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REVIEW: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

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*No Major Spoilers*

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths even more disturbing secrets.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

I was really looking forward to reading this novel while I was looking for Jessica Jones comic books for the comic week. Krysten Ritter is the actress that plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series of the same name. I was wondering if it was going to have hints of her Netflix character sprinkled in there.

I listened to this novel on audiobook, I feel like I absorb and understand the novel better when I hear it. So I’m sorry if you consider that cheating.

Anyway, this novel reminded me a lot of my experiences in high school. High school was not the best time for me because of many reasons. So I had to deal with those feelings that the novel brought up.

This novel is parts what I expected it to be, and parts that threw me for a loop. There were sprinklings of Jessica Jones in here, if you have never seen the show then it’s just a cool “easter egg” for the fans.

I loved this novel, there wasn’t a moment of rest. I was just go-go-go as soon as Abby Williams drives into Barren. Both action and thriller wise as well as an emotional roller coaster.

I actually like this protagonist, she is strong and determined. When she becomes close to solving the mystery of her used-to-be friend, Kaycee, she will not stop until the mystery of her past is solved.

I would recommend this for Book Clubs and casual readers alike. There’s mystery, thriller, emotions, and dug up memories to satisfy any reader.

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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: The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James

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*No Major Spoilers*

This thrilling novel follows Ellie Winter, a psychic/medium in 1920s London. Many are searching for answers for the loved ones they lost in the war. There are both real psychics who want to help people and those who feed off of the grieving to make a living.

When one of Ellie’s colleagues is a victim of a gruesome murder, it’s up to Ellie to investigate. She uses her powers and receives help from a couple of resources; James Hawley and George Sutter, to interview people who were at the scene of the crime.

As she closes in on who the killer is, other psychic mediums start dropping dead or fleeing London for safety in Paris. Will she be able to solve this mystery before she becomes a victim too?

In anticipation of her upcoming novel The Broken Girls. I wanted to review one of Simone St. James’ past works. Broken Girls will be hitting bookstores March 20, 2018.

I loved this book! The well-written atmosphere, the attention to detail of the characters made it easy to put me in Ellie’s shoes and solve the mystery with her. The romance between Ellie and James felt natural and real. To be honest, this book would have been fine without the romance angle, but it’s nice to find a genuine story where the guy saves the girl.

The ending was a huge plot twist! I did not expect where that was going to go, but it does make sense on how it worked out in the end. I had to chew on the ending for a bit to see if it felt right to me. The book wrapped up nicely and left no loose ends.

I would recommend this book who loves historical London. Those who love mysteries and the paranormal. The romance was PG-13, so don’t expect a filthy romance here. This book is getting my Choice Award (I’m trying to be critical I promise). So if you’re looking for an awesome read, this is where you’ll find it!

Posted in Book Reviews, DC comics, Graphic Novels

REVIEW: Batman, Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles

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*No Major Spoilers*

This graphic novel follows the Joker, the Riddler, and Batman as a war breaks out between the two villains. The Joker can no longer laugh, and the Riddler wants to defeat the sullen Joker. Both want to defeat Batman. Other Gotham baddies are forced to pick sides and battle it out in the streets of Gotham for their leader’s supremacy.

This is all told from a flashback, as Bruce Wayne tries to explain to Selena Kyle what happened during the War of Jokes and Riddles. How many innocent lives this war took, and if she could forgive him for what he did.

This story also tells the beginning and end of an underrated hero called Kite-Man. As he’s part of the war he thinks about his son throughout. He debates within himself on whether he’s a loser or not. He fought valiantly and came to peace on the battle within himself.

This book was amazing! It was a fully fleshed out story, and the motives of everyone involved had their reasons for fighting in this war. This book had me glued to the pages wondering who was going to win.

The Joker was really scary in this book. It’s one thing to see the Joker laughing hysterically when he does something evil, but it’s a completely different story when he’s not laughing at all.

The Riddler was creepy as well, giving out his riddles. Being mysterious as he always is. I appreciated how they drew Riddler to look like an Irishman. I thought that those features suited the character well.

I sympathized with Batman/Bruce Wayne in this story. He was pushed so far, and the war took so many innocent lives. I can understand how he felt while he was telling Selena the story.

This is getting my Choice Award because this is one of the better comic books I’ve read in awhile. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Batman, Joker, Riddler, and stories that has “Civil War” vibes. This is a must-read for D.C. Comics fans, and for anyone who loves comics to begin with.

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REVIEW: Gotham Central, Book 2: Jokers and Madmen

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*No Major Spoilers*

In this action-packed graphic novel follows the Gotham City Police Department. Major Crimes Unit has a more difficult job than the Batman. Having to deal not only with the corruption that makes Gotham what it is, but having to deal with the psychos in costume.

Things have gotten complicated for the police since the court started throwing out cases because the police had been somewhat reliant on calling Batman to help them. However things just gets worse when a sniper starts running loose in Gotham, no one in Gotham is safe!

A cold case resurfaces as new matters bring up old memories for one retired cop with a drinking problem. How does a hostage situation turn into a cold case where the boy’s locker room gets blown to bits? Read this book to find out!

I enjoyed this book! It has plenty of the famous Batman villains in this collection of stories! I especially loved the story involving the Joker! Just wow! There’s a method to his madness, and only Batman knows how the Joker works!

I was expecting a lot of Batman showing up and saving the day, but this is a story where the G.C.P.D. does all the saving without having to depend on Batman to do their job. I loved how they showed just how much effort the G.C.P.D. puts into their jobs. Made me feel like I was watching Law & Order (pick whichever one you want, they’re all great in their own way)!

I did at times, lose track of the characters. Most of the male cops were your stereotypical male cops. The female cops however were great! You can see how tough it is to be a female in a males’ role.

One thing I didn’t like about it was the artwork (I know I’m being picky here). I’m not a fan of watercolor or anything that looks like watercolor. Just a nitpick from me.

I loved this graphic novel. I give it my 10/10, would recommend for anyone who loves comics, and crime! Also the Joker, this week is Joker themed after all.