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ARC: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly

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I received a copy of Hopcross Jilly from Netgalley for review. This in no way influenced my review.

I love Patricia Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson books. They are almost always an insta-buy/read for me. I’m actually rereading them at the moment. So when I saw a copy was available for review, I jumped on it. When I finished it, I was a tad disappointed. I guess I had higher expectations for anything with Patricia Briggs on it.

Hopcross Jilly starts out with Mercy and the pack finding a burial site full of children, around an old house suspected of belonging to a fae. Wanna guess which one? Told between flash backs and current events, the at times confusing tale of how the Fae works, her prey, and her reappearance comes together.

But, for me, the main star was Jesse. I have always liked her as a side/sub/background character, and while I didn’t care all that much for this story, I like how it showed her different aspects. Her ‘public’ face where she has to be tough and act like the bullying from school doesn’t bother her. And her ‘private’ face, the one she shows to Mercy and around the wolves.

Even with Jesse taking a HUGE part of this story, it didn’t suck me in until the final confrontation. And I think that’s sad. Being a graphic novel, there’s not alot of time to hook and draw me in. The visuals should draw me in with the story & dialog. They failed. Some scenes where drawn beautifully, and others seemed haphazardly thrown together. And I’m not sure how ‘Jilly’ was defeated. I have a pretty good idea, but not confirmation.

I have recommended this to a friend (turns out she was reading it serialized), but I won’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t familiar with the worlds of Mercedes Thompson and Alpha and Omega. 3 Stars.

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ARC: Wayward vol. 1: String Theory by Jim Zub

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I received a copy of Wayward from the publisher through Net Galley.  This had no bearing or influence on my review.

I LOVED Wayward vol. 1.  I am anxiously waiting for volume to be announced, so then I can get antsy waiting for it to be released.  I might just break my own rule and buy the individual issues.  It was that good!

The story starts with Rori, a half Japanese/Irish, arriving in Tokyo to start living with her mom.  This is also the first time we see her ‘strings’; glowing ribbons that lead her to here she needs to go/be.  Soon she runs into the crazy girl, the bad boy (who eats spirits), and another young boy with odd abilities.  There are some monsters and a mysterious figure that seems to have a connection to them.

As much as I find the story and the drop dead gorgeous artwork enthralling, I can’t describe the story.  I just can’t.  There is so much going on all at once; I’m not 100% what is taking place.  Except for the end, but that’s a spoiler.  *shh*  Hopefully the next collection will shed some light on some of the actions happening.

4.5 Stars

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ARC: The Hunt for Snow by S.E. Babin


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I was drawn in by the book description, and I was let down. The beginning had a TON of quotes I highlighted (with many giggles), and the banter between Snow, Cyndi, and Belle worked. Almost perfect.

Then the conference happened. And the story went downhill. I’m still not sure why a conference was used for a plot device, or why the characters did some of things they did (I’m trying to avoid spoilers, because there isn’t much that makes sense enough to spoil). Much of the dialog felt stilted and awkward while they were at the hotel where the conference took place, and I cringed in many places.  IMHO, most of these scenes could have been cut.

But the end shocked me by pulling itself back together and working. Without knowing for sure, I almost feel the author had the start & finish figured out, and wrote the middle in a rush. I will be looking at reading book 2, mainly to see how they pull off the win/HEA.

I would not recommend this book to anyone.  2.5 Stars

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