It's kinda a prequel: Wonder Woman years to see the world of man, although the other Amazons tell her it's not all it's cracked up to be, and that women have such little power out there. Still, they remember that place, and she's never been off her island paradise, and she's immensely curious.
So when Steve Trevor and his fellow soldiers literally land at her feet, well...
This is also the story of Trevor, and what his life was like before he landed on Thymescira. The story was more compelling when it focused on Wonder Woman, but, well, Diana was what I came for. This isn't called Steve Trevor: Rebirth.
Still, I found the details, like him being a godfather, intriguing enough to follow along while I waited for him to meet Diana. Even knowing how it happened? I still found this a fascinating retelling.
I'm going to start with the books that on the surface might strike some as the most trivial, but realistically, because of the age I was when I read them, would have had the biggest impact.
Hands down, the undisputed winner for most influential YA writer has to be Judy Blume. In my previous post I mentioned I didn't come from an open family. When speaking about my adolescence, I cannot put too fine a point on this: my entire sex education consisted of a short movie and forgettable lecture in 5th grade that left me horrified, and the works of Judy Blume.
But I got so much more out of her books too. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret might have enlightened me on the more embarrassing aspects of puberty, but I also learned the importance of making up your own mind about your beliefs, and that there was no right answer for everyone. I also noted the dangers of jumping to conclusions about people you don't know; that their reality is not mine.
Then Again, Maybe I Won't taught me that while change was rarely welcomed, sometimes good and unexpected things came out of it. Deenie was my personal adolescent nightmare writ large; scoliosis terrified me; after reading Deenie it still terrified me, but I could see how someone might survive it and own it. Tiger Eyes taught me we all carry guilt, even for the things we aren't guilty of and can't control, and while that may be the nature of things, we should never stop trying to let it go.
Then, of course, there's Forever... I doubt I have to list all that I learned from this book, but the most lasting lesson was this: I'm allowed to choose for myself. I get to make my decisions on my own terms and I'm allowed to change my mind.
This, in my opinion, was Judy Blume's strength. She never preached to her readers, either directly or indirectly. She created characters that were confronted by the things her readers confronted, and then gave her characters the rational capacity to find the answers on their own. Adults don't play Yoda in her books; the kids reach their own conclusions, and as a result they serve as examples to their readers.
There are other teen authors from back in the day that come to mind: Beverly Cleary, of course, although not for her much more famous Romana series, but for The Luckiest Girl. At 16, Shelley leaves her family to spend a year in California with a family she barely knows. While quite a bit of the book is dated now and even a little twee, what stuck with me all these years was her bravery in getting on that plane by herself, her openness to experience new things, and her unapologetic, unabashed delight in the world around her. I admired her for that - I wanted to be like that too, and I am, mostly. I'll forever be grateful to Beverly Cleary for Shelley.
Finally, there's Up in Seth's Room by Norma Fox Mazer. Like Forever this deals with the weighty issues of first love and how far do you go? This book fascinated me because it straddled two myths: If you defy your parents you're automatically wrong, and if you're dating someone older, you're going to be unable to say no. Finn is 15 and falls for a 19 year old. She defies her parents after she's forbidden to see him, but she calls the shots with Seth. She decides what she is and isn't comfortable doing and she sticks to her guns. As a stubborn teen, Finn spoke to me in ways nobody else ever did.
I give my mom (deservedly) most of the credit for the strong-willed, independent woman I am today, but it's just as accurate to say these women deserve to share the credit with her; they went where she was unwilling or unable to go, and I doubt she could find much fault with their lessons.
The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .
Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.
Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...
The Sight is book two in the Devil’s Isle series by Chloe Neill. We’re in the middle of a war that gets dangerous fast.
This series does need to be read in order. Their is very little recap, and most of the world-building is laid out in book one, The Veil. Each book builds on the next getting us deeper into the magical and political world.
The Sight is tailored towards the political implications of two opposing sides. The start was a bit slow, which made it hard to get into the story, but around the halfway point things pick up and come to a head. Things then start to get very interesting with a few surprises and revelations along the way. It makes me curious especially after such an ending to see what will happen next. I didn’t expect that outcome.
We do get some forward progress with Claire and Liam’s romance. The sexual tension is strong between them, but even though they make progress, they also take a few steps back.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Sight.
Rated: 3.5 Stars
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Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…
As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.
To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.
(Originally reviewed back in Dec. 2013)
I was not sure if I would like Aryal’s story. I hated her from the moment I meet her in Dragon Bound. She is such a bitch with a capital B and the way she treats Pia. Ahhh!
Wow, Thea changed my mind on her character with this novel.
Kinked blew me away! I loved the humor, action, adventure, and the massed up love/connection; between Quentin and Aryal. The main characters complement each other and it worked beautifully. I see Aryal in a new light now.
The Elder Races series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series and I highly recommend it for paranormal romance lovers.
Rated: 5 Kinked Stars
Some of my favorite quotes from Kinked:
– “Her life was one eternal rampage. Maybe it was time someone turned the tables on her and went after her with the same kind of relentlessness with which she went after the entire world.”
“And maybe it was past time that someone took that harpy down a peg or two, and showed her who was boss.”
– “As the panther found peace, the harpy stroked his hair and discovered tenderness.”
– “You really do poop sparkly rainbows.”
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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!