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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Comic Book Tuesday #10: Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1

Author: Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott
Series: Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: 28 Jun 2016
My Rating:4 cups
Source: Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):
This all-new adventure is set at the edge of explored space, as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise come face to face with a new Klingon threat... with the fate of the galaxy at stake.

*Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley and IDW Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or opinion of the book in any way.

It's always an interesting experience for me to read a Star Trek comic book. I was browsing the newest books available for reviewing on Netgalley, when Manifest Destiny caught my eye.

I'm actually happy I requested this book. The art is pretty much similar to the one used in the Star Trek/Green Lantern comic, only a tad bit darker. The panels were, as with the previously mentioned comic, not crowded with characters of dialogue, and it wasn't hard to follow the story. One thing that I'd like, though, and it will sound strange as hell, is to not have the drawings try to look too much like the actors playing the characters in the movies. I know, it sounds strange, and it may be a me-thing, but I would like to see how the artist sees these characters outside of the influence of the movies.

The story is pretty fast paced and the strangest thing happened while I was reading it, in the sense that I wanted to read more from the villain's POV than from the good guys'. Does that sound strange? I felt like the villain was very well portrayed and he was pretty interesting, and I wanted to find out why he was so bad, bordering on psychotic sometimes.

The weirdest thing happened though. I was so caught in the story, that when I finished reading that last page, I actually thought maybe the file downloaded wrong. There's a cliffhanger at the end, and it took me a while to realize that I read just the first issue of the story, which made me want to cry, because I wanted to know what happens with the heroes and with the villain, who dies and who lives.

All in all, a good story, and I can't wait to get my hands on the entire volume and find out how the story ends.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Early Book Review: The Devil In Disguise by Cynthia Eden

Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: Bad Things #1
Audience: +18
Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: June 28th 2016
My Rating: 4 cups
Source: Netgalley
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Don’t make the devil angry…

Luke Thorne loves having one hell of a good time. As the ruler of every dark creature to walk the earth, he certainly has more than a bit of a bad side. He lives for danger and isn’t the type to lose his heart—mostly because he doesn’t have one. Then she walks into his life.

Mina James is seduction in the flesh, a perfect temptation that the devil himself couldn’t pass up. Too late, Luke realizes he’s let a real siren into his life, a woman who is bent on using his dark powers to free herself from hidden enemies. Since Luke isn’t the type of man to be used, he should walk away from her, but…something about Mina draws him close.

Soon he’s realizing that she isn’t who she appears to be. Not dark and cold, but burning red hot. Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…

There are Bad Things in the world…very, very bad. Are you ready for them?

*Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley and Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion of the book or my rating in any way.

In the last two weeks or so I've been having the need to read some urban fantasy, which is when I stumbled across this book on Netgalley. Between the cover, the blurb and my recent obsession with the TV show Lucifer, I just had to give this book a try. And I'm so, so happy I tried it out.

I really loved the premise of this book. The ruler of all things dark is brought to his knees my a single, little siren. It was interesting to see the inner conflict that Luke has. He's been brought up to believe there's nothing good about him, that he can basically destroy anything and everything good around him, so seeing him struggle with his feelings and with his actions towards Mina was interesting. I feel like by the end of the book a lot of the things he believed in regarding himself and the world in general were put under a microscope and examined really well, and I feel like that will help him grow a lot as a character. I feel like he needed that.

Mina is one of those characters that manage to somehow  break my heart a little bit. She had a tough life and when I got near the end of the story, the irony of it all wasn't lost on me. I would want to explore her world more, since something that happened at the end was quite... strange and something that doesn't make sense. It kind of broke the rules, so to speak, but in a good way.

I have to say though, I would have loved it if the book explored the reasons for Luke's reaction towards Mina. Maybe it will be explored later on, as the series explores other characters, but it would be interesting to know why his instincts told him he needed to protect her, and why he reacted the way he did in certain situations.

All in all, a good start to a new paranormal series and I am very anxious to read the next book in the series.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins

GUYS GUYS GUYS!!!!! I have a great cover to share with you!

I'm very happy to share with you the cover for The Great Pursuit by the awesometastic Wendy Higgins. This book is the sequel to The Great Hunt, and also final book in the Eurona Duology. Here it is:

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.
Isn't it awesome?? I absolutely love it. In addition to this cover gorgeousness, The Great Hunt ebook is currently on sale for $3.99. So grab it on Kindle and/or Nook before the sale ends.

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