Friday, October 31, 2014

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
by Patricia Briggs
illustrated by Francis Tsai

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @Mercys_Garage

Published: 2009
Publisher: Del Rey/Dabel Brothers
Genre: Graphic novel, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Hardback: 112 pages
Rating: 5
Based on Mercy Thompson book series

Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from a darker dimension, observing the supernatural community while standing apart.

When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a job interview, she quickly finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. And as if fangs and fur weren’t bad enough, Mercy must deal with the scariest creature of all: her mother, who is convinced that Mercy is making a mess of her life and determined to set her daughter on the right course.

The thrilling adventures of Mercy Thompson–Moon Called, Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed–have topped the New York Times bestseller list. Now Mercy makes her comics debut in an exclusive new story created by Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is sure to please longtime fans and capture new ones with its mix of unforgettable characters and thrilling supernatural intrigue.


My two-bits:

This was a great way to get introduced to Mercy and the Mercy Thompson series. There were brief appearances from the main characters which left me wanting.

I got just the right amount of action and character descriptions to get me hooked. After reading this graphic novel, I definitely want to go to the book series to read more about this world.

The really interesting trait about Mercy is that she does not shift into a werewolf, but another creature. So, I am curious to learn about the special abilities and lore of that particular creature.

The illustrations were good as well and portrayed actions scenes, especially the shifting scenes really well (see sample comic page below).


* thanks to Sophia Rose for recommending this to me :-)

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Green Cover

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane
by Alex Irvine

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @alexirvine

Just released: September 2014
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Witches
Paperback: 208 pages
Rating: 5

“I am Ichabod Crane, born in the year 1747. It seems this is the year 2013 Anno Domini, and I have been given new life—how, I know not; why, I know not. I will discern the truth—if, that is, I can keep my head.”

In "Sleepy Hollow," a supernatural twist on Washington Irving's classic short story, Ichabod Crane has been pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that he and detective Abbie Mills are humanity's last hope in the war against evil. Passionate, intelligent, and wryly funny, Crane has always used journals to collect thoughts and documents that may prove useful later, and The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane offers an unprecedented look at the battle also raging inside his fascinating mind.

On the pages within, Crane shares new memories of the American Revolution; more amusing reflections on modern-day phenomena, from the Internet to Election Day; and private thoughts about Abbie, Katrina, and others. He also includes hidden case files; secret Freemason puzzles; selections from George Washington's mysterious Bible; and photos, letters, and drawings he has collected along the way. Filled with detail about past battles and vanquished monsters, as well as clues about those he and Abbie have yet to face, this journal is not just the ultimate repository for fans, but the key to Sleepy Hollow’s future—and the world’s.

My two-bits:

This is a treat to read as a supplement to the tv series. I would recommend watching the series, specifically season one first. Mainly because more descriptions, historical details and background stories are provided in relation to certain episodes in the show and would be more appreciated and understood.

I liked journal vibe created with illustrations, photos, newspaper clipping images and etc. along with the text.

As a fan of the show, I liked this read.

Also available: comic book series

Sleepy Hollow #1 (Of 4) Comic
by Jorge Coelho (Artist), Phil Noto (Artist), Marguerite Bennett (Author)

After dying on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His resurrection is tied to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Realizing it is his mission to help stop the end of the world, Ichabod teams with Lt. Abbie Mills to meet each evil threat head on. When minor miracles start to sweep the town, they're glad something good seems to be happening for once.

No decapitations, no headless horseman, no worries, right? But as one by one the miracles start to backfire, more and more violently, Abbie and Ichabod must find time between saving the world to save the citizens of Sleepy Hollow...

-----> gonna wait for this series to be released in graphic novel form before reading it

BASED on tv series:

Sleep Hollow (2013 - present)
Created by: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane
Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills

Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

My two-bits:

I am currently binge watching the first season on DVD and loving it. Perfect for watching this time of year.

This Season 2 poster has a YA book cover feel to it. I plan on catching up with season two soon.


* review copy courtesy of Blogging for Books

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Set in Autumn

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @jojomoyes

Published: 2012
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Genre: Women's fiction
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 5

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

My two-bits:

Heart wrenching and tissues-at-hand-required kind of read. Regardless, I really loved how this story pulls at the heart strings.

Jojo Moyes creates such imperfect likable characters that make me want to hang out with them all day long.

The great mix of humorous and serious scenes of love, life and living make this an entertaining read from start to finish.

Got me thinking of how can I change my life to be one that is more fulfilling and joyful.


* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Birds on cover

Talk Like Jane Austen Day - 2014

Happy Talk Like Jane Austen Day

Celebrating the 203rd anniversary of the publishing of Sense and Sensibility


The official site has themed this year as "Snarky Jane". The site will post a different quote every hour here.


Dear Reader,

Today I present a couple quotes from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Colonel Brandon
played by David Morrisey
in Sense & Sensibility 2008 tv series

“’My protégé, as you call him, is a sensible man; and sense will always have attractions for me. Yes, Marianne, even in a man between thirty and forty. He has seen a great deal of the world; has been abroad; has read, and has a thinking mind. . . . I can only pronounce him to be a sensible man, well-bred, well informed, of gentle address, and I believe possessing an amiable heart.’”

-Elinor speaking to Marianne and Willoughby about Colonel Brandon
Sense & Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 10

Edward Ferrars
played by Dan Stevens
in Sense & Sensibility 2008 tv series

'I do not attempt to deny,' said she, 'that I think very highly of him — that I greatly esteem, that I like him.'

Marianne here burst forth with indignation —

'Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again and I will leave the room this moment.'

-thoughts on Edward Ferrars between Elinor and Marianne
Sense & Sensibity, volume 1, chapter 4

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Margaret Dashwood's Diary
(Sense and Sensibility Mysteries)
by Anna Elliott
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Margaret Dashwood learned from her older sisters—sensible Elinor and romantic Marianne—that the path of true love is rarely easy or smooth. And yet Margaret grew up dreaming of one day finding love and romance of her own. Now, smarting from the pain of a broken engagement, Margaret has traveled to stay with her now-married sisters in order to heal.

But life is still far from smooth: John Willoughby, Marianne’s first love, has unexpectedly returned to once again complicate the Dashwood sisters’ lives. Colonel Brandon, Marianne’s husband, has been commissioned to apprehend a ruthless ring of smugglers operating in the neighborhood. And when a mysterious figure from Margaret’s past returns, Margaret realizes that she herself may hold the key to uncovering the smuggling gang. Worse, she comes to suspect that she faces an impossible choice of her own: not between sense and sensibility, but between duty and her own heart.

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* image source: characters from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Colonel Brandon, Edward Ferrars

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Horrorstor: A Novel by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstor: A Novel
by Grady Hendrix

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter #horrorstor

Just released: September 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Ghosts, Horror
Paperback: 240 pages
Rating: 5

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom. It’s “a treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”—Kirkus Reviews.


My two-bits:

I started out reading my ebook review copy, but decided to get a print copy after a couple chapters. My ereader did not display the images properly and I felt that the print copy would enhance the story which it did.

Instead of a scary tale in a haunted mansion, this story takes you into a haunted furniture store not too different than IKEA.

The format of the story was intriguing in that each chapter started out with a page out of furniture catalog. The furniture piece highlighted was incorporated in the chapter in a spooky kind of way.

The characters were quirky and fun to follow.

I could totally see this made into a successful campy/horror film. If so, I would go see it :-)

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* review copy courtesy of edelweiss

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Horror