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review 2016-04-11 23:06
Into The Dim
Into the Dim - Janet B. Taylor

*DNF 330 PAGES* (I had less than 100 pages left. That's right.)


Honestly, were it not for the ire I had for the maligning of a historical figure, I would have probably enjoyed this quite a bit. Not because it was that good, but the writing was engaging and it was pretty fun, with a kinda Timeline (movie) vibe going for it. However...

My biggest issue was what the author decided to do with Thomas a Beckett. She made him out to be the most vile slimy, greedy, Jew-hating, nun-slapping monster. That was really bad and made me quite upset, but the final straw that made me not only a little bit sick but wanting to throw the book out the window ala Pat in Silver Linings Playbook leading to a rage-quit is when he hands over a Jewish girl to some lecherous creep and condones him raping her.






*blaring horn covers loud swearing*


No. Like, what un-Godly version of history is this??? Maybe, maybe, if there was an author note saying "hey, I totally changed a bunch of historical figures and here's why I decided to go that direction in my alternate history" but THERE ISN'T THAT HERE.



To add insult to injury, Eleanor is practically worshiped as this bad-ass wonderful queen who went shirtless at a battle and wow, that's so amazing and she is the golden role model for girls and guys and everyone.




Beyond that, Hope is a super special snowflake, but while I didn't overly care for her, that actually didn't bother me a whole lot until she lost any likability once they went to back to the past and her inner Eleanor fan-girl came out. The two characters I actually liked the most were Phoebe and her techie boyfriend Doug. They were both cute as a couple and likable on their own. Didn't care much at all for "Crayola eyes" (I am not even kidding) Raisin Bran,

who I nearly immediately called as being not only A. from the rival time-traveling gang but also B. Celia's son. I mean, seriously, as soon as the rival gang was mentioned, I guessed it.

(spoiler show)


The time travel aspect was kinda fun to read about, and at least tried to be buy-able, what with ley lines and Tesla's inventions and whatnot. However, I had to disappointed with how our characters acted in the past. They try (though not really) to avoid using modern language, and while I understand why the author did not actually have their dialogue in Old English, what I found frustrating is how often they A. slipped up and B. (infinitely more frustrating) it was treated like it was still normal for the time period.

Exhibit A.

"No way," I whispered incredulously, forgetting my medieval speech for a moment."

Okay, fine. Except that she has been using contractions left, right, up, and down this WHOLE time.

Uggggggh. This could have been so much more, or the very least, a passably fun ride, but the issues were too big to ignore. Actually, it was decent until they went back to the past, and then everything pretty much went to heck.

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review 2016-02-24 05:16
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.

(spoiler show)

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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review 2015-06-18 19:56
The Flash, Vol. 6: Out of Time
The Flash Vol. 6: Out of Time (The New 52) - Robert Venditti,Van Jensen,Brett Booth

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

Full review to come in a few days...

Actually probably the best comic I've read in a long time. (Not that I've read that many.)

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review 2015-01-16 18:51
The Glass Puzzle
The Glass Puzzle - Christine Brodien-Jones


Maybe Christine Brodien-Jones's writing and stories just aren't my thing. I read The Owl Keeper a few years ago and was not impressed. I felt the same thing with this book. I thought the plot was better in this book than in The Owl Keeper, though this is probably due to my love of time-travel and alternate dimensions. But I did have a lot of questions concerning it. Sure, there were some explanations for things, but you know how sometimes you're left there thinking, "That doesn't actually make sense to me."? Yeah.
Our main characters, Zoe and Ian, are pretty unbelievable little buggers. Actually, most of the characters were. They sort of read like fake automatons to me.This mostly had to do with their absurd reactions to things; the exact opposite reaction of what any normal human being would do in the same situation.

Zoe & Ian: We're 11, and the owner of this tea shop has a third eye and looks suitably scary through this piece of blue glass and also we narrowly avoided her attack on us. We'll be visiting this tea shop again, I think.


Hands down, my favorite part of the book was the atmosphere and the setting; Tenby, a small village in Wales. And honestly, the descriptions of the village were the best written part of the book too. Oh, and I really did appreciate the friendship between the cousins. But even with that bright spot, I really don't hold out much hope for The Scorpions of Zahir.

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