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ARC REVIEW: Bodie on the Road: Travels with a Rescue Pup in the Dogged Pursuit of Happiness by Belinda Jones

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*No Major Spoilers*

**Thanks to SkyHorse Publishing for letting me read this lovely novel early**

***Bodie on the Road by Belinda Jones will be hitting your local bookshelves on June 5, 2018,***

In this touching and emotional memoir, Ms. Jones takes us on an adventure with her newly adopted pup, Bodie. They make a trek along the west coast to visit friends in Portland, Oregon. Along the way, they discover new sights, smells and inner feelings towards each other and past relationships.

The cover of this book looks gorgeous with the bright blue background, distant mountains, blue lake and the grassy field. The smile on Bodie’s face warms my heart and the cover is what made me choose this book to read.

This journey is a testament to dog-lovers and travelers alike. The bond between humans and their canine companions is unbreakable and unyielding. This is a positive read for all those who love dogs, feel-good road trips, and yummy food.

I loved how Ms. Jones added the details of all the delicious food she and Bodie dined on while on this trip. It made me hungry for maybe some food-related books from her. I am a food person, and I wanted to go to a lot of these places and try one of everything!

I was hesitant at first to read this novel. Most of the dog-related books I’ve read such as Marley & Me, Where the Red Fern Grow, and Old Yeller, the dog gets sick and gets put down/dies. This is not that book. This book isn’t about the life of Bodie, it’s just a story about how his life was renewed when he was adopted by Ms. Jones. This is the chapter of this dog’s long and happy life.

I was a little put off with the British slang/words. I felt like it took away from the book somewhat. It’s not that big of a deal overall, I thought it was worth mentioning.

I had three dogs growing up, and Bodie made me miss them very much. There was so much personality in the way the author and Bodie interacted I was able to put myself there.

If you love a genuine love story about a person and their dog, this is the book for you! I thoroughly enjoyed this touching story!

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole

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*Many Spoilers Ahead*

The Doctor and his companion, Rose Tyler, land on an alien planet where the ancient pyramids are being built. Before they can even leave the TARDIS, they are captured and arrested for trespassing. However, things as always are suspicious, and it’s up to Rose and the Doctor to fix things and save the universe.

***SPOILERS START***

I am a fan of Doctor Who, I’ve watched the rebooted version up to season 7, and I’ve watched the Classic episodes. I have read several of the novelizations and audiobooks. I’m not sure if I was expecting too much from this, or if it was just executed poorly. The villains, the Blathereen, even though they are the rival family of the Slitheen, still was predictable. Any Doctor Who fan would know where this story was going and fast.

Their plot was to take over the Justice planet system, and build a transportable wormhole so they can destroy other planets and sell the scraps for profit. A similar plot was used in season 1 of the Doctor Who 2005 reboot.

I enjoyed this novel, I love the 9th Doctor. Christopher Eccleston did a “fantastic” job as a reintroduction to the Doctor character. He is grizzled and battered after the Time War, so he is darker and edgier than his earlier previous incarnations.

The novelizations are usually a way to tell a Doctor Who story that might be difficult to tell on TV. Some call it glorified fanfiction. So to see this predictable of a plot disappointed me.

I would recommend this if you’re starting with the Doctor Who novels. It has familiar characters and villains that have appeared on Doctor Who before. The Slitheen and the Blathereen are very similar in goals and motives. So the slight name-change doesn’t make much of a difference.

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Still Planning…

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Hello,

I hope you enjoyed Aquaman week! I’m looking forward to seeing how Jason Mamoa portrays the underdog character on the big screen this year!

I just wanted to test something out for the coming weeks. I’m going to publish two novel reviews a week. One on Monday at 1pm CDT, and the other on Friday at 1pm CDT. It’s just a temporary thing to see if this boosts my stats, and if it doesn’t change I’ll go back to publishing once a week.

Just thought I’d give you a head’s up!

Posted in Book Reviews, DC comics, Graphic Novels

REVIEW: Aquaman, Vol. 2: The Others by Geoff Johns

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*No Major Spoilers*

The adventures of Aquaman continue as old memories resurface as members of The Others return in the search for Aquaman for help. Black Manta has been hunting each member down for a piece of their jewelry, but why?

Aquaman, Mera, and The Others start the hunt for the infamous arch-nemesis to figure out why he’s needing these pieces of jewelry. However, will Aquaman let his long lost friends aid him in the search?

As the saga continues, I’m enjoying every moment of this storyline! The art, the relatable characters, I just love a good story. This is that story.

I think this could be a stand-alone graphic novel, it doesn’t bring up the plot from the previous volume. So if you’re just reading this for Black Manta, then you’re good to go.

I am not familiar with The Others, and some of their own storylines left me confused and made me felt like I needed to research them. Hopefully, this will be resolved to go further into the main storyline.

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REVIEW: Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns

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*No Spoilers*

The reader follows Aquaman as he tries to live with the humans. However, he and his wife Mera face harassment and prejudice from the humans. He doesn’t want to be the ruler of the Atlantis because of the fact that he’s half human and half Atlantian. The people of Atlantis won’t accept him as their ruler.

Things go awry when these unknown creatures arise from the trench and start feeding on the human fisherman. So, it’s up to Aquaman to save the day for the tiny fishing island. To unravel the mystery of what these creatures are and how to stop them from attacking humans ever again.

I think people have this idea of Aquaman as a lame superhero. Thinking him as useless to the Justice League, and the DC comic universe as a whole. However, he keeps the waters safe for both the sea life and the humans.

I thought the conflicts within Aquaman that occur throughout this story made him feel like a fully fleshed character. He and Mera just want to live a quiet life amongst humans, but the prejudices and jokes can make people unbearable.

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Welcome back to D.C. Week!

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed Marvel week! Even with some minor complications on my end (insufficient library), we got it figured out. Jessica Jones is one of my favorite female superheroes! She’s relatable, realistic, and she’s got the hottest husband ever!

I also hope you also enjoyed my review of The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren B. Estleman! This western, even with its difficult vocabulary, has won me back to the genre so you might be seeing more westerns in the future!

However, let’s get this pony show on the road, let’s announce what the theme for DC week will be *insert drum roll here*

Next week’s theme is Aquaman! Can this seemingly “lame” superhero be given new life both on the big screen and in the comics? Let’s find out together!

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I wish to see you soon!

Elisha’s Book Reviews

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Thinking About Some Things…

Hello everyone,

By the way, the past comic book weeks have been going I think I’m going to quit doing comic book week(s) for a while. I’m going to focus on reviewing novels more often, and I might do comic books as one-offs.

So we’re going to do D.C. week, and that will be the last dedicated “comic book week” on this blog for awhile. pexels-photo-211122.jpeg

Thanks for understanding

Elishasbookreview