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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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Friday, January 20, 2012 | By: Traci

Switched by Amanda Hocking (ARC)

SwitchedSwitched by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I liked this story, I had a few issues that made it a little hard for me to fall completely in love with.

The opening of this book is attention grabbing but it falls a tad flat of being amazing. The scene is set wonderfully but when it comes to the incident between Wendy and her mother that sets her entire life in motion it is put out there in kind of a 'yeah this happened so what' type of idea.

It's also hard to sympathize with a character that is given everything she ever wanted, sheltered and protected so much. She's pretty spoiled even if she doesn't act like a spoiled brat; parts of it still shine through. While I understand this is supposed to be within her nature, it's an annoying trait.

I liked reading about her life as a princess in her new community once she's found out she's actually a changeling child. Her mother however is another character that is hard to understand. Maybe she's hard to understand because she's from a different world and species than we are used to. She's very cold and doesn't treat her daughter as if she loves her. Whenever she comes home, she greets her and that is it.

I feel like so much more could have gone into writing this book that would have made it wonderfully better. I feel like if it were a little longer, pieces of this work could have been fleshed out to add more interesting pieces and parts to help us understand this world.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

Blood Rights (House of Comarré, #1)Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked the concept of this book. A lot of vampire novels touch on people that live to serve vampire's. Most of them though are considered dirty, filthy beings for wanting to live and serve vampires. Of course, in this novel, the people that serve vampires are actually breed for the service. They live lives of luxury with their vampire patron, feeding them whenever their patron wishes or needs to feed. The downside to serving vampires as a commare? If you're not fed upon, you could die from blood poisoning.

It really made for an interesting story. There is a mixture of paranormal abilities with a hint of mystery and a lot of action. The characters each have their own crosses to bare if you will. Some of them are a lot more interesting than others. However, for me, I just wasn't as attached to these characters as I get when reading other stories.

Something about this book is a little lacking and as of this time, I cannot quite put my finger on it. Usually when I finish books, I just have to read on. I have to know more. With the ending of this, while a little sad and depressing, I just can't bring myself, at this point, to say that I have to read the next book to find out what happens.

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Monday, January 16, 2012 | By: Traci

Mailbox Monday #13

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) The Giver (The Giver, #1) Spellcaster (Spellbound #2) Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)

I picked up A Million Suns the day it was released. Amazon sent it directly to my Kindle. I bought The Giver when it was on sale at Amazon for .99. Spellcaster and Goddess Interrupted were picked up from NetGalley where I'm automatically approved to receive Harlequin titles. I'll have to read the first Goddess Test book otherwise the second book won't make much sense! I hope I can get around to that soon though.

Sunday, January 15, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (ARC)

CinderCinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this is a brilliant retelling of a futuristic Cinderella, it took such a long time to wrap my mind around the concept of the story, it took me awhile to really begin enjoying the story. Not only are we dealing with a cyborg Cinderella, we're also dealing with plague that's killing off people by the thousands all over the world, and a race of people from a planet called Luna that is bent on starting another war with the world. It's just a lot of things to take in when reading this book, so it takes awhile to get used to everything.

However, once we start digging deeper, it starts to become interesting. It's really easy to see all the similarities between the Cinderella story that we know, and the story that we're reading, even if it is a completely different world that we are dealing with.

One thing really bugged me about this story though, and I won't give it away, but when we find out one aspect of the Luna peoples, I quickly was able to put two and two together as to how Cinder was involved. It really wasn't a surprise when it's revealed towards the end either. That was disappointing because it was just so blatantly obvious it really took away from the story in my opinion. Otherwise, it was wonderfully written and I would like to read more!

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Friday, January 13, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest #1)Tempest by Julie Cross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forget everything you thought you knew about time travel. This book doesn't follow your typical time traveling ideas. It goes in a different direction, one where those born with the Tempus gene are followed, sometimes even put to death because they don't do what they want them to do.

Jackson is as typical as a 19 year old can be, the only thing different about him is he can time travel and his best friend Adam knows about his abilities. The two work together, conducting their own experiments concerning Jackson's abilities but things quickly go terribly wrong. Jackson is now stuck in the year 2007 and he's not quite sure how he can get back.

At first, it was tough trying to figure out if this book would be something that I would enjoy. However, the deeper I got into the story, the more I became interested and the more I was rooting for Jackson. I wanted things to work out for him. I really didn't want him to go through sacrifices but I understood why he had to.

This story made me really consider what I would change if I had the ability to travel in time. Would I change anything? Would I follow the same course? Or would I have the ability to walk away and let things go in a completely different way if I knew things would work out better if I just walked away?

It really does make you think which I think is different than most YA novels out there today. They tell a story without bringing up other issues.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynne Barnes (ARC)

Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK, this book started off strong and about three chapters in, I started to wonder why I was reading this because it was just sounding so strange. I've never read a novel where supernatural beings are widely known among the general public, where they're widely studied by university professors, or where students can elect to study them as majors in college.

The concept of this book is pretty original and the more you read into it, after getting through part of the strangeness, the book starts to take shape as a pretty good story that you want to know more about.

Kail, our main character is of course, a silly teenager that thinks she knows everything and dives into trying to save Zev, a man she now has a psychic connection with because she's carrying a supernatural parasite, without considering that what she is doing, may actually be a trap.

For me, the book became pretty emotionally charged towards the end. It turned out to be quite sad and when you consider someone like Kali, never really having friends and always feeling abandoned because of personal life issues that are revealed within the chapters, it hits even harder.

This is a good book especially if you're looking for something original that hasn't been done before this is a must read.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Under the Moon (Goddess Rising #1) by Natalie J. Damschroder (ARC)

Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising, Book 1)Under the Moon by Natalie J. Damschroder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit apprehensive at reading this book at first but now I'm glad I did. The goddess concept is starting to trickle into literature now but it hasn't really taken off. I think it's such a hard thing to do correctly to turn it into a great read. However, I'm very happy I read this. It was such a great book.

There were a few concepts that were a little strange to me, but otherwise, I think the aspect of women having goddess powers and being able to do supernatural things was amazing. The things the women could do were pretty cool. I liked that each woman had their own power source even if they were a tad identical, they all had different ways to tapping into their individual power and the ways they used their powers.

There was a good mix of action and and downtime where the characters were racing to find out what happened to each individual goddess, and how each character fit into their own place within the plot. Also, things weren't just handed away like they are in so many other stories. You were given a chance to figure it out on your own with the characters. As the characters were lead one way, you were lead that way, believing it could be one person when a chapter later you were presented with another aspect that had you believing it was someone else. It was not predictable which is very refreshing!

If you're looking for a good read, that has romance but is more than romance this is the book for you!

Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to review this book.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (ARC)

Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most FoulDarker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book. I was a bit surprised at the beginning. I was not expecting to meet a YA character that was mute. That definitely put a different spin on YA characters and I think it was great to have a different type of voice among the typical YA characters we see today.

With that being said, I really enjoyed this story. I liked the historical aspect of it. While we know we're in a different time period, we don't hear a lot about the historical aspects, but it still put a nice spin on things. Also, there was a nice hint of magic, even if the main characters do not engage in magic themselves, they are dealing with magic and not the good kind.

I think Hieber was very clever with her usage of magic and the painting itself being used a doorway or portal where only some can pass but not all. Once again, this isn't something that I've really seen before. I feel that Hieber took magic and infused it with all sorts of aspects from different types of magic from across different cultures and turned them into quite the clever and amazing story. This is a must read. Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to review this book.

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Monday, January 2, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (ARC)

Touch of PowerTouch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world created by Snyder is both amazing and very cruel. The characters that live within this book are deep; each character has many layers to them. What you see on the surface isn't always what the character really means, wants or they might not be telling you the truth. It's really hard to tell because you have to slowly peel away each layer of each character to figure out their motives.

Avry, our main character and healer is a very likable character. It's hard not to feel for her as she's already had a rough life. Then you add being a wanted healer into the mix and it makes everything worse because she's constantly on the run and she knows nothing of what happened to her family or Tara, the woman that taught her how to heal in the first place.

It's easy to become attached to the group of men that rescue her from her newest plight because they too are likable characters even if they each have their own issues.

It's so easy to be pulled into this world. I was instantly pulled into the story line. However some portions of the story were a little lacking, but this was mostly towards the end.

I'd love to read more about this world!

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Sunday, January 1, 2012 | By: Traci

My Most Anticipated Books of 2012

Fever Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2) Truth (XVI, #2)

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3) Insurgent (Divergent, #2) Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2) Until I Die (Revenants, #2)

I think the books that I'm most looking forward to this year are also the books that have the loveliest covers. I think May is going to be a sticky month because a lot of the books I want to read come out that month.

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