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text 2017-08-24 03:57
Legion
Legion - Julie Kagawa

I'm quitting this series with this book. At the end of the last book, there was a cliffhanger that reminded me of the author's previous series. I decided if she pulled the same move, I would be done. It didn't take long into the book to confirm the exact same thing was happening, so I'm going to quit because I think I'll just be frustrated otherwise.

 

In case you want the specific reason:

this book had a love interest death fake-out. The last book ended with Ember's human boyfriend dying. This book began with him getting saved by getting a blood transfusion from a dragon, so he's perfectly fine and alive. It just made the end of the last book feel cheap. Plus Ember's relationship with him was the weakest element of the series for me, and I just don't feel like reading two more books of it.

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review 2017-05-22 04:37
Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak
Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak (Rebirth) - Bryan Hitch

This volume starts off in the middle of a battle between the Justice League and some kind of being that spreads fear. After the team seemingly defeats it, they all split off only to get hit again with the fear causing everyone to lash out in different ways. Aquaman and Wonder Woman decide to conquer the world together to save everyone. Superman decides he must kill Batman. Cyborg and Baz lash out at those around them during a friendly football game between friends out of fear of being rejected for being different. While on a date together, Flash starts acting like a jerk to everyone and Jessica locks herself in the restaurant freezer to shut out the world. After some painful dialogue from everyone as they fight off the fear, Jessica decides to quit the Justice League because she feels she isn't ready for this. And that's the only consequence we see from this little arc in the rest of the book. Nothing is mentioned about Aquaman and Wonder Woman's declaring of war. No damage control for any of the public breakdowns some of the heroes had. I just have to wonder what the point of it all was.

 

It just feels like the book is going for emotional payoffs that it hasn't put any effort into building toward. Jessica suddenly asking Flash out wasn't the result of a building relationship between the two. Her choice to quit the team due to feelings of inadequacy felt abrupt. This is supposed to be a team book, but there's not any focus on how they are as a team. The fear arc feels like it should come after work has been put into establishing everyone much better as characters and team mates. An arc exposing the cracks in the team doesn't pack much of a punch if I haven't really gotten a good idea of what the team is like together. And it especially doesn't pack a punch if all consequences of the arc are then ignored. The end of the book even lessened the impact of Jessica quitting by having her join in the big battle of the next arc and saying she'll always be there to help. So she'll fight with the team still, but just won't say she's on the team.

 

The second arc in this volume started off with a premise that I found hard to buy. Apparently the giant world-wide crisis of the previous volume that they had such a difficult time with only had a single casualty. I don't understand how only a single person died from all of that. And then we get a computer virus so great it can hack into anything including Cyborg and Baz's ring. I'll admit the Lantern Corps is an area I'm not as familiar with, but I really didn't think their rings could be infected with a computer virus. Is that something I just completely missed? Because it just seems really ridiculous. I don't like it.

And the whole virus ends up being an accident by a girl who just wanted to make a better search engine and ended up with an app that could take on the Justice League without even trying for that. And they needed her help the take care of the problem in the end.

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There were just too many elements of the story I was questioning for me to enjoy it. And it didn't have any good character moments to make up for things.

 

This Justice League run is not impressing me. The first volume was boring. This one was just painful.

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text 2015-10-28 13:04
The Sword of Summer
The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan

Well, I give up. I got 112 pages in, but I have no desire to go any further. Magnus Chase sounds just like Percy Jackson from his first series except Magnus is far more irritating. Of course, his sounding just like Percy suits the book since it's reading just like the first Percy Jackson book. Add in some pop culture references that have me questioning when exactly the timeline is and a bit of poor editing that has the main character doing things like describing a drink as yummy a page before we find out he's never had it and is in fact super hesitant to try it and I just have no desire to continue.

 

I was curious to see what the author was going to do with Norse mythology because I had enjoyed his take on Greek and (most of) his take on Roman. But Magnus is far too irritating for me to follow him for almost 500 pages.

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review 2015-10-24 20:33
I Liked you better When I Didn't Like You
I Liked you Better When I Didn't Like You - Jhordynn,Cornelious Jordan

Title: I Liked You Better When I Didn't Like You
Author: Jhordynn
Publisher: Jhordynn
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"I Liked You Better When I Didn't Like You" by Jhordynn and Cornelious Jordan

My Thoughts....

What was so wonderful about this novel was that it was very insightful and uplifting storyline that will keep your attention from start to finish. I liked how this author was able to bring out the struggle and trials of it all and give the readers such a uplifting read about 'real life.' After ones past can one be forgiven and get on the right straight and narrow? Be ready for a read of many twist and turns and then at the end you get a wonderful awareness of 'self acceptance and forgiveness.' "When I Liked the You Better When I Didn't" really fits this story and in the end will Desiree learn to forgive herself?

More Thoughts....

I love this author's poem: PUSH....that is located the end of her story and I would like to share a little of it....

...."When I see His face, I have conquered,

And I'll have overcome. Me and you, God-- As army of one.

I've been delivered, I've been saved, I've resisted, And I've fleed.

I've pushed the devil away. From dominating me.

I move and I fight, And I fight and shove,

And I shove and I thrust, And I thrust and push."

I thought this was a deep well written novel by this author. To truly understand it all you must pick up the read and see how well this deliverance really is to the reader.

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review 2015-08-03 04:06
Go Set a Watchman
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

Jean Louise "Scout" Finch lives in New York City, but regularly visits her father, Atticus, in her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama. However, this time around, Jean Louise realizes some hard truths about her home, family, and the people of her town, and she is forced to rethink everything she knows.

 

If you're looking for the sequel for To Kill a Mockingbird, you'll be disappointed. Even though this book is marketed as the sequel, it is impossible for the two stories to be set in the same universe. There are multiple inconsistencies between the two, the biggest being the outcome of the big trial in To Kill a Mockingbird. Even without the inconsistencies, it would be a poor sequel. A character who didn't exist in the first is introduced here as a close childhood friend of Jean Louise's who is her current love interest. Jem is mentioned as having died years ago in a throwaway line in the first chapter. Dill is casually mentioned as being somewhere in Italy. And there is no mention whatsoever of Boo Radley.

 

Of course, this book was never intended as a sequel. It's the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. With Go Set a Watchman, you get to see how the characters were initially conceived and what the story was originally going to be. It's an amazing example of the difference a good editor can make. I'm actually really impressed with her editor for seeing the kernels of something great in this book and encouraging her to focus on Jean Louise's childhood. It being such a great example of the power of editing is the only reason I gave this two stars rather than one.

 

Even taking the story on its own and ignoring its relationship with To Kill a Mockingbird, it just wasn't that great. It meanders along and goes off on tangents that are uninteresting and don't add much to the story. Large chunks could have been removed from the story without really changing it. The point of Go Set a Watchman took forever to appear, and then the book ended very shortly after. I'm actually surprised the ultimate point took so long in arriving because anytime the book wanted to say something, it did so without any subtlety, often repeating itself just to make sure you got it.

 

Jean Louise was not a fun character to follow. I found her to be hypocritical and self-centered to the point where it made her appear incredibly stupid. And she's pretty racist too, despite the book's insistence that she's not. Of course everyone's very racist here, and I do understand that this has to do with the time it was written and set in.

 

I can't say reading this was an enjoyable experience. It did, however, make me incredibly curious about what a lot of other books looked like in their first drafts. I have an even greater appreciation of editors than I already did.

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