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review 2017-05-30 03:48
I think I found a new author and series!
Delivery Girl (A Minnesota Ice Novel) - Lily Kate

Delivery Girl (A Minnesota Ice Novel) - Lily Kate 

 

This one was really cute.  Our hero and heroine found themselves in amusing situations time and again.  I really liked Andi and Ryan. But, what I couldn't figure out was why they needed to keep things so casual.  I was disappointed in the lack of communication, but overall I thought it was fun and enjoyable.

 

I was not happy with the agent character, Jocelyn. I didn't think she added anything but drama to the story but I guess that was the point.  Also, Lawrence's character was a bit weird.  

 

Otherwise, I loved all the other characters and loved the banter between Ryan and Andi.  I loved the epilogue especially with it being so far in the future.  That glimpse of the couple really warmed my heart.  Also, it may have just given the us a little hint into what book two of the series will be about.

 

I was surprised to like this book as much as I did.  I stumbled across it when searching for books, and I'm glad I decided to download it.  Lily Kate is a totally new author to me, and I really enjoyed what she did with this story.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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review 2017-05-30 01:20
Loved this!
Fathom Omnibus: Part 2 - Mark Roslan,Alex Konat,Beth Sotelo,John Starr,J.T. Krul,Sal Regla,Alé Garza,David Wohl,Michael Turner

It wasn't a perfect read for me, as I noticed at least one plot hole, and Lobdell took over for the second story arc in this collection.  I knew I'd read some of his stuff, and wasn't a huge fan, so I knew this might not bode well, but David Wohl started co-writing and then just taking over writing duties and I started enjoying the story more.   

 

I'm going to break down this between the story arcs, volumes three and four of Fathom itself.   First of all, I kind of appreciate this breakdown: by choosing to reboot with each volume, Aspen makes it slightly easier to keep track of the separation of storylines.   I'm usually not fans of multiple reboots, but I think that's because they aren't done with this type of consideration.   When Marvel does it, it's to make more sales with number ones, and to coincide with events.  Aspen - the comic book company -  may be counting on the boost of sales from number one, but instead of forcing their stories to start and end with events, they know they want to tell a story that is a certain amount of issues, and plan on their volumes being those amount of issues.   (By the way, Fathom is the name of four series.  In the comic book world, if there is a recurring series/series that is rebooted with a new number one, but the same exact title as the previous series, volume one is the first series, volume two is the second.   If the creators move on with the series, the volume distinction can be less useful.   Aspen uses new writers and artists with each new volume of Fathom, making it easy to tell which volume someone is talking about, too.)

 

The first story arc is just excellent, adding to the political strife, and adding a bit to Aspen's life - family wise and friend and human life wise.   Also, Garza's illustrations are just stunning.   While The Blue try to make peace with humanity by revealing themselves, Aspen discovers she's been lied to about her brother, and that he's still a captive - and where he is.   She has the choice of going after Killian, the man who manipulated her when it came to Finn's past, or to save Finn himself.    There's no hesitation: as angry as she is at Killian, she's got her brother's best interest at heart, and that will have to remain her top priority.   

 

I didn't find Killian's change of heart completely believable, but rolled with it, partly because I find this world so engaging, and partly because it caused some interesting friction narratively speaking.   Still, it seemed far too quick given that he'd shown no indication of changing before then, and his regrets about his first child and how she grew up seemed to come out of the blue since he'd approved of how she came up right up until he found out about his other child. 

 

Still, there was so much consideration given to diplomacy and how hard it was, even when people were making the right decisions, that Killian didn't distract me for long.   

 

The fourth volume, and the second story arc for me, worked less well.   While it did deal with ramifications from previous volumes, going far back to the first as well as dealing with volumes two and three, it wasn't quite as balanced or well thought out as the third volume.   For example, Lobdell had a couple instances where he could have dealt with the blowback from humanity finding out about The Blue - and instead he had one tame panel of protest.   The complexity that was in volume three seemed to simply disappear, so I was unsurprised when Aspen found herself dealing with the death of a man she was responsible for back when she first met Killian and there was one, brief panel dealing with her guilt.   It was, again, glossed over, and I felt unsatisfied.   This was mitigated by Wohl co-writing and then taking over writing duties, and the moral conflicts felt a bit more fleshed out, but I found myself wishing he'd written from the beginning.   And yes, Lobdell isn't a terrible writer, and I can see the appeal in his style, even if it doesn't appeal to me most times.   (Sometimes I want something easy, but most times I like my fiction with a shade of gray or two.)

 

Still Alex Konat, the illustrated, pretty much saved this for me.   Stylized art that was drawn with a sure hand, I found myself unsure of what I felt at first, and quickly won over by the charm in his illustrations.   I found them lovelier and lovelier the more I read, in fact, and I was quite happy to have him replace Garza in this volume.  

 

Overall, incredibly pleased.  I can't wait to see what happens next in these collections!

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text 2017-05-29 23:14
Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 304 pages.
Deadmen Walking: A Deadman's Cross Novel - Sherrilyn Kenyon,Holter Graham

I was going to do the smart thing and leave this till books 2 and 3 were published but after reading a bit this cursed pirate has won me already. Oh well, I can always reread it on audio when the next book comes out

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review 2017-05-29 21:49
[Book Review] User
User - Devin Grayson

User is the queer coming-of-age on the Internet story I didn't know I was looking for (but really should have been).

I grew up discovering the Internet as it grew from a specialist resource and message board hub into the complex sprawling hodge-podge it is now.  Not that Internet is not still growing and changing, but it's become something a bit more ubiquitous rather than something that's limited special interest or hobby.  There's still a divide in how people view friendships and relationships developed in person and online, but those relationships do occur and can be incredibly meaningful as are the worlds we create with each other.

User is a story about all of that and more.  It's about finding refuge in shared fantasy and friendship, as told by a young woman who discovers text-based online fantasy gaming.  The story is heartfelt and raw, dealing with difficult subjects frankly.  I highly recommend.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Image Comics in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/05/book-review-user.html
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review 2017-05-29 18:14
He Said/She Said/Erin Kelly
He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

 

I've got to say, this book did not play out at all the way I expected it too. Nonetheless, it had an intriguing plot.

 

And it was the plot that carried this book. I found it really hard to get into the story and to care about the characters. While I eventually became intrigued by the court case, I never really related to the characters at all. I couldn't understand their decisions and I struggled to see things from their perspective. The book mainly centres around a rape case.

 

Kit and Laura's love was very sweet but very intense. I appreciated it for the perspective it brought; however, they were incredibly judgemental and I found it hard to really care for them. I didn't comprehend the complete and utter terror they had, their fear to the point of crippling anxiety, even after the ultimate reveal. This could have worked with more setup or perhaps if I'd suspended my disbelief more, but while some incidents did happen, I expected a lot more horrible things to have occurred to have completely altered the way they lived their lives.

 

The final twist itself was pretty great, almost enough to carry the entire book, but the ending itself was incredibly strange and not really what I expected from those characters.

The most accurate portrayal in this book seemed to be of the rape case itself. I was intrigued by how all of the players were set up and by the ultimate results, which dealt with a very real world topic.

 

Ultimately, though this book didn't quite draw me in, plot was great and the twist was surprising, and I recommend this to those who enjoy thrillers.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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