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review 2016-02-24 05:16
Pull
Pull - Anne Riley

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**


This book wasn't quite what I expected - from the lack of time-travel as seen in popular fiction to the villains. I struggled through the first 100 pages or so (my copy didn't have page numbers, so I'm ballparking here), and I was pretty much ready to give up. There was little time-travel elements at that point, it was mainly focusing on Rosie's brother's myriad of problems, and the family dealing with the loss of their grandfather. Which, frankly, while not particularly bad, was getting depressing and wasn't something for which I had signed up. But I checked to see if this was a series and seeing that it is a standalone prompted me to keep going. That, and it might not have the best writing, but it read pretty fast and kept you interested, after the action picked up a bit. And in the end, it was a pretty decent read.

So basically there's this group of super-special folks who can "Pull" time back to correct a recent event called Servatores, and they formed from a group of these meta-humanesque types back in Nero's day. Enter some Biblical referencing, in which the fallen angels most likely paired up with some humans to create half demon spawn, and eventually one of their descendants gave birth to...Nero. Yup.That Nero. Now Nero, being roughly 1/500(or whatever) demon, decides that messing with black magic is the way to go. And these humans that he infects with this black sorcery are these creepy zombie/human/beasties things called Mortiferi. The Servatores formed from the meta-humanesque group in order to combat these Mortiferi, and they've been going at it ever since. Why exactly the Servatores can rewind time is never really explained. And yeah, the above is a trip down crazy lane, but when you're reading it in the book, it doesn't come across as quite so crazy?

There are groups of Servatores in all the big cities, but there's very few Servatores worldwide. The Servatores that are around try their bestest to rewind and fix deaths/abductions and Mortiferi related actions, but there's only a few, so they what? Literally run around the whole of their city and pick something they deem important to rewind?? Because "Pulling" back time is so exhausting, they can only do it once every couple hours, and they can't rewind time more than a few minutes at a time. The furthest back any Servatore group was ever able to rewind - all working together - was three hours. It just seems like it would be awfully hard to actually make a difference, but these guys sure try.

Okay, so Rosie's Granddad was a Servatore, and a really famous one, and he passes his talent on to Rosie, who is pretty hecka confused about the whole situation and is dealing with her dumb-ass brother's decisions and also trying to deal emotionally with losing her grandpa (and her slimy boyfriend waaah) all in the same day. Thankfully she eventually gets the local London Servatores to believe her story and convince them she's the real deal and get them to let her into their closely knit group.

The reasoning behind the Mortiferi's deal with the very upset man from Rosie's Grandpa's past was a little ridiculous. I mean, I know grief can make people do some crazy things, but this one is up there on that list. But anyways, of course eventually the Mortiferi show up in a big way and really start to muck things up, causing Rosie to have to "Pull" her weight in the Servatores to save everyone else's butt. (PUN INTENDED)

As far as the romance went, it wasn't bad, or mushy, or a main focus, so that was nice. I would have liked to have seen the team aspect played up even more, but what we did get of the London Servatore group working together was good.

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Nothing amazing or anything, but I did enjoy reading it.

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review 2015-07-24 20:16
Supreme: Blue Rose
Supreme: Blue Rose - Warren Ellis,Tula lotay

**An ARC of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This was a extremely trippy comic. Like, straight-up "what the heck is going on" trippy. To me, it kinda felt like a generic sci-fi story, but slightly more ambitious than most. You all know the ones, the ones that don't really make sense and you know it's sci-fi cause of words like "dimension", "continuum", "(universe) reset", and a whole slew of others. So while I didn't understand it, at all, it wasn't a terrible ride down Confusion Rollercoaster. But I'm not even going to bother to attempt to explain the plot. Nope.

The worst bit, to be honest, was the Professor Night story slides, just thrown in there randomly. They were jarring, and distracted me from what I thought was the main story. I still don't have any clue as to what was going on with him.

To be entirely honest, the cover is the only reason I requested this. And for that, I was not disappointed. The art was pretty dang good. I even stopped reading to stare at a few panels and take the artsy glory in; a rare occurrence with me and graphic novels. The use of color here was superb. The pop-art look was definitely in there, but mixed with something else, and the result was either exceptionally tolerable or rather pretty in places.

I did go into this with no previous knowledge of the source material, which was apparently a comic in the '90s?? (This explains so much.)

And this is rated mature?? I mean, teens, for sure, but I'm not sure it warranted a mature rating.

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text 2013-11-02 02:47
By Jove, I've Got It!!

So I am participating in Nano Wrimo, if you don't know what that is...well go here.

 

I've been struggling with my plot for a month now. I have a very vague idea of what I wanted to do, but the details eluded me. Well I was in the shower just now thinking through my title and what that meant for the plot...and just what the hell the plot was going to be in the first place.  And all of a sudden it all formulated in my mind. My plot, my purpose, how it ties into that vague idea I had a month ago.  It's just there!! And it's brilliant!!  AAAHHH, *runs off to write*

 

 

 

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