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review 2018-02-10 00:00
Eliza, The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow
Eliza, The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow - Karen Lynn Davidson,Jill Mulvay Derr A lovely read. I looked over other reviews and I wanted to know more as well. Delve more deeply into who Eliza Snow really was. I think the problem is that Eliza didn't give us much to go on. She only kept a diary for a few short years following her sealing to Joseph Smith. How I wish there was so much more!

I enjoyed the book, not only from the way it was written and included some of her poetry, but photos of her possessions were an added bonus. What I didn't like was the lace print on every single page - it made the book feel less like a piece of literature and more like a doily visual aid in a Relief Society lesson.

I've been on an LDS history kick lately, and this has been my favorite so far. I didn't expect to like it much, and I did. There was an attempt to discover who Eliza really was from the clues she left behind.
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review 2018-02-09 23:23
Quick Contemporary Romance
Finding Faith - Reana Malori,April Allen Finding Faith - Reana Malori,April Allen

Finding Faith by Reana Malori is an entertaining read.  This is a fairly short book, a great choice for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Malori has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded it with great characters.  Cooper lost his wife to a car accident, leaving him to raise their infant daughter alone.  Faith has decided to live her life for herself after having a close friend hurt her.  Cooper and Faith's story is touching and filled with drama, humor and sizzle.  I enjoyed reading Finding Faith.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I read a print copy of this book.

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review 2018-02-08 03:10
A little shallower, but more enjoyable
Faith Volume 2: California Scheming - Jody Houser

This picks up right after the stories in Volume 1 -- Zephyr establishes herself more strongly as a presence in LA, her alter ego Summer makes some more friends, and Faith goes out on a date to a comic con.


I've already had to return this to the library, so I can't remember character names -- sorry. Faith's a major fan (has had recurring romantic dreams about) this super-hero/action film star who's some sort of amalgamation of Chris Evans/Chris Pine/Chris Hemsworth. I don't know if Faith's obsession with goes back before the limited series, but it's well established. Faith does meet him in this collection, and . . . I was disappointed. That story felt too rushed, too hurried -- at the same time, I'm not sure what else could've been done with it -- and the brevity of the interaction between the two served the story. Still, I felt cheated after all the build-up.


That's actually a recurring theme for me when it comes to this collection -- I thought the story telling was a bit more shallow in this collection than the previous, but somehow I enjoyed these stories more. Unlike the limited run, there are a variety of stories being told -- some about Faith, some about her super-heroing, some about her social life as Summer -- so given the width and breadth of the scope, they couldn't get down too deep. Still, I want more depth; I want richer, more developed characters -- but I want them to be as fun as this collection.


Is that asking too much? Yeah, probably. Still this was fun. It made me like the characters more and want to spend more time with them -- which sounds pretty good to me.

I don't think I have anything to say about the art here that I didn't already say about the previous collection -- there's some good stuff here.


Fun characters; shallow, but entertaining stories; spiffy and attractive art -- this collection has everything you'd want. This is a series to get into.


2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/02/07/faith-california-scheming-by-jody-houser-pere-perez-marguerite-sauvage-colleen-doran
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review 2018-02-04 07:19
Faith And Moonlight Part 2
Faith and Moonlight: Part 2 - Mark Gelineau,Joe King

This book continues where part 1 left of, but it also fits in with the bigger universe of An Echo of The Ascended, which was supposed to become a series of series that were slowly working to come together. Unfortunately, I've never since heard anything about it, and this makes me scared that the stories will have ended rather abruptly. And I really liked the concept, also because the vibe and genre of each of the stories was (slightly) different. I would certainly recommend them, and I would read more, if I could.

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

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review 2018-02-02 04:39
Meeting Faith/Zephyr
Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine - Pete Pantazis,Jody Houser,Dave Sharpe,Stephanie Hans,Joe Quinones,Andrew Dalhouse,Michael Spicer,Francis Portela,Marguerite Sauvage

I knew practically nothing about Faith/Zephyr before picking this up. I knew that Valient had put out a comic starring a full-figured female super-hero -- which seems as unlikely as Superman developing a tolerance for Kryptonite. So when I saw it this collection on the Library shelf, I had to grab it. I had a little bit of a learning curve about this hero/her powers/backstory -- but Houser's script made it easy to catch up (or at least feel caught up).


The characterization -- of Faith as well as her coworkers, allies and foes alike -- worked well. I dug her secret identity -- which is not the same as her real name, which apparently everyone knows (as well as her super-hero identity, Zephyr). Yeah, the fangirl nature of Summer Smith is a bit shallow, but I like the intent and in time, I can see Summer being the kind of character I can really get into. This collection focuses on Faith getting used to her new life in LA and establishing Zephyr as the city's hero. This brings her into contact with web journalism, a reality show, and SF TV show starring actual aliens (not that anyone knows that).


The only false note, for me, is that while Faith is a clearly overweight person, the book ignores it. As someone who shops for varieties of XL, I appreciate that -- and her size makes no difference to her powers or ability to be a hero. But she lives in L.A., Faith is featured on a Pop Culture Listicle site, etc. I cannot believe that it doesn't get more mention. The idea that in image-conscious LA a large woman can go about her business boldly without having to deal with that commentary is harder for me to swallow than the idea that a large woman can fly using the power of her mind while taking on extraterrestrials and other baddies.


I dug the art -- it served the story, was attractive, and was very dynamic. The dream/fantasy sequences by Sauvage were great, too. Both Portela and Sauvage captured the feel of the story and characters well.


All in all, this is a comic as charming as the protagonist -- light, fun, and just what the doctor ordered.


2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/02/01/faith-hollywood-vine-by-jody-houser-francis-portela-marguerite-sauvage
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