Friday, November 17, 2017

The Creeping


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Today's post is on The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy. It is 387 pages long and is published by Simon & Schuster. The cover is grey scale picture of woods with a girl in a white dress in the tree looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes horror stories, young adult novels, and teen horror movies. There is mild foul language, implied sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person of Stella. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Only Stella came back.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush - until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.
 

Review- A creepy read about a girl who cannot remember what happened to her or who killed her friend.  Stella does not remember anything about the day that Jeanie disappeared. She wonders what Jeanie would be like if she was still alive but she has tried to move on with her life. But then on the night that Jeanie disappeared 10 year later at a party another red-haired girl is found murdered. This spurs Stella into action and she does discover that if you look for monsters, you will find them. I had a good time reading this book, it is like all my favorite teen horror movies but it has a happy ending, which is good in my opinion. Stella is a mean girl who grows so much over the course of the book. She goes from just wanting to be popular enough to keep up with her best friend to wanting to do whatever it takes to find the truth and be happy. I did not find this book to be very creepy but I did like the little chills it gave me. Siwory did a good job and I forwarding to reading another book by her.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

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Today's post is on The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox by Vanda Krefft. It is 944 pages including notes and other research resources and it is published by Harper Collins.  The cover is a picture of William Fox. The intended reader is someone who likes forgotten history and old Hollywood. There is mild foul language, no sex. and, no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.


From the back of the book- A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.
Although a major Hollywood studio still bears William Fox’s name, the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, in this fascinating biography, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox’s legacy is central to the history of Hollywood.
At the heart of William Fox’s life was the myth of the American Dream. His story intertwines the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York, the city’s vibrant and ruthless gilded age history, and the birth of America’s movie industry amid the dawn of the modern era. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, compelling look at a complex man emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history. 
Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, Fox began selling candy on the street. That entrepreneurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and the Warner brothers, and launched stars such as Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric roaring twenties, the early movie moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk-taker, Fox won and was hailed as a genius—until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 stock market crash, led to his ruin.


Review- A fascinating biography about a man who helped movies become the cultural phenomenon that they are today. Krefft did excellent research for this biography and she pours all of her heart into this book; it shows. She helps us understand what drove William Fox and how it led to his downfall. William Fox was pushed into the role of provider for his whole family from the age of ten and that influenced the rest of his life.  He believed in his dream that the pictures could reach and help people to forget their troubles for a little while. Fox was driven to succeed and do just about anything to do so but he was an honorable man who loved and respected the law and justice. That was a major point in his movies. It was up-lifting to read about his successes but when the fall came it was truly tragic to read about. He  reached for everything and in the end he paid for it with everything. If old Hollywood and tragic lives are interesting to you then you should read this book.


I give this book a Four out of Five stars. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

QQ Sweeper volume 3


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Today's post is on QQ Sweeper volume 3 by Kyousuke Motomi. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. It is the third in her QQ Sweeper series, you need to have read the two volumes to understand what is going on. The cover is with with the two main characters on it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo, cute characters, and an interesting world. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this volume. The story closely follows the main female character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- One day, Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, comes across a sleeping maiden named Fumi Nishioka at school... Unfortunately, their meeting is anything but a fairy-tale encounter! It turns out Kyutaro is a 'Sweeper" who cleans away negative energy from people's hearts-and Fumi is about to become his apprentice!
Fumi still has no memory of her past, but she begins to feel a sense of calm working and living with Kyutaro and his family of Sweepers. But when a Bug Handler goes after her, how will she overcome his dark manipulation? 


Review- A good end to a plot arc and an exciting beginning to a greater story. Fumi and Kyutaro discover that someone is hunting for her and Kyutaro discovers why. But Fumi does not know that she destined to be a Queen who can control others with her mind. She just knows that someone tried to kill her friend. She does save the day and Kyutaro is going to be her knight to help her but with lots of big plots questions all around, I am very excited for the next series Queen's Qaulity to start. The art is good, the characters are growing and changing as the plot goes and plot is growing in a natural way. This series was very good and I repeat myself but I am looking forward to meeting them again soon.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dark Witch


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Today's post is on Dark Witch by Nora Roberts. It is the first in her The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy. It is 342 pages long and is published by Berkley. The cover is a beautiful picture of a house. The intended reader is someone who likes urban fantasy and romance. There is mild foul language, sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the characters moving from one to the next as the story goes. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.
Ireland.
County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.
Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.
When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horseman, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.
Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…
 

Review- A fast-paced love story with realistic characters in a urban fantasy plot. The magic of this world is cool but it gets no explanation about how it works. It is very much, magic works because it works. Iona does not know about her magic until she goes to Ireland. She knows that she has a special connection with horses but nothing more. But it goes far deeper than that and we get our plot of stopping an old, powerful sorcerer that caused all the problems to begin with. The love story is of course the point and I liked the main couple. Boyle is a little slow on the up-take but he gets it right in the end. Iona is a little fast about getting everything she ever wanted from family to horses to true love but she learns that somethings just take time. I am interested in where the story is going to from here and I hope to learn more about the Big Bad.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Claymore volume 4: Marked for Death


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Today's post is on Claymore volume 4: Marked for Death by Norihiro Yagi. It is the fourth in the long running Claymore series, you need to have read the three volumes to understand the story. It is 189 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover has Clare and Teresa in an action scene from the volume. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, no sexuality, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Teresa, a powerful Claymore, saves a young girl from her bandit captors and leaves the child in the care of some villagers. But triumph quickly gives way to despair when the situation takes a tragic turn, and Teresa is forced to kill a human--an act that will condemn her to death at the hands of her own kind.

Review- Lots of action in this volume from Teresa killing all the bandits in the first half to Claymore versus Claymore in the second. Teresa kills a Yoma that was scaring away the bandits that she had fought with earlier and they descend on the village and kill everyone but Clare. They have plans for her because of Teresa. Teresa goes back to stop the bandits but she is far too late. In her rage at what they had done, she kills them all. So Teresa and Clare are on the run together. The people that run the Claymores' send others after Teresa but she is the best for a reason so they send a group of five after them. Teresa is a great character and I like seeing where Clare came from but I know that it will not end well but what the real cost will be I am not sure. The art is great in the series showing us what is going on without getting too gory. More Action and Drama Ahead.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A Killer Plot


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Today's post is on A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams. It is 313 pages long and is published by Berkely. It is the first in her Books by the Bay Mysteries. The cover is a pretty picture of a lighthouse with a big dog on the front. The intended reader is someone who likes cozy mysteries, fun plots, and cute characters. There is mild foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In the small coastal town of Oyster Bay, North Carolina, you'll find plenty of characters, ne'er-do-wells, and even a few celebs trying to duck the paparazzi. But when murder joins this curious community, the Bayside Book Writers are there to get the story... 
Olivia Limoges is the subject of constant gossip. Ever since she came back to town-a return as mysterious as her departure-Olivia has kept to herself, her dog, and her unfinished novel. With a little cajoling from the eminently charming writer Camden Ford, she agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers, break her writer's block, and even make a few friends...
But when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by the bodies, anyone with a flair for language is suddenly suspect. And it's up to Olivia to catch the killer before she meets her own surprise ending.

Review- A cute cozy start to a cozy mystery series. The setting was really great for this series and I liked that Olivia is not an easy character. I liked that she was unfriendly at times, that she was difficult, and that she a loner; I enjoyed her. The other characters were good too adding to the story because they were so different from Olivia. I look forward to getting to know them in the series as we go along. The mystery is good with lots of plot twists and I did not guess the villain but I was just so busy enjoying the story that I wanted to be surprised and I was. Not perfect with some small plot holes and thin characters for some of the background characters but I still had a really good time with this novel.

I give this Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book my local library.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Bold and Dangerous: The Remarkable Story of an Italian Mother, Her Two Sons, and Their Fight Against Fascism

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I was given a copy of this book by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Today's Nonfiction post is on A Bold and Dangerous: The Remarkable Story of an Italian Mother, Her Two Sons, and Their Fight Against Fascism by Carolyn Moorehead. It is 432 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is a picture is three figures, one woman and two men, walking away from the camera. The intended reader is someone who likes World War 2 history. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Members of the cosmopolitan, cultural aristocracy of Florence at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Rosselli family, led by their fierce matriarch, Amelia, were vocal anti-fascists. As populist, right-wing nationalism swept across Europe after World War I, and Italy’s Prime Minister, Benito Mussolini, began consolidating his power, Amelia’s sons Carlo and Nello led the opposition, taking a public stand against Il Duce that few others in their elite class dared risk. When Mussolini established a terrifying and brutal police state controlled by his Blackshirts—the squaddristi—the Rossellis and their anti-fascist circle were transformed into active resisters.
In retaliation, many of the anti-fascists were arrested and imprisoned; others left the country to escape a similar fate. Tragically, Carlo and Nello were eventually assassinated by Mussolini’s secret service. After Italy entered World War II in June 1940, Amelia, thanks to visas arranged by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt herself, fled to New York City with the remaining members of her family.
Renowned historian Caroline Moorehead paints an indelible picture of Italy in the first half of the twentieth century, offering an intimate account of the rise of Il Duce and his squaddristi; life in Mussolini’s penal colonies; the shocking ambivalence and complicity of many prominent Italian families seduced by Mussolini’s promises; and the bold, fractured resistance movement whose associates sacrificed their lives to fight fascism. In A Bold and Dangerous Family, Moorehead once again pays tribute to heroes who fought to uphold our humanity during one of history’s darkest chapters.


Review- I have read other books by Moorehead and have really enjoyed them but this one falls flat for me. I cannot tell you why this story does not work for me. The story itself should be interesting but I just never connected with the story or the characters. As usual with Moorehead the research is excellent, with full details, and lots of first hand documents and interviews when she can get them. We move from Amelia's childhood all the way to her death with lots of details about her life and the lives of her sons. If you are very interested in Italian history during the rise of Fascism and the people who fought it then you may enjoy this book but if not try another of Mooreheads' work.

I give this book a Two out of Five stars.

Monday, October 30, 2017

QQ Sweeper volume 2


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Today's post is on QQ Sweeper volume 2 by Kyousuke Motomi. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. It is the second in her QQ Sweeper series, you need to have read the first volume to understand what is going on. The cover is blue with the three main characters on it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo, cute characters, and an interesting world. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this volume. The story closely follows the main female character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Fumi's image keeps overlapping with that of Fuyu, Kyutaro';s childhood crush, who remains in his thoughts to this day. Meanwhile, Fumi starts to work as a Sweeper with Kyutaro's family, but she struggles with keeping her past a secret. Has Fumi finally found a place to call home or will her cursed past catch up to her?  

Review- We get Fumi's past or at least what she can remember of it, which is not much. Her memories only go back ten years, which when Kyutaro's friend disappeared and something terrible happened to the sweepers in the area. Kyutaro realized that Fumi is his childhood friend and we ,the reader's, see that someone is hunting her. The two adults in the series know that too by the end of the volume but no one knows why anyone would want to hunt Fumi. The plot is moving along nicely and I have really enjoyed the character growth in this volume. Only one more volume in this first series and Queen's Quality is starting here in America in September. Motomi is quickly becoming one of my favorite shojo manga-kas.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Stone Guardian


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Today's post is on Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch. It is the first in her Entwined Realms series. It is 374 pages long and is published by Romance Geek Publishing. The intended reader is someone who like urban fantasy and romance. There is mild foul language, sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters moving from one to the other as the story goes. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.
Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to. Her life is as ordinary as it gets - that is, until one day she walks out of her apartment and is attacked by a mob of Zombies, only to be saved by a Gargoyle.
Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but due to a cryptic prophecy, Terak, Leader of the Gargoyles, has been watching over the human woman for months. While he can find no reason why the woman has been singled out, something about her stirs every protective instinct within him. When the attack confirms that the threats against her exist and are real, he convinces Larissa that though their races have never been allies, the best chance of discovering why she has been brought into his world is by working together.
In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this New Realm as well.


Review- A fun paranormal romance with an interesting world. This world is everything and the kitchen sink world. You have magic with guns, humans and everything else, and then add forbidden love story and you have this book. The plot is a little slow to build because it is all about the world building and the characters. Towards the end of the novel we get lots of plot as we move towards the end. The characters are fun but nothing groundbreaking. The romance is cute and believable between the two main characters but it was also not groundbreaking. I like a lot of what Monsch did but she really does not do anything new with the genre. If you area a fan of urban fantasy you should check this one out.

I give this a Three out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Claymore volume 3: Teresa of the Faint Smile


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Today's post is on Claymore volume 3: Teresa of the Faint Smile by Norihiro Yagi. It is the third in the long running Claymore series, you need to have read the two volumes to understand the story. It is 191 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover is a close up of an important secondary character Teresa. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, implied sexuality and an almost rape, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Clare's first battle with the Yoma of Rabona cathedral has left her body drained and shattered. With no time to recover, she must face the creature again after it chooses Raki as its next victim. Luckily, Raki remembers that he is carrying Clare's trusted broadsword and manages to get it into her hands. But unlike Clare, the Yoma is fighting at full strength and thirsting for blood...

Review- We finish the story about the Yoma in the cathedral and it is a very fast paced battle but most of the volume is about Clare's past and a woman named Teresa of the Faint Smile. Clare was used by a Yoma as some kind of toy, it is not clear what the Yoma did to her other than beat her and hide behind her. So Clare has some in common with Raki and that explains her attachment to him. Teresa is an incredible Claymore, she can find Yoma's very easily, and she kills them without much of a fight. But humans are the real bad guys in this arc so far. Bandits try to rape Teresa but whatever was done to her to make her a Claymore has made her body not as beautiful as they were hoping. But she cuts off the hand of one of the bandits he has sworn revenge. It is nice seeing more of what drives Clare. Her backstory is sad and I know that this is not going to end well for anyone. But how many bodies will there be in the end, I am not sure.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

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Today's post is on The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries by
Review- I loved this cozy so much. It is so funny, the characters are so fun, and the plot was good. I did guess the killer and the reason for the murder well before the end but I was having so much with the characters that I did not care. Mrs. Jeffries is the housekeeper for an innocent but intelligent Scotland Yard inspector. When he gets stuck on his current case, as he always does, he goes home to a nice meal and talks to Mrs. Jeffries. She is an excellent listening ear and even better detective. She helps him by knowing the real ways of the human heart and how someone can murder without a care. A fun new series for me to read and enjoy.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, October 16, 2017

QQ Sweeper volume 1


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Today's post is on QQ Sweeper volume 1 by Kyousuke Motomi. It is 189 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. It is the first in her QQ Sweeper series. The cover is pink with the two main characters on it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo, cute characters, and an interesting world. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this volume. The story closely follows the main female character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- One day, Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark, and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, comes across a sleeping maiden named Fumi Nishoka at school... Unfortunately, their meeting is anything but a fairy-tale encounter! It turns out Kyutaro is a "Sweeper" who cleans away negative energy from people's hearts- and Fumi is about to become his apprentice!
In the old building at their school, a mysterious room has a door that beckons Fumi, even though she shouldn't be able to see it! If Kyutaro goes after her, but will be able to save her before she's devoured by otherworldly creatures?

Review- Motomi is one of favorite manga-ka's at the moment and she gives a great story again. We have a mysterious heroine, a hero who cannot really remember his first love, and a scary world but heroes to save it. Fumi is alone in the world and there something strange about her background. But she gets taken in by the Horikita family and learns that she can see the same strange things that they can. In fact, she is better at than they are. Fumi saves an innocent classmate and Kyutaro from the bad spirits and is totally unhurt. So the family wants her to work with them but there is something just a little strange about her. Of course I think that Fumi is Kyutaro's first love. Fumi is really funny, she wants to find a rich prince charming so she never has to worry about food or money. So good first volume and I am excited about seeing where the story and characters are going.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought it with my own money.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Remnant


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Today's post is on The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher. It is the third in his Oversight trilogy. It is 414 pages long and is published by Orbit. The cover has a hand coming out of ice with a red ring and holding a flame. As it is the third in the trilogy you need to have read the first two novels. There is mild foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the characters moving from one scene to the next as the story goes. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- The Oversight is most dangerous when most reduced. There are many dead and gone who did not remember that.
The Oversight of London has been sworn for millennia to prevent the natural and the supernatural worlds from preying on each other.
Now, at its lowest ebb, with its headquarters destroyed and its last members scattered far and wide, this secret society will battle for survival and face the harshest foe it has ever met: itself.

Review- An excellent end to a wonderful trilogy. Like the second book we pick up right the last left off, with Sara and Sharp returning to London and finding the Safe House destroyed. Things happen very quickly after that. The villains are moving and the Oversight has to decide what they are going to do and they decide to fight to the last man. There is a high body count in this volume on both sides and I teared up at the death of Hodge, the terrier man, who was one of my favorites but his death was a good one Fletcher did not waste his death. We do get answers about what the Wildfire is, about the Smith and the Sluagh, and about who the Citizen is. Fletcher has left himself room to write more if he so wishes and I would like to see more of this world and its people. Very satisfying read.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve


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I was given a copy of this book by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Today's post is on Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by

Monday, October 9, 2017

Claymore volume 2: Darkness in Paradise


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Today's post is on Claymore volume 2: Darkness in Paradise by Norihiro Yagi. It is the second in the long running Claymore series, you need to have read the first volume to understand the story. It is 185 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover is a close up of the main character Clare. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, no sex, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Darkness in Paradise.
Clare and the orphan Raki travel to the town of Rabona, where a Yoma has been stalking priests in the cathedral. The creature could be one of the guards, or even a priest, but this time Clair won't be able to sense its aura. Does she stand a chance against the stealthy Yoma?

Review- We get world building in this volume as Clare and Raki go to the Holy City of Rabona. Claymore's are not allowed in the city as they are half Yoma but one of the priests has sent for a Claymore because something is in the cathedral and it is hungry. So Clare has to take pills to suppress her Yoma abilities and that makes her weaker. We get to really the prejudice that Claymore's have to deal with from normal humans. Clare is truly seen as a monster in the Holy City and Raki gets into a little bit of trouble over it. The volume is a lot of cat and mouse with the Yoma but the volume ends with Clare finding the Yoma and really getting down to her business. Good volume over all in spite little in the way of character development but for the world building it is a good trade off.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It


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Today's post is on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It by Ryan North (Writer), Erica Henderson (Artist), Jacob Chabot (Artist), Rico Renzi (Artist). It is 120 pages long and is published by Marvel Comics. The cover has Squirrel Girl with some of the villains her fights in this volume behind her. The intended reader is someone who has read the first three volumes, likes squirrels, and fun plots. There is no foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this volume. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- The hero who refuses to be beat celebrates 11 consecutive issues without a new #1! And she's letting you seize the chance to be the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl in a choose-your-own path encounter with Swarm, buzzkill made of bees! Then, Doreen takes charge of her life -her love life, that is - and starts dating. But just who will kiss a Squirrel and like it? Surely not...Mole Man?! When the subterranean super villain falls deep in love, he's willing to hold the world hostage to get Doreen's attention. Can she save everything without becoming Mrs. Mole Man? But enough with the hearts and the flowers and the kissing, you read this book for computer science and super heroics (not necessarily in that order). You'll get both - and more - in a showdown with Count Nefaria!

Review- Lots happens in this volume and it is great. The first part is a choose your own Squirrel Girl action adventure as narrated by Galactus. So it was a fun and funny way to tell a smaller story within the Squirrel Girl cannon. Then the next story starts with Doreen's crush is dating someone else so she decides that she needs to get out and meet someone herself. And the list of losers she meets is truly epic and in the end she just going home to watch movies with Nancy. But the arc is so funny and the villain is Mole Man who believes that she perfect in everyway expect for the way that she will not date him. So since this is Squirrel Girl everything is dialed up to eleven. I love this series so much!

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this comic book from my local library.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 2


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Today's post is on The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 2 by Keiko Ishihara. It is the second in a duology. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has the two main characters on it looking at the reader. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters moving one to the other as the story goes. The intended reader is someone who likes cute shojo stories, historical romance, and pretty art. There is no foul language, no sexuality, and very mild violence in this volume. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Sayaka's father arranges for her to marry the son of an earl! Meanwhile. Sayaka has started to develop feelings for Narutaki... But with such a huge difference in their social standings, is it possible for Sayaka and Narutaki to be together?

Review- A cute ending to a cute series. We get lots of different scenes in this volume from Sayaka realizing how long she has loved Narutaki then they run away together for the day and night and they choose each other no matter what. We get kisses too and even a scene from the future which was a nice bonus. Ishihara does a lot with a short series. She gives us a full world with interesting and changing characters in it. We see how much our main characters care for each other and we want them to find a way. Sayaka's father was the weakest part of the series as a hollow villain role. In the last few pages we get information about her mother and how they met. I would have liked to that information earlier but if that is my only complaint with the series, then I think Ishihara did very well. I hope that Shojo Beat will bring over more of her work like Strange Dragon. This was a sweet romance and I really enjoyed this series. 

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Half-Resurrection Blues


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Today's post is on Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older. It is the first in his Bone Street Rumba  series. It is 326 pages long and is published by Roc. The cover is blue with the main character walking towards the reader with a sword coming out of a cane. The intended reader is someone who likes urban fantasy. There is foul language,  awkward sex, and violence in this novel. The story is told from the first person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- “Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death…


Review- A very gritty urban fantasy in a colorful world but I did not like it. The world has lots of interesting characters and things going on but Carlos himself is not interesting. He is another grim, gritty tough guy with no past but he likes the ladies. The sex scenes in this novel are needless. Yes one of the plot points is that he gets a woman pregnant and how does that work, as he half-dead? But we could still have that but not have the scenes themselves. They were weird and awkward. I did not connect with any of the characters to be honest. I liked the world but if I had not been given the second ,as an ARC, in the series to read, I would not read anymore in this series.

I give this book a Two out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation


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Today’s review is on Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca. It is 432 pages long including notes and is published by St. Martin’s Press. The cover is dark with the silhouette of a woman in the center. The intended reader is someone who likes historical narratives, true crime, and forgotten history. There is some mild foul language, no sex, and descriptions of violence. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation’s greatest crime fighters during an era when women weren’t involved with murder investigations. After agreeing to take the sensational Cruger case, Grace and her partner, the hard-boiled detective Julius J. Kron, navigated a dangerous web of secret boyfriends, two-faced cops, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man — in a desperate race against time.
Grace's motto "Justice for those of limited means" led her to strange cases all over the world. From defending an innocent giant on death row to investigating an island in Arkansas with a terrible secret; from the warring halls of Congress to a crumbling medieval tower in Italy, Grace solved crimes in-between shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and being marked for death by the sinister Black Hand. Grace was appointed as the first woman U.S. district attorney in history and the first female consulting detective to the NYPD. Despite her many successes in social justice, at the height of her powers Grace began to see chilling connections in the cases she solved, leading to a final showdown with her most fearsome adversary of all.
This is the first-ever narrative biography of this singular woman the press nicknamed after fiction's greatest detective. This poignant story reveals important corollaries between missing girls, the role of the media, and the real truth of crime stories. The great mystery of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes —and its haunting twist ending—is how one woman could become so famous only to disappear completely.

Review- This is a fascinating tale of lady lawyer and a missing young woman. The story is told in two ways with one chapter at the start of the book following the missing young woman and her family then we switch to Mrs. Humiston as she earns her reputation. Mrs. Humiston was one of the first women lawyers to open a practice and she specialized in the poor and immigrant cases. She very quickly became known as someone who cared about the law and helping others to protected by it. When the NYPD did not get any clues or even take the case of Ruth Cruger seriously at all her father went to Mrs. Humiston. It is very detailed about Mrs. Humiston career and her cases without lingering too much on the more unsavory details of any particular case. But we also get to see her fall when she gets involved in something that is untrue and she losses her trusted reputation. I did enjoy this book with all the information and I liked learning about a great woman who did good work for the poor and others that no one else willing to help.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Claymore volume 1: Silver-eyed Slayer


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Today's post is on Claymore volume 1 by Norihiro Yagi. It is the first in the long running Claymore series. It is 187 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover is a close up of the main character Clare. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, no sex, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, hlaf monster, these silver-eyes slayers posses supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.
A village is gripped by fear and paranoia when a Yoma claims six lives. The Claymore who is send to slay the creature isn't what the villagers expect at all. In fact, she seems more monster than human.


Review- A good start to a series. The story starts with the villagers arguing about sending for a Claymore but as much as they fear the Claymores they fear the Yoma even more. Clare comes and she is a quiet warrior with no interest in anything more than her prey. The blurb does not give anything about the story. We get some world building with more than just the monsters. We get to see what happens when a Claymore loses the battle to control the monster within. The second main character is a young boy who Clare saves and wants to help her with saving others but as he is just a human the only thing that he can do is cook for her. I look forward to seeing where this series is going to go.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lois Land: Fallout


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Today's post is on Lois Land: Fallout by Gwenda Bond. It is the first in her Lois Lane Trilogy. It is 303 pages long and is published by Switch Press. The cover has three section; the top has her name, the middle has an outline of her with the holoset on, and the bottom as the title of the volume. The intended reader is someone who likes Lois Lane, well written novels, and interesting plots. There is very mild foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from first person perspective of Lois. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Army brat Lois Lane has moved more times than she can count- and has caused just as much trouble righting wrongs no one else seems to notice. Now that her family is in Metropolis for good, though, she's decided to fly straight. Unfortunately, it won't be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is tormenting a girl at school, messing with her mind via an immersive video game they all play. not cool. Armed with her wit and snazzy new job as a reported, Lois is determined to help. But this isn't just a case of cyberbullying- something seriously creepy and dangerous is going on. Thanks goodness she can always count her maybe-more-than-a-friend. a guy she knows only by his screen name, SmallvilleGuy...

Review- I loved this book so much but I love Lois Lane and I think that she does not get the love that she deserves. We join her as she is starting her life in Metropolis and she wants to get through the next two years without any trouble but on the first day she sees bullying and the principle not only does nothing, he tells that what the Warheads do is just fine with him. Well with her sense of justice outraged, Lois will stop at nothing to stop them. Clark is very much a background character. Lois does not even know his name, he is just a friend that she maybe has a little crush on who believes her when she asks the crazy questions. This novel is really about Lois starting to become the nosey reporter that we all know and love. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape


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Today’s post is on Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer.  It is 402 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. The cover is a picture of Hill as a young girl. The intended reader is someone who is interested in Scientology and the people who live in it. There is foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Jenna Miscavige was raised to obey. As niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this controversial organization. At 21, she made a break, risking everything she'd ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, her escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.
Piercing the veil of secrecy that has shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its rituals and its mysterious leader—David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization's emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology's oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when out of line. Detailing some of the Church's notorious practices, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect—a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church's most devoted order, the Sea Org.
Despite this hardship, it's only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she's finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put thru the ultimate test of family, faith and love. Captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which some went to break free.

Review- This is Scientology from an insider was who a true believer and that makes this a heartbreaking but interesting read. Hill was a true believer and loved her religion, she wanted to make a difference with Scientology and its teachings but that is not what happened to her. Her parents were high up in the ranks and left her behind at the place called the Ranch and that is when I knew that it was going to be bad. It was not the worse escape book I have ever read but it was still very chilling at parts with Hill dealing with verbal abuse and people just not understanding that children are not mini-adults.  When she decided to leave it was a fight to get out with her husband but that is only the very last part of the book. The book is really about growing in Scientology and what that means. Having classes in Hubbard’s philosophy instead of normal subjects and thinking that the world outside was a sad and dangerous place makes for a very nervous child who is easily lead by those around her. It is impressive that Hill got out and got her husband out too.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1


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Today's post is on The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1 by Keiko Ishihara. It is the first in a duology. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has the two main characters on it looking at the reader. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters moving one to the other as the story goes. The intended reader is someone who likes cute shojo stories, historical romance, and pretty art. There is no foul language, no sexuality, and very mild violence in this volume. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- At an all-girls school during the Taisho era in Japan, rumors swirl that heiress Sayaka Yoshimura is having a forbidden love affair with her chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki! Sayaka scoffs at the rumors, but could a romance between master and servant actually be brewing?
Sayaka wears a crimson ribbon that signals she is at the top of her class, and her classmates all revere her. So when Narutaki ignores decorum and breaks school rules to protect Sayaka, will she stand by him or dismiss him as the school demands?


Review- This is a very cute story. Sayaka is a cute heroine and Shinobu is very sweet. They were friends as children and now they are young adults with all the expectations of that on them. The stories in this volume are mostly about Shinobu being seen as less than because he is servant and is from a poor background. Sayaka is very modern because she believes that people are not where they come from or how much money they have. So she gets into trouble with her opinions but she gets rescued by Shinobu a lot. But it is a very sweet, cute story and I look forward to the next volume with them.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Down Among the Sticks and Bones


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Today's post is on Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. It is the second in her Wayward Children series but you do not have to have read the first novel to understand the story as this is a prequel to the first one. It is 187 pages long and is published by TOR Books. The intended reader is someone who likes horror fiction, fantastical places, and beautiful writing. There is no foul language, implied sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
 

Review- I loved the first Wayward Children book and this one is no different. I loved seeing the world that Jack and Jill call home. I loved the ruby-red moon that hangs likes a judging eye, watching everything. McGuire pulls the reader back into the world(s) that children can find stairs in a truck of old clothes and disappear for five years. We follow Jack and Jill and see them like we are watching from the moon, unable to help or stop the end from racing towards them and us. I knew how the story ended but seeing for myself with them was very satisfying. I pitied Jill more in this book than in Every Heart a Doorway, and my heart ached more for Jack and what she truly lost when Jill pushed too far. But now we have their full story and I would love to see where they go from the ending of EHAD. I cannot wait for the next novella which is out in January 2018.

I give this novella a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All


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Today’s post is on is This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson. It is 272 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is white with a librarian flying off the page like a superhero. The intended reader is someone interested in libraries and librarianship. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Buried in information? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper and discs, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians! They want to help. They're not selling a thing. And librarians know best how to beat a path through the googolplex sources of information available to us, writes Marilyn Johnson, whose previous book, The Dead Beat, breathed merry life into the obituary-writing profession.This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Blunt and obscenely funny bloggers spill their stories in this book, as do a tattooed, hard-partying children's librarian; a fresh-scrubbed Catholic couple who teach missionaries to use computers; a blue-haired radical who uses her smartphone to help guide street protestors; a plethora of voluptuous avatars and cybrarians; the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI; and a boxing archivist. These are just a few of the visionaries Johnson captures here?pragmatic idealists who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us?neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled?can get along without human help. And not just any help; we need librarians who won't charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age?

Review- I admit that I am a librarian in my professional career and I have read Johnson’s two other books so I knew that I would enjoy this book and I was right. Johnson comes at this book as someone who loves libraries but does not understand how they work. So she wants to get it what makes a library a library, why someone would want to work at one, and what can they really do for a community. Johnson interviews some important librarians like the ones who stood against the government to protect the right to read and librarians who are making the technology of future libraries. But she also follows libraries into very different places like Second Life where reference services are available anytime day or night. Johnson does not cover much about the history of libraries but more about where they are going from here. Johnson pours all her passion into this subject and brings the reader with her into the heart of libraries. I have fun with this book and I look forward to Johnson’s next one.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Deus Vitae volume 3

Today's post is on Deus Vitae volume 3 by Takuya Fujima. It is 24 pages long and was published by Tokyopop. It is the third in a trilogy. The cover has one of the minor female characters on it in a very sexual pose. The intended reader is adult, likes dark science fiction, and high action. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- After overcoming a perilous ambush, Ash and company meet up with the head office Re-o. There, Lemiu is confronted with a terrible secret from Ash's past... and a climactic attack of Selenoids could mean the end of mankind as we know it!

Review- So in this last volume we get some weird philosophy stuff about how the only thing that humans can offer Selenoids is love. So humankind is saved because of the love between Ash and Lemiu because in spite of the fact that Selenoids do not or can not love; somehow Lemiu can because reasons. Other than this series being very pretty to look at, it does not have much going to for. The story is very thin, characters are boring or just there to be sexualized, and just left me with nothing to write about in a positive way other than being pretty. But at least it was not a long series.

I give this volume a Two out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my money.

Friday, September 8, 2017

I Thee Wed


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Today's post is on I Thee Wed by Celeste Bradley. It is the fourth in her Wicked Worthingtons Series but you do not have to have read the first three to understand and enjoy the story. It is 335 pages long and is published by Signet Select. The cover has main female character on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes romance. There is mild foul language, sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from the third person close of different characters moving as the story does. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Intelligent and driven, Orion Worthington aspired to be like his mentor, the acclaimed scientist Sir Geoffrey Blayne. Logically, Sir Geoffrey’s daughter would be Orion’s perfect match. So why can’t he keep his mind off the unruly girl who works in Sir Geoffrey’s lab?
Orphaned fire-cracker Francesca Penrose hopes that London is modern enough to accept her brilliant mind despite her womanhood. But she can’t help noticing Orion’s mind...or his body.
So they decide to run an experiment: if they give in to their passions, their attraction will simply fizzle out, with no impact on their hearts...right?

Review- This is a fun and sweet love story. Francesca is looking for a family to love and Orion is looking for respect as a scientist. Together they cause trouble and they are fun to read about. Bradley creates a wonderful family in the Worthingtons. They are interesting, they do things, and they are not just background for the love story. I really liked the scenes with the whole family in them. Chessa is a confident woman when she decides to make her move and while Orion can be a little slow with her, he does get the idea soon enough. Of course there has to be complications between them and their happy ever after but once Chessa sets her mind on something nothing will stop her. I was pulling for Orion and Chessa and I had a very good time reading this book.

I give this volume Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs


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Today’s post is on Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer. It is 438 pages long and is published by William Morrow. The cover is a picture of Wall as a young girl. The intended reader is someone who is interested in survival stories, memoirs, and more about life inside the FLDS. There is foul language, rape, sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person close by Wall herself. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect’s women.
Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells the incredible and inspirational story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and helped being down one of America’s most notorious criminals to justice. Offering a child’s perspective on life in the FLDS, Wall discusses her tumultuous youth, explaining how her family’s turbulent past intersected with her strong will and identified her as a girl who needed to be controlled through marriage. Detailing how Warren Jeffs’s influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set and unrelenting pressure that forced her to wed despite her repeated protests that she was too young.
Once she was married, Wall’s childhood shattered as she was obligated to follow Jeffs’s directives and submit to her husband in “mind, body, and soul”. With little money and no knowledge of the outside world, she was trapped and forced to endure the pain and abuse of her loveless relationship, which eventually pushed her to spend nights sleeping in her truck rather than face the tormentor in her bed.
Yet even in those bleak times, she retained a sliver of hope that one day she would find a way out, and one snowy night that came in the form of a rugged stranger name Lamont Barlow. Their chance encounter set in motion a friendship and eventual romance that gave her the strength she needed to break free from her past and sever the chains of the church.
But though she was out of the FLDS, Wall would still have to face Jeffs- this time in court. In Stolen Innocence, she delves into the difficult months on the outside that led her come forward against him, working with prosecutors on one of the biggest criminal cases in Utah’s history, so that other girls still inside the church might be spared her cruel fate.
More than a tale of survival and freedom, Stolen Innocence is the story of one heroic woman who stood up for what was right and reclaimed her life.

Review- An interesting look at polygamous life style from someone who lived in it her whole life and the toll it took on her. Wall writes a heartbreak and compelling narrative of a powerless young girl in a religion where men have all the power. She gives a brief history of her family and how they came into the FLDS and how Jeffs changed their lives. Jeffs wanted to be prophet and would do anything to get and keep that power. Walls recounts fighting with him to not get married at fourteen, then fighting with her ‘husband’ to get free. In the end she had to lose her mother and two younger sisters to get freedom. The trail is the last part of the book and it has its interesting moments but because I knew how the story would play out there was no suspense for me in that part. I was most invested in her fight for freedom and to have a happy life. Moving, terrifying, and a lesson in power corrupting, Stolen Innocence is a story about how dangerous religion can be in the hands of a amoral person.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Waiting for Spring volume 1


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Today's post is on Waiting for Spring volume 1  by Anashin. It is 208 pages long and is published by Kodansha Comis. The cover is pink with Asakura-kun on it. It is the beginning of a series. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo, high school manga, and sweet stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from the perspective of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

from the back of the book- Mitsuki longs to experience true friendship, but she struggles to open her heart to others. As a high school student, she's determined to make a change. Her change to make friends comes from the last place she'd expect- four handsome, popular members of the basketball team! Although Mitsuki is wary about getting along with this school princes, she starts to see the possibility of a lasting connection when she gets to know their unique personalities. With a new group of friends, an exciting high school life may be waiting for this former wallflower!

Review- A cute start to a series. The plot gets going very quickly in this series and I liked that. We get to see the characters and get to know them soon. Mitsuki is a sweet girl that is very shy but she works hard to reach out to those around her. The boys make friends with her because she thanks them for helping another shy girl make friends. Add in her willingness to tell them the truth and they are friends. Through them, Mitsuki makes other friends but she still has a long way to go on this journey to being herself. I like how honest the characters are, there are of course misunderstanding and people get shy but when it is important the characters are honest. I look forward to the next one in the series.

I give this volume a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Naked in Death


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Today's post is on Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. It is the first in her In Death series. It is 306 pages long and is published by Berkley. The cover is red with police officer's badge in the center. The intended reader is someone who likes mysteries, romance, and just a little science fiction. There is mild foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character with other character's thoughts added in for plot and character development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder... Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch. 

Review- This is a fast-paced mystery with a romance adding something extra to the plot. We start with a gritty murder scene with a paid companion and Dallas with her many issues. The world building is small but what we get is very good with details that make the reader realize that the world has changed but it's really the same dark place. Of course Roarke is over-the-top in every way from how rich he is to how crazy he is over Dallas. Dallas feels that she cannot trust herself because Roarke is so attractive that he must be The Bad Guy instead of just a bad guy, in particular with how he made his money. The mystery is good and I was kept guessing about who the real villain was. I am interested in the characters and the world enough to read the next one at the very least.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

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Today's post is on The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock by Lucy Worsley. It is 312 pages long and is published by Pegasus Books. The cover has an English manor with darkening skies behind it. The intended reader is someone who likes true crime, literary history, and where the two intersect. There is foul language, talk of sex, and talk of violence in this book. The history of both the topics is told in many ways from first hand sources like letters and newspapers to interviews with experts. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Murder -- a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern England, murder entered our national psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.

Review- I had so much with this book. It is similar to The Invention of Murder but with a much narrower time frame. Instead of following the English obsession with murder from very earliest records, instead we are focusing on the 1700's to the mid 1940's. Worsley does not spend much time with the murders that influenced the authors but she does stay with the writers who read everything about the murderers and their crimes. She interviews interesting people about everything from Madam Tussauds's Wax Museum and why she started the Hall of Horror. Then Worsley added in the literary history about how the most famous mystery writer's got started and why. Christie started because she needed to support herself and her child and so many did for the same reason. I recommend the this book if you like true crime and the roots of mystery fiction.

I give this book Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Deus Vitae volume 2


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Today's post is on Deus Vitae volume 2 by Takuya Fujima. It is 200 pages long and was published by Tokyopop. It is the second in a trilogy. The cover has the main male character on it. The intended reader is adult, likes dark science fiction, and high action. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Beyond the Selenoid dome of the mother Seishia, Lemui looks forward to a bright future in nature with a man and a child. But even as she starts on this beautiful journey, the dark clouds of war between androids and human cumulate again in the sky! Lemiu will have to fight to protect Ash and hew new baby from the anger and prejudice that fills this world.

Review- Once again this volume is very pretty art but the plot is still very thin. The baby that Lemui picks up that the end of the first volume dies but they pick up another child just pages later. We have more sexuality and nudity but this time the sex is at the very least attempted rape. But I think that real problem with the story is that Ash is prefect. Everything he does, he does perfectly and everyone loves or at least respects him. So that is why Lemui is the one all the bad things happen to, like maybe being raped, all because she is traveling with Ash. Only one volume left and I do not have much hope for this series either going any where or doing anything interesting.

I give this volume a Two out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Working Stiff


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Today's post is on Working Stiff by Kevin J. Anderson. It is a short story collection of the character Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. It is 163 pages long and is published by WordFire Press. The cover has Dan and Sheyenne on it with a spooky tree behind them. The intended reader is someone who has read the novels, likes horror tropes and making fun of them. There is mild foul language, talk of sexuality, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person of Dan Shamble. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Back from the dead…and back on the case!
Even being murdered doesn't keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter—inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night—a zombie P.I. fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, a.k.a. "Shamble," solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.
Working Stiff contains seven cases from the files of Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations. Dan Shamble has to solve the mystery of a stolen deck of fortune-telling cards and the undeath-defying feats of a vampire trapeze artist, finds himself sealed in a coffin in the back of a truck with no idea where he's being taken, and is even hired by Santa Claus to find his lost "naughty and nice" list. Being trapped in an unbreakable monster-proof crypt, deciphering a string of mysterious zombie graffiti, investigating the murder of a costumed fan at a science fiction convention where the monsters are the normal attendees, or tracking down a kidnapped hellhound for legendary vigilante werewolf cop Hairy Harry—it's all in a day's work for Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.


Review- I really enjoy the Dan Shamble series. It's funny, it's self-aware, and it's not afraid to be silly. Anderson knows his horror tropes and he works well with them. We get everything from a vampire circus to a fan-convention with Dan Shamble cosplayers. If you have read the other Dan Shamble books then you will get all the in jokes but if not you can still enjoy this collection for it's playful humor. There is no extra character development or world building in this series just adventures with the characters and more bad jokes. I hope that Anderson writes more with these characters and this fun world.

I give this collection a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I was given this collection as gift.