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Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Title: Turbo Twenty-Three
Author: Janet Evanovich
Pages: 288
Published: November 15th 2016 by Bantam
Source: library
Links: goodreads


Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It’s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs—who are naked and afraid—and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have “virtually no marketable skills,” these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.
I always say I'm not going to read anymore Stephanie Plum books, but then a new one comes out and I put it on hold at the library right away.  I'm so glad I read this... it's back to the good old Plum mysteries.  Not too much silliness that I thought some of the last few books had.  There wasn't as much repetitiveness in this one either.  Which I was really happy about.  The mystery in this book was a much more complex and serious. Let's be honest with ourselves here.  If you did think you were going to find something different in this book and you are upset that it wasn't then you really need to stop reading.  Stephanie is the same old Stephanie and she is still dating the same two men.

I guess what I like about this series and probably the reason I keep picking it up is I know what to expect.  So when I want just a quick and fast read, a couple laughs, a story that is all fluff, then this is the book to read.  Though really let's be honest how is Rex the hamster still alive?  Unless these books are all taking place within a few years.  Maybe since we are up to book 23 I feel like 15 years has passed in the series.

I enjoyed this book enough to want to read the next one ... that should be out at the end of 2017?  Will Stephanie make any progress in her life?  Get a better job?  Pick a man?  Own a decent car? Probably not.  But so long as the book brings me smiles and laughs I guess I'll be reading it.


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The Walking Dead Compemdium 1

Monday, January 23, 2017
Title: The Walking Dead Compendium 1
Author: Robert Kirkman
Pages: 1088
Published: May 19, 2009
Source: Borrowed
Links: Goodreads,

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor.


I, like almost everyone else, watched the show The Walking Dead prior to picking up the comics. I did keep checking them out from the library but since they came in the compendiums I just never had the time to read them before they were due back. So finally I went ahead and borrowed all 3 compendiums from my aunt. I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I didn't expect to love the comics as much as I do.  They are similar to the show but different enough to still feel like I'm reading something different. I was really afraid of spoilers for the show.  Now.. I'll admit that right now I am caught up on the comics up to the point of the TV show and I'm a little nervous about continuing. I'm pretty confident I won't be spoiled so I'm going to go ahead and read on.

I think the artwork of these comics help the feelings of horror and creepiness. When I first started reading I wasn't sure about the black and white art. I thought.. how am I even going to get the horror from it when I can't see the blood color.  The artist (Tony Moore) does such a fantastic job that color is not needed.  I think that is a huge feet for an artist.

In case you don't know much about this series I'll try to explain it a little bit.  The comic starts off with Officer Rick Grimes waking up from a coma in the hospital. He is all alone.  When he gets up and walks around he discovers there are other things... or what we call "Zombies". Rick begins to go out into the world to find his wife and son. On his way looking he meets a lot of different people and his epic story begins.

What I find most interesting about these books is character study.  This book of course reminds me of any book where the world flips on it's head.  Stephen King's The Stand is similar.  What would people do if they only lived to survive.  Would they kill?  Would they die?  The end of the world brings out the best and the worst of people it would seem. I like to read about the ideas characters come up with and ponder if I would've come up with the same plan or not. In this particular compendium the group that Rick Grimes forms run into a huge prison.  They decide that it might be a good place to hold up. There are 3 prisoners there that they decide to let go but then can't decide if they are trust worthy.  Would this be a good idea?  There is a generator at the prison. Beds, food. Seems like a good idea to me but of course it has it's drawbacks which we find out when reading. Things I would've never thought could happen.

I really do think Walking Dead is a fantastic story.  For those who don't like the show because of the gore, perhaps pick up the graphic novels and experience the story in a totally different way.


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Comic Adventures Issue #49

Monday, January 16, 2017

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 Lumberjanes Volume 4 Out of TimeTeen Titans Vol 5 Kid Flash,  The Flash Vol 8 Zoom, and Vision Vol. 1.


The original artist from Volumes 1 & 2 is back.  I really enjoy Brooke Allen's art. This comic focuses on the girls from the camp coming together to save Jen, their camp counselor. We get to see them work together. There is a huge snow storm that comes in the middle of summer while they are out camping. Next thing you know the girls get rescued but Jen gets left behind.  Though, she also gets rescued from someone. The girl who rescues Jen has a crazy back story which leads the readers to learn way more about the camp's past. Looks like the comic is introducing a transgender character.  There is a huge diverse cast of characters in the series. I am hoping this comic doesn't fall into the category where information is kept from the girls for too long.  I fell like some answers about what exactly the camp is should start to come out now.  I just don't want those answers drug out too long just to keep the comic going. That was one of the biggest issues with the book Maze Runner to me. 
5 out of 5


I Had to finish out Teen Titans in the New 52.  Well... there are two Teen Titan series going on in the New 52 and this is the first one they had going. But the story was a little hard to follow since it's a cross over with Forever Evil. The confusion in this comic shows just why the New 52 needed to end and Rebirth needed to begin.  Too many stories crossing paths. Superboy in this comic turns out to not even be the real Superboy.  Apparently, the real Superboy is left back on earth one and you learn about him in his own comic. The comic is about who Kid Flash really is.  A kid from another dimension who is actually some sort of revolutionary killer. I wish this comic had stayed in the present and wrapped up the characters that way.  But instead, we float around the future and see the characters there. It wasn't the best ending to a series, though I've noticed a lot of the New 52 endings haven't been that great.

2 out of 5



The Flash is one of the series in the New 52 I have really enjoyed.  I think Flash's villains are interesting and the stories always have a new direction they can go in. Zoom is a classic Flash villain. I've really been able to learn more about Zoom through the Flash TV show.  So to see him in the comics is interesting. In this comic, Zoom has gathered meta humans from different eras who have received powers by being struck by lighting, similar to what has happened to Barry Allen. Zoom tricks these people into thinking they need to come to 2016 and stop the Flash because he's evil. I did think that the fact that Zoom supposedly spent 500 years with this team was a long long time.  And somehow that whole time he hid from them that he was evil.  Always plot holes somewhere I suppose. Let's be honest though, Flash comics are constantly full of time travel.  Same story, different comic. I think this is the last comic in the Flash New 52.  I look forward to where Rebirth takes the Flash.

4 out of 5

I've been curious about Vision ever since he appeared in the Avenger movies.  So I was excited to see a new Marvel series based on Vision.  I thought it was a really good comic.  I seems to take place after Vision has helped out the Avengers.  He is trying to live a normal life with a family.  Of course his family is Androids. I think I really enjoyed this comic because it's not your traditional superhero comic.  It's more of a creepy story about a family trying to make it in our world that doesn't want to accept them. I think there is unease the entire time you read this novel. You just know this perfect life is falling apart and it's hard because the androids are trying to understand why it isn't going perfectly. The artwork is perfect... it helps the comic feel like horror/creepy.  I enjoy reading a comic that isn't like the others.  I read that some people are upset because Vision has never wanted to be a human in any other runs.  I thought that was a fantastic take on him and helped his title comic be successful.  Great read!

5 out of 5


This counts for 4 comics towards my 2017 Graphic Novel Reading Challenge


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Sunday Post

Sunday, January 8, 2017


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.

Hello everyone.  It has been a busy few months.  I've been in TX for a long time helping my sister. I've been trying to get a lot of reading done during this time.  So I should have some reviews coming up.  If you ever check out my blog about my diabetic cats then you know we had to send one of my cats over the rainbow bridge.  It was so sad and hard. It was awful. But we did have an amazing experience by having a veterinarian come to our house to do it.  Then end of 2016 has pretty much just sucked.  I'm so ready for 2017.  I did participate in a book secret Santa exchange hosted by True Book Addict.   When I get my package and open it, I'll post a picture of it on here. I received my package from Truth, Beauty, Freedom, & Books.  I loved every book I received!  Thanks so much.  The blogger I received for the exchange is Readerbuzz.  She should have her package by now and I'm so excited for her to open it (if she hasn't already).  I scrambled to get it together since I unexpectedly ended up out of town while the Secret Bookish Santa event was going on. 




It's so odd to be in TX over the month of December.  No snow.  But the weather is nuts.  With one day being 54 and then next day 78.  I also miss the snow.  I did get to see Rouge One on opening night.  I thought it was pretty fantastic.  A great story that leads into the Star Wars movies.  I would recommend you all going to see it.  I'm currently watching 11/22/63 that finally came in from the library.  I loved the book so I am hoping the show lives up to it.   I love looking for the Stephen King easter eggs in the show.  I had to google some that I didn't spot. 


I'm back in the gym tomorrow.  I've had to take a lot of time off with my sister and with one of our vehicles out of service for about 3 months (the body shop had it that WHOLE time). I'm going to look like one of those new years resolution people who only go for a month!  I'm really dreading getting back in.  Ughhh... the beginning of getting in shape is always the hardest! 

Happy 2017 everyone!  Hope you reach all your reading goals this year. 

Also... it's time for me to sign up for some reading challenges.  My favorite one is of course the Graphic Novel Challenge. I'm going for the Golden Age. 104 books!  Here are the rules:





It's time to start signing up for the 2017 challenge.  This is the 10th anniversary of this challenge and my 6th year as host


  • Please write a sign-up post on your blog and then sign-up below with a link to your specific sign-up post (NOT to your home page).  
  • What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My personal criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.  I'm not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month.
  • You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog, but each book must be linked back here in the monthly linkies to count. Come back every month to record your progress.

Here is how the Challenge plays out:

Runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2017
Levels

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)
Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)

 You must sign up for a level, but once you complete that level you may move up and try for the next one.

Please spread the word everyone!  
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Comic Adventures Issue #48

Thursday, October 27, 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 Saga vol. 6, Lumberjanes Vol 3 A Terrible Plan,  Wayword Volume 1 String Theory, and Kanan Star Wars vol 2.


I can't get enough of this series!  It's just so unique compared to any other comic that I am reading right now. Yeah... this issue kind of hit the filler volume.  But I am still into the characters. Hazel is now a little girl in this comic so we get to know her and see her growing up. There's a couple of new characters in this volume that I though was ... meh.  A couple of reporters who get mixed up into everything.  Ok.... just boring.  The Will is back and I still like him... he's flipping out a little and becoming more and more depressing.  I like it.  I like that we get to see him go through all these emotions.  There are a few genitals drawn in this comic and one genital had me shocked!  Meaning.. I just wasn't expecting it.  Good things happen at the end of this comic too!  Things that have me really excited for volume 7. Apparently there is no release date for volume 7!  How long do I have to wait then?? 2017!  I look forward to Alana and Marko's continuing story and see how everything comes together with Hazel. 
3 out of 5


This is another comic I've been enjoying so much.  I look forward to reading it.  New artist this time around but I still felt like it was still the fun quirky art.  I don't know why comics switch artists so often.  I just think that one artist should be contracted till the series is done.  I don't know much about comic book rules though when it comes to writing them/drawing them.  The book starts out with all the girls from camp telling their own ghost stories.  I thought these were great! I like how the girls are also getting their own stories.  By getting to know the girls a little better as individuals the comic is finding it's way to be a long running comic. The creepy camp vibe is still around.  There are dinosaurs, bears, and all that fun stuff!  You can still read about all the different patches they earn.  I always want to try to earn these badges. Why isn't there any cool camps like this for adults? There's a fun badge called Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fondant... a cake decorating challenge that including a funny raccoon!  
5 out of 5



I saw someone reading this on the Graphic Novel Challenge 2016 so I thought I'd check it out.  I mean... there are tons of cats on the cover! Sold. The art is fantastic and the characters are also fun to get to know. Each characters turns out to have some sort of super power. Monsters start appearing here and there and of course they battle. The plot is a little rushed to me. Like there is really no explanation as to why the monsters are there.  I know it will be revealed later but I feel like we still should've known a little bit more now. I like how the comic takes place in Japan. Makes me feel like I'm reading a Manga.  Yeah, I know it's not one but I still felt cool. The story almost feels like one I've read before. Teen kids with superpowers in a team, bad guys showing up to be defeated.  Missing parents (like all YA novels).  I'll for sure check out the next volume just out of curiosity.  That volume will determine whether or not I stick with the series. 
3 out of 5


I loved the first volume of this come.  It was the first time I had been introduced to Kanan.  This issue was such a let down compared to that one.  It was all about Kanan as a child when he was becoming a jedi.  Same story we've heard before.  I wanted more of Kanan's adventures with his group.  They were interesting.  How much back story do we need? The comic needs to start moving on into the present. It's not a terrible comic.. just average.  None of the Star Wars comics has been phenomenal to me. I thought Kanan was going to be the comic that stood out in a flood of average Star Wars story but this one didn't help it do that. Honestly the most interesting character was the one Kanan is becoming a padawan for.  She (Billaba) has just got back from battle and lost most of her troops and is going through a lot mentally to try to be one with the force again.  I did enjoy reading about a Jedi Master having those issues. 
2 out of 5 


This counts for 61 comics towards my 2016 Graphic Novels Challenge.

 


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Comic Adventures Issue #47

Wednesday, October 12, 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 Wytches Vol. 1Ms. Marvel Vol. 5,  The Mighty Thor vol. 1, and Darth Vader Vol 2.


I tend to find out about new and different comics from the Graphics Novel Challenge I participate in every year. This was one of the comics I saw someone on there review. The story is about Wytches... nasty things that live underground. The Wytches eat children who have been marked by their familes. Sometimes the art was hard to follow.  There was the pencil and there was some ink mixed in so I didn't always know what was going on.  Though that did help with the creep factor.  The end of the book was pretty unbelievable to me.  But I do want to read the next volume.  Oh speaking of next volume... who knows when that's coming out.  I wish I had known before starting this that the next Wytches isn't in the works at all yet.  Who knows when?  The story is the same old horror you find every where else though so don't expect a new witch story.  Do you ever find when you read reviews it starts to change your point of view of a book you read? That happened to me with this book... what I thought was fantastic was actually just another horror story.   I started reading other reviews and realized it wasn't such a great book! 
3 out of 5


Page from Wytches

Ms. Marvel is a series I really enjoy. This issue though kind of is a crossover.  What I mean by that is something happened with Kamala Khan in another issue where she joins the Avengers.  I'm not sure what happens during that time because well.. it's in some other issue. That's ok though... what I like about the Ms. Marvel comics is we get to deal with Kamala's real life.  Her crush Bruno has found another girlfriend since Kamala is so busy and Aamir (her brother) is getting married. I love Kamala's relationship with her brother, it's so funny. In this volume a real estate company comes in to take over her neighborhood.  We find out later that it's HYDRA. There is another fun story line in the book where Kamala is so burned out that she tried to make a clone of herself on a 3D printer and then chaos comes.  I don't think Ms. Marvel has lost any of it's charm yet.  The writing is still young and mainstream.  I can't wait for the next issue!

5 out of 5


Let's be honest, after Thor Vol. 2 I wasn't going to keep reading. I just didn't love it.. but apparently I put this one on hold without remembering so when it came into the library I went ahead and read it.  And really enjoyed it.  I'm not sure why it's not volume 3?  I guess it's 'The Mighty Thor' now?  So we are back to volume 1?  Whatever.  So we all know now that Jane Foster is Thor right?  Well I hope so. Apparently she has cancer and every time she picks up Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer) her cancer gets worse.  Chemo won't help at all because the Hammer pretty much erases everything the treatments have done. Odin has gone crazy because he believes the Hammer belongs to him and some girl has it.  The Elvish world is introduced in this comic so I look forward to seeing more of it in the next volume. I like that Marvel has put cancer in their comic.  I think most people know someone who has cancer, even children know someone.  So I think everyone can relate to that part.  There is only about 200 ratings on goodreads so I'm not sure how many people are really reading this series. 
4 out of 5


I don't know... I'm not totally in love with the Star Wars comics yet. I've given plenty of them a go.  I almost didn't finish this one.  Luckily I checked someone's review on goodreads which explained what was going on and I continued.  So Vader now knows Luke is his son and still tries to find him.  Vader continues to build a droid army by stealing supplies from the Empire.  Vader gets another inspector following him around which is odd to me because why would Vader even put up with that. This comic also visits Naboo, bleh.  Some flashbacks of the prequels.  Honestly, I don't know if I'm going to continue on with this comic. I thought it was going to be way more evil (this was the problem I had with the Maleficent movie, they made her into a good guy). There is this side character in the book (see her on the cover?) and that confuses me because she gets a lot of the plot for her own story and this is supposed to a comic about Vader!  It's like the writers just didn't have enough ideas to come up with a great story about Vader.
1 out of 5

This counts for 57 comics towards my 2016 Graphic Novels Challenge.

 
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Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Friday, October 7, 2016
Title: Heir of Fire
Author:  Sarah J Maas
Pages: 565
Published: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Ebook
Links: goodreads,  Sarah J Maas


Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed? The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
I really love this series. I like that this book, the third book in the series, was able to add more characters. Of course when you add more characters the ones you have grown to love get less page time.  There were times in this book I thought should've been less wordy.  This caused the pacing to be off a little.  I was happy that this book traveled a little more throughout the world Maas has created.  We get to read about where the Fae live.  Plus Celaena's magic gets tested and finally advances.  That did take a while to get going in the story but I really love how Celaena's story is turning out.  Also.. what do I call the lead female character now?  Celaena?  Aelin? I'm confused.

So Manon is a witch and a new character in this book.  I really enjoyed her chapters.  I love a villain. Even though I think she is going to become a good person in future books from some foreshadowing. Dorian has a new love interest.  I didn't think there was enough time to really love her.  Rowan was a new character that we get to read a lot about.  I loved him.  He starts out so mysterious and then comes around to being a character that I really looked forward to reading about. I want to learn more about his history.

This book does remind me of a second book syndrome book. The ones where you spend a lot of time getting to places in the plot.  Basically Celaena is trying to find her magic, and trying to get to the places she needs to go.  The book really isn't moving the plot along much.  There is a lot of back story revealed which helps the reader understand Celaena more.

I still really enjoy this book despite the slower pace.  I'm looking forward to starting book 4.  I also noticed that there is now a coloring book!  Must check that out.

Reviews of other books in the series:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
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