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#SpooktasticReads: Locke & Key Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega – Comic Review

Published Date: January 2014

Publishing Co.: IDW Publishing

Pages: 192

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Soooooo, I just realized I skipped volume 5 altogether. Which helps make more sense, since in the beginning I was a wee bit confused about what was going on. However, now that I’ve read the ending and know what happens, I’m not going back to read the last volume.

Instead, I’ll just say that the ending was fantastic. It jerked all the right heart strings and was entertaining from beginning to end with epic artwork.

This is a series that I will recommend to everyone.

#SpooktasticReads: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) – Book Review

Published Date: October 1, 2009

Publishing Co: Orbit

Pages: 357

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Tarabotti was not one of life’s milk-water misses—in fact, quite the opposite. Many gentlemen had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice – that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.”

Earlier this month, when I was yearning for a good werewolf story, I should have picked this up instead of the one I did. But what matters, is that I finally read this, having owned the ebook for a number of years.

Alexia Tarabotti is one of those female main characters that I love. Smart, rebellious, and incorrigible. Considered a spinster at the rough ol’ age of 26, Alexia is mostly a pain to her family. She’s apt to embarrass them at dinners, talking to scientists and aristocrats, about……gulp….intellectual subjects. Not to mention, she’s half Italian and her tan skin is an offense to their delicate pale senses. Her nose is just slightly too large and they will probably never find someone to marry her off to.

Lord Maccon is a werewolf and the head of BUR, essentially the police of supernatural creatures. Currently humanity knows of the existence of werewolves, vampires and ghosts. There may be a few others creeping about that they have no idea exist, like Miss Tarabotti herself. Lord Maccon is forced to endure several encounters with Miss Tarabotti after she is attacked by a rogue vampire. More perplexing still, every new mystery seems to happen in Miss Tarabotti’s presence. Lone werewolves and vampires are missing, and new ones appearing with no idea of what they are or the rules they must now live by. Every time he turns his back, another incident involving Alexia occurs.

Being the curious sort, Alexia begins gathering information after each incident and uses her contacts to find out more. If the police can’t figure this out, why, she will.

Love it or not, Lord Maccon can either work with Miss Tarabotti or……lock her up? That might be the only way to keep her out of it.

The woman is frustratingly intriguing.

This was just a wallop of fun. Steampunk, mystery, romance, strong characters and adventure. I could binge read the whole series in one go.

#SpooktasticReads : Nightwise (Nightwise #1) – Book Review

Published Date: August 18, 2015

Publishing Co.: Tor Books

Pages: 320

Goodreads synopsis.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The banker was crucified on the wall of his Wall Street office, fountain pens rammed through both wrists, an Armani Jesus.”

Well hello there. You have my attention.

When that’s your opening sentence to the story, you just know you’re embarking on a dark and gritty ride.

Laytham Ballard was born a Wisdom, as his grandma called him. It ran in the family. She tried her best to instill the whole, “With great power comes great responsibility,” thing in him, but sometimes, life throws more at a little boy than he can handle. With lots of power swirling within him and a broken heart, Laytham lashed out on a level no normal parent has to deal with. He raised the dead and caused a slaughter.

That was only the beginning of his moral down slide. He spent his life hunting other people in the Life and building a legend of himself as the biggest bad ass in town. It doesn’t matter how dirty he has to fight to build that image, he’s sold half his soul already.

Even villains have their own strange loyalties, so when one of his only friends is dying, he makes a promise to avenge his wife’s brutal death. The one thing his friend was never able to do while living. But the target hasn’t been seen in nearly 11 years, and has some very big friends that Laytham will have to get past first. He’ll have to use every trick in his book to find him and then, will he even have the power to take him down?

It really hurts your pride when you doubt just how bad ass you are.

This is a dark urban fantasy with an anti-hero that you can’t trust but you also, can’t wait to see what he does next.