My favorite time of year is upon us and I am really looking forward to fall weather and events. While I hate to lose the daylight hours, fall is my favorite season and I love the cooling crispness in the air. California hasn’t had the best luck this year with the super hot weather and the fires, so the cooling weather is a welcome respite. The world has gotten really crazy in the last few months and, while I try to help where I can, it can be pretty overwhelming. Reading is great escape for me and a good way… Read more »
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Ever since Singh first mentioned the Alaris deep-sea station (I can’t remember when this was), I hoped that she would write a story that gave us a closer look at this unusual setting and its unique occupants. She finally does so in this sweet novella about Stefan, a Psy/TK, and Tazia, a human working on the station. Though Tazia is human, she is a lot like Stefan. Estranged from her family, Tazia lives a very lonely life aboard Alaris. As a Psy and former Arrow, Stefan has learned to keep a tight leash on his emotions. However, when the two end up working together to help rebuild a village, their attraction reaches a breaking point which neither can ignore. … Read more »
Mike, Grayson and Ian are all looking forward to one last carefree summer before they move on from high school and start the next phase in their lives. Unfortunately a carefree summer isn’t in the cards for any of them, each of them dealing with difficult circumstances as the summer begins. Grayson is hiding the fact that his mother has left the family and that a car accident may have left him unable to take his football scholarship. Mike’s family is struggling to pay the bills so might must take on extra work over the summer, all while dealing with what could be a final break up with his on-again, off-again childhood sweetheart… Read more »
Base Instincts is a novella set in Ione’s Demonica series. If you haven’t read the series yet, there aren’t any huge spoilers in this one, though I would highly recommend going back and starting at the beginning of the series because it’s awesome. Base Instincts focuses on Raze, a medic at Underworld General, a hospital that caters to all demons, good or bad, in a fair manner. Raze is a Seminus demon (yes, you read that right) and his species must have sex in order to survive. Unfortunately biology has also mandated that Seminus demons must have sex with the opposite sex or face debilitating pain or death. This is bad news for Raze because he isn’t attracted to females. Raze has resigned himself to a life without love and of having sex with a female he doesn’t like very much in order to just survive. Then he meets Slake, a male who stirs in him feelings he isn’t prepared for and makes him long for impossible things. Read more »
DC rebooted the Batgirl franchise not too long ago with their New 52 rollout. The run, written by Gail Simone, was an intimate look at Barbara Gordon and her recovery after having been wheelchair bound for years. It dealt with both her mental and physical recovery and was applauded by many as an honest portrayal of PTSD. As you can imagine, the tone and topics of the book were quite dark and DC recently decided to reboot the franchise yet again with a new writing and artist team, hoping to give Batgirl a younger, hipper vibe.
In all my years of reading YA I have come to find that horror is pretty rare in the young adult genre. Suspense, thriller and horror are among my favorite types of books to read and some of my favorite YA authors, like Katie Alender and Gretchen McNeil, have written some of my favorite YA horror novels. Not only is horror difficult to find in the YA section, but there as a time that Barnes & Noble pulled McNeil’s novels from the shelves because they were deemed “too scary!” That’s a whole other fish to fry but my point is that there are few authors who have lasted as long as Alender writing almost strictly horror for YA. I have read most of Alender’s previous novels and I keep coming back for more!
Children are disappearing from Gotham and people are whispering that it’s the ghost of woman haunted by her children’s deaths. Kate Kane (aka Batwoman) doesn’t know who’s taking the children, but she is on a mission to find them and bring them back to their families. Along the way she must deal with a secret government agency who wants to unmask her, a recruitment offer from Batman, training her young cousin (aka Flamebird) on the finer points of being a vigilante, and dating a police officer who doesn’t know that she dons a mask at night.
Everyone’s favorite homicidal sidekick is back! This time, Harley Quinn, the former love interest of The Joker has her own series. Down on her luck, Harley finds out that she has inherited a building on Coney Island along with its eclectic tenants. While the building is free, property taxes require Harley to get a day job as a therapist where she helps her patients to the best of her (unorthodox) abilities.
Red Queen is the story of a society divided by class and war. Reds are the commoners, the poor, working class who, because of their genetic makeup are forced to live under the rule of the genetically superior Silvers. Reds are forced into conscription when they turn 18 and must fight a war on behalf of the Silvers – a war that has been going on for a hundred years with no end in sight. Silvers are the elite of society. They are born with different powers to control the elements and the mind. Some are more powerful than others but they all rule over the Reds. Mare Borrow is a Red and is destined for war in a few months.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I am always a little wary going into a popular series that people love. I think the expectation is just sometimes too high and I end up disappointed. It may have helped that I saw the movie first and liked it. The film also gave me a good primer on the world here and it was easy to jump in. There were definitely changes from book to film but the overall spirit and plot of the book remains intact and I didn’t find any huge differences.