Mini Manga Review: The Sheikh’s Chosen Queen by Tsukasa Shimeno and Jane Porter

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Review:

Pretty art gives life to a predicable tale of second chance at love.

Jesslyn fell in love with Sharif years before, but a misunderstanding drove them apart. Now, in return for a favor, he asks her to tutor his three young daughters. At first frustrated by the girls’ lack of emotions, Jesslyn works tirelessly to win their trust and restore their joy for life. When she begins to suspect that Sharif’s mother might be the cause of the girls behavior, she has to convince Sharif that she has only their best interests at heart. His villainous mother once again attempts to sabotage their relationship and nearly succeeds! How can you dislike the evil mother-in-law to be? The story works well in comic format, and there’s enough conflict between all of the characters to keep the pages turning.

Grade: B / B-

Review copy read on Scribd.com

Jesslyn just wants to enjoy her summer vacation in peace. But in order to protect one of her students, she needs her ex-lover’s help. Sharif, the sheikh of a desert kingdom, will protect the lad if she tutors his little girls over the summer. But Jesslyn still hurts from the loss of Sharif. Months after they broke up, Sharif married another woman and had three children—she doesn’t want to be hurt again. There’s a familiar, yet dangerous gleam in his eyes…but what choice does she have?

Review: I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne

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While I enjoyed this novel overall, a few things didn’t work for me. Every time Madison stuck her nose into Jackson and Mollie’s business, I wanted to wring her neck. Every time Mollie felt guilty or sorry for Madison, I wanted to wring her neck. Madison had zero depth, and it made her irritating. The fact that anyone cared about how she felt was astonishing, considering she’s the one who divorced Jackson at a time when he needed her support the most. Ugh!

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

 

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I loved this book. Lee is forced to flee her home after her parents are murdered. Disguising herself as a boy, she heads west during the Gold Rush. Keeping her ability to sense gold a secret, as well as her true identity, she begins a dangerous, life changing adventure that teaches the meaning of trust, friendship, and courage. Lee is a wonderful, empowering character who learns to take charge of her own destiny, and works selflessly to ensure the survival of everyone in her wagon train to California.

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Micro Review: Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown

 

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Vader’s Little Princess is a funny look at Vader as a dad to the spunky Leia. The author’s sense of humor shines through his touching illustrations that borrow from the movies, giving a new look at Vader. Occasionally overwhelmed by his clever daughter, the Sith lord finds his hands full as he tries to juggle fatherhood with ruling the galaxy. Moments of tenderness and frustration abound, delighting the reader with lines from the movies put into a new light. This comic book is highly recommended for fans of the original trilogy.

Grade:  B+

Review copy borrowed from my local library

In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader—Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire—now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager. Smart and funny illustrations by artist Jeffrey Brown give classic Star Wars moments a twist by bringing these iconic family relations together under one roof. From tea parties to teaching Leia how to fly a TIE fighter, regulating the time she spends talking with friends via R2-D2’s hologram, and making sure Leia doesn’t leave the house wearing only the a skirted metal bikini, Vader’s parenting skills are put hilariously to the test.

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

 

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So glad I checked this out of the library. Roan wants one thing – to be pilot. Too bad his dreams are crushed when his application to the Pilot Academy is rejected. Resigned to attending plant school, Roan thinks his life is over before he even enters middle school. Then a surprise invitation to attend Jedi Academy arrives, and since he’s so desperate to get off of Tatooine, he accepts.

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Review: Illicit Night with the Greek by Susanna Carr

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This is going to be a rambling review.  The taboo aspects of this story didn’t bother me.   How everybody treated Jodie did. Her parents ignored her and shuttled her from one distant boarding school to the next, eager to rid themselves of her presence so they could selfishly pursue their lives without having a kid around. Stergios and his family treated her horribly, when all she wanted was some place to call home and someone to care for her. She was 15 years old when she first met them, and they couldn’t get rid of her fast enough, either! I’m just thinking what a crappy childhood that would have been, and what a strong person she must be to not be even more messed up than she was.  Jodie had zero positive role models while growing up.   ZERO.  The only reason her dad showed any interest in her at all was to ensure he received his massive child support checks from her mother.  How sad is that?

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Review: Dreaming Death by J Kathleen Cheney

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I wanted to read Dreaming Death because it sounded different.  I was in a bit of a rut last year, sticking with the tried and true and reading a lot of series romance.  I decided that for this year, I would switch it up, and read a mix of genres.  I am loving the urban fantasy titles I’ve picked up, and was hoping for the same success with this fantasy.  While parts of it were fascinating, I had a huge problem with one of the characters, and it marred my enjoyment of the book.

This is an interesting premise.  Unfortunately, I found Mikael to be a spineless wimp, at least until he met Shironne, and Kai was a sullen turd. I shudder at the thought of grudge-holding Kai being the next king.  He is the favorite of the king to take control of the throne, and all I could think was, “That’s the best candidate you have?”  Ugh!  I didn’t buy the reasons for his behavior, and just thought he was being immature and petty.  I hated this guy, and it was a struggle to get through scenes he was part of.

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#Zombies Review: Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt

 

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Polly Parker has things good in deadly chaos after the zombie apocalypse.  She’s snug as a bug in a secure building in Chicago, just waiting for the wakers to die.  She occasionally ventures outside to give herself something to do, and when the mathematician runs into Tye LeBow, she turns her cushy life on end.  Letting Tye into her home, and her life, is a huge risk for Polly, one that she’s very careful about making.  The last time she tried to help someone, she was viciously assaulted, proving that the zombies aren’t the only monsters prowling the streets.

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