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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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