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review 2018-12-16 16:46
Meet The Marvel Super Heroes - Scott Peterson
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Good book for getting basic information on the main Marvel heroes as well as a few obscure ones. I thought the heroes included were pretty good. Works well for young super hero fans who are looking for information on various Marvel heroes. The information given was good. There is usually a little about backstory as well as powers, alliances, and what group each hero was part of. 

I did like the illustrations. Nice visuals to go along with the text. The female characters pretty much all have the standard female superhero build (skinny, big chests, ridiculously long legs), but that is less the illustration's fault and more in the original creation and design. 

I did like seeing that there were many females included. From the well-known (Invisible Woman, Black Widow, Lady Sif) to the lesser known (Namorita, Magik, Firestar). Going along with the female representation, some reviews complained that Spider Gwen wasn't included. I don't think this is a fair jab since Spider Gwen first appeared in 2014 and this book was published in 2013. But whatever. There's also a complaint that Captain Mar-Vell was included but not Captain Marvel. Again the timeline is a little fuzzy here since Ms. Marvel took on the name Captain Marvel in 2012. Ms. Marvel was included in the book. Another complaint was that Squirrel Girl wasn't included. Not sure if there are multiple editions of this book, but the one I read definitely had Squirrel Girl in it. Not sure what that was all about.

Anyway, overall I liked the book. It was interesting to learn about some super heroes I wasn't familiar with. Very good read.
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review 2018-12-15 04:49
It's Christmas with the Campbell-Hayes family...
Home For Christmas (Texas #9) - R.J. Scott

I freely admit that although I was looking forward to this one. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as the previous books about Jack and Riley…well, I was wrong. I love Connor and River and quickly came to realize that comparing them to Jack and Riley, which I think I was doing in my mind, was like comparing apples and oranges.

 

Connor’s been lucky, and he knows it. Growing up with the kind of warm, supportive and loving family that some can only dream of…others like his friend River.

 

River doesn’t have a family and once he’s done with college his one safety net will be gone but he’s convinced himself that he’ll be ok. It’s how his whole life has been, and he knows how to do this. But when Connor finds him drunk, alone and shouting on the roof of the campus admin building things are about to change. When Connor basically decides that River’s coming home with him for the holidays, every thing’s going to change for both of them.

 

Texas #9 is as always about the ‘Campbell-Hayes’ family but it’s the next generation of the ‘Campbell-Hayes’ clan. At 22 years of age Connor and his friend River are both finishing their studies and getting ready to go out into he world. River knows what he wants to do…he’s going to spend a year working as a volunteer in Kenya helping to assist with protecting their resources and assisting with fair distribution before returning to the states and settling into a job. Connor on the other hands has a life mapped out that he’s come to realize isn’t quite what he wants… he’s going to work at CH with his dad, Riley and his sister Hayley…now if he could just work up the courage to tell his dad’s that this isn’t what he wants for the rest of his life.

 

As River and Connor maneuver their way through the holidays with the loud, gregarious and loving Campbell-Hayes family.  They also have to work their way through changing and growing emotions as their friendship becomes something more.

 

Just like with Riley and Jack, I really can’t decide who I liked better in this story I went back and forth between these two men for varying reasons. I loved Connor and his big generous heart and even though like River there were times that I probably would have wanted to punch him. I loved that Connor wasn’t the type to just give up and walk away. He was willing to get in River’s face with his worries and concerns and when River tried to walk away Connor followed, letting River know that he wasn’t alone and there was someone who really and truly cared. I loved River’s strength no matter what life threw at him he kept going, kept trying and working to have something better for himself.

 

People are so much more than the sum of their past and River truly personifies this…it’s not our past that defines us but where we go and how we get there that shows the world the measure of who we are. River was strong and resilient. He may not have always done the right thing, but he never gave up and he didn’t let himself be defined by a past that for him only held pain and disappointment.

 

My only niggle in this story was the ending there’s a bit of a time jump between the last chapter and the epilogue and between that time jump and the brief amount of time covered by the epilogue I was a tiny…and I do mean tiny bit disappointed. I would have liked a bit more about Connor and River’s life…not enough to bore me to tears or anything but just a little bit more than what was there and maybe that’s just me being greedy. I can own that. Despite this little niggle of mine, I truly loved this story and the feelz…so many wonderful feelz!!!

 

‘Home for Christmas’ is about two men with very different backgrounds coming together and realizing that the past may have helped shape them but it’s the present and the future that will define who they are and what they want and it’s about opening your heart, finding love and hope during the holidays it’s about how the family you make and the family you are given can become one to create the family you love and the one that loves you.

 

If you love R.J. Scott’s series ‘Texas’ than you won’t want to miss this one! Definitely recommended!

 

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A copy of ‘Home for Christmas’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-12-13 15:02
Another emotional read for me. Long distance love, military romance.
Faith - Andi Jaxon,A. J. (Alexander John) Scott

An emotional journey for me. Most of the story was fine until the last third. My heart ached for two lonely souls, one who did not want to be hurt again. Having experienced love long distance myself, I knew it was possible for Becca and Justin to make it, but their own emotional struggles had me crying. This is the first story in this series that I have read, and it does indeed stand on its own. I enjoyed the secondary characters and their quirkiness as well.

I received an ARC of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-12-11 16:49
No, not that kind of library
The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char defies easy labels, something like dark fantasy slash horror with an incredibly black sense of humor, but both more fun and less fun than that sounds.  The opening positively crawls along, and it's not until maybe halfway through that I began to make sense of the incredibly complex world. But once the teeth catch, man, that shit really rollsMount Char makes an abattoir of various philosophical and religious questions, often literally. Violence is commonplace and bloody, which alternately hit my macabre sense of humor, or fucking grossed me out. Hawkins also manages to pull one of those long cons with the plotting, where he's doing this thing out in the open, but you're not even paying attention until it comes together with a bang.Very enjoyable. 

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review 2018-12-11 15:00
Ruthless Pursuit: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald



(Original review, 1981-04-30)



“The Great Gatsby” is essentially a love story. Daisy turns out to be as unattainable to Jay as Beatrice was to Dante but this being the US, the hero doesn't elevate his idol to muse status; instead he embarks on a ruthless pursuit that ends up destroying him.

It's difficult in the present era of throwaway relationships to comprehend the extent of Gatsby's romantic obsession. The questions are: 1) would he have taken to crime had Daisy returned his love and told her wealthy family to go to hell and 2) did he love Daisy precisely because she was a romantic chimera, a glamorous woman who represented a rarefied world he wished to conquer?

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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