I won this book in a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads and also got approved for it on NetGalley (I forgot I had requested it. Oops.)
The book focuses on two best friends, J.D. and George. J.D. is the stereotypical smart-mouthed playboy who gets what he wants and George is a nerdy loser who gets nowhere. The book reveals most of the plot by chapter 7 and then adds a bit more to much later on (somewhere near chapter 25). A lot of telling happens and the technical parts bored me. The climax/big action scene was ok and well described with some entertaining bit, but it still wasn’t very exciting to me.
I had completely different expectations of the book based on the description. Maybe it’s just me. I gave it 2.5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend it anyone.
Haunting the Deep is set six months after the end of How to Hang a Witch and Samantha hasn’t been talking to anyone, especially the Descendants. That changes when she starts seeing ghosts and dreaming about the Titanic, which they’re studying in school. That sets off a chain of events that effects everyone around her. Samantha and the Descendants, with help from some new and old allies, race to find the answers before it’s too late.
The book is a quick read since in takes place over a two week period and I figured out who the bad guy was right away (unlike the first book), but it was still a fun read. I like the friendship between Samantha and her neighbor Mrs. Meriwether and her friendship with the rest of the Descendants. She even gets a ghost cat. If there’s a third book in the series, I’ll definitely read it.
The author works in some social commentary about the way the class system was on The Titanic and how things are similar today. At the end, she gives a brief history of her family members who were on the Titanic. I’d recommend this to fans of the first one, historical fiction, books about magic or books about the Titanic.
I got this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
I gave it 4/5 stars.
Vol. 2 focuses on Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks’ journey to the Money in the Bank pay per view. The two pair up after saving each other from their respective nemeses and become travel partners. There are some fun scenes of them trying to get each other to loosen up before they run into the Wyatts (They’re persistent). A surprise superstar helps them out and they make it to the ppv on time. I like that it has a happy ending.
It was a little odd that they gave Dean a different backstory and, honestly, I wanted more Shield interaction. I know the Wyatts aren’t done with them. I was also bummed that they made Dean’s eyes green when they’re blue. That might be picky, but I’m ok with that. I’ll still be getting Vol. 3 at some point.
I’d recommend it to WWE fans and I gave it 4/5 stars.
This graphic novel collects BOOM! Studios WWE issues 1 to 4. They tell the story of Seth Rollins betraying The Shield, joining The Authority, becoming WWE champion, suffering a career threatening injury and making his return.
I loved the dialogue and characterization. The interactions between Seth, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns where they’re using nicknames for each other or hurling insults at each other sound very genuine and that made me happy. I smiled quite a few times while reading this.
There was a Wyatt appearance (because they like to annoy The Shield) and cameos by some other superstars. Everyone is well illustrated.
I’d recommend this to fans of comics and wrestling, especially if you like The Shield and/or Seth Rollins. 5 star from me!
I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. Before that really. I read a sample of it on Amazon and had to buy this book, and I never buy Kindle books. How to Hang a Witch is a young adult historical fiction book with a mystery in the middle and some romance thrown in. Even with all of that, it has a good plot and a pretty good twist (even though I figured it out a bit before the main character, Samantha, does). It kept my interest and I wanted to follow the clues and figure everything out. I also really want to go to Salem.
It’s about a girl named Samantha Mather who moves to Salem, MA from New York City after her father falls into a coma and they are forced to sell their house and move into her father’s childhood home. She gets picked on at school, has bad luck, and, to top things off, starts seeing a ghost in her house. Things get weirder and worse for her from there.
She finds out about a centuries old curse involving the families from the witch trials. Now it’s up to her and a clique of other kids, called the Descendants, to stop it before its too late. With the death toll rising, Sam accepts help from her neighbors and the ghost, Elijah, to stop a surprising enemy.
I’d recommend this to fans of historical fiction and books about witches.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. There are some slight spoilers in this review.
I like that it starts off with a sort of homage to Night of the Living Dead (The main character, Caleb, his sister and their friend are running across a field to a farm house). It was a good start. Then all of a sudden Caleb is working at a place called Zomtech as a computer technician/programmer and we’re supposed to figure out that the previous scene was a flashback/memory.
While trying to readjust to life post-zombie apocalypse, his life is thrown into chaos once again when he receives threats from an unknown source demanding that he give them “what they want.” But who are they and what do they want? By the time it got to the major twist, I was forcing myself to finish this because I just didn’t care anymore. The things Caleb was doing didn’t make sense.
Honestly, it was a good idea for a book, but there’s too much description and not enough action. Also, I get it. Caleb has wing tattoos on his wrists and a scar. Sheesh. Talk about something else.
The book is a compilation of interviews the author did with Lemmy and interviews from various magazines and websites that were done with Lemmy, past and present band members and other musicians. It covers Lemmy’s entire life and career, the band’s line up changes, brief bios of each band member, what songs are on each album and their DVD releases. It’s a bit sad that as I was reading it original member Fast Eddie Clarke died.
The main focus of the book is Lemmy, though the author does give some background on the other band members and the artist who created their mascot, Snaggletooth. I learned a lot about how record companies work through this book. Lemmy mentions that he really had no control of when “Best of” compilations were released or what was on them. The same with live albums. I was also surprised that he didn’t have more money. At one point in the book he mentioned that if he stopped touring he’d have enough to live on for maybe “three good years” and that was around their 30 year anniversary.
Most of the chapters cover a two year period because the band had a two year tour/album cycle. Some of the earlier chapters only cover one year. This is an interactive eBook with links to songs and playlists and plenty of great photos. I really enjoyed that part. This edition is an updated reissue of the original 2012 version and has an added last chapter to cover the deaths of Lemmy, former guitar player Michael “Wurzel” Burston and original drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.
This was a good book and I learned a lot more about Motorhead and Lemmy. I’m not their biggest fan or anything, but I like their music. The book has left me with a greater appreciation of their impact on rock music and a list of songs that I need to hear. Since they’re from England, the book is very British with slang, English spelling and such. There’s also lots of swearing and mentions of sex, drinking and drug use. If any of that bothers you, this is not the book for you. I’d recommend it to anyone whose a fan of the band.
My favorite quote from the book is “My ethic is ‘eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die’. You can be as careful as you want, but you’re gonna die anyway, so why not have fun?” I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.