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review 2017-06-20 18:06
The Prey by Tom Isbell - Flawed but Enjoyable
The Prey - Tom Isbell

THE PREY by Tom Isbell is the first book in the Prey series, and a book that has received a lot of hate since it’s debut in 2015. It is a story about a group of teenagers that decide to fight for a life of freedom against impossible odds in dystopian America. Ultimately, I enjoyed this novel, but there were definite issues with the book that makes it understandable why so many readers did not enjoy the book. I struggled to keep reading it, myself.

 

The first issue I ran across was the grammar. There was an abundance of sentence fragments and unnecessary imagery that didn't add much to the story line except redundancy. A few examples:

 

  • “Blood. Purpling. Coagulating before his eyes." 
  • "other vehicles had arrived, disgorging brown-shirted soldiers"
  • "[they] slid him into the Humvee like a pan of dough going into an oven." 

 

I'm all for figurative language to help develop the plot, the world building, and character development.... but some things just don't need describing. While I was able to overlook the grammar, I was almost unable to finish the book due to the excruciatingly slow moving plot. It took 19 chapters to finally hook me. NINETEEN. I must have put the book down a dozen times because anything else was more entertaining then reading THE PREY. The writing style had me convinced it was going to be a fast-paced read, but don't be fooled - it's not. However, I am thankful I was able to motivate myself to finish the book, because once things started moving, I could not put it down.

 

“If you want to change something, change it. Yesterday was yesterday, today is today.”

Before we start chatting characters, let me explain a little bit about the world this book is set in. The Republic of the True America is the new government that was formed after The United States was bombed with electromagnetic radiation that fried everything electronic and ruined the country. After the new Republic took over, they separated survivors into settlement camps and — like your typical dystopian government — blamed all their issues on Less Thans and brainwashed the public into fearing  the next Omega (the day the world as they knew it ended) would be their fault, too.

 

Who is a Less Than, you ask? Homosexuals, people of color, those disfigured by radiation, political dissidents, people of non-approved religious affiliations, the mentally disabled — anyone different. Kinda familiar, isn't it?

 

THE PREY follows two sets of characters — Book and his fellow LT brethren at Camp Liberty, a settlement that raises Less Thans to be hunted for sport when they become of age, and twin sisters Hope & Faith as they are on the run from the Republic and trying to survive. The chapters told from Book's point of view is a first person narrative, while the girls' is third person. It didn't get in the way of my enjoyment, but it was a little bit strange at first.

 

It took me a good dozen chapters to figure out the main cast members of the novel, and even more so for me to sort through my feelings for them. Book and Hope are without a doubt the main characters, and so is Cat, who played a crucial part in their survival.

 

Book is by far my favorite main character. He is bookish, courageous, and cares about the survival of others. I have fairly mixed feelings about Hope. She's your stereotypical badass heroine that you see in a lot of YA science fiction these days. Her attitude towards her sister and other characters that weren't quite as extraordinary might have been realistic, but it rubbed me the wrong way. Cat I wound up liking more than I thought I would. He was an asshole at first, but as the book progresses and we learned more about him, I grew more fond of him.

 

There is a long list of secondary characters, but only a few of them actually add to the development of the story. Dozer is one such secondary character that I could not stand. He was whiny, argumentative, and created conflict among the others. I hope he doesn't appear much in book two.

 

I definitely struggled finishing this novel. It took a long while for me to feel invested in the characters — and to want to keep reading. I can't say THE PREY is my new favorite, but I will be reading book two - and hoping the writing progresses as the series does.

 

This review first appeared on A Weebish Book Blog

Source: aweebishbookblog.wordpress.com
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-20 05:23
Book Review : Him Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen

June 14- 16

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—

can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.

Review : Ryan and Jamie have been friends since they were 13 but then an sexual incident caused Ryan to flee and stop talking to Jamie and years later they are both still playing hockey and they end up at the same hotel . Ryan decides he should apologize for ditching Jamie so he sends Jamie a care package kitten boxers they end up getting a drink and talking but that wasn't enough for Ryan he gets a job as coach at lake plasid where they first met and he ends up rooming with Jamie . Jamie is stuned to see Ryan at his room but they end up talking and Ryan tells Jamie he's gay Jamie wasn't mad about the blow job innocent he was more mad of being abandoned. I loved this book it was sexy and cute I love Ryan and Jamie there funny and adorable . One night Jamie and Ryan end up going to a bar and a guy ends up hitting on Ryan and they play pool and Jamie starts getting Jealous and Tells Ryan he's ready to go and they end up getting in a fight and Jamie kisses Ryan OMFG and Ryan is freaking out cause he loves Jamie and he's thinking Jamie only did it cause he was drinking but they get back to there room and they start fooling around . The next day Jamie ends up watching porn to figure out his sexuality and he figures out he's Bisexual . Ryan and Jamie decide to just hook up until they both have to leave . Jamie is trying to decide his career if he wants to play hockey or if he wants to coach and he ends up talking to coach patt and asks him to help him with a job in coaching . His former fuck buddy Holly visits him and he tells her that there is someone else and then Jamie and Ryan get into a fight . Then the part with the bigoted peice of shit parent who saw Jamie and Ryan kiss I wanted to punch him in yes fucking face . Jamie and Ryan end up having sex and wowza so hot . Ryan is going to be leaving for Canada and Jamie got a Job in Canada but Ryan tells him they can't be together and Jamie is very hurt. They part ways and Jamie contacts Ryan and tells him he loves him and Ryan can't let him go so they decide to hide there relationship I loved this book love the characters .
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Ah, hockey players. You really can’t take us anywhere.

little as my gaze locks onto a sandy-blond head. I only need the oblique view I’ve got to recognize the shape of his smile. Fuck me. Jamie Canning is staying at this hotel.

I’m staring at a pair of white boxers with bright orange kittens all over them, including an ill-placed tabby right at the crotch. When I hold them up by the waistband, another card flutters out. This one has one word on it. MEOW. And holy shit, I recognize the handwriting this time. Ryan Wesley.

Still pulling down your pants and flashing your junk for no conceivable reason?” His teammates erupt around us, their laughter thundering in my chest. “Shit, he was always like this?” somebody says. A grin tugs the corner of Wes's mouth. “I’ve never deprived the world of my God-given masculine beauty.

And I notice another flash of metal. His tongue is pierced. That’s new, too. Annnd now I’m thinking about his tongue. Jesus fuck

What are you waiting for, Ryan? Suck it already.” Surprise jolted through me. He only called me Ryan when he was taunting me. And right now he was taunting me about sucking his dick. Jesus.

Jesus Christ!” “I still go by Wes,” he says, pushing off the wall. “Or Ryan. Or jackass.”

You mean the bright red one with pink cocks all over it? Yeah, I remember. And fuck you very much,

Fuck, shit, cock, pussy—” “For the love of Christ!” a loud voice booms from behind us. “Do I need to wash your mouth out with soap, Canning?” I choke down my laughter as Pat appears. He shakes his head in disbelief as he stares at Jamie, then narrows his eyes and turns to me. “Actually, what am I saying? Canning wouldn’t even know those words if it weren’t for you, Wesley. Shame on you.” I flash Pat an innocent smile. “I’m pure as the driven snow, Coach. Canning was the one who corrupted me.”


Come over here,” I say. “Please.” “No fucking way,” he replies. “I can make you.” He laughs. “Did you smoke some pot while I was out, Canning?


I know I’m home. Because home is with him.

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review 2017-06-18 22:32
SE tie-in.
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #24 - Jim Zub,Kim Jacinto,RB Silva

And there was no punching nazis.   Very disappointing, Marvel!

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text 2017-06-18 22:31
Nope, nope, nope!
Deadpool (2015-) #32 - Gerry Duggan,Matteo Lolli,David Lopez

So, Gerry Duggan might just be phoning it in - but he also is all for punching nazis.   Which I was on the fence about, mostly because I was afraid of disappointing someone, but it turns out their in favor of punching nazis, too. 

 

So, I basically feel like he's being forced to make Deadpool a nazi and is like 'fuuuuuck!!!!'   I like to imagine he is, anyone, and no one disillusion me about this.  I will glare at you via the internet, and I'm not even half joking.  I don't want to know if Duggan was pumped about this. 

 

Anyway, I promised to half star every single SE tie-in, and I am.   Here we are, Marvel.   

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-16 00:38
Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 352 pages.
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen

HOLY FUCK JAMIE KISSED HIM

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