Shore Leave (Bookburners Season One Episode 10) – Book Review

Bookburners Season One Episode 9

27066151Author: Mur Lafferty

43 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Grace gets a day off and time threatens to swallow Rome.

It’s Grace’s one day off a year and nothing will stop her from enjoying every last second of it: not Sal’s troubling sleepwalking, not the mysterious tour guide Aaron, not even the magical artifact spreading a time-slowing bubble across Rome. The team’s troubles may never stop—but sometimes, you have to make time for a spin class.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This episode tells the story of Grace’s day off.

The writing’s wonderful, I specially love how it portrays time. It’s also a Grace centered episode, something I didn’t realize I needed in my life until now.

In this episode, a lot of previous episodes are called back, which was done perfectly, it didn’t feel forced (like it usually does in other things).

The humor’s dark and overall great, it’s fun to see how Grace planned her day off. Also, this episode’s ending raises many questions that (hopefully) will be answered before this season’s finale.

Rating: 4,5 stars

” ‘How many times have you saves Menchú’s life?’ Sal asked. ‘I know I’ve seen a couple.’ ‘Three hundred and forty-seven,’ Grace said. “

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Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance #5) – Book Review

33147708Author: Cara Bristol

326 pages

Genre: Romance Science Fiction

Synopsis: March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.
The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a girl who has to “marry” a man she doesn’t love –  it’s a tale as old as time but, in this case, it’s set in the future.

When this book was randomly picked as the book club pick, me and my sister got nervous. We only put this book on the list for a joke, we never intended to actually have it on the Book Club. However, this wasn’t as bad as we expected.

Its writing is very simple and easy to read – I could’ve read it in one sitting.

Character wise, they were very simple and the cast itself was pretty small. There was some possible character development but it wasn’t much.

Story wise, it’s one that, in the end, will make your heart feel whole, if that makes any sense at all.

All in all, this was an okay book. It was simple but it was fun, the perfect example of “it’s trash that I’m trash for”.

Rating: 4 stars

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Ancient Wonders (Bookburners Season One Episode 9) – Book Review

Bookburners Season One Episode 8

27066137Author: Margaret Dunlap

52 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: With the enemy always two steps ahead, Sal and Team Three seek new answers from an old Oracle.

After being sent on a wild goose chase in the latest game of cat and mouse with the mysterious Mr. Norse, the team decides they need to get ahead of their competition in the hunt for the
Codex Umbra. With no other options, they turn to old friends and even older magic: specifically,
the Oracle of Delphi. Sal grows suspicious of her own sleeping habits and Asanti enjoys some field time but everyone learns the deadly dangers of playing with prophecy.

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What a ride.

In this episode, Team Three is looking for Codex Umbra.

I love Margaret Dunlap, she manages to be funny and also tell a nice story. Her POVs tend to be amazing too.

The story is very interesting and will get you hooked from the start.

Character wise, it’s sad to see Sal and Liam mad at each other, however, I can see that he isn’t who I thought he was. Also, we get a glimpse of a new story arc for Grace and Menchú, which I can’t wait to read.

Rating: 5 stars

We could do many things. That doesn’t mean that any of them are actually going to happen.

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The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) – Book Review

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)

23848452Author: Darynda Jones

326 pages

Genre: Paranormal

Synopsis: In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around. But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

Source: Gifted (in English) – HAUL

This book tells the story of a girl, Janey Doerr, who wakes up in Sleepy Hollow and doesn’t remember anything about her past. This book is a part of a series, however, you can read it as a standalone. For the series readers, it’ll feel nostalgic, it feels like the first book.

This book’s writing is great. It’s really nice to see Charley clueless again, it made me feel almost nostalgic. Also, I have always loved Charley’s detective work. Also, this book’s romance is wholesome and heart breaking, it’ll make you want to read more and more. I think the romantic sub plot will be a lot more enjoyable if you’ve read the series, if you don’t it’ll feel like insta-love.

Story wise, it has some twists and turns. Even though I was able to predict some, it doesn’t make the book bad, it’s the journey that matters (in this very particular case) — Keep in mind that I have been reading this series for a long time, it’s one oh those “it’s trash that I’m trash for” series.

Character wise, the old gang’s back! We get to see Reyes, Osh, Cookie and everyone else trying their hardest to adapt to this new reality, which is quite entertaining.

Overall, this is a book that’s plain dumb fun. I really liked it but, as I’ve stated before, it isn’t the right book for everyone.

Rating: 5 stars

“There, written in French, were the words Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I stilled. Read it again. And again. Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I’ve loved you for a thousand and one. –R.”

The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson # 10)

Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes – Book Review

Chew Volume 5: Major League – Book Review

15791566Author: John Layman

Artist: Rob Guillory

156 pages

Genre: Mystery Graphic Novel

Synopsis: While Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – clings to life in a hospital ICU, his twin sister Toni steps up to take center stage. Toni is cibovoyant, able to see the future of anything she eats, and, lately, she’s seeing some pretty terrible things.

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book is a direct sequel of Chew’s fifth volume.

The artwork’s still the same, however, it feels as though its colors are more vibrant.

The cast of characters continues the same, however, we get to know more about Toni, a character I happened to love.

This volume is made of extremes. It has a lot of funny moments but there are several that are simply heart-wrenching.

Rating: 5 stars

Mark my words. Someday, somehow, he WILL be back. And upon his return, shake the very foundation of heaven and hell. Irrevocably. Irredeemably. Because that’s one bad-ass motherfuckin’ bird!

Under My Skin (Bookburners Season One Episode 8) – Book Review

Bookburners Season One Episode 7

26094075Author: Mur Lafferty

42 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: When it comes to tattoos in the City of Sin, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

The Team must travel to Las Vegas when the human canvases of a tattoo competition show start dying. The list of potential magical murders is colorful and well documented across episodes of
Ink Stainz: Vegas—but appearances can be deceiving and the team must check their prejudices at customs and investigate the bristly and well inked lot before time runs out and more victims fall prey to the demonic ink.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Mur Lafferty and brings some Vegas vice and trash TV to our story. Get ready for deadly drama because no one is here to make friends.

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This episode tells the story of several mysterious deaths, this time in Vegas.

This episode is amazing. Even though I was able to figure out who the culprit was early on, the “trip” the characters took to arrive to that was great.

I also loved Mama Tat, a character who was introduced in this episode. Even though some of her actions had questionable morals behind them, she fixed her mistakes. I hope we get more characters like her soon.

Rating: 5 stars

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Chew Volume 5: Major League – Book Review

Chew Volume 4: Flambé – Book Review

13556942Author: John Layman

Artist: Rob Guillory

120 pages

Genre: Mystery Graphic Novel

Synopsis: Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – has been kidnapped! He was ambushed, knocked out, brought to a remote location, and bound securely. His captor intends to feed Tony from a menu of his choosing, to find out what Tony can see, in order to learn from him. His daughter, Olive, has been kidnapped for the exact same reason. Two kidnappers, two captives, and two very different outcomes.

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book is a direct sequel of the previous volume.

The artwork seems to continue the same, something I highly value.

The cast of characters has suffered some minor changes, which is something I expected for a long time.

They also seem to slowly evolve (in a sitcom kind of slow).

Finally, the plot has grown to become a lot more intriguing.

Rating: 4 stars

Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes – Book Review