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review 2018-02-16 13:10
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Power of Sight (Mages of the Nether #4) by A.M. Halford
Power of Sight - A.M. Halford
Power of Sight is the fourth, and final, book in the Mages of the Nether series. We finish with Zachary's story. He has the sight, although he has been at great pains to hide this, knowing what he does about the future. His time is up when Titus is appointed to find the new seer. Titus is the one whom Zachary has loved for years. Titus is the one Zachary watches die over and over again, every night when he closes his eyes. It is for this reason he has pushed Titus away, making him think that Zachary hates him. When Titus gets a hint of his own future, he decides that he would sooner spend a few moments with Zachary than live a lifetime alone.
 
This was a great finale to the story, with all the previous couples playing their part to get Zachary and Titus together. I think that Zachary caved a bit quickly considering how adamant he was against Titus, and love, in all the previous books. However, it still worked. I was drawn into their story, hoping against hope that this time Zachary's vision would prove false. There is a conclusion to the writing, a finalising of the story, which helps to round off this series nicely. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and the scenes flowed nicely, with the pacing smooth.
 
I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and the series, if you are looking for a light, yet steamy in places, M/M Fantasy.
 
* 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
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@AMHalford, #M_M, #Fantasy, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/powerofsightmagesofthenether4byamhalford
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text 2018-02-14 21:09
Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 25 pages.
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #4 - Ryan Parrott,Pat Mora

 

This page. I have to applaud the artist for the level of detail in this multipanel Megazord combo.

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review 2018-02-04 16:33
Nice looking book but hated the text format.
Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers - Stephen Shames,Bobby Seale

With Black History Month beginning in the US it seemed like it would be a good time to turn to a book to learn more about the Black Panthers. Had this book in my queue for a while and it seemed like an interesting pickup to read.

 

The book is basically what it says on the tin. There are pictures, interviews, and text about the BP and what they did/do, their origins, projects they undertook, the opposition they faced, and more. Some of the pictures/topics covered probably won't be a surprise: pictures of resistance against police brutality, armed patrols. But what I really enjoyed seeing are pictures that probably don't get much coverage/reproduced of the BP implementing the free school meals, running tutoring/school programs, etc. Unfortunately the media and detractors love distorting the image of the Black Panthers and I liked seeing these actions covered.

 

That said, while it looks like a gorgeous book I found the text hard to read. It looks like they took text from other writings and/or snipped from interviews to go along with the pictures. I understand that approach but I really don't care for it because it could have used more context. I suppose if you're someone who's already familiar with the history of the Black Panthers that might not make such a difference (the text format reminds me of a couple of books on the history of the 'Star Trek' universe which I liked because I was already very familiar with it but also didn't care for) but for myself who was looking more a basic history book or primer about the BP this wasn't the best for me.

 

I'm glad I picked it up but it's clear this wasn't the best place to start and depending on what you're looking for or what you like in terms of text formatting it may or may not be your style. It would probably make for a great gift or coffee table book for the right person, though. Borrowed from the library and that was best for me.

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review 2018-01-28 17:28
Super Hero Squad: Iron Man's Super Power Mix-Up - Zachary Rau
For more reviews, check out my blog Craft-Cycle

Found this is the Little Free Lending Library by my house and, as a big fan of superheroes and picture books, I picked it up to give it a read. 

This is a fun story about mixed-up super powers. The illustrations are cool, because of the superhero mashups. I ended up bringing this book to work (I work with 3-5-year-olds) and all of the kids enjoyed it as well, (especially Tiny Hulk Smash!). 

I don't know much about the Superhero Squad, but my one complaint would be that there are absolutely no female characters in the book. A quick Google search revealed that there are a decent amount of female characters in the series (Invisible Woman, Storm, Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Black Widow, Sif), but none appear in this book despite the mixed cast of Avengers and X-men. 

Overall, a fun read with great illustrations. Would just like some more female representation.
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review 2018-01-25 02:32
Entertaining, but a bit too many themes.
Tom Clancy Power and Empire (A Jack Ryan Novel) - Marc Cameron

Power and Empire (Jack Ryan Universe #24), Marc Cameron, author; Scott Brick, narrator

Absent the excellent narrator, I might not have enjoyed this book as much. Scott Brick added excitement and clarity with his presentation. The story, however, seemed overly detailed and overly dramatic, as many are today. Every time it seemed as if something was going to be revealed, the author introduced a tangent to increase the sense of mystery. However, frequently, in many ways, It seemed unnecessary and lacked credibility.

Like other novels attributed to Tom Clancy, this one had multiple themes. It starts out with what appears to be an unrelated incident that is eventually tied in, late in the narrative. There is an explosion on the the flagship of China Global Shipping Lines, Orion. Fingers are pointed at different actors, China and America, as the culprits.

From there it goes into drug deals and sex trafficking. A dangerous Chinese gang called the Triad is actively involved. John Clark, the head of The Campus, becomes deeply engaged in the search for the girls captured because of his own personal pain and memories. The FBI becomes involved, as well.

There is apparently also an attempt by “the gang of four”, men in high positions in the Chinese government, colluding with others, to overthrow Joe, the Chinese leader, while setting up America to take the blame for the chaos through the staging of various terrorist incidents, among them, the attack on the Orion.

On a separate level there may also be plans to assassinate the sitting President of the United States, Jack Ryan, Sr., at an upcoming meeting in Japan.

Subtly, other themes are introduced, such as, gun rights, treason, spying, and gang activity. There is a great deal of subterfuge as cartels and the powerful work their mischief.  

Finally, an additional theme is introduced when Jack Ryan and a Japanese agent pursue the bad guys together and a romance blossoms between them.

In the end, all of the ideas presented in the search for those engaged in illegal sex trafficking, committing acts of terror, treason and/or espionage are knitted together. It is up to the reader to decide if it is plausible.

 

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