A Voracious Reader
Review
2 Stars
Bleh
Angel: Aftermath - Kelley Armstrong, Stefano Martino, Dave Ross

From Goodreads:

Springing out of Joss Whedon's Angel: After the Fall story line, novelist Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning) comes aboard to explore the many repercussions following the explosive last issue of Angel: After the Fall. Artist Dave Ross also comes aboard to present the first arc of "Aftermath," wherein we learn who lived, who died, and who will be forever changed from the experience.

 

Originally published as Angel issues #18-22

 

First off, I hate the artwork. None of the characters are recognizable and half the time Angel looks like a Hulked-out vampire. Blerg. I like that Gwen, Kate and Connor are in this and I like the additions of Dez and Jamaerah. Not sure what’s up with the Elohim and the Potentates, but I’m looking forward to seeing where this is heading. As long as it’s drawn by someone else. Because I hate when characters are unrecognizable. It’s too frustrating.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/angel-aftermath.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 162nd Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 162nd Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/avr-weekly-news-162nd-edition.html
Review
4 Stars
Cute retelling
Goblin Hood & His Merry Monsters - Bobby Timony

*Book source ~ Free from NoiseTrade

 

From Goodreads:

When Ellen O'Tale is captured and interrogated, Goblin Hood and his Merry Monsters must rescue her before she spills all their secrets! Or after, that works too.

 

This is an all-around adorable graphic novel. I’d say that anyone from Middle Grade up would enjoy this fantasy retelling of the classic Robin Hood. I love everyone’s names and their backgrounds and of how they came to be in Goblin Hood’s Band of Merry Monsters. The artwork is cutesy (but not too cutesy) and colorful. I look forward to more of Robin’s tales.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/goblin-hood-his-merry-monsters.html
Review
5 Stars
Love it
Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising - Joshua Dysart

*Book source ~ Free from NoiseTrade

 

From Goodreads:

Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he's a psionically-charged "harbinger" with the potential to reshape the course of human history. But Peter's plight has not gone unnoticed. Respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger, Toyo Harada, is about to offer Peter the chance at the things for which the boy has always longed - family, inner peace, self-control - and induct him into the sprawling, secret network of conspiracy and subversion known as the Harbinger Foundation. Now, Peter begins his long road towards a destiny that will shake the very foundations of the Valiant Universe. His first lesson? All power comes with a price!

 

A bit of a different spin on a familiar concept. Sort of like X-Men only the abilities people have are mind-based and don’t affect the physical body. There’s no Mystique, Nightcrawler, Cyclops or Beast in this universe. At least, not that I’ve seen yet. I like Peter. What a shitty hand he was dealt. And I have to tell you, I’m not liking this Toyo dude very much. What the fuck? I like the story and the artwork is fantastic, too. I’m looking forward to more of this series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/harbinger-vol-1-omega-rising.html
Review
2 Stars
Meh
Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread - Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto

*Book source ~ Library

 

From Goodreads:

 She may be an Avenger and an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the Widow has her own mission: to atone for her past as a KGB assassin. Her methods are dirty. Her heart is cold. But her work is flawless. On an undercover assignment in Russia, she finds that the Hand of God is reaching for her--and it's as merciless as its name. Outmatched by the brute force of this powerful new villain, Natasha discovers a deadly globe-spanning plot. It's a race against time, and the Widow has nowhere to turn for answers. The trail of blood and destruction will test her strength and cunning--but it may also test her faith.

 

 I’m not enamored by the artwork and the storyline is just meh. Black Widow spends most of this graphic novel screwing up and then saying she needs to pay better attention. Over and over again. Boring. And how many times does it need to be mentioned that she feels she must atone for her past sins? Too damn many. Repetition is not your friend. I got it the first time. I’m definitely not interested in continuing this series.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/black-widow-volume-1.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 161st Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 161st Edition

The one with the Nightmare from Hell week, but at least we finished the outside of our Exterior Library.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/avr-weekly-news-161st-edition.html
Kindle Review
A Death in Sweden - Kevin Wignall

*Book source ~ Kindle First

 

A former MI6 agent and CIA contractor, Dan Hendricks is now a free agent, doing jobs for whoever has the money to pay him. His specialty is finding and acquiring fugitives, but when former agents, his friends, start turning up dead he realizes his time is running out. With a lifeline thrown his way by a former boss he sets out on his most important mission yet - find out who Jacques Fillon truly was and why he was hiding in Sweden. If Dan can do that maybe he’ll have the leverage he needs to erase the target off his back.

 

For a thriller this was more suspenseful than thrilling. There is plenty of intrigue and lots of gore and killing, but there are also some really slow parts that tend to distract from the main story. Especially the romance which had me rolling my eyes. Is Dan Hendricks supposed to be James Bond? *snorts* But the plot did keep me interested from beginning to end. Who was this Jacques Fillon? Why did he save a random stranger on a bus? Why is the CIA interested in him and why are they killing off former agents or those who did their dirty work even though they weren’t a security risk? So many questions and the answers will eventually be revealed. All-in-all a decent read.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/kindle-review-death-in-sweden.html
Review
4.5 Stars
Kindle Review
Harmony Black (Harmony Black Series Book 1) - Craig Schaefer

*Book source ~ Kindle First

 

Harmony Black is an FBI agent in a covert organization named Vigilant Lock. She’s also a witch and her job is to hunt monsters. After her last job goes south and a new job turns up in her home town, her boss puts her on a team for the first time. No longer working solo takes some getting used to, but she’s fitting in pretty well considering she’s facing her childhood monster – The Bogeyman.

 

The only drawback to this intriguing paranormal tale of monsters and mystery is that there is some repetitiveness that gets a bit irritating. Otherwise this is a one hell of a ride with action nearly from the start. The plot is fast moving, the writing is pretty good and the characters are awesome. Monsters, magic, the occult, mysteries and conspiracies upon conspiracies, where the hell is this series going? I have no idea, but it looks like it’s going to be quite a fun ride!

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/kindle-review-harmony-black.html
Review
4 Stars
Heat and plot
Love under the Lights (Whole Lotta Love) - S.L. Carpenter, Sahara Kelly

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Toni Sinclair is stuck between a rock and a…rock. The hard place is about to show up. After she blows her top at her scummy sexually harassing boss and storms out she wonders how the hell she’s going to find another job and pay down her pile of debt. Lucky for her she runs into a successful adult film actress. Suze thinks Toni has what it takes, so she gives her a number to call. Is Toni desperate enough to dial that number?

 

Well-written with depth to the characters this isn’t porn about the porn industry. This is a romance that happens while filming porn. Toni and cameraman Paul Whittaker fall for each other a bit quick, but considering the circumstances it’s forgivable. A little on the short side (the story, not *ahem* other things) it’s a quick naughty read with lots of heart.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/love-under-lights.html
Review
4 Stars
Monster Porn Monday #4
Sleeping with the Sandman (Surprise Passion Series Book 5) - Mia Fox

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Savannah suffers from nightmares and is seeing a therapist who is helping her achieve a normal life. One of the things the therapist wants her to do is start dating. But Savannah’s issues run deep and she’s having a hard time with the assignment. She much prefers The Sandman who pulls her out of her nightmares and helps her to sleep.

 

Ok, I have to admit to disappointment in this one. There’s no monster at all! The Sandman is an unusual character, but he looks human, so no monster bits or non-con sex.  *pouts* It is a pretty decent short story though, so props for that.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/monster-porn-monday.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Monster Porn Monday #3
Scent of the Centaur (Surprise Passion Series Book 4) - Mia Fox

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Athena commits a major no-no by sleeping with a student while working as a lecturer in Greek history and mythology at a college. Put on administrative leave she decides to take a trip of a lifetime. To Greece. Athena is about to get schooled.

 

Kyros may be a centaur but he’s definitely hung like a horse. This isn’t very monstery, but it’s kinda hot. There are some editing issues and it’s a bit short with an abrupt ending, but all-in-all not a bad quick read.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/monster-porn-monday.html
Review
4 Stars
Monster Porn Monday #2
Ethel and the Merman (Surprise Passion Series Book 3) - Mia Fox

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Ethel and her son Jonah are constantly being disappointed by her ex (Jonah’s dad), but one day they meet someone who may be able to take away the wariness they both have of men who are scumbags.

 

Atlas is a merman and he’s not particularly monstrous, so I’m not sure how this would fit under monster porn. Yes he has a tail, but once in his lair he can switch to legs. So…except for the swimming part he’s not exactly a monster. There’s a decent story here and hot sex, but monster bits are noticeably absent.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/monster-porn-monday.html
Review
4.5 Stars
Monster Porn Monday #1
Going Steady with the Yeti - Lola Bond, Mia Fox

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

Anna the anthropologist is working on a pet project of hers for biotech firm MedSecs when she’s rudely yanked off it to work on a male infertility project run by her asshole ex-boyfriend. The surprising thing about the project is it features a yeti. A yeti she’s strangely attracted to and wants to set free, but he ex threatens her, get the yeti sperm or lose her research grant. Dilemma!

 

For monster porn this is a decent story with a monster, sex, hot woman, an asshole and a problem to be solved. I found myself really hating Anna’s ex and cheering for Anna and the yeti, who she calls Prince. The ending is a little too rosy and pie in the sky, but for the most part I enjoyed this sexy monster porn.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/monster-porn-monday.html
Review
3 Stars
The book of Middle of the Road
The Books of Magic - Neil Gaiman, Paul Johnson, Scott Hampton, John Bolton, Roger Zelazny, Charles Vess

*Book source ~ Library

 

From Goodreads:

A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade" is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's introduced to Vertigo's greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks.

 

The artwork is decent and the story is pretty good. Though I’m not sure I understood parts of it. Anyway, ever since I read about Constantine in The Sandman, he’s been a favorite character of mine. I’d love to read more about him. The other three guys are freaky weird. I’m not sure Timothy got what they were trying to tell him. He may be blinded by the new shiny…magic. I know he’s only 12, but I hope he uses his head. If I can find the rest of the graphic novels at the library then I’ll continue on. If not, oh well.

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-books-of-magic.html
Review
4.5 Stars
Kindle Review
Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic Book 1) - Melissa F. Olson

*Book source ~ Kindle First

 

There’s something strange about Allison “Lex” Luther. She has a difficult time dying. Ok, the dying part isn’t so difficult. It’s the staying dead that’s giving her problems. For some reason she can’t stay dead. Not necessarily a bad thing, but most definitely strange and it’s the reason why she suddenly ends up over her head in a magical world she never knew existed when she dies yet again while protecting her baby niece from the vampires (?!) kidnapping her. Vampires. Lex had no idea. But now she needs to learn all she can and asap before the bad guys go at her niece again.

 

Woo doggie! Just when you think there can’t be any other way to tell a story involving magic and vampires, along comes an author with a unique spin on the old standby. A boundary witch is something I’ve never heard of and it is some interesting shit. Lex has to learn her stuff on the fly and she does a decent job of it, but she’s still ass deep in vampires and the magical world and not a clear picture of what she can do or what’s expected of her by the larger community. Not to mention she needs to protect her magically gifted niece, all while keeping everything a secret from humans. Well, isn’t that a kick in the head? Well-written and edge-of-seat gripping, with only a few areas of stretching believability past the limits, I’m most definitely going to be reading the next book in this series.

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/kindle-review-boundary-crossed.html
AVR Weekly News ~ 160th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 160th Edition

 

Source: http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/avr-weekly-news-160th-edition.html

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