Book Review: The Holy Dark by Kyoko M.

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Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series concludes with the final novel The Holy Dark. At the end of She Who Fights Monsters, our heroine Jordan Amador had almost brought on the apocalypse, was a fugitive on the run (which was brought to an end by the president’s pardon), she had lost her best friend’s trust, and she’s estranged from husband, the archangel and commander of the Lord’s army Michael O’Brien.

When The Holy Dark begins, Jordan is continuing her mission of finding the remainder of the Judas coins while trying to keep one step ahead of the archdemons Moloch and Belial who want her dead. Can Jordan salvage her relationships? Can she stop the archdemons’ plan for world domination? As you read, you’re gonna go on one hell of a ride to find out.

At the beginning, the pacing is a little slow but after a few chapters, the story picks up and never slows down until you reach the end. Just when you thought you’ve learned all you could about the characters there’s more that has yet to be revealed. The characters themselves continue their personal journeys and learn that they can’t go through life carrying their burdens alone, that they work better as a team.

Reading the book one theme is constantly present throughout. The word ‘ohana’ comes to mind to describe it-you know the word from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. In Hawaiian, ‘ohana’ means family and family means no one gets left behind. That theme is prominent in the story.

Overall I loved this book.

I’ve enjoyed watching these characters grow and come into their own from start to finish. I’ve enjoyed the pop references, humor, romance, sex, sadness, and anger that is depicted in each book. With the lack of creativity and diversity being discussed in the publishing, TV and Film industries, Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series brings something new to the table. I hope to see the series brought to life on the big screen.

I want to thank Kyoko for sharing her talents with us and bringing readers this series. I look forward to reading more of her work.

5/5

Purchase here.

Book Review: Storykiller

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I was a Kickstarter backer (I didn’t get The Girl Who Be King) and received the limited edition illustrated hardcover book with was numbered and signed. I really loved all the illustrations especially those of which were scenes from the book. Very beautiful.

Storykiller is an excellent novel. The short description author Kelly Thompson gave for the book “It’s classic Fiction meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer for a new generation.” is absolutely correct. I also loved the tagline “Fight your fiction.” which has an important role in the story.

Tessa is a great character who continues to develop throughout the story. You can feel her struggle with the burden of being the Last of the Scions-those who have the power to kill stories.
The complex world of the novel is explained very well by the author. She also does an excellent job of giving readers her spin on classic story characters such as the Snow Queen and Robin Hood both in their description and character development. Also Micah and Brand were great characters and they had great moments humorous and serious.

There were a few scenes in the book which were unclear or irrelevant to what was going on. I also felt that the pace was a little too fast. We didn’t have time in a few instances to dwell on what was going on.

Overall the story was great and I am curious as to what lies in store for Tessa, Micah, Brand, and their allies, frenemies, and enemies alike.

 

Book Review: The Deadly Seven: Stories From The Black Parade

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Kyoko M. has done it again with her marvellous writing and storytelling.

I was sent a free digital copy (PDF format) of the book by the author, but I’ll also purchase a print copy of the book as soon as possible as I found The Deadly Seven to be a fantastic book! Before I continue, I must say that the cover for this collection is beautiful! It masterfully captures readers’ intrigue and they will want to pick the book up. And when they begin to read, they won’t want to put it down.

These stories take place between the two month period between The Black Parade’s chapters 15 and 16. There are twenty-one stories dealing with the seven deadly sins in three parts: Wrath, Pride, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, and Envy. While I enjoyed reading from Jordan’s point of view in the The Black Parade, I had become curious about the other characters’ viewpoints as well, particularly Michael’s. It was with great joy and excitement that I discovered each story was from his perspective.

Each story has a humor and wit about them as the reader will discover more details surrounding Michael and Jordan’s relationship. In addition, there are even more subtle moments between the two.  Whether he’s kicking demons asses, playing a videogame, or walking through the park eating icecream with Jordan, readers will definitely get to know more about Michael’s personality, thoughts and feelings. Basically, you don’t want to mess with him and threaten the person he cares deeply about. You do that and that’s your ass. Like Jordan, Michael is a well fleshed out character and I could definitely see him, Jordan, and the other characters being brought to life on screen.

There’s also lots of action and the stories are well paced. They have their own beat and rhythm which flows smoothly from the first story to the last. Every story was great (you can read the first story Wrath here) but Greed III, Sloth II, and Pride III were amongst my favorites. The bonus story and the sneak peak were also enjoyable as well. I can not wait for the next installment in the She Who Fights Monsters.

If you can’t wait either, The Deadly Seven is definitely something to help satisfy your excitement!

5/5

 

Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 Review

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5/5
STORY BY
Al Ewing
ART BY
Lee Garbett
COLORS BY
Nolan Woodard
LETTERS BY
Clayton Cowles
COVER BY
Jenny Frison
PUBLISHER
Marvel Comics

The god of mischief has gotten a bit older and taller since his reincarnated self reappeared from the underworld and now he stars in his own book and he’s on a mission James Bond style!

Something isn’t right with Loki’s brother the god of thunder Thor and the All-Mothers assign Loki the task to figure out what’s wrong and make things right. Along the way he’ll have to sneak into Avengers headquarters and deal with Thor’s teammates, but it’s nothing that our ‘hero’ can’t handle. Will Loki be able to save Thor in time? Does Loki have any nefarious plans? And what exactly are the All-Mothers up to anyway?

Ever since watching Loki in action in Marvel’s animated film Hulk vs. Thor, I’ve become a fan of his and Tom Hiddleston in the live role as well as the Journey Into Mystery book have made me more of a fan. And this first issue continues the trend.

It’s great to get into Loki’s head and see how he thinks. He’s still his mischievous self but I believe that he wants to be a better man than what he once was. His relationship with his brother is also a high point of the story and it’s a humorous and brotherly love that is expressed between the two of them. Thor talking to Loki about his past bullying ways when they were younger and expressing regret and doubt about it was very interesting.

The story is intriguing and the art is amazing. There’s even a throwback page to the classic days of the past when Loki fought the Avengers. Loki Agent of Asgard is off to a great start!

 

Anthology Review: Tales From A Lonely Planet

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I enjoy reading anthologies and it’s always awesome to see comics and charity coming together. In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the comic anthology Womanthology: Heroic where all the proceeds from purchased copies have gone to a number of charities.  So when writer Stu Perrins told me about a project that he had collaborated on with other comic creators in order to raise money for cancer research in the UK,  I was enthused to read it. Fast forward to three weeks later (l had a few busy weeks) and I’m very happy to say that I was not disappointed in the least.

Titled Tales From A Lonely Planet, the e-book comic is forty-three page science fiction anthology with eight diverse stories and art styles from creators Stu Perrins, Nick Gonzo, Niall Doonan, Trystan Mitchell, Marc Jackson, Luke James Halsall, Tim Bird, Dr Mike Cooper, Vince Hunt, Liam Kavanagh, Mike Gallagher, D. S. Georg, Daryl Gilliam, Blas Bigatti and José Buenabad.

To start the book off, Perrins-who also had editorial duties on the anthology-brings readers another new adventurous chapter from Harvey Spigg (read my review of the first chapter here) in which our Superspy supreme faces off with a new foe the dastardly Erasmus Jones and his killing machine.  Needless to say, more action and laughs ensue and Gonzo’s (Execution Day) cartoonish colorful artwork is just amazing.

One of the stories that caught my eye was The Terrible Truth About Mimes by writer Luke James Halsall (I-hero) and artist Tim Bird. The story is an interesting take on mimes and it was very enjoyable. I really dug Bird’s artwork and the inks were marvelous. Another favorite of mine was writer Stu Perrins and artist Victor Hunt’s (The Red Mask From Mars) The Visitor.  It was a cute and humorous story and Hunt’s inks shine.

Overall, the color in this anthology is bright, vivid, and really cool! The inking on the black and white stories is excellent. The lettering is definitely on a high level. Visually, this book is great! However, each story is unique not only in its artwork but also in its plot.  Whether the story is about life on Mars, a hero who wants to be perfect, a man from space, or a group of four guys about to eat lunch who talk about  vegetarians Reservoir Dogs style,  there’s a story here for everyone.

The creators brought their A game to the book and put their heart and soul into it. Tales From A Lonely Planet is definitely a humorous and an enjoyable read.  I know readers will enjoy this anthology and will enjoy it even more knowing that the profits are going to a great cause. To purchase a copy for yourself, friends, family, etc. click here.

Book Review: That Which Lives Within

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That Which Lives Within is a full-length poetry collection by first time author eLPY that it is beautifully written. The 189 page collection features not only poetry, but also poepics, and poetry-infused pictures.

Throughout, the author’s myriad of experiences and emotions are displayed in every poem. The topics of death and loss are touched upon in the poems such as Beyond the Grave, and the poem Left With Memories which is dedicated to her brother who passed away. There are poems about life and love which are just as raw and filled with emotion.

The author’s hopes and dreams as well as fears, frustrations, and self-doubt are also poetically expressed. In the poem “Here’s To My Blossom” at the beginning of the book, eLPY questions her ability to share her writing with others and as the book progresses she grows ever more confident. She also expresses her journey of finding herself, being confident in who she is. It’s a journey of growth that includes joy and despair.

The poepics and infused pictures of poetry are beautiful visuals. It was a little hard to read the font on a few of the pictures because of the color scheme. I thought it was a cool and unique idea to have mixed media and variations of writing within this book. In poems such as “History Rewritten” and “Hypocrisy”, eLPY offers social commentary in her poems on issues such as the genocide in Dafur, the Jena 6, slavery, the exotic pet trade and the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

The book tells the story of metamorphosis. It’s about going on a journey and growing and not running away from the storms of life. It’s learning from the past and looking forward to what the future will bring. Everyone can relate and can take something valuable and essential from this collection.

Book Review: Schrödinger’s Gat

Author: Robert Kroese

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Premise: 

Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn’t as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back.

This quantum physics noir thriller takes readers on an adventure from beginning to end. It all begins with a suicide attempt by the main character Paul Bayes. Just as he’s about to step out in front of the oncoming train, a female voice-belonging to a young lady named Tali-cries out to him and Paul’s life was never the same afterwards.  

Excitement, mystery, and action is what the story is about and there’s never a dull moment as Paul unwillingly becomes a scientific detective in order to solve the mystery of Tali’s disappearance. 

Each character is  well-developed, realistic, and relatable. Their interactions with each other are well written, witty, and intriguing.  A dark humor is found throughout the story and it plays out well with the themes in the book. 

The science in the story may at first appear to fly over readers heads who aren’t well acquainted the terms and theories. Kroese however, writes the science in a way that it is easy to understand and readers won’t be overwhelmed. 

Overall the story moves at a balanced pace and it will keep readers involved in the story and invested in the characters. This is an excellent book and I look for more works from Kroese in the future.