Monthly Archives: September 2015

Batman the Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

Batman by Jeph Loeb


What? 3 stars is good! It was way better than sucky book


For reals Bats? Are we going to go there?
This book had some draggy parts that bored me, but it did have Poison Ivy, The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman and The it had some good stuff…but what the hell was with Soloman Grundy? He had no place in the frigging book.
Plus the art made you look hot.


Now you are gonna grope me?

I could go for that.


Ok weirdo…
Are you really my husband in disguise?

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

3.5 stars

There is a new plan in action. A exiled queen is building her army.
Muttbits were like dogs but had pointed, rabbit-like ears, long whiskers, and two sharp front teeth.
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The new plan is to take over rule of Oz. There’s a new evil queen in town. She imprisons Glinda and takes over. Banishing the current queen of Oz to a magical mirror.

The world of Oz needs help. Enter Dorothy!
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Dorothy can’t tackle this queen alone though. She is meaner than the Wicked Witch.
So she searches out “a little bit of help from her friends”..
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Together Dorothy and Alice must battle the queen for control of Oz. This Queen is a bad-ass psycho.
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What a fun little middle grade book! Dorothy and Alice’s characters do come across as a tad bit off but I still had fun reading this book. It made my day getting to re-visit some of my favorite characters ever in this book.

It’s wild that the most kick-arse character was this little guy.

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I’m definitely interested in reading more from this author.
Being a part of the crowd made them realize that anyone who fought for what they believed in was a hero. You didn’t need to be the head-you just had to have a heart.

PS>> that epilogue!
Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

Andersonville by Edward M. Erdelac

Andersonville by Edward M. Erdelac

Barclay Lourdes is a black man with a big secret. He is headed south on a train and another black man dies and he steps into his identity. Ending up in Andersonville Prison. Andersonville is also known in the history books as Camp Sumter. A prison camp in Georgia for Yankee soldiers there have been rumors getting out about just how bad this prison is.

It’s much, much worse.

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I have a pretty strong stomach and a few times reading this book I got very queasy. Knowing it’s based on an actual prison made it more in my head.
“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

Barclay was reminded of the stories his Creole mother had told him as a boy of half-starved zombies, soulless slaves taken alive and ensorcelled from their graves to work until they wasted and died again. when he had actually seen such things in later life, they had not been half as repulsive as the men who now shambled before his eyes.
(there is no zombies in this story)

The camp is run by a cliquish group called the Raiders that take from the other prisoners and the camp itself is controlled by a calculating leader. Dang, I hate that I can’t say much more.
Because I don’t want to spoil anything. My feelings on the book are this, I was going to give it 3 stars until something happened and I though “well-played” four stars it is.
The book does ramble on at times but not enough that I wanted to stop reading it, I was totally hooked. I did keep stopping to look up and see how correct the author was on his history and I realized that I was never going to finish if I kept doing that. That’s a sign that I’m into a book though. I cared enough to look into it more.

So if historical horror sounds good to you. Buckle your seatbelt and hold on. This one is a bumpy ride.

He said that the balances of the forces of good and evil is decided by humanity’s actions.
Angels are born from every good deed, and each of mankind’s sins creates a demon.

This creek features into the story all through out it.
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A re-creation of the tents that the lucky few were able to have to sleep in.
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The burying of the dead. Sometimes more bodies were going out this way than were coming in.
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Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

Back a hundred years ago I ate up the Alex Delaware/Milo books like candy. The writing was always good and even when Kellerman would get to rambling on I still enjoyed the series. He took a gay male detective and made him a main character way before many other books that I saw at the time. There may have been more but this was my first intro to a gay man as a main character. Kellerman didn’t fall into that troupe with the gay man stereotype either. He made Milo’s character a bad-ass and I looked up to him. Milo was who he was and anybody that didn’t like it could kiss his ass.

Jonathan Kellerman may strike gold with me again. In Grace Blade.
My friend Ed posted a status update about who he saw as Grace’s character and I totally agree.
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(Grace is far from broken-she should be but totally not broken)

This book is hopefully setting the stage for a series with Grace’s character. *begs Jonathan Kellerman* So there is a bunch of Grace’s life that comes into it. Don’t think for one minute that it’s boring though. Those are the best parts of this book.

Grace was birthed by two people who were really too stupid to have children. They should have been featured in a movie.
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*somewhat spoilery-but it happens early in the book*
Grace is five years old when her birth mother (I’m not calling this woman a mother) kills the “baby daddy” and then kills herself. Thus the title of this book, The Murderer’s Daughter. This book is better than that title.

Grace then ends up as a foster child, in a system that gives two shits less. The thing about Grace though, as a child she is obedient and never makes herself stand out. She does not want to be around other people, preferring reading and being by herself over anything or anyone else. I won’t spoil any of her story because I thought it was fascinating.

Grace is now a successful psychologist that helps people put traumatic events behind them. There is another side to Grace though. At night Grace goes for what she calls “leaps”..she dresses up and goes and picks out a guy and bangs the hell out of him…and walks away.
Kellerman makes no apologies in her character for her behavior. FUCK YES!!
Grace is a character that will piss off some old school readers. A woman that acts like a man in regards to sex?
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Grace manages to stay classy, intelligent and I LOVED her character. Flaws and all. Grace doesn’t form attachments to people though. She still as an adult prefers her own company. She is successful in her career as a caregiver in spite/because? of it. She is able to separate herself from it in a way that had me glued to these pages.
Then Grace gets involved in a murder case. She isn’t one of those characters that is tagging along with the police and “helping” with the case.
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Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

Spiral of Need by Suzanne Wright

Ally Marshall is a seer (means she gets all the feels when she is around someone and has some looks at the possible future) she also happens to be a wolf shifter.
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She had been in a relationship with a Beta wolf named Zeke until he met his “true mate” Rachelle. Rachelle is a jealous little she bitch who makes Ally’s life a living hell within her pack.
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Ally is pretty dominant so she gives as good as she takes…
“You are, you’re jealous!”
“Of what exactly? Your manipulative streak? Your distance from reality? The voices in your head that tell you you’re pretty?”

It gets so bad that Ally is taken as a favor by a neighboring pack for protection. As a favor to a fellow shifter Derren agrees to protect Ally. Even though he and most of his pack hate her kind (seers)

Ally is a pretty awesome main character though and she starts to win over the pack..and of course hottie Derren.
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Guys, this book is full of the smexy times…
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Every time I tried to put this book down these two were at it again.
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I had to keep reading it of course….for science.

This is not a bad little book though. Romance with some thriller thrown into the mix with a snarky female main character. Hell’s yeah.
Though sometimes I did want to say “down boy” give the girl a break.

Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

5 in 5 for Every Season by Michael Symon

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This book is pretty awesome. Michael Symon is another of my favorite chefs. He doesn’t just go all Iron Chef either.
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He manages for me, to come across and like-able and interesting. In this book he takes five fresh ingredients that cook in around five minutes and puts them together very well. I love seasonal cooking because let’s face it…that is when food is at it’s best. He does advocate local ingredients also..that is going to make these dishes just pure yum.

I would have loved a few more pictures of the foods he prepares just because I love some foodie porn pics.

Here are some of the ones that he does include:
(Some are taken with my crappy phone so excuse them)

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(Grilled “Buffalo Style” Chicken tenders)

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(I can’t wait to try these squash tacos)

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(Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Pecorino) Be still my heart.

Booksource: Blogging for Books in exchange for review.

Golden by Melinda Michaels

Golden by Melinda Michaels

Hanna Loch is a senior in high-school and she is one of those kids that rarely give anyone any trouble. She’s quiet and respectful of her grandparents that are raising her. Her parents are globe-trotters that she hasn’t seen in a year.
Hannah had blackouts and has no memory of her life before she was eight years old. Then one day in class she has another blackout.

She leaves school early and is almost killed by a speeding truck. Her savior is a new guy to town. William Vane. Vane is in town on business with his family’s construction business.
He seems to have a knack of turning up when Hannah gets herself into trouble.

Then Hannah realizes that she has started seeing some people’s auras. She thinks she might be going crazy. Until she finally realizes that there is something different about her family.

“So, what? You’re saying we’re related to fairy tale characters?”
“Don’t,” he said quickly, looking anxious. “Don’t say the F-word, okay?”
“The F-word? Fairy tale?”

William Vane’s family also has ties to being part of the fairy tale legacy.

“But the stories you’ve heard your entire life, the ones Hollywood dreamed up, they’re not the real stories. The real ones are far more disturbing than anything you could imagine.”

This is a pretty cool premise for a series of books (I think this is the first of a series) and the writing isn’t bad.
The rating from me factors in the fact that most of the book is Hannah being kept in the dark about her past. It got very tedious.
This is also a look a at fairy tale re-telling that doesn’t get told very much. So that was fun.
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Booksource: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. It in no way affected the outcome.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

I have a feeling I’m gonna get trolled for giving this one two stars.

I’m going to admit I am not cool enough for this book.

Shut up little Emo boy. I’m the cool mom. I bribe my kids to say so.

So you have Palomas and the Corbeaus families. They are both traveling performing families. They hate each other. I mean loathe each other.
The Paloma’s act is the women are the mermaids in the show and they best do their jobs or Abuela will get them. You just don’t cross that woman.

The Corbeaus used to be tightrope walkers. Now their act is sorta tree climbers extreme. They also grow feathers out of their heads.
I think of them as a cross between this:

And this:

The main characters are Lace Paloma who is one of the mermaids and Cluck (YES! that is his name) is one of the bird boy tree walkers. Of course they meet and fall in lurvvve.

Their families are going around trying to sabotage and beat the snot out of each other.

You know this little romance is just Romeo and Juliet doomed.

I would give this book points for being original and the writing is not too bad.
You have that touch of magic that makes you think these curses could come true, those feathers of death will get you every-time.

Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

A set of five short little horror stories.
Everyone loves this book.
Everyone says don’t read these at dark.
I thought I would flip out over this book.
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I didn’t.
I think I may not be the target audience for something like this.
I’m not really a fan of short stories. At least the ones that have no definite endings.
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It does have some awesome artwork though. I think if I had read these when I was a teenager I went have went bonkers over them. But my old jaded ass just didn’t care for it now because it takes more than spaghetti head to scare me now.
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I Crawl Through It by AS King

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

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I asked myself that question throughout this whole book. I like this author and don’t get me wrong, this book is very well written.
It just makes no sense at all to me.

Four teenagers stories intertwine in this book. Stanzi who sees herself as split in two.

Do you know what a tetragametic chimera is?
We learned about it during a genetics discussion last fall.
It’s some crazy thing that happens to you between when you’re conceived as cells and when you’re a zygote. Somewhere between sperm-meets-egg and embryo. Somewhere in there you used to be fraternal twins. And then you blended. Two into one.

Stanzi likes to dissect things. Mostly frogs. She wears her lab coat everywhere and her parents make field trips to sites where disasters happened. Sandy Hook. Columbine. Etc.

Gustav is building an invisible helicopter. He got the kit from the naked guy that sells letters and roofie spiked lemonade out of his bush.
Mama says Gustav is mad crazy. I think he is a genius. I think Mama is jealous. I think she would build a helicopter and take off as soon as she could if she could, be she can’t so she doesn’t and says lies about Gustav like “That boy isn’t right in the head” or “He’s going to end up in the looney tunes if he’s not careful.”

And China.
I am China-the girl who swallowed herself. I just opened my mouth one day and wrapped it around my ears and the rest of me. Now I live inside myself. I can knock on my rib cage when it’s time to go to bed. I can squeeze my own heart. When I fart, no one else can smell it.
I write poems.

Then Lansdale. Who can’t help but constantly tell lies. She knows she does it and still continues. Her version of Pinocchio but instead of her nose growing…it’s her hair. Even though she has to cut it everyday.

Now I totally feel like an evil witch for not liking this book more than I did.
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But I didn’t.
It’s very different and haunting and I hope hipper people than me read it and understand.
I’m just a hipster wanna be..well not really. I’m too lazy to wanna be.
I’ll just have to settle with watching from the sidelines.

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Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.