Graphic Novel Review: Attack on Titan V 2

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Review:

Much like the first volume of Attack on Titan, this series just feels like a mish-mash of things I’ve read before.  The action picks up with the carnage after the wall has been breached by the human-eating monsters, and the precious few humans on Earth run scattering like chickens from foxes.  The young military graduates, newly recruited, are being slaughtered at an alarming rate.  Eren has already fallen in a gruesome attempt to rescue Armin, Mikasa is struggling to help the citizens save themselves from their own greed and privilege, and everyone has pretty much lost their minds during the bloodbath and ensuing feeding frenzy.

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Graphic Novel Review: Attack on Titan V 1

 

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Review:

I decided to give Attack on Titan a go after seeing a lot of positive reviews online, and because a co-worker is watching the anime series.  It’s also a post-apocalyptic story, and you all know how much I like those!  This first volume didn’t completely wow me, for the following reasons.

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Graphic Novel Review: The Walking Dead V 1- Days Gone Bye

 

 

 

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With the frigid temperatures and the high accumulation of snow, I haven’t been getting out much.  My riding lessons have been canceled more than they’ve been run, so I have taken the opportunity the down time has presented to pack in more reading.  A recent trip to the library yielded some graphic novel finds, and with The Walking Dead TV show resuming this week, I decided to take the time to get a better handle on the background of the series.  I have seen the last three episodes of the show, in addition to bits and pieces of many others, and now that I’m hooked, I’m all over all things Walking Dead related.

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Review: To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo

 

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Zombies!  How I love them!  Or do I love reading about how the survivors adapt to their new normal?  John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising is an action-filled series, with lots of zombie-killing action.  That’s not why I find these books so riveting, though.  I love the premise of a tiny force of survivors out at sea, searching tirelessly for other survivors.  This set of circumstances is new to me, and am eating it up!  I also enjoy the two younger characters, Faith and Sophia.  It is doubtful that I would react as bravely as these sisters, and I have totally bought into the idea that they each have important skills to contribute to the efforts to save the world, or what’s left of it, from the infected hordes that have overwhelmed humanity.

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Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2

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Review:

This series reminds me of both The Hunger Games because the dystopian leaders pit the brightest and best young adults against each other with often fatal results, and Matched, because of the narrative style.  The tone can be so dry and unemotional, so it took me a while to get caught up in the story.  Once I had consumed a good chunk of the book, though, I had a hard time putting it down.

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Series Wrap-Up #Review–Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

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This year, I am making a concerted effort to finish up series that I have started, and then allowed to wallow by the wayside.  I loved Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but due to time constraints, wasn’t able to read the follow up, Through the Ever Night.  Then it was on sale for the Kindle (after I had already purchased the hardcover), and because I would be sitting on plane for a few hours, I snapped it up.  Reading it made me remember why I enjoyed the first book so much.  I love the characters, and enjoyed catching up with them.  Aria, Perry, Roar, Cinder – I even developed a new appreciation for those that I disliked at first.  Soren?  Who would have possible thought I could learn to like Soren?  He’s kind of the one that got this whole adventure started.  While there were still times that I wanted someone to clock him, he grew as a character and turned into someone I just might be able to like.  Maybe.

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Review: Resist by Sarah Crossan

 

Resist (Breathe)

 

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I love the concept of this series.  How awful would it be to live in a world where you had to pay for the very air you breathe?  Oxygen is metered and taxed at exorbitant rates meant to keep the haves in power and the have nots  gasping for breath.  It’s hard to stage a rebellion if the ruling class can just cut off your air.  Talk about taking the wind out of your sails!  They will do anything to keep control of the domed city they rule, even destroy the few trees that managed to thrive in the polluted landscape outside.  With no hope for change, the auxiliaries wheeze through one day after another, serving the wealthy and continuing to line their coffers with the taxes they pay to breathe.

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Early Review: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

The Rule of Three

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Review:

I love the premise for The Rule of Three – one day while Adam is at school, the power goes out.  Only it’s not just the power that’s no longer working.  Anything with a computer chip is effectively useless.  Newer cars, laptops, cell phones.   Totally inoperable.  As the days stretch out and the power grid isn’t restored, Adam sees first hand the desperation as people try to provide the most basic needs for their families.  Food and water are at a premium.  Everything that Adam has taken for granted crumbles around him.  If not for his crafty and resourceful neighbor, Adam, his family, and the their entire subdivision would be in deep, deep trouble.  With the power still out weeks later, Adam begins to wonder if this time without power will be the new normal for many years to come.

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