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Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, May 20, 2016
Title:  Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Pages: 296
Published: September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: library
Links: goodreads,

SHHHH! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island. You do NOT want to miss it. It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
I recently read a fantastic book called And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  I was so into it and never figured out the murderer.  After I read it I remembered hearing about a book that was a retelling of the Christie novel.  I couldn't wait to get started on it.  Well... such a disappointment.  The book is about a bunch of teenagers who are all invited to a party on an island out in the middle of nowhere.  Something about how the teenagers were written was just too childish for me.  More like a middle school book then a young adult book, it's the darker themes that make this book considered YA I suppose.  The book is full of teen speak... you know that annoying way teens are supposed to speak.  Plus... I had issues with some of the dialog.  For example, there is a black character who is made fun of for going to be the one who ides first.  This is a typical joke among horror movies.  People are used to joking like that and the guy who says it is accused of being a racist for saying that. The teens were serious about that accusation too.  Um... that isn't racism to me.

To be honest... I am surprised that this book has such high ratings on goodreads.  I just couldn't buy that a teen set up this whole murder weekend.  I don't see how in this book one could even ever figure out the murderer.  The relationships between characters is just ugh.  One girl is friends with another girl who bosses her around constantly but that's OK but the bossy girl has mental illness and is just off her meds.  This bothers me too.  There is mental illness in my family and that really isn't something to make a gimmick.  I hate when people are considered off their meds then they are just plan mean and crazy.  There of course was the dorky teen fights over who gets the boy.

The book is about making people feel guilty because a girl committed suicide and murdering them for it.  Eh... I guess I also don't like people being punished for something they didn't even know they caused. You never even really care about the characters who die.  Most of them you barely know anything about other then theirs names.  Also.. no one's parents checked in with their kid at all during that weekend??  NO ONE'S?  Please my mom would've been like where the hell are you and why can't I get a hold of you.

I would pass on this book.  It is a middle school book written for teens.  The writing just isn't that strong.  It's too bad... I feel like the book could've been so much more.

Comic Adventures Issue #41

Monday, May 16, 2016

read a lot of comics and rarely review them here on the blog. That's because I really don't have a lot to say for an entire post.  So I thought I would review several comics on one post.  I will still review graphic novels on their own now and then, but this is where I will talk about super-hero type comics (DC/Marvel) or sequels to some that I have already reviewed.

This issue I talk about Harley Quinn Vol. 3 Kiss Kiss Band Stab,  The Doom that Came to Gotham,  1872, and Lumberjanes vol 2 Friendship to the Max.

I love Harley Quinn!!  I never really loved her till the New 52 series. The beginning of this comic is a bunch of side stories... a couple of Christmas/Valentines Day issues.  Which was probably fun for those who buy this comic in individual issues.  Of course reading those at the start of summer wasn't as cool but still I enjoyed them.  The comic then goes into the fact that Quinn is totally stressed, has way too much to do.  Which I loved because it makes it seem like she is a real person.  She has a job, she is in a roller derby club, she is dating, trying to save animals, has friendships and she tries to be a superhero/villain.  I love it!  The only thing in the Harley Quinn comics I don't love are the constant dream sequences.  The comic writers even find a way to squeeze them in.  The one thing that's a plus in the dream sequences is that they bring in a special artist to draw them and then go back to the artist who is drawing the volume once the dream is over.  That is nice for up and coming artists.  The Harley Quinn comics aren't usually serious and are pretty fun.  That is why I just hope they continue into the whole DC Rebirth that's coming up.
4 out of 5

I have been trying to figure out what comics are going to be in the new DC Rebirth.  This came into my library so I put it on hold. This was a unique tale.  I think it has nothing to do with any on going series which I liked. It kind of a Batman Lovecraft tale.  It takes all the characters we know and changes up their origin into more spooky tales. The comic takes place in older times... almost 1930's??  There are pirate ships frozen over ... ghosts... really enjoyed it.  The art really works for the story too.  Great matchup. Though... the cover artist is of course different the artist who does the actual comic.  I always think that's sad.  If you are hired to do the inside of the comic you should be allowed to do the cover as well.  Why hire these high profile artists to just do the cover, apparently they are way too busy to draw the whole thing.  Rant over.  I wouldn't want to continue reading this comic so I like the idea that this was just a stand alone Batman story.  Worth the read.

4 out of 5

I had no idea what this comic was when I checked it out from the library.  The cover looked cool that and the name 1872 (I didn't see the Warzones title at first).  This comic is apparently apart of a series called Secret Wars that is a Marvel story arc.  Well I've never read that.  Luckily I think this comic can be read without reading those.  It's kind of a retelling of Avenger characters in 1872.  How they got to 1872 I don't know... maybe they are supposed to have originated there?  It didn't seem like they were from the future or anything. Basically we see all the characters as if they are in a western story.  I am assuming there will be even more stories in this time period because it does day at the end that the Avengers will return. I'm not going to keep on with this comic series but it was fun to read something new and different. It had the western elements that happen in those stories. A bad sheriff, shoot outs, cops and robbers, indians, and all that.  Since I don't read a lot of Marvel there were a few characters I didn't recognize.  One of the cooler one was Vision, he was a fortune telling machine.  Thought that was clever.
4 out of 5

I am so in love with Lumberjanes! Volume 2 was just as good as the first. This story follows the same characters while they are at camp.  I love how each chapter is still about a badge and how to earn it. One is about music so the girls start trying to figure out a song to defeat the baddies. I think this comic is also perfect for younger girls who are looking for a comic.  In fact I might even purchase this for my cousin who is 8.  This comic will make you wish you would've went to a summer camp in a forest somewhere. Oh and there are actually directions on how to make a friendship bracelet. I almost wanted to go find some string and make one. I would like to point out that this comic has such great diversity in it... without making it seem like it's forced either.  It kind of reminds me of growing up on a military base.  Such a big variety of people!  I love it. The artwork is fantastic.  It's a simple comic look but it works perfectly for the story line.  I have the third volume from the library in my hands right now and just can't wait to get started on it.
5 out of 5

This counts for 33 comics towards my 2016 Graphic Novels Challenge.


Winter by Marissa Meyer

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Title:  Winter
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Pages: 824
Published: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: Library ebook
Links: goodreads,

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
I had been waiting for this book forever!  Well probably not as long as most people since I only read this book series for the first time last year but it felt like a long time. When reading this book as an ebook I had no idea that it was as long as it is.  800 + pages.  It really didn't seem that long.  One thing I was most excited for in the book was that all the characters were going to finally be together in one book.  I wasn't disappointed either.  Such a great bunch of characters. Great friendships and no love triangles (claps hands).  Meyer's writing is just so great.  Character development, world building, and all that jazz.

I love fairytale retellings so that might be another reason why I love this book series.  This one obviously had more Snow White aspects to it.  The title character in this book Winter is a little crazy. I kind of liked that though... it was almost like she was representing a community of people with mental illness.  I saw a lot of people complain about this book being called Winter but that Winter isn't in it very much.  Honestly if this is the last book in the series I feel like everyone should've expected that it would end with all the characters ending up together.

I do have issues with how the villain Levana was defeated.  This is a spoiler so if you are avoiding spoilers skip to the end of this paragraph.  She was traumatized by the fact that everyone got to see her uglyness .. her scars. Next thing you know the people of Luna didn't like her anymore and she got week by knowing that.  Meh.

It really was a great series.  I enjoyed it so much.  There are only a couple of people I've met who didn't like Cinder (shocker).  I have the next book on hold... Stars Above.  I also just found out there are two short stories that go with this book I hadn't read before so I am going to go out and hunt for those.  Great ending! I hear that Meyer's next book is about the Queen of Hearts from Alice and Wonderland when she was a young teen.  Can't wait!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Sunday Post

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Let's chat about what's going on this week... on my blog.. on other blogs... on the internet... and just everywhere!    I link up my post to Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reader.

Two Sunday posts in one month??  I'm on a roll.  Warm weather is here so I planted a ton of grass seed... so much winter kill.  I get winter kill every year despite all the efforts I make to make it not happen.  Sigh. I'm excited though to get a lot of use out of my backyard this year.  Tonight is the premier of Game of Thrones.  So ready.  Though.. technically I still have a lot of shows on my DVR to watch but they'll get pushed back.  I have started playing The Division on PS4.  I kind of got sucked into it by a friend but I am really starting to enjoy it, especially since I've been pushing other friends into playing.  We of course have our tickets to the IMAX Civil War movie coming up.  We've been going through all the movies to get ready for it (the Captain America movies and Avenger movies). 

I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.  It was ok... it's gotten so big though.  I didn't really have any interaction with other bloggers this time around, not even my cheerleader.  So that was kind of a bummer. 

I've seriously been into coloring lately.  It actually is kind of relaxing.  I have a Star Wars coloring book, Harry Potter coloring book, Enchanted Forest and a Secret Garden book.  I really want to try out these water color pencils I keep hearing about, but haven't found any yet to buy.  I might just have to order them through Prime. It was hard enough for me to find a 72 pack.  I read this article recently that coloring is so popular right now that colored pencil factories are having a hard time keeping up with the sales! 

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Comic Adventures Issue #40

Saturday, April 23, 2016

read a lot of comics and rarely review them here on the blog. That's because I really don't have a lot to say for an entire post.  So I thought I would review several comics on one post.  I will still review graphic novels on their own now and then, but this is where I will talk about super-hero type comics (DC/Marvel) or sequels to some that I have already reviewed.

Honestly... I can't believe Comic Adventures has published 40 issues!! I mean... WOW! I've read a lot of comics. Every time I say I am going to quit reading comics a new one comes into the library and I get super excited and read it. This issue I review The Flash Vol. 7 Savage WorldHe-Man Eternity War Vol. 1,  Batgirl Vol. 2 Family Business,  and Batman/Superman Vol 4 Siege.

I have really enjoyed the Flash comics in the New 52. This comic was entertaining.  Savage World refers to the speed force world.  Berry Allen flew through a rip in the time to the speed force world that has robots, dinosaurs, savages, and a jungle.  Back in the real world... our time.. A future Berry has come to correct all the mistakes his current Berry made.  For example, not catching a certain villain who kills a lot of people.   The future Berry thinks by killing these villains he will save the world. The two story lines worked together pretty well.  There is even a page that mixes the two Flash in one drawing with similar things happening to both of them.  so half the page is red Flash and the other half is blue Flash (the future Flash has a blue outfit).   A great classic Flash villain shows up leading into the next volume.  I am super excited about this villain since they are currently being explored in the Flash CW show. The end of the book has a great origin story about Flash, what happens to his mother and father and how he receives his powers.  

5 out of 5 

These He-Man comics are so great!!  She-Ra being badass is like my dream come true.  The art is great.  The snake race looks really cool. Hordak has now taken over Castle Greyskull.  So He-Man, She-Ra and Teela have to fight him to get it back.  Teela is now the Sorceress... a snake sorceress. The comic explains more about the sorceresses in the world of He-Man.  I had no idea there could be different ones. There were two huge rubies that used to sit in the eyes of the skull on Castle Greyskull that have a lot of power so everyone is a in a race to find them. Skeletor makes a new appearance in this comic... in a humorous way.  I actually laughed out loud.  His character is explored a lot more in the comics.  I love when villains tell us why they are villains. These comics are so fun.  I'm afraid Eternity War vol. 2 is going to be the last in DC's revamp of He-Man.  I'm so disappointed in that.  This series deserves so much more love.  

5 out of 5

I almost didn't read this comic because I couldn't stand Batgirl vol. 1.  I just thought it was so immature.  Yes... I know they were going for a teen audience but it was just too far.  I like Batgirl a lot though so I thought I would give it another go-round.  I am glad I did.  I ended up enjoying this volume like a Saturday morning cartoon. So in another DC comic Batman is killed off (OK yeah that's a spoiler but comics are like soap operas, he won't stay dead.  A whole new series will come along and kill him/bring him back... blah blah). Anyways... Batman dies so Gordon decides to be Batman. So that story line is kind of short... I thought it would be most of the comic. BUT... the comic is like crossover after crossover.  Grayson shows up, Gotham Academy, the new Black Canary series (where she's a rock star), and so on.  Honestly though.. this is a series DC needs to just let go.  And with the whole DC Rebirth coming out I am sure this is one comic that is going to go to the side.  I think the new Batgirl is called Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Rebirth and I am looking forward to Batgirl being mature again. Oh wait... I just looked it up and there is going to be a stand alone Batgirl.  But it won't be apart of this series and I'm glad. 
2 out of 5

I have enjoyed the Batman/Superman series a lot.  This comic was fun to me.  There was some really good artwork in this too.  Very creative pages. The story is about a phantom zone baddie coming to earth and getting superman to lose his powers and be just a human.  The weapon the villain uses really surprised me.  I didn't know if it was funny or serious.  I laughed... I'll admit it.  Superman has a new "flash power" that can take out Doomsday's fires.  So when he uses it he loses all his powers for like 24 hours.  So he and Batman have to team up and figure things out.  Then... we meet Superman's Joker. I am not really sure this guy measures to Joker... that name is too far!  No one can live up to Joker. I've never read Future's End but the end of this volume includes a story from that universe.

4 out 5

This counts for 29 comics towards my 2016 Graphic Novels Challenge.


Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

I am excited to be participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  This is going to be quite an adventure. There are all kinds of fun things happening today.    I will update here all day so get ready.   I have no shame to start late.  Yes I know it's 10 am my time and in my time zone I should've started at 6.  But alas I didn't go to be so early last night.  I'm ready to go now!

Update 1:

Currently Reading:  Winter by Marissa Meyer
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: 60
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 1 hour
Snacks: None yet
Where are you reading:  In my favorite recliner!

I will  be updating a lot on Twitter.  My Twitter handler is @Kingmod

Opening Meme:
  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from the state of Colorado!  Hopefully I meet some other bloggers from Colorado today.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Honestly I am looking forward to Winter the most. I have been wanting to read that for a long long time now.  
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? So technically I didn't buy any special snacks for the event.  I am going to eat just whatever is in the house.  Oh and of course lots of Mountain Dew. 
  4.  Tell us a little something about yourself!  I love to read!  I love to play video games, watch movies, watch TV.  I just love entertainment.  Some people look down on all that and act like people sit in front of the TV too much but I also love to be outside,  go hiking, camping, so you can love both worlds.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I've done this in the past twice I think.  There really is nothing I can do different.  The nighttime is when it gets hard for me.  I don't think there is anyway I can stay up all night but we'll see. 
Update 2:

Currently Reading:  Winter by Marissa Meyer
Books Finished: None
Pages Read: 300
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 3 hours
Snacks: None yet... but I did go eat at Village Inn this morning which cut into reading time. 
Where are you reading:  Outside by the fire pit.  It was really nice out there but the wind got crazy so I had to come inside. Bleh. 

Challenges I participated in:   Hour 11... road trip with a literary figure. 

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Inferno by Dan Brown

Monday, April 18, 2016
Title: Inferno
Author:  Dan Brown
Pages: 461
Published:  May 14th 2013 by Doubleday
Source: Owned
Links: goodreads

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date. In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Honestly... I love Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. I have discovered that these books follow the same format though.  Very similar to the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich which repeats the same template over and over.  Dan Brown's books do go a little overboard describing everything in so much detail.  I love art so I enjoy reading Brown's descriptions of art.  I even googled some to see what the art/buildings really looked like but that got tiresome.  Brown's book should come illustrated all the time as first editions, not just special editions years after the book as been published.  I read the book I already owned which I purchased when it first came out so I didn't get the illustrated. From now on I'm going to wait to buy his book until the illustrated is released. I have The Da Vinci Code and Angel's and Demons illustrated editions and they are totally worth it.

So this particular Robert Langdon book is about how he wakes up in a hospital after being shot in the head and can't remember a thing. He begins to figure out that there is a plague that is going to be released on the world.  The plague was created by a man who believes that over population is what is going to destroy the world. Honestly the more I read the details about overpopulation in this book the more it scared me.  Are the facts true about how fast we are growing and using up resources in the book true?  I don't know.  But if it is that is a scary statistic. Where will the plague be released and can it be stopped becomes Langdon's mission in this book.  Since Langdon has lost his memory with short term amnesia we are the readers get to go along this adventure with him and try to figure things out.

This book's mysteries are mainly based off the Divine Comedy "Dante's Inferno" by Dante Alighieri.  I had never give The Divine Comedy much thought prior to this book.  I didn't even really know what it was about.  This book opened that whole world to me. I need to read that book soon.  The book sounds fascinating to me and of course it's free to read in the public domain.

There is a movie in the works for this book.  I'm surprised they just skipped over The Lost Symbol but there was a big profit drop between The Da Vinci Code movie and the Angels and Demons movie.  Originally, Inferno was supposed to come out in 2015 but got pushed back to October 2016. I hope it's successful, a lot of times when a movie is pushed back it's because it wasn't very good and then the movie studios try to fix it up.   I am not sure when Dan Brown's next book will come out.  I have looked around for any hints or information but haven't found any.

If you like Dan Brown's previous books you'll like this book.  If you think the books are cheesy writing, and you roll your eyes, well it's not for you.  I like fluff books sometimes.  Books were I can just enjoy the ride.  I can't wait for the next Robert Langdon book.

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