Book Review: Erased Volume 2

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

After reading the first volume, I immediately wanted to know what was going to happen next. So I ordered the second volume and waited until it arrived several weeks later. I can’t go into much detail, because I don’t want to spoil the The story picks up right where the previous volume ends.

Once again, I enjoyed watching Satoru try to navigate the past, as well as the present, while trying to solve two different murders. It was interesting to watch him try to piece two different time line together, gathering what clues and evidence he could find along the way, while also avoiding getting too tangled up into either situation. In fact, it’s this double mystery that is one of my favorite aspects of this series. A single mystery would be interesting enough, but toss a second one in and you’ve got quite a story.

I have to say that the art is also growing on me. I wasn’t a huge fan of it with the first volume, but I’m certainly loving it more. I think as the story progresses with each volume, I will come to love it more and more.

I’m really looking forward to the next volume to see exactly what will happen next. So many things are up in the air at the moment and I can only guess at how things will turn out.

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Book Review: The Last Olympian

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I almost didn’t read this book. I had pretty much lost interest in this series with the previous book and wondered if I should even bother. But then it started to bother me, knowing that there was just one book left in the series and that if I didn’t read it, it would be forever unfinished. So I sucked it up and read this book.

No surprise here, I didn’t like the book. I had stopped caring about the characters and their problems, I stopped caring about whether they could stop Kronos or not. I just didn’t care.

I will admit, that I am a bit bummed that I didn’t love this series more. It started off strongly but then just got less and less interesting with each progressive book. I guess all books in a series can’t be stellar. Ah well.

But you know what, I read it, so at least I can say I read the entire series. However, now I’m wondering if I should bother with the Heroes of Olympus series or not.

Book Review: Cress

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For some silly reason, it took me a full month to read this book. Mostly it was because I was busy with other things, you know how life gets in the way of a good book, yeah that’s what happened, and then when I did have time to read I would pick up other books (generally short manga’s that I could read in one quick sitting). I wanted to read this book so badly, but everything seemed against me finishing it. Luckily, I did manage to get it done a whopping thirty days after starting it, and I really enjoyed it.

I’m not going to go into much detail with this, but I will cover some key points. First off, I thought Cress was a great character. She had her quirks, some faults and a definite zest for life. There is a lot of character growth for her over the course of this novel and I think the Cress we will see in the next book will be even better. I still hate Thorne. Not as much as I hated him in Scarlet, but I still really, really don’t like his character. He has redeemed himself some through his actions in this book, but ugh I just can’t stand the man.

Like the previous novels, everything has been coming together smoothly, perhaps not for the characters, but in the sense of all the story lines intermingling and joining into one very strong and appealing plot. It’s this aspect alone that has made me enjoy these books so much. I honestly didn’t think I would like this series at all, and didn’t see how these retellings would work in any way, and yet here I am loving these books and looking forward to reading the next one.

Am I the only one that was disappointed that Cress’ hair got cut so early in this book? I get why it happened, but I was hoping to see more Rapunzel-ish action.

Overall, this was a really good book. I only wish I could have read it in more of a one sitting fashion instead of it taking weeks to complete. Even so, I loved it and am really looking forward to finishing off this series, and yikes the end is so close I almost don’t want it to end. If you haven’t read this series yet, I would recommend checking it out, as it has great characters and a wonderful story line.

Book Review: Warcraft: Legends Volume 2

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If it’s set in the Warcraft/World of Warcraft world, I will read it. A while back I read Volume 1 of the Legends series and enjoyed it enough. So I was eager to read the next one.

Much like the first volume, this one contains four different stories, one of which is a continuation, while the others are one-shot stories. I enjoyed each story in it’s own way, but for some reason, the story involving Trag Highmountain, the continuation story, just didn’t interest me as much as the others. The art for this story was certainly superior to that of the other three stories, yetthe story itself felt a bit flat. I would almost have rather had a different story or the others being longer than this continuation.

One issue I did have, was that there was bit of dialogue that was missing. This was an issue with the first volume as well. I know it was missing because the dialogue bubbles were large and half empty. Artists don’t make dialogue bubbles any larger than needed, so I’m guessing this was a printing issues, but it was annoying. Yes, I could pretty much figure out what that character was saying, but I still felt it took away from the stories as a whole to have missing pieces.

Overall, this was an okay read. I would recommend it to fans of Warcraft and World of Warcraft, and even those who may be new to the series. I will be continuing on with this series at some point and look forward to seeing what new stories I will find within the future volumes.

Book Review: The Huntress And The Sphinx

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was pretty darn hesitant about reading this book. A while ago I read the previous book in the series, The Empty Throne by Ru Emerson, and it was so bad I didn’t think I would enjoy this one at all. Luckily, this book ended up being okay and it was such a relief to not hate this book.

The writing style of this book was definitely an improvement over the previous book. The overall flow of the story and characters were pretty solid. This book certainly felt more like one of the episodes of the TV series, though not quite as good.

Xena and Gabrielle are pretty much the characters we know from the TV series. A few other characters from the series also make minor appearance, or are mentioned, but don’t really play a major role in the story. Atlanta, the other main character of the story, was pretty cocky at the start and I didn’t really care for her until later in the book when her character grows and learns from her actions.

Overall, I liked this book. It was good enough to keep my attention throughout but I still felt it wasn’t as good as it could be and certainly wasn’t as enjoyable as watching the TV series. I’m likely read more of this series at some point, assuming that I find the books, as so far I have only seen them at used book stores. If you enjoyed the Xena TV series then these books may be worth reading just to revisit that world and get a few of new content from it.

Book Review: The Battle of The Labyrinth

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

There’s not much to say about this one. I started off this series a couple months ago really enjoying the first book, but with each book I liked it less and less. I don’t know if it’s series syndrome, where the first book is the strongest and nothing can hold up to that, or I’m just missing something that makes me under appreciate the story as it progresses.

This book felt so darn slow. I was constantly waiting for something to happen, especially something amazing that would lift the book up to the level that The Lightning Thief was. I kept reading, waiting for that something to occur, and I kept reading, and kept waiting, and still nothing felt like it was happening. The whole traveling through the labyrinth part felt like the author was just trying to make the book the same length as the previous book, but while there were some things happening during that large portion of the book, I just didn’t care. I’m starting to hate Percy and even Annabeth is getting on my nerves.

I’m glad that this series is almost over. Part of me just wants to stop here, but with only one book remaining, I will eventually continue on so that I can say I finished the series, but I’m honestly not looking forward to it.

Series Review: .hack// Legend of The Twilight

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About ten years ago, my husband bought me this trilogy after I had showed interest in the .hack video games. Since then, the books, along with the games, sat on my shelves severely neglected. Finally, I decided it was time to read this trilogy.

I realized very quickly that this wasn’t the best starting point for me. After a quick internet search, I found out that there are many different .hack series, inlcuding the games, other manga and anime series and this was not the first of them. Even so, I decided to keep reading and hoped it would all make sense in the end.

Despite not having read, watched or played any of the previous series, I came to enjoy this trilogy. It does vaguely reference things that happened in the previous series, but you certainly don’t need to have read or watched the other series to get through this one, it just helps.

These books were pretty quick reads. I got through all three in one day. Really my only big complaint is that sometime I could tell which character was talking. They all look vaguely similar, especially the hair styles, so when it’s a close up of their face, I didn’t always know who was talking. Also, there were times when I wasn’t sure if a character was thinking something, saying something or if it was some other external dialog going on.

Overall, I liked these books, but I felt that I would have enjoyed them much more had I read the series in order, and of course watched the appropriate anime and played the right games before diving into this one. That being said, you certainly don’t need to do that. If you want to read this trilogy and not touch the other .hack series, then you can do so without being lost.