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review 2017-04-09 08:14
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters (Otherwhere Book 1) - Sara O. Thompson

Sara O Thompson’s novel Muddy Waters, the first in the new Otherwhere series, gives us a world that has changed. Boundaries dropped and now the humans and the Others, which is basically everything else, have to find a new way of dealing with this knowledge. The nicest thing of this novel is that these things haven’t settled completely yet. Since the change is so recent, people are still trying to figure out how to do things in this new world.

Meet Tessa Reddick, a Witch currently incarcerated for killing all of her coven and female family members. As she’s offered a job at the FBI investigating crimes involving Others, she gets a new chance at life, but she will also have to deal with her past, which everyone else hasn’t forgotten.

What I really liked, as I stated before, is the world. A lot is going on, especially in the background, and I have a feeling that this will become more important in the rest of the series. I’m already looking forward to it. Tessa is a nice main character, but to me she still misses something to make her really memorable. If there is anything the urban fantasy genre is rich in, it would be strong female characters. The story focuses on a murder mystery that crosses worlds, quite literally, but in the end is not the strongest point of the book.

Very enjoying read, but missed the little something extra to make it really special. Looking forward however to the rest of the series as the world is very interesting!

Thanks to the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-04-17 00:00
Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen
Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen - Dan Thompson,Corinna Sara Bechko,Mike Henderson,Stephanie Hans,Vasilis Lolos,Mike Del Mundo This was awful.

This graphic novel is based on the tv show Once Upon a Time, and although I haven't seen any episodes of it yet this is supposed to be backstory so you can jump in without having seen the show. It's possible that fans of the show would like this a lot more than I did, but I can't imagine non-fans who enjoy graphic novels would like any part of this book.

I have no problem with multiple artists working on a series, but I've never seen multiple artists working on one story arc. It was incredibly jarring to move onto the next chapter with the characters and style changed although the story hadn't. At one point the Queen's hair changed color and I thought she was someone else! So unnecessarily confusing. After that I was just annoyed at the whole thing.

And the story is ridiculous: the evil Queen wants to kill Snow White but apparently needs others to help her even though she can kill a werewolf by merely pointing at it. Why does she need any help? She has magic, Snow White doesn't! But let's kill a bunch of villagers and enslave the Huntsman ... because then there'd be no plot.

Oh, and if you're going to name a character "Red" you should probably let the reader know you mean Little Red Riding Hood and not Rose Red. I was so confused as to why Rose Red would be a werewolf and then read AFTER the story was over in the notes and sketches that it was a completely different character.

Awful. Just awful.
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