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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April Wrap-Up

Another month, another wrap up (a late one).

Books read

20898092I started off the month by reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This was the book club pick for this month and, I have to say, I was positively surprised! This book is considered a classic so, that alone, made me hesitate to pick it up. On top of that, I didn’t have a clue about the story so I didn’t really expect much. Well, I ended up loving it. It is about the life of Jane Eyre, an orphan child struggling to find a purpose, who grows into a strong woman to inspire us all. Because this was the book club pick of the month, I’ve already posted my review of it so, if you want to know more of my thoughts on the book, check my review here.Bookburners: The Complete Season 3 (Bookburners, #3.1-3.13)

Then, I finished reading the third season of Bookburners. This is a series that I keep talking about. It is about a group of people working for the Vatican fighting the supernatural. I finally finished the latest season, and, I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. Even after two seasons, there was still character development and the story was still gripping. I recommend the series and can’t wait for the next season that’ll come out this June!

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After that, I read Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely. When one of the camp counselors is murdered, a group of teenagers has to investigate and discover the murderer. The art was visually pleasing and the story was intriguing. I couldn’t stop reading it so I ended up reading everything in one sitting. If you want a fun, light mystery thriller, check out this one.

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Next, I read Mortal Fear by Robin Cook. Basically, people are mysteriously dying and Jason has to discover why. I was disappointed with the ending, it was very similar to the ending of another of Cook’s books. I talk more about it in my review so keep an eye out for that. I still recommend Cook’s books, just maybe not this one.

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After that, I finished Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson. In this book, numerous animals send letters to Dr Tatiana asking about their love life and she answers them by explaining their behaviour and the reasons behind its evolution. I really liked the way it was written, it was refreshing and everything was explained with great detail. I recommend the book to anyone interested in evolutionary biology or biology in general. If you have any science book recommendations, please write them in the comments below!

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Finally, I read Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd. This is a graphic novel that compiles a series of small strips about the daily life of a couple. I had already read some of the strips online but it was nice to have them all together in a graphic novel, along with new ones that I’d never read before. It was a really fun book and, if you’re not familiar with Catana’s works, you can always check out her social media, she posts some of the strips there.

Saga Volume 7 REVIEW

29237211Saga Volume 7 by Brian k. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Published April 4th 2017

Genre: Graphic novel, Science Fiction

Pages: 152

Source: Borrowed

Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience.

This volume continues the story of the previous ones. Somehow, I think the plot of this volume was more intense than the previous volumes.

New characters were introduced,  like expected, and the plot moved forward.

It was na heartbreaking volume that left me wanting more.

I will read the next volume soon but, until then, I’ll have to process what happened in this one.

Rating: 5 stars

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Faces of the Beast (Bookburners S3 Ep2) REVIEW

35612737Faces of the Beast by Margaret Dunlap

Published July 26th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Magic is real…and hungry.

Father Menchú and Liam investigate a disturbance in a small town in Spain, confronting a centuries-old werewolf curse. Meanwhile, Sal is loaned out to Team One to look into an issue near New Zealand, putting her in close quarters with Grace for the first time since Grace left Team Three. The Orb warned of these two magical flare-ups simultaneously—and they’re on exact opposite ends of the globe. Coincidence? …Unlikely.

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, Grace and Sal go on a mission to New Zealand, and Menchú and Liam go to Spain.

This episode was much better than the first one of the season. It pulled me and I couldn’t stop wondering what would happen next.

A new character was introduced, Hannah, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

I’m really enjoying this third season and recommend the Bookburners series to anyone that likes fantasy.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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Bubbles of Earth (Bookburners S3 Ep1) REVIEW

35682334Bubbles of Earth by Max Gladstone

Published July 19th 2017

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Magic is real…and hungry.

Sal and Liam run into trouble at the Lascaux caves…and find themselves sucked in to the art a bit too literally for their taste. Unexpected help comes when Sal’s brother—now half angel, half human—shows up after a year’s absence, but can they trust him? And does it really matter what he’s done in the past if he can help them get out of the caves now?

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, Team Three travels to Lascaux, France, where cave paintings seem to be responsible for several disappearances.

The story was wonderful and it was wonderful to be back to this series. Even though it wasn’t the best Bookburners episode I’ve read, it was a good way to start the new season and I can’t wait to read more.

Rating: 3,5 stars

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Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom REVIEW

36580712Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely

Published April 24th 2018

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Source: Netgalley – in Exchange for na honest review

A hilarious story of a diverse group of young sleuths who band together to solve a murder mystery while at a weight-loss camp.

Deep in the Oregon wilderness sits Camp Bloom, a weight-loss camp where “overweight” teens can “get in shape.” Jesse would rather be anywhere else, but her parents are forcing her to go. Noah isn’t sure if he wants to be there, but it’s too late to turn back. Tony is heartbroken at the thought of giving up his phone and internet. And Kate…well, she likes the hikes, at least. As far as these four teens are concerned, it’s just another boring summer.

Until one night, when Jesse and Noah witness a beloved counselor’s murder. The body’s gone by the next morning, but a blurry photo leads to one clue—the murderer is one of the camp’s staff members!

But which one? As Jesse, Noah, Kate, and Tony investigate, they quickly discover that everyone’s got their secrets…and one of them would kill to keep theirs hidden.

In this book, one of the counselors of Camp Bloom is murdered. A group of teenagers, then, decide to investigate his death.

The art of the book is really cute, I liked it.

The characters had depth, everyone had to deal with their own problems.

The story was captivating and I ended up reading the graphic novel in one sitting because of it.

Even though it dealt with murder, this book was really fun to read and I recommend it to anyone that wants a light yet thrilling read.

Rating: 5 stars

The Blood (Monstress Volume 2) REVIEW

33540347The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu, and Sana Takeda

Published  July 11th 2017

Genre: Fantasy, graphic novel

Pages: 152

Source: Birthday gift

Maika Halfwolf is on the run from a coalition of forces determined to control or destroy the powerful Monstrum that lives beneath her skin. But Maika still has a mission of her own: to discover the secrets of her late mother, Moriko.

In this second volume of Monstress, collecting issues 7-12, Maika’s quest takes her to the pirate-controlled city of Thyria and across the sea to the mysterious Isle of Bones. It is a journey that will force Maika to reevaluate her past, present, and future, and contemplate whether there’s anyone, or anything, she can truly trust–including her own body.

This book is about Maika Halfwolf, a human-looking arcanic. In this volume, Maika, Kippa, and Ren travel to Thyria to uncover the truth about Maika’s mother, Moriko.

The characters of this book were outstanding, as expected. There were introduced new characters, such as Seizi, Maika’s godessfather, which kept the plot flowing. I really liked Seizi and hope to see more of him in the future. Maika’s still a strong protagonist, who fits the story perfectly. In this volume, we also got to know more about Kippa, and Ren, Maika’s companions. I continue to love them, like I did on the first volume.

The plot was captivating. The author managed to combine a story with Maika and Moriko’s past, which allowed the reader to get to know more about them, even though it wasn’t all about them. With the new characters also came new back-stories and new connections.

I absolutely loved this graphic novel and I recommend it.