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review 2017-04-08 18:47
Not as infatuated as with the rest of the Black Mask lineup
Liberator #1 (of 4) - Tim Seeley,Javier Aranda,Matt Miner,Joaquin Pereyra

And it's the art.   I really did not enjoy the art in this issue, which is a shame: I was really into the storyline.   The main character, Damon, is into saving animals from the cruelty of man.   Dog fights, fur trappers, they're all on his radar.   This book starts out with him burning down everything that belongs to a man who own a dog fighting ring, and then delves into Damon's life working at a cafe, and goes right back into his vigilantism at the end. 

 

There's also a friend who demonstrates and routinely gets arrested for protesting.   He thinks about this in a way that makes it clear what the difference between his methods and hers are, and I liked that inner monologue that described the differences. 

 

If not for the art, I'd immediately get the rest of this series.   As is, I have so much to read, I'm considering when I'll end up buying the rest of this series. 

 

I went out for lunch with a friend for my birthday and I came back and I'm alone in the house, streaming The Simpsons on the FX app and reading comics - so having a ball.  I'm also indulging in some chocolate milk and considering whether or not to put in some Kahlua.

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review 2016-06-14 00:00
Liberator (Flights of Love Book 1)
Liberator (Flights of Love Book 1) - Shelley B. Mcpherson I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the attention to historical detail, especially gay culture in the various periods, and I liked that the author didn't try to make her heroes have the correct opinions out of period. There were a lot of moments that were just lovely and fitting. This is especially impressive given the author is juggling the '40s, the '50s and the '80s at various points, and running an alternate history plotline as well.

The growing romance between David and Jim was also very well done, and David having an edge in that he knew Jim was gay before Jim did made his moves seem reasonable instead of pushy. It was a lovely slow burn romance with good tension.

It's also about 1/3rd of a book, with a very abrupt ending, and none of the three running plots tied up in any way shape or form. I guess the price is right, but it was pretty frustrating for me. Especially since I found the '80s section very slow, rather too long, and most of the characters unsympathetic (fortunately time travel miraculously improved David). Will probably check out the rest of the series to find out what happens, but would very much rather have had the whole story at once.
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review 2016-04-29 01:31
Review for The Liberator by Victoria Scott
The Liberator - Victoria Scott

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

 

Dante Walker has officially jumped sides. He is no longer a badass collector of souls for Lucifer. Instead, he liberates souls for God. He's first assignment? Liberate Aspen's soul. Aspen is exactly like he was before he jump sides and it is hard to fight the desire to lapse into his old ways of partying and sinning. He has to stay strong because if he fails this assignment, he'll have to say good-bye to his liberator cuff and Charlie AKA the love of his life. Can he keep his cool or will he blow his chances to stay on Team Heaven?

 

Dante is still a character that irritates me. Actually Dante may irritate me more here than he did in The Collector. Everything about him bugs me. As a Collector, I kept hoping I would see him actually be the "man" he claimed to be. You know, the bad guy? Swearing and being a general jackass. Once he became a Liberator, I knew that wouldn't happen. Call me crazy, but I hate censored swearing. When something happens, all the real words help and anything else sounds stupid. Either commit or don't do it at all. I obviously curse like a fucking sailor and I hate moments when I have to reel that in for work or other reasons. I like colorful language and, in the end, they are just words. Either way, Dante drove me up a damn wall. He's so fucking cocky and annoying and I really began to hate him here.

 

Charlie wasn't much better. She goes all stupid in the beginning, doing things that are so far out of character that I had a very difficult time believing she would do them. Charlie is the "good girl" and that mentality is ingrained. It's not something that you can just shrug off. I was never a huge Charlie fan, but I liked her well enough in The Collector and I wanted that to continue here.

 

Then we have Aspen, the soul Dante is meant to Liberate. I don't have an opinion on her. I don't feel like we know enough about her by the end to really form an opinion. All we get is what Dante sees and thinks and I feel like there is much much more to her than that. She is hiding things and I wanted to slap her and tell her to let go. She also jumps onto the Charlie bandwagon very quickly in my opinion. Chick is basically a heathen. She shows no religious affiliations, but I'm supposed to believe that she just trusts Dante enough to believe his and Charlie's story and the existence of deities? Okay, this may have been more a problem for me and my atheist ways than the average reader, but I felt like she needed more convincing.

 

The whole God/Devil thing is actually a bit difficult for me. The fact that Dante rarely ever calls them by their names, instead referring to God as Big Guy and Lucifer as Lucille, drove me fucking nuts. Dude, you are agent of God now, at least say his damn name properly. I've read angel and demon books before and I have no problems with them, so I can't say exactly why this irritated me, but it did. Dante also plays that whole tortured, I don't deserve to be saved because I'm a "bad" guy card here that made me want to scream.

 

Really, I should have never requested the eARC of book 3 of this series, The Warrior. While I enjoyed The Collector, I didn't love it like everyone else did. I did love Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (and I'm desperate for the sequel), but this series just irks me. I did give in, however, and was approved for it, so I had to muddle through this one first. I figured it would be the same 4 star level The Collector was, but it irritated me a lot more. Or maybe I was just more forgiving when I read The Collector? I really don't know, but either way, this got on my nerves.

 

It gets 3 stars because it wasn't horrible and it had it's good moments. The writing is pretty good. It just wasn't for me. I took me almost a month to finish it and that speaks volumes. Basically, if you liked The Collector and Dante in it, you'll like this. If Dante irritated the fuck out of you in The Collector, then that is only going to continue here.

 

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review 2015-07-26 00:00
Fear The Liberator
Fear The Liberator - Mars Dorian,Colleen Conger This is Mars Dorian’s second book and it is, to no ones surprise I hope, the second book that I read from this author. His first book was a pretty whacky story of “warhipsters” and a super capitalistic world (the Ferengis would be amateurs in this world) where warfare was done more based on financial reasoning rather than anything else. Each round of expended ammo was counted and you could make “in-war” purchases. Take that you people that complain about in-app purchases! I actually found his first book rather fun reading and although this one is fairly different it is also quite fun reading.

I would classify this as an adventure/mystery story in space with a nice mix of space combat, character interaction and mystery solving. RX, which is a rather funny name but then the name of his best buddy is D12 which is not much better, is a pilot as the book blurb states. He might be elite in his own eyes but the rest of the world do not consider him as such. Actually he has real problems with his combat ratings.

The author could not entirely let go of the capitalistic tones of his previous book although they are not so pronounced in this one. Even so, the pilots have to pay their own expenditure like food etc. on board the company carrier and their financial gains are entirely dependent on their performance. So to say that there is a wee bit of a competition between some of the pilots would be an understatement.

As the blurb states, RX crashes on a unknown (or is it?) planet and finds himself among a bunch of mysterious colonists with weird behaviours. This is where the mystery bit starts and the story becomes quite different from the first parts of the books. It is still quite nice reading though. Maybe the way things play out is somewhat predictable at times but the author has put together a story with enough originality in it to make the reader interested in what happens next. It is difficult to go into details without spoiling the story so I will refrain from doing that.

The book is a fairly quick read though, partly because it is rather short at around 250 pages. I think there would have been room to add a few pages to make the story more detailed. Especially in the initial world building. How did this “universe” come about? It is somewhat hinted that RX did not have a mother but was grown artificially. Is he a company product or?They obviously travel being in hypersleep. Why? Usually hypersleep means that you cannot travel fast enough to be awake all the time but the rest of story seems to assume that you can get from A to B via FTL travel. I know that the author do not like technical details but these kind of “inconsistencies” tend to stick out, at least for me.

Having said that I did like the APEX fighter and the space combat stuff. Weapon load-out, including the description of the weapons and how they were used as well as the combat manoeuvring was quite okay.

On the whole this was a fun and enjoyable book to read. It did end in a way too predictable and somewhat annoying cliff-hanger though. I have an aversion against cliff-hangers in general but this one was just like the traditional last 30 second of a horror movie where the monster (or it’s spawn or whatever) rears its ugly head just before the end texts starts to roll. Apart from the cliffhanger itself there are a some loose threads and hints spread around in the last couple of chapters hinting at a sequel. Okay, okay I am not sure how to do that one better myself given that there was a need to continue the story for a (planned?) second book so I’ll shut up on that part now.

Regardless of that I hope that the author continues to write science fiction. The writing is quite ok for a young writer and the stories are imaginative and does not necessarily follow the mainstream of science fiction. So far I have liked both books although the wackiness of the first one is probably something that I can only digest in small dozes. This one is more my style. If the author decides to write a sequel I will more than likely pick it up.
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review 2015-06-15 01:20
Review: From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)
From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator) (Volume 1) - Shelby K. Morrison

For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted. When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom. Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?

 

Self-published on 2nd May 2015

 

ISBN-13: 978-1511761383

 

Source: I received a free digital copy in return for my honest review. Thanks to author Shelby K. Morrison

 

My Review:

I enjoyed this YA fantasy set in Tharien. The descriptions of the scenery, people and places are detailed enough to be believable and the characters are complex. I particularly like Aia and think she'll appeal to teen girls in particular. Having said that, there is plenty here for the boys too. Cole is a strong character with a few surprises up his sleeve that I didn't predict. I enjoyed it, and I'm interested to see what happens in book 2.

 

6/10

 

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