Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared

by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare Digital EditionRead August 11, 2014

Length: 120 pages

Original Release Date: July 22, 2014

Official Description:

A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home – an alternate reality version of 2013 – shouldn’t exist at all!

My Take:

This is my second graphic novel adventure with Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare. Amy Reeder definitely has her own definite style quality, which is great, but you can tell it is Reeder’s art work. I loved the art it’s fantastic, really well done. Reeder did a great job capturing a futuristic 2013 and a realistically gaudy 1986. Geesh 80s fashion. Anyhow, the story, well it’s alright. Nothing super fantastic. Apparently at some point there is a teen police force created because no one over the age of 30 can be trusted. Why? I don’t know, we don’t find out why things happen, we just know that Dayoung has to go back in time and stop Quintum Mechanics from creating her future. How? Well, that’s odd because we follow the present (1986) and the past (2013) at the same time and we find out that Dayoung may not know the entire story. Basically the story was a fun random idea of the creators, a 15-year-old girl flying around 1986 NYC causing mayhem and the eventual future consequences of these action may come back to haunt her. I don’t know how well the story fits together, but it’s pretty.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Magic Mourns

by Ilona Andrews
Kindle EditionRead July 13, 2014

Original Release Date: May 17, 2011

Length: 77 pages

Official Description: (This is book #3.5 of the Kate Daniels series)

Andrea Nash of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid – with an assist from her friend, Kate Daniels – tries to figure out why the giant three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hades is sniffing around Atlanta.

My Take:

This story was originally in the Must Love Hellhounds anthology. But since I either don’t read, or am not at that point, the other series in the anthology, I just wanted to read this story. It’s short and sweet and easy to read. It follows after Magic Strikes and it has a little more mythology, a little more familiar mythology. We have Hades and Cerberus, along with a few other Greek gods and goddesses. It is fun to see life through the eyes of Andrea, to see how she really feels about Raphael. We also get to see up close and personal, how their relationship progresses. It’s a fun action packed ride. A great addition to the Kate Daniels world.

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Oliver and the Seawigs

by Phillip Reeve; Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
Digital EditionRead August 10, 2014

Original Release Date: September 5, 2013

Length: 195 pages

Official Description:

Oliver grew up in a family of explorers – but his biggest adventure is about to begin!

Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there’s the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of greasy, green sea monkeys to contend with . .

My Take:

This book (according to Amazon) is for ages 7-10 or grades 2-5. You can watch the trailer HERE. My son is 9, going into the 4th grade so he fits the demographic. I can’t say the writing is bad, I can’t say the illustrations are bad. However, this book just didn’t hold his interest. He reads middle grade books all of the time, and is leaning toward young adult at this point, (ie. Percy Jackson series, Kane Chronicles etc.) so this one just didn’t capture him. He does like comics, but the pictures didn’t hold his attention either. The adventure wasn’t enough, it didn’t thrill him. When I look at reading children’s books, I love my child to read them, because this is who the market is after. Maybe he’s strange, maybe this book should be slated for  younger demographic because I’ve heard 5 and 6 year olds love it. This I wouldn’t put as a middle grade reader, nor an early reader, it’s somewhere in between. I’m not downing the book, it is written well, the story is unique with wandering islands, bully boys, bully islands, adventure, mermaids, and an albatross. It’s an interesting book, it’s just not one to capture the attention of my 9-year-old boy.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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The Immortal Crown

by Richelle Mead
Kindle EditionRead July 27 2014

Original Release Date: May 29, 2014

Length: 432 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 of the Age of X series)

Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.

My Take:

I have been anxiously awaiting this book since the end of Gameboard of the Gods I thought that book 1 was interesting, taking us out of the worlds we’re used to in other fantasy/paranormal type books that are popular. We get to see varying mythologies, one of my childhood passions, in an interesting way. So why did it take me forever to read this one?

I have actually had this book for a month or two prior to the release date. I would start reading then fall asleep, for a good chunk of the beginning of the book, we’ll say a good quarter of the book did not keep me hooked, did not capture me. Maybe it was just me having a hard time getting back into this highly complex world. When I say highly complex, I mean there are so many rules and layers involved in this story that in order for me to really get into it I had to fully immerse myself in this world. Which I eventually did once everything picked back up. We added new players in this story, Mae continues god bouncing, the gods continue to screw around with everyone’s lives. Mae and Justin are still skirting around their, obvious to everyone, feelings towards one another. This book isn’t about just Justin and Mae’s journey, we also have a story on the side that will kind of connect what’s going on in Arcadia with what we learn with Tessa. She’s an awesome little protegé that Justin has found. At first her story was kind of meh, but as she gained confidence in her investigation of a certain political party, we learn so much about Lucian, the potential future of RUNA and what is possibly in store for the next book.

The book is just so vast, so incredibly vast that it’s hard to describe it well, without going in to spoilers. This book does travel to Arcadia, the southern part of the former USA, they even give you the former name of the town and state that they are going to so the reader can actually imagine where these characters are going. I forgot where exactly it was, but it was a southern state. This is definitely an extremist country, the story shines a light on the poor treatment of women, they are lower than low. If they show their ankle they are beaten, cloistered and punished in some way. Men have multiple wives, there is kidnapping of Gemman girls, human trafficking, out of control Elite’s. Arcadia is nuts, then Mae and Justin enter the country and crazy it up further, all while giving Lucian the credit. I don’t like Lucian, I don’t trust him, he’s going to end up being a super-villain in the end I bet. You don’t have that name without expecting to be evil in disguise.

Ok, overall, one you get back into the book, it’s well done. Beautifully written. Epic. That ending. Love that ending! I knew who the mystery god was as soon as that god showed up. Knew it. The next book will be even more epic than this one. Warning guys, this isn’t like Meads other books, it’s deep, it’s serious, it’s very political, and can be difficult to read. I love that Mead wrote this, it shows how diverse of an author she is, and just displays her talent extraordinarily.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Other Books by Richelle Mead:

Georgina Kincaid Series:
Succubus Dreams (Book 3), Succubus Heat (Book 4), Succubus Shadows (Book 5), Succubus Revealed (Book 6)

Dark Swan Series:

Shadow Heir (Book 4), Dark Swan (Graphic Novel)

Age of X Series:

Gameboard of the Gods (Book 1)

The Mark of the Dragonfly

by Jaleigh Johnson
Kindle EditionRead July 23, 2014

Original Release Date: March 25, 2014

Length: 400 pages

Official Description:

Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.
The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.
The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.
Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

My Take:

The other day my son and I were talking about shooting stars. I asked him to describe what it was to me and this is what he said.

“A shooting star isn’t a star. It’s where a piece of a meteor falls to the earth and it burns up….but there is a green cloud around the rock that keeps it safe and it is poisonous . “

It took me a minute to process where in the world he came up with the last bit. Then I realized, he’d been reading over my shoulder, it was a description from this book. He also made up a song about the train that we see in this story, The 401 and how he wanted to ride on it. Kids pick up the strangest things. Well that little tangent is over, lets talk about the book.

I normally share children’s books with my 9-year-old, however He was visiting friends and family so I just started reading this one since I’d had it forever and really needed to do a blurb about it. First off people are calling this a dystopian novel. There is nothing in the text that would warrant this assumption. First off these people have lived this way for centuries, seemingly, this is not our planet so therefore it isn’t in decline in any way. Also it is being hailed a steam punk for kids. I guess it could be…in a very loose, not really, kind of way. Yes there are steam trains…and mention of steamboats and planes, but this is more of a book that is industrial not necessarily steam punk. The elements don’t really fall in place to fit in that genre perfectly but if it makes you happy to call it that, then go for it. This is a fantasy novel, with magic, beasts, machines, mystery and great escapes. It is about a 13-year-old girl alone in the world who rescues an 11( I forget the exact age) year old girl and goes on a great adventure. Piper is old for her age, she is trying to find out who she is, where she fits in the world, and she’s looking for a better life in a world that doesn’t really care about the less fortunate. It’s a great novel, it’s fun and holds enough intrigue, has enough nail-biting bits that the young, middle-grade, crowd will be entranced. This is a great adventure that even adults will enjoy. It’s all very fun, I’d love to see what becomes of Piper and  Anna.

There are not a lot of downsides of the story, however, there are a few holes I’d love to be filled in. First where do the meteors com from, how did all that occur? What is this talk about the goddess? We find out a little bit, but it seems to be an afterthought? Is it possible in a world with magic and different intelligent species that there is an actual goddess, or is it a myth made to explain events? Why do we have to see a naked 13-year-old boy? Is that necessary? Ok that was all. Over all it is a really well done adventure story with fantastic pacing and characters that draw you in.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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