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review 2017-04-08 21:41
Cute book but I'll stick with the social media sites.
The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Ave... The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting - Ilana Wiles

I needed a happy/silly book to read after this week. I'm a follower of Wiles, who runs the blog 'Mommy Shorts' and the @averageparentproblems Instagram account. It was great to hear she got a book deal and I was curious to see what it was about.

 

It's a coffee table hardcover of anecdotes, social media posts, pictures, etc. of children (mostly, with some parents) in various parenting, everyday situations. From the kid who doesn't want tomato in their sauce to the dread/horror of discovering a "poop" turd in the corner (it was actually part of a toy). There are tips and stories, pictures and social media posts as part of the book.

 

That's just about it. It wasn't something that really made me laugh/smile and so I guess it just wasn't what I was looking for. But if you're a parent, a fan of the internet presence or just like these types of books (or some combination of all three) then it's not a bad pick up to read. I personally wouldn't buy it and was glad I got it at the library.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-16 12:21
Unbound is an Unimpressive Anthology Even Though it had 4 Big Names in it! Here's my Review...
Unbound - Kim Harrison, Jocelynn Drake, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson,Melissa Marr

 

Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison - A pixy tries to solve a mystery and gets more than he bargained for.
★★ I liked how cute it was but there was a lot of repetition.

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Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost - Bones is asked to hunt a ghoul couple in New Orleans by its Voodoo Queen. Of course, things aren't as they seem.
★★★ I liked the darkness and that Bones was able to carry the story without Cat.

Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson - Dark & Light come together when agents from the opposite side come together.
★ No surprises.

The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake - A vampire fights to keep her domain under her control while she is being framed.
★★ Loved the violence, for instance, check out the quote below:

The fledgling was still in the attic, chained to the wall. For a moment, I wondered if I should go up and free, but quickly shook off the thought and got into the car. If she couldn't find a way to free herself, then she would never survive in my world.

but the story lacked cohesion.

Two Lines by Melissa Marr - A glaistig does her best to fight temptation and stay mortal.
★★ I really liked the parts with the glaistig's family but other than that, the story was repetitive and boring.

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text 2017-03-01 18:25
Enjoy these short stories before the Read an Ebook Week begins on Smashwords!
Life Of A 'prayer - Midu Hadi
Mr. Bear - Midu Hadi

 

 

 

 

Waiting for the Read an E book Week to start on Smashwords? 

 

Why not read Life of a 'prayer today! 

 

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where mosquitoes have hunted most species to extinction, the story centers around James who is a Sprayer. He has had a hard life and he deserves to die in peace. If only, he weren't dying so young. It isn't all gloom and doom though because sharing his world are lice-infested air-pirate heroines, metallic gorillas, and horses that run on steam. Oh and airships!
 

If steampunk isn't your style and UF is more your thing, then you can try Mr. Bear!

 
Jane has succeeded in convincing her nosy family to let her have a life of our own. A new town, a new job, living on her own...everything seems to be going fine for her until she runs into trouble. Of the Bear variety!
 

The best part is that both stories are short, free, and packed with humor!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 11:04
February 2017-- A Wrap Up
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) - Chuck Dixon
X-Men: Magneto Testament - Carmine Di Giandomenico,Greg Pak
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8) - Jeaniene Frost
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories - Sheila Williams
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel

 

 

Old Faves in New Flavors

 

The Hobbit Graphic Novel

The novel stayed true to the book. However, I wasn't too impressed with the artwork. It could have been more attractive. Given that I've just finished reading Monstress, it is no surprise that everything else looks almost dull in comparison!

 

 

 

Words that have always made me sad and touched my heart:

 

 

Outtakes from the Grave

 

This book is solely for the readers who have loved the Night Huntress series. It contains deleted scenes and different versions that were scrapped for various reasons. It was a good way to revisit the duo that we'd all miss now that the series has ended. Since I have added books from the two spinoff series to my TBR recently, I'm guessing I'll come across Cat & Bones there too.

 

 

 

Holocaust Horrors

 

X-Men: Magneto Testament

 

Since I read this first, I didn't realize how heavily inspired it was by the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. Even so, I loved it, both for the content and the art. A scene that stayed with me was about the girl Magneto is trying to save. She is found among dead bodies and is found to have survived because she remembered what he had said to her & had hidden herself in the pile.

 

 

Night

 

What I liked about this book was that the author wasn't interested in getting people to feel sorry for them. Instead, their objective was to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. That is one of the reasons why the book felt much more authentic to me than The Book Thief ever did. Of course, the fact that the author lived through the events has a lot to do with that, as well.

 

I think this quote from the book says it all:

 

 

Eye-Candiliciousness

 

Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

 

Find my mini-review here.

 

 

Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening

 

 

 

Everybody has been talking about this, so I'll just say that you might wanna check it out for yourself.

 

Asimov's Science Fiction

 

Detailed review here.

 

February was a good month. I read more graphic novels than I usually read and it is always good to try new things.

 

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review 2017-02-28 12:55
Reckoning ★★★☆☆
Reckoning: From Unbound - Jeaniene Frost

I've never read any of the other books in this series, but that was not a barrier to enjoying this fun little novella about a vampire-for-hire and deadly ghouls. The author had more fun with the gruesome than with the romance, which was decidedly one-sided, but I thought

the girl's hopeful crush and the vampire's gentle accommodation of her feelings was poignant,

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especially at the end. 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Competently read by Tavia Gilbert.

 

Read for the 2017 Romance Bingo, but I haven't decided yet which square to use for it. Applicable squares:

Urban Fantasy: Supernatural creatures in the city of New Orleans

Interracial Couple: in this case, interspecies (vampire/human)

Love is Murder: because the ghouls get her in the end, and because the entire plot revolves around one vampire hired to kill the ghouls, and a second vampire hired to kill the first one

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