Monday, April 21, 2014

Review ~ Zeus: King of the Gods

Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians #1)

by George O'Connor
published by First Second
genre: Mythology, Graphic Novel

Summary (Goodreads): George O'Connor is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan, and he's out to remind us how much our pantheon of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's ORIGINAL superheroes: the Greek pantheon.

In OLYMPIANS, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.

Volume 1 of OLYMPIANS, ZEUS: King OF THE GODS, introduces readers to the ruler of the Olympian Pantheon, telling his story from his boyhood to his ascendance to supreme power.

My Thoughts: One of my favorite things to read is mythology mixed in with paranormal. These are a nice refresher on the basics of Greek mythology.
It starts with Gaea and goes through Zeus defeating his father Kronos to become the King of the new generation of Gods. It shows (briefly) his journey from the cave he grew up in to Tartarus to gain his birthright (and his brothers).
As well as having great graphics I also enjoyed the author notes and the geek/greek notes. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

Rating: 4

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Shaman Rises

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Shaman Rises (Walker Papers #9)

by C.E. Murphy
published by Harlequin Luna
expected release date: June 24, 2014
genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Summary (Goodreads): For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world's most abiding evil. She's sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne's beloved Seattle.

Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne's growth come to her doorstep. Before the end, she'll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world's survival. She'll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.

**Not crazy about this cover compared to the others in the series but still expect a good read and hoping I like the ending to this series.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review ~ Circle of Fire

Circle of Fire (Damask Circle #1)

by Keri Arthur
published by Dell
genre: Adult, Fantasy, PNR

Summary (Goodreads): Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

My Thoughts: I had already read book 2 when I started Circle of Fire. I was expecting certain things, like more info on The Damask Circle, that did not happen. These definitely feel like stand alone books. While one of the leads happens to be part of the Circle, I have not seen any crossover of characters or even mention of others besides the Head of the Circle.
This felt more like being told it is a paranormal book than actually feeling like one. There were parts, like Jon being a shifter and Maddie having some sort of sight, that were used when convenient to the story but really played a backseat. I liked both characters but didn't find myself caring about their HEA as much as I should have.
Luckily there was the story of the missing kids and the evil that has taken them. I found the hotel guy creepier than the actual bad guy. He may have been the evil sidekick but he seemed to play a bigger part in the story.
Overall, I was glad I had read book 2 already. I would still have wanted to read more but would not have been as quick to search it out.

Rating: 3.5

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review ~ Cold Iron

Cold Iron (Cold Iron #1)

by D.L. McDermott
published by Pocket Star
genre: Adult, Fae, PNR

**eGalley received from netGalley/publisher in exchange for honest review.

Summary (Goodreads): The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes SĂ­dhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.

My Thoughts: I had a hard time rating this one. I really liked the modern day setting mixed with old world superstitions.
The problem came with Conn. When we first are introduced to him you really get the feeling that he is fae. Once he meets Beth everything that makes him fae disappears and he is just a lovesick guy. I still liked their story but it felt too quick and he lost some of himself.
Beth is a broken character that is starting to find her way as well as finding out who she really is. She embraces her heritage even though it could ruin her relationship with Conn and put a target on her back from the rest of his kind.
The rest of the characters really made this story and helped it keep it's fantasy feel. You got a definite Fae feel whenever Miach or The Prince were involved. Miach felt the most real. While he has some sensibilities from living among humans for so long, he still falls back on his basic Fae characteristics when the need calls for it.
Overall, I liked the world the author created I just wish Conn had stayed more true to his character during the process of falling for Beth. Miach was my favorite character and I'm looking forward to the next story in this series since he is one of the main characters.

Rating: 3.5-4