Time Capsule (Bookburners S3 Ep5) REVIEW

35612805Time Capsule by Mur Lafferty

Published August 16th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Magic is real…and hungry.

Sal and Perry try to entertain their parents in Rome…without revealing how totally weird their lives have become. Although they know the Orb has warned of an imminent attack on the Vatican museums, they’re unable to keep their parents away, placing them all smack in the middle of the magical chaos when it comes. And that chaos has its source with someone Menchú knows all too well.
Things have changed for the Vatican’s magic-fighting Team Three: their forces are depleted, and internal rifts are coming close to tearing this close-knit group apart. But some things never change. Magic still threatens to overwhelm our world, and when a startling appearance from Menchú’s past reveals new dimensions to this danger, the team will have to reassess their loyalties—to their jobs, their beliefs, and even to each other.

In this episode, Sal’s parents visit her in Rome and go to the Vatican Museums. While they’re inside, there’s a magic outbreak and Sal, with the rest of Team Three and Grace, have to stop it.

I liked this episode. It was fast-paced and, on top of that, we got to know Sal’s parents.

Bookburners in na amazing series and I can’t wait to see the damage Hannah is going to do next.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series #1) REVIEW

18813006The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

Published November 2013

Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult

Pages: 305

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

Araina has been confined to the labyrinth’s walls all her life until she sees an unknown man walking through one if those walls. That man is captured and Araina and Darith decide to rescue him to discover what’s on the other side.

The characters were simple and there wasn’t much character development. They were all just basic teenagers from a dystopian novel. The author also invented a curse word (scrats, the combination of scars and rats, the two things Araina hated the most), which, honestly, felt pretty weird.

The plot was also too simple. The story was easily predicted and it didn’t feel original. Still, it was entertaining and the simple plot made it easier to read.

Even though I ended up enjoying some parts of the novel, I don’t recommend it. If you want to read a dystopian book set in a labyrinth, there are better books to pick up like, for example, Children of Icarus (REVIEW).

Rating: 3 stars

Thatonenerdygirl and I wrote a Book Club Discussion of this book over on her blog. Check it out here. Just keep in mind that it has spoilers!

May Wrap-up

This was a pretty busy month but I was still able to find time to read. Let’s start this month’s wrap up!

Books read

28152271I started off the month by reading The Song of the Jubilee by Raeden Zen. In this book, humanity is forced to live underground due to a disease called Reassortment, which kills anyone who ventures to the surface. But the life underground isn’t as good as it should be and, when Johann’s father, founder of the Resistance, is captured, he sets out to rescue him, Meanwhile, we also follow Broden, a scientist working to end Reassortment. When I read this book, I wasn’t impressed. It was fun but there was nothing outstanding about it. The concepts and the world-building were interesting but not enough to “save” the book. When I finished it, I decided I would try the sequel but, as I started reading it, I realized that it had the same problems of the first book. I stopped Reading and probably will never pick up the series again. 38494007

 

After that, I read Open Earth by Sarah Mirk. This graphic novel is about a group of the first space-born humans. I really wanted to enjoy it but I couldn’t. The only thing the characters did was bang and the plot was almost nonexistent. I don’t recommend it to anyone.

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Next, I read the first volume of Night’s Dominion by Ted Naifeh. This is a graphic novel about a group of thieves planning a temple robbery. It was disappointing. The characters weren’t good and it was hard for me to distinguish them at times. The story was also not that great. Overall, it was a huge let-down. I won’t read the rest of the series.

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After that, I read Humans by Matt Haig. It is a heartfelt story about an alien who comes to Earth in order to eliminate all proof of the Riemman equation. In the beginning, the alien doesn’t want anything to do with humanity but, as he gets to know his new family, he starts to change. It was a heartwarming story that completely absorbed me. I hope I’ll get around to reading more of Haig’s works.

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Next, I read The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. When Winnie’s baby, Midas, disappears, her mother group decides to take the matter into their own hands and investigate. The story was  completely enthralling and the characters intriguing. There’s not much I can say without spoiling the plot but what I can say is that this book completely surprised me. Every character had a complex backstory which made the book even better. In the beginning, I found it hard to remember all the baby and husband’s names but, as I got used to the characters, I couldn’t put the book down.18813006

Finally, I read The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner. In this book, Mahk are created and placed inside a labyrinth, trading obsidian for food. We follow Araina, a young girl who, when she sees a man going through one of the labyrinth’s walls, decides to join forces with Darith to rescue him. They, then, begin a journey back to that Wall in na attempt to escape the Labyrinth. The novel was just mediocre. The story was predictable and the characters weren’t that interesting. I finished the book but just because it was easy and light to read. I have no interest in reading more of the series.

 

Blog posts

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This month started with the review of  Saga Volume 7  by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (REVIEW). I love this series. In its essence, it is about a couple fighting to keep their family together but it is so much more than that. If you like Science Fiction and haven’t checked out this graphic novel, you should.

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After that, I finally started posting my reviews  of the third season of Bookburners (REVIEW). I’ve written numerous times about this series. It  is about a group of people working for the Vatican by fighting  the supernatural. If you haven’t, you should check it out.

 

Finally, I posted my May Book Haul (link).

Books added to my TBR

I didn’t add any book to my TBR this month, yay! Fewer books to buy 😉

The Delirium of Hope (Low Volume 1) REVIEW

23200006The Delirium of Hope (Low Volume 1) by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

Published March 25th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Pages: 144

Source: Bought it

Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope. Dive into an aquatic fantasy like none you’ve ever seen before, as writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny Avengers) and artist Greg Tocchini (Last Days of American Crime) bring you a tale mankind’s final hour in the cold, deathly dark of the sea.

*There are minor SPOILERS in this review*

In this book, humanity has retreated to the bottom of the ocean. The story starts with Stel and her husband taking their two daughters outsider the city. They fall into a trap and both girls are kidnapped and their father killed.

I loved the main character of this book. The heroine, Stel, was driven solely by hope and it is not everyday that you see the mom as the heroine. Marik, her other son, was a tricky character for me because he was a “bad guy” for a long time. He eventually changed in the four months he was captive but, still, I didn’t care for him.

The plot was completely absorbing. It had a rich and complex story and I couldn’t stop reading. With graphic novels, I often feel like the story is poor or that it could have been better, but not with this one.

I enjoyed every bit of it and can’t wait to read the next volumes

Rating: 5 stars

“Without optimism for the future, how can we hope to shape a better one?”

All in a Day’s Work (Bookburners S3 Ep4) REVIEW

35682335All in a Day’s Work by Brian Francis Slattery

Published August 9th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Magic is real, and hungry–trapped in ancient texts and artifacts. Only a few who discover it survive to fight back.

Join Detective Sal Brooks, newest recruit to a black-ops magic hunting team backed by the Vatican, as she travels the world to keep the supernatural in check. Just remember: watch your back and don’t touch anything.

In this episode, Asanti summons helpers, in na attempt to create controllable magic. It goes wrong, of course. Then, Team Three is called to solve the problem without even knowing who started it.

I really enjoyed this episode. It showed a different side, more benign, of magic. We also get to know more about what Liam felt when he was possessed, which I pretty cool.

If you haven’t checked out the series, you should!

Rating: 5 stars

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Hard Bargain (Bookburners S3 Ep3) REVIEW

35612753Hard Bargain by Andrea Phillips

Published August 2nd 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Magic is real, and hungry–trapped in ancient texts and artifacts. Only a few who discover it survive to fight back.

Join Detective Sal Brooks, newest recruit to a black-ops magic hunting team backed by the Vatican, as she travels the world to keep the supernatural in check. Just remember: watch your back and don’t touch anything.

*This review has spoilers for the first episodes of the season!*

In this episode, Grace and Sal go to the Market Arcanum together to trade chess pieces for a magical book.

I love the fact that, in this season, we’re getting to know Menchú better. Even though he clearly wasn’t the protagonist in this episode, we got to see bits of his day from him POV.

I think that, in these first episodes, the authors mixed the past (the tragedy in Guatemala that Menchú was part of) and the present (Asanti being forbidden from all field-work, Grace being part of Team One and Menchú being haunted by the presence of Hannah) wonderfully.

I love this series and recommend it to anyone that likes Urban Fantasy.

Rating: 5 stars

“Majesty was not a quality solely belonging to goodness.” 

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