Monday, May 19, 2014

Spider-Man loves Mary Jane by Sean McKeever and Takeshi Miyazawa MINI REVIEW!


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Title: Spider-Man loves Mary Jane

Author: Sean McKeever and Takeshi Miyazawa

Published: Marvel


I have been wanting to read this graphic novel for some time so I picked it up when I saw it at the library this past week.
I loved almost every page of this book. It was extremely funny at times as well as dramatic but even during the serious moments it still felt like a light heart anime type graphic novel.


The story mostly follows Mary Jane as she get peer pressured into dating Harry Osborn and secretly fantasizing about dating Spider-Man. Harry eventually becomes a bit selfish and dumps Mary Jane when she refuses to help him cheat on a test. After the breakup MJ's best friend Liz's boyfriend Flash sees this as a opportunity to try and have a relationship with MJ even though he was still dating Liz causing major drama. Just when Mary Jane starts to fall apart Peter Park offers her tutoring sessions which blossom into a friendship. Out of no where one day after Harry Osborn blows up on MJ for something she didn't do Spider-Man shows up at her bedroom window taking up on MJ's offer to go on a date. The date that Mary Jane wanted so badly with Spider-Man turns out not living up to Mary Jane's fantasy, it also doesn't help that Mary Jane can't stop thinking about Peter.


Mary Jane comes to her senses about dating Peter but she might be to late because of the arrival of a new student.....Gwen Stacy.


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Thoughts: I loved this and I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume!




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Skeletor Reviews!!! Midnight Crossroad review by Charlaine Harris BOOK REVIEW!!!

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  Title: Midnight Crossroad

Author: Charlaine Harris

Published: Penguin Group                                                        


Midnight Texas is a small town with one traffic light, and the population of midnight
likes it that way. Midnight is quiet and the perfect place to keep a low profile, all that is changed
when one of there own goes missing and Midnight is suddenly in the spotlight. Trying to keep
one of there own from the wrong end of the law and deal with a right wing extremist group that
make Hitler look down to earth isn't a easy task, it is a good thing that the town people aren't
exactly as they seem either.


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Thoughts: I am not a "mystery" fan but I am a Charlaine Harris fan. I love the Sookie Stackhouse
series and was sad to see it end, but I was excited that Ms.Harris had decided to write a new
trilogy with various characters from all here series. I thought Midnight Crossroad was a great
start to a new trilogy/series, it had a nice mix of paranormal and mystery. I really enjoyed the
mix of 3rd person & 1st person narrative, it brought a unique view to the book giving the reader
a "bigger" picture of the events happening. I can't give to much away because I want readers
to experience the mystery and twist of the story blindly like I did. I am happy to have a series to fill the void Sookie left.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: Dark Witch

Author: Nora Roberts

Published: Berkley


He wants their power....the power of three...horse,hound,hawk.

Sorcha did all she could to rid the world of Cabhan before she died. Even with her strongest spell Sorcha didn't kill Cabhan she just wounded him. Witch Sorcha gone it is up to her three children Teagan, Eamon, and Brannaugh to keep the darkness that is Cabhan at back and to keep their power safe. But how can you kill someone that can turn to mist and vanish with the breeze.

Iona never really fit in with her family, her parents never really knew she was there let alone when she was gone. The most love Iona ever got was from her grandmother Nan. Iona always felt different and out of place, it was also strange that she seemed to have the ability to talk to horses. Then one day Nan told Iona that she was a descendant of Sorcha the great Dark Witch of Ireland and that she has powers which were passed down to her. Nan also gave her the pendant of the horse which was also passed down the family and was rightfully hers.
Fast Forward 2013...
Iona grew up feeling out of place she never really fit in where she lived so with the encouragement of Nan she sold her things and packed what she could carry to move to Mayo Ireland. She won't be alone there Nan said she has two cousins Branna and Connor who are also from the magical bloodline and could probably teach her more than Nan ever could when it came to her powers.
Branna was very excited to see Iona and offered to train her, while she was doing her training she would have to move with with her and Connor because now that the three are together Cabhan will begin to make his move once more to steal away their powers.
Iona begins to make a life for herself in Ireland, she even gets a job at the local stables working with the horses. It is also a plus that she has a super sexy boss named Boyle that is everything a rugged Irishman should be. Iona can feel herself falling for him a little bit more everyday, she can also feel her power growing more and more each day with the training from Branna. With the good come the bad as Cabhan continues to get closer and closer to Iona trying to lure her away from her cousins while she is still weak. The cousins must band together on the longest day of the year to try and kill Cabhan once and for all before he becomes more strong. Now that the three are together horse, hound, and hawk things will never be completely safe and calm until the darkness is killed.



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Thoughts: I loved this book. This book was serious but it had a bit of a funny side. I liked all the characters especially Connor. I kind of wish that the other characters would have had more time in the book instead of most of it focusing on the love between Boyle and Iona. There are two other books in the series so I am hopeful that I will get to know Branna and Connor a bit better in them.

Quotes: "Friends are friends whenever you make them."
              " Why not ask for all, as you never know what life's going to hand you."

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Then And Always by Dani Atkins BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

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SYNOPSIS

What if you woke up one day to discover that you were engaged to your high school sweetheart-whom you hadn't seen in years? 
What if the person who died saving your life walked into your room-as if nothing had happened?
What if you didn't know what was real...and what you were only imagining? 

Rachel Wiltshire has everything she's ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance tot he journalism program at her top choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart.
Five years later, Rachel is still coping with her grief, and can't stop thinking about the bright future she almost had.  But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now she has her dream job as a writer, and a stylish apartment, but the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.

EXCERPT

He had always been able to make me laugh.
"It's just that what I know to be completely and unequivocally true keeps being proved to be false. It's very unsettling."
He took a long sip of his coffee before replying. "I'm sure it must be. And frustrating too."
There was something in his voice, something I'd not heard from anyone else, and it made me drop the forkful of cake that was halfway to my mouth.
"Do you believe me?" I realized that in all my protestations, I had never asked that precise question of anyone.
His sky blue eyes held mine in a gaze that a person could drown in if they weren't careful.
"I believe that you believe it, wholeheartedly and completely. And I can see what trying to convince the rest of us is doing to you." He was quite for a moment and I almost spoke then-thank God I didn't, or I would never have heard him finish in a whisper, "And it's heartbreaking to see you like this."
I hadn't realized his words had made me cry until he lifted my face gently with his finger and dabbed at my eyes with the folded napkin. His voice was still soft and low. "And I've certainly never seen you cry this much, not even when you kept falling off your bike when you were eight years old."
I gave a rather unladylike sniff, but his words had done the trick, he'd made me smile.
"Oh, I've certainly cried plenty in the last five years, more than you'll ever know."
"What about?" Here it was. The moment to either back right off or plunge in regardless.
"About losing you. When you saved my life, and lost yours. You've no idea what that did to me. You've no idea how much I've missed you."

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Olympians Graphic Novel Series by George O'Connor MINI BOOK RIEVEWS!!!

For anyone who has ever wondered where Greek mythology all began...
I got my first taste of this series after I won Aphrodite Goddess of Love from a giveaway. I loved the book so much that I quickly got on my libraries website to place holds on all the other graphic novels in the series.




1. Title: OLYMPIANS Zeus King of the Gods
 
  Author: George O'Connor
 
  Published: First Second




Zeus's book cover's the birth of the Titans and Gods (before they were eaten by their father). Only Zeus escaped his father's wrath and he was put into hiding by his mother Gaea. You get to witness Zeus's grow into a handsome young man and you are also with him as he claims his power from the depths of Tartaros. Zeus uses his new power to free his brother's and sisters from the belly of his father Ouranos, thus causing the clash of the Titans. 

Thoughts: I loved this book for it's humor. Zeus is a womanizer and it is quite funny to watch him grow up. 

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2. Title: OLYMPIANS Athena The Grey-Eyed Goddess




This book picks right up where Zeus's book ended and you get to see the birth of Athena. The book then follows Athena has she get her most trusted weapon the aegis. You also get to see two versions of how Athena took the name Pallas Athena. You also get the see the show down between Athena and Arachne. 

Thoughts: I liked this book but it got a bit lost as I fell in love with the other stories. 

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3. Title: OLYMPIANS Hera The Goddess and Her Glory




If you ever watched the Heracles TV series then you should have heard of Hera. 
This book was funny because you get to witness Zeus courting Hera trying to convince her to be his wife. He eventually wins her as his bride but after 300 years the marriage becomes a bit stale and Zeus goes back to his womanizing ways. Hera becomes in raged and takes her rage out on the woman that willing sleep with her husband. One such incident results in the birth of Heracles and even though Hera tries to kill him as a child he makes it an eventually ends up on her lap. Hera makes a deal with Zeus that Heracles can live with them on mount Olympias after his death if during his time on Earth he completes 10 tasks. Zeus agrees and thus begins the story of Hera and Heracles which you get to learn his story in this graphic novel. 

Thoughts: This one was a good read because you get to witness Zeus's one fear.....his wife. I also loved the story of Heracles which is included. 

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4. Title: OLYMPIANS Hades Lord of The Dead




If you have ever wondered what happens when you die? You might actually come face to face with the Lord of the dead himself! Hades has the whole under world to himself, his very own dark kingdom. Even the dark Lord gets lonely and in his book he comes to Earth to kidnap his new wife. Persephone who was then called Kore was promised to Hades by her father Zeus much to her mother Demeter's dismay as she had no knowledge of the promise. Hades with the help of Zeus blocked Helios's view and snatched Kore (Persephone) as she picked flowers and dragged her to the underworld to become his bride. Hades being a sweet guy underneath the gloom wooed Kore and she eventually fell in love with him. She is ready to spend all eternity with Hades until Hermes is sent to fetch her after Demeter finds out about the promise. Hades is crushed and fears that he will be forever alone, little does he know that he has a surprise delivery coming to him which could lift his spirits. 

Thoughts: This was my favorite out of all of them. The story of Hades and Persephone reminded me of the Beauty and the Beast story. Love Love LOVED it! 

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5. Title: OLYMPIANS Poseidon Earth Shaker




Poseidon Lord of the sea also the Earth Shaker as he is also know is one of the most mysterious of the three brothers. He is can be a loved God as well as a feared one. This story allows you to see into the life of the Earth Shaker as she get in relationships and cleans up what havoc his children mortal and immortal cause on Earth. 

Thoughts: I loved this one because I actually learned a bit that I didn't already know about this mysterious God of the Sea. 

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6. Title: OLYMPIANS  Aphrodite Goddess of Love




Born from Ouranos's passion and desire cut away by Kronos the cloud that would become Aphrodite fell from the sky and into the ocean where she waited for many many years until came the damn when Aphrodite formed from the powerful cloud and walked from the ocean. This book follows Aphrodite and her heart breaking ways. The mean flock to Aphrodite causing many problems until Zeus forces Aphrodite to marry Hephaistos the craftsman to the Gods. Trouble still followed Aphrodite though as Ares continued to hang out around her. Eventually Aphrodite becomes pregnant and no one knows who the father was but from that Eros was born! Later there was another wedding that Zeus had arranged and all the Gods and Goddesses attended it is at that wedding party that one little golden apple causes and uproar.

Thoughts: This is were my journey began. I won this book and I read it first and it was so funny and good that I placed holds on the rest of the series from our library. 

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I would recommend these graphic novels to anyone who likes graphic novels as well as Greek Mythology! 
Trust me you will love them!