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review 2017-06-03 01:36
Aspen titles seem to be four stars from me
Fathom: The Elite Saga - Kyle Ritter,Vince Hernandez,Marion V. Williams,J.T. Krul,David Wohl

So, still a favorite company, still great comics, but they don't really have the nostalgia factor that Marvel does and do notice a couple errors so it doesn't hit quite the high that Marvel does for me.  That being said, this is still great, and I'm still loving the storylines.   Kiani volumes three and four would have been easy five stars on their own, but this reverts back: slightly less nuanced, and the art is just not quite at the same level as those volumes.

 

Still, it filled in some backstory on what happened to Anika, and I was happy to read it after the Kiani omnibus.  I'd been hoping this would tell that story as it's the last Fathom volume I have to get through, and it was!  

 

I could feel Anya's desperation to get her child back, and the fact that she would try to get Aspen and Kiani to work together?   Yeah, that's desperate.   I was glad to see both of them let go of their anger and their past, and work together for the good of a child.   I also had some questions about why Kiani turned her back on The Blue: I was told, but I wanted to know what happened to Anika, and how, to get Kiani to this point.  I understand so much more after reading this volume.

 

A couple of shocking twists, like the return of characters, and what they choose to do when they come back.   I recently read that comics book were basically soap operas and I've been thinking about this: they are.   Unlike most soaps that I've seen, though, these also talk about politics and explore the nature of good and evil.   There's something satisfying about reading a good comic, or graphic novel, when the good guys win.   There's a little more intellectual content to most of the good comics that I've read. 

 

Still, the tropes - amnesia, long lost characters coming back to life, surprise twins/clones/whatever - are often shared amongst the two mediums, as are the cliffhangers.   Still, the intent is the same: to get us emotionally involved in the lives of these characters.   If we don't care about them and their worlds, it's all pointless.   I obviously care a great deal for many comic book worlds, so there's that.  I also, as I've said before, enjoy the visual aspect of comics.   I do enjoy TV and pop culture, but I don't personally enjoy soap operas.   If I'm going to involve myself in a world long term, I need more than twists and cliffhangers: I need the intellectual aspect comics book bring with them.   (And don't get me wrong, I have brain candy that is at least as insipid as the most insipid of soap operas, if not more.   I just can't sustain the interest in those things long term, so I'd fall behind on soap operas.  I may sneer down at soap operas on some level, but not at the people who watch them.   Everyone needs their brain candy and I know people sneer down at mine - which is fine - but I'd hope they'd be kind enough not to sneer down at me.   Everyone needs the brain candy, and I don't doubt that the soap opera aspects of comics play into my need for brain candy, which makes me understand why the mainstream has sneered at comics for so long.)

 

Tangent, but it ties into this graphic novel.   The twists, the stolen baby, the resurrection, the evil twin vibe, it all played into the connection that comics have with soap operas.   And I didn't even mind.   I loved it all.   Because deep down, Fathom is a sprawling world that includes the complexities of the real world, and feeds my need for something smart along with my visual reading, along with my need for the soap opera aspects.   

 

Aspen Comics is a world I've come to care about deeply in a short time, and one that I hope to care about for a long, long time to come!

 

 

 

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text 2017-06-03 01:05
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 112 pages.
Fathom: The Elite Saga - Kyle Ritter,Vince Hernandez,Marion V. Williams,J.T. Krul,David Wohl

 

There have been other, far more brutal, scenes in these comics, but this one seems the most casually violent against women.   Combined with the look on her face?   This is the first scene to just make me cringe.  

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text 2017-06-03 00:59
Reading progress update: I've read 69 out of 112 pages.
Fathom: The Elite Saga - Kyle Ritter,Vince Hernandez,Marion V. Williams,J.T. Krul,David Wohl

Huh, if he's kidnapping babies, everyone's gonna be fucked.

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review 2017-05-24 08:05
Release Blitz w/Review - Fighting For Redemption
Title: Fighting for Redemption
Series: The Elite: Book Four
Author: USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Sports Romance
Published: May 23, 2017
From USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicole Flockton, the final book in The Elite Series.

Bad Boy Brett Hunter is on a downward spiral after a poor performance at the Rio Olympic Games. His sponsors are threatening to drop him and trouble seems to find him wherever he goes. He’s comfortable with his bad boy image, it’s what he deserves after what he’s done. The last thing he wants to do is change the public’s perception of him, but his agent tells him, change his image or lose his sponsors.

Cassandra Fielder doesn’t like working with diva athletes – she’s been there, done that and has the divorce decree to go with it. When she finds out her new client is Olympian Brett Hunter, for the first time in her career she wants to tell her boss no, unfortunately, saying no isn’t an option. What she isn’t prepared for is the unexpected attraction flaring between them. She has no plans to play on that particular field again. As she spends time with Brett, she begins to see there is more to him than what he shows the public. But why is he trying so hard to hang on to his bad boy image?

Being with Cassandra has Brett facing old foes and a past he is desperately trying to forget. When the truth comes out, a fledging love is put to the test. Can it survive or has trust been irrevocably shattered?
 
 
  
Fighting for Redemption (The Elite, #4)Fighting for Redemption by Nicole Flockton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in The Elite series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I always recommend reading series books in order.

Cassandra get told by her boss he is doing a favor for a friend, and she is recruited as the agent who will handle his client. When she meets Brett, she realizes there is an attraction there. Because of her past, she is wary about getting involved with another athlete.

Brett cannot believe the situation he has put himself in. He knows he can do better. Everyone is treating him like a child. Except Cassandra, she sends enough heat his way to make an oven. Can they build a future in the middle of cleaning up a mess?

The characters are just incredible to read. The sizzle and heat between them just leaps off the page. This series just gets better.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

 
 
 
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review 2017-05-24 04:16
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Fighting for Redemption (The Elite Book 4) - Nicole Flockton

This is book #4, in The Elite series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I always recommend reading series books in order.

 

Cassandra get told by her boss he is doing a favor for a friend, and she is recruited as the agent who will handle his client.  When she meets Brett, she realizes there is an attraction there.  Because of her past, she is wary about getting involved with another athlete.

 

Brett cannot believe the situation he has put himself in.  He knows he can do better.  Everyone is treating him like a child.  Except Cassandra, she sends enough heat his way to make an oven.  Can they build a future in the middle of cleaning up a mess?

 

The characters are just incredible to read.  The sizzle and heat between them just leaps off the page.  This series just gets better.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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