Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: Mother Earth by Lydia Lee

Mother EarthMother Earth by Lydia  Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book
When climate change reaches a catastrophic stage, Gaia and her unlikely friend, Toks, an alien-machine hybrid, set out to save the world. With the help of Toks, Gaia accidentally created an enchanted brush to revive life from its basic DNA. Unfortunately, an undercover U.S. political force is determined to exploit the last remaining oil fields in Antarctica and ignores the environmental degradation. Therefore, Gaia is a target that needs to be eliminated. Amidst all of the conspiracy, a super villain is born. Even though Gaia encounters set back after set back, creatures of all kinds were revived from stones and deep sea, helping her through many difficult situations. While this is a Superhero genre, the characters draw your attention to the real issues in today's world and bring humanity and friendship to the forefront.

The Review
Mother Earth challenges its reader(s) to think about human impact on our planet (Earth). The graphic novel contains really lovely artwork that helps to narrate the story well. The dialogue is written in a way that children will understand and become more conscious of their surroundings (plus what type of footprint they may leave behind).  This entry does speak about some environmental/political issues but it is done in a way that can be easily digested by the young adult reader.

Thank you to the author for providing this entry in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author
Emily Carr is a University in Vancouver, B.C. and Mother Earth  has been accepted by The Vancouver Public Library for their collections. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Something to Howl About (Alphaville 0.5) by Christine Warren

Something to Howl About (Alphaville, #0.5)Something to Howl About by Christine Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of Christine Warren’s The Others series then the inhabitants of
Alphaville will provide everything that you crave.

The leading characters penned by Christine Warren are everything a reader would want in their alpha roles. The banished she-wolf, Annie Cryer has confidence and beauty and the brown bear, Jonas Browning is what every arrogant alpha is supposed to be. Between the two there is an immediate attraction but it takes a real alpha to misunderstand what he is supposed to do. Meaning every misstep he could make, he made them. Jonas believes that bear shifters, especially brown bear shifters don’t mate for life and like their counterparts they mate with any available female. That understanding of how mating works is getting in the way of what his bear is telling him and the female he is focused on will not tolerate any of his nonsense.

It truly takes a great balance between the leading characters to propel a story forward. Both leading characters are equally as strong so that one doesn't drown out the other. Plus, helps that (for the reader) there are some forehead slapping moments and some “what the heck is he thinking”! This was a perfect introduction to residents of Alphaville.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Final Siege (Love Over Duty, #2) by Scarlett Cole

Final Siege (Love Over Duty, #2)Final Siege by Scarlett Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the second entry of the Love Over Duty series, the reader is introduced to Delaney Shapiro the heroine of this tale. Delaney is smart, independent and a real go-getter and this is what makes her an excellent investigative journalist. Unfortunately, I really couldn't get into her character, at least I will not be apart of the Delaney fan club. The character's back-story has affected her personality and Delaney seems really selfish and maybe way too stubborn. As the reader, it is always a goal of mine to find books that highlight strong female leads. Female leads who kick butt and take names with some flying kicks here and a couple of roundhouses for good measure. Delaney holds her own when her in this story but her interactions with her male lead (Mac) leaves a bit of a sour taste. It seems that her character didn't contribute much to balance the relationship.

Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is the overly considered hero of Final Siege and he is what all heroes are chalked up to be. Mac is dashing, handsome and an all around good/protective guy. Like so many of these stories the hero is easily twisted around the small finger of the heroine and does whatever it takes to get into her good graces. Where’s the balance? Mac spent a lot of time securing the heroine’s safety without much appreciation. Honestly, I thought that these two characters would part ways towards the end of the book in order to save the hero his dignity or just to give him some of his dignity back. Now, I must say that grief is a hard thing to deal with (even for us regular folks) and people cope with their grief differently. I just needed a little more balance between the characters.

A sign of a really good author is his/her ability to draw the reader into the story. Scarlett Cole was able to draw this reader into the book and into her characters. Though I did not care for the heroine, the male lead and the secondary characters were really great. The action sequences we're fascinating and a setting/background were well-thought-out and well-planned.

As the series progresses it will be interesting to see the different types of female leads introduced. Not only that, it will be equally as interesting to see how the stories of future female leads connect with established heroines.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness, 1) by Tracy Wolff

Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness, #1)Royal Pain by Tracy Wolff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes, its good to be royal or at least that's what Wildemar's
  playboy prince

thought. Why should the handsome Prince Kian care about what happens at home if he is only the spare ... the just in case royal heir? Life has a way of twisting things about and with the kidnapping of Wildemar's Royal Heir (Garrett), the spare is called to duty.

Every Prince Charming must have the girl from the wrong side of the tracks and that role is filled by Savvy (Savannah), the American who has her own secrets. The hero and the heroine have very good chemistry and while reading it is easy to see what draws them together. Savvy is the independent heroine while Kian is accustomed to women falling at his feet.

For the first installment to the His Royal Hotness series, this was a solid entry with characters (primary and secondary) that kept the reader's interest. Also, there is enough angsty material that makes this first entry hard to put down.

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