2017 · ARC Review

Mini Reviews: Leaf & Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day


Hello Everybody! Today I have some children’s books I was given for review. Leaf is published by Flying Eye Books (love them!) and out today!  Superman is published by DC Comics and is released next Tuesday the 17th.  Just click the pictures for more information.

imageOne day, a polar bear washes up on the edge of the wild wood. Never seen such an animal, all the other animals of the wild wood run away from him. Eventually, the animals named the polar bear Leaf, because they want him to leave.

Leaf spends his days, alone in his dark cave. The animals are afraid of him and run away when they see him, they don’t talk to him but they talk about him.

Eventually, the other animals of the wildwood learn that Leaf just wants to go home. An icy place which is melting, which is how he ended up drifting so far away and ending up in the wild wood.

This story is incredibly sweet, and a little sad. I thought it was a great little story, filled to the brim with gorgeous pictures, and a story that resonates. Sandra Dieckmann highlights the plight that polar bears a facing today. Due to the changing climate, polar bears are losing their home, and though this tale has a happy ending, there is no happy ending for the Polar Bears in real life. But not only does this book touch upon climate change, but also about refugees.

Leaf didn’t want to leave his home, he had no control over it. But when he entered into the Wildwood, he wasn’t treated kindly. The other animals were scared and didn’t want him there, and they called him names. Leaf’s treatment is reminiscent of the treatment that can be seen in real life.

All in all, Dieckmann’s book is amazing. It’s such a simple and beautiful tale, but yet so impactful. This is a great book for children, but for anyone really.

Rating: 4/5

 

Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day is a MadTv superhero parody, and let me tell you, this little book is really funny. Honestly, I don’t really have much to say about this book, except that it was super cute and funny, and I really felt bad for him! As somebody who loves to read comics, it was hilarious to see Superman have a bad day. It’s a great story for children and adults too! I mean who wouldn’t want to see big, powerful, Superman just whine and complain, for a couple of pages? I hope MadTv continues to do more of these because this one truly was great.

Rating: 4/5

sam

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2017 · ARC Review

Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Going Sane


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Rob Williams & Jim Lee

Paperback, Trade, 144 pages

Published June 13th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 3/5

Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

From writer Rob Williams, superstar artist Jim Lee and Philip Tan comes the new Suicide Squad!

The government has once again handpicked the worst of the worst for its Task Force X: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana and Killer Croc. Following their clash with the Justice League, the team faces a new challenge as the dark energy of the Black Vault starts to drive the prisoners of Belle Reve insane–except for Harley Quinn, who seems to be more rational and level-headed than…well, ever.

CollectingSuicide Squad 5-9

My Thoughts:

Why are these volumes so short? I mean I really do appreciate the character one shots at the end, but the volume is really only three issues and some extras.

I have to say this volume lost a lot of its charm. The storyline would’ve worked much better if it were longer. It felt rushed, and it wasn’t exciting. It was very based, and with the storyline it was understandable but these characters don’t shine as much when they are on their own.

Now, Amanda “The Wall” Waller was lowkey pretty amazing In this. I was actually worried for her, like really worried! I liked her in this volume because she stood out more, she felt more like a person instead of a Warden, if that makes sense. This issue also brought up some questions about her past and the things she’s been through some I’m looking forward to seeing her character more fleshed out.

Sidenotes:

Killer Croc is amazing, I want to give him a hug, I love him.

June Moone is a lowkey badass.

Croc/June: Rob Williams if you mess this up for me…

Also, I’m a little worried about Hack. I need her to get a better arc because what she has now ain’t working and I feel like she’s going to turn into the Joker’s daughter and that ain’t cute.

Katana? Like, don’t sleep on her. She needs more action, more involvement, more control. Let her run the squad for a bit. Do something with her, and make it good!

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad? Looks like it might be good but, I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

sam

2017 · ARC Review · September

ARC Review: Roar by Cora Carmack


Roar (Stormheart, #1)Roar by Cora Carmack

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

DNF!

I really wanted to like this one but I felt like it started off with a BANG, then fell flat somewhere half way in. I got bored, put it down and have no desire to pick it back up.

As a wise woman recently told me….”you can’t like them all”!

But I know plenty of people that have loved this book! Maybe I am the exception, so please read it for yourself and let me know if you loved it and if I am just in a major book slump?

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Heather

2017 · ARC Review · September

ARC Review: Summoner by SD Grimm


SummonerSummoner by S.D. Grimm

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been on the lookout for a great paranormal read that would suck me in and not let me go. I have found that in this book!

The story intrigued me and it was so unique to the genre that I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by it. I adored the characters and all of their flaws and loved what the author did with the male character in particular. And how he was introduced with the special part he played in the story line.

This book is one part paranormal, one part mystery and a lot of parts romance. It is the perfect mix of YA romance, nothing too racy but innocent and sweet. Perfect for a younger YA reader!

The ending was perfect but I was not ready to let these characters go! I can only hope that this might be the making of a series…one that I would definitely continue with as I feel that these characters were just getting started in their journey.

Thank you to Entangled Teen for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.

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heather

2017 · ARC Review · August

ARC Review: Defiant Attraction by VK Torston


Defiant AttractionDefiant Attraction by V.K. Torston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so excited to read this book! All the author had to do was mention tattoos and bad boy and I was right on top of downloading this one to my kindle!

I really enjoyed the relationship between Dan & Sophie. They started off hating each other, then they became friends. Before you knew it, they became so much more! Dan was worth much more than his Dad or even Sophie’s Mom gave him credit for. Yes, he was into some bad stuff but he just needed someone to love him and let him know that he was worth it. Sophie needed someone that she could rely one and whom would protect her and share her experience of a broken home.

Some may view this book as taboo in nature but I LOVED IT! I thank the author for giving us a wonderful epilogue and a glimpse into what happens after the last chapter ends.

Thank you Viola for introducing me to these wonderful characters and sharing their story!

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heather

ARC Review · June

ARC Review: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker


Emma in the NightEmma in the Night by Wendy Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anyone whom loves psychological thrillers MUST READ THIS BOOK!!

I have recently become obsessed with these types of books and I tend to just let them consume my life until I hit the very end and gather all info needed to solve the puzzle. This particular book was definitely one of those stay up til 3 AM types of books!

There is so much going on and so much dysfunction with these characters that I do not even know where to start. I can tell you that right off the bat, I loathed Cass & Emma’s mother. If you ever encounter a person like this in real life, then you know exactly what I am talking about because I have! I felt sorry for their father and alot of sadness for Cass herself.

The book was written in dual POV from the view of Cass and the detective on the case that had grown up with dysfunction in her family too. I enjoyed it this way because you got to see what was happening behind the scenes while also seeing everything from Cass’s eyes since she had been the last person to see Emma.

The ending was not exactly what I had expected but that is what made the book sooo good…because you do not expect that crazy ending! I am telling you to pick this one up!!!

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Thank you to St. Martin Press for the review copy!

heather

ARC Review · June

ARC Review: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts


Royal BastardsRoyal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really, REALLY loved this book!! It was chalked full of bravery, running for your life and romance!! I really enjoyed the story line dealing with all the bastard children and where the story led to. I must admit that I usually tend to lean towards books written by female authors, for some reason they always seem to get the romance done just right, but Mr. Shvarts did a pretty amazing job and I was very happy in that department:)

The ending of the book was explosive and sad but I am very happy to have received this review copy and am really hoping that this is a series!!!

If you enjoy action and adventure, then you need to pick this one up! I thought it was pretty unique.

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Thank you to Disney Hyperion for the review copy!

heather

2016 · ARC Review · February

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing!!!

I had heard a lot of hype over this one and why not? I mean…it’s Mindy Mcginnis…duh! But I also heard that it was not a genre that we had seen from her so I really wanted to check it out. I picked up my kindle, paged through and came across this book in my TBR shelf. I had really not looked too much at the blurb prior to reading so I was not sure of what I was in for. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to actually read this book! It was that good!

I really enjoyed getting three POV’s and being able to see all sides of the story. My favorite character would have to be Jack. He kind of wrestles with himself internally about what is right and what is wrong and I find it interesting that he has this fascination with Alex since she is so dark. I really liked Peekay too and thought she was a sweet and loyal friend.

The ending was mortifying, but I found myself not shedding a tear??? I think it was because Alex finally got what she wanted and was in peace?

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

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heather

2016 · ARC Review

ARC Review: This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston


This Is Our StoryThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the best psychological thrillers/mystery/romance books that I have read in a very long time. So much so that I stayed up until 3 am just to reach the end to see who done it and where all these characters ended up! This was definitely a one sitting kind of book! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

I really, really enjoyed the dual POV between the actual murderer and our main narrator, Kate. I loved getting inside the head of the murderer while not actually knowing whom it is. There were a couple times where I was like..”oh yeah, I know who did it” and came to find out that I was COMPLETELY wrong!! Kate was awesome and one smart cookie! I loved how she was able to piece everything together! She was really brave too!

The storyline was very interesting and I literally was gripped from the very first chapter and knew that this one was going to be a doozy! I enjoyed the fact that there were other underlying pieces of the puzzle that you didn’t get pieced together until the end.

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Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!

heather

2016 · ARC Review · November

ARC Review: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan


Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2)Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I could not wait to dive right into this book!!! I had devoured the first one and had to patiently wait for this one to be in my hot little hands. The sequel did not disappoint!

Luna and Fowler are right where our cliffhanger ending left us and the book wastes no time jumping right in! I was immediately engrossed with their surroundings. I was a tad worried upon starting that I would not remember everything from the first book but I enjoyed it so much that this did not present a problem.

I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. There is a constant push/pull between these two characters. Luna wants to be treated equally and not like she has a disability. She wants Fowler to know that she is strong enough to take care of herself. Fowler just wants to protect Luna since he has experienced loss previously and is so concerned with her safety that he is willing to do just about anything to keep her safe. I really enjoy their banter and the love they share.

I thought this was going to be a trilogy but was pleasantly surprised when I came to the end of the book and found out that everything was wrapped up so nicely. I very much enjoyed the dual POV’s and really enjoy Sophie’s writing! I cannot wait to power through more from her!

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Thank you to the publisher for the ARC copy in exchange of an honest review!

heather