Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (1) by Jeff Gunhus (review)

Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles, #1) 
The Templar Chronicles: Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (1)

by Jeff Gunhus

Genre(s) Young Adult, Paranormal, Adventure
Pages: 197
Published: Oct 2012
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
 
 
 
Summary:  "Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it's great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend "T-Rex" from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems."
 
 
 

 Review:  Quite the introduction to a new series. I can saw up front that this series is very engaging and entertaining. The book has me amused from the very beginning with Jack's warning to all readers. So you easily feel like a part of the story.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 59

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Quick, Quick!!  I will likely not be showing all my new lovelies to you.  For some reason my weeks if off and I thought today was Thursday!  So I look to the date and realize it is late Friday night.  I have  a super busy weekend with help running a Festival this weekend. So I have to get up in about 6 hours from when I am making this.  So here are a few (out of many) of my new books.  Expect a large haul post next week!
The Last Of The Sages (Sage Saga, #1)Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle Book 1)Party Games: A Fear Street NovelStar Wars: A New DawnForager (Forager, #1)Malice in Wonderland #1: Alice the Assassin (Malice in Wonderland, #1)Shift (ChronoShift #1) 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (review)

Attachments 

Attachments

by Rainbow Rowell

Genre(s): Chick-Lit, Contemporary
Pages: 327
Published: April 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group



Summary:  ""Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you ..."

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say ...?"




Review:  I am very mixed about this book. Overall, I enjoyed it. The pace was mostly very well down, the writing was clear and the story was entertaining. Yet it has some negatives as well that kept me from fully ever being engaged with the novel.

This book takes place from two very different perspectives. The first is from Lincoln(Linc). About 65% (guesstimate) of the book we travel alongside him. He is an IT/security man for a newspaper. Late twenties, several degrees under his belt, very smart, and still living with mom. Right away I can see how socially awkward he is. Certain things with him just don't seem to 'click' on a relational or emotional level. Yet I could not help but like him.

Midnight Secretary Vol 3 by Tomu Ohmi (review)

Midnight Secretary, Vol. 3 
 
Midnight Secretary Volume 3
 
by Tomu Ohmi
 
Genres: Graphic Novels, Manga
Pages: 200
Published: Jan 2014
Publisher: Viz Media





Summary:  "Kaya thought she had found the perfect job when she became the private secretary of Kyouhei Touma - the director of a tableware company of the same name. Kyouhei is a capable director, but his arrogance and sluttish behavior are almost legendary. Kaya is doing her best to prove that she is capable in her work, but one night, by accident, she discovers his secret... of him being a vampire!

Kaya has been temporarily reassigned to another company, but she won’t let that keep her from her lover, Kyohei. She’s appointed herself as his special secretary, and she spends each night at his condo helping him work and quenching his thirst for her delicious blood. Love suits Kaya, but trouble looms now that she’s caught the eye of her other boss!"
 
 
 

Review:  Finally! Relational progress is made! We finally get a really good glimpse at the inner Kyouhei in this volume.