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review 2019-01-20 22:27
Really tired of the AU
Savage Dragon Archives Vol. 4 - Erik Larsen

It goes away, it comes back, it goes away.  I'm invested in the original world, and the characters and it's frustrating that we keep getting teased with them.   


I'm getting frustrated, which is why I knocked off one star.   The art is getting tighter, even when Larsen plays around with style.  And he does.  I read about how he does that, and then in this volume?  I can really see him doing it, more so than in the past.   It's new, it's exciting, partly because it's good.   The way he combines more realistically drawn characters, right next to more cartoony characters, in the same issue/book/panel really emphasizes the story he's telling, so not only is he exploring artistically, he's doing so thoughtfully. 


This series continues to pay homage to other books, while winking at the reader.   Larsen knows what he's doing, and he makes that obvious.   It's still a funny, action-packed soap opera on steroids.   I mean, I finally feel like I know the feels of soap opera aficionados.   I also wonder how many soaps Larsen has watched. 


That being said, sometimes soap-like stories just get on my nerves; this one has really gotten under my skin.  It's just... riveting.  I may end up buying the handful of issues past archive nine, just to catch up, in fact.   Loving, loving, loving this.   

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review 2019-01-20 18:38
All Is Fair
All Is Fair - Dee Garretson
Mina Tretheway receives an urgent telegram at her boarding school.  She fears the worst as the War rages on.  Mina discovers that the telegram from her father is in code and tells her to come home.  Upon her return home to Hallington Manor, Mina finds an old friend- Lord Andrew Graham and an American- Lucas Mueller.  They need Mina's help in order to complete a dangerous mission in Germany.  Before Andrew and Lucas set off on their mission, an accident happens and Andrew is incapacitated.  Mina is determined to help Lucas see the mission through, although Lucas believes she is too frail and spoiled.  Before Lucas can convince Mina to return home, they are thrown together to complete the mission and survive. 
All Is Fair is an exciting and adventurous Young Adult novel set during World War I.  Mina's character was charming and invigorating as a young woman good with codes, ciphers and languages.  The writing did have a slow build in the beginning, but did build up the dreadful feeling of wartime and the suspense that not all was right at Hallington Manor.  About halfway through, when Mina became part of the mission with Luke, the pace picked up and I couldn't stop reading.  Their spy mission was intriguing and added a dash of sweet romance. I liked that she proved her worth during the mission as a woman and because she was a woman. Through Mina's and Lucas' eyes we see bits of the harsh realities of war and also learn about the Dame Blanche Resistance movement of France and Belgium which was primarily comprised of female members.  Overall, an exhilarating young adult spy thriller. 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2019-01-20 18:35
Pretty in Punxsutawney
Pretty in Punxsutawney - Laurie Boyle Crompton

Andie has always wished that her life was like a movie...but this wasn't what she had in mind. 

The summer before Andie's senior year of high school, her family moved to Punxsutawney, PA.  Andie's mother has raised her to be a movie buff, mostly by watching her favorite movies from the 1980's.  Andie naturally gravitates towards the town's movie theatre where she meets Colton. Colton seems like the perfect candidate for Andie's first kiss.  However, the evening before Andie's first day she falls asleep on the couch watching Pretty in Pink in a pink polk-a-dot dress.  After a not-so-stellar first day where Andie loses Colton's interests to classmate, Kaia, Andie wishes she could have a do-over.  Her wish might just come true.

Combining some of my favorite movies from the 80's and early 90's, Pretty in Punxsutawney is a fun and heartwarming journey.  At this point in my life I identified more better with Andie's mom, but easily found myself immersed in Andie's story.  I could feel myself cringe along with Andie as her first day of school was less than ideal, especially with Colton.  I loved when the Groundhog's Day aspect came in and Andie repeated her first day over and over with different variations while desiring to make Colton her boyfriend.  Many of the variations picked up on other movies such as Breakfast Club and Ferris Buehler's Day Off.  I especially enjoyed when Andie began to try out a different clique each first day and begins to realize what her purpose might really be. I do wish that my favorite first day with the dance party was how Andie was able to stop the cycle; however, I'm still glad that things were able to wrap up the way they did.  Overall, a very endearing and lighthearted Young Adult read with plenty of nostalgia for older readers.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2019-01-20 18:01
US AGAINST YOU by Fredrik Backman
Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
What a sequel!  It is just as intense and good as Beartown.  Us Against You picks up after Beartown ends with the summer before the next hockey season.  We find out what happens to the characters from Beartown.  The rivalry between Beartown and Hed grows as the first game approaches.  Leaders emerge while those who want to be leaders don't have the necessary qualities to become leaders.  One politician gets very involved in the hockey club and plays everyone against the other.  We see others with new eyes and we meet new members of the community. 
I loved this series.  I would like to see these people in 10 years time and see what happened to them.  I know I kept saying not this one or that one when it looked as if something bad was going to happen.  Not every life is successful.  Some lose what they worked so hard for.  Some find acceptance while others find more alienation.  There was a lot of truth in this book.  Sune was right when he said, "We are the community."  Never were truer words spoken.  Everything that happens, every word spoken, every thought good or bad is in our communities and it is what we foster in words and action that determine what the community is.  Us Against You is a mirror that reflects back what we all are.  Excellent!
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review 2019-01-20 16:50
Elevation by Stephen King
Elevation - Stephen King

What a different story from Stephen King!
When I sit to read  king book, I expect to be scared shitless. I at least figure he will take me to a scary place that is twisted and unique. Well, I got the unique part, and frankly, didn't miss the scary part.
It was such a cool little story because of the strange phenomenon that happens. It really made me wonder, 'what if?'. 
This story is now one of my favorites. The emotions I had mixed with master storytelling makes it a fantastic read! You should definitely read it too!



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