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review 2017-04-14 00:04
ARC Review: Juvenile
Juvenile (Resistance Book 1) - Perrin Br... Juvenile (Resistance Book 1) - Perrin Briar

I received an ARC to give an honest review.

I have sat here and tried to write this review without giving anything way only to delete and rewrite multiple times.

We are introduced to Dana who is troubled teen. When she finds herself in the middle of an apocalypse she will stop at nothing to save her sister Max.
She ends up befriending a boy named Hugo, she doesn't believe he will be able to survive because of his weight and his loudness but it seems he may surprise her.
Hugo decides that he is going to hang with Dana and survive with her and help her find her sister which in this new world it seems a majority of people will only be looking out for themselves.
I will say this. There was one scene where I sat there with my mouth opened going oh wow the author went there with that one part. I kind of giggled a bit I will be truthful.
If you enjoy zombie books check this out. Is there gore of course you have to have it in zombie books.

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review 2017-03-26 00:43
Whisperer War
The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War - Robert Kirkman

 

 

I love me some Walking Dead, but I am wondering if this is going to be Days of Our Lives with zombies:  a soap opera not designed to ever end.  A new threat comes along, conflict occurs, resolution happens, but there are other threats on the horizon.  I enjoyed this installment and will read the next, but at a certain point--I hope there will be an end, with a satisfying resolution. 

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review 2017-03-23 00:34
Love!
Zombies vs. Robots (2015-) Vol. 2: War! 'Bots! - Chris Ryall,Lucy Ryall,Paul Davidson,Ashley Wood,Antonio Fuso,James McDonald,Valentin Ramon,James Kochalka,Nico Peña

This is a series that I read mostly for the robots, although people tend to call them 'warbots.'   And they are just that, meant to fight off the zombie invasion.   I forgot that I was reading out of order, and that this was volume two, but the story was cohesive on it's own, although I'm sure I missed specific incidents they referred to: the editor's notes told me which issues I missed them in, after all!

 

Other than being fine as a stand alone, this was a lot of fun.   The series doesn't take itself too seriously, for one thing, although it does focus on telling a fun story with solid characters while poking fun at itself in how ridiculous this whole thing gets. 

 

The art is lush in its painterly scope, although not color wise: muted colors reflect the horror of the world that's been created, adding to the creepy sense of this whole thing, adding a sense of gravitas that was, on occasion, missing in the writing.   Not to say that 'missing in the writing' was a bad thing; I liked how flippant this could get despite the desperate situations.   Not only that, a more serious art style - like the toned down color scheme - and the outrageous elements in the writing ended up matching up perfectly, one keeping the other in check. 

 

It felt neither too serious, nor too silly, but ended up a balance of both that simply appeals to me.   I'm looking forward to catching up on volume one, since I ended up getting both on sale along with the Undercity volume and simply ended up reading out of order...

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review 2017-03-19 01:10
Awesome horror graphic novel!
Zombies Vs Robots: Undercity - Chris Ryall

This is the story about when zombies take over, and the president and his handpicked 100 guests go to the undercity: a city underground, built to withstand zombies.   Except his priest refuses to go ,and his backup priest ministers to the zombies themselves, believing that he has a calming effect on them.  

 

Perhaps he does.   They don't attack him until right before he's taken to the city.    Which, of course, means that the rest of the people are trapped in a unbreakable vault of a city - with a zombie in their midst.  

 

It becomes a scramble for survival while they're locked in, and their choices are stay with the zombies below ground, or try to escape to the world up above that's been decimated by zombies already. 

 

But of course this is Zombies VS Robots so it couldn't stay that mundane.   It's full of surprises that I didn't see coming, and for all the horror, it remains as cheeky as possible.   This graphic novel never took itself too seriously, and that only made it all that more enjoyable.   The art is also spectacular, painterly, emotive, and just absolutely perfect for this series. 

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review 2017-03-15 15:40
Bah!
A Painted Goddess (A Fire Beneath the Skin Book 3) - Victor Gischler

No, no, nope. This one didn't do for me. It wasn't bad perse, I guess, but no. I was bored, and I was annoyed, and while I liked some elements, and kinda expected the ending... still no.
 
I think mostly it is that this volume, and the previous one, exacerbated a vague sense I had in the first install of lack of substance. I can't quite explain it, that feeling, but it was as if the story check-marked. Also, vol 2 and 3 was too scattered. It was necessary for the plot, and that's the thing: it felt forced (mcguffing retrieval, all of them, and amazingly serendipitous, which aligns with the "fate" thing the plot has going, but still sucks). The empress pov, while interesting, was totally pointless.

 

So, yeah, so not for me.

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