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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-10-07 07:36
Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures - Dayton Ward

TITLE: Drastic Measures

             (Star Trek: Discovery #2)


AUTHOR:  Dayton Ward




"It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”…."




Flat characters, too much info-dumping, odd plot and erratic pacing.  The pace only picks up in the last third of the novel.  Despite the provided explanations/motivations for "Kodos the Executioner's" actions, they don't really make sense to me in terms of the events described in the novel, so the plot falls flat.  Kodos is something of a non-entity, despite being the villian of the novel.  Georgiou and Lorca have no distinctive personality - they may as well be any random generic StarFleet officers.  Young James T. Kirk makes an appearance, so I suppose there is some sort of canon tie-in with an Original Series episode (which I haven't seen so can't comment on it).  The kid Kirk is just as much an annoying, know-it-all smartass as the adult Kirk.

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review 2019-10-01 03:01
Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17) by J.R.Ward
The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17) - J.R. Ward

The Savior by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Savior progressed slowly following Dr. Sarah Watkins, a biomedical research scientist. However, when it came to the ex-brother Murhder, I could not get enough! I couldn't put the book down. His name screams Old World when names were stereotypical of the warrior, like Wrath, Tohrment, Vicious, Rhage, you get the point. Murhder loses his mind after being tortured in a Symphath colony and is no longer accepted as a member of the Brotherhood. It is a long story but Xhex used to be his lover. He is the only one who has ever been kicked out of the Black Dagger Brotherhood too. We learn later that he was misunderstood and judged unfairly. He spent 20 years in isolation because of it. From reading the book I didn't get the impression he was crazy either. I did sense the other brothers' anger towards him which I didn't think was right. They weren't being very nice to him especially Tohr and V. The only one who believed Murhder should come back and fight as a brother again was John Matthew who Murhder incidentally thought was Darius. I guess they always had a good relationship. I am so happy about how everything turned out for these two. Back to the story... Murhder is on a mission to save a female vampire and find and return her son who was taken away from her. Meanwhile, her son Natelum is being tested in a human lab and is on the verge of his transition into an adult vampire. He will die if he doesn't get the proper treatment from a chosen. Dr. Sarah Watkins is appauled over the secrets and torture treatments being done in the biomedical firm. After her fiancee dies unexpectedly, she sneaks into the facility and plans to take the young boy away from there. She is the first to rescue him before Murhder John and Xhex unexpectedly arrive to save the day. Sarah just gets swept away down a rabbit hole. When one thing leads to another, doing the right thing means that Murhder has to wipe Sarah's memories of everything she knows about the Vampire world, even if it means losing her. As an independent male and free from the rules of the BDB, he asserts himself on occasion but I am still not convinced he is crazy cause he doesn't act it. He seems like he has his shit together when it comes to Sarah Watkins. I guess she brings out the good in him *shrugs Her accepting attitude of the existence of vampires make her job easier and she quickly assumes her role as doctor and works with Manny. Ehlena and Dr. Jane to help them find a cure for a blood anomaly. When John Matthew is bitten by a dark shadow thing, her research prompts her to test out a new theory that might help save him from dying. Murhder volunteers to try it first. It works! Nate has successfully transitioned but his role is not defined fully so he is swept under the rug until further notice :p I am extremely satisfied for reading about my favourite vampires in The Savior.

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review 2019-09-26 04:38
Blood Truth (#4 The Black Dagger Legacy) by J.R.Ward
Blood Truth - J.R. Ward

I love this series! Blood Truth is about how Boone and Helania meet and fall HEA. Helania is not perfect. I thought she was way more fragile than the other females in the Black Dagger Legacy. I mean even though she knows how to handle a gun, her reclusive and anti-social tendencies bothered me. By the end, it appears she had grown up a lot. As a child, before her transition, she struggled with blindness and was bullied for it. Her parents died when she was young as well.


When Helania learns her sister was murdered she distracts herself by making it her priority to find the killer. One night when Helania is at the Pyre's Revyval club, she discovers a female body dead in the basement hung up by a meat hook. This time she calls the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Guess who shows up? Butch and Boone.

Butch O'Neal used to be a detective so it's fun to see him back at it again. He asks Boone to help him with the female murder investigations which might be due to a serial killer in Caldwell New York.


Boone was intended to an arranged marriage with his friend Rochelle. His father was angry that they broke their engagement off but in the wake of the news of his father's death and perhaps blaming himself for it, Boone receives some more bad news in a meeting of the will. His father left everything he owns to Marquist without a mention of his son. You would think he'd be a bit pissed off but he accepts it and if it weren't for the King Wraths orders, that he be allowed a couple of weeks to think about what his next move is, Boone would be homeless.
But Boone feels trapped in a hateful relationship with the family butler so I guess he would be happier to leave.
It understandably makes his home life unbearable.


After the death of his sire, secrets were revealed and rumour is that Altamere and Marquist loved each other. He is rewarded for his service exponentially even though he is a swivelling scoundrel and that is putting it mildly.


The connection to who Rochelle's 'boyfriend' is and who Isobel's friend was is uncovered gracefully so thank you Ms. Ward, but MORE EVIL secrets are hidden underneath individual flesh.
I am more intrigued by Syn.


We also get to see in-depth full coverage of a vampire female in their needing period. Helania experiences intense sexual cravings and suffers extreme pain. She is very susceptible to getting pregnant especially because Boone had been staying with her when it happened. You can imagine they had to stay clear of one another. Anyway, I just thought I'd mention that TMI? *shrugs

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review 2019-09-20 21:53
Adventure Time Comics Vol. 3 - Phillip K... Adventure Time Comics Vol. 3 - Phillip Kennedy Johnson,Pendleton Ward,Jorge Corona,Tony Sandoval
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Another butt-kicking installment in the Adventure Time Comics series. This is a great series for Adventure Time fans and there is something in it for everyone. As with the previous books, there is a nice variety in the art styles, writing, and stories.

Some of my favorites in this collection were Rii Abrego's "Bad Radishes", Christine Larsen's "Third Eye", Jarrett Williams's "Princess Rap Battle", and Grace Kraft's "Chef BMO".

Fun books with original stories and great artwork. I am really enjoying this series so far.
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review 2019-09-09 20:26
Book Review: Blood Truth (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) By J.R. Ward
Blood Truth - J.R. Ward


I didn't know what to think going into this book. Boone was never a favorite character of mine or one that stood out in any way for me throughout past stories. Color me surprised when I actually got into both stories in this book!


Helaine was an interesting character because of the circumstances with her sister. Other than that there wasn't much to her. She's an introvert and a recluse by choice. Her sister was the life of the party and she was happy being off to the side. That isn't a bad thing (because I, too, am an introvert) but it doesn't make for an incredible character. Boone and the investigation were the most exciting things that happened to her in the last few years of her life. She was a nice character to get to know but not my favorite.


It was great getting to know Boone better. He was a very kind and respectful guy. He always wanted to do the right thing to help the people he loved. I ended up liking him very much by the end of the book. With the way the last BDB book ended, I was very invested in what would happen next with that whole situation. 


As interesting and heart-pounding as the end of Butch's investigation ended up being I still don't like Butch. It's also why I skipped his book altogether in the BDB series. There's something about the way his character is written that I dislike. I can respect him and his struggles and the help he's been to the BDB but I still can barely stand him.


The ending was great because I didn't see who the culprit was until the very end! Boone and Helaine's happily ever after was so sweet! Looking ahead to the next book in this series I don't see where it's going, especially because it'll feature Rhage's half brother who hasn't even been introduced anywhere in the books. I'm curious and I'll leave it at that!


My Favorite Quotes:


"Some things death did not change. Some things death made worse."


"You can get through almost anything as long as you know it won't last forever."

"Ah, fiction. So much better than reality."

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