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review 2017-01-13 01:00
Book Review - Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond
Lois Lane: Fallout - Gwenda Bond

Now that Amazon has a selection of books available to read for free for Prime members, I've been going through the categories that interest me to find new material.  Obviously, a book about Lois Lane would do that.  In this case, Fallout is about a teenage Lois in high school, though her nosy reporter skills are in full effect.  She's attended several schools, thanks both to her military father moving around, and her own knack for finding trouble and being disruptive, but now she's just trying to keep her head down.  But when a group of kids obsessed with a strange VR war game start bullying and harassing other students both in and out of the game, Lois just can't resist investigating the just why the principal seems to let it all slide.

 

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this.  The characters are just what you'd expect from a younger Lois and her family (General Lane sounds exactly like the military dads I know) and the bullying feels real.  It's fun to see Lois get her start at the Daily Planet and Perry White, even if it's a bit eye-rolling that she's also internet friends with a certain "SmallvilleGuy".

 

Fallout is a great gateway for comics-reading teens to a full-length prose novel, but would still be enjoyable even if the kid in question is only dimly aware of who the heck lives in Smallville.

Source: www.honkifyoulovejustice.com/2017/01/12/book-review-fallout-lois-lane-by-gwenda-bond
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text 2016-03-15 16:38
Top Ten Tuesday: March 15, 2016
Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction - Hannu Rajaniemi
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss - Max Wirestone
The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World - David Jaher
The Builders - Daniel Polansky
Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter - Tim Hanley
Ladies Night at the Dreamland (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction Ser.) - Sonja Livingston,John Griswold
Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
The Beauty Volume 1 - Jason A. Hurley,Jeremy Haun
Sister Light, Sister Dark - Jane Yolen
Through the Habitrails (Comic) - Jeff Nicholson

(Original Top Ten Tuesday concept and topic from The Broke and the Bookish)

 

Today's list is slated to be Ten Books On My Spring TBR, but rather than make a TBR for spring when I’ve barely made headway into any of the others I’ve made for past Top Tens, I’m going to go with a list of the Top 10 ARCs I Desperately Need to Read ASAP (which is still a TBR, I know). I’ve been sitting on some of these ARCs for over a year, which kind of goes against the whole “reading in advance of release” thing.

 

Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi. I’ve dipped into it and love the style, but just haven’t been into a lot of short fiction lately.

 

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone. This was requested based on one really strong review. Perhaps not the best barometer of my own interest.

 

The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher. Another one that came from a strong recommendation and has yet to be cracked open.

 

The Builders by David Polansky. I’m really interested to see where the Tor novellas are going to go. It would help if I read the only one I’ve requested so far. Plus, talking animals.

 

Investigating Lois Lane by Tim Hanley. I’ve never been terribly interested in Superman, but Lois’ history sounds fascinating.

 

Ladies Night at the Dreamland by Sonja Livingston. I really love essay collections, university press publications, and books about women, so this looks to be promising.

 

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. I’ve started this one, but it’s very dark (Jane Eyre if Jane were a serial killer!) and I’m taking my time.

 

The Beauty Volume 1 by Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley. An interesting premise and the cover art drew me in.

 

Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen. I’ve actually read this book before, but it was more than 15 years ago and I remember nothing other than I enjoyed it. I know I will like it and I want to boost the signal for it as a re-launch of a title that has been out of print for some time.

 

Through the Habitrails by Jeff Nicholson. It will be interesting to see how an early 90s social commentary comic holds up (from what I can tell, very little has changed).

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url 2016-03-12 15:02
Lois Lane is far more than 'just' Superman's girlfriend

 

 

Lois Lane

 

Lois Lane is brave, smart, fearless, ambitious journalist who always goes after the story – and it’s time to put her famous love interest to one side argues teen author Gwenda Bond.

 

Read more here.

Source: www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/mar/11/lois-lane-more-than-supermans-girlfriend-gwenda-bond
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text 2015-09-29 16:24
More Mini Reviews
More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera
Darkness Before Dawn - J.A. London
The Night We Said Yes - Lauren Gibaldi
The Fill-In Boyfriend - Kasie West
Lois Lane: Fallout - Gwenda Bond
Legacy of Kings - Eleanor Herman
Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan
Rook - Sharon Cameron
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera – 5 Stars

I’m not sure what I was expecting with this one. It was something I bought on a whim. I think I was expecting something light and snarky. What I got was one amazing emotional gutwrencher of a novel. It was gritty, stark and realistic. The MC is struggling with a sucky living situation, his sexuality and his father’s recent suicide. He has a girlfriend who he likes a lot, but then a new guy comes into the picture making him question himself when he starts to realise just how much he likes this dude. The writing packs a punch, its very blunt yet provocative in the emotions the story brings out in its characters. There’s also a storyline involving some sort of medical procedure that makes you forget all the horrible things in your life. (There may be some side effects). It’s an emotional rollercoaster that made me cry at the end. I loved it.

 

Darkness Before Dawn  - JA London – 4 stars

This was a something I snagged a few years ago when it was a freebie on a Kindle daily deal. Something I stared at random a few weeks ago when looking for something to capture my attention. A bit of coverlust, I went into this one not really knowing anything about it. And found myself surprisingly impressed. Vampire dystopia! Great world building, even managing to be down right creepy in parts. Likeable heroine – always a plus. There was a love triangle that was totally obvious to where it was going from the second it started. Only thing I didn’t get with this one was the main character was supposed to be special somehow. I didn’t see much elaborating on that. She’s supposed to be a delegate between the humans and the ruling vampire party. I saw nothing particular special about her. Maybe something elaborated in the next book? Unique vampire lore. Fantastic twist at the end. Definitely a series I’d like to read more of.

 

The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi – 4 stars

Oh this was an emotional roller coaster. Tells the then and now story of Ella and Matt, and their best friends Jake and Meg.  Told from how Ella and Matt met, from their breakup to Matt’s reappearance a year later and how Ella handles it was well as a few other dramas in between. Brilliant character driven novel with deep emotional connection. Manages to go from fun to heartwrenching and back again with some great character growth. I loved this one.

 

The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West. 3.1/2 stars

A reasonably entertaining read, I read pretty much in one morning after the first 10%. Don’t really have a lot to say about this one. I didn’t really connect much to the characters. MC Gia is popular and perfect with a set of really cool friends and one frenemy who she thinks is trying to push her out of her group. She’s dumped just before prom and talks some random guy into being her date. The plot is completely predictable as they wind up in various situations pretending to be a couple. Gia was shallow and obsessed with what people thought about her which got to be annoying. Particularly when she told her so called cool friends lots of white lies. Then got upset when they got mad at her. She did show some character growth towards the end. It was light, fluffy and kinda cute.

 

Fall Out (Lois Lane) Gwenda Bond – 4 Stars

The Smallville fangirl in me had a total blast with this one. While some of the technical aspects, the scifi stuff, the total immersion video game things went a little over my head and it was a bit hard to grasp some of the concepts, but it was still fun. I think that was because Lois was so well written. Snarky, witty, smart, dedicated and loyal. What else was immensely fun about this novel was while there were lots of familiar names and places that any Smallville or Superman fan would recognise, it managed to take the familiar and make it new, updated and original in its own fantastic way. Introducing new characters and villains with a great build up and conclusion. More please.

 

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods & Royals #1) Eleanor Herman – 5 Stars

I loved this so much I got it in hardback as well as a kindle copy. I’m not really that fussed on how historically accurate it was, it was a brilliant piece of epic fantasy. Multi layered characters, brilliant world building, a unique take on magic and its own densely developed take on some familiar and unfamiliar mythology. Lots of characters, lots of different view points. The romance angles were the weakest part of it, but the rest of the story telling was so completely captivating it’s one of those cases where annoying romances are easily over looked. I loved it.

 

Not a Drop To Drink – Mindy McGuinnis – 3 stars

Survival stories are really not my thing. I ummed and aahed over this one for a while. I like dystopia, but not that much of a survival story fan. It was a review from Christina Reads YA blog that convinced me I needed to read this one. Took me a while to get to it, but I’m glad I finally did. One of the most brutal world buildings in a dystopia that I’ve come across in a while. Bleak and certainly uncomfortable in parts. The hardships over come by the main character showed tremendous strength, both physical and mental. But even throughout the hardships, I did like seeing how she could soften her heart without being weak as she learned to survive for herself but rely on and help others as well.  Little to no romance and a surprising twist at the end. I’m not sure I’m that interested in a second book in this series, but I would definitely read something else by this author.

 

Unspoken (The Lyburn Legacy #1) Sarah Rees Brennan – 5 Stars

This one was recommended to me when I was looking for gothic romance a few years ago. Another one I’d heard of for a while but never got around to reading. I loved it. Loved it from start to finish. Loved the magic, loved the characters, the world building, the setting, the writing. The brilliant bantery snark just made it all the more entertaining.

 

Rook – Sharon Cameron – ½ star. DNF at 25%.

Didn’t work for me. Dystopia. Very slow and boring. World building made little to no sense. No connection to any of the characters. Also didn’t like how they randomly spoke French in parts with no translation. It wasn’t mysterious or clever, it was irritating. Not for me.

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text 2015-09-16 20:44
Throwing some YA into the mix...
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Lois Lane: Fallout - Gwenda Bond
All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
Alive - Scott Sigler
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith
The Illuminations - Andrew O'Hagan
The Fishermen - Chigozie John Obioma

I realized all the books left on my September TBR list (which I'm halfway done with btw) are all sci-fi/fantasy save one - and  I'm saving that one (The Body in Berkeley Square) for my plane trip next week. 

 

I don't want to get genre tired and I feel I am coming close to it. To head this off, when I returned a stack of books to the library, I picked up some YA and two Booker prize nominees to throw into the mix.

 

Fangirl is everywhere! Our library has four copies. I liked Rowell's Attachments, so I will give this a try.

 

Lois Lane Fallout is a YA retelling of Lois Lane's story. It's an investigative mystery series. The sample showed promise. It was an easy pick.

 

The Illuminations has some beautiful writing.

 

Have you read any of these? Share!

 

Happy reading!

 

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