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review 2017-02-17 15:33
Long Way Home Book Review
Long Way Home - Katie McGarry

3.5/5 stars

 

I liked the first half of this book much more than the second. It definitely dragged a bit and the constant I love you, I don't love you, I need time, etc. started to annoy me a bit. That being said, I really love Katie McGarry's characters. She's always able to suck me right in with her stories.

 

As a whole I like the Pushing the Limit series better but this motorcycle series is fun. Loved the way some of the characters from Pushing the Limits made its way into this book. I'm definitely looking forward to more by McGarry 

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review 2017-02-07 10:44
Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) by Katie McGarry Review
Long Way Home - Katie McGarry

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

 

 

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This wasn’t quite the story I was expecting. Long Way Home started with a bang and kept me captivated all the way through! There are also some twists in there that I was not expecting!

 

I loved that in the first book we got to see Oz’s total devotion to the club, then we got to see a different side to the club and question their actions through Razors story. Now through Chevy and Violets we got to yet again see that no matter what the club only tries to do right by their family, and although they might take it a bit far at times they are only motivated by their loyalty to those they love.

 

Violet is such a strong female character! She is completely devoted to her little brother and to those she loves but she is not a damsel in distress who needs rescuing and is willing to speak her mind no matter what. Girl power! And of course Chevy is not only swoon worthy but, like McGarry’s many other male leads, he would risk his life for his family and is fiercely protective. I really liked that Chevy could choose a different path and still be accepted by the club.

 

And then there’s Isaiah! I was so excited when they even just mentioned his name! We didn’t get to see a lot of him or his interactions with his family which it would have been nice to see his reaction to the club and how he fit into their dynamic. I would have also liked to see Isaiah and Chevy get to know each other and how their relationship would have turned out.

 

I can’t believe this is the last book in the Thunder Road Series, I’m gonna miss all the gang. I would love a story on Addison and the “new member” that has taken a liking to her ;) All in all this was a great conclusion to the series as everything was summed up really well and I can’t wait to see what McGarry has in store for us next!

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review 2016-11-11 00:53
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny - My Thoughts
The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - Louise Penny

Another winner!  Big surprise, eh?  :)  

 

In this, the 10th Gamache book, things are a little more quiet, a little more personal, a little less grand - as they needed to be after the culmination of major series arcs in the previous novel.  This felt like a chance to catch our breath as well as see where all our old friends have ended up.

 

Again, not only do we have the mystery of the missing artist, but we have the mystery of what's going on inside our characters.  I love how Louise manages to parallel both threads of plot.

 

This series really makes me wish I could write in depth essays on books the way some people do, but I can just tell you that I loved the book, loved where the author has taken some of her cast of characters this time, loved the settings and just loved her story-telling voice, period.

 

I have one more Gamache book in my Kobo and then hopefully the 12th book will have come down a bit in price and then I'm going to be stuck waiting like everyone else for the 13th Gamache tale!  

 

 

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review 2016-10-30 04:20
Book Review: The Long Way Home
The Long Way Home - Robin Pilcher

Book: The Long Way Home

 

Author: Robin Pilcher

 

Genre: Fiction/Family/Generation/Home

 

Summary (from flap of St. Martin’s Press edition): When Claire Barclay receives news that her beloved stepfather has had a stroke, she’s more than a little shaken. Leo is her last relative, and his own children rarely check up on him. Claire and her husband, Art, leave New York and fly back to Scotland to care for him during the summer. Their visit makes clear that Leo is no longer capable of living on his own, but he is determined to stay in his beloved old house with its wonderful garden. Art comes up with the idea of turning the place into a conference center, thinking they could purchase it from Leo and build him a cottage on the property. But the situation is much more complicated than it seems. Claire’s old flame, Jonas Fairweather, is Leo’s neighbor and trusted confidant. Though Claire distrusts Jonas’s motives, Leo chooses to take his advice to put the house up for public auction rather than sell directly to Art and Claire. Claire is immediately suspicious, and even more so when she finds out that another application has been submitted to develop the property. Does Jonas Fairweather want to knock down Leo’s house and build a development? It looks as if whoever is behind the plan is being driven by financial gain, but there may be an even stronger motive… This masterful novel from a born storyteller offers twists and turns of plot, and of heart, that will keep readers on the edges of their seats, right up to the surprise twist at the very end. - St. Martin’s Press, 2010

 

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text 2016-08-24 21:34
General comics suggestions
Star Trek: Ongoing, Vol. 1 - Mike Johnson,Steve Molnar,Tim Bradstreet
The MAXX: Maxximized Volume 1 - Sam Kieth,William Messner-Loeb
Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown - Kate Leth,Drew Rausch
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting the World on Fire - Duane Swierczynski
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke A. Allen
Saga, Volume 1 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan
The Rabbi's Cat - Joann Sfar,Alexis Siegel,Anjali Singh
Spawn Origins, Volume 1 - Todd McFarlane
Buffy Season Eight Volume 1: The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8) - Joss Whedon,Georges Jeanty,Georges Jeanty,Andy Owens,Jo Chen
Atomic Robo Volume 1: Atomic Robo & the Fightin Scientists of Tesladyne TP (v. 1) - Brian Clevinger

1. Star Trek ongoing.   Retcon of the original universe, and even original stories.  I'd suggest this for fans of the Nu!Trek movies, for the Retcon square.   Chekov could count as Teen Sidekick if you want to continue and fill in another square.   Tie-In to Show/Movie and Foreign Hero could count for further squares if you really want to marathon this series. 

 

2. The Maxx.   Dark and gritty, this tackles a lot of issues - mental health, trauma and homelessness.   It packs a punch to the gut, but is also gorgeously written with lush illustrations.   Writer is Artist, Antihero, Streetlevel, and Not Of This World would fit this series nicely.   

 

3. Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown.   Adorable and heartwarming, this is a brilliant tie-in to the movie.   Tie-into movie, Girl Power, Team Up and Teen Sidekick would all fit nicely for this graphic novel.

 

4. Bloodshot: Setting the World on Fire.   Amnesiac, nanite enhanced assassin.   I'm all in for this one!   Bloodshot is a complete badass, and he's a large part of why I fell in love with the Valiant universe.  Anti-hero, Novelist Writes Comics, Military Training and Loner all fit Bloodshot quite nicely. 

 

5. Lumberjanes Volume One.  Adorable girls at camp go on adventures and get into trouble.   Sounds too cutesy for me, but I was utterly charmed by this anyway.   Go figure!   Teen Sidekick, Team Up and Girl Power fit this nicely.   

 

6. Saga Volume One.   Space Opera about how war can tear apart families.   Oversimplified explanation, but anything that does justice to this would be pages long.   Brilliant!   Not of This World and Military Training would work well for this. 

 

7. The Rabbi's Cat.  Charming, thoughtful take on religion, politics, and most everything thrown in here.   And there's a talking cat who argues that he should have a bar mitzvah which is pretty much the most awesome thing I can think of.   Translated, Foreign Creator,  Turned into TV Show/Movie, and Writer is Artist work for this series. 

 

8. Spawn Origins Volume one.  A man comes back from hell as Spawn with no memory of who he is.  Although he was sent the Violator to... I wanna say help him, but his name is Violator so who's really going to believe that?   Origin Story, Foreign Creator, Loner, Military Training, Antihero, and Turned into TV Show/Movie work for this. 

 

9. Buffy Season Eight: The Long Way Home.   Buffy is resurrected and written by the writers of the show, with illustrators handpicked by Joss Whedon - from what I understand.   If you can't get enough Buffy, you need to read this.  You can keep this going for a while, to.   Not of This World, Tie-In to TV Show/Movie, Teen Sidekick, Girl Power, Team Effort and Military Training all can work.  

 

10. Atomic Robo Volume One.   Hilarious comic book.   Just fun, funny, with a lot of heart.  I could see this turning non-graphic novel readers into graphic novel readers, that's the level of fun.  Team Effort, Origin Story, and Not of This World could all be used for this series. 

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