A super short review because I haven’t got much to say:
I don’t know if anyone was really clamoring for a YA novel about Jyn Erso’s life in the years between Saw Gerrera rescuing her from Lah’mu and the Rebels breaking her out of prison on Wobani, but we got one anyway. It was entertaining (I enjoyed it a lot more than my last book by Revis, that’s for sure), but it wasn’t necessary. I didn’t feel like I got much more out of this than Freed already gave me in the Rogue One novelization.
'415 Ink.' is the newest series by Rhys Ford and you can be damned sure that I was going to read this. Unfortunately lifes been handing out sucker punches for me lately so it took me a little longer than intended to get to this one...so, my apologies to the author for that. But I'm here now and damn am I glad I finally made it to this party.
Gus Scott has been on the road trying to escape the demons of his past and find some inner peace until an unexpected phone call makes him pause and take a look at himself only to realize that in spite of his reluctance...it's time to go home and become a parent to the son he never knew he had.
Rey Montenegro has known since the day he first saw Gus that he wanted him. For Rey...Gus but try as they might when they finally got together in spite of the fire of their passion Rey finally realized that what he wanted and what Gus wanted weren't the same things and ultimately they were both left heart broken when Rey ended things.
When Gus returns home determined to become the dad his son needs and take his place at 415 Ink. the family run tattoo shop things start to unravel when he comes face to face with Rey but it's also Rey who's there and becomes a constant in his life and giving him strength, support and a shoulder to lean on.
'Rebel' is the beginning of a series that this author has once again filled with characters that I want more of...Gus and Rey are just the tip of the iceberg on this one. Gus has two families the one that he was given and no longer has but still a family that has marked his soul and left him broken and then there's the family that he's created, the family of brothers who have loved him and held him together over the years...there's Bear the oldest and father figure, Luke the peace keeper, Mace who grates on Gus but believes in him the most and will fight for him without hesitation and Ivo the only one who is Gus's brother both by birth and by choice. Along with these characters we've been given glimpses of others who may or may not play a role in future stories and I'm sure will add interest to other stories as the series progresses.
As well as a cast of awesome new characters to discover one of my favorite things about Rhys Ford books is that if you're paying attention you get surprise visits and this story was no exception I mean it's partially set in a tattoo parlor so of course Ichi showed up and I'm pretty sure there was someone there from the Sinners series getting a bit of ink as well...but you'll have to read the story to find out who.
'Rebel' is so much more than a second chance story. Of course it's about finding love but it's also about learning to forgive yourself and accept that wanting something good in your life and reaching for it can be worth the risk to your heart. It's about starting over and building the life you deserve which maybe isn't the life you thought you wanted. I loved how Rey and Gus worked together there was just something about them as couple that worked and made me a fan of these men and this series. I'm so looking forward to reading the next book in this series whatever comes next I know we'll at least get a peek at how Gus and Rey are doing and yet another awesome story.
Also before I scoot off to the next task...can we just take a minute to admire this cover...I mean seriously...that hint of tats on his arms and while it's not a clear face view...Yeah!!! no headless torso!!!! and yummy...just yummy!!! I may not factor covers into my rating for a book but it doesn't mean I don't admire them when I see one that I like and this one...well...me likey!!!
An ARC of 'Rebel' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It's here! It's finally here! The beautiful trailer for the amazing No Ordinary Star series by M.C. Frank!
First, check out the trailer HERE and then read an excerpt of my spoiler free review below!
A fairy in the Arctic, a tin solider in the future, and a mysterious clock that keeps the world balanced; what exactly is this story about? That's what I ventured to find out as I began my read of No Ordinary Star - or NOS - by M.C. Frank.
I was intrigued from the start. I wanted to find out more about our characters, about the year they lived in, about the mysteriously Clockmaster, and about how the world go so screwed up in the first place. I'll just say, which the answers I was provided with in this book I was not disappointed.
Psst! Don't forget to check out the ongoing giveaway HERE for $15 to the Book Depository!!
Fast paced, science fiction, future world, put the cost of war and humanity in question. Genetically engineered soldiers, scheming government, greedy gangs and school drama all play into this future world. The story follows a young man as he tries to overcome his backstory while finding a place in the future. He is betrayed, beaten, and has a past that could take it all from him if found out. A YA story, with fade to black sex scenes.
I really enjoyed this book. The author stayed true to her Korean roots, adding just enough language and culture to enrich the story's asian setting realistic. The food, Oh the food cart had my stomach grumbling for a bite. Ms. Oh's descriptions of the food so well done I could nearly smell the steam rising for the carts. She did equally well with her descriptions of the darker side, cringeworthy. She does add some Korean words into her story, she has a small dictionary in the back to help. I know many people don't like this but it really works for the story and learning a few common words is always a good thing. :D The book read as a stand alone but could easily be made into a series.
This is a very visual writer which works for this reader. I love it when reading is like watching a movie.