Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Volume 2 (Alpha & Omega Graphic #2)
by Patricia Briggs published by InkLit genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Paranormal
Summary (Goodreads): Charles and Anna are on the hunt for a rogue werewolf in the Montana mountains. The creature has morphed into something so dark that it kills everything in its path: deer, elk, grizzlies…humans.
But the wolf is the creature of something far more powerful. One of Charles and Anna’s own pack harbors a centuries-old secret that has come back to haunt him—and wreak vengeance on those around him.
Charles and Anna—unaware of the truth—are two innocents who stand in the way. But even as members of their pack rally around them, Anna’s rare power comes into its own—and is unleashed…
My Thoughts: I have to start by saying this is the first time I've really read a graphic novel. I've flipped through them before but never sat and read the full story before. That said I was very mixed about this.
I liked the graphics in the sense that I am a huge fan of fantasy art and if that is all these had been I would have been happy with them. Unfortunately, these were based on popular characters in a well established series. I think my biggest problem was Bran. The one thing that comes across in both Briggs' series is how young and unassuming he is, in this he is older and kind of muscle bound thug looking. The rest of the characters are similar to this. They seem to be off a bit based on what we know of them.
I liked how quickly it read. It was a nice refresher on this series since it has been awhile since I read the last one. It was bare bones compared to the actual book but as I said an easy way to refresh yourself on a series.
Overall, while I had some problems with how some characters looked, it wouldn't stop me from reading another. I also liked how I can pick one of these up when I'm having trouble getting into a full book.
by Amanda Stevens published by Mira genre: Adult, Paranormal, PNR,
Summary (Goodreads): Deep in the shadowy foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a dying town
My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here.
Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town - this withering kingdom - and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.
My Thoughts: I've really enjoyed the first two books of this series. It's got that spooky, creepy feeling that gives you the chills but you can't put it down.
Amelia is a great character most of the time. She does have her moments when you just want to shake her and say listen to yourself. She talks often in the books about the rules her father gave her to live with her ability to see ghosts, yet every time a situation arises she completely disregards the rules and does whatever. Some times this works for her but even when it does it's still just too close.
Asher Falls was a character itself. The whole town is just insane. I think Sidra was the only sane one in the bunch. I wish there had been more of her because her story sounds just as interesting as Amelia's.
I found myself just as torn with Thane as Amelia was. Even knowing what happened in the first book, there was a part of me that still wants Devlin to be her one.
Overall, there were a lot of questions answered in this book while still moving Amelia's story forward. I find I want to not only follow her story, I find myself wanting to stay in Asher Falls for a bit more. I want to know what Thane does to fix the Asher name and what happens with Tilly and Sidra. At the same time, the last line made me anxious to read book three to find out what is going to happen.
by Michael Buckley Illustrated by Peter Ferguson genre: MG, Fairy-tale, fantasy,
Summary (Goodreads): For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother--a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.
My Thoughts: This was an entertaining start to a series. Having many of your favorite fairy-tale characters stuck in one place as long as their is a Grimm living there has led to some interesting twists and turns that you might not expect.
My favorite characters were Grandma Grimm and Daphne. I loved all the quirks, like saying goodbye and hello to the house, that the grandma had and how willing Daphne was to accept it all in stride. On the other side of that is Sabrina. While I understand why she acts the way she does and it completely in character, I still found myself disliking her most of the time.
Overall, if you enjoy fairy-tale retellings this is a promising start to a series. With the girls learning to become Grimm detectives while trying to find out who has their parents alongside familiar characters in unexpected roles (three little pigs as local law enforcement) I'm looking forward to reading book 2.
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Independent Study (The Testing #2)
by Joelle Charbonneau
expected release date: January 7, 2014
genre: YA, Dystopian,
Summary: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.
**I know some didn't but I really enjoyed book 1 and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.