Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Crow: Pestilence by Frank Bill, Drew Moss (Illustrations)

This story basically feels like it starts in the middle of something we get no real back story for and its basically 80 pages of killing, killing and more killing. The story focuses on a cartel in Juarez, Mexico and drug and human trafficking.

The story follows Salvador a boxer who was going to be paid to take a dive, but instead screws his payers over, wins the fight and tries to flee with the money. The catch up to him and they kill him, and take his wife and son. Salvador comes back from the dead to exact his revenge as the Crow. The characters were very one dimensional and lacked any real depth. So I personally did not like this book, because there is nothing that makes you want to root for the main character.

Rating 2 out of 5

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender by Various

Why is this book great? Hmm, let me think. Oh Yeah! This book is great because its a compilation of 10 relatively short stories that really deliver for their genre. Granted, some stories are more likable than others, but that's up to the reader. So if you have only room for one more book in your eReader, go with this one, you'll get 10 in 1.

Rating 5 out of 5

The Stories
  • Three Secrets by Opal Carew
  • His Secret by Portia Da Costa
  • Remastered by Madelynne Ellis
  • Working Out by Marie Harte
  • The Scientific Method by Joey Hill
  • Juicy by T.J. Michaels
  • No Limits by Kate Pearce
  • Ink Reunited by Carrie Ann Ryan
  • Unfettered: An Overwatch Story by Sasha White
  • Bondage on 34th Street by Emily Ryan-Davis & Jennifer Leeland

Monday, August 18, 2014

Black Science, Vol. 1: How to Fall Forever by Rick Remender (Writer), Matteo Scalera (Artist), Dean White (Colorist)

This book collects BLACK SCIENCE issues #1-6

Think Reed Richards if he was a prick and ran around on Sue Storm. Grant McKay is a super brilliant, genius scientist who has done what every science geek out there dreams of [not time travel, but close]; he has created a way to travel through the multiverse [suspense music here], they call it the onion in the book, but I’m sticking with multiverse.

For 10 years he has been neglecting his family and working like mad, for 8 of those years he has been cheating on his wife [this always comes into play later on in any series, so keep it in mind]; McKay has been building the Pillar, the device that makes it all possible.

But, something has gone horribly wrong [can’t say I didn’t see that coming] and now McKay, his two kids, his mistress [also a scientist on his team], his team and the corporate guy are all stuck; travelling from universe to universe with no way home.

The book ends in a cliffhanger to get you hooked; but the reason the book lost points with me is that in the first 10 pages they kill of two members of the crew, McKay keeps going on and on with his kids about how he’ll get them all home and everything will be okay in their family, and in the meantime while his kids are one room down, he’s with his skank.

The main character is too unlikable for my taste; but other than that, the concept is great, it has infinite potential and the illustrations are just WOW.

Rating 4 out of 5


Rocky & Bullwinkle by Mark Evanier, Roger Langridge (Illustrations)

If you were a kid in the 60's you may have grown up watching the "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show", I was not around way back then, but I did grow up on the re-runs and I loved that show. I loved how Rocky could never place Boris's voice and how incompetent the spies were.

Well, this book stays true to the format of the episodes, except, of course you have to read. We get all the silly puns and the narrator's commentary and cliff hanger ending and suspense filled intro's. There is a lot of text on each page, so a lot of people might not like it.

I loved the book, words and all, the illustrations are the same style as the cartoons, so I say grab yourself a copy, you won't regret it; plus you can get all nostalgic.

Rating 4 out of 5

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer by Dusty Higgins

Netgalley provided an ARC that only goes to the halfway mark of the book [bummer]. Well, the first half of the book was good. Picture this, Pinocchio and Gepetto survive the great whale, but Pinocchio is still a wooden boy, Gepetto begins to warn Pinocchio of the great evil that is coming; but what does Pinocchio [who is still a bad boy] do, he ignores the warnings and Gepetto gets killed by vampires. As they're about to kill Pinocchio he tells a lie and pierces a vamp, turning him to flames, then dust. Now Pinocchio becomes a good boy and sets off on a quest to kill all vamps.

At the halfway mark Pinocchio becomes a real boy and the ARC cuts off, but it left me with such a cliff hanger that I'm now gonna have to go and buy; yes go, as in go to a store, if I have to buy it I want a nice hard copy.

The novel is all black and white, but it totally works with the vampire and old world motif its rocking. So this is definitely a fun read.

Rating 4 out of 5

The Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1) by Melanie Scott

This is one of those sports meets romance novels. Alex and his two best friends, Lucas and Mal love baseball, until tragedy struck back in college and they had to give up on playing the sport. So when their beloved New York Saints [not sure if that's a real team, not very attuned with sports here] are up for sale, they team up to buy them.

Maggie is the only daughter of the Saints owner, she grew up with the team, her dream is to one day be CEO of the team just like her dad. She has spent year getting degrees in business and sports management, all working toward her goal. So when her dad sells the team and doesn't even tell her [I know right, what a prick], Maggie is crushed.

Alex needs Maggie on board with the sale because if the League doesn't approve the sale and the players are not happy, things can go bad, real bad. Well eventually all those late nights working together, lead to some real chemistry.

The only thing I did not like was the ending, it felt to rushed, would it have killed the author to throw an "I love you" in there. Since this is only book 1 in the series [book 2 will be Lucas' love story] I'm sure we'll see more of Alex and Maggie.

Rating 4 out of 5

The Poor Man's Guide to Suicide by Andrew Armacost

The story follows Wesley Weimer; he has 2 kids from different marriages, used to be big guy on campus back in high school [still can't get over his glory days] and is a real prick.

His parenting style is up there with Peter Griffin [you know from Family Guy]; he thinks his daughter is fat
and in the book he actually says he doesn't like his son, then he goes on to say maybe I love him, maybe I don't. That right there made me dislike him even more.

All of his problems stem from him finding excuses not to better himself and then blaming the world for his short comings. The reason he didn't go to college is his father's fault, then his wife, then his kids, then the dog's. Like man up, if you really wanted to go you could have gone.

I couldn't even like the ending because rather than saying he'll try harder to improve himself and focus on positive things, he says "I lowered my expectations"; like really.

I gave this book a 1 because the character is so despicable, you can't even sympathize with him.
Like sewing drugs into his kids backpack so he could frame the ex's boyfriend and get custody, real great parenting right there, just wow; if this were a real kid in real life, there are no words to describe the amount of therapy he would need later on. The character should have just gone ahead and killed himself.

Rating 1 out of 5