This is the last graphic novel in the series, and I had high expectatioOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts.
Holy moly was this a roller coaster ride!
This is the last graphic novel in the series, and I had high expectations. Luckily, this novel met them and went a couple notches further!
Dodge, now inhabiting Bode's body, has a grand scheme of power, and its up to the Locke family and others to stop him.
It's hard to know where to start, that's how much this book thrilled me, so I'm just gonna stick to my usual format.
The artwork was handled masterfully as usual. Huge kudos there.
The characters were great too. Kinsey and Tyler are pretty much on their own at the beginning, and they do the best they can given their situation. I do wish they would've wised up a bit earlier, but I've already stated that in other volume reviews so I'll stop being grumpy. There were also a number of other more supportive characters that got involved that really made the difference and kept things entertaining.
And the plot? Oh lordy. This volume was a dark one. I mean it, so if you're going to read this, be prepared for some terrible times. At the same time, I couldn't keep my eyes off the pages. I enjoyed watching Dodge's plan unfold, and the gruesome happenings around it, even if it made me cringe a little here and there. I really liked the ending (not spoiling anything, I swear!), and now I'm a little bit sad this series is over because I know I'll have a hard time finding something that'll compare.
In the end, I'm so glad I gave this series a chance. It's dark and gritty, but also filled with magic and wonder. Joe Hill is seriously talented, and I'll be keeping my eyes out for other works of his going forward, especially graphic novels. Give this series a read, you won't be disappointed!...more
Past is prologue, and that can't be stressed enough in this fantastic volume of Locke & Key.
With the long battle against Dodge seemingly over, Tyler and Kinsey discover a new key that allows them to travel in the past. On their quest for knowledge they discover the trials their father and his group of friends went through and much more.
Finally, the answers we've been looking for! I have to say, it's a big relief to find out what really happened all those years ago, and the ride was epic!
This time, the characters were quite a bit different. Rather than solely focusing on the present Locke children, this volume focused on Rendell Locke and his group of friends. I really enjoyed their dynamic. They had tension and drama, but their struggles felt real and it was easy to relate to each one of them. They really had a good handle on the keys, and I understand a bit better how much harder it is for the present Locke children (not that I completely forgive them for their handling of the crisis).
The artwork was phenomenal as usual. No complaints here!
On the plotting side, both the present and the past really drew my attention from the start. The big clock made an earlier appearance in one of the other novels, and ever since I've been wondering what exactly it does. Well now I know, and I really wanna steal that clock to take a trip down memory lane. Can I, please?
We also got to go back in time way before Rendell and his pals got into all that trouble, and that provided even more answers about all things in general that really fleshed everything out to a higher level. There is some messed up stuff in the past, I'm just saying!
I'm still very worried about the present and Bode's current situation, but with only one more volume left, I know we're going to get some serious resolution across the board. I can't wait to see what happens!...more
I am really loving this series. Following up from the second volume, this one did not disappoint. Dodge is on Original Review at Jaunts & Haunts.
I am really loving this series. Following up from the second volume, this one did not disappoint. Dodge is on the hunt for the omega key and will do anything to find it. With their mother out of commission with extreme drinking issues, the Locke children must stand up and fight for their home as it's invaded by an army of shadows.
This volume was nearly perfect.
As always I enjoyed the characters. Nina (the mom) took a lot of the attention in certain parts, and it was heartbreaking to see her delve deeper into her alcoholism to cope with her life, especially when her children are present. I also really enjoyed Kinsey's journey this time and her search for answers. Though she doesn't have fear, she is learning to be more rational and a bit less impulsive. Maybe she doesn't need her fear after all?
Bode and Tyler didn't have specifically riveting arcs in this one, but Tyler did end up surprising me and I enjoyed what he did immensely, so kudos to him!
The plot was really great. While volume two was a bit more cerebral, this one took us back into the action of it all. I was hanging on the edge of my seat the entire time (mainly because I was gunning for a meteor to crash into Dodge's dumb face). There was real balance in this graphic novel between the family drama, searching for answers, the discovering of new keys, and the epic battle against the shadows.
One quip I do have is that overall I think the Locke children's tactic of defeating Dodge is lacking a bit. They seem to react more than take initiative, and while they don't have all the explanations and answers they need, nothing is stopping them from training themselves with the keys they have to defend themselves. Why can't they just do that? I don't expect Bode to take that approach due to his age, but Kinsey has no fear. Certainly she would bring this up.
Other than that, I have no complaints. This series is shaping up to be a forever favorite of mine, and if you like action, mystery, and tense family drama this is for you! ...more
Wow, I mean, just wow! With a series, I always get nervous that the second book is going to be a disappointmenOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts.
Wow, I mean, just wow! With a series, I always get nervous that the second book is going to be a disappointment, especially after I gobbled up the first book in no time. That was not the case with this novel.
Head Games follows right after the events of Welcome to Lovecraft. Dodge is on the loose wreaking havoc, while the Locke family investigates the magic keys in possession and their own personal mysteries of the past and present.
Everything I loved about the first graphic novel was present in this one too, and I was overjoyed.
The art is stunning, gritty, and a bit grotesque at times, but rendered expertly. I'm still in awe of how well produced the artwork was.
All of the characters were entertaining, had depth, and kept my attention the whole time. Dodge continues to be a great villain and went a step further in this one. It was so easy to badmouth him every time he showed up on the page. I mean seriously, go back to the well where you belong!
With the multiple perspectives, I especially liked that not all of them were from the Locke family. At the same time, I did feel from time to time that some of the perspective switches were a little fast for my liking.
The plot was great, and this volume had something of a psychological thriller vibe to it that surprised me in a good way.
Magic key madness continues in this novel, and I was living for it every step of the way.
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I gave this graphic novel five stars!
I don't often find time for graphic novels with all the books I read, but I had to read this after learning the Netflix series was originally a set of graphic novels. I am so glad I did!
In this novel, we follow the lives of the remaining members of the Locke family after a tragic and violent incident. Trying to pick up the shards of their lives, the Locke family moves to Matheson, MA to their house deemed the 'keyhouse' to start anew. However, the past and present are filled with dangerous secrets, and soon they find themselves at risk once more.
This was hands down a phenomenal read.
I loved the artwork. The style was great, beautifully rendered, and really captured my attention. Every couple of pages I would just look at the artwork and think "Man, this is awesome."
The characters felt three-dimensional, had plenty of depth, and felt fully realized. Much as adaptions go, don't expect a replica of the Netflix series. Kinsey, Tyler, and their uncle felt somewhat similar to how they were portrayed in the show, while Bode felt a bit more rambunctious and their mother seemed much more realistic given their situation. I especially liked their witty, real responses to one another, and the tension was definitely there, especially with Tyler.
The plot had me from page one, and I finished this in one go. Moving to escape tragedy and finding keys that can do strange, magical things? Sign me up! Compared to the Netflix series, this graphic novel had a darker, raw filter that was engaging and pulled off expertly. I specifically enjoyed the backstories and how it wasn't censored down. There were moments of blood and gore where needed, but it wasn't excessive.
Overall, I absolutely loved this novel and am super hyped about this series. So ready tackle the next one! If you haven't read this one yet, definitely give it a try. You won't regret it!...more
Eternal Myths is a two-part short story cOriginal review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this ebook five fantastic stars!
Man oh man did I love this book!
Eternal Myths is a two-part short story collection focused on a main character Nimue and other recognizable characters from Camelot. Magic has made Nimue and others immortal, but just because life has been drab for a century or two doesn't mean something crazy isn't lurking around the corner!
I enjoyed everything about these stories.
The characters were great. Nimue is a no-nonsense character who is loyal to her friends but honestly wants to enjoy the rest of her immortality in peace. She's arguably the most grown up of the characters, although I also think she projects that image of herself. Either way, it's great, and I loved her personality and how it differed with each character based on their history. Other characters were executed well like Morgan, Merlin, and the Lady of the Lake.
The plot was intriguing for both stories and had plenty of magic and mayhem. The first was a bit shorter and was more personal for Nimue, while the second was longer and finished out what the first story started flawlessly. I loved all the little twists and turns in each story, and I was captivated the entire time.
I am so glad I gave this author's work a chance. Her spin on mythology was mesmerizing, and her skill with the written word is amazing. Definitely give this one a shot!...more
I have to say, this was a phenomenal ending to the series, and I am veOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this novel four and a half stars.
I have to say, this was a phenomenal ending to the series, and I am very happy I finished this series.
Continuing from the second book, a lot is up in the air. Citra and Rowan are seemingly gone, and Scythe Goddard is now in control of North Merica. With this new world order, the planet seems to be teetering on the edge of something chaotic. Can anyone stop Goddard and his insatiable lust for power and control before things get even worse?
There are so many great things about this book.
The characters, first and foremost were what really made this journey a great one. There are plenty of characters in this book, maybe technically too many, but Shusterman spins an interconnected web between them that makes each of them vital, salient to the plot. Obviously, Citra and Rowan are my favorites, and I enjoyed seeing them continue to fight for a better world. I will say that they didn't have as much progression as they did in books one and two, but that didn't bother me. I think they simply plateaued as people.
Greyson was probably the biggest shock for me. In the second book, he kind of came off as a poser to me, and going in I still had that feeling. But he really did grow on me and I think he had some great progression, enough to make me think at the end 'You're okay kiddo, you're okay.' I also loved Jeri's gender fluid character. They get major kudos for bringing attention to non-binary individuals as well as some major support through this novel.
The plot was riveting. We kind of start the book with a hard reset. The way back to a better world is going to be a rollercoaster ride, and that's exactly what we got. Mystery, action, and double crosses in spades!
I will admit that the first half of the book definitely had its slower moments, but at a certain point there's a shift and things just keep amping up. And those last 100 pages? That's why this is a four and a half star and not just four stars. I was blown away in those last pages. Obviously I can't spoil it for you, but I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was so wrong! I loved the shift that happened and the ending that resulted.
Overall, this book and series are unforgettable, and it ranks right up there with Lois Lowry's Giver series. If you like YA/Dystopian with a thoughtful twist, give this series a read! ...more
I loved this anthology of horror stories just as much as I did The Anomaly Archives. Liebert has a great style t4.5/5
Travis Liebert has done it again!
I loved this anthology of horror stories just as much as I did The Anomaly Archives. Liebert has a great style that's so easy to read and follow, and I like that he's not scared to switch between first and third person in separate stories. The horror was deliciously evil and ever present.
Anthologies are a bit tricky to rate, so I've summed up each story below for simplicity. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Prologue- I don't typically make notes on a prologue, but this was haunting and ominous. It completely amped me up for the horrors to come. That poem at the end of it gave me chills!
The Last Supper - Noah and his son Aiden wander the streets hungry and homeless. Desperate for relief, Noah prays to a bizarre message graffitied in a back alley and gets exactly what he asks for. Be careful what you wish for. 4/5
The Jesters- On the way to work one morning, Mark accosts a pair of jester street performers, triggering a night of demented and psychological torture.4/5
The Great Shadow- Leah has been terrified of the dark ever since the incident at the hospital right before her grandma died. Years later on a trip with friends, she discovers what has been lying in wait for her. 5/5
Pushing Daisies- A group of friends play a prank that goes horribly wrong. They soon realize that their troubles are far from over. 5/5
Guardian Angel- A fun, disturbing letter from a concerned father about his son and his 'guardian angel. 4/5
The Orphan- A married couple adopts a young orphan. They soon discover there is something very dark and troubling about him. 5/5
A Mother's Love- A very disturbing poem about a woman who just had a stillbirth. 4/5
The Apostle's Cure- Desperate to save his terminal wife, a man entrusts her life to a strange doctor and an experimental treatment. 5/5
Lament- An old man journeys to the gravesite of his dear friend sixty years later and makes a startling discovery. 5/5
The Poet- A poet struggles to find inspiration after suffering a brain injury in a car accident. Desperate to feel depth of emotion, she finds the solution in a dark place. 5/5
Portrait of the Artist as a Dead Man- A dark poem centered around a misunderstood man named Willy and his internal struggle. 4/5
Return of the Vivisector- A man investigates a local mass suicide, arriving at dark realizations and revelations. 5/5
Mother- A thirteen year old girl and her father roam the country looking for her mother, but when she dares to look further into her past, she makes a startling realization that shakes her world to the core. 5/5
The First Bishop- A struggling priest is given new authority when a spirit visits him. With his new voice, he leads his new congregation in a terrifying new direction. 5/5
The Dream Plague- A small town's residents are deeply disturbed by communal dreams that order them to follow dark demands. 5/5...more
This time, we are in Marco's POV. After discovering a potential Yeerk plOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this book four and a half stars!
This time, we are in Marco's POV. After discovering a potential Yeerk plot to infect the National Guard, the Animorphs split up into teams to address the threat. Marco's team's goal is to travel to the state capital and contact the governor about the Yeerk crisis, but with their lack of information can they really trust the governor isn't already infected? Is this just an exercise in futility?
This ramp up to the end of the series has been amazing. The last two books were wonderful, and this one is no different.
Marco's POV was great. His team is comprised of him, Ax, and Tobias, and I enjoyed the witty banter between them. Considering how dark things are getting it was nice to have a couple laughs here and there. Marco was portrayed expertly, and while he didn't necessarily have a ton of character progression, we did get to see just how far he's come from the beginning of this epic saga. Marco shows his intelligence, charm, and wit under chaotic circumstances, and he's not a bad temporary leader for Ax and Tobias.
Once again, the plot totally blew me away. Every scene was action-packed, and I loved every minute of it. The stakes are high, and the Yeerk's threat level only continues to increase. There's a constant sense of tension that really draws the reader in. I read this in two goes and simply couldn't put it down. Some of my favorite scenes were where they acquired the ducks and the end of the boat scene (not going to say any more than that to avoid spoilers).
One thing I would've liked to see reflected a bit more was the world's view on the events that were occurring. The Yeerks aren't really hiding anything anymore, so it's kind of hard to believe that people would carry on with their day like nothing's happening when there are crazy Dracon beams firing and intensified violence. Besides that, I have no complaints.
I really loved this book, and it easily made my favorites list of Animorphs books. Definitely worth a read! ...more
I've never read anything in the Wild Cards universe and found thiOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this short story five superpowered stars!
I've never read anything in the Wild Cards universe and found this free read on Tor's website. Man was I blown away!
In this story, we follow Rikki, a superpowered 'joker', who wants to go on an adventure with her friends outside of Jokerstown. She's never been to Central Park, and why can't she and her joker friends go, even if the nats will stop and stare?
This was truly great. The characters were relatable, unique, and had their own quirks about them. I loved each of their unique powers, even if some of them weren't quite so useful. They made a great rag-tag team of buddies.
The plot was simple but handled expertly, and I couldn't get enough. There is obviously so much more to this universe and I have to know more!
Though there were terms I didn't understand at first, the writing explained it pretty easily and there was no confusion after that.
All in all, this is a perfect read whether you're a fan of the Wild Cards Universe or just a noob like me.
We follow Meigan, a homeowner who recently constructed a little free library. She takes great care in its decoration and construction, and soon starts a conversation with a mysterious, intriguing borrower of books via notes back and forth.
Everything about this short story worked for me.
Meigan is an intelligent woman with a good head on her shoulders. Despite someone first taking all of her free books, she takes the high road and doesn't get mad about it. These are the kinds of characters we should look up to.
The plot was short, simple, and sweet, but also extremely riveting. I couldn't get enough. I had to know what was going to happen next. I also really loved all the book references, especially for the Belgariad series by David Eddings.
Yes, the ending felt a little abrupt, but I believe it was a well-executed, satisfying one.
Ultimately, this is definitely one of my favorite short stories read to date, and I can't wait to read more similar works by this author!...more
This is my first read of anything by Courtney Alameda, and man was I bOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this novella five fascinating stars!
This is my first read of anything by Courtney Alameda, and man was I blown away!
Micheline lives an intriguing life in a dark, scary world where monsters exist and spirits lurk in mirrors. Micheline is a rising teen who has the innate ability to see the auras of monsters. She uses this ability to hunt monsters with her dad and is also being trained as an exorcist by her mother. When a vicious and oddly intelligent monster starts a string of killings, Micheline and her dad and his forces must delve into the depths to stop this evil and save lives.
This was a great introduction to the universe of Shutter, which I will be reading next. Micheline is an intriguing character. She's strong, well trained, and speaks her mind. Her ability was really great too, and while it's more of a passive power, she uses it in offensive ways. Micheline isn't all gunshots and punches. She also has a softer side that we get to see here and there that really fleshed her out well.
The writing style was spectacular, especially the diction used. Typical phrases I've seen in books time and time again were written in creative unique ways that really made it flow flawlessly. I loved the world we were introduced to and the plot as well. It's a cold, cold world, and I can tell there's so much more to it. We get to see the very surface of it in this work, and I can't wait to find out more!
All in all, this was the perfect prequel filled with action, monsters, and really made me hunger for more. Give this one a chance!...more
After the events of the first three books, things come full circle as our beloved Murderbot sets its sights on helping Dr. Mensah and her team from the first book against the evil corporation GrayCris and their horrible plans.
Armed with damning evidence against the corrupt GrayCris, Murderbot has to piece together the impossible puzzle of figuring out what happened to its former allies, but also what it may have to do if they're in danger.
Will Murderbot be able to stop GrayCris while ensuring its allies' safety, or will its plans need a serious reboot?
I just have to say, I loved this book.
First off, we are given a great temporary ending to the Murderbot story. These first four books were a great story arc and there's been so much personal development for Murderbot along the way. This time is no different.
The characters shine brilliantly. Murderbot obviously takes the cake because it has to deal with the conflicting emotions that it fled from in books one and two and make a decision. It was also nice getting reacquainted with familiar characters from previous books and seeing their personalities come through effortlessly.
The plot had me hooked from the first page. Obviously GrayCris has had this coming for a long time, and I had to know that justice would be served to this horrible corporation who thinks they can get away with pretty much anything. I'm not going to say if they actually got what they deserved or not, but I was happy with the plot and its conclusion.
The only thing that took away from my experience was the technical jargon used. From time to time, I would get confused by what was being said and have to reread a couple times to grasp it. On the other hand, reading this book was like enjoying a nice, rich piece of cheesecake. You have to digest it slowly and savor it.
Ultimately, this was a stellar novel and great ending to the first story arc for Murderbot, and I am so hopeful and excited for the next book! ...more
I gave this novel five stars, and it deserve a helluva lot more than that if you ask me.
This book was utterly fantastic, and easily made my list of favorites.
In this novel we follow Micheline, a young reaper who hunts the undead as well as spirits in the Helsing corps. Micheline can see the auras of anything undead, giving her a special advantage in hunting them.
However, when she and her small crew of reapers go in to a hospital to stop a rogue spirit, everything is not as it seems. Suddenly, Micheline and her crew find their world spinning out of control in a mad dash against time. Can Micheline figure out who this spirit is and how to stop them, or will she and her crew die trying?
Man, was I blown away by this book! Everything was just executed so flawlessly that I ate it up.
Couldn't get enough.
Let's start with the characters. Micheline is strong-willed, sometimes snarky, and a badass of a reaper. She is a little rough on the exterior and how she presents herself to others, but deep down she really does care about reaping and all that comes with it given everything she's lost. Ryder, Jude, and Oliver (her crew) all had great personalities that also jumped through the page, and I could easily see their interactions, personalities, and body language in my mind as I read along.
The plot and concept was fire to me, an instant win. We've got this dark world, torn by spirits and necros (physical undead) that I simply adored (I'm a very doom and gloom kinda guy). The main plot I really didn't see coming, and there were constant plot twists that kept me blazing through those pages. There was plenty of great action and tons of horror, but some tender moments too that made this a very well-rounded experience.
Flow was immaculate. Nothing veered off course, and every thought that Micheline had made sense and was understandable given her past.
All in all, this book was a tour de force, a real showstopper, and I am extremely happy to put this book on my shelf at home as one of my favorites of all time.
I have been a fan of Thea's writing for quite some time, so when I heard she was releasing her first novel, I jum5/5
Five Whodunit stars for this book!
I have been a fan of Thea's writing for quite some time, so when I heard she was releasing her first novel, I jumped on the opportunity. Boy was I glad I did!
No Good Men is set back in the time of the Great Depression. We follow the main character Alex Dawson, who is a writer but has had to resort to bodyguard work due to hard times. One seemingly mundane night at the Ostia, he is done with a shift of work and goes to the bar when gunshots fire.
In a heartbeat, Alex's boss and best friend are dead. With no other means of work besides writing, Alex struggles to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Who had killed his boss and best friend? Why? And most of all, will they strike again?
This book was great through and through.
For starters, the characters were very well fleshed out and had interesting personalities and flaws. Alex believes in justice and has morals in a city where exposing secrets can cost you your life. Sev, Bella, Pearl, Martin, they were all great characters too. I loved every one of them. And Harlow? Pft! Don't get me started on that dirtbag!
The plot was intriguing to me even though I don't usually read mysteries. I mean, you've got the mob, a murderer on the loose, and a gay romance in a time where it was extremely taboo. What's not to love? The city of Westwick reflected the effects of the Great Depression and was shabby, run-down, and corrupted. A perfect portrayal if you ask me.
Lastly, I'm bringing it back to the gay romance. This really brought things together for me. Sev and Alex meet in the strangest of circumstances, and from there I was living for it! Sev has a rough past, and Alex has his fair share of doubts as what starts off as a one-nighter starts to become much more than that.
Ultimately, I truly loved this book. If you like mysteries, adventure, and a healthy dose of romance, then this book is for you! I can't wait to read more from this author!
Honestly, I don't really even know how to react after reading this book. I absolu Original Review on Jaunts & Haunts
Five spectral stars for this book!
Honestly, I don't really even know how to react after reading this book. I absolutely loved it, but more than usual (comparable to my everlasting love for Animorphs). Victoria Schwab has quickly become one of my favorite authors with this series, and I'm only sad that I've caught up to the published works in this series to date. I want to read them all!
Tunnel of Bones continues where City of Ghosts left off. Cassidy is still travelling with her parents on the filming of their show The Inspecters. This time, they end up in Paris, France.
The city is beautiful, rich with history and culture. The only problem is, once Cassidy and her parents venture through the Catacombs, she awakens a spirit far more dangerous and deadly than the ones she's encountered before.
Can Cassidy figure out how to send this reluctant spirit on, or will the city of Paris become victims to this mischievous entity?
Man oh man was this a great book!
For starters, this book was super easy to read.
Cassidy Blake is a very interesting and somewhat spunky character. Aided by the knowledge that she gains in the first book, she's definitely grown as an individual, and has advanced in her abilities a bit as well.
I also love the relationship that her ghost companion Jacob and her have. They feel like two halves of a whole, and their interactions make me giggle and enjoy the story even more.
There is plenty of character progression for Cassidy and Jacob, and I couldn't be happier about that. There's something going on with both of them (I'm not talking romance), and that mystery really pulled me forward. It's not something that will fully develop in the span of one book, so I am set to read this entire series to find out the real truth of things.
The plot of this book was pretty unpredictable if you ask me. I enjoyed seeing the sights that we did along the way, and though I was disappointed at first that we didn't get to see more historic sites from Cassidy's viewpoint, it made sense given the plot that was revolving around her and the strange spirit.
The chills weren't quite as strong in this book if you ask me, but they were definitely present, especially with the Catacombs. And actually, I liked how this book was slightly different from the first. Way to keep us on our feet, Schwab!
Ultimately, Tunnel of Bones is a great continuation of the Cassidy Blake series that is rife with adventure, chills, and the paranormal. Can't wait for the next book! ...more
There are certain times after reading a stellar book where you simply hOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this novel four and a half stars!
There are certain times after reading a stellar book where you simply have to slap your forehead and say "Have I been living under a rock?"
This was one of those times.
I've had this book on my TBR for ages, but kept putting it off because I'd never read anything by this author. Man am I glad I didn't wait any longer!
Scythe is a YA Dystopian novel about two teens thrust into an impossible situation. They must compete for the most undesirable job in the world, a Scythe. Death doesn't exist anymore, not in the natural sense. Scythes keep the world population from booming out of control, carefully selecting their victims on statistics and other parameters. But with Rowan and Citra both hating the idea, who will come out on top?
I was bookmatized, I tell you! This novel was amazing for so many reasons.
First and foremost the concept and plot was easily the strongest element for me. I love dystopian themes, and this one knocked it out of the park. In Scythe, we enter a world where everyone is essentially immortal with Reaper-like individuals killing the unfortunate ones to keep the population from growing out of control.
We get so much information about this world, all of it well-placed and extremely entertaining. It was hard to put this book down between chapters because I wanted to know everything. I was totally hooked.
The writing was expertly handled in YA style. It flowed so well, I don't think I've read a book this year that can rival it. Whoever the editor is for Neal Shusterman deserves a raise, haha!
The characters were great, and in many different shades. Citra and Rowan are unwittingly thrown into this circumstance, and their reactions make sense. But it's where they go from there that really captivated me. But just as important were the Scythes. Faraday, Curie, Goddard, the High Blade. Each had their own ideals that they stuck to that painted each of them in a different light, and I enjoyed all of the different viewpoints we got to see.
Which leads into my next point. This book had heart, a conscience, morality. It asked big questions and really got me thinking. I wasn't expecting that and it was quite the amazing surprise.
If I had to pick at anything, I would say small parts could drag a smidgen, but I honestly didn't care much. This book had everything I wanted and more, and I can't wait to not only finish this series, but read other works by this author.
This is the second book I've read by V.E. Schwab, the first being Vicious. I'd heard a lot of hype about thi5/5
Five ghost-hunting stars for this book!
This is the second book I've read by V.E. Schwab, the first being Vicious. I'd heard a lot of hype about this book and I've never read a book by this author for younger audiences, so when I picked it up I wasn't sure what to expect.
Man, was I amazed by this book!
City of Ghosts centers on the life of Cassidy Blake, a young girl with the ability to not only see ghosts, but to traverse the Veil between the world of the living and the dead.
Her parents are famous for their research on the paranormal, and one day after school Cassidy is given the news. Her parents are going to have their own documentary series.
Cassidy is both excited and nervous. She'll get to travel around the world as the footage is filmed, but she's never travelled that far before. What will the spirits be like? Is it safe? And why does she have a bad feeling about this?
I've just got to say once again how much I loved this book. It was really great!
For starters, Cassidy Blake is a great character. She's a young girl, and I believed that with her thoughts and actions. Also, she had a lot of great progression during this novel, and she learns a bit more about herself and her ability in this adventures overseas.
The other characters were really great too. Lara, Jacob, Grim, her parents. I loved them all, regardless of how simple or complex they were.
The plot was very exciting as well. I mean, here we have a girl who doesn't fully understand her ghostly ability, and when she's in a historic site that has seen many a century, what she knows is challenged. There were plenty of twists and turns, and yes, maybe some were a bit predictable, but this is for a younger audience, so I won't knock down on the score for that.
Lastly, I think that the concept and depiction of the Veil in this book was hands down the most exciting part. It was creepy and interesting, and that kept me flipping the pages much faster than I usually do.
City of Ghosts is a great addition to Schwab's work and is the perfect light read for a younger audience or someone seeking some great chills and thrills. Definitely bingeworthy, give this one a try! ...more
Man oh man did I love this book! I didn't know what to expect having never read anythOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this book five stars!
Man oh man did I love this book! I didn't know what to expect having never read anything by Lauren James, but I was seriously impressed.
In a nutshell, this book centralizes on the life of an android named Hugo, who works as a watchmaker/repairer on a university campus on a distant planet. When a student brings a time-travelling watch to be repaired, it sets forth a journey of self discovery that will forever change Hugo's life.
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways.
Obviously the star of this book is Hugo. Oh, Hugo, you amazing android spirit. I sympathized with Hugo from the get go. This guy's had a tough life and is just scraping by. Alone, Hugo does what he knows best, watchmaking. His story reminded me of the Velveteen Rabbit and in spots really tugged at my heart strings. Hugo isn't used to the waking world and has suffered abandonment in the past, so I was rooting for him the entire time. Great character progression.
I also enjoyed Dorian and how he progressed throughout. Ada gets the vote as a solid support character.
The plot was pretty simple in concept. Dorian brings Hugo a broken time-travelling watch and the plot thickens from there. At first I thought this would be a simple adventure, a whodunit, but it turned out to be so much more. The plot got deeper and plucked at my heartstrings. I was totally surprised at the reveals that happened along the way.
The writing was simple and easy to follow, and I appreciated that. The KISS method works, people!
But ultimately it is the tenderheartedness of this story that really impacted me. It left a warm feeling in my heart, and I definitely won't forget it in the years to come. I highly recommend checking this book out. You'll be glad you did!...more
This is the last Megamorphs of the series, and true to form, the AnimorpOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this book four and a half stars!
This is the last Megamorphs of the series, and true to form, the Animorphs are in for quite a doozy. In a moment of weakness, Jake is offered a bargain from the Crayak's Drode creature. The offer? Simply say the word and they'll have never become Animorphs, never have to fight day in and day out for their survival. Never have to be involved in another bloody massacre. Jake accepts the deal, thrusting them all into a strange reality where morphing is an impossibility and Yeerks are all but forgotten. But not all is as it seems as events force them together once again in a quest for the truth.
I absolutely loved this book! So many things worked extremely well.
Our beloved characters are at it once again, and this time everything is different for them. Without knowledge of the Yeerks, morphing, and simply being kids again, I think each narrative was handled expertly. I believed each POV and how they were digesting the odd happenings around them. To be honest, I can't pick a favorite POV, as they all brought something vital to the journey. If I did have to nitpick, I would say that the POV's could have been a smidgen longer. I wanted to get a little more in depth with their new perspectives.
The plot was amazing. I love the scifi element of parallel universes (I'm obsessed if I'm being honest), and this story was handled with poise. I loved the reimagining what-if scenario with things slightly different, and the domino effect was palpable by the end. Now I have to mention, certain parts of this story were heart-wrenching, especially the later half. Obviously I can't spoil things, but several times I had to stop reading and just take a second to recoup. I'm sure my neighbors are thinking "why is Jonny shouting 'no' in his apartment?"
But honestly, that's the beauty of these Megamorphs stories. Horrible, depressing things may happen, but we know that they are more books to read after, so somehow there must be some kind of resolution, hope to hold onto.
By the end of the book, I was overwhelmed with how much I enjoyed this. With action, heartache, and plenty of scifi to enjoy, this novel is easily one of my favorites in the series and is well worth checking out. ...more
This installment of the Animorphs series is in Tobias's POV. The AnimorpOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this book four and a half stars!
This installment of the Animorphs series is in Tobias's POV. The Animorphs learn that the Yeerks may know that they are human now, and could be tracking them down using blood samples. Springing into action, the Animorphs learn just how much danger they are in. Can they find a way to evade the Yeerks, or will they die trying?
Oh. My. GOD! This book was so great! Once I hit the 50% mark I had to finish it in one go, and afterwards I set the book down and just stared into space thinking on what I just read. That's how great this was.
Tobias's character was portrayed very well this time. His actions, concerns, and emotions make sense, especially with what happens a bit later in the book (I can't tell you!). Let me just say that it is big. I also found that the other Animorphs stuck to their characters extremely well in their dialogue and reactions to the chaos around them. Rachel, Marco, Jake, Ax, Cassie, all handled extremely well.
The plot starts off seemingly simple. They think the Yeerks are on to the fact that they are indeed humans and are trying to track them using samples of their blood from previous battles. Maybe I read the blurb wrong, but the plot's stakes totally blew me away. Things shift just under halfway (again, can't tell you. It's too big), and it sent chills up my spine that huge irreversible things were happening again and there was no going back. The action was there 100%, and I blazed through this book in no time because I feel that readers have been waiting for this moment in the series for a long time. And it's finally here. It's finally here! Let that sink in. The end of the series is coming, and it's going to be huge!
I did notice a few small inconsistencies but other than that I have zero complaints. This book is by far one of the most memorable ones in the series, and I am more inspired than ever to finish the series. Expertly done and well worth a read....more
The basic premise is that Elfangor had hidden an immensely powerful mecOriginal Review at Jaunts & Haunts
I gave this novel four and a half stars!
The basic premise is that Elfangor had hidden an immensely powerful mechanism called the Time Matrix years ago. Visser Four has found this device and is changing history to suit the Yeerks' needs. Together, the Animorphs must stop him, but in return for Crayak's assistance in chasing him down, one of them must die.
Can the Animorphs stop Visser Four from tearing history apart? Who will die? Can they prevent that from happening, or will they be down one member forever?
This novel was quite the insane, amazing scifi ride, and I loved every minute of it!
Naturally, this Megamorphs book was narrated in multiple POVs of our beloved Animorphs, and there were so many great elements going for it.
For starters, the plot was above and beyond stellar. The entire history of humanity is at stake here. What stakes are greater than that? I loved the idea of the Time Matrix, and along our journey we get to see several key points in history, and what happens when the smallest (or largest) of changes occurs. I love the concept of alternate realities, and this really quenched my thirst.
There were ample plot twists that kept the pages turning for me, and I couldn't get enough. I won't spoil anything, but there were intense moments a plenty that gave me all the feels. Anger, sadness, excitement, all of it.
This was another book where darker concepts are explored. Death, violence, consequence, the nature of humans. Hell, the nature of the Animorphs when put under such extreme pressure that violence seems the only answer left. There is a lot here that really got me thinking. And of course, our lovely characters that we've come to love were portrayed well here. All of them had pivotal moments in the crisis they were experiencing, and there was even a slight touch of romance too.
If I had to pick at something that nagged me a bit, it was that certain scenes were a bit jarring given the nature of this novel and the Time Matrix, mainly the beginning. I had to re-read the first couple pages a couple times before I forced myself to move on, but I understand what was going on soon after that.
In the end, this installment of the Animorphs series was riveting, action-packed, and heartwrenching. Definitely one of my favorites!...more
Nom, nom, nom, I ate this book UP! This book was just what I needed afOriginal review on Jaunts & Haunts
Five Alien Race-saving stars for this book!
Nom, nom, nom, I ate this book UP! This book was just what I needed after a somewhat disappointing experience with another recent read, and I just have to say, wow!
The Andalite Chronicles was a great scifi book, full of adventure, heartache, and is a great coming-of-age story.
This book takes place before the Animorphs received their powers, centering on Elfangor as our MC. Elfangor is just a lowly Aristh along with his funny Aristh friend, Arbron.
Life sucks as an Aristh onboard the StarSword, but things get complicated when a simple check on a Skrit Na ship reveals not just human captives, but a weapon capable of destroying entire races.
Sent on a suicide mission to the Taxxon home world, can Elfangor get his hands on this weapon to save his race, or will it fall into the hands of the despicable Yeerks?
This was definitely one of the more memorable Animorphs books to date, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Elfangor is a great character. He has a lot of progression, from being a clumsy Aristh to being forced to learn a lot of lessons in a short time when his life depends on it. Much like Ax, I enjoyed the dorky way he refers to how silly human things are. It's a great touch.
Also, Elfangor turns out to be something of a hero, which kind of reminded me of Jake. His moral compass is definitely true north, even if its a little too north at times if you ask me.
The plot was very fast paced and unpredictable, taking me places I didn't expect it to. The Animorphs universe is vast, and we got to see some interesting foreign planets as well. That was very refreshing.
We also got some juicy tidbits of knowledge, things I can't really share with you, but it nearly made my jaw drop when the reveals happened.
All of these factors made my experience with this book amazing, and I blazed through this thing in no time. I can't wait to see what happens next!
This book, this series, made a huge impact on me as a kid in the 90's. I couldn't get enough of these books and begged my parents every time we went tThis book, this series, made a huge impact on me as a kid in the 90's. I couldn't get enough of these books and begged my parents every time we went to the bookstore for more of them.
I decided to give this series another try when I saw other adults re-reading things like Goosebumps on here (I loved Goosebumps, but this was my holy grail). When I first started reading this I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. Kids? At a mall? Walking home on their own? So 90's.
Running into an alien spaceship and getting thrust into a universal war against evil invaders? So epic!
To be honest, I almost decided to read the whole book in a single night, but spaced it out so I could continue reading the next one. I have to say, I love. This. Book! Everything about it. The action, suspense, laughs. The funny little cliche things the characters say to one another. Their attitudes and personalities. I loved every second of it. About 40 pages in or so, I just closed the book and held it to my chest, trying not to get emotional. That's how much I love my previous and current experiences with this series.
I have decided to continue on and attempt to read all of the books in their entirety. I just can't help myself. If you haven't read this book, you should! What have you got to lose? ...more
The HBO series of this book brought me here (my second time, first was Big Little Lies) and this is also my first time reading Flynn's work. Let me5/5
The HBO series of this book brought me here (my second time, first was Big Little Lies) and this is also my first time reading Flynn's work. Let me just say... wow!
This book was gritty, raw, and unapologetic.
Camille Preaker, a reporter, is brought back to her home town of Wind Gap Missouri after a girl goes missing. Another girl was strangled to death the past fall. But when Camille arrives back home, her haunted past comes back to the surface in spades.
With a serial killer on the loose, a vile mother to contend with, and a half-sister with strange erratic behaviors, can Camille figure out who is really responsible before it's too late?
I absolutely loved this book. The flawed relationships were a dead ringer for me, especially Camille's mother Adora. What a trainwreck! And Amma? Don't even get me started!
I felt that Camille was a very real character. With her past, what she does makes complete sense to me. I also love the odd romance element that her affliction created as a result.
Ultimately, Flynn's premiere novel explores the real trauma behind a broken family, the coping mechanisms we create to deal with past trauma, and the darkness within the human soul. Definitely recommend! ...more
On the outside, life looks fine for Jillian Johnson and her super-powered team. They fight crime, maintain the peace, and get all the glory they couldOn the outside, life looks fine for Jillian Johnson and her super-powered team. They fight crime, maintain the peace, and get all the glory they could ever want. But Jillian’s life is far from perfect.
Superheroes are governed by dozens of unfair, ridiculous rules, ones that hardly make life worth living, and to top it off, her leader is both verbally and physically abusive. However, when Jillian meets a strange young man at a coffee shop, her world is forever changed as she learns what life is like outside the superhero grid and what it takes to be a true hero.
This is the second book of Emerald Dodge’s that I’ve read, and I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion free of bias.
This book gripped me pretty much immediately. The action draws you in, and Jill’s superhero teammates all have distinctively different personalities that set them apart. And the powers? Oh, the powers! I like how unique each superhero’s power is, especially Ben’s. The plot makes you keep turning those pages, and the chapters are nice and short for lunch time reading.
Overall, this book had all the action, tension, grit, and romance that I could ever ask for, and I can’t wait to read more from this author. ...more
Let me just say, I was COMPLETELY blown away by this book.
I've never read anything of Ness's, but after hearing about the backstory for this book andLet me just say, I was COMPLETELY blown away by this book.
I've never read anything of Ness's, but after hearing about the backstory for this book and how it came to be, I was touched. I had to know if this book was as good as people said it was.
In a nutshell, Connor is a 13-year old whose mother is terminal. She doesn't have long to live, but everyone around Connor keeps telling him it'll be alright. Now being a smart kid he knows that everything is not okay, but he doesn't know how to deal with all of this. A tree monster (of sorts) visits him and helps him cope with his issues in the world and find healing.
The whole thing was superb. Flow, characterization of a 13-year old (though at times he seems more like a 10-year old), and oh my goodness the emotions involved.
This book really tugs at your heartstrings. I'm not much of an emotional person, but damn, I nearly cried every time he saw his mom in the hospital. She's sweet, just like my mom, and always said the right things. She loves her son so much... Just made me think how grateful I am and how others may not be so lucky.
Basically if you can stand a little light fantasy mixed in with a great story about love, hope, and healing, please read this. You will be so glad you did. ...more
So this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time. Done with the woes of normal boring life I picked this up and decided to read it. BSo this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time. Done with the woes of normal boring life I picked this up and decided to read it. Boy was I glad I did!
I generally prefer third-person narrative but the main character Rose's personality was really refreshing. She gave the broad spectrum of womanly emotion but stayed rather comical at times which I loved.
The plot was very good and the concept simple but still mystifying. Loved this book and can't wait to read the next one!...more
After finishing the second book in this series and feeling slightly confused, I was uncertain when I started this book. This book was very small, and After finishing the second book in this series and feeling slightly confused, I was uncertain when I started this book. This book was very small, and I wasn't sure if Lowry could really tie in these seemingly isolated stories... Boy was I wrong!!!
This book not only tied in the previous stories, but had them interact in such a way that felt destined from the start. Lowry seriously has inspired me in this book and I can't wait to start the final book soon! 5/5 for blowing my mind!...more
In this gripping Stephen King novel, the reader is thrust into the world of the gunslinger Roland as he This is the second time I've read this novel.
In this gripping Stephen King novel, the reader is thrust into the world of the gunslinger Roland as he chases "the man in black" across a vast desert. He meets random souls along the way, and has a flashback of the atrocities that the man in black exacts on innocent people in the city of Tull. Stephen King does a good job of giving Tull a small town feel and the unease of the residents as the gunslinger arrives, leading up to a fatal confrontation with the enchanted townsfolk.
From there Roland continues his adventure, nearly dying in the desert before he comes across a Way Station and a strange boy that doesn't seem to belong to his world. Roland decides to take this boy with him on his adventure; after all the world has moved on.
From there they continue pursuit of the man in black for what seems like an eternity. I don't really want to give away too much of the story so I'll end the summary here.
Personally I enjoy the way that Stephen King wrote this book, but there are several instances where I found myself a tad confused. In several of his flashbacks of his childhood, the number of secondary characters seems a little overwhelming, and from time to time they kind of blurred in my head to where I couldn't remember the difference between them.
There was also the seemingly never-ending struggle in the cave they enter on the last leg of their journey. Kind of felt like maybe it didn't have to be so drawn out, but the writing was alright so I kind of looked the other way.
I do think that the final meeting with the man in black was quite anti-climactic, but it's intentional I'm guessing. Altogether I give this book 4.5 stars out of five....more