.
The art work aside, this is a must read for lover’s of the world created for TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED....more
Rather than give a traditional review I'm going to just give the reasons I love this series. CHANGES is #12 of the Harry Dresden series so reviewing tRather than give a traditional review I'm going to just give the reasons I love this series. CHANGES is #12 of the Harry Dresden series so reviewing this title would give away some important plot points of the earlier books. I've read books #1 - #11 and listened to the audiobooks of #1 - #3 even after I'd already read them. James Marsters (SPIKE from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is the narrator and he does a fantastic job of bringing Harry to life.
Harry Dresden is a wizard. In fact, he is the only public wizard in Chicago and even has an ad in the phone book to try and drum up business. He does work for the Chicago PD on occasion whenever they have cases that seem "strange."
Harry Dresden comes into contact with other wizards, both good and bad, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and a myriad of other supernatural beings. He does it all with sarcastic humor that will make the reader laugh out loud.
Jim Butcher also does a great job of developing his secondary characters in this series, the most important probably being Karrin Murphy. (Sidenote: My name is Karin - if only Jim Butcher would have left out that extra R it would have been spelled just like mine. Also, I loved hearing James Marsters say my name on the audio book. If only he were whispering it in my ear!! HA HA HA)
Specifically, about CHANGES, it is probably the best book in the series. Jim Butcher gives his readers a thrilling ride and leaves them begging for the next installment. If you haven't read this series yet, go get the first one NOW!!!
I gave it the YA CROSSOVER button because there is no reason high school kids couldn't read and enjoy this series. There isn't much sex or language to worry about....more