Monday, September 25, 2017

ARC REVIEW Wolf in her Soul by N.J. Walters

I love finding good paranormal romance, too bad I didn't find it sooner! Book 8 in N.J. Walters' Salvation Pack series it can be read as a stand alone, less than half of the book actually takes place in Salvation Pack so the past couples make an appearance but it's not so overwhelming that you feel lost in the past history of the pack.

Reece Gallagher has been working as a Detective in Chicago for the last ten years searching for a dream. He hates being away from his pack mates and his family especially his twin brother but he has had the same dream for as long as he can remember it's of a faceless woman with red hair who needs his help and she's in Chicago. Reece is on the verge of giving up he's already put in his notice to quit when he gets called on an assault and the woman, the victim, is the red head in his dreams.

Hannah Burdette has lived her life on the run, always prepared to leave at a moments notice and how to defend herself all because she's a half breed. Her Father raised her taught her to always hide who she is because if a full blooded wolf ever found her it could mean her death. When she turned eighteen he left and ever since Hannah has been on her own. Hannah never knew anything else never expected anything else so when she is attacked by a full blooded wolf she is prepared to leave and never look back but the cop assigned to her case isn't going to let her go alone. Reece convinces Hannah that she will be safe with his pack and they start to head out of Chicago and head to Virginia, and Reece's home. Hannah has a hard time accepting everything Reece is telling her because it is so different than what she is use to, and the sheer thought that they are mates is completely foreign to her. Hannah also is finding it difficult to accept the packs help for fear that something might happen to them because of her. Reece has the whole drive to convince her otherwise.

Overall, the suspense conflict with the full blooded psychopathic wolf ends too quickly for me, leaving the latter half of the book to deal with Hannah's internal conflict. Which is fine I love good internal conflict, but I love suspense even more. Other then that I really enjoyed this book.       

ARC REVIEW Unspeakable by Nina Croft

Beyond Human book two , and I warn you even though there is a nice "Previously on Beyond Human" at the start of this book I would recommend reading the first book before this one. It has a very complex bad story the is even a bit confusing in the first book so I can only imagine how it might be confusing if you haven't read the first one especially since the end of the last book explains so much. But not so much that this book doesn't have secrets it has plenty to reveal too. This is definitely leaning more toward sci-fi than just paranormal and I'm loving it.

Sadie and her family have always been special, they each have extraordinary abilities. They were being held against their will forces to do the bidding of a secret agency and experimented on. After they escaped they discovered they had more abilities than they knew. One of Sadie's new talents has been dreaming the future, and she has lately been dreaming of one man. She manipulates it so she can meet him but she doesn't realize until it's too late that he is part of the secret agency that kept her prisoner most of life and was responsible for the death of her sister.

Ethan Weiland was born into the Conclave and is destined to one day rule the whole organization, but ever since the death of his mother he's been having doubts. Even more so now members have been dying and his cousin is missing and now a mysterious woman is trying to blackmail him. When Sadie reveals who she is and Ethan looks into her claims he discovers she's telling the truth and everything he suspected about the Conclave was right, but he wants one thing from her in return she can dig through all the records and find out where her people (who were kidnapped in the last book) have been taken. In the meantime Sadie and Ethan deal with their strong attraction to each other and learn to trust each other.

Overall, much like the first book a lot happens and it's all very exciting and very intriguing. Sadie and Ethan are hot! I can't wait to see where Nina Croft takes us next.   
    

Thursday, September 21, 2017

RELEASE DAY TOUR The Unhallowed series by Tmonique Stevens



















Banned from Heaven. Escaped from Hell. 

They are UnHallowed.
Gideon has one shot at redemption. Close the portal to Hell forever and return to Heaven, leaving behind millennia of darkness. Nothing means more than restoring his grace, until the one person he vowed never to see again places herself in his direct path. He has to resist her, but she is his Heaven—and his Hell.
Risking her life to shut Hell’s gateway, the last person Dina ever expected to encounter was the one she had lost forever. Duty, not desire, is what he instilled in her and what she will follow, regardless of how he makes her ache…Until the unthinkable happens and she must choose between honor, and the only love she will ever have.
Torn between what they want and cannot have, Gideon and Dina must decide whether to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of humanity or let passion take them to where angels fear to tread.

About the Series

Only The Fallen
by Tmonique Stephens

Series
Unhallowed # 0.5

Genre
Adult
Paranormal Romance
Urban Fantasy

Publisher
Independent

Publication Date
September 21, 2017

  


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About Tmonique Stephens

I wrote my first novel about a reporter and a hockey player after the U.S. hockey team won gold in the 1980 Olympics. I love writing flawed characters who reflect the emotional baggage we all carry. I write complicated stories for complicated people. Paranormal romances and fantasy novels are my favorite genre. I’ll read anything about fairies, demons, or angels, but I also enjoy Stephen King and Preston and Childs.
I’m hooked on Lucifer, The Backlist, The Strain, Vikings, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and BlindSpot. I can’t get enough of these shows!
I was born in St. Thomas USVI, but grew up in The Bronx, New York one mile from Yankee Stadium. I love SyFy, the History channels, and Asian cuisine. But my heart and stomach longs for anything from the Caribbean.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ARC REVIEW DC Universe Rebirth: Harley Quinn vol 3 Red Meat

Harley Quinn

Vol 3 Red Meat


DC Universe Rebirth
Issues: #14-16 and the lead stories from issues #17-21.

By Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Khari Evans, John Timms, Various, Joseph Michael Linser, Amanda Conner

Story: Do you remember that door that Red Tool was supposed to seal after Harley and he had their little adventure down in the tunnels under the building? Well Giant bugs have brought the cocoon out into the light of day and what comes out isn’t pleasant. That’s where issues 14-16, Nether Regions, starts us off at. With the help of another underworld dweller Atlee and Power Girl they manage to subdue Zorcrom, well not as much as the rabid squirrel. Along with the megalomaniac who has decided that Power Girl will be his queen we also learn that the mayor’s aid has hired a bunch of cannibals to eat the homeless population (hence the name Red Meat), Harley Sin is out of Arkham and out for revenge, and in the distant possible future a young woman works her way to the top of the battle royal so she can go back in time to kill Harley Quinn. After the defeat of Zorcrom Harley is approached by the Chief of Police to look into the disappearing homeless problem only to be kidnapped herself, it’s a good thing she can talk to the dead and that she is completely insane. Red Tool revealed! WHAT!?!?


Review: Just keeps getting better, I loved the progression of the stories how they all were all set up and then fell one by one like dominos well except for Harley Sin’s her part isn’t done yet. These four story arcs fit well in with each other it’s an easy transition from one to the next. Harley has some real sane moments only to be followed up by batshit crazy.  I love Red Tools part of the story. I think it's funny how Harley's hair changes length with each artist. Overall, this was a great one, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  






ARC REVIEW Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

Storm Gathering is book four of Rebecca Zanetti's Scorpius Syndrome. (Heads up there is quite a bit of name calling in this review and Amazon will have me censor it) I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, I really wanted to read it because I am interested in where RAZ is going with it but Greyson is not my favorite, I don't hate him as much as Jax but he's up there. I mean why would I like the guy who kidnapped my favorite character's sister and blackmailed him? ( see Scorpius Syndrome book 2 Shadow Falling) Another thing I was worried about was how this romance wasn't going to be Stockholm/Lima Syndrome case (turns out it was more like Lima than Stockholm. It's not really but it gets really close to it). So Greyson isn't as much of an asshole as I thought he would be, he is kinda sweet when he wants to be but still a hard headed prick most of the time. Hell, even Moe wasn't sure she liked him, sure she was attracted to him but it wasn't until almost the end when she realized she loved him.

Greyson Storm is the leader of the Mercenaries, he kidnaps Maureen Storm to use as leverage against her brother Raze Storm into doing his bidding. Which is to take Vivienne Wellington from the Vanguard Territory and bring her to Grey. Grey is looking for someone and he believes Vinnie knows where he is hiding. All of this happened in Storm Falling, the beginning of this book, the first couple of chapters is from the POV of  Moe, Maureen Storm, during the events of that book and how she doesn't give up trying to escape. Moe is attracted to Grey he's walking sex on stick, she also sees that he is a good leader and he makes sure innocents are sent down to Vanguard territory. One drunken night Grey and Moe give into the temptation.

Once Moe is with her brother Raze and the Vanguards, she starts to miss Grey, she also knows he can help her. She needs to find out if there are any viable seeds or green houses in the area. Grey promises to help her if she comes back, even if it's just a week. Raze and Jax won't let her go so easily even if she wants to. So Grey kidnaps her again. They work it out. One of my big issues is how stupidly stubborn Jax and Grey are I swear at one point I wanted to bang my head on my desk, oh wait I actually did. But it's funny because even Moe comments on how things should be run by the woman. Grey has a big moral dilemma, he knows he has fallen in love with Moe but the sociopath of a President has dangled the one thing Grey has been working for since this all started, vengeance. But with Moe in his life now can he risk her? 

Overall, it was an enjoyable read despite some of the very aggravating asshole things that happen and as always, like with the other three books, I wish it was more like the prequel novella and more technical and sci-fi than romance. And of course I keep reading because I want to find out about Nora and Deacon!!!! It seems like they have a list of all the obstacles that they need to overcome but with every book they discover a new one and they overcome another one or two, but they didn't start really accomplishing shit until book three. Despite the hesitancy going into this book I did enjoy it, even if the Scorpius Syndrome gives men an excuse to act like alpha assholes. 

ARC REVIEW Frank Miller's Batman The Dark Knight: The Master Race

Batman

The Dark Knight

The Master Race


 

DC Comics
By: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello
Art: Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson, John Romita Jr., Alex Sinclair, Edwardo Risso, Trish Mulvihill,


Story: A lot happens, it’s just shy of 400 pages and has almost ten different characters it follows, each with their own section so yeah a lot happens. Three years after the events of Strikes Again Carrie is masquerading as Batman and proclaiming he’s dead. Superman is frozen sitting on a chair in the fortress. Wonder Woman is raising yet another offspring of Superman’s while their daughter Lara acts like a spoiled child. Green Lantern went back to his weird dimension place. The Flash is off running around and the Atom soon gets tricked by Lara and the tiny Kryptonians living in the tiny city of Kandor. And Batman is not dead just really, really old. Ray Palmer works on a way to use this tech to make the Kandorians back to normal size unfortunately the ones that worked with Palmer were part of a weird cult and as soon as they were normal size destroyed Kandor, messed with Palmers suit and make him microscopic, and then proceeded to take over the Earth because they think are gods compared to the lowly humans of Earth. The leader demands our unconditional surrender, Batman comes out with an astounding Go to Hell. They destroy Moscow, threaten Gotham, and think they can defeat the Wonder Woman and the other Amazons, ha! Lots of fighting a shocking appearance by Aquaman and Green Lantern gets his hand cut off. Like I said so much happens and a really good ending.


Art: Okay so here’s the deal I really do not like Frank Miller’s style of art. I think Strikes Again would have been exponentially better if he hadn’t of done the art for it. Thankfully he doesn’t do all of it in this one and what he does do is better than what was in Strikes Again. Miller’s artistic contributions are Batgirl #1, Lara #1, Green Lantern #1 with John Romita Jr., World’s Finest #1, Strange Adventures #1, and Detective Comics #1 all with Alex Sinclair doing coloring. Edwardo Risso and Trish Mulvihill do the Wonder Woman #1 and Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson and Brad Anderson illustrate, very nicely, the rest of the Master Race series. Kurbert and Risso manage to keep the look and the feel of the characters in Miller’s style without it looking like trash.

Review: Aside from it being the whole evil Kryptonian trying to take over the world story line I enjoyed it even though it reminded me of that episode of Supergirl and that one of Lois and Clark except darker, much darker and better because this one has Batman. I like Miller’s writing a whole heck of a lot more than his art. I love how dark it gets, and Carrie who goes from Robin to Catgirl, to Batgirl and ends with Batwoman. I love her character she has an unwavering loyalty and love for Batman and along with Superman she knows him best. The ending, no spoilers, but I loved how it ended. Oh my. The Green Lantern story was weird and I don't think it was all that necessary it just seemed like filler.         

ARC REVIEW DC Universe Rebirth Superman: Superman Reborn

Superman
Reborn

DC Universe Rebirth

Issues: ACTION COMICS #973-976 and SUPERMAN #18-19

By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Dini
Art by: Patrick Gleason, Jaime Mendoza, Mick Gray, Doug Mahnke, Doug Mahnke, Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Patrick Zircher, Christian Alamy, Trevor Scott, Ian Churchill

Story: There appears to be another Clark Kent, and of course it bugs Lois Lane she has no idea where this “dobbleclark” came from but she won’t rest until she discovers what. The DobbleClark finds out about Lois’ son and a man who looks like him. Next thing we know Jon Kent is disappears and the only suspect they have is the other Clark. Young Jon finds himself is a strange place he was put there by “Rubbletat” the funny guy his parents told him stories about, he was given that name because he could not pronounce Purple Hat or Mr. Mxyzptlk. Mr. Mxyzptlk has gone quite insane, no longer is he the annoying but funny pest that would occasionally visit Superman and Lois Lane. Upon his arrival to this world he was impnapped and imprisoned. He was positive Superman would come rescue him but he never did. Mxyz managed to escape but in order to hide himself from his jailor he cast a spell to turn him into Clark Kent and everything was good until Lois stopped playing, now he has Jon. Superman and Lois are losing their memories of Jon unless they can get him back from Mxyz. Too bad Mxyz stopped playing fair.



Art: The art was good it wasn’t consistent at parts with the artist change but other than that they all did a fantastic job.


Review: I enjoyed it. I prefer Superman and Lois Lane together so much more than Superman and Wonder Woman, to me it’s always been about Lois and Clark. This is basically the story arc that explains Rebirth. When Mxyzptlk did what he did and Jon does what he does it merges two of the time lines into one. I liked some of the little details they put in like Mxyz knowing about the other realities; Lego universe, The Animated series, the toys ect. that was a nice touch. When he explains what happened you want to feel sorry for him but at the same time he's being a worse villain than he ever was before. I don't know much about Jon, I haven't read much with him in it but so far I like him. I am excited to see where this path is leading the Kents and this new Rebirth timeline.