REVIEW: Trust (Running With Alphas #1) by Viola Rivard

Just when she thinks her life can’t get any worse, Taylor meets alpha wolf Alder – the most caring, gallant, and handsome man on the planet. On the run from the police, there’s no way she could possibly get involved with him. But somehow she does anyway.

Alder seems to be convinced that the two of them are going to live happily ever after in his mountain territory. But between looming pack wars, her dicey past, and his twin brother – the most obnoxious, sadistic, and handsome man on the planet – Taylor has a feeling that her new life among werewolves may be just as complicated as her human one.

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I like the writing style. The way Viola Rivard uses her words is really nice. I liked the premise of the werewolves living in an actual den – a full on cave. But that’s it. Sorry! I wanted to like it. Truly I did but that didn’t happen.

I didn’t like it mainly because of some of the themes we see in way too many novels. For example, the virgin. We don’t see too many of them in real life and when we do they don’t let go of it real easy. This is like so many other novels where the girl is a virgin, meets the hottest dude EVA and then hands over her V-card really easy. Wam bam thank you ma’am.

Another thing I didn’t care for was Alder’s super possessiveness with Taylor. Sure, he’s a wolf. Sure, he’s an alpha but he was cool with running from the law and taking her on as his mate right from the get-go. He’s also very neandertal about Taylor. It doesn’t help that he takes her back to his cave…

I tried. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that will love this but it just wasn’t for me. The average rating on Goodreads is 4.04 stars. So if you want to try it out. Then go for it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more than me.

REVIEW: Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend by Patrick Shand & Larry Watts

Expected publication: September 30th 2014
Everyone’s favorite female archer is back! Robyn thought she lost everything, but when the villainous Guy of Gisbourne makes his way to Earth, Robyn is faced with a choice. Return to Myst to save the people of Nottingham once and for all, or live life as a normal person. The final volume of the fan-favorite Robyn Hood trilogy begins now!

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I have mixed feelings about this title. I wanted to like it because it’s a fairy tale retelling. I was believing that I wouldn’t like it because it’s a Zenescope title which I tend not to like. I gave it a try because it was on Netgalley and I was wanting to read a graphic novel.

I did not read the first volumes in this trilogy. Because of that, I’m not going to incorporate my confusion about what was going on at times into this review. Patrick Shand actually did a really good job of recapping what happened in the previous volumes. For those of you that don’t read many comics, you can hop in at different points usually and figure out what’s going on through really good recapping. Talented writers do this in a way that refreshes continued readers of the story and recaps for all noobs. At almost all times, I could figure out all that had happened. Thumbs up to Shand for that.

The art was really pretty. Almost all Zenescope’s titles are pretty. They are always full of super hot chicks too. I know that makes some of you queasy but truthfully I think a lot of people buy these titles do it for the chicks. I don’t mind. I knew what I was getting into and everything was beautifully drawn.

Variant Cover from Robyn Hood Legend (included in Trade)

The story was mediocre. Sorry! It was. I just didn’t care about anyone. Robyn was the easiest to like but that’s because we could hear her inner monologue and struggle dealing with what was happening with Will Scarlet.

I recommend this to people who really like hot chicks in comics (not so much meaningful female characters…), fairy tale retellings, and Zenescope.

REVIEW: Amity by Micol Ostow

For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

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Amity is the story of two teenagers, ten years apart, and their experiences at Amity. Amity is based off of the Amityville Horror (just like it seems).

Let me preface my review with stating the fact that I’ve seen all the Amityville movies (even the b-rate), read the book, and even watched some documentaries. Because of that, I had ridiculously high expectations and was pretty disappointed when the book just couldn’t match up with them.

First, the “then” (10 years ago) and the “now” at times were really similar. Too similar. I felt like I was re-reading the exact chapter. I understand what the author was trying to do with it but for the most part, I didn’t think it worked. On the other hand, the very last meaty chapter (as in, not the epilogue) the author perfectly executed the combination of “then” and “now.” Once I finished that chapter that I actually thought “this is the point.” So kudos on that one.

The other disappointing part was the language used. Connor (then) used a lot of “like” and “kind of” when he talked. It was supposed to be authentic of a teenage boy but it sounded dumbed down since he was a narrator. Gwen (now) on the other hand, was super wordy and occasionally sentences lost potency due to excessive adjectives. But then again, they way scary occurrences described was awesome. There was a part about Gwen being in her room and she heard a scurrying sound and when she looked she saw a white leg disappearing under her bed (much better described by the author). I was so creeped out afterwards I had to turn on the light.

Amity had it’s high and low points. I think a good deal of people will enjoy this. I just wasn’t one of them. If you like scary stuff you might as well give it a try and see if I’m wrong.

REVIEW: Shatter Me (#1) by Tahereh Mafi

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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I really wish I could be like everyone else and love this. It has a 4.04 out of 5 on Goodreads because so many people enjoyed this book. I can’t even pretend I did. Sorry! Don’t be mad.

I thought it was a really interesting concept. I thought the strike through in the novel seemed, well, novel. I thought this could be my new favorite Dystopian series.

Sigh…but it wasn’t. I didn’t like Juliette or Adam and they are the main characters! Juliette was too meek and Adam seems like he has an agenda. The only person who I was really interested in was Warner and he’s a terrible person. Terrible. But he’s kind of psychotic sexy, if that makes sense.

Spoilerish
I’m sure there is a reason why her touch doesn’t affect Adam and Warner but since it wasn’t even alluded to in book one I just will not find out unless someone spoils it for me. Normally I don’t like spoilers but if you know please feel free to contact me on twitter @maiinwonderland. 😀

If you haven’t read this, I would still say you should give it a chance if you’re interested. There are by far more people that liked it then didn’t.

Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Batwoman’s new series finally begins! The creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman launch the ongoing Batwoman series, as Batwoman (a.ka. Kate Kane) faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld–and new trials in her personal life.Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this long-awaited series!

This deluxe hardcover collect issues 0-5 of Batwoman, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

Wow was I severely let down by this…I had way to much hope and anticipation riding on this since I loved Batwoman Elegy so much. I just thought it created such a deep and different type of character. But this one was just generic using some of the same straights. I didn’t feel like I got to know Kate Kane anymore that I had before…lame. But you know me, I’ll probably read volume two anyway.

Art was beautiful though…

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Teen Titans, Vol. 2: The Culling by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth (Illustrations)

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics–The New 52 event, this second volume of Teen Titans launches the mini-event “The Culling” featuring Superboy and Legion Lost!

When the organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. captures Superboy, the Teen Titans, and Legion Lost and pits the young heroes against each other to weed out the weak, it will take everything the most famous teen heroes of the DC Universe have to save themselves from eachother. But the ruthless Harvest won’t give up easily leading to one of the young heroes making the ultimate sacrifice for the others.

Collects Teen Titans #8-12, 0 and DC Comics Presents #12.

Um…yeah. I’ve been trying to get through these Teen Titan comics so I can return them to my friend. That’s the only reason why they were up next in my to read list. I don’t actually think it’s the authors fault that I’m getting tired of it but mainly because of how much crossover reads are necessary for you to get the whole damn picture. I keep seeing these little boxes that say “See Superboy #14.” I’m reading other comics where that happen but Teen Titans and Superboy have so much crossover they should pretty much be the same series at this point. I love the art, it’s very pretty but the story jumps around so much that I’m easily distracted and end up put the comics down…I liked Superboy better. It was more cohesive.

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REVIEW: Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young

Saba thought her world would return to normal after they defeated the Tonton and rescued her kidnapped brother Lugh. The family head west for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But a formidable enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

Do you guys remember way back to when I reviewed the first book in this series, called Blood Red Road? I gave it a 5/5 and it was my favorite read of 2011. Unfortunately, this book gave me the second book blues. I listened to the audiobook and I started it in April. It is now September and I only now finished it.

It had a lot of the YA classic 2nd book tropes. In the first book, young love sparked and set us on fire. In the second book they are ripped from each other. Our heroine makes stupid decisions while trying to get to heart’s desire. It was also really boring for two thirds of the middle but had a pretty cool ending. I hate to be one of those people but it was a lot like the second book of the Twilight series…sorry. Yeah. I said it.

I still loved the authors voice and how even though the language and grammar were terrible (it’s totally supposed to be since there is no longer a written language and people just learn from their parents and then mistakes multiple and then you end up with what our main characters speak) you still saw how smart everyone is.

Am I glad I read it? Yes. Will I read the next one? Yes. Will I re-read it? No. Will I recommend it to others? Yeah…but with reservations.

Audiobook Review:
Length: 11 hours, 23 min
Narrators: Heather Lind
Thoughts on Narrators: Just as good as the first one. Love her.

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