Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Please Remain Calm - Book Review

 

Please Remain Calm (This is Not a Test #1.5)
by Courtney Summers

What is it about:
In this gripping sequel to THIS IS NOT A TEST, Rhys and Sloane are headed for a safe haven when they get separated along the way. Rhys is determined to reunite with Sloane until he discovers people who might need him more--people who offer him the closest he'll get to everything he's lost, if they can just hold on long enough.

Rhys thinks he has what it takes to survive and find the girl he lost, but in a world overrun by the dead, there are no guarantees and the next leg of his journey will test him in unimaginable ways ...

What did I think of it:
After my previous read I needed some zombies, so I picked up this novella. I read This is Not a Test back in 2012 and really liked it, even though the zombies were more background noise.

Not so in this sequel!

Rhys and Sloane find zombies everywhere they turn. They try to get to a safe haven, but the zombies don't make it easy. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and the actual threat of the zombies in this novella.

When they get separated Rhys ends up with a family of three who take him under their wings, but that doesn't mean his problems are over. I was eager to see how this all would end.

The ending is both bleak and satisfying at the same time. I had a great time with this novella and might reread This is Not a Test one of these days. Although I should add I think you can read this novella without having read This is Not a Test.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool Zombie Novella


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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Junkyard Bargain - Release Day Alert

  

Junkyard Bargain (Junkyard Cats #2)
by Faith Hunter

Sometimes before you can face your enemies—you need to confront yourself.

Time is running out for Shining Smith and her crew to gather the weapons they need to rescue one of their own. But will they even make it to the ultimate battle? First, they’ll need to hit the road to Charleston—a hell ride full of bandits, sex slavers, corrupt lawmen, and criminal bike gangs looking to move in on Shining’s territory.

Shining’s human allies will do anything to protect her—because they must. But will victory be worth it if she must compel more and more people to do her bidding? And will her feline warriors, the junkyard cats, remain loyal and risk their lives? Or are they just in it for the kibble?


Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
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About Faith Hunter:
Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Times and USAToday bestselling author of several series: Jane Yellowrock, Soulwood, Rogue Mage, and Junkyard Cats. In addition, she has edited multiple anthologies and co-authored the Rogue Mage RPG. She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in print and is juggling multiple projects.
She sold her first book in 1989 and hasn’t stopped writing since.
Faith collects orchids and animal skulls, loves thunderstorms, and writes. She drinks a lot of tea. She likes to kayak Class II & III whitewater rivers. Some days she’s a lady. Some days she ain't.


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Monday, 18 October 2021

Some Boys - Spoilery Book Rant

 

Some Boys
by Patty Blount

What is it about:
Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send.

What did I think of it:
So...

I came close to tossing this book somewhere halfway through, but I was curious how things would turn out so read on. Maybe I shouldn't have.

To be fair: the overall story is good and tackles rape and the aftermath well. It's the overall storyline that kept me reading.

On to my rant.

First there's Grace. She's alternative: a mix between Metal and Goth. And you guessed it: of course there are remarks that annoyed me to no end! I can handle other characters making remarks on how she looks, but at one point she calls her own style an armor, and she and her mother call her outfit a costume (ever hear a preppy girl say this about the way she dresses? Thought so). And of course the male lead Ian thinks she's sooooo hot the one time she dresses 'normal'. These remarks were already annoying me, and then Ian asks his sister: "Why do girls wear make-up? You're already pretty without it." I almost threw the book right then and there! Especially as his whole family thinks it's so awesome he says that as they see it as him complimenting his sister!

 And the ending!!!

If it had turned out that Grace and Ian end up together and he stands by her that would have been a good ending in my opinion. The author decided to go for the total love fest with shiny happy people everywhere though! Grace and Ian getting together isn't enough: the crappy stepmom didn't mean it as bad as it looked and is all lovey and accepting all of the sudden, and everyone and everything is blue skies and ice cream. No matter that stepmom uninvited Grace from her brother's birthday, because she meant well! As if uninviting your teen stepdaughter who is struggling from the aftereffects of rape, because your grown-ass husband got his itty bitty ego hurt is ever justifiable!

All in all a decent enough read until the ending.

Why should you read it:
The overall storyline is decent.


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Friday, 15 October 2021

Shambling With the Stars - Quick Book Review

 

Shambling With the Stars (Living With the Dead #2.5)
by Jesse Petersen

What is it about:
Avery Andrews is her name and directing celebrity telethons after tragedies is her game. But the Northwestern Zombie Outbreak isn't your average tragedy... and once the infection spreads to the studio, Avery and her crew will have to worry about staying alive, not ratings.

What did I think of it:
I realized I never read this short story, back when I read the Living with the Dead series for the first time. 

I missed out! This is a really cool Zombie read.

It's short, but has it all: people transforming and biting others on live tv, mayhem, and lots and lots of zombies! 

I had a great time with it and might continue my reread of the series soon.

Why should you read it:
Zombie mayhem!


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Thursday, 14 October 2021

On McPig's Wishlist - Between Two Seas

 

Between Two Seas: A Collection of Short Stories
by Cerece Rennie Murphy

The best-selling author of the Order of the Seers trilogy, To Find You, and The Wolf Queen series brings you four new stories that delve deeply into the beautiful and terrifying contradictions that dwell within all of us.

This genre-bending collection explores the catalysts and consequences of transformation through the tales of a murderous fairy, a wayward explorer, a young girl carving a new fate from the ugliness of her world, and a father and son who hold the power of life and death in their hands.

The truth is often terrible, but within it is the power to grow - the power to change - if we are willing to swim the distance

between who we are
and
who we can become.


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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

First Comes Like - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

 

First Comes Like (Modern Love #3)
by Alisha Rai

What is it about:
Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life? 

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I was in the mood for a Contemporary Romance and this one had one of my favorite tropes: Fake Dating.

And what a delightful read!

I fell in love with both Jia and Dev from the start. The chapters alternate in viewpoint so you get to know both of their thoughts and feelings. I rooted for them to see they were perfect for each other.

What I liked is that there's little drama between the two of them. The obstacles in their path have more to do with family and other outside sources. I also loved how Dev supports Jia in her influencer work instead of looking down on it.

I raced through this book to find out how they would reach their Happily Ever After, and I was not disappointed in the road to it and in the HEA itself. 

All in all a wonderful fluffy read.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and delightful Contemporary Romance


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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Teaser Tuesdays - This Poison Heart

 

Ivy wasn't a quiet plant. it was reactive and loud. The only place I could keep it was in my room, where no one would see it but me and my parents.


(page 10, This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 11 October 2021

Certain Dark Things - Book Review

 

Certain Dark Things
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What is it about:
Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized.

Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn't include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses stretches behind her, local cops and crime bosses both start closing in.

Vampires, humans, cops, and criminals collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive? Or will the city devour them all?

What did I think of it:
This was a cool read.

I loved the setting and the atmosphere. The vampires in this book were really cool as well. There are several different kinds, and I loved getting to know more about each kind.

I also liked Domingo. He's a survivor, doing his best to make an life for himself on the streets of a futuristic Mexico City. Then he meets Atl...

I'll be honest: apart from Domingo I didn't like a single character in this book. Atl is supposed to be likeable I think, as Domingo falls head over heels for her, but I just didn't warm up to her.

As the viewpoint switches between several characters, including Domingo and Atl, this made that I was on;y really invested in Domingo's role in the story. I liked reading the other viewpoints, but I only rooted for Domingo.

This makes that this was a good read, bur not an amazing read. All in all I had fun with it, and would most probably try something else by Moreno-Garcia.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool vampire read


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Friday, 8 October 2021

Eat the Rich #2 - Comic Book Review

 

Eat the Rich #2
by Sarah Gailey

What is it about:
Is Joey willing to pay with her life to uncover the gruesome secrets behind Crestfall Bluffs? Joey is beyond disturbed by what she has just witnessed and she has every right to be, but when she confides in her boyfriend Astor, his reassurance about his family's weird rituals and traditions only fuels her suspicions. Still, Joey will need proof in order to expose the truth of Crestfall Bluffs, but what she finds produces more questions and danger than answers! 

What did I think of it:
This issue continues shortly after the gruesome events Joey witnessed in issue #1. The story is a bit less tense in this issue and serves mainly to explain and expand on what Joey witnessed. There are some suspenseful moments though, hinting at what might be in Joey's future.

I very much enjoyed this installment and I liked getting to know more about what's going on and about one of the characters. I hope we will learn a bit more about Joey as well in the next issue, as my one minor grumble is that Joey feels a bit undefined so far.

All in all a great continuation and I'll get the next issue for sure!

Why should you read it:
It's a cool horror story


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Thursday, 7 October 2021

On McPig's Wishlist - The Unraveling

 

The Unraveling
by Benjamin Rosenbaum

In the distant future somewhere in the galaxy, a society has emerged where everyone has multiple bodies, cybernetics has abolished privacy, and individual and family success within the rigid social system is reliant upon instantaneous social approbation.

Young Fift is an only child of the staid gender, struggling to maintain their position in the system while developing an intriguing friendship with the poorly-publicized bioengineer Shria–somewhat controversial, since Shria is bail-gendered.

In time, Fift and Shria unintentionally wind up at the center of a scandalous art spectacle which turns into the early stages of a multi-layered revolution against their strict societal system. Suddenly they become celebrities and involuntary standard-bearers for the upheaval.

Fift is torn between the survival of Shria and the success of their family cohort; staying true to their feelings and caving under societal pressure. Whatever Fift decides will make a disproportionately huge impact on the future of the world. What’s a young staid to do when the whole world is watching?


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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Married with Zombies - Book Review (repost)

I've been rereading books, this one among them, so here's a repost of my review. It's still as fun on reread I can tell you.

Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead #1)
by Jesse Petersen


What is it about:
Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.


What did I think of it:
After reading Petersen's short story collection 'In the Dead: Volume 1' I just had to read one of her full novels, so that's why I picked up 'Married With Zombies'.

And I can tell you it's a great read.

This book has kick-ass action, humor, suspense and best of all: lots of zombies and zombie mayhem. Petersen has a very pleasant writing style and combined with the cool story it made me tear through this book in record time. The worldbuilding is very good and I loved how each chapter began with a handy relationship tip for those couples who're fighting zombies. The one thing I can say against this story is that Sarah and David are acting very blasé about the zombies very early on in the story, but I'm willing to let that slip as there's so many cool zombie moments in this book.

I will most certainly read the next book in this series and I can advice this book to any fan of zombie books.

Why should you read it:
This fun book is a very handy guide on how to survive a zombie outbreak and save your marriage in the process as well!


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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Dune - Movie Review by Gilbert

 
Dune
Director: Denis Villeneuve

What is it about:
A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, "Dune" tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

What did Gilbert think of it:
I will confess I haven't read the books, and it is ages ago since I saw Lynch's version (which I really liked back then), so I remembered very little of the story.

First notable thing:
This director really loves his yellow and orange filters! He went wild with them in Blade Runner 2049 and decided that hadn't been enough, so lots of yellow and orange filters in this movie as well.

The acting was decent, the overall movie was entertaining, and apart from the filters it was nice to look at. (I did see it in 3D, which I'm not a fan of, and which did some weird stuff to some scenes I must add.)

The pacing was a bit off in my opinion. The first half of the movie was slow, and then all the action was crammed in the second half. 

What I did think was weird was all the swords! What was up with that? I'm going to guess Herbert put those swords in the books, but why? There's such advanced technology, including mechanical killer insects and spaceships that can carpet bomb places, and the armies have swords? I really couldn't take the battle scenes seriously.

All in all I was entertained, but underwhelmed. I think I'll either read the book or rewatch the Lynch version soon to compare..

Why should you watch it:
It's a very entertaining Science Fantasy movie





Monday, 4 October 2021

The Dragon's Daughter and the Winter Mage - Book Review

 

The Dragon's Daughter and the Winter Mage (Heirs of Magic #3)
by Jeffe Kennedy

What is it about:
Invisible Loner

Gendra—partblood daughter of an elite mossback soldier and the only shapeshifter to achieve the coveted dragon form—is anything but interesting. She’s actually plain and awkward and … invisible. Every guy she meets either looks right through her or—worse—thinks of her as just a friend. Fortunately Gen is far too practical to wallow in self pity. Much.

A Search for True Love

But as Gen accompanies her oldest friends on a quest for Her Majesty High Queen Ursula, she can’t help feeling bitter about her lonely fate as, two by two, they pair off with each other. As usual, everyone but odd-woman-out Gen seems to be finding the happiness in true love that has always eluded her. And Gen’s pathetic attempts to come out of her shell have only met with social disaster.

Dragon’s Daughter

Still, with magic rifts plaguing the Thirteen Kingdoms and a strange intelligence stalking them from an alter-realm, Gen has plenty to deal with—especially when she’s cut off from the group, isolated and facing a lethal danger. It just figures that Gen is on her own, once again. But with no one coming to save her, she has only herself to rely upon.

And, perhaps, the help of a mysterious, stranded magician…

What did I think of it:
I will confess I read this book as it was still being written, and I can tell you I was eagerly waiting for every update as this story is amazing!

I love Gen, she is used to being overlooked, but that says more about the men around her than about her. She is kind, levelheaded, and passionate. I loved seeing inside her head and see her hopes, dreams, and vulnerabilities. I was rooting for her to find happiness.

And then she meets Isyn. He is not your typical romantic hero, but I connected with him right away. He had a hard life, and can be gloomy at times, but at his heart he's a survivor. I loved seeing Gen and Isyn get to know each other and fall in love. I will confess I was a little worried about their future, but as always trusted in Jeffe to bring this story to a satisfying end.

And that trust was rewarded!

The problems for the Thirteen Kingdoms aren't over yet, and the last book in this series promises to be fraught with danger, but I was more than satisfied with the conclusion of Gen's and Isyn's romance.

I loved the worldbuilding and overall mood of the story, which next to having some cool new characters, had a fairytale vibe.

Voodoo Bride wants me to add that although no one can outshine Zyr, this book is her favorite in the Heirs of Magic series so far.

Why should you read it:
It's a wonderful Fantasy Romance


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Monday, 27 September 2021

Back Next Week

I've been rereading mostly, so I'll be back next week with new reviews.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Release Day Alert - The Dragon Daughter and the Winter Mage

 

The Dragon's Daughter and the Winter Mage (Heirs of Magic #3)
by Jeffe Kennedy

Invisible Loner

Gendra—partblood daughter of an elite mossback soldier and the only shapeshifter to achieve the coveted dragon form—is anything but interesting. She’s actually plain and awkward and … invisible. Every guy she meets either looks right through her or—worse—thinks of her as just a friend. Fortunately Gen is far too practical to wallow in self pity. Much.

A Search for True Love

But as Gen accompanies her oldest friends on a quest for Her Majesty High Queen Ursula, she can’t help feeling bitter about her lonely fate as, two by two, they pair off with each other. As usual, everyone but odd-woman-out Gen seems to be finding the happiness in true love that has always eluded her. And Gen’s pathetic attempts to come out of her shell have only met with social disaster.

Dragon’s Daughter

Still, with magic rifts plaguing the Thirteen Kingdoms and a strange intelligence stalking them from an alter-realm, Gen has plenty to deal with—especially when she’s cut off from the group, isolated and facing a lethal danger. It just figures that Gen is on her own, once again. But with no one coming to save her, she has only herself to rely upon.

And, perhaps, the help of a mysterious, stranded magician…



Thursday, 23 September 2021

On McPig's Wishlist - The Lost Girls

 

The Lost Girls
by Sonia Hartl

Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires.

When Elton Irving turned Holly Liddell into a vampire in 1987, he promised her eternal love. But thirty-four years later, Elton has left her, her hair will be crimped for the rest of immortality, and the only job she can get as a forever-sixteen-year-old is the midnight shift at Taco Bell.

Holly’s afterlife takes an interesting turn when she meets Rose McKay and Ida Ripley. Having also been turned and discarded by Elton—Rose in 1954, and Ida, his ex-fiancée, in 1921—they want to help her, and ask for her help in return.

Rose and Ida are going to kill Elton before he turns another girl. Though Holly is hurt and angry with Elton for tossing her aside, she’s reluctant to kill her ex, until Holly meets Parker Kerr—the new girl Elton has set his sights on—and feels a quick, and nerve-wracking attraction to her.


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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Teach Me - Book Review by Voodoo Bride

 

Teach Me - (There's Something About Marysburg #1)
by Olivia Dade 

What is it about:
Their lesson plans didn't include love. But that's about to change...

When Martin Krause arrives at Rose Owens's high school, she's determined to remain chilly with her new colleague. Unfriendly? Maybe. Understandable? Yes, since a loathsome administrator gave Rose's beloved world history classes to Martin, knowing it would hurt her.

But keeping her distance from a man as warm and kind as Martin will prove challenging, even for a stubborn, guarded ice queen. Especially when she begins to see him for what he truly is: a man who's never been taught his own value. Martin could use a good teacher--and luckily, Rose is the best.

Rose has her own lessons--about trust, about vulnerability, about her past--to learn. And over the course of a single school year, the two of them will find out just how hot it can get when an ice queen melts.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
While waiting for the release of All the Feels, the sequel to Spoiler Alert, I decided to give another book by Dade a try.

And this is another really good read.

Martin is a total sweetheart who has been told he's boring, while Rose has learned to keep people at a distance to not get hurt. It was so good to see these two fall for each other and try to open up. Especially Rose has a lot to unlearn, and it was good to see her start to trust. 

I absolutely adored Rose's ex parents-in-law, and would totally read a whole book about their antics. There should have been more scenes with them in it imo.

There are of course a few obstacles to conquer for Martin and Rose to get their Happily Ever After, but those obstacles never got too frustrating, while still feeling real and believable.

All in all a delightful romance. I might read more books in this particular series.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable Contemporary Romance


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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Teaser Tuesdays - Giving the Devil His Due

The hairs on the back of Lucy's neck stood up, even before she turned around. When she saw him, he smiled, and she wanted to get out of there.



(page 41, The Kindly Sea by Dana Cameron, part of the Giving the Devil His Due anthology)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 20 September 2021

Cyberpunk 2077, Vol. 1: Trauma Team - Book Review

 

Cyberpunk 2077, Vol. 1: Trauma Team - (Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team #1-4)
by Cullen Bunn and Miguel Valderrama (Illustrator)

What is it about:
Dive deeper into the world of Cyberpunk 2077!

Nadia, an assistant EMT for a privately-owned business known as Trauma Team International, is the sole survivor of a failed rescue mission turned shootout.

After she agrees to continue work for an upcoming extraction mission, Nadia discovers that her new extraction subject is Apex--the man who's responsible for Nadia's former team members' deaths. A hundred floors high in a skyscraper filled with members of Apex's rival gang, Nadia and her team must complete the extraction.

Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Uncanny X-Men) and Christopher Mooneyham (Predator, Nightwing) introduce an all-original series based on CD Projekt Red's brand-new game Cyberpunk 2077!

Collects Cyberpunk 2077 #1-4.

What did I think of it:
My love for the game Cyberpunk 2077 is still going strong, so I got my trotters on the 3 issues of Trauma Team I hadn't read yet. I reread the first issue and then read the others. Note that I am reviewing them as a whole and link to the bundled issues instead of the separate issues here. If you do buy them in digital format it might be wise to get them all separately though, it might be cheaper.

I liked the artwork in this comic. It's not too polished and fits the atmosphere of the story and world.

The story itself is told out of order, alternating between flashbacks and the 'now'. And I think that might be what made this story lose power for me. Nadia is back at work after losing her entire team on an earlier mission. Although we get to see what happened early on in the story, extra information about Nadia's connection to her team is kept for later. If the story was told chronologically this might have made me feel more for Nadia, now to me it came across as a badly used plot device instead of making me bond with the story and Nadia. 

That aside I had fun with this comic. There was action, drama, and it expanded my understanding of the Cyberpunk 2077 world. All in all worth a read for fans of the game.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining read set in the Cyberpunk 2077 world.


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Friday, 17 September 2021

#Murdertrending - Book Review

 

#Murdertrending (MurderTrending #1)
by Gretchen McNeil

What is it about:
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society's most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she's about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

What did I think of it:
This book was entertaining, but totally over the top.

I was intrigued by the premise, and I will confess I was hoping for a bit more substance than what I got. Somehow I expected the book to be more serious about the premise.

Instead of exploring the darker side of a society hooked on watching prisoners get killed on livestream the story went to the absurd whenever it could. The murders were so over the top I couldn't take them seriously. Add a convoluted backstory that has nothing to do with the premise that took away further from any meaning this story tried to have and I just gave up on finding sense and just sat back and watched the entertaining train wreck.

All in all probably a good read if you step into it without expectations. It might also help if you're more into "reality" tv than I am.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining near future YA read.


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Thursday, 16 September 2021

On McPig's Wishlist - Skin of the Sea

 

Skin of the Sea
by Natasha Bowen

An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata--a mermaid--collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable--she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There's the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn't, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.


Expected publication: November 9th 2021

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Little Free Library - Quick Book Review

Little Free Library
by Naomi Kritzer

What is it about:
Sharing stories we love with one another is one of the most magical forms of connection there is. This is especially so for Meagan, who develops an unexpected friendship with a mysterious borrower of books from her Little Free Library.

What did I think of it:
This was a very enjoyable read.

Meagan sets up a Little Free Library and starts communicating with one of the borrowers via letters left in the little free library. It starts out normal enough, but slowly it turned more fantastical. I was curious about the identity of the mysterious borrower, and as the story progressed I started to care and worry.

All in all a quick, bittersweet read.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable short read.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Teaser Tuesday - The City We Became


"Things are working out just fine," says Stall Woman. "I've got a foothold, you see."


(page 120, The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 

Friday, 10 September 2021

Black Sun - Book Review

 

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1)
by Rebecca Roanhorse

What is it about:
The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

What did I think of it:
This is a really awesome read!

There are several viewpoint characters and the way the story is told isn't linear, so you have to pay attention to the chapter headings to see when it is taking place.

I will say I liked all viewpoint characters, making that I worried about the outcome of this book as several of them are at opposite ends. And the more I learned about what's going on, the more I knew things most probably wouldn't end happy for all involved.

The worldbuilding is so so good. I loved learning about the holy city of Tova, the Teek heritage of Xiala, and about Serapio and his destiny. I could easily picture everything and was totally invested in the world as well as the story. I felt myself sympathizing with not just the main characters, but minor ones as well. I wanted the best outcome for all, knowing that would not be a possibility.

The ending was epic and made me eager to see what will happen next while it was also satisfying for now. You bet I'll be pre-ordering the next book.

Why should you read it:
It's an amazing Fantasy read.


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