Murder on the Lake of Fire – Book review

lakeoffireTitle: Murder on the Lake of Fire (Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Author: Mikel J. Wilson
Original Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Synopsis (provided by Acorn Publishing):
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.

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Basic Witches – BOOK REVIEW

33589940Title: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
Author(s): Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
Illustrator: Camille Chew
Original Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Number of Pages: 208

Quick Synopsis: An empowering book of spells (and lifestyle tips) for the modern millennial looking to dabble in the rising trend of ~witchcraft.

I immediately fell in love with the cover art by Camille Chew. The mix of colors and realistic yet cartoony interpretations of the modern woman just appealed to me instantly. I didn’t know what to expect from the book at all. I knew nothing about it when I first saw it except that I wanted to read it. I was contacted by someone at Quirk Books and was able to receive a review copy in exchange for my honest review. So here we go!

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The Wendy Project – BOOK REVIEW

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Title
: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne
Illustrator: Veronica Fish
Original Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Super Genius
Number of Pages: 96

Quick Synopsis: In a modern retelling of Peter Pan, 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake, losing youngest brother, Michael, to a peculiar flying boy.

This past weekend, we were down in Manhattan Beach when we spotted a Barnes & Noble and of course, had to go in. We wandered around deciding which books to get and which to put back as we both are serious book hoarders and had a pretty fat stack. I was rushing by the Graphic Novel section putting most of my “to buy pile” back on the shelves, when I saw this book faced out between Batman and The Flash. It was the only one and the cover art was too much for me to leave behind. I wanted it. I read the synopsis. I needed it.

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An Abundance of Katherines – BOOK REVIEW

an abundance of katherines book coverTitle: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Original Publication Date: September 21st, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Books
Number of Pages: 215

Quick Synopsis: Just dumped for the 19th time straight by a Katherine, smart boy Colin sets out on a road trip with his bff to “find himself”.

I feel like my synopsis was a little snarky in all honestly. But that is literally what this book is about.

I have a love/dislike relationship with John Green. I genuinely loved a couple of his books but somewhere along the way, he’s just lost me. He writes so well and his stories are generally quite interesting however, his plots aren’t the most compelling. This book is no different. I kept feeling like this exact thing has been done. Heard this story, seen these characters before. But I mean, I keep reading them though.

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Outcast Vol. 1 – REVIEW

OutcastVol1_CoverTitle: Outcast Vol. 1
Author: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Paul Azaceta
Original Publication Date: January 15th, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 152

Quick Synopsis: Demonic possession has overtaken Kyle Barnes’ entire life and it’s time for him to get some answers.

I’m going to be super honest here: I really wasn’t a fan of the art style at first. I think if I continuously consume a certain type of art style for too long, I can’t stray from it. As of late, I’ve definitely been super into a more cutesy style that instantly catches attention. After reading this for a bit, I realized that the art style was absolutely perfect for the type of story being told.

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Paper Girls 1

PaperGirls_Vol01-1Title: Paper Girls 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Cliff Chiang
Original Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 144

Quick Synopsis: 1988, Stony Stream, Ohio. A group of young paper girls set out on their morning route, only to be interrupted by shenanigans. –Collects Issues #1-5.

Look, I can’t tell you what interrupts their route. Trust me. You’ll want to go in knowing as little as possible. That’s exactly what I did and I’m so happy nothing was ruined for me.

First off, I’m going to say that the art and coloring of this book is amazing. I absolutely love the visuals. The overlapping panel work is incredible, innovative and visually pleasing in every way. It works so well with the coloring. This title literally has some of my favorite panels ever.

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A Court of Mist and Fury

ACOMAF-cover1Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Original Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of Pages: 626

Quick Synopsis: Feyre returns to the Spring Court loaded with High Fae power, the human trauma of how she obtained it and a permanent linkage to the dark High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand.

I originally read A Court of Thorns and Roses when it came out in 2015 so I was a little confused when I started this one. The first chapter was mostly me getting my bearings and remembering what happened and who everyone was. Horrible, I know. But eventually it all came back to me and Maas made it pretty easy to pick up the series even years after starting it.

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