Book Reviews

Our House by Louise Candlish

Our HouseTitle: Our House
Author: Louise Candlish
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For those of you who are fans of Gone Girl and Big Little Lies, you will enjoy this new novel by Louise Candlish. Infidelity, lies, blackmail, murder, and betrayal are in abundance in Our House.

I must be mistaken, but it looks exactly as if someone is moving into my house.

Fiona (Fi) Lawson comes home after a trip to find that people are moving into her house. She and her ex-husband, Bram, are practicing bird’s nest custody of their children: sharing the same house in order to maintain as close to the same life as they possibly can for the boys. However, Bram’s created a web of lies that leads to the destruction of this agreement. But has he gone too far with his new exploit?

He planned not only to steal my property, but to help himself to my wife.

Bram is nowhere to be seen, Fi no longer has a home, and Harry and Leo aren’t at school. Secrets are everywhere and no one is as s/he seems. The situation seems to be getting worse and worse, and infinitely more complicated.

Where is Bram? Why are other people living in the house? How did everything come about?

He was convinced it would be easier for you if he wasn’t here to bring more shame on you.

There was so much more potential! I was really intrigued at the beginning, but as the story went on, I expected more “aha!” moments than I received. I really enjoyed seeing the story from both Fi and Bram’s perspectives. There was one twist I did not see coming, but I should’ve given the clues. Nothing gets past me (…except for this once)! 

This is a light and easy read laced with slight thriller traits. I would recommend this for people who enjoyed Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.

Expected publication date is August 7, 2018.

 

Book Reviews

Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance by Joshua Williamson

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Title: Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
Author: Joshua Williamson (Writer), Scott Snyder (Writer)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Days: The Road to MetalDark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder, and Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising are the first three events. This is the fourth and last.

We start out with Bruce Wayne talking to his granddaughter. She is interested in all of his stories, which he has written down over the years…not to be forgotten.

Superman went into the Dark Multiverse in order to save Batman. While he is there, the Justice League is doing their part back on Earth. However, “The One Who Laughs” aka “Joker Batman” separates them, brings them into the Dark Multiverse, and creates their own worst nightmares.

 

I really loved that each section of the book represented a different member of DC comics and the battle they had with Batman’s nightmares (some Batman versions of themselves). My brain is completely random, so the different trains of thoughts keep me entertained.

 

One member of the Justice League defies all odds and helps to rescue the Justice League, all of them banding together against the Batman Nightmares. On the other side of the Earth, the Teen Titans and the Suicide Squad join forces to defeat Nightmare Robin. 

Gotham has turned into a giant mountain surrounded by multiple rings. Each ring represents Batman’s greatest rogues. Robin is on a mission to get to the center and defeat all of his father’s rogues. Will he make it? 

I really enjoyed this event and how it intertwined previous comics into it. However, as a standalone, it doesn’t leave the reader fulfilled because it doesn’t end with this event, but in another comic. I wish the resolution was present in this addition. Also, I feel it should have ended with old Bruce Wayne and his grandchild finishing the story.

Expected publication date is July 3, 2018.

Book Reviews

Okayest Mom by Natalie Gwyn

Okayest Mom

Title: Okayest Mom: When God’s Plan of Adoption Doubled My Family
Author: Natalie Gwyn
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Wudahalo” (Wudahalo is Amharic for “I love you”).

For the best way to double your family, reach out to Natalie Gwyn. How she keeps her sanity is anyone’s guess! After having two children of her own, she decides to adopt four more from Ethiopia. Okayest Mom follows Gwyn on her journey from making the decision to adopt to faithfully living out this “new” life…both the hardships and the good times.

It would have been easier. But it would not have been better.

This was a fast and easy read, which was really nice after my three 500+ page books in a row. I really did enjoy this. Along the way, Natalie found resistance and resentment. But sometimes the reasoning behind it all was fear instead of hate. Fear of losing their new mother and family. Fear of being left once again, which was a little sad and heart-warming at the same time. 

Until we admit our own weaknesses, we can’t become stronger.

Times can be tough and sometimes we wish that we didn’t have to go through them, but in the end, these tough experiences only make us stronger and mold us into the person we are today.  Natalie learned that sometimes pretending everything is alright is worse than confronting things head-on. Things were not always cookie-cutter and there were definitely difficult times, but with the love Natalie and her family portrayed, love always won.

One thing I would change is the mentioning of “white privilege”. It was pretty much whispered, but I don’t think needed to be mentioned at all. Honestly, it kind of irked me because my mom is an immigrant from another country who came here LEGALLY. But like many people from other countries we associate with having nothing. She, too, had the same: no electricity or running water. So, to say certain colors have privilege as a generalization doesn’t sit well with me. Because that color changes depending on the country you go to. Sorry, for the rant. That is the only thing I would change in this novel, otherwise it would have received five stars.

This novel would be a great read for someone looking to adopt, but not looking to read about the “boring” parts of adoption, like paperwork and going through the process. It was a light, easy, read filled with humor and real-life experiences.

The expected publication date is June 26, 2018.

Book Reviews

Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising by Peter J. Tomasi

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Title: Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
Author: Peter J. Tomasi (Author), Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Tyler Kirkham, Ethan Van Sciver, Dan Abnett (Illustrator), Frank Tieri (Illustrator), Carmine Di Giandomenico (Illustrator), Tony Daniel (Illustrator), Ricardo Federici (Illustrator), Francis Manapul (Illustrator), Philip Tan (Illustrator), Riley Rossmo (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Days: The Road to Metal and Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder are the first two events. This is the third.

Barbatos rules the Dark. If Batman can rid of the Light, Barbatos has promised to bring Bruce Wayne’s parents back.

The truth is, we’re only here because the world was dark enough to dream us into existence. Because deep down, it needed us. To protect them from themselves.

Batman has multiple personality disorder in this event:

  • Flash Batman “Red Death”stole his reality’s Speed Force from The Flash (one of my favorite superheroes and I would want his super power).
  • Cyborg Batman “The Murder Machine”: bent on killing everyone with the many Alfred clones.
  • Joker Batman “The Man Who Laughs”never taking anything seriously and always the last word. The evil mastermind of the group.
  • Green Lantern Batman “Dawnbreaker”set on destroying the man who killed his parents. He quickly becomes a hero until his willingness to kill takes over.
  • Aquaman Batman “The Drowned”a female sea creature.
  • Wonder Woman Batman “The Merciless”: vows to kill Ares and destroy his helmet, but ends up choosing himself as a god and wears the helmet. 
  • Doomsday Batman “The Devastator”: monster who thinks that Superman is the problem.

 

No one is beyond saving.

The Joker plans to make something out of the best traits of both himself and Batman. When Batman killed the Joker, a new strain of Nanotoxic was released from the dead body. This virus makes the victims more like the Joker. Whoever killed the Joker, would become him.

 

 

The Laughing Batman (aka the Joker Batman) is the ringleader of this big circus. So why are all of the other Batmans following his lead? They believe that helping will make them heros (how easily misguided they were). The world is dying. Detective Chimp is on the case. Will he be able to solve the crime before it is too late?

I wanted to love this. I really did. And I really like that the “Dark Knights” were versions of other DC heros we have come to love over the years. I’m kind of lost about why Detective Chimp has a role, really. But then again, I’m not a big fan of monkeys. It had me loving it until the last 50 pages. 😦

The expected publication date is June 26, 2018.

 

 

Book Reviews

King’s War (The Kinsman Chronicles, #3) by Jill Williamson

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Title: King’s War (The Kinsman Chronicles, #3)
Author: Jill Williamson
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To get a little background, please see my reviews of the first two books in the series: King’s Folly and King’s Blood.

 

THE RELUCTANT KING: PART 7

I had a hard time getting through this section. I’m starting to dislike some of the characters and not enjoy those chapters. Give me some action!

The new king is having a hard time getting the support of his subjects. Not being able to relate due to his priest upbringing, he is having trouble honing his fighting skills. Subject to the perception of his people, he experiences much disdain. Not only that, but he cannot seem to make the correct moves in order to appease the large masses. His wife, Mielle, does not seem to help with her discerning heart; she has accused the incorrect people of being in the wrong. 

Meanwhile, will an alliance between Jazlyn, Charlon, and King Barthel be made? Who is the “Deliverer” and who is the “Deceiver”? Are the prophecies wrong?

 

A DELIVERER COMES: PART 8

The war is looming and Trevn is preparing himself to ride into battle with his men, hoping to gain some respect at the same time.

Low and behold, more traitors are among us. Barthel is luring young Shanek to be in his alliance by hosting events where he can bring his crush and troublemaker, Amala. Captain Agoros and his wife are plotting to dethrone Trevn so their son, Oli, sworn to protect Trevn, can become the “rightful” king. Is Oli in on the plan or will he stay true to his word tot Trevn?

Islah, Rogedoth’s (aka Barthel) “dead” queen is not so dead. She is also known as Grayson’s grandmother. And she happens to have many secrets, secrets that may help the Armanians to take down Barthel.

Who can I not stand? Mielle. Honestly, she reminds me of Daenerys Targaryen, who most of you know I cannot stand from the books. If she would just do what is best for the Armanians and not try to rush into saving everyone else, half of these wars wouldn’t happen!

But, I can’t decide who I like more: Grayson or Oli. They are both so selfless and sweet, yet entirely misunderstood. I just want to hug them!

The two Rurekan kings who were poisoned are now healed. An assassination attack on the king. Someone almost committing suicide in order to better the Armanians. Two new people accepting Dominion of great shadirs. What’s next?

The readers are left with Mielle and Grayson being captured by Lady Mattenelle.

 

WARRIORS OF THE VEIL: PART 9

The “Deliverer” and the “Deceiver” bring us an all-out battle. But who will win?

A new realization has occurred: Shadir can be sentenced back to the Lowerworld.

Will Arman come to the rescue and save the Armanians from the wrath of Rogedoth and the shadirs?

Where does the end of the war lead us to?

Book Reviews

Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (Dark Nights: Metal) by Scott Snyder

Title: Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (Dark Nights: Metal)
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 I liked this comic much better than the first in the event, Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder. Everything tied together and didn’t have your brain going in a million different directions. Action-packed scene after action-packed scene, Snyder left me wanting more after each one.

Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, is once again our narrator, but we finally understand the reasoning behind his “diary”. We find ourselves back in the dark universe of Batman. Honestly, he is kind of depressing in this event. He is still hiding things from the rest of the Justice League on his journey to find the Nth metal. But is Batman being used by the powerful god Barbatos to create a portal to Batmen? 

Batman, being his selfish self in this event, gets lured into a trap and it’s up to the Justice League to save him. Clark Kent, aka Superman, to the rescue. Kent comes to find an older Batman (I’m still curious to know how Batman aged and then was his good ol’ self again later. Some clarification would be nice). While the Nth metal is the goal, will new discoveries be uncovered to depict a weapon in disguise?

Probably the best lesson learned from this comic is that true friendship lasts. No matter what wrongs were made, the Justice League has each others’ backs. And I love the tie-in of the characters (Aquaman and the Flash make my knees weak).

One thing I wish I could change…I wish there was more Joker and less Hawkgirl…I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but the whole time I was thinking, “Shut up, Hawkgirl! You act like you’re the smartest, but how many times have you died?!” Although I love the Joker, the Joker Dragon was a little much, I have to admit.

What will happen next with the Dark Knights? Will the Jusice League be able to stop them with this new metal?

The expected publication date is June 12, 2018.

 

Book Reviews

Wraith Lords of Zeiglon (War of the Staffs, #2) by Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick

Wraith Lords of ZeiglonTitle: Wraith Lords of Zeiglon (War of the Staffs, #2)
Author: Steve Stephenson & K.M. Tedrick
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me just say that this cover is bea-u-tiful!

Not very often do we find ourselves favorable of the second novel in a series. This, however, was not the case in the War of the Staffs series. Wraith Lords of Zeiglon brings us right back into the magical (literally) world of Muiria.

For my review of the prior novel in the series, please see here. We find ourselves, along with Tarquin (Parthian Prince turned Borderer) and Celedant (wizard), back on the path to finding the missing piece of the “Staff of Adaman”. Currently, vampiric warlock Taza has doomed the land of Muiria to the wrath of evil. 

Along their journey, they make new friends and also face gruesome monsters sent from all reaches of the world. Bringing together many races (humans, elves, dwarves, wizards, dragons, and more) of the world, they band together to bring the demise of Taza and all of the other evil forces (orcs, Shadow Lords, giants, etc.) prowling about Muiria. 

Ohhlala…love is in the air! And it is not how I predicted it…I don’t think. Just a dash of love spread across this battle-enticing novel, which makes it just the right amount for me (not too hot, not too cold).

One thing that may be difficult for readers who haven’t read the first novel in the series is keeping all of the characters straight and knowing their history. It was much clearer keeping who’s who in Wraith Lords of Zeiglon.

While reading Wraith Lords of Zeiglon, I couldn’t help compare it to Lord of the Rings. The “good” side always seems to be the humans, elves, dwarves, and a few races in between. While the “bad” always seem to be orcs and giants.Why can’t orcs and giants ever be good? But, I digress. The two stories seem very similar to me, however, this novel includes dragons (generally, always “good”) and vampires (typically “bad”…besides for Twilight pretty much). Who isn’t a fan of dragons, amirite (purposely spelled wrong)?!

As I said earlier, the second book in a series is generally the fluffer leading us to the final hoo-rah! That was not the case with this novel. We get action scene upon action scene in almost every chapter of the novel and I LOVED it! Give me some more! I am interested to seeing where the authors take us in the next novel. This one was very action-packed, so I hope the next is the same.

Will Tarquin continue to be the missing piece of the acquisition of the “Staff of Adaman”? Will Celedant be the key to helping Tarquin achieve the prophecy? Who will be lost in order to help the greater good? How much damage will this war cost? Will Taza ever be stopped?