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text 2017-06-01 14:40
My May 2017
Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1) - Jill M. Bowers
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Cornelia Krutz-Arnold
The Castaways - Jessika Fleck
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin
Blutdämmerung - Rainer Löffler
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Joyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone: Maze Runner 3 (Die Auserwählten – Maze Runner) - Katharina Hinderer,James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten (Die Auserwählten - Maze Runner 0) - James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger
Immortal Writers - 4 stars
Coraline - 5 stars
The Castaways - 5 stars
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - 2 stars
Blutdämmerung - 5 stars
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - 4 stars
Joyride Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone - 2.5 stars
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Coraline, The Castaways, Blutdämmerung

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: The Sleeping Prince

 

I mean there are two comics and one really short book in there but I'm surprised that I finished 9 books. Two of the books were a major let down BUT most of the books were just pretty amazing. So success.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-24 13:40
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive!!!
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

It took me forever to finish it, because I really wanted to take my time. With graphic novels/comics, I find myself just flying through them too fast, I really want to make them last longer from now on.

 

Summary: Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight.  But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt...

 

I loved this one. I really REALLY loved this one.

I love the whole story, the idea that they lived so many lives, that they keep coming back, just so they can kill each other again and again. THIS IS CRAZY. And kinda cool.

 

I loved the two main girls Mali and Tessa. I loved Mali's father coming back as a little girl. Those moments where just way too hilarious. I LOVED IT.

 

I seriously can't wait to read more of this story. I NEED MORE. Soon. FAST. NOW.

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text 2017-05-14 13:14
Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 112 pages.
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Taking my sweet time with this and loving it.

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review 2016-05-04 00:00
The Punisher Vol. 1: Welcome Back, Frank
The Punisher Vol. 1: Welcome Back, Frank - Garth Ennis;Steve Dillon The Punisher is back from the dead and ready to take out the Gnucci family. Meanwhile, the unluckiest cop in NYC is on his trail and several copycat vigilantes have arisen.

I was never a fan of the Punisher but I read this series in single issues as it came out because I was a huge fan of Preacher, and consequently, the tag team of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

It's not Preacher set in the Marvel Universe but it has some of the same flavor. There's a lot of humor for a Punisher book and the usual amount of violence. The Punisher disposes of the Gnucci family in some creative ways, such as using piranhas and polar bears. He also kills about 100 mobsters, The Russian, and disposes of some copycats and random street criminals. Pretty par for the course.

Ennis does a lot to expand the Punisher's supporting cast. Soap and Molly, and all the Punisher's neighbors are a lot more fleshed out than I'd expect in a comic that's primarily about criminals getting mowed down by a vigilante. The art by Dillon is much like his art on Preacher. It sets the tone and gets the job done.

Garth Ennis' run put the Punisher back on the map after he was over-exposed in the eighties and nineties and turned into some kind of avenging angel, bringing him back to his roots. If you're a fan of the Punisher post-2000, this is a must-read. 4 out of 5 stars.
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review 2016-02-17 00:30
Welcome Back
Welcome Back (A Smoky Mountain Novel) - Lin Stepp

By: Lin Stepp 

ISBN:9781617732829

Publisher: Kensington 

Publication Date: 2/23/2016

Format: Paperback 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Southern storyteller, Lin Stepp delivers another charming tale in the Smoky Mountain Series, WELCOME BACK, a journey of second chances, forgiveness, family and some rekindled romance.

Lydia Cunningham moved on years ago, leaving her husband, John and daughter, Mary Beth behind in the mountains of North Carolina for a job opportunity at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She still loved her husband, and her home; however, she could no longer tolerate her difficult mother-in-law’s (Estelle) constant criticism and the interference in their lives. She had reasons for leaving the farm.

As the book opens, Lydia is leaving Atlanta behind and her sons to return to North Carolina. Her sons—JT, Billy Dale (Will) and Parker are not happy about it. They are concerned about their mother, subjecting herself to more hurt. John is estranged from his wife and sons.

Lydia has taken a job at Western Carolina University and is renting Hill House, located on Cunningham Farm, where her husband and daughter live. Not divorced, yet it has been ten years. They wanted different things. Her sons had gotten educations tuition-free.

Cunningham Farm is known for its calicos and collies, and its old historic apple orchard which has been in the family for many generations. There is also a ghost. Many legends about the Cherokee Indian Red Haw and Nance Dude. (if you have been to the area, you are aware of the history)

When she returns to Cunningham Farm in the Maggie Valley of Western Carolina. She finds some things the same and other things have changed. Her husband John is different now. Lydia has happy memories and she gets to spend time with her grandsons, (twin six- year- old boys) Billy Ray and Bucky. She is now Nana Lydia. They call John, Daddy John. A back story here.

It may be time for starting over, since Estelle has passed. Renting the house will help out financially and give her the opportunity to rebuild relationship with the father of her children and her daughter. Readers also hear viewpoint for each character’s perspective and the choices made at the time.

Possibly a spark is still there and they both have changed. New respect for one another? Can they forgive and a second chance?

As always,Lin brings the characters to life with vivid settings, and an important takeaway message. A novel of family, history, loyalty, forgiveness, and acceptance infused with Christian faith.

Having lived in Atlanta and North Carolina, always enjoy the settings and catching up with familiar places and characters. I prefer Highlands and Cashiers area of North Carolina: however, recall years ago taking my young sons to Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky and Santa's Land Theme Park & Zoo in Cherokee. (30 yrs ago).

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/#!Welcome-Back/cmoa/5690619e0cf2a5b1e9240ee7
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