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Friday, June 29, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Catch me by Lisa Gardner

Catch Me (Detective DD Warren #6)Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is very hard to put down and it's definitely a detective mystery worth reading!

I haven't really ventured into any of Lisa Gardner's books but I'm glad I took a chance on this on. The characters are likable, the story travels along at a great pace and there is definitely a mystery to be solved here. The case is pretty simple and straight forward. A woman believes that on January 21st she will be the next to die in her long line of friends. She's spent the past year fighting, training and getting prepared to face her attacker. The only problem is, someone is killing pedophiles and this someone looks a lot like Charlie.

Charlie is written very well. She's definitely the textbook case of a stressed person that believes they are going to die soon. Charlie also has a very checkered past with her mother that she's trying to work through. Not to mention, she's trying to deal with all of the memories of her past life that she's worked so hard to hide from herself.

Charlie is a smart character though and arrives at conclusions pretty quickly. She sort of beats the detectives. However, D.D Warren is a pretty smart woman herself and realizes that things are not always what they seem.

My only complaint is the ending of this book was a bit cheesy. Things were wrapped up very nicely, the entire story is finally revealed and we check in with Charlie and D.D before the ending. D.D's ending while sweet was a bit cheesy but still made for an enjoyable read.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan

Firelight (Darkest London, #1)Firelight by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Firelight is a fascinating supernatural story set in London in the 1800's. Instead of dealing with werewolves or vampire's, we get to deal with daemon's and immortality.

Miranda, the main female character is my favorite. She has a lot of emotional baggage but once she's settled in her new life away from her father, things start to look up for her. Her conditions, although in the beginning are less than favorable, she truly starts to care about her new husband Lord Archer. She also starts to come to terms with something special in herself, her special powers of fire creation.

This was a roller coaster read. There were highs, lows and everything in between. There was just enough magic to keep you wanting more but not enough to overdo it. It was a good read. I would have liked to read more about the West Moon Club which is a club that Miranda's husband was dealing with which caused a lot of their present day problems. I think more backstory on the West Moon Club could be fascinating.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012 | By: Traci

2012 West Virginia Book Festival

I've been following the WV Book Festival Website for awhile now hoping to get a glimpse of what authors and events that will be taking place at the festival come October.

I'm very excited to say that Charlaine Harris and Tamora Pierce will be at the festival this year, speaking and signing books afterwards. I believe that this seals the deal and I will be attending the festival this year.

If anyone is planning on attending the festival, let me know! It's in the state capital so there will be plenty to do aside from going to the large book sale and attending author lectures and book signings. It will definitely be worth the weekend visit if anyone is interested!

West Virginia Book Festival.

Friday, June 22, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pure (Pure, #1)Pure by Julianna Baggott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this book is very creative and unlike anything that I've read before, I wasn't too in love with the story.

I love Pressia, the main character. She's a likable character. She's easy to like because she's very easy to relate to even if she is a character that most of us really can't say we identify with because we do not have a condition such as herself.

The world as we know it has collapsed due to a nuclear explosion. Those that did not die, found themselves fused to the items and objects they were holding or were near at the time of the explosions. The problem is, not everyone died or became fused to objects. Some of them live in a very nice, and very controlled environment called the Dome. The Dome is a sore spot for many people that are living because many people there are called Pure's and some are sure they had an advance warning that something was going to happen that day.

The story follows Pressia, about to turn 16 as she attempts to hide from the OSR, a special operation military team that many feel is trying to overthrow the Dome, but are ruthless and many people fear them.

I like the world building in this novel. The world that Pressia lives in, is definitely a lot different than the world that Pure people of the Dome live in. However, one thing that really, really bothered me about this novel is how it was written. Instead of showing us something, there is a lot of telling. I get the feeling that it's artistic choice here, and sometimes it works, but it really does drive me crazy most of the time. It's not constant so sometimes we actually get nice detail and other times we get a lot of telling us about what characters do and how they behave. A consistent story-telling style would have done this book a world of justice.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Spellcaster (Spellbound, #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellcaster (Spellbound, #2)Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think out of the two books in this series, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I enjoyed the first. The biggest pull right now is how we see Emma grow using her powers. There are a lot more instances of Emma practicing all of her witchy skills and that's what I enjoy. I like seeing characters using magical powers.

The story between Emma and Brendan hasn't changed. It continues to grow in this book though. That's great because we get to see how they're evolving as a couple. I really enjoy their relationship because he's a sweet guy and Emma, well Emma needs help, but yet she realizes that she can really take care of herself. It's nice to see empowered female characters when we usually see female characters that need a boyfriend to define themselves. It's refreshing.

I'm also glad to see that Emma continued her relationship with her witchy friend Angelique. I like that Emma is an all encompassing character that doesn't feel like she has to ignore certain people to withold a status. She's a very likable character.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman (ARC)

The Little WoodsThe Little Woods by McCormick Templeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Little Woods is an interesting story about Cally Woods that lost a sister tragically when she was a child. In an attempt to move on with her life, she begins to attend a school located in the same area her sister disappeared. However, the boarding school isn't quite what she expected.

I liked Cally and was routing for her the entire time. I'm surprised she managed to hold things together long enough to attend school despite all of the crazy things going on around her.

I only had a few minor issues with this book, but despite those small issues, I found the book to be an enjoyable read.

Cally, at some point during the story, suddenly suffers something like a psychotic break and does things that are very out of character for her. This would have been fine if we would have been lead down this road a bit more. We really don't hear much more about it aside from a few pages and then Cally is off to do something else.

Also, the conversational parts of this book sometimes sound like we're reading an instruction manual. We're lead into things very slowly and I found myself wishing they'd just get on with it already!

This all leads us up to a very bittersweet ending but an ending full of closure where things for Cally and her family finally reach a point where everyone finds themselves with some sort of peace.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (ARC)

This is Not a TestThis is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. Sloane, the main character that we follow has had a rough life. Then, let's throw a zombie apocalypse into the fray and things just become more and more interesting.

We get to see a tiny glimpse into what it was like when the world began to end. More of the story is focused on Sloane and several other characters that find themselves banded together and holding their own in their abandoned high school. The characters share a lot of similar things with each other. The only difference between Sloane, Rhys, Cary, Trace, Grace and Harrison are, Sloane would rather die while the others would rather live.

I think Summers did a good job at showing us how people, even teens can work together and survive in a crisis. Things don't always go smoothly however and we get to see how they work together when the world they know slowly falls apart. Each and every one of them has things they have to struggle with and some make choices that they probably wouldn't if the world was not ending.

I really liked this book. The ending left me wondering what happened to the characters once we leave them. I'm wondering about the world as they know it and if there really is anything to go back to once we leave them. Great read!

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Sunday, June 10, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)Fated by Alyson Noel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is something a little different than I am used to reading, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book.

I like that Noel took a character that seems pretty unlikely to have a fated future ahead of her; someone that has had a pretty crazy life. That's not saying that the character wasn't well developed and well liked, she just had a crazy life and moved on to something even crazier.

Of course, we have the typical love triangle thing going on, this time it's only made a bit different because the boys in question are twins. There is plenty of magic involved however. It seems like magic hardly ever graces books anymore so if you're looking for a read with plenty of magic, this will be one that you'll want to read.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy # 6) by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure what can be said about this book other than I was pretty happy with how it ended. I mean, really happy. I'm glad to see certain characters where they ended up. It just made me happy. Although I was a bit unhappy for a few characters. I'd like to know what happened to them afterwards. I mean, It's terrible to leave such good characters in the dust like that.

I'm glad I stuck with the entire series to the end. I think the story and the writer evolved so much along the way. And Rose evolved so much herself. I'm glad to see the direction she took. It's such a stark difference to how she was in the first book. She went from a character that I really didn't like much, to a character that realized a lot of things about herself, which turned her into a great, likable character that I wouldn't mind reading more about.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is just as full with as many plot twists and turns as the one before it. Things just continue to get a lot worse for Rose, but for a moment, they're great. Things get very interesting with Lissa, Christian and Adrian. Things with Dimitri get really interesting but that's something you'd have to read the book to find out. As usual, Rose finds herself in some very, very deep trouble. This is the type of trouble that really could get her killed, that is unless her father has any say.

I have to say I found this book to be very, very heart breaking in points. I feel like I could really relate to Rose and what she was going through. The scenes where Rose is going through heartbreak are scenes in which you can really feel the emotional pain she's going through. It really tugs on your heart strings. Of course, I'm hoping things turn out a lot better for Rose in the next book, but you know that doesn't always work out that way.

I am very interested in knowing where things with Lissa will go next. I'm also interested in knowing how certain characters really fit into how the story will come to an end. The characters and plots are so well written, I haven't exactly figured out who all the important players are.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The books in this series just continue to get better and better. Each time I read on, I'm always left with a cliff hanger that makes me want to read on.

Mead has a way of making you truly invested in the lives of her characters. As things happen to the characters in the books, you suddenly want things to work out for them. You want good things to happen and when good things don't exactly come, you feel for each and every one of them.

I knew things were too good to be true with this one though. I did want to see some sort of conclusion for Rose after what happened in the last book. However, when it happened, it was depressing. It's just something that you want to work out. I was glad however to see that things were not going to go in that direction. I want a lot more to the story line of Rose and the Dimitri than we're presented with. Of course, I want good things but I guess I'm just so invested.

I definitely want more, more more!

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Monday, May 14, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed by Ally Condie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really loved the first title in this series, but this one? Well not so much.

I feel like this book was full of nothing but build ups. Things just keep progressing over and over again until we reach full throttle. Then, slowly, as we reach the point where we're finally going to see the characters reach that one thing we want, we're presented with a let down. Things just slide right down and it's like, "OK, so why did I read this book exactly?"

Also, this book is a lot about lies. Everyone lies about something for one reason or the other. I feel like sorting out all the truth from the lies is hard. Can we trust what this character or that character said? And, exactly how important are a few of the characters we are presented with?

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the book. Things were progressing along quite well up until the very end. Then I just put it down and thought 'huh', do I really want to read the last book? The verdict is still out on that one.

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Friday, May 11, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book was amazing and this book was just as good as the first.

We're taken on a ride as Tris and Four are working on how to stop the leader of Erudite after she began the simulation that got a lot of people killed, including Tris' parents.

We get to learn a lot about Tris as well as her parents, especially when new information slowly comes to light about her parents and their old factions, not to mention their lives in their current faction. New information comes to light about Four and his family life. It's shocking but it's really not surprising to see where things go. I'm surprised at his alliances myself but that is what makes for a good story.

Nothing from the first book is forgotten. We get to see Tris work through a lot of what happened in Divergent. It's nice taking that ride right along with her because I think it makes the story more real and believable.

The ending is a pretty big cliff hanger. Also, it's quite a shocker, even though things are alluded to earlier in the story. It's a realization that Tris comes to herself. However, as a reader, we're shocked right along with Tris when one key piece of information is dropped that directly relates to her and her family. I think the next book is going to be just as wild as this one.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, James Frey, Jobie Hughes

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read the first book, I was a bit skeptical about it. It didn't seem to flow well. It just had something about it that I really didn't care for. I was also a bit skeptical about reading this book, the second in the series because I wasn't sure how this one would turn out. I have to say that this one turned out a lot better than I expected. I'm glad I decided to read on.

We continue to follow Four and Six, with Four's friend Sam. We start with them recuperating after the end of the last book. However, things do not go easily. Things get bad very fast. They're constantly on the run working to find others and find a way to survive. However, we're not only following Four and Six, we're also following another hiding in Spain.

Things get a bit strange for this new character that lives in a orphanage with lots of nuns when they're attacked. We cut back and forth between, Four, Six and Marina. Sam and Four leave Six however to embark on their own journey therefore making things really, really interesting.

The action in this book is fast paced. Everything happens quickly but you can tell that a war is definitely on the horizon. Things will not be peaceful in the next books.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Thirteen by Susie Moloney (ARC)

The ThirteenThe Thirteen by Susie Moloney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is so deliciously evil. I just cannot find a better way to explain this book. It's dripping with evil but it's just so good it's really hard to put down.

One warning though, if you dislike books with violence against animals, I would avoid this book. I almost put the book down for a small segment but I continued to read on and thankfully, it didn't really happen again and the ending made it worthwhile.

The book is written rather well. The book progresses along at a great pace, things happen in a logical succession and the characters all have great personalities. It's really easy to pick out your favorites as soon as the book starts. I think it's quite clear to see who the evil ones are. The author doesn't make it a point to hide anything, except for what the characters are really up to. I mean, you know, but it takes awhile for things to build up to a point where everything is finally out in the open.

The ending is just about as creepy as the entire story itself and it makes me wonder if a sequel isn't in the works. I wouldn't be surprised!

I received a copy of this book from Library Thing for review.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Charmed: Season 9, Volume 3

Charmed Season 9 Volume 3Charmed Season 9 Volume 3 by Paul Ruditis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really happy to get my hands on this volume. I'm not reading the comics as standalone novels, but rather collecting the graphic novel version. It saves me the clutter so I'm a bit behind everyone else.

I think this collection was better than the first two only because we get to see more of the Charmed Ones living their normal lives, rather than fighting an epic battle in the first two books. And, after the bombshell in the last novel from Grams and Penny about Prue, we get to see what happened that caused such a stir in the first place.

We see an old character return, even if for a few panels and we see Phoebe and Cole back in action. Actually, we get to see a different side of Cole and Phoebe, well she's just Phoebe.

For everyone out there interested in the kids, Piper's kids take on a pretty important role in the first chapter which I loved. I wondered how the kids turned out after the show ended, especially since they sort of took a backseat during the final episodes.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

As I WakeAs I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a really hard time putting this one down. I just had to know more about Ava. What really happened to her memory? Why was she slipping into weird dreams and weird memories of people that she knows, but really doesn't 'know'. And why is her mother having secret phone calls with someone she doesn't really know?

It was hard to follow at first. The first few chapters were sort of fragmented and a bit strange. However, as the story progresses and we learn more about Ava, things start to fall into place more. As Ava progresses and gets used to her life after waking up with no memory of who she is, or who anyone is, the story becomes less fragmented and full of more complex ideas and stories that are interwoven into Ava's current life.

I really liked how Ava progressed and worked through her memory losses in the book. Ava really did grow to love and despise people well. I think she handled things much better than I would have, if I were to be in her situation. I wish there were more on her life and where she came from though. We do have some snippets, but I'd like to know more, more about the world she came from; or stories from her childhood. I think there is so much more to know that we couldn't be satisfied with just the little bit of knowledge we have.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: World's Burn Through

Worlds Burn Through (The Chronicles of Nowhere #1)Worlds Burn Through by Vicki Keire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This really isn't a bad book, but it's more of a short story than anything. The story is set up to be a bit confusing. I'm sure this is the author's choice but for one, I'm finding it really hard to really, really like the story. We're left in the dark about so much, but then again, so is the main character Chloe. She too is in the dark for most of the story.

The reader is learning right along with Chloe about the things in her life that she doesn't quite understand. I would like to know more about her mother and father; we know some about her father but not much. We know some things about her mother as well, but still, we don't know much.

There is a preview of the next book at the end if you must know more. I however did not keep reading. I'd like to get the next one to read the entire thing instead of just a snippet of information.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Graceling by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Graceling lumbered along to a very slow pace at the beginning. The pace was hard to keep up with. To be fair however, Graceling has a lot of things to set up in the beginning. We have a lot of characters with a lot of background information to keep track of, before we really start getting into Katsa's story.

The story really picked up for me after Chapter five or so. I really started to get into the background story. At first, I thought it was going to be the same old story, with the same usual plot, but it is different. Also, another favorite thing is that this book is very 'girl powered'. Now I know that seems kind of cheesy and it seems like a lot of books are doing that thing nowadays, but while it is girl powered centered, it doesn't shy away from saying that guys hold power as well. I say it's pretty centered all around and probably could be enjoyed by people of both genders if they were open to it.

I really would like to read the next to find out what happens between Katsa and Po. Also, I'd like to know more about Bitterblue.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Last Gleaming

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming (Season 8, Vol. 8)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming by Joss Whedon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The ending of Buffy Season 8 was wild. Buffy and the gang is locked in a full out war for the world. We follow as usual, the ups and downs of the characters as they do their best to protect the planet from the disasters of demons and all evils trying to take over the world.

While I really enjoyed seeing things become wrapped up, after a very strange and very wild ride through the rest of the issues, it was a pretty sad ending. I of course, will not divulge details but it is depressing especially for a long time lover of the show. However, I understand how some things must work out for the story line to progress, it's still sad in more ways than one.

However, I am glad that the ending of the season made way for maybe, a more normal (or more 'normal' for Buffy as we are used to)story relating to Buffy and the people that help her save the world from evil. I also think that the ending of this season will also pave the way for more changes for Buffy. However, I haven't started to read Season 9 yet so I cannot be certain.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matched is a story about another society, one in the future where the government has complete control over the populace, all the way down to whom a person shall marry if they choose to be matched with someone else. The government lies, hides and spies on their people.

Cassia is the main character of this novel, a girl about to be matched. Things seem to be perfect, especially when she is matched with her neighbor and best friend Xander, but not everything is at it seems. More sinister things are at play.

At first, Cassia was sort of an annoying character but I think she really evolved and I'm glad she did. She became more than a one dimensional sheep that follows everything she's fed blindly. Xander appears to only have eyes for Cassia but really, there is much more going with his character too. I like Xander really and I'm glad that he knows more than he's letting on. It makes the story so much more interesting!

I really like Condie's world building. I felt like she did a great job at portraying what life is like within this province for the characters that we are introduced to. We know what it's like to ride air train's or to go into the city or to go to school. I'd like to know more about other province's because I think it would make for an interesting story.

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Monday, April 16, 2012 | By: Traci

Mailbox Monday #14

Back in January I preordered the third volume in the Charmed comic series. After several delays it showed up today! I was pretty excited to see the mailman deliver it to my door that I jumped into reading it right away! Review to come later!

Saturday, April 14, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: House of Night Bundle by Darkhorse Comics

House of Night

This story takes place between the first and second book of the House of Night series. After Zoey is given charge of the Dark Daughters. Zoey has some lessons to learn as to what it means to take over the Dark Daughters, to rule over a group of people all serving the goddess Nyx. Each issue is a history lesson on goddesses and other important people in the course of being a vampire or a House of Night school.

I haven't read past the first book in the House of Night series, but I saw a preview of the first comic and I thought it looked pretty neat. So I bought the bundle and read through them. The art work is pretty cool. I think my favorite scenes are the scenes when the Dark Daughter's group is outside about to learn a new lesson from the handbook. The scenes look so peaceful.

The history aspects lead into moral lessons that Zoey must learn. While some people may find these annoying, they're really not annoying. They're only a small aspect of the story and they're not preachy either. I'm interested in seeing where the story will go next.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel: A Long Night's Journey by Darkhorse Comics

Angel: A Long Night's Journey Bundle I picked up this four comic bundle from Darkhorse Digital for 6.99. The story begins with Angel fighting a car of demon's. When he gets ahold of them to get them to talk, they refuse. They claim to know nothing. However, when Angel get's into the trunk of the car, he finds a little boy. Of course, Angel takes the boy home and when the boy reveals his saviors name to his father, his father set's about to prove that miracles exist since his boy was saved by an angel.

However, thing's aren't so great for the savior Angel because once again, he's being attacked by creatures that seem a lot more powerful than anything he's ever encountered before. With a little digging, we discover that the person behind the random Angel attacks is actually someone that Angel has encountered in the past. He's come back to take something from Angel that he feels is rightfully his. Angel is certain however, that he lay's no claim to what he seeks. This story arc takes place during Angel's second TV season

I felt this arc was a quick read. There isn't actually a lot to read within some of the comics because most of it is fight scenes with sound words. The artwork however, seems a lot more crisp and clear than the previous Angel comics that I read a few months ago. However, the art still contains plenty of detail so you can immerse yourself into the story line without feeling like something is missing. It is a great addition to the world of Angel.

Sunday, April 8, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7: Twilight

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight (Season 8, Vol. 7)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight by Joss Whedon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of the more stranger story arcs in the season. We finally get a reveal on Twilight and we realize something about Giles. Of course he's hiding something. When isn't he? Also, Buffy goes through another change.

I have to say, I wasn't expecting Twilight to turn out to be whom it was. I expected someone else I think. I never thought I'd see this character return as something dark again, only to be creating the way for something else entirely. After Buffy meets Twilight and some things are revealed, things get strange for several pages. Then, they get even stranger before Buffy comes to her senses.

As usual, the art is nice, the characters are written true to their TV counterparts and the storyline follows something you would have seen on the show.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6: Retreat

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat (Season 8, Vol. 6)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat by Joss Whedon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this arc of Buffy, Buffy and he gang of rogue slayers are still trying to find out what Twilight is up to. Also, they find out a big surprise as to how Twilight keeps finding them so they do something unthinkable in hopes of staying alive. Of course that doesn't go as planned.

I really liked how the girls had to step out of their comfort zones in this story arc. Instead of being superhuman beings, they have to deal with being normal people. I'm happy Andrew is still Andrew and something big with Xander occurs. I really wasn't expecting that surprise. I'm also excited to see where this new development will go.

Also, Riley? Yeah he's back. I don't know where this part of the story will go but I think it will be interesting! I'm going to start reading the next one right now so I can find out what happens exactly!

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Monday, April 2, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is written in the same great style as the first. Things are still different this time around but yet they are still the same. It's hard to explain really, one must read the book to really grasp everything that is happening.

Kate hasn't changed much other than being married to Henry. She's still stuck in her self loathing over whether or not Henry cares for her. I really feel like this book has Kate doing nothing but sitting at home with a 'woah is me' attitude about everything. It gets old really listening to Kate constantly whine to either herself or anyone that will listen about Henry.

Other than that, I truly enjoyed reading the descriptions of the underworld. It's pleasant really to think about the afterlife as whatever we make it. The world building in this title is pretty good. I think it's what really made this book, otherwise I probably would have given up reading it awhile ago.

The biggest shocker really is the ending. I was not expecting Carter to go where she did with the ending. Now I'm even more eager than before to find out what happens in the next title. I just have to know because it's such a huge plot twist, it's really keeping me on the edge of my seat.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I experienced a lot of different emotions reading this book. It was like a crazy roller coaster ride. Sometimes I wondered why I was reading this book, other times I wondered why I couldn't read it any faster. Of course, I also experienced sadness and confusion, just like Kate did during the course of the book.

I really liked Kate. She's a really likable character that's doing a lot of things for her dying mother and she's doing it alone. She's the type of kid that doesn't really have time to be a kid; she's more of a grown up than anything. She's someone that I could really relate to. I'm sure at some point, we've had to grow up a lot faster than we should have and that is what gave Kate such a level head.

At first, I really didn't like the direction this story was taking, but once we got about halfway in, I really started to become immersed in the story and I really wanted to know more. I couldn't believe some of the things that occurred though. This book really did keep me on the edge of my seat. Carter did a great job of not giving things away ahead of time. You know, some stories are so easy to read, you can just tell what's going to happen before it does. Well, not this one. It has so many surprising plot points, it's always a surprise when you read the next paragraph.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Eve by Anna Carey

Eve (Eve, #1)Eve by Anna Carey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The concept of this book sounds simply amazing, it really does, but that is about as far as that goes: the concept.

Eve could have been a really fascinating character but she really falls very flat. She's someone that is very naive. She falls victim to believing everything that the teachers at school feed her. She doesn't want to believe anything other than what she was told so when Arden another girl from school tells her that the things she thought were true weren't, she finds it hard to believe. So she does something stupid. It seems Eve does a lot of stupid things and continues to be naive for most of the story.

I think my biggest issue with Eve is how she goes from being very naive, to very smart, to very naive over and over again. It doesn't make her likable. It makes me dislike her if anything. She doesn't have anything that makes me relate to her, other than suffering great losses in her life.

Also, what was with the drop off of Arden? She's with them and then she's gone. There is no more mention other than a passing question as to where she might be.

I just felt like there were so many plot holes here it just did not make for an excellent story,

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Friday, March 23, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5 Predators and Prey

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey (Season 8, Vol. 5)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey by Joss Whedon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How nice to see Harmony again! This group of Buffy stories has a lot to do with Harmony and I'm thinking we'll probably see a lot more of her in the next stories but of course, I don't know until I read on!

Harmony, ever the attention seeker, gets herself a TV show. Buffy and Andrew team up, and they finally work on a few of their issues. We also see a nice resolution to Dawn's current problems (being under spell's and all).

I think my favorite story had to be the one with the vampy cats. That was quite an interesting storyline and something that I wasn't expecting to read in a Buffy comic. However, it reminds me of something that I would see on the TV show so it wasn't so surprising really. It was cute, creepy and funny all at the same time.

Also, the bonus Harmony story at the end with the small vampy cat story was also a plus. Cute, creepy and funny because it's really hard to be mad at Harmony sometimes.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower

The Agency 2: The Body At The TowerThe Agency 2: The Body At The Tower by Y.S. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book a lot more than I liked the first. I feel as if Lee really got her stride going after writing the first novel which meant this novel really took off.

Once again we meet with Mary and the detective agency that she works for. We find out Mary is supposed to work on a case for the commissioner about the new parliament house that is being constructed. Someone has died and it's up to Mary to find out what is really going on.

We meet up with Jame Easton, a character that Mary had contact with in the first book again. Of course he becomes entangled in her plot, just as he did in the first novel, but things take a very different turn during the end when Mary reveals so much more to James about her past that may or may not affect their relationship. Of course, the book ends on such a cliff hanger it's hard to tell what will happen until the next book.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren Destefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Fever by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel like this book was amazing this time around. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first book, but I really feel like this book took off and really set the pace for the rest of the story. I cannot wait until the last book.

Rhine is still the same character as she was in the first book-determined and stubborn. With Gabriel at her feet though, she has a lot of things to contend with. As the story progresses, Rhine also picks up a third person that she feels the need to protect at all costs. And she's more determined than ever to find her brother. Even when things do not work out as planned, she really doesn't give up. I like that about her.

Things take a big, big twist though and Rhine really tries to take it like a champ. She tries to make the best out of a bad situation. While I really like that about her character, I cannot help but wonder what will change in the next book. Of course, I'm also imagining all the ways the next book could end.

The pacing is just right. Things are not done too quickly or too slowly. As readers, we get to experience what Rhine experiences at that exact moment. Things are given just enough detail to get us through the story. We do not know too much or too little. This book was simply amazing!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Hickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle (ARC)

Hickey of the BeastHickey of the Beast by Isabel Kunkle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would love to give this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 instead of just a three. Sadly, we don't have that ability.

Anyway, I admit, I think the title of this book is really, really cheesy. However, the title really makes sense and is a perfectly fitting title for the book, so it's pretty easy to look past that really. Even if it is a little cheesy.

We follow Connie, daughter of a boarding school headmistress and a few of her friends on campus. Connie is writing a very, long letter to her friend about the events that she experienced during her first year of high school. The story is told from Connie's view and is told in a very conversational type of way. It can be a bit hard to read at times. Sometimes I felt like there were way too many details or that Connie just lost herself and went off on another tangent. Of course, that is how some people are. I just didn't like it and felt that it really prolonged this story too much.

However, I felt a major strong point here was, how the girls came to the conclusion about the mysterious events that were occurring on campus. They were very methodological about it. They tried not to jump to conclusions but Connie really did come up with the right thing at the right time. It really came down to her being the one meant to solve the mysterious events. And, true to paranormal belief, things didn't come across as cheesy or boring. The story progressed at a nice pace (once we got past some of Connie's rambling).

However, another big disappointment is, I had long figured out the person responsible. Two events stuck out in my mind which made me question where things were going well before we delved deeper into the story and the strange things that were occurring. It didn't make things shocking when things were finally revealed.

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Monday, March 12, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink (ARC)

A Temptation of AngelsA Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I wavered quite a bit, back and forth as to how I thought this book would be. The synopsis makes this sound amazing. The first chapter is just confusing. It takes such a long time for things to unfold, I wondered if continuing on to read would be worth it.

It was worth it, but it wasn't amazing. The plot was interesting. It had an entirely different take on the angel story concept. However, the problem with this book is, it falls into one of the many pitfalls that YA novels are getting into lately. There is always some sort of love triangle, and you guessed it, this book has one. The good thing though? The romance isn't in your face. However, this complicates things because towards the end, I was wondering how Helen, our main character could love her chosen partner when she's only known him for a short time. Not to mention, the interactions between Helen and her chosen partner, are well, short and varied.

Let's not forget, Griffin and Darius, the brother's Helen moves in with, fall into the love hate trap with Helen. One brother likes her, the other doesn't care for her and would prefer to just shove her out of the way to keep doing what they do minus the girl.

Also, I felt as if the characters were a bit transparent and sometimes a bit boring. I found it hard to truly care for any of the characters very deeply. You know, some stories you read and when something terrible happens, you can't help but feel for the character? Yeah, with this one, it wasn't a big deal to me if something major happened.

I rated this mostly based upon plot ideas and the story itself. I haven't rated this much on characters because, character development aside, I could enjoy the story without worrying about character flaws.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book to be a completely different and refreshing take on magic and wizardry. Events within the story followed some of the typical parts within your typical magical YA stories, but the concept of this one was much more original.

I for one liked the idea of how magical people are born. I won't give it away because it is sort of spoilery, but I think it's a pretty interesting concept. Of course, that concept raises a lot of other questions about how they are born, but if you take it for what it is, it's a very interesting concept that I have not see done before.

The characters in this book are likable, but they also have a lot of layers to them. They're not one dimensional characters where everything is obvious. Everyone is hiding something, some kind of intent that isn't inherently obvious on the surface. This makes reading through this easy as you're constantly trying to decode characters and their intent towards other characters.

My biggest issue with this book? Why on earth are the chapters so long? Some chapters are pretty short, other chapters are so long, you're reading on and on and on for 30 minutes or more. I would have liked chapters to be broken up a bit more. Then again, that could just be my personal preference, some else out there may have enjoyed the longer chapters that just seemed to go on forever.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of your Life (Season 8, Vol. 4) by Joss Whedon

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Time Of Your Life (Season 8, Vol. 4)Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Time Of Your Life by Joss Whedon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For me, this volume of the Buffy comics just didn't live up to the others that I've read. Granted, more things happened that put Buffy and her friends back onto the path of saving the world, when it came down to the end, I felt like the last story in this section was very rushed.

I think one of the most interesting things in this volume however, is that we learn something interesting about Willow that I hadn't expected. Willow of course, is back and in action in the present as a good witch again. She's managed to control her powers and she's not evil. This story touches on future Willow and I'm talking a few hundred years in the future Willow. At this point, I cannot tell if there is more to Willow's future story that we haven't been presented with yet or not. I'll have to read the next books to find out.

This volume not only touches on future aspects of Buffy but it also touches on the past. If you miss Buffy and her days of high school slayering, then you'll enjoy the last story in this volume. It's drawn in a completely different way, which to me, gave it that old time, past type feeling. It's a short lived story though that does not appear to continue to the next volume.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Reunion by Jeff Bennington

ReunionReunion by Jeff Bennington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I believe I had a completely different idea of what this story would be like before I started to read this. I mean, I knew what this was about and I knew there was a paranormal element to this book, but I never imagined the lengths the plot would travel through to come to the ending. It just blows my mind.

At first, the ending was slow. The details the school shooter David enacted before going through with his crimes was a little hard to read. It wasn't horrifying or too graphic, it was just a bit slow and a little hard to continue to read through. I felt the part was done perfectly however. He was a very, very troubled kid. You cannot help but feel for him because no one deserves to be treated as he did, let alone suffer through all the terrible things that were done against him. He was a trouble soul that just could not take it anymore. That of course does not excuse his actions. He had a choice and he choose to commit his crime.

Things lumber along smoothly when we meet up with the main group of survivors from the shooting. Each of them has their own personal conflicts to deal with following the shooting. It seems like a pretty normal story about people trying to put their lives back together after a tragedy. Things however take a very, very strange turn when people begin witnessing paranormal events at the now defunct school building. Crimes are still being committed and it seems they're being done from the inside which is a pretty hard thing to believe. It doesn't seem like a ghost can be behind those things.

Things continue to get weirder and weirder as the story progresses. Things are not what they seem. There are many people hiding secrets that are putting many people at risk. It seems however that David is still suffering and there is only one thing that can be done about it, which I think was the most surprising part of the story!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1) by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am not very familiar with fairy tales aside from the ones that everyone knows. I've read other re-tellings of fairy tales without really knowing much about the original story. The same is true about this version of the 12 dancing princesses. I've heard of the tale but I haven't really read the original.

I was intrigued with the main male character Galen. A soldier and a knitter? How cool is that. Also, he's a pretty likable character. He's hard to not like, especially when you get to know him and see just how much bad stuff he's been through. I really appreciated how easily he fit into his new life and wasn't full of himself. It was refreshing to see a male character that wasn't all about himself. I think that's becoming the norm in YA literature. Thankfully, not in this one.

The princesses are likable characters as well. However it seems we only hear about a few of them and not all. Which, I guess when you're dealing with 12 of them, I'm sure it gets awfully hard to keep track of all of those girls. Even so, I feel the story of the hardship created by the curse from the King Under Stone is done wonderfully. It's very obvious how pained and exhausted each girl is over having to dance night after night at the midnight balls.

I really enjoyed this story and I was very happy with the ending!

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at The Gate by Joss Whedon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate (Season 8, Vol. 3)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Joss Whedon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This volume of Buffy comics really blew me away. We're really starting to hit a groove I think. The story lines combined with character actions and words are starting to really fall into place with how characters acted on the show.

I think this volume really hit a high point. Things really started to get interesting in this grouping of comics and we're seeing Buffy do something that I thought would NEVER happen. I'm actually quite giddy over that however I'm a bit apprehensive as to where this will go in later comics. I don't want it turned into a running gag and I certainly don't want things to go in a back and forth motion where she's constantly choosing one and then going back to the other. That will be disappointing. Pick one and stick with it!

Also, poor Xander. He cannot catch a break. I was overjoyed and then let down. I thought maybe Xander was back to a good point in his life. However I hope that better things are to come! I'm definitely very excited to to read the next volume.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Camille by Tess Oliver

CamilleCamille by Tess Oliver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'd really like to give this book a 3.5 stars but sadly that's not possible!

I really liked this book. I mean, I really did. I really liked Camille, the main character. She's not your traditional lady and I like that. I like characters that do not always fit the mold. Her caregiver, Dr. Bennett was also an interesting character. He's a nice guy with a lot of secrets to hold, especially when it concerns Camille and her sister.

The paranormal aspect of this novel was pretty good. We have two characters, Camille and Dr. Bennett that spend their time hunting werewolves while attempting to find a cure to prevent the whole mess from happening in the first place. Then, there is Nathaniel Strider, a street rat that has had the unfortunate luck of being bitten by a current werewolf. That sets the whole basis for the story line.

A lot of secrets are uncovered in this story. Things about Camille's life, as well as Dr. Bennett and Emily, Camille's sister. Camille also has a few secrets of her own but they're a bit more obvious than the secrets the other characters harbor.

I think my biggest disappointment and the reason why I gave this book under 4 stars, was how it ended. It just ended on a rather 'blah' note. I expected more, especially after Camille's actions. I expected Dr. Bennett to do more. I expected more to come of what Dr. Bennett presents Camille and Strider with, rather than a few explanations. I just feel as if the current story was unfinished!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Joss Whedon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You (Season 8, Vol. 2)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You by Joss Whedon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think that this volume of Season 8 was much better than the first. I think we had a lot of setting up to do in the first volume. We had to learn where everyone was and what happened since the the last war and the destruction of Sunnydale. Now, we're left catching up with more characters and finding out a lot more about them that we had known in the past.

One character that I really liked catching up with was Faith. It's apparent by looking at the front cover, Faith is back in the picture. It's no surprise that things between Faith and Buffy are still strained. Buffy still doesn't trust her. I have yet to decide if I trust her myself. I'll find out in due time I suppose.

I feel as if Whedon really hit his stride with this one. We're back to the same old antics from characters. Willow is still Willow with her crazy explanations and messed up magic. Xander is still his sweet, but silly self. He tries hard to make those around him feel loved and cared for, but yet, he's still silly and still panics easily when presented with certain situations.

They're starting to feel like the characters from the show now. I hope the trend continues and the story continues to fast paced and smooth. I do not want the characters to become stale or lose too much of how they were on TV. That's my fear at this point.

However I am enjoying the story and I cannot wait to see where it goes from there.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Vol. 1)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I did know about the Buffy comics until several months ago. When I found out it was indeed a continuation of the show, I just had to read it. I just needed to know where things went after the show ended. I really hated how the show ended too. It just seemed to wrap up, but yet with so many lose ends.

I think, my favorite thing about this volume is how so many characters that we knew from the show (whether we loved or hated them) are returning. And, it's nice to see the way they return. Honestly, I didn't expect some characters to show their faces ever again! Based upon how things ended on the show, I simply expected certain characters to be dead or lost. I never expected them to return or return having such a big impact on Buffy's current life.

True to the show, Buffy still has sister problems, she still has novice slayer problems and things still have a tendency to go wrong. However, Buffy still works hard to protect the innocents and she still works hard to try and keep her sister happy. Oh and by the way, Dawn has some big problems herself! I'm in love so far with the series and cannot wait until I can read more. I have Volume 2 ready with the rest of the volumes on their way so it won't take me long to get through them!

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Friday, February 24, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly, I really wasn't sure what I was getting into when I began to read this. I mean, I knew the basic plot, I knew things in this community where Jonas and his family live, is something foreign to us. After all, we do not live such a structured, basic life. We have choices, we're allowed to make those choices. We have things like colors, and memories and differences.

For Jonas as the new receiver of memories, doesn't have the luxury at first, of knowing what all of the above things are. Once he receives his job assignment as the receiver he begins to experience parts of life that he had never known: pain, love, loss, hunger, loneliness and warmth.

Not only that, he begins to learn that his community is a bit different than he knows. People lie. Lies are everywhere. These things are meant to protect, but really, the people lying are doing terrible, evil things. He thinks it's time for a change.

I think the scariest thing about this book is how raw it gets when we get deeper into the story. What we see is a perfect place where everyone is happy and everything appears wonderful because there is no sickness, no war, no crime. They aren't even allowed to have basic choices, like deciding whom to date, what job they want to do. Can you imagine living there knowing all the things that we used to have, like choices?

It's just a really strange thing to wrap my head around; the concept of it all. What's scarier is thinking about how our world could possibly turn into that someday. I'm not saying it really could happen, but just thinking about the what if's is what makes it scary.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Charmed TPB Volume 2 (Zenescope)

Charmed TPB Volume 2

I was anxious to start reading the second volume because things really started to get interesting at the end of the last volume. In this volume, we get to see a lot more of the Charmed one's and their lives. We see their children developing powers (some of which probably shouldn't have them!) Not only that, but some people would prefer to not have any powers at all!

Also, a lot of our favorite characters come back. If you loved Grams, well guess what? She's back! So is Patty, Victor and someone else I'll keep a secret! You'll have to read on to find out. I don't want to ruin it because it was definitely very shocking to me.

I liked reading this section for another reason too: Leo. The story surrounding him becomes complicated once again. Also, Leo proves that just because his wings are clipped does not mean that he doesn't remember some very important information about very important people. It's also great to see Leo being a dad, staying at home and just trying to be normal. Too bad it doesn't seem to be in his nature to stay normal for long. His life takes another twist.

Also, true to Grams' and Pattys' nature, it seems they're also hiding some secrets that Piper, Paige and Phoebe know nothing about, but could come back to bite them later! Things have just got interesting!

I'm not sure if I can wait until March to read the next installment!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Charmed TPB Volume 1 (Zenescope)

Charmed Volume 1

This is a collection of the first 5 comic books in the Charmed comic line. The story picks up after Season 8 of the TV show ended.

I knew the comics were coming out but I kept putting off ordering them. I finally bit the bullet and I'm glad I did! I am overjoyed to see the Charmed Ones back in action. Also, we get to see more of the girls with their husbands. That is a huge plus.

If you wanted to know more about the children the girls had, now is the time to pick up the comics, or the collection because I've seen each sister with her children and her husband. The kids are cute and I can't wait to read more about them. It appears that their children will be just as magical as the sisters themselves.

I was worried about how interesting the story line could be, after all, when the show ended, everything was made out to be peaceful-this is true for a short time, but it doesn't stick. As usual, there are evil people out there that are bent on claiming power and prestige through evil means, so of course things were not peaceful.

Also, if you're wondering what happened to some of the innocents the sisters saved, we get to see a few memorable ones. The story line also sounds like something that would have happened on the show, if the show would have continued. And the art is not cartoonish, it's not cheesy. It's very detailed with rich colors.

If you're a Charmed fan, this is a must read!

Sunday, February 19, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2)The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really happy to see this book wrap up. I really wanted to know what happened to Ginny's envelope's and I really needed to see how this story ended. It was one of those coming of age stories where you just have to know and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it to find out.

The plot was surprising and a different take on what I had expected. I'm not really sure what I expected but what I got wasn't what I expected at all. I expected Ginny's envelope quest to be a lot different. I expected another quest where Ginny went by herself or took her friend, Keith to accomplish the last task. I was not expecting two new additions to her quest completion team.

I liked seeing Ginny in this new light, so willing to accomplish tasks without other's help. I really liked seeing Ginny stand up for what she believed in even while being pushed to her limits by someone that seemed so uncaring and seemed to only be looking out for themselves. It proves that her Aunt's trip really made her learn a lot more about herself than we previously thought in the first.

I am a little disappointed in how the book ended however. I expected Ginny to do something more to help her new acquaintance even after the things he did, even if she didn't really do much at all to her other than attempt to gain some money from the trip. I expected more on the story line surrounding him. He's such a big part of the story, and then in the end, he's just tossed aside and she goes home with her uncle like it didn't happen. That was upsetting.

Otherwise, good story and a nice way to wrap things up.

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Friday, February 17, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake (Anna #1)

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I really wondered what I was getting myself into. It seems like such a strange concept-some kid goes out ghost hunting and killing all of those murderous ghosts that harm the living. I mean, murderous ghosts? A kid ghost hunter? It's a trippy topic. However, the more I read the book, the more I grew to love it.

Cas, the main character and ghost hunter is a strange character. He definitely has a past and has perfectly good reasons for doing what he does, but at times, he's an unlikable character because of his job. He's turned into someone that is uncaring. He seems, at times unlovable. I mean, he practically admits at one point in the book that he uses people when he's at a new location, to get the information that he wants and that's it. He's able to read people in his school's so much, he knows who he can go to, how to approach them and how to make it seem like he cares, when he really doesn't. He only cares about killing ghosts. That made it hard to like him at times.

I like his mother, but as usual, this book falls victim to push-over parent syndrome that is becoming quite common in YA literature. It's pretty much explained away as, she knows he'll just do it anyway, so she lets him do it. His mother otherwise, is a likable character and once you get to know the kids he's hanging out with at school, they're likable characters too.

My other pet peeve is how the murders of three teens were played out. They were just thrown out, made to seem rather unimportant. Not a lot of attention is given to the murders. It's a little illogical really. Granted, I know this is fiction, it's just strange that no one really noticed anything strange. The kids were never accused of anything either. It is very illogical.

However, this was a good book if you can look past a few minor flaws. The story is a horror story. There are parts of this that are too creepy and I'd rather not think about them if I can. So, if you want a horror story, this is it.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel #17: The Cordelia Special

Angel #17

Cordelia takes center stage in this issue all about her! We enter the story by getting a glimpse into Cordelia's apartment. We also get a sneak peak of Dennis, her friendly apartment ghost doing what he does best: watch TV. When the gang enters, they leave Cordelia with a task: guard the demon heart and do not let anyone enter, at all costs. Wesley and Angel leave, leaving Cordelia at home with Dennis. Things however, do not go smoothly at home, but Dennis is to the rescue!

This I believe was my favorite issue of this series. I love Cordelia. She grew a lot while on Buffy and she grew even more while working with Angel. I love her quips, and she's really quite smart. She always has something funny to say. Also, I loved Dennis in this. He was always protective of her on the show but it was nice to see something going on in her house and having Dennis jump to her rescue. It really showcased their odd relationship which was great to see. Great issue!

Also, the ending was perfect. I loved how she was very nonchalant about everything that had occurred in her apartment while the guys were gone.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel #15 and #16

Angel #15
Angel #16

In this part of the story, Angel finds himself constantly attacked by demons claiming he is causing them trouble and they're really tired of being disturbed. Angel is tired of being attacked. What follows is a wild chase to determine who exactly is behind all of the attacks and more importantly, why is she blaming Angel?

I really liked the randomness of the attacks. This felt just like an episode of Angel, especially with all of the banter with the supernatural beings and the attacks. This also had a really nice mystery feel to it. Also, much to my surprise, Buffy makes an appearance in both of these issues. These issues actually fall alongside a few of the Buffy comics that came out for season 8.

It was nice to see Buffy make an appearance and it's just cemented my need to read through Buffy season 8 and start on Season 9 which is just starting to make an appearance. I think I will buy the Buffy issues in hardcopy however and not digital.

Sunday, February 12, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel # 14

Angel #14

A rash of deaths that can only be explained as spontaneous combustion hit the area. Police are stunned. They have no leads expect for one witness that claims it was a girl. They try to explain it away as chemical but when Angel comes around, he knows there has to be more to the story. When he digs deeper and finds Bethany, the girl responsible, he finds out she's alone and terrified. And the sad thing? Someone from home is responsible for her nightmare.

It seems these stories are all about kids all of a sudden. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see Angel doing what he does best: taking care of those that really cannot take care of themselves. It is nice to have variety in the story.

This story shows us that not everyone at home is as good as we hope they are. We also see that some people are just cruel to children because they can be. It's really a sad story. However, true to Angel's character, he is able to make things a little better for Bethany.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel #12 and #13

Angel #12
Angel #13

In this next installment of Angel, we open with creepy scenes showcasing an amusement park. The park is pretty abandoned, but there are still signs of life. We move on to a rough looking couple seeking help from a fortune teller. When things go wrong, the fortune teller threatens to curse boyfriend. The fortune teller soon suffers a terrible fate himself.

The amusement park is the scene for this story line. In the current day it is abandoned and set to be sold. Because it is abandoned a group of kidnappers decide to use the park as a hideout as they await to see whether or not the victims father will pay up.

Issues 12 and 13 were darker and grittier than the others, especially in the graphics department. They had a darker feel which really set the scene and made it seem creepy, especially when you pair it with an abandoned amusement park that in its prime was probably a lovely and lively place, but now it's decrepit and harboring thieves, the homeless and vermin.

I also liked how the characters we're introduced to are also a lot darker than in the other issues. They main characters are human; they are however pretty evil humans. Other issues we've dealt with supernatural beings posing as humans, but at the front, we see humans doing bad things. Of course, there is a supernatural element to all of this that I won't reveal because it does give away the story, Angel chases humans more, especially in the beginning of the story.

Also, if you're interested in more information about Angel and his life before Buffy and before he began his own investigating office, you will see some glimpses of his past. We see Angel living on the streets, alone. It's especially easy to pity Angel especially since we know how far he came.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel #10 and #11

Angel #10 | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics
Angel #11 | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics

When we open in issue #10, we are reading about how famous people always end up in the media for something or other. Then, a congressman ends up dead in a fire, but as the only body, it is turning out to look a little suspicious. What I found surprising is how Angel ended up in a Vampire run bordello. That's when things really start to get strange.

I think my favorite artwork in the two part series was when Angel was talking to the owner of the bordello. The shadowing was lovely, and a lot of attention was really given to her dress. With how the rooms were drawn, you get the sense of the darkness, mystery and evil that surrounds the house and the women that work there.

Once again, this story line truly reminds me of an Angel episode or at least something that sounds like a plausible plot from the show. I'm really getting into the comics and I'm interested in reading these farther!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel #8, #9

Angel #8 | Dark Horse Digital Comics
Angel #9 | Dark Horse Digital Comics

I really loved this two part story line.

Strange things are happening within the tunnels beneath the city. Detectives keep finding dead bodies without heads and other appendages and so far, they have no clues. Eventually, Kate, a detective working on the case begins to suspect Angel. Angel suspects someone else he met in the tunnels.

Pretty soon, Kate is targeting Angel as the sole suspect in the case. Cordelia can't help but take offense and Wesley, well Wesley as usual is jumping to conclusions. What follows is a case with a pretty surprise ending, but an ending that is very much like the TV show and Angel that we've all come to love.

This is why I really liked this story line. Angel at the end of this story, acted very much like the vampire with a soul we've grown used to. He took great care to take care of someone that he felt bad for. He felt guilty, not only because of how he treated him, but I think because he understood what it is like to be someone that people don't understand. This is one of the many reasons I love Angel's character. So far, this is the best story line in the series.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel # 5, #6, #7

Angel #5 | Dark Horse Digital Comics

In this issue of Angel, we see Doyle and his half demon self dealing with another demon that feels Doyle was messing with his girlfriend. Not only this, we get to see Doyle trying to deal with with his own personal demons.

The case Angel and his crew are working on seems to be the case of possession. Doyle has a vision of a woman in danger which leads Angel and Doyle to her doorstep and she's begging for help. In the end we find out he's possessed and with the help of a priest, his demons are removed.

As the story line unfolds though, we can see that not everyone in this world can be trusted. People that are thought good may not be good and those that are perceived bad can actually be good. It's all a matter of not judging a book by it's cover until you really know them.

As usual, the artwork is great. I think the best scenes in these comics are those where Angel is dealing with supernatural beings. The beings are drawn in great detail, so much more detail I think than was ever given in the TV show. Once again this is also a nice tie in to the show.

Friday, February 3, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)A Million Suns by Beth Revis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book blew me away. I mean, wow. I loved the first book in the series but this book was full of suspense. Every chapter ended with some sort of cliff hanger that left us wondering, "what next?".

Not only are we left wondering what is happening to the ship, we're also left wondering about the characters and the people on the ship. Amy and Elder are hunting clues to a mystery Orion left for Amy to solve. The problem is, the clues aren't adding up. Something about them is a bit strange. So Amy works hard to find out if someone is tampering with the clues he left behind.

Also, we get to see the true nature of people on board Godspeed, because they're not under the control of Phydus anymore, they're more prone to behaving in more natural ways which makes living life on board the ship a little different than what it was in the first book. It's mutiny really and a young Elder has to work hard at proving himself a capable leader.

And, the best part? A lot of lies are uncovered. Things we learned in book one, are not all what they appear to be which means, thing just got a lot more interesting!

This is a great read and I cannot wait for the next book.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel # 4

Angel #4 | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics

In this issue of Angel, we break free from the last story line. Instead of fighting the doctor and her fertility clinic, Angel now works to rescue a woman from an abusive relationship. However, he doesn't quite get that not everything is quite what it seems until the last moment.

I loved this issue because it reminded me what I enjoyed about Buffy and the spin-off Angel when they were on TV. Expect the unexpected. And, this story line did seem like something I would have watched on the show. It was really just so unexpected and at the end when Cordelia has a hard time believing the story Angel presented her with, she has to question whether or not it's true. Then again, Angel has to remind her that yes, stranger things do exist, it is LA after all.

I'm really getting into this series!

Sunday, January 29, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel Surrogates # 3

Angel: Surrogates #3 | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics

In this issue of Angel, we're dealing with the conclusion of Angel and Dr. Freehan, the current enemy he is fighting. We learn the complete truth about the fertility clinic, Fertile Ground, and we also learn what Dr. Freehan is, and how she's working to accomplish her own goal.

I liked seeing Angel, Cordelia and Doyle fight together in this one. True to TV show fashion, Angel runs off to stop the big baddie himself while Cordelia and Doyle are left to take take charge of the rest of the mess. Cordelia can't help but pipe in with her usual quips and Angel struggles to prove that he can and will take down any evil forces in his never ending quest to prove himself good.

I think the graphics in this were wonderful, just like the last two. I think Cordelia's character is drawn spot on with her TV self, Angel and Doyle go through moments of looking like their TV counter parts and not resembling them at all. However, it still is easy to read and a great way to get your Angel fix.

Friday, January 27, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel: Surrogates #2 |Dark Horse Digital Comics

Angel: Surrogates #2 | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics

When we pick back up with this issue of Angel, Doyle and Cordelia are trying to find out what exactly happened to Angel. They're certain however, that a fertility clinic probably has something to do with it. So they stop by and pretend to be a couple hoping to conceive. They're certain that Dr. Feehan and her clinic has something to do with his disappearance and the disappearance of other men. In this issue, we get to see a little of Angel when he was Angelus after he was arrested for a murder in England. We see how determined Angel is to survive and move on with his life. Once again the graphics are nice. Sometimes they're bright, other times they're dark and eerie which set the scene great for what is happening in the story. Once again, we're left with a terrible cliff hanger. We're wondering what Angel's fate will be this time, as he's just met the person responsible for the disappearances. This really is a great tie in to the show and is a nice way to get over missing the show so much.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | By: Traci

Comic Review: Angel: Surrogates #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Angel: Surrogates #1 | Product Details | Dark Horse Digital Comics

So I've never been one for comics but there are so many shows on TV that were canceled that I miss. I watch reruns when I can but it's still a pain to not see anything new from these shows. After purchasing some the Charmed Graphic novels to catch up where that show left off, I bought the Angel series on a whim. The graphics are great. We open with Angel interrogating some demons and move on to Cordelia working in the detective agency office that she runs with Angel. She reviews some things about Angel's life that you may or may not know before Doyle comes in to let her know Angel is missing. Angel is hearing a case story from a woman whose husband is missing. Angel ends up alone. The first ends on a cliff hanger. We're left wondering whether or not Angel will make it out of his predicament. I'm glad I purchased the entire series otherwise I'd be really, really angry! I think my biggest issue with comics is I'm always afraid how the characters are portrayed won't be the same as watching the show but so far, Cordelia and Angel seem spot on. It will be interesting to see how the story progresses from there!

Monday, January 23, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Revealing Eden: Save The Pearls Part One by Victoria Foyt (ARC)

Revealing Eden: Save The Pearls Part OneRevealing Eden: Save The Pearls Part One by Victoria Foyt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OK, so if you read the synopsis of this book, it sounds amazing. I mean, really amazing.

The bad part?

Once you read about two or three chapters you're left wondering what on earth is going on. Then you start to question why you're still reading.

With that being said, I did read the whole book. The concept was interesting. I just found it hard to follow all the parts of the book. I feel like Eden jumped around in thought a little too much. Eden is also a strange character. She is already hated by anyone that isn't a pearl because pearls are the lowest of the low in society, but she slowly starts to hate herself. She also places a lot of blame on her father. Then again, we don't see a big relationship with Eden and her father either. They interact but it isn't a close relationship and we're left wondering why things are so strained in the fist place. Yes we know a little bit but I feel like we're missing large pieces. And, he really isn't a bad guy, he just spends a lot of time working.

I was intrigued by Eden's father and his experiments but things just turned weird for me when one of the guys in the lab is turned into a half cat-half human being. All the references he kept making towards Eden towards the end were a little weird. It was honestly very hard to read those portions.

The characters? I felt they were a bit flat. I really didn't care much about them either way.

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