My review of: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 11, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

***Book description***

THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased.

Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls.

Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

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My review

Finished reading on August 11th 2013 and gave it 2 stars.

I found this book only got interesting in the last 50-75 pages. If more attention was focused on the idea behind the ghosts and the conspiracy that was going I believe this would have been a much better book. There was far too much focus on Cesaria’s(Chess) drug use. The drug use was over the top and added nothing to the story. By the first few chapters I was over it and it just made the book drag on and on. I’ve read books in the past where drug use was prominent so my complaint isn’t on the lines of “drugs are bad” but that it wasn’t integrated in a way that benefited/contributed to the book. Since I got to the point where I wanted to throw the book every time Chess used drugs I wasn’t able to form any feelings for the characters so could care less what happened to them. Not to mention just about the time I’d get some sort of feel of a character Chess would cloud that view with her drug hazed thoughts/feelings.

I really wanted to like this book. The core idea was interesting but got lost behind the drug use and the fact that the would be ghost hunter freaked out every time she encountered a ghost. I hate to say it but the only way I’d continue this series is if I got it for free and I might not waste my time even then.

My notes while reading…

Page 147/339

Having difficulty reading this one. Not sure if it’s because Chess always seems more concerned about her next fix, or that she’s a ghost hunter who freaks out when one appears.

Page 196/339

Oh, hey I think I might have hit a little bit of action.
Previous to this all I’ve read has been…..

Any possible excuse Chess can find to do drugs.

Oh, and can’t forget if she sees a ghost freak out and run. I mean wouldn’t a trained ghost hunter always have their ghost busting kit with them?

— Turns out that I was wrong about the book picking up at 196…

My review of: The Sinners by Elizabeth Flaherty

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 8, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Sinners by  Elizabeth Flaherty

***Book Description***

In a desolate section of the Arizona desert, a hotel rises from the arid earth, created by the infinite hate of a young woman who has reached out from beyond the grave to avenge her ruined life. Amy Light chooses seven sinners for the hotel. The seven have only one thing in common: they each bear some responsibility for the young woman’s death. Now she will do whatever it takes to see that they join her in Hell. As night falls on the first night in the hotel, a sudden storm brings flooding rains, violent thunder and lightning. Within the protection of the storm, Amy awaits her chance at the ultimate revenge.

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My review

Finished on November 7th 2012 and gave it 3 stars

This book brings a whole new level to the idea of Karma. If it doesn’t catch up to you fast enough the dead may help it along.
Believing her life has been ruined by seven individuals, Amy Light makes a wager with Hell to exact her revenge. The book pieces together how each person’s involvement impacted Amy’s life. The book presents different perspectives of events and just how warped they can get. It begs the question does this person really deserve eternal damnation?

My review of: The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 8, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Reanimation of Edward Schuett  by Derek J. Goodman

***Book description as appears on Goodreads***

Fifty years have passed since the so-called Zombie Uprising. The coasts of the United States have recovered to become thriving metropolises while the interior still struggles with the day to day zombie problem.

The last thing Edward Schuett remembers was a zombie attack on his family on the Fourth of July. When he wakes up, things are different. He is different. He can once again think and talk, but he still carries the zombie virus in his system. While some react to him with curiosity, the rest act with hostility.

Now Edward is on the run across the country, searching for his answers with a series of unlikely allies. His journey will take him from futuristic scientific labs to the burned-out ruins of small-town America, looking for the people who can tell him why he is different. But there are those who will not stop until he is destroyed—especially when it is discovered that Edward possesses a unique ability that may just make him the most powerful biological weapon in history.

*****

My review

Finished reading on May 20th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

I found this book to be a refreshing take on the zombie genre. And a truly terrifying concept if you really stop and think of someone having that kind of control over a group of people/zombies. Although Edward was once a mindless zombie it provided a fascinating thought to consider if a zombie were to regain consciousness and how they might go about handling what they had done as a zombie and how others react to you. If Edward wasn’t the man he was would he have handled things differently?

My review of: Vaporware

Posted in Book Reviews on August 5, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Vaporware by Richard Dansky

***Book description as appears on Goodreads***

Video game projects get shut down all the time, but when the one Ryan Colter and his team have poured their hearts into gets cut, something different happens: the game refuses to go away. Now Blue Lightning is alive, and it wants something from Ryan – something only he can give it.

And everybody knows how addictive video games can be…*****

My review

Finished reading on April 18th 2013 and gave it 3 stars.

The description of this book had me excited to read it. However very little focused on a game refusing to be canceled. Most of the book was about the relationships amongst a group and game designers and the main characters wife. The character development was okay, but as I continued reading the book all I was wondering was when is this run away game going to make it’s presence known? The book as a whole was alright but I felt there could have been a better story if more focus was put into the rogue game.

My review of: The Movement of Stars

Posted in Book Reviews on August 3, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill

***Book description as appears on Goodreads***

A love story set in 1845 Nantucket, between a female astronomer and the unusual man who understands her dreams.

It is 1845, and Hannah Gardner Price has lived all twenty-four years of her life according to the principles of the Nantucket Quaker community in which she was raised, where simplicity and restraint are valued above all, and a woman’s path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But up on the rooftop each night, Hannah pursues a very different—and elusive—goal: discovering a comet and thereby winning a gold medal awarded by the King of Denmark, something unheard of for a woman.

And then she meets Isaac Martin, a young, dark-skinned whaler from the Azores who, like herself, has ambitions beyond his expected station in life. Drawn to his intellectual curiosity and honest manner, Hannah agrees to take Isaac on as a student. but when their shared interest in the stars develops into something deeper, Hannah’s standing in the community begins to unravel, challenging her most fundamental beliefs about work and love, and ultimately changing the course of her life forever.

Inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in America, The Movement of Stars is a richly drawn portrait of desire and ambition in the face of adversity.

*****

My review

Finished reading on April 11th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

First off I have to say this isn’t a genre of book I normally read. However when I learned the book was inspired by America’s first female astronomer(Maria Mitchell) I had to read it and am glad I did.

This is a beautifully written novel about the life of a women and the adversity she faces from the men in her life and her religious community. Hannah wanted more for her life than what was laid out for a women in the 1800’s. Hannah is a strong female character who even though she worries how others view her is unwilling to give up her dreams. An astonishing heartfelt debut novel that draws you in and runs you through an emotional obstacle course.

My review of: Punk Rock Jesus

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 3, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy

***Book Description as appears on Goodreads***

A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Christ causes chaos across the U.S. of the near future in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

J2 causes both outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all, let alone the Son of God.

Thomas McKael is the clones’s bodyguard and former IRA operative, who despite his turbulent past is hired to protect the new Jesus—a baby who captivates the world, but grows up to become an angry teenager.

When falling ratings force the network to cut Jesus’s mother from the series the young star runs away, renounces his religious heritage and forms a punk rock band. And what starts off as babysitting for Thomas becomes an epic battle, as Jesus goes to war against the corporate media complex that created him.

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My review

Finished reading on April 18th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

With the use of science the company J2 come up with the ultimate plan for a money making show. Following the life of cloned Jesus Christ. Even though J2 genetical alters the clone and painstaking plans out every part of Jesus’ life(family, looks, education) nothing really turns out as planned.

An amazing story and artwork which presents tons of emotion and violence. It questions beliefs and morals regarding every aspect of the clone’s life and reactions to/from society.

My review of: Night Film

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 2, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

*** Book description as appears on Goodreads ***

On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances her death is a suicide–but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley’s father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley’s death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder–is he the next victim? In this novel, the dazzlingly inventive writer Marisha Pessl offers a breathtaking mystery that will hold you in suspense until the last page is turned.

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This book is due out on 8/20/13. I received a copy from a giveaway for reviewing.

My review

I finished reading this book on August 2nd 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

Following contains spoilers

A puzzle within a puzzle. As I first started reading this book I thought it was going to be a straight forward crime/thriller about why Ashley Cordova died from an “apparent” suicide. At least that’s how the book started out. Boy, was I in for a surprise. Because the family(Cordova) that Scott McGrath is invesigating so secretive this book ends up with more layers than an onion. As McGrath’s begins his investigation into Ashley’s suicide he runs across two young people(Nora and Hopper) who he hopes can help him start putting the pieces together of Ashley’s last days. Instead Nora and Hopper end up joining him in an attempt to learn the truth. My biggest complaint about this book comes down to when these three join forces I end up questioning how good of an investigative reporter McGrath really is when all the major clues they find are found by either Nora or Hopper. Little did I know that would end up getting explained later.

Spoiler

Of course since this is the amazing creative and eccentric Cordova family that’s being investigated nothing can come easy. And nothing is ever what it seems. They have spent so many years and so much effort to hide the real truth, McGrath, Nora, and Hopper must wade through it all. Unfortunately for them they’re lead astray and buy into some crazy notions. But that’s what happens when you’re putting a puzzle together without knowing what you’re looking at.
After wading through all the crazy McGrath finally hears something that fits and sounds to be the truth. But is it really the truth or just more smoke with glimmers of truth hidden within? Searching through more and more will McGrath ever find the truth? At least he appears to have reached a point where he isn’t worried about making it all into an article or book, he’s reached a point where he just wants to know what really happened to Ashley.

End of Spoiler


This book is about more then just why is Ashley dead. It’s more about how much a single person can touch one’s life. How a tragic event can bring people together that would have near crossed paths before. That the answer to the big question many not be the most important thing. You can end up missing the whole point of things if you’re focused only on the big picture, sometimes you need the details to make sense of things. And what you do with those details will alter your life forever.