Book Review: Midsummer Moon

Book Title: Midsummer Moon
Author: Megan Derr

“And it was all stupid daydreaming, because even assuming for one minute there was a cure and the doctor would give it to a nobody werewolf like him, he still would have a long way to go before he was anything but a homeless, worthless nobody.”
Midsummer Moon by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: A very different werewolf story that is hard to put down, and introduces you to the wonder that is the town of Midsummer and the crazy characters that live there!

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Book Review: Risk It All

Book Title: Risk It All
Author: Megan Derr
“If it was a trap…He’d already killed one Alpha, three Candidates, and more than a dozen of the wolves that had been trying to hunt him down. That didn’t count all the death matches in the pits that he’d been forced into. Alpha or not, Kipling could best him, and it wasn’t like he’d let the man take him somewhere he and a bunch of friends could jump on Kipling. Lunch and a f*** were a risk he could afford to take.”
Risk It All by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: While not as polished as some of Derr’s stories, it is a fun, guilty read.

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Book Review: October Faction Volume 1

Book Title: October Faction: Volume 1
Author: Steve Niles and Damien Worm

“But I bet you didn’t know this, the word ‘monster’ also has roots in the ‘monere’ which means to help or instruct. Do we like to be afraid? Do we like to confront our fears and externalize our internal struggle? Or is it that we love monsters because so often we are the very monsters we fear most?”
The October Faction: Volume 1
by Steve Niles and Damien Worm

Final Verdict: Great new comic that will appeal to fans of darker comics with dashes of humor and family that reminds you what really love is!

For the full review, click the name of the comic.

Book Review: City of Bones Discussion

Hello Sweeties,

So you know, Frances and I went and saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie recently. Afterwards, when we were discussing what we thought of the movie we kept coming back to some of the things from the book that had not been said in our review. Namely we discussed one of the major plot points/twists that happens near the end of the book. Since we decided to start adding secret content to the site, places where we discus the whole plot of things including spoilers, we knew we had to do one for this book. Normally we have very similar opinions on books and movies, however, we did have different opinions about this major plot point. So if you are curious about our thoughts, and have either read the book already or are ok with spoilers click through here to see this hidden post. There is also a link on the book review page.

Until next time,

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

Movie Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harold Zwart

Notable Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jemim West, Robert Sheehan, Jonathon Rhys Meyers

“You have an incredible gift and we need you…I need you” Jace Wayland in City of Bones

Final Verdict: Unless you want to turn watching the movie into a drinking game, or just like making fun of bad movies, avoid this movie, especially if you want to read the book series without spoilers!

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

**Additionally, at the bottom of the review, there is a link to a hidden page where we discuss our thoughts about the ending for those of you who have already seen the movie and aren’t concerned about spoilers**

Random News: Listen to the Graveyard Book

Hello Sweeties,

One of the books that really surprised me recently was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. While Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, I was not so sure about this story, but I was able to get a hold of an audiobook (read by the author himself) and gave it a listen. I really enjoyed it, and am currently working on my review of it for you guys. However, in the meantime you can give it a listen! That’s right, currently it is available for free online. Over at Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus you can listen to Neil read the story. If you have never heard Gaiman read one of his own books you are in for a treat. Not only is he a great author, but he is excellent at bringing the story to life. Just a quick summary for those who are unsure. The Graveyard Book tells the story of Nobody. As a toddler, something happens to Nobody’s parents, and having just learned to walk he wanders into the graveyard. There the Owens, with the help of the mysterious Silas, agree to raise the boy as their son. The story follows Nobody as he grows up and learns from all the people buried in the graveyard. However, outside the graveyard, the evil that killed his family is still looking for him.

I really hope you give this book a try, especially as you can’t argue with the price! A full review will be coming here soon. And in case you need one more reason to listen, The Graveyard Book will soon be turned into a movie!

Until next time,

Book Review: Jack Templar: Monster Hunter- Book One

Book Title: Jack Templar: Monster Hunter- Book One
Author: Jeff Gunhus

If you read this book, you will be part of this world and the monsters will come after you too. You will start to see things that no other humans can see. The shadows will move when you walk near them. The creatures of the night will seek you out, testing the doors and windows of your house, looking for a way in.
Jack Templar: Monster Hunter- Book 1 by Jeff Gunhus

Final Verdict: An interesting book for a young reluctant reader, but for the more avid reader there are better books out there.

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Book Review: Breaking Dawn

Book Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephanie Meyer

My life and his were twisted into a single strand. Cut one, and you cut both. If he were gone, I would not be able to live through that. If I were gone, he wouldn’t live through it, either.” Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer.

Final Verdict: If you’ve come this far, you may as well finish. You might want to skim the first two thirds of the book. I can sum them up with: the wedding, the honeymoon and the baby. That’s it.

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Book Review: Eclipse

Book Title: Eclipse
Author: Stephanie Meyer

He’s like a drug for you, Bella.” Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Final Verdict: Skip to the last quarter of the book. There is at least a little bit of action when Edward and Victoria fight.

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Book Review: New Moon

Book Title: New Moon
Author: Stephanie Meyer

Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.” Bella, New Moon by Stephanie Meyer.

Final Verdict: If you have to read this book just try to detach yourself and don’t use Bella as a role model.

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