Dec 13, 2018

COMIC BOOK Review--iZombie: Repossession by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

Told from a female zombie's perspective, I, ZOMBIE is a smart, witty detective series with a mix of urban fantasy and romantic dramedy. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person until she eats the next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person's last request, solve a crime, or right a wrong.

Once upon a time, Gwen's biggest concerns were finding a brain to snack on and worrying whether her boyfriend would find out she was a zombie. Now, with undead secret agents and monster hunters teaming up to stop a mad scientist from bringing about the end of the world, and her friends stuck right in the middle of it, Gwen has bigger problems on her hands. But can a girl help save the world without losing everything in the world she loves?

iZombie: Repossession is Chris Roberson’s final installment in the iZombie comic book series, illustrated by Michael Allred and whoa. Just whoa. I wasn’t expecting such apocalyptic happenings and that ending! Both saddening, beautiful, and perfect, but mostly saddening! Just whoa.

Gwen and her friends thought that the zombie apocalypse had been thwarted, but sadly, that was only one version of the apocalypse that needed stopping. Another one is on the horizon, one that Amon has known about and has been trying to train Gwen for all this time, but now time has run out and the countdown has started.

This last set of comics were really exciting! So much was happening, so much was being revealed in these final moments that I am still shocked by the eventual outcome! And a bit puzzled with some things that weren’t really addressed, but I guess it’s just a take it or leave it kind of thing. I just didn’t fully understand how/why one new character was there and what it meant. And another character made me feel like it was someone else, that may or may not be true, and then wondering what will happen to Scott’s grandfather who has been possessing a chimpanzee all this time. Sadly, those questions are not ones to be answered.

But that didn’t detract my enjoyment from this! And wow, binge-reading comic is definitely the way to go! I love how quick the stories are but also engaging! The illustrations are lively as well. There’s one issue that might have been another artist or perhaps Michael just felt like doing something different because the style wasn’t the same as it’s been all this time. It was still amazing artwork though.

The absolute differences between these comics and the TV series is just mind-blowing! There’s no upcoming apocalypse or terrifying monster set out to destroy all mankind on the show, but there’s still plenty to the show that we don’t see in the comics. This last set of issues focused on the upcoming apocalypse and trying to stop the terrifying monster, Xitaul from coming, but that’s not the only entity coming to earth and Gwen is the prophesized one to put an end to it all.

I guess one thing I wish would’ve happened was more between Gwen and Horatio. As you might imagine, Horatio comes back to Gwen at a certain point and while I know romance during the end of the world is stereotypical and all, I just wish they could’ve had one happy moment together before all the chaos and then that ending! Whoa! It was definitely a bold way to go with things and yet, though it wasn’t a sad ending, I can’t help but feel a little weepy over it. All in all though, this was a most exciting series and it was a fun read for the past two days! A high endorsement for those who like iZombie and have never tried out comics before! I think you will be delighted by this comic series despite its differences from what you may have known before with the show!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Random Thursday

Time to wrap up the Politics and History chapter in The Little Book of Answers by Doug Lennox! Time to read the last few factoids that tie into politics or history!

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
We say someone has been "nailed" when they get caught in a dishonest or criminal act. This is because in the early days of crime and punishment, the punishments were far more barbaric then they are now. One of these "deterrents" would be to nail a convicted criminal's ears to the hangman's scaffold and spend the entire day there to deter people from whatever crime was committed. That criminal was thus "nailed."

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Executions were held at sunrise, in the early prehistoric times, for the condemned would be executed in sacrificial ceremonies. When the Middle Ages came around, executions were still popular and were held early in the morning as to hope that would draw less of a crowd. But the 20th century was when executions were finally held inside because of their popularity, by holding them inside there was less room for the huge crowds.

It's weird that people were so drawn to these for entertainment purposes.

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
The origin of the phrase, "I'll be hanged if I do and hanged if I don't" came from the British poet, John Thelwall. Thelwall was arrested after making King George very angry with his liberal support for the colonies. It's said that while in prison, he wrote to his lawyer that he would be hanged if he doesn't plead his case and his lawyer replied that "you'll be hanged if you do!"

(image borrowed from Pinterest)
Important issues are considered "burning questions" of the day and it got that name back in the time when the church and the state were equal in government. Anyone who failed to follow the state religion was burned at the stake. Anyone who thought that the state and religion should be separated were considered heretics and if you were caught discussing the issue you would be...burned at the stake! Because of all this it became the "burning question" to secretly debate about religious freedom.

And that's why you're damned if you do and damned if you don't! Possibly. I think I'm using that right! LOL!

(imaged borrowed from Wikipedia)
When someone betrays another, it's said that he sold him down the river! This saying comes from around 1808 when it was illegal for southerners to import slaves, so northerners basically sold their "troublesome" slaves down the river to the south where the overall environment was harsher.

I can totally see how they got that saying.

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
"The die is cast" is something we say when there's basically, no turning back. This was originally said by Julius Caesar in 49 BC. He said this when contemplating crossing the Rubicon River into Italy. It would essentially break Roman law and start a civil war. The saying basically means that once you make an action, the outcome lies with fate.

Interesting. Caesar gave us a lot to think about in his short time.

Dec 12, 2018

COMIC BOOK Review--iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

The continuing adventures of the undead detective Gwen and her ghost pal Ellie and were-terrier Spot, written by World Fantasy Award finalist Chris Roberson! This collection features the "real-time" storyline "5 Brains, 5 Months," which follows the team as they uncover mystery after mystery over the course of a five-month period.

I'm thinking that description up there is a bit misleading, yes the details are right in theory for iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Michael Allred, but I still don't feel like Gwen is really "detective" material. Yes, she finds herself caught up in thick plots and tries to help the spirits attached to the brains she's been eating finish their unfinished business so they can move on, but she's not like Liv from the TV show! 

In this set of comics we have Amon pressing Gwen more and more to kill innocents to be the "better" zombie or whatever and we learn of a new supernatural group known as the Dead Presidents. They are a bit mysterious themselves and clearly aren't human, but they vary in their supernatural-ness.

Gwen starts eating more than one brain a month in order to keep her human memories but there are still some things she can't remember. Then we have more mystery surrounding Gwen's brother, Gavin. Then a shocking reveal over Gwen's life as a human and how it connects to her current status as a zombie. Then there's Scott going through some self-realization changes, which I kind of saw coming at some point, but it will be a matter of seeing how things play out in the last set of comics.

Through all of these issues we get another look at the bizarre groups that are running about the country; the monster hunters, the monster monster hunters, and the other bizarre people who are plotting something diabolical that I still can't really understand! All in all, a bunch of weirdness that just doesn't provide answers and since comics are so much shorter, it makes you wonder if answers are coming or not! Time will tell I guess!

I like that we get to see so many different characters' points of view, but it does get a bit confusing in the long run because you can't really see how their stories will eventually connect. I see the lines connecting some of them, but there are still a few things that I am not quite understanding. Perhaps it's because I am looking for a deeper answer than the simple one and it really just may be the simple answer.

Yet there was quite the jaw-dropping reveal at the end of one of the last comics that I am really looking forward to see its eventual outcome! Can't believe how quickly these comics read because I've only the one volume left and then that's it! End of series!

Binge reading the series is definitely the way to go. I'm already regretting starting my other beloved comic because I still have a single issue left to that one and then I decided to wait for the compilations of the rest, however many that may be! 

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

COMIC BOOK Review--iZombie: uVampire by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

In uVAMPIRE, Gwen dines on the grey matter of a person who knew her as a child – and things quickly get complicated. Meanwhile, ghost-girl Ellie learns a few tricks from Amon the mummy; Spot the were-terrier goes to the comics shop and meets someone from Gwen’s past, the mad scientist Galatea engages in a bit of grave-robbing; and the monster-hunters tackle the town’s vampire problem once and for all.

Moving right along to iZombie: uVampire, Chris Roberson and Michael Allred continue the story of Gwen who’s trying to make her life work as a zombie. It’s been a month since the events of the first “book” and now there’s a shortage of fresh brains to eat. Someone is stealing the dead bodies from the morgue and without a body to bury, there’s no brains to eat.

Just when she thinks all hope might be lost, a body turns up in the grave and Gwen is able to finally have herself a meal, only she happens to know who the brain belongs to. It’s the mother of her long ago best friend, Tricia, from when she was alive and human. There’s not much to go on with the mother’s death, but she needs Gwen to deliver a message to Tricia.

We also get more of a backstory on Scott and how he became a were-terrier. The opening scene to that particular issue though left more questions than answers and I really don’t know what to make of that. It seems every once in a while the issues open with a flashback of some kind, but it’s hard to piece some things together. It might really mean nothing, but I’d just like to know because that first one was so out there and I was like What the What?!

There’s a little more focus on Amon and the mystery that he presents, not a great deal mind you, but something that gives us more to think about. A lot of the little cliffhangers that happened in the first book were picked up again and expanded upon. Though there are more questions to be had now by the end of this collection.

There was a little more progress on the relationship front with Gwen and Horatio. I’m kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop on that one! I mean, at some point it will come about what Gwen is and I am dying to know what Horatio will do. The whole monster and monster hunter falling in love is a trope I never tire of! Lol. I probably have Buffy to thank for that one first!

I guess one thing that perturbs me about this are the moments when Gwen gets the memories from whatever brain she just ate. Her face gets all zombie fleshy like and I wonder, are people seeing that? Or is this just some weird reaction so the reader knows what’s happening? I’m betting on the latter, because no one ever freaks out when Gwen goes through one of these “episodes.”

I’m still curious about this Amon guy and what he wants Gwen to do, basically give in to her monster side, which she doesn’t want to do. I’m wondering then if the guy he murdered last time around really was bad, though it seemed like something had happened to said victim before he turned bad. I don’t know really. It’s hard to explain without getting into too many details.

There’s a new plot brewing in this segment and I look forward to seeing what will happen in the next installment! Sorry for the weirdness of these reviews. It’s so hard to review comic books because they’re so short and don’t have many details to go on without rehashing everything! I know I left some stuff out, so yeah. There you go! If you are a fan of the show, iZombie, I would definitely recommend checking these out at some point. They’re very different, yet still pretty fun too!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars


COMIC BOOK Review--iZombie: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.

I decided it was finally time to read the iZombie graphic novels and whoa! Basically everything I know about iZombie came from the show. It was only shortly after it started that I learned it was based on a comic series. This first compilation was titled, iZombie: Dead to the World, it proves for a semi-decent intro into this new world, yet a few things aren’t quite explained and I hate not knowing things. Chris Roberson is the writer and Michael Allred is the artist behind all the amazing pictures.

In this first volume, I gather we had about 5 issues. It’s fun reading them all wrapped up in one book. Makes the cliffhangers less dicey. In this story we have Gwen who’s a gravedigger by day and zombie the rest of the time! Lol. We don’t know much about how she came to be a zombie, but the rules for her are that she must eat a brain once a month in order to stay sane versus mindless zombie mode. It was after she ate one brain though, that she learns through the victim’s memories that he was murdered and he wants justice.

Sadly there’s no cop friend along to help her out in the mystery solving department. Gwen has a best friend who’s a ghost and another who’s a were-terrier. Yes, were-terrier, lol. But she’s not the only creature going bump in the night in this town of Eugene, Oregon. There’s also a group of sorority-like vampires out and about draining people. So far, they don’t look murderous, but we’ve only see them for a little bit. And then there’s the weird mystery group of monster hunters that know all about the supernatural people.

I was a bit surprised with how things went with this first collection. The mystery doesn’t really get resolved and I say that because while it does get solved, the murderer is still free. He’s another puzzle that has yet to really been revealing. I’ll be interested in seeing where things go with that particular character. Though I can’t help but feel slighted because there was clearly other things/matters involved in this mystery that didn’t get any answers to. I can only hope that might change along the way with the rest of the issues.

The series isn’t without its romance either! Gwen meets a young guy, Horatio, who also happens to be a part of the monster hunter group, so that’s definitely going to present some issues down the road somewhere too.

The artwork was really enjoyable! It was colorful and vibrant and I loved the layout. There were times when the characters were just coming right out of the panels. It was really cool and something that just has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

All in all, this is definitely a fun series! I was a bit thrown by the complete 180 the storyline went in with its differences from the show, but I guess I should be used to that by now what with all the other TV shows and movies that don’t get it right, yet can sometimes make it work. There are a few that I feel like they butchered the original piece. But I digress.

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars 

Christmas Songs Book Tag

I saw this tag at That Artsy Reader Girl and thought it looked like fun! A fun bookish Christmasy book tag, what more could you want?! Lol! I borrowed this image from Jana at her post!

“All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favorite bookish couple

Oh tough one. Uusally, I just get into the moment of my current read and enjoy that character. But I will say that one of my favorite bookish couples is Clay and Elena from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong! Can't beat a classic!

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.)

As I am trying to think of one that doesn't take place in the character's home, I quickly remembered my current read, The End of Oz by Danielle Paige! Lol! Amy is still out of Kansas, so far at least, and remains in Oz as she tries to find a way to save it!

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.)

While I started running through all the novellas I've read and which one would be a favorite, I immediately started thinking of What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Mae Besom. It was a really cute story and pretty inspiring too! I had to have a copy once I started hearing about it and read it! 

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?

Well I didn't really ask for many books this year, but I am participating in TBTBSanta again and Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, and Wicked Charm by Amber Hart were three that I highlighted as ones I really wanted! So we shall have to wait and see what my Secret Santa gifts me with this year!

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?

For whatever reason, my mind first went to Nocturne by Syrie James! It had the most heart-wrenching kind of ending! And then I recently heard that Syrie was considering a sequel but yet it's almost been 8 years already, so I am fearing the worst in that situation!

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays

I'm not really a "seasons" reader, I basically read whatever book is upcoming in my TBR pile or what I chose from the TBR jar. So for this I just chose my next read or possibly current, as I am writing this post in advance, Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong! Any TBR read is my kind of read during the holidays!

“We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy

Though I still have to wait for the final book of the trilogy, I can easily say that the Caraval trilogy is one of my all time favorites! Dying to read Finale!!

“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with

While I still need to read Shades of Wicked, I can easily say that Ian would be someone I wouldn't mind being snowed in with! Lol.

“Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down

I went into The Fade hoping for a creepy horror kind of story and while it was that in part, there just wasn't enough creepy for me. Then it took some unexpected twists that I felt were just a tad cliche. I actually just posted my review of this last week here.

“White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about

Since I wasn't able to snag an ARC of The Wicked King, I am sooo looking forward to reading that one, as well as Finale by Stephanie Garber, and the finale to The Arcana Chronicles, From the Grave by Kresley Cole! Dying to see how that one will end!

And that's it! If you feel like joining in on this fun little tag, consider yourself tagged!


Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

It takes a fearless woman to love the most scandalous man alive in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s breathtaking novel

Even a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve.

Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past.

Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself.

Since I technically have this waiting on my kindle for review, I am now merely waiting to find the time to work this in! I am scrambling to complete my challenges in these last few weeks of the year so I've kind of set review books aside, ashamedly.  

GENRE: Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: January 29, 2019


Dec 11, 2018

Mini Review--Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong

The team-spirit sign by the side of the highway seems a good omen to loner Morgan Walsh, as he drives to what could be the most important visit of his life — a chance to join the North American Pack. Then he wakes naked in the woods, surrounded by wolf tracks and a ring of suspicious cops. The situation only gets worse when he’s bailed out by Alpha-elect Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers, her terrifying enforcer and mate.

Disappointed that such a promising young werewolf risked exposing them, Elena isn’t expecting anything from the pesky retrieval job except some much-needed alone time with Clay. Instead, she finds a different kind of evil stalking the streets and forests of Westwood, New York. Trapped in town by a snowstorm and sabotage, Elena, Clay and Morgan must find the mysterious threat before it sets its sights on them.

I decided to take a little trip back to The Women of the Otherworld series with Kelley Armstrong's novella, Forbidden! I picked this up at HPB one day when I saw it just sitting there and I decided, why not? The novellas are always fun because you can basically read them without having to read the original series. Since I did read the series already, I was even more game, but it also helped that it wasn't necessary since I read Frostbitten when it came out in 2010 and this book takes place right after that sometime! So yeah, it's been a while! Lol!

In this one we have Elena and Clay who are called to a small town just outside their own home when a potential werewolf recruit gets himself into a bind. This is the part that I couldn't really remember, though I vaguely recall Morgan's character, just not his entire role in things. Morgan was considering joining the Pack, but gets waylaid in the small town and winds up in jail.

After being snowbound with twin five-year-olds, Clay and Elena jump at the chance to get out of the house for a bit. Though Westwood was a small town where everyone knows everyone, there is definitely something weird happening in this town. Elena can shake the feeling of being watched constantly and when they try to leave town the next day, they find that the tires of their car have been slashed. 

While wandering around the town, they uncover a decomposing body and it basically sets the course for them in the mystery solving area as the strange happenings don't stop there. There's the sheriff who seems a bit dodgy and secretive, a few deputies who may or may not have secrets of their own, and of course whoever the mystery vandal in town is. 

This story read really fast for being just over 200 pages! The time just flew by and I found myself really missing the Otherworld. I know I have a good amount of novella compilations in my TBR pile that I really ought to drag out, but who has the time!? Lol. I will have to make time for that return soon though.

I think that Clay and Elena will always be my favorite Otherworld couple. They were the first and there's just that special bond a reader develops with those first book characters. That holds true for me with this series! I also enjoyed that there was just the tiniest bit of romance in this one! Clay and Elena definitely deserve some alone time after the chaos of their twins! I'm also really interested in checking out their serial story, but I am terrible with reading serial episodes. I'm an all or nothing kind of reader! Lol.

Forbidden was a fun trip down Otherworld memory lane! It was great to return to one of the first adult series I ever read and what basically got me hooked into the urban fantasy genre! This is a read no Otherworld reader should be without!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


Review--The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

Ding dong—Dorothy is dead.

I watched as the Emerald Palace crumbled to the ground, burying Dorothy, the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone, under the rubble. And now that the rightful ruler, Ozma, has been restored to the throne…

Oz is finally free.

My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado whisked me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die.

But it turns out girls from Kansas are harder to kill than we look.

Now the Road of Yellow Brick is leading me away from Oz to the dark world of Ev, where I have a new, powerful enemy to deal with: the Nome King. And—surprise—he has a gingham-clad bride.

With my magical shoes and a shrinking group of allies, I have one final chance to fulfill my mission, and save not only what’s left of Oz, but Kansas, too. As the line between Good and Wicked blurs even further, I have to find a way to get rid of Dorothy once and for all—without turning into a monster myself.

Dorothy once said there’s no place like home. Can I stop her from destroying mine?

The End of Oz is the epic series finale of Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series and it was quitter literally one of the most shocking series finales I’ve ever read! Things ended in a totally surprising ways and not just on the normal front! I can’t remember which edition I bought, but it’s the one that has a bonus epilogue that made it all the more worthwhile, of course, I am left reeling with all that’s been said and done!

Just when Amy and Nox think things might finally be going their way, they are proven dead wrong. Firstly, Glinda may not be as defeated as they thought, Dorothy might just in fact be alive, the Nome King is now public enemy number 1! Though Dorothy is still pretty high on that list too, maybe 1.5, just don’t tell her that! Lol. There’s lots to do and very little time to do it all. Factor in that Madison, Amy’s long time bully now turned ally is also stuck in Oz and wants nothing more than to go home and see her child again. Things are pretty crazy n this one, but it was nothing short of epic and amazing.

What surprised me right off the bat was that Dorothy actually get point of view time in quite a few chapters! It was amazing to finally be inside her head for a change! I mean, we’ve seen her be a bit whackadoodle this entire series and now to finally be in her head, you’d think she’d be nothing but crazy talk, and while there is some of that, you also notice a bit of sanity and loneliness. She’s not the villain we all knew back from book one.

Dorothy actually gets “rescued” by the Nome King who wants to make her his queen, yet Dorothy knows she can’t trust this old goat, for he is rather older than her, and she bows to no one. She’s wise to what his real plans are and naturally, starts making plans of her own. Ones that will have to include Amy Gumm.

This book was pretty exciting! For a while I almost wondered if Amy and her friends would be joining with Dorothy, however temporary, in order to defeat the Nome King. But that’s not how things go at all. Amy and Nox still have plans to kill her and free Oz. Madison tagging along was quite the trip though! She wasn’t magically inclined and seeing her truly be a friend to Amy was kind of mind-blowing!

I was also surprised to see other new characters make an appearance that were from Oz lore, that I was aware of this time! Lol. And that would be Langwidere. While her name didn’t really ring any bells, it was really learning that she was the character who constantly changed her head whenever she felt like it! I remember being terrified of this when I saw the movie Return to Oz. Though I liked the spin that Danielle took with this particular character.

Things were pretty intense with this one but one thing I really enjoyed was watching Amy and Nox grow closer together. While I can’t remember much about the first half of the series, I just remember being swept away with their budding romance. As things progress, you start to wonder what their fate will be as Amy is starting to decide where she feels the most home at.

The ending is one I will likely never get over! And I can’t figure out how I mean that! Lol. I was reading the special edition version that included a bonus epilogue and I am now wondering if that was a good idea or a bad one because whoa! Where the ordinary ending leaves off leaves things nice and open-ended in a happy way, the epilogue gives you things to think about and ponder and wonder and oh wait! There’s not another book to see answers with! This is the aggravating part, and yet, in some ways, it was kind of exciting and almost happy-like. I can’t describe how I feel about it being so open-ended and at the height of a new adventure ready and waiting, but it feels right to see these characters live on…I just wish I could get a sneak peek at it! Lol.

One thing that bothered me, outside the ending which was really just a mix of emotions, was the thing with Glinda and Glamora. As things ended kind of off with Yellow Brick War I sort of expected there to be something more to them in this one, but there really wasn’t. And that leaves me baffled and wondering what the what?! You know? Oh well, just something that I wanted to mention as I felt like it needed addressing in the book to help make things feel more complete.

All in all, The End of Oz was exactly what I was hoping for in a series finale. There’s conclusion, resolution, and the hope for more adventures…even if we can live them out with the characters. I always like knowing that their stories won’t be over, even if they are in the written format. That’s just the weird part of being an avid reader I guess! Lol. The Dorothy Must Die series was a unique and engaging series that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way and I am sad to see that it’s over, but the adventure is one I will not forget!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE 
4. Name the title, author, etc.

"'Good-bye for now, dear Amy,' she said. But her voice sounded farther away. Below me, the verdant jungle was crumbling into dust. Darkness swallowed me again, but this time I wasn't afraid." p 122

TITLE: The End of Oz
AUTHOR: Danielle Paige
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
GENRE: YA Fairy Tale Retellings 
RELEASE DATE: March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is: Freebie: TOP TEN CHRISTMAS COLORED BOOKS!

*in no particular order

10. 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
9. THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine
7. CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge
6. LEGION by Julie Kagawa
5. THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD by Darynda Jones
4. LETHAL OUTLOOK by Victoria Laurie
3. ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
1. ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody

Dec 10, 2018


I saw this tag over at Fiction No Chaser who originally saw it over at Jenniely. I thought it looked like fun and was perfect for Christmas in determining if you're on the naughty or nice list when it comes to books!

Here are some rules:
  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it

NAUGHTY: *casts eyes down* I received a box of ARCs by surprise and have only read one. I have titles on Edelweiss I still haven't gotten to. I am trying reallllly hard to finish my challenges for the year and I'm afraid ARCs don't count if the reviews themselves won't be up until next year!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

NICE: I am perpetually always at 99% because apparently long ago, I forgot to review a title. I think it was because I DNF'd it and didn't feel right leaving feedback for only a handful of pages, but I guess I should've!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)

NICE: I keep a reminder to do my cross-posting of ARC reviews in my planner. I might be a day or two later on occasion, but that's because life gets in the way. I'd say that 99% of the time I am on time though! ;)

Folded down the page of a book

NICE: I NEVER do this! In fact, I am more likely to buy you whatever book you want to borrow from me to prevent you from doing this to my books too! Lol.

Accidentally spilled on a book

NICE: probably on a technicality because it happened once years ago, but it was on an ARC so does it really count? Probably, but my finished copies remain spotless!

DNF a book this year

NAUGHTY: Every book is not for every person. So while I may have done this this year, I don't feel bad about it. I can't even remember what book it was! There may have even been more than one! But since it's technically "naughty" in eyes of this tag, I must sadly be naughty.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

NICE: I mean sure, I've bought books because they were pretty but I always read them. Unless I've already read the book and then the publishers go and make a new version that's just gorgeous. Since I rarely ever have time to re-read, I will buy the pretty copy, but I might not read it, only because I've read it before in its less prettier copy! Lol.

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)

NAUGHTY: I suppose you can call it naughty when I read at work, but it's only because I don't have any work to do at the moment. 

Skim read a book

NICE: I never do this. I don't even know how to do this really! Lol.

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

NICE: It hasn't happened yet! I usually even surpass it!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

NICE: I rarely go to the library anymore for books. There are times I think about checking out "this" book if I remember. But usually that would be for a book I was hesitant on and then I later forget whatever book it was and don't bother. But I've never had a late fee even when I was in school!

Broke a book buying ban

NICE: Book buying ban? That would be like a food buying ban! Lol! Needless to say I've never gone on one of these to break. I usually keep a list of books I'll buy throughout the year and sometimes I occasionally even change my mind on even buying one of those! Of course, I still might buy a book that wasn't originally on it. But no bans for me!

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

NICE: Can't be done! I can't even read more than one book at a time anymore! Lol. My system is, read the book and once I finish it, write the review. I will not start a new book until I write that review. It usually works better for me to write the review right away because everything is fresh in my head and then I can go into a new book and immerse myself into a new world very easily!

Wrote in a book you were reading

NICE: I don't do this. I couldn't even do this when I was in my college textbooks. I tried but it was too hard. But I NEVER EVER wrote in one of my own personal books and that's what counts!

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

NICE: I pretty much add the book to my Goodreads list once I buy it. What I don't usually do is say when I'm reading it. And that's because I might write my review at work on break and then paste it into the book itself so I can then transfer it into a blog post when I get home. This way my blog can still be where the review was first! It's weird, but nice because then I don't have to type the review twice!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

NICE: Like with libraries, I hardly ever borrow books from friends. I usually just prefer owning the books I want to read! I have a good idea of what I will enjoy and am only wrong maybe once every 100 books or so! And even then, it's not that I hated the book, just didn't LOVE it. Maybe liked it.

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

NAUGHTY: I guess you can say it's naughty that when I anticipated my sister wanting to borrow my copy of Allegiant that I just ordered her one as a gift! I saw what she did to her own copy of Insurgent and freaked out! Though ironically I didn't care whatsoever what she did to my copies of the Twilight books! LOL!

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

NICE: I don't do this to my own books! And since I rarely borrow books from people I couldn't do it anyway!

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

NICE: If I did take the jacket off to protect it, it basically worked! But since I've invested in book sleeves for transporting my books back and forth to work, I've saved a lot of covers and don't even have to take them off anymore. Unless they keep sliding off when I'm trying to read!

Sat on a book accidentally

NICE: I don't even know how that's possible! Lol. If I set my book down it goes on my desk. If I'm reading in bed, it goes on the far side of my bed where I couldn't possibly sit on it!

My final score: 

NICE 16     

Safe to say that I am definitely mostly on the nice list! LOL! What would your score be if you took this test? I basically tag anyone and everyone who wants to join in on this fun little tag!!