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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Heir of Novron
Michael J. Sullivan
A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
George R.R. Martin
The God-Stone War (Mageborn, #4)
Michael G. Manning

Just a heads up

As the title suggests this is a heads up. I'm going to try to more fully review books as I finish reading them. I do love to read but also read slower than some. So have no fear, I will post as often as I can with honest reviews of books I read. Hope you like them and give them a try as well, because after all isn't that what reviews are for?

Witch and Wizard (Witch & Wizard, #1) - James Patterson,  Gabrielle Charbonnet Wonderful story. A life that seems normal takes a drastic change in the middle of the night when 2 teens are thrust into the worst possible nightmare they could imagine. The whole world is changing and they are caught up in the middle. I read the book from start to finish in one sitting, it was that good.
Blackbirds - Chuck Wendig Wasn't quite sure what to make of this book at first. The lead Character Mirriam is damaged and rightly so, yet she is real. The story is gritty and dark and I loved every minute of it.
The Days Before. A Novel Of Fantasy And Mystery - Lubowa M. Planet Took me awhile to get into it, but in the end I'm glad I did. Has a whole new take on life and death and what leads up to it.
Supernatural Freak - Louisa Klein Bear with me as this is my first honest to goodness review of a book besides "it was good", or "didn't like it".

Supernatural Freak is a story unlike any I had ever read before. With action that never stops I found it very hard to find a stopping point to put the book down!
Klein creates a mystical lore that incorporates our own beliefs and intertwines them with magic and wonder. Her Characters are instantly likable and she does a superb job of investing you into their well being.
When Robyn (the main character) first starts this book she isn't your typical 20 something girl. She is dealing with a lot of supernatural stuff that would make most people turn and run. Yet she is also very naive when it comes to the big picture. Throughout the story her world and understanding broadens and she grows. As a reader you can see the changes and it is a good thing.
I was told that if I liked "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" I would like this story. I agree with that statement wholeheartedly. I could definitely see the style of action, magic and humor between friends in this story being portrayed on screen in a television show and I would absolutely watch it.
With ghosts, wizards, werewolves, fairies, dark elves, and monsters galore lurking in this book the action never has much time to slow down. Learning of the wizards council and "the 12" mixed in with everyday life is a treat.
There were only 2 points in the book that made this story less than perfect but still remain quite enjoyable. The first point was only a problem for me as an american reader that I didn't understand some of the UK language like "cut a caper" or wearing "jumpers". These phrases were used in a context that was able to be figured out but it took me out of the story briefly to have to figure them out. Again UK readers will have no such qualms.
The second point of contention I had was that the book ended too soon for me. I know all people say that when they enjoy a book but it seemed truer this time around. We spend a long time building up to an epic battle against Sebastian, yet the battle happens "offstage". I would have preferred to see that encounter.
Now don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and even though the ending didn't go the way I would have liked it was still a very entertaining read. There was several nail biting moments when you didn't know what was going to happen next, and more than one narrow escape at death. The author kept the story light yet engaging and it works very well for it. It could easily have been turned into a much more serious and darker type of story, but I don't think it would have flowed as well.
The author contacted me and gave me a copy of this book to review and I am very glad she did. This book is a lot of fun and I look forward to more from this author. Louisa Klein, you are on my radar now. I will be watching!
The Line of Illeniel (Mageborn, #2) - Michael G. Manning

I simply devoured this book. Just as addictive as the first one. The relationships between Mordecai and his followers are relatable and moving. The way Penny and Mort bicker and pick at each other reminds me of me and my wife, very fun and real. About to read the 3rd installment in this amazing adventure!
The Blacksmith's Son (Mageborn, #1) - Michael G. Manning

I am usually a slow reader sometimes taking weeks or months to finish a book. I read a bit put it down get distracted and pick it up a few days later if at all. Not since Christopher Paolinis Inheritance series have I been so enthralled with a book that I was irritated with work and reality getting in the way of my reading. I read this book in one sitting. This is by no means an insult or slight on the book, 11 hours of near constant reading, I could not put it down. Some may argue that some of the slang or contemporary references detract from the story but for me it makes the characters more relatable and fun. I easily lost myself in this world and enjoyed it most thoroughly.
The Hunger Games - Suzanne  Collins So far its an interesting read, picks up quickly and makes it hard to put down.
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini This was an awesome conclusion to an epic series. There is an all out war in the heart of Alagaesia, on one side you have a conglomeration of all the races united against a common evil. The Varden has amassed an army of Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Urgals even Werecats to fight this common enemy. Eragon and his dragon Saphira are at the forefront of the action helping to lead the charge, Galbatorix is an immensely powerful man that has dominated the realm for years. No one has been able to withstand his power. but if no one has ever been able to stop Galbatorix before what hope does one boy and his dragon have of overcoming the most powerful Mage in history? Eragon has several tricks up his sleeve but will they be enough?
If you have read the first 3 books in the series you know that Paolini is a wonderful storyteller and the world he creates is unlike any other. The action kept me turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed. There really is no good stopping point once you start this book until you reach the end, then you wish it wouldn't end.
This book is a must read for any fantasy reader. If you haven't read the first few books in the series you are doing yourself a disservice. Inheritance would be an ok book as a standalone but so much of what has made the characters what they are and how they got where they are have come from the previous books. All of the previous books were masterpieces in their own right but completely necessary to keep the story going.
If you couldn't tell I absolutely adored this book and recommend it to any fan of fantasy. I for one cannot wait to see what Paolini has in store for us next.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home - Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Paul Lee, Andy Owens, Dave Stewart, Richard Starkings Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 volume 1 The Long way Home

Official Synopsis: Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers-newly legion-have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the "Buffy" decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own.


Review:

I used to be a big fan of Buffy back in the day. I even enjoyed up to about season 5 of the television series, and then I just lost interest, so it took a lot for me to pick up a comic based on this world and based on this world three seasons ahead of anything I might have remembered. So here are a few things I learned from this comic. One, a whole helluva lot has gone on in the last three seasons. Willow has disappeared, there is an army of slayers being trained for an end all type fight, and Giles is no longer watching buffy. These are not spoilers as you will find them out from the comic if you didn't already know it from the previous season of comics.
So fast forward to this story. The Long way Home. Visually it was a complete joy,The characters are very much the same from the television series I think partially because Joss Wheadon also produced the comic. The characters that we all know and love are back though some have taken on a different look. If you were a fan of the television series you will have no trouble picking out the main characters. The enemies or baddies in this book are so much more terrifying and well bad a$$ then the tv series could ever portray. The Demons and undead creatures just accentuate how powerful Buffy and her ilk can be. It makes you appreciate more when Buffy takes down 3 demons in one fell swoop when the images show these towering behemoths with razor sharp teeth and horns and claws all bent on her destruction. But this is just the start of the comic and the tip of the iceberg. the only problem I found with the artwork wasw durring a few of the scenes where buffy seemed excited or agitated and the artist's rendition of her eyes made her seem too comical in an anime sort of way and took away from the human realism shown in the rest of the comic.
Storywise I think its important to say it was easy to pick back up where I left off. If you have never seen or read a Buffy book or show you will not be completely lost although having a basic background of who the characters are and what has happened in the world deffinitely makes the plot more enjoyable. There is a great story to be had and its easy to get wrapped up in it. AN old friend makes a new enemy, a government conspiracy pulls in a magical character to helptake down the slayer. The slayer dies and a new one emerges... or does she? Willow resurfaces after being MIA for the last year and confronts the magical enemy only to fall victim to a trap used to try and destroy the slayer. Buffy falls prey to a trap of her own that puts her in a magical coma that only true loves kiss can wake her from, meanwhile an army of undead have just broken through the castles defenses and the rest of the slayer army is called into battle. Can Buffy awaken to help take down the undead army and save Willow from the mad man about to carve her up like a christmas ham? The story delves deeper into the background of the slayer chain and the road seems to bring the gang back to Sunnydale but things are far from the same.

Things that worked for me: I really enjoyed the familiar characters, the visually refreshing similarities from the book and the tv show as well as the same witty banter between the two made me remember what I liked about the series to begin with. Major boss fight scenes and awesome magic really pack a punch that left me wanting more.

Things that Didn't work for me: As much as they tried to info dump the past there was just too much that went on in previous installments for me to feel truly in the know on what was going on. I got the basic jist of the story but was still left scratching my head on more than one occasion, that said they did flow between characters rather well.

Overall Rating: Buffy the Vampire slayer Season 8 Volume 1 the Long Way Home was a wonderful read. The images and plotline drew me into a world I was once familiar with and put my beloved characters through an intriguing story that had me wanting more. Buffy fights her inner demons as well as her outer demons in a world where shes not sure who is real and who to trust. When everyone seems to want you dead and you get accused of trying to destroy the entire human race whats a girl to do? Kick butt and do it with style, and Buffy does just that. Loveable characters and entertaining dialog create a bond of friendship that is tangible and enjoyable and makes you care for the outcome of these friends. If you have never read a buffy story this is as good a place as any to start but once you read the Long Way Home I'm sure you will want to start at the beginning and soak up the world and lore that brings you to this point in time of the series. Joss does a great job of bringing his characters back to life on paper as he did with the television series. I would rate this story a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved it plain and simple. The only reason it didn't receive 5 stars is the fact that a new reader would become lost and not be able to appreciate the comic fully.
Masques - Patricia Briggs Wasn't sure what to think of when I first started reading this book. It is deemed a paranormal romance and I guess there is some relationship in it but it's definitely NOT what I would call a romance.The book starts a bit slow but picks up fast, sucking you into a world of adventure and magic.
Lover Mine - J.R. Ward J. R. Ward does it again. Another great addition to the series.
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare I don't know why I read so many young adult books, maybe because I refuse to grow up or maybe because young adult authors know how to keep my attention better. Either way I really enjoy them.
On topic: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is an intriguing book that delves into a world full of magic,demons, and family. No one is who they seem to be and it's not just the glamour.
The story starts with an average girl(Clary) and her mom living in New York City. The daughter is rebellious as most teenagers are and runs out of the house with her best friend Simon who is a geeky childhood friend. They go to a club and thats when Clary meets some interesting people, and thus introduces the reader into the Shadow World.
Full of adventure, love, cool weapons, a unique universe and lots of demons, and monsters, City of Bones takes you on a wild ride. Its a good read and you come to really care about the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Night World Series by LJ Smith and anyone who likes stories about Demon Hunters and Magic and Adventure.
Night World, No. 2 - L.J. Smith Night World no.2 continues your quest into the Night World introducing you to new key players in the fight to save the human race from those that would have it destroyed. Lots of fast paced action and cool new characters, while this is my least favorite book of the series its still a fun read.
Night World, No. 1 - L.J. Smith L.J. Smith is a wonderful author who captivates your attention from page 1 of this book and draws you in to the wonderful universe of the Nightworld, a society that lives hidden from ours made up of all the things you thought were make believe.Each novella of the book follows different characters into their realization of their roles in the Night World.A great series. If you like vampires, witches and all things supernatural, head on down to the store and pick up the Night World series. Pick up all 3 because you won't want to stop after just 1!
Night World, No. 3 - L.J. Smith Night World no.3 was a satisfying read filled with adventure,love and above all else supernatural elements.The way L.J.Smith writes makes you care about the characters in a short amount of time and helps you get into the storyline and universe. I can't wait for the next book to come out. If you are looking for a great series thats light and intriguing pick up the Night World Series today!