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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-21 19:03
Book Flog: Wonder Woman- Warbringer

Been meaning to do this for a while now. Picked up a copy at the BEA back in May, excited to read it, sailing along at an good pace... and then the shit pissed me off. Still haven't finished it yet, so this'll lead me into my review when it comes out next week. FYI: this isn't a tie-in with the DCU movies. It's a YA prequel in line with the classic comics version of Diana being shaped from clay and brought to life. Feel free to comment as you like.

 

 

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Chapter 1: “You do not enter a race to lose”.

 

Pithy words of advice from Hippolyta to Diana just before the start of the big footrace during the Nemesian Games. Diana’s starting to come into her own; friends and rivals also are competing- you know the drill. Tekmessa, aka Tek, the queen’s right hand advisor, teases Diana by calling her Pyxis- a clay pot used to store makeup- as a reminder of Diana’s origins. Unlike the other Amazons, Di wasn’t granted immortality by calling out to the various goddesses upon her death and whisked away Valkyrie-style, but that she’s Hippolyta’s wish made real. Whatever… Di’s not gonna lose today- she’s got a plan! She and her BFF Maeve mapped out the course and even spied- well , not exactly spied… she’s scouted- the competition, and knows what she needs to do. Themiscyra has an unusual topography; a blend of different climes and terrains from all over the world, all the various places the women come from. The island seeks to please, it’s said. Diana knows it like the back of her hand. This time she’ll win!

 

Running along the coastline, Di spots a ship along the horizon, near the boundary- a schooner, maybe? So many different types of ships have developed through the years, hard to keep track of them all. She and Maeve had often tried to name all the ships and planes they saw, always keeping just clear of the island because their instruments and compasses would suddenly stop functioning properly.

 

The sound of an explosion reaches her and Di can see the schooner’s on fire! Shipwrecks were common enough along the rocks, helping to protect the secret of the island, a necessary evil… …until she hears the cry. It was a gull- yeah, that’s it. No, it’s not… but how could a human cry carry so far?

 

She’s got the lead, she’s ahead in the race- it’ll just be for a second, a quick look. No lifeboats or anything, doesn’t look like there’s even any survivors. Still got time; she can make it back to her route and still win the race. Turning around, she takes one more look back… And you know what they say about looking back. It’s the challenge, she tells herself. She wants to see if she could survive the dive off the cliff, like a true Amazon. Because even if there’s survivors, she knows she’s forbidden from helping them.

 

She feels the temperature of the water change, signaling the nearness of the boundary. She & Maeve always swam out here, testing themselves. Once a ship had seen them and Maeve joked they could be like sirens, luring sailors to their doom. Among the wreckage of the ship she sees a girl, bobbing facedown. The whole time swimming back to the shore her mind is screaming about the folly she’s committing. Better to just let go of the girl, let her slip beneath the waves…

 

On the beach, Di attempts CPR and almost doesn’t when the girl’s ribs bend on her first attempt! What are these mortals made of- balsa wood? Second attempt goes better; the girl lives. And she’s on the island. The girl asks about others- no, no one else survived. The human is brown skinned, with a mass of braids. Diana remembers they need to get out of sight; the mortal’s having some trouble even sitting upright. Diana tries to remember what her tutors taught her about mortals: body temperature, eating habits, war, pollution, bad grammar…

 

Di tells her to get on her back so she can take them up the cliffs. Soon as they take off the girl’s ready to vomit. Diana’s read about that. Not good. The cliffside is dotted with caves, including one Di & Maeve liked to hang out in and stocked with a few items- blankets, snacks, etc. The girl, Alia, is worried, wants to call the police, look for her friends. Diana discourages that line of thought. Diana knows she’ll be noticed missing; Alia doesn’t want her to leave, but Di promises to return. 17 pgs.

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review 2017-08-21 17:12
The Goblins of Bellwater - Molly Ringle
Here's my two cents about this book: I normally don't fall for a book that is being hyped; in fact I normally go the other way, because I'm stubborn and I don't like media telling me what I should read.

With this one, I guess that the title, add the cover, plus the fact that this seemed to be a stand alone (AND I DO LOVE STAND ALONE STORIES), made me decide to risk it and request it...
... not a good decision.
Going by the title, and with goblins to the mix, I was hoping for something dark, urban fantasy type.
Which I didn't get, because this is actually a new adult story with _poorly_ developed traces of paranormal.
Unfortunately once again it seems that the new adult genre is synonymous to very basic writing, stupid and underdeveloped characters and a plot that is only there to get the characters together.
Not my thing.
Like I said, the characters are so undeveloped that when the author decides to create two couples and having them perform sexual acts; the thing reads as awkward and uncomfortable as this phrase. They feel as puppets, and maybe that was what the author was reaching for, but she forgot their souls!
In forgetting that, the whole thing reads as an awkward and boring story about four _ really uninspired _ people.
 
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text 2017-08-21 00:15
Angel’s Weekly: Buy The Books ~ 8/21 – 8/26

 

Aug. 21st, 2017

 

 

Simon Says (Order of the Black Swan, D.I.T. #1) by Victoria Danann – Amazon
Twice Bitten (Cascadia Wolves #6) by Lauren Dane – Amazon, Kobo
Exquisite Innocence (Iron Horse MC #5) by Ann Mayburn – Amazon, Kobo
Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward – Amazon, Kobo
The Lady of Royale Street (NOLA Nights #3) by Thea de Salle – Amazon, Kobo
STRIKE (Gentry Generations #1) by Cora Brent – Amazon

 

 

Aug. 22nd, 2017

 

 

Dragon Burn (Dark Kings #11.5) by Donna Grant – Amazon
Dragon Foretold (Dragon Point #4) by Eve Langlais – Amazon, Kobo
Myths and Magic Boxed Set – Amazon, Kobo
Love Another Day (Masters and Mercenaries #14) by Lexi Blake – Amazon, Kobo
Captain Hotness by Weston Parker – 
Toxic by Nicole Blanchard – Amazon, Kobo
Fate (Trinity #5) by Audrey Carlan – Amazon, Kobo
The Beauty of Us (Fusion #4) by Kristen Proby – Amazon, Kobo
Chasing a Legend (Kavanagh Legends #4) by Sarah Robinson – Amazon, Kobo
Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay – Amazon
Fearless (The Shaws #1) by Lynne Connolly – Amazon, Kobo
Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath – Amazon, Kobo
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare – Amazon, Kobo
Traitor in Her Arms (The Scarlet Chronicles #1) by Shana Galen – Amazon, Kobo

 

 

Aug. 25th, 2017

 

 

Origins (New Earth #2) by Tigris Eden – Amazon
Mating Bite (Bite #2) by Cynthia Eden – Amazon
Bud (Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club #10) by Candace Blevins – Amazon, Kobo

 

 

Aug. 26th, 2017

 

 

Anaya’s Pride : Book Two (A Reverse Harem Love Story) (Beasts of Ironhaven 2) by Chloe Cole – Amazon

 

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text 2017-08-21 00:02
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All-New Inhumans (2015-) #9 - James Asmus,Stefano Caselli

 

I won't be doing this too often, but there are some panels on rereads that I'll want to share.  Or quotes.   

 

This gets me every time.   Flint's response makes me laugh and Gorgon's admission gives me all the feels.   Not only is he a paralyzed warrior who feels useless due to that fact, he's just pretty much told the lady who wants his seed/baby that he hates the hoofs that Terrigenesis gave him and that they weren't transcendent due to their transformation, but rather experiments into living weapons by a fascist, alien society.   (Her argument is that they can touch transcendence, even accidentally.   They also try to get more powerful Inhumans by a form of eugenics, believing the more powerful, the more perfect, the closer to transcendence that Inhuman gets.   Gorgon is well known as a very powerful Inhuman from another Inhuman city/society, so gorgeous women are kinda all over having his attention.   The one who tried to seduce him was just the most opportunist amongst them.)

 

Gorgon also feels like such a failure that he doesn't speak to his son, by the way.   So y'know, that was a thing the lady who wanted his baby couldn't know, but also twisted the knife in a little more for him.   So that makes his statement more tragic, and yet... I still laugh at Flint ending his statement with 'surprising?'   That question mark makes it funny for me.   

 

Like what do you say to Gorgon in that situation?   Especially since Gorgon is now on trial for his wheelchair trying to kill said lady.   (Inhumans, it should be noted, not only have very advanced technology, they've had it for years before humans did.   Like they have flying cars, y'all.   And teleporting dogs, so a little sci-fi, a little living weapons sci-fi.)  He claims he can't control the chair, but it was still his responsibility so he went in peacefully and Flint was allowed to visit Gorgon in Utolan jail.   (And I very keenly remember what happened with this storyline.   I won't spoil it for anyone who chooses to read this series.   This series, and Uncanny Inhumans, were both written by Soule and were both excellent.  I suggest them both.   Uncanny focused more on Black Bolt, and had less diplomacy and more action - and I tend to like less diplomatic more action based comics the most.   So basically Uncanny was my favorite of the two, but only because it had character and action appeal.  And there's plenty of action in All-New, just more diplomacy/less time-travel crazy comic book shenanigans that I prefer that are in Uncanny.)

 

Loving, loving this massive reread.   I've read, lesse, 13 Inhuman related comics today.   

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review 2017-08-20 14:42
Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field
Poison is the New Black: (Bonus story: Taste of Christmas) (An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery) (Volume 3) - Chelsea Field

Izzy's "friend" Mr. Black is being accused of murder. The problem is that Izzy's next door neighbor doesn't believe he did it, and gets her help to figure out who the killer really is, and what is going on now. Izzy also has a Taste Society job she's working, and her new boyfriend Conner doesn't think she should be helping out Mr. Black. But Izzy ends up doing it anyway. 

 

This book was really good. I enjoyed how Izzy was with Conner, and what happened with their relationship. I also loved Izzy and her neighbor together on an adventure it was pretty funny, and fun. I look forward to more in this series. 

 

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