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review 2019-01-21 13:56
Dark Alpha's Awakening - Donna Grant

This was SO good!  I have been waiting for Cael and Erith's story almost as long as I have been waiting for Rhi's story.  The final battle against Bran happens and hints are dropped about Rhi's coming battle with the Light Queen, and Ballidyn starts to get hints (hopefully) that he will get his own story and a happy ever after (Not with Rhi!). So good, so passionate, so exciting. Just perfect!!!! You will not be disappointed with how this story plays out.

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review 2019-01-14 22:52
Chinese Whispers...
MIAO-SHAN 'The Awakening' (Miao Shan) - Gary Morris

Ahead of the publishing of “Mia Shan, The Awakening” (15/1/19), I was given the opportunity for early access, in return for an honest review. The book is not easy to pigeonhole, bearing traits of various fantasy subgenres – historical, dark, paranormal and urban. However, I suspect the prominence of Chinese martial arts and the attendant violence is likely to have a greater bearing on the readership, than some notional category. I am not a fantasy buff by any means, but neither does the reader need to be, to engage with this interesting saga, which opens in Hong Kong at the end of the nineteenth century.


The narrative follows the development and exploits of Chow Lei, aged ten at the outset, who is orphaned and raised by her grandmother (PoPo), above the family’s thriving noodle shop. The family matriarch worships Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion and mercy and is relying on the venerated idol to keep her granddaughter safe, but though Lei discovers an exceptional ability to master martial arts, compassion is not one of her strengths. Still, in spite of her PoPo’s reticence, Lei is sent to the Shaolin Temple at Seng Shan to be admitted as a novice nun, to continue her training.


For those of us brought up on David Carradine playing Kwai Chang Caine in the seventies TV series ‘Kung Fu’ and more recently the critically-acclaimed movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, there are familiar archetypes, which unless handled carefully run the risk of appearing a little tired. The superhuman qualities typically conferred on the protagonist are also expected, but need to be plausible. The author neatly avoids these traps by suggesting Lei might be the prophesied Bodhisattva of Justice. Certainly to master the eighteen fighting styles in two years is unique, but Lei’s ongoing absence of compassion for her adversaries, alongside a very definite view of right and wrong, continues to worry her Shaolin Master (Shi Suxi). Indeed, in a very Star Wars-esque moment, he exhorts Lei, “You must know the void and be one with the void. You must know how to avoid the dark ways and follow the path of enlightenment….”


Now re-named Miao Shan and equipped to address injustice head-on, Lei returns to her city, a mighty sword-carrying bulwark against powerful criminal evil-doers.
It’s a familiar formula, but on the whole, the author has created an entertaining novel, which has scope for sequels. What it lacks in characterization, it certainly makes up for in the action department and for fans of kung fu that doubtless helps the readers’ appreciation.

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review 2019-01-01 08:34
Monstress: Awakening Vol 1
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

I read this for one of my summer classes. We had to read and annotate 10 comics/graphic novels. Here's the annotation I wrote for that class:

 

Maika Halfwolf is on a quest to discover information about her shadowy past. Along the way she must battle an ancient entity who shares her mind and body and makes her the target of every faction in her war-torn world.

 

Monstress: Awakening is the most beautifully illustrated comic book I have ever seen. Every panel is like a painting and so full of detail I could spend minutes taking in each one, yet the art never overwhelms the page or the story. Even the body horror and gore manage to look beautiful. In addition to beautiful art, Monstress contains creative character design and diverse characters. It is refreshing to see a fantasy world populated with resilient, chromatic, female characters whose existence is normalized. These women are the rule not the exception. 

           

Monstress also includes incredible world building. Immediately in the book there is the sense that this is a fully realized world, and there is little awkward exposition to explain it. It is left to readers to put the story together for themselves. Some of the more complex aspects of the world are explained at the ends of chapters in short lectures. The conceit works at conveying information that clarifies the story, but if this information is really that important, it deserves space in the actual comic rather than being relegated to a clever info dump.

           

Monstress is a fresh take on fantasy worlds. It deserves a spot in the graphic novel canon for its artwork alone.

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review 2018-09-02 16:50
good book and great characte
The Zeuorian Awakening - Cindy Zablockis

Lexi has a crush on jock Tyler. Lexi believes she will find the man for her at MIT.  who is a butt. Lexi has the power of telekinesis, she also has premonition abilities. Lexi is usually quiet and keeps to herself. Lexi lives with her Aunt Irene in Oregon and is seventeen. Lexi’s best friend is Angie. The only ones that know of Lexi’s powers are her Aunt Irene and Angie and the people hunting Lexi. . Lexi is getting more powers that involve weather control and she now attracts  lightning and other natural attractions when Lexi gets upset. and she’s trying to learn how to control them. Lexi’s first change was random physical transformation and changing into a different being and now a bunch of guys want Lexi including Tyler who believes Lexi is his soulmate,Dylon, ad Emmett. Lexi and Emmett have hot chemistry. Lexi doesn’t know who to turn to as her parents died in a car crush. Lexi tries to remember what happened surrounding her parents death, she can’t remember the whole summer the memories have disappeared. Tyler and his father seems to be protecting Lexi. The Community resides in Colorado and both Tyler and Emmett claim to have dated Lexi at the same time in Colorado. Lexi doesn’t know who to trust. Lexi had almost drowned and Lexi wakes up to see her appendages have slightly changed and she remembered glowing while in the water before she was knocked out. Then she learned she was almost kidnapped while she was unconcious. Lexi was scared for her life. Lexi gets a kind of warning when she is iib danger. Someone is talking to Lexi in her head,

I enjoyed this book. I liked the danger and intrigue in this book. I also enjoyed the twists and turns. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I liked the suspense and the alien aspect as you don’t see that many books on aliens and this had a different slant then i have ever read before as far as aliens  go. This grabbed in the beginning and didn’t let go until the ending. I would have liked more information on the Zeuorians. I liked the pace and plot. I liked the characters and the twists and turns and I recommend this book.

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review 2018-07-24 18:31
Scion's Awakening (Seven Seals #3) by Traci Douglass
Scion's Awakening (Seven Seals #3) - Traci Douglass

Scion's Awakening is the third book in the Seven Seals series, and we meet Wyck, whom we were briefly introduced to at the end of Chago's book. He is the resident geek, and Scion to the Seal of the Apocalypse, who in traditional opposite style, is a scientist trying to stop the world's famine problem. However, with the Nephilim involved, nothing is as simple as it seems.

 

This is a fast-paced story, so be prepared for it to jump a bit - one example being Quinn's reluctance to be with Wyck as he will only break her heart. Next paragraph, they are together. Now, I know, before I get shouted at, this is a novella so this happens. It was just a bit too quick.

 

On the whole, this was well written, and a good continuation of the series. I would have preferred to drool a bit more of Wyck's 'geekiness' which wasn't really mentioned, but that's just me! I am thoroughly enjoying this series, and look forward to continuing it. Definitely recommended by me.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/24/Scions-Awakening-Seven-Seals-3-by-Traci-Douglass
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