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Read or Watch? The Killing Joke

Because this is already such a large post, I will give it a simple introduction. Ladies and gentleman… it is my pleasure to write a Read or Watch post on one of the most iconic Batman stories ever written: The Killing Joke. Read more…

Review: We’re All in This Together

We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones

Amy Jones takes family drama to a whole new level with We’re All in This Together. The synopsis is short and sweet, but oh so intriguing: A woman goes over a waterfall; a video goes viral; a family goes into meltdown; welcome to the Parker family. Read more…

Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (7)

There are so many graphic novels I’m now wanting to read and so little time! These posts may become more frequent now that I’m going to try and aim at reading a few a weekend. Not only that, but I’ve branched out and started reading some monthly comic issues! We shall see how that goes. For this post, nothing but good reads! Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2015

Well this year was a busy one regarding life in general; despite that, I managed to have a record-breaking year for reading books! I thought 80 books in 2013 was amazing. Thinking that I wouldn’t be able to come near that, I set my goal for 60. I blew that out of the water by reading 102!! Mind you, a lot are graphics novels (very quick reads for me), and many are free Ebooks found thanks to bookbub.com. Still, a good year. Read more…

Review: Part & Parcel

Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux

It’s Nick and Kelly time!! This one came up as a surprise for me. I was just browsing my email when I decided to finally open the ‘What’s Happening at Riptide” email. Lately I’ve just been deleting everything. That then got me thinking that I haven’t looked at what was happening with Abigail Roux lately, one of my favourite (maybe obsessively favourite) authors. Low and behold a new book was coming out, publication date: December 21, 2015!! I always order her books through the publishers; often times I can get a lovely e-book/tangible book combo deal. And with Nick and Kelly, how can one person pass that up?? They might have surpassed my love for Ty and Zane, which is pretty huge. Sorry, Ty. Sorry, Zane.

Part & Parcel, the third book in the Sidewinder series, is so much feels; sometimes bone crushing, heart wrenching feels. The majority, though, is a good ole character development story; something that is not often there with Roux. As such, Part & Parcel is a refreshing surprise. Read more…

Review: The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Or, Why am I reviewing my first DNF of this year!?

 

Ugh. What is there to say about this novel but, ugh. This novel was touted to be the perfect book for Game of Thrones fans. It was written by an author that everyone sold to me as genius. This novel had it all: adventure, love, dragons, and knights in shining armor. Sadly, it didn’t seem to meet any of my expectations. The novel is The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

This may be a short review because, really, I didn’t really even reach the 50% point. I’m writing this review because, sadly, this novel hit a few of my unforgiveable writing pet peeves. So let’s get started. Ugh. Read more…

Review: Crash & Burn

Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

This book gave me feels. Major, major feels. 1) It’s the LAST Ty and Zane novel * sobs * 2) Abigail Roux is the queen of torture!!  I’m going to try and write something coherent, but I’m not sure how I will fare. Read more…

Review: The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

We’ve all done it, or at least I hope we have: a bump is heard somewhere in the house and suddenly we are expecting a strange individual to attack us. Or maybe he/she is hiding and waiting. All that matters is that all the lights are now on in the house, and we’ve maybe taken the broom out of the closet as a potential weapon; all of this in broad daylight.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s novel, The Devil You Know, focuses on fear and obsession. It is also an amazing analysis on how the mind can take that fear and make it fester and grow until it becomes uncontrollable. Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2014

Well, apparently 2014 wasn’t a particular strong year for reading total; to say the least, it was a crazy busy year with major changes and new beginnings. Without realizing it though, it seemed the year of M/M novels, with 32 books falling within that genre; over half of my total books read. My greatest find was Westwind by Ian Rankin, making me squee not only because it was a rare out of print find, but because it officially allowed me to complete all of his novels published at the time. Another semi-happy but semi-sad squee (do those even exist!?) was the penultimate Ty and Zane novel by Abigail Roux; I loved it so much, that I had to read it back-to-back. And then don’t even get me started (or maybe do?) on the first full-length novel for Nick and Kelly; I will forever be an Abigail Roux fan. I read some really weird things; books that actually made me gag and skip sections because it went WAY past my comfort zone (of which I didn’t know that I had one). Of course, there were flops and of course there were amazing reads. As always, take a look at the list. I hope a few peak your interest like they did mine. Read more…

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Review: Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

This novel makes me sad but extremely happy. Sadly, it is the penultimate novel in the Cut & Run series; so readers have only one more Ty and Zane story (I’m hoping this news is wrong, and that there are really like 32 more Ty and Zane novels to be written … a girl can hope). On the other hand, this novel is just insanely awesome. 😀 Read more…

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