Posted in 2016

Review: Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning


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Dan Abnett & Brad Walker

Paperback, Trade, 192 pages

Published January 11th 2017 by DC Comics

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In his undersea realm, Aquaman is both King and outsider. And in the surface world, he’s a hero and an outcast.

In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to finally choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!

Collecting: Aquaman 1-7, Rebirth

 

My Thoughts:

Before I get into this review I have to first say: I’ve never read anything about Aquaman. This is my first occurence with Arthur Curry, and I wasn’t disappointed.

With DC rebooted their universe, this is the perfect starting point for new readers. The first issue in the trade does a great job of explaining who Arthur Curry is, his world, his place on land and in sea, and It’s done in a very interesting way which made me even more excited to jump into the storyline.

This trade was action packed and intriguing. The Trade starts with Aquaman trying to bring both of his worlds together, land and sea. With this endeavor he faces opposition on both sides. The people on earth think he is dangerous and foolish at the same time, while the people of Atlantis want nothing to do with the air-breathers. What I like most about this trade was seeing the opposing sides and watching as Aquaman tried to make everything work. He was willing to do anything to bring the people of Atlantis and the people of land together, and it was amazing to watch as it all unfolded.

I think the main reason why I loved this book so much was Mera. I have to say the beginning of the book was slow, it was interesting, but it was pretty slow. So when the action started to unfold I was glad, and extremely happy to see that Mera was at the forefront of it all. That woman is strong, fierce, an amazing warrior, and she will do anything for Arthur. I thought the relationship between Mera and Arthur was amazing, it was even funny at times, and they work so well with each other.

What else made this book a hit, at least in my opinion was Black Manta. Getting his side of the story was personally my favorite part. Watching as he pursued his vengeance against Arthur was entertaining, but seeing why he wants to defeat Aquaman was shocking to me. I’m new to Aquaman and comics in general, so it changed my opinion of Aquaman. Also, Black Manta is pretty badass, and I truly love his personality and I’m so stoked to see where his story arc goes.

Being new to Aquaman I was very impressed with this trade. I thought the storyline was entertaining and intriguing, the artwork was beautiful, and the characters were vibrant. For old fans I don’t how this would stack up, but I say give it chance!

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Posted in 2016

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman


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Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Paperback, First, 176 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

After the stunning events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?

Along with all-star illustrators Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis) and Patrick Gleason (Robin: Son of Batman), best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi brings you Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman!

Collecting: Superman 1-6, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I went into this trade blind. I knew absolutely nothing. With the universe being rebooted, I thought this would be a good time to jump on board.

After a little background that i found a little bit confusing (probably because I didn’t read the previous run) we jump right into the storyline following Superman, Lois, and Jon as they navigate through life on the farm and Jon’s developing powers. I found the family dynamic really cute, and something I really wasn’t expecting. It was actually pretty relatable, and very realistic which I actually enjoyed. It was really sweet Clark, Lois, and Jon interact.

The problem I had with this trade was that the plot was forgettable. Honestly, probably won’t even remember what it was about next week. It was forgettable, flat, and frankly uninteresting. It was action packed but, I just didn’t care. I kept checking my progress because I just wanted it to be over.

One thing I really did like in this trade was Lois. I typically don’t like Lois, but this one was kickass! Don’t mess with the baby bear, when mama bear is around!

Also, the Hellbat suit? Freaking AWESOME!

Also, the artwork was fantastic and colorful. It went perfectly with the storyline.

It’s sweet and packed with action, but it just wasn’t for me. I would still recommend to anyone who is a Superman fan, it’s an interesting transition worth checking out. Though I wasn’t a fan of this trade, I’m still interested to how this plays out.

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Posted in 2016

Happy New Year!!


Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!!

I am so sorry that I have not been able to update recently. Work has been kicking my butt and I am sooo busy! I will hopefully slow down within the next week or two and then I can get back to my regular schedule. I have been reading so please do not fret! My most recent read is the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. GOOD READ!!!

Have a great day!

Muah!

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Posted in Review

Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong


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My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:  

Visions is the sequel to Kelley Armstrong’s Omens which I have already reviewed so if you want to check that out you can click here. So because this is a sequel, I’m going to keep it short and vague to avoid spoilers, and because the points I’ve made on the first book, still apply to this one. (Also I didn’t include a summary to avoid spoilers, as well.) 

First thing I want to talk about is the supernatural aspect. In the first book I expected it to be more prevalent and it wasn’t. It was here and there, and there was some clues but it wasn’t really explored or explained. So people didn’t like that, but personally I really enjoyed it. In Visions the paranormal aspect is explored and it’s really interesting the way Armstrong weaved it in. It’s not fully explored, you are left with a lot of questions but there are some clues in there that you can look up and things start to make more sense.

Next, there is romance in this book and by that I mean sex. A lot of it. Usually I get really annoyed when in just about every chapter there is a sex scene, but in this case I really didn’t mind. Also there might not be that many sex scenes but, just about every time they’re together it leads to sex. I think the reason I didn’t mind as much was because I’m a huge fan of Armstrong, I really like Olivia character, and I’m pretty damn smitten with the love interest. I love him, he’s pretty darn amazing, and I love the way he treats Olivia. He’s understanding, he’s not guarded, he adds a lot of warmth to the novel and the situations that Olivia is put in, and he’s super protective, but not in an overbearing way. Also I find it super adorable how smitten they are with each other.

Finally, I will talk about Gabriel Walsh. Gabriel is my baby, I love him to death. He is such a puppy and If I could just hug him and tell everything will be okay I would. One of the things I love about theses books is even though most of the story is from Olivia POV some chapters are from the point of view of other residents of Cainsville or the “villain” of the book, and sometimes Gabriel, and those chapters are my absolute favorite. I look forward to the different POV’s, they are always interesting and give a different perspective. Being able to read in Gabriel’s POV is the best, they give you a better understanding of his character and why he does things, the way he acts. they’re amazing and sometimes they make me cry.

I recommend this series to everyone, especially if you like paranormal and mystery!

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Posted in 2016

Top Ten Books I Read in 2016


Happy New Year everybody! I hope everybody had a great holiday. Today I will be sharing my top ten favorite books that I read last year. In 2016 I only read 21 books, not including the books that I have yet to finish. Because of work and school I found it kinda hard to find the time to read, but I have say the books that I did read I loved! I won’t be going to in depth about the books on my list because reviews of them will be coming soon!

  1. Bluets by Maggie Nelson – This is definitely an interesting book. It’s all about the author’s journey of how she fell in love with the color blue.  that even though I loved it dearly I often found it weird. It was also one of the shortest books I read last year at only 95 pages, but it felt so much longer than that.
  2. The Bones Below by Sierra DeMulder – This is a collection of poetry. I often find it hard to review poetry, because I just get caught up in how it made me feel and the emotions it brought out in me. The Bones Below is an amazing collection, filled to the brim with beautiful, heartbreaking, and relatable poems.
  3. The Cainsville Series books 1 & 2 – I’ve already posted a review for book 1 Omens, and the review for book 2 will be up on Thursday! So click here to see how I felt about Omens
  4. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 & 3 –  I have a lot of opinions about these series that I can’t sum up and a couple of sentences. But I just have to say, READ IT!
  5. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed –  This book touched my soul. I don’t know how to explain that.
  6. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie – This was the first short story collection I’ve ever read, and it did not disappoint! I can understand why some people might not like this book, there are no happy endings, the humor is often times morbid, and addiction is prevalent through just about every story; just to name a few reasons. I but truly enjoyed them, and one made me cry my eyes out.
  7. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison –  This is Toni Morrison’s first novel, and it definitely shows. It’s choppy, sad, disturbing, the writing style was weird, but I loved every second of it.
  8. Preparing My Daughter For Rain:: notes on how to heal and survive. By Key Ballah – Just read it. I recommend it to everyone!
  9. Robin: Son of Batman, Volume 1: Year of Blood by Patrick Gleason – The emotions I have for this trade is incomprehensible. He’s batman’s son, he used to be evil, he still has baby teeth.
  10. Midnighter, Vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando –  SO MANY FEELS! Review will be up next week so if you’re interested stay tuned.

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Posted in 2016, December

WOW: WinterSong by S. Jae-Jones


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by S. Jae-Jones (Goodreads Author)
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

I really love this cover! I am quite in the mood for a good fantasy and I hope this one rings true! Look for my thoughts during the blog tour in February!

What are you waiting for 2

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Posted in 2016, December

Blog Tour: The CEO’s Seduction by Diane Alberts


thumbnail_theceosseductionThe last thing Brett Ross wants is to be back in the same old damn small town he grew up in, but his best friend is getting married, so there’s no way he’s skipping yet another visit back home. He knows what he’s getting into, coming back here, but the one thing he didn’t count on was the way Anna Hamilton made him feel the first time he sets eyes on her…and she’s all grown up.

Anna’s always been in love with Brett, even if she’s always been his best friend’s annoying little sister to him. But when he looks at her, she doesn’t see annoyance in his eyes anymore. If anything, she sees a silent calling for her to save him from himself…and she’s just the girl to do it. All she needs is to find a way to escape her pesky, protective older brothers.

And then the game is on.

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 My Review


The CEO’s Seduction
by Diane Alberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance with it’s dual POV. I enjoyed the story line and really felt for the character of Brett.

Brett was raised by his aunt/uncle as a young child. He was bullied and made fun of in school. His guardians had only cared about one thing….his inheritance and never showed him love or affection. Now he is older and the CEO of his father’s company. He is good looking and rich but still feels that he does not deserve the love and affection of anyone and that he can only give women a good time in bed.

He ends up going home for a wedding of one of his child hood friends. Enter Anna. She is a spit fire and is perfect for Brett, if only he would not have to deal with her four older brothers…whom are his best friends…whom he mad a pact that he would never lay a hand on Anna.

This leads to quite the predicament and the perfect plot but we also have the inner issues of Brett being unloveable to contend with.

I enjoyed the older brother’s protectiveness but felt that at times it went a bit over the top? I really enjoyed the fast pace of the book and liked the idea of getting right to the “guts” of the story quickly.

I LOVED the epilogue which gives us a better look at the future with Anna & Brett. The story was tied up nicely and I do see a series in our future;-)

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About the Author

Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website:  http://www.dianealberts.com/home/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DianeAlbertsJenMcLaughlin

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Posted in 2016

Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong


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486 pages
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: 

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

My Thoughts: 

Hands down my favorite book I’ve read this year, so far! I have so many questions and all I want to do is start the second one right now!

I will admit that I expected there to be a more blatant paranormal aspect, but in this one it’s subtle, so subtle you’ll miss it if you’re not paying attention. In the beginning Armstrong prefaces the book by saying that there are clues sprinkled all throughout the book, and it’s through these clues that you’re actually able to see the paranormal aspects. Though I’ve been told that the in the other books the paranormal aspect becomes more pronounced and I’m looking forward to this because I have so many questions and I’m dying to get some answers!

I really loved all the characters, even the little side characters that roam the streets of Cainsville and pop up every once in awhile. I personally loved Olivia’s character, though I know some people find her to be rude and think she whines to much. But I think she has a reason to be rude at times, and the book takes place over a span of two weeks or so and this chick’s life was turned upside down and inside out so I think it’s reasonable and REALISTIC that she didn’t go around acting like everything was rainbows and sunshine. She doesn’t spend the whole book whining and honestly in my opinion I don’t think she whined at all, she was doing what she thinks is best for her and the people she loves, & I think she’s pretty kickass!

Gabriel Walsh is perfection. I love him. I want to give him a hug. I want to tell him a secret I found out that he apparently doesn’t even know about (neither does Olivia, btw) I want him and Olivia to be bffs or start dating, or whatever. I want to learn more about him, he’s an enigma.

Other characters I want to know more about: Patrick, Rose, Veronica, Patrick, The Huntsman, Ricky, & PATRICK. Just to name a few. Also, did I mention that I want to learn more about Patrick? He’s kind of a mystery and I need to know more.

The world and mystery in this book is very entertaining and engaging and gives you about the same amount of questions as answers and makes you want to know every secret that Cainsville has.

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Posted in 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Read of 2017


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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017, but I tweaked it a bit! 

Hey guys! Today I will be sharing my top eight most anticipated reads of 2017; and let me tell you it was HARD! I haven’t been reading much lately, and my reading tastes have really changed. Just about everything I used to like, now annoys me. But the books i’ve picked today are the books that i’m extremely excited about and can’t wait to get my hands on!!

1. Wildly Into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

This is a collection of poetry, after reading his first collection I completely fell in love and now will read anything that has his name on it! Look him up and follow him on Instagram, you won’t regret it!

2. The Year I Learned Everything by Roxane gay

I’m excited for this book mainly because I really, really like Roxane Gay. I read some of Bad Feminist last month but school got in the way and I didn’t finish it; but I will. Anyway, I really  enjoyed what essays I read and found myself agreeing completely with her. This book sounds like it’s going to be about self-exploratory and finding your way and that intrigues and I really want it right now!

3. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

WITCHES + NECROMANCY = WHATTT??

I need it.

4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This book sounds like it’s going to break my heart, and honestly I’m so ready for it!

5. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

It’s by Sarah Dessen, do I have to say more?

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is a book based on BLM and I think this is a book that is needed. There is so much hype surrounding it and I hope it’s amazing! Also, it’s being turned into a movie.

7. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

An immigration story, navigating a new world while alone. I’m excited to read such a diverse book + the cover is gorgeous.

8. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

18th-century Europe. Pirates. Family. Dangerous manhunt. Highwaymen. LGBTQ.

Are those not amazing words? And all in one book? I hope to GAWD that this book is as amazing as I hope it to be.

What books are you looking forward too? 

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Posted in 2016, December

Blog Tour: Serendipity of Fate by Becky Banks



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by Becky Banks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an exciting tale of unexpected passion, romance, loss and recovery. I really enjoyed every bit of this book. I was given the first chapter to ponder over and immediately fell in love with the story line and characters enough to want to grab the whole book and engorge myself in the life of those from New Orleans.

Cason and Savannah have one thing in common……Savannah’s brother, Ryan, whom lost his life fighting for our country alongside his best friend Cason. Cason survived but Savannah blames him for her brother’s death.

I loved the witty banter between Savannah and Cason. They were definitely meant for each other even though they were not aware of it at first. This is the main plus to the storyline, the fact that the author kept it interesting between the two main characters. Also, I loved that Cason challenged Savannah in every way, he did not just give in to her and made her think outside the box.

Superb contemporary romance, kudo’s to Becky Banks!

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About Becky Banks

Becky Banks grew up, like the generations of Bankses before her, in the Hawaiian Islands. With the islands as her roots, Becky was raised within the time-honored tradition of beckybanks-1-of-1“talking story” before a backdrop of grassy fields, blue waters, and cloud-clad mountains. She moved to the mainland after high school to attend Oregon State University, where she studied forestry, natural resources, and science education. One fateful day she realized that her decades of scribblings promised the makings of a romance writer. Becky’s first novel, The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, achieved the Night Owl Reviews Top Pick Award and Amazon’s Best Seller for Historical Romance.

Becky lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Keith, and their wild toddler, Sammy.

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