Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs


Title:  Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly
Author(s):  Patricia Briggs / Rik Hoskin
Genre:  Graphic Novel, Urban Fantasy
Publication Date:  June 30, 2015 (hardcover edition)
Series Info:  Book 7.5 in the Mercy Thompson series
Artist(s):  Tom Garcia (illustrator) / Mohan (colorist) / Bill Tortolini (lettering)
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  As you know, I'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series so when NetGalley sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to 'Read Now' the answer was 'Hell Yes'.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, she shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae - a mystery that draws Mercy's stepdaughter Jesse into the fray!

The supernatural romance series Mercy Thompson continues in this all-new, original story by New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs, exclusively created for the comic book medium!
 
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Review:
Hopcross Jilly was a fun read and, in my opinion, another great addition to the Mercyverse.  This particular adventure takes place between Frost Burned (book 7) and Night Broken (book 8) and just after the events in Dead Heat (book 4 in the Alpha & Omega series).  If you were to pick up this graphic novel without ever having read the Mercy books you would still be able to follow the story without any major issues.  Here's the gist of what happens:  Mercy, Adam and crew head out for an evening stroll, they find several buried bones, they get involved in the investigation, Jesse (Adam's daughter) ends up getting dragged into the mess, craziness ensues and the problem gets handled.

You guys already know that it's hard for me to be objective with anything that has to do with Patricia Briggs.  It's not a secret that I'm a HUGE fangirl.  That said, there were a couple of things that prevented me from giving this a 5 coffee cup rating.  The first thing was that I figured pretty early on who the villain is.  Not a huge deal but, not as fun as playing the 'Whodunnit?' game in my head while I'm reading.  The second thing was that I felt the story was over way to quickly.  I know, I know I'm a greedy bastard.  I forget it's a graphic novel and that it's kind of par for the course for this particular medium.  Despite that I still enjoyed the story and I definitely recommend giving it a read.


Favorite Scenes/Lines:



Series Info:
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 1
Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 2
Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly


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Also Reviewed By:
Much Loved Books (4/5)
Raquel Gabrielle's Blog (4/5)
Touch the Night (C)


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cinema Saturdays

A weekly feature where I'll post my favorite movie quotes, upcoming movie trailers, the occasional movie review or subject you to fangirling over some of my most treasured movies in the hopes that it'll get you guys to watch them.


*fans self*

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cinema Saturdays

A weekly feature where I'll post my favorite movie quotes, upcoming movie trailers, the occasional movie review or subject you to fangirling over some of my most treasured movies in the hopes that it'll get you guys to watch them.


I know, I know. It's a movie about a stoner and his talking teddy bear. And yet I can't say no to that foul mouthed huggable plush toy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review: Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde


Title:  Devil's Game
Author:  Joanna Wylde
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance (18+)
Publication Date:  June 3, 2014
Series Info:  Book 3 in the Reapers Motorcycle Club series
Cover Artist:  Tony Mauro / Cover Designer:  George Long
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  Enjoyed the hell out of Reaper's Property and Reaper's Legacy, books 1 and 2 in the series.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn’t afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn’t afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

Or so she thinks. 
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Review:

I would like to start this review with a letter to Joanna Wylde.

Dear Ms. Wylde,

If I ever get the opportunity to meet you IRL, it's probably going to look like this:


Or perhaps something like this:

I'm obviously Sheldon in this scenario
I enjoyed the hell out of Devil's Game.  Thank you for writing this book.  You. Are. Awesome.

One of your many fans,

Jen

*ahem*

So, yeah. I really, really really liked reading Em and Hunter's story.  It's definitely on my top 10 of favorite books I've read this year.  Their story kind of runs concurrent with Ruger's book, Reaper's Legacy.  So I'm going to avoid the plot.  Actually this isn't going to be much of a review.  I'm simply going to tell you to stop reading this and go buy these books.  Unless gritty, erotic, violent MC stories aren't your thing.  Then definitely skip this series.  It's NOT for you.  For those who do, I hope you enjoy the ride. *evil grin*


Favorite Scenes/Lines:

Em's first day of high school.  Reapers style:
"Glad to hear it," Dad replied.  He leaned over and kissed the top of my  head, then spoke so loud his voice practically echoed.  "Enjoy high school, princess.  You let me know if any of these guys give you shit, got?"

I nodded, praying for death.  Something fast, merciful.  Aneurysm?  Yeah, that'd do it.

"Just go," I whispered.

"I'll see you tonight," he replied, then turned and sauntered down the hallway, the colors on his back a grim reminder to everyone who saw us that my dad was president of the Reapers motorcycle club.

Thought Hunter has while watching Em:
She held my gaze for long seconds, taking another slow drag and blowing out a smoke ring.  A fucking smoke ring.  Somewhere in the back of my head, I heard the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly playing.

Liam "Hunter" Blake was about to be shot dead by a cliche. 

Em's response to Hunter's MC president:
"I'm Burke," the Devil's Jacks president said, stepping forward.  "You must be Em?"

I smiled and nodded.

"It's very nice to meet you," I said.

"You're not much, for a girl who causes so much trouble," he said bluntly.  "I pictured you with bigger tits."

My smile didn't falter for a minute.

"I'm still saving up for my boob job," I told him politely.  "Until then, I'm afraid Hunter's stuck with me like this.  On the bright side, I give excellent head.  He had to pay my father six whole goats for me, you know."

Hunter choked, but Burke burst out laughing.  Skid's eyes widened, and he gave me a sly nod of approval. 


Series Info:
Reaper's Property
Reaper's Legacy
Devil's Game
Reaper's Stand
Reaper's Fall (November 10, 2015)


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Also Reviewed By:
Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads (5/5)
The Book Vixen (4.5/5)
Dear Author (B+)
Smexy Books (B)



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cinema Saturdays

A weekly feature where I'll post my favorite movie quotes, upcoming movie trailers, the occasional movie review or subject you to fangirling over some of my most treasured movies in the hopes that it'll get you guys to watch them.



Dope because I'm a fan of Kiersey Clemons and Inside Out because of that 'For this we gave up that Brazilian helicopter pilot' line.