Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mini Reviews [10]

Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2)
by Kelley Armstrong
Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
Synopsis (via Goodreads): SISTERS MORIA AND ASHYN ARE THE KEEPER AND SEEKER OF EDGEWOOD.

OR AT LEAST, THEY WERE.


Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, they are all but prisoners in court, forced to watch and wait while the Emperor decides whether to help the children of Edgewood, who remain hostages of the treacherous Alvar Kitsune.

But when the emperor finally sends the girls on a mission to rescue the children - accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of men - the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. With lies and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on every bit of influence and power they possess to unite their people and avert an all-out war.

In this second book in her epic and captivating Age of Legends trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong blends romance, danger, and magic to send readers on a heart-racing journey through an unforgettable world.

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I know I reviewed the first book on Monday, but I am zinging through this series! I'm already halfway finished with the third and final book, Forest of Ruin. It's crazy intense and wonderfully fantastical. I am in love with the characters and the world Kelley Armstrong has created. I feel like I'm on the long and arduous journey with them, and I'm increasingly worried about their safety. They no longer know who they can trust, and they keep finding bodies that are broken, shredded, or unrecognizable. Beasts from stories and lore are appearing with more frequency, so I'm pretty confident the dismemberments and disappearances will continue.

Although dark and dangerous, Armstrong has written a story that has completely captivated my mind. She has given the characters a rich history and an authenticity that makes me feel as if I've known them my entire life. I cannot wait to see how everything ends!


A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss,
E.G. Keller (Illustrator)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever...

With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children's book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.


100% of Last Week Tonight's proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

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I'm not sure if this started off as a joke to irritate the Vice President, but the story is solid and meaningful. Two boy bunnies fall in love after a day of hopping, so they decide to get married and hop together forever! It was sweet and showed that having a support system can make a huge difference. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo also shows what happens when a group of people stand together and demand change.


Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever #1
by Nnedi Okorafor, 
Alberto Alburquerque (Illustrator), 
Terry Dodson (Illustrator) 
Synopsis (via Goodreads): PART ONE OF A THREE-PART STORY THAT SEES THE DORA MILAJE TEAM UP WITH THE MARVEL U! The blockbuster Black Panther film has everyone talking about Wakanda’s best warriors, the fierce Dora Milaje! Now witness the Dora outside of Wakanda – and in Spider-Man’s world! When the Dora catch wind of a Wakandan threat causing trouble in New York, they’ll leap into action – with or without their king. Don’t miss Okoye, Ayo and Aneka on a globe-trotting mission to protect the realm at any cost. WAKANDA FOREVER starts here!
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There were some literal laugh out loud moments in this one, and I enjoyed seeing Spider-Man's humor paired with the seriousness of the Dora Milaje. They actually complemented each other quite well! 

I'm not sure how the characters in this comic compared to their movie counterparts, because I still have not seen the Black Panther movie. I've tried to watch it with my husband a few times, but something always comes up. I hope we're able to get through the entire movie soon! I've only heard great things about it, and the first 25% was awesome.

26 comments:

  1. I'm now getting curious about this Kelley Armstrong series! I'm seeing good things about it on a few blogs.

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    1. That's awesome! Let me know what you think, if you decide to try it yourself. :)

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  2. I need to read age of legends series. its on my list. oh so many on my list!

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    1. The List is always growing and never seems to get any smaller, lol. It doesn't matter how many books I read... I cannot read faster than I add! <3

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  3. WAKANDA FOREVER!! I'm a sucker for anything Marvel Lol.

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    1. Haha! Then you should definitely try this one. :)

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  4. I need to read anything of Armstrong’s. I’m so out of the loop!

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    1. I highly recommend this one if you're okay with slower-paced books! There's plenty of action, but also lengthy descriptions and a lot of travel time. The story is phenomenal.

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  5. oh nice! many different things there!

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    1. It was a nice variety this time!. :)

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  6. LOL, Marlon Bundo sounds just lovely! I can't believe that books like this for younger readers exist. It's SO refreshing, not to mention important!

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    1. I'm happy that there are more and more books encouraging love and acceptance. Being different isn't bad, just another way of life. I hope that future generations are more understanding and less judgmental.

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  7. You're plowing through those Armstrong books!

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    1. I just finished the last one! The audiobooks were 11-12 hours, but that didn't stop me! Who needs sleep??

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  8. Wakanda Forever sounds so good! I think my husband would love that.

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    1. I believe it's just going to be three issues with three different people... like this time it was Spider-Man, but next time it will be the X-Men. You should get them for him if you think it's something he'd like. <3

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  9. Whoa Nelly that cover for Empire of Night looks amazing! How do I not know about this series? Ack. And I like what I've read of Armstrong too! You know, I need a good fantasy series so I may have to take a hard look at these.

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    1. If you like the cover for Empire of Night, you'll probably love the cover for Forest of Ruin! Dragons! <3 I didn't know about this series until a few months ago, but even then it's only because I was familiar with the author. I'm really happy I decided to read this series when I did. I was having trouble with my last few review books, so it was nice to get really engrossed in a story again. These books were exactly what I needed! It's definitely a series I'll read again. :)

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  10. OMG Wakanda Forever sounds so fun! I love Spiderman. ♥ Unfortunately, I didn't like the Black Panther movie... I attempted to watch it twice and fell asleep both times. I know, I'm horrible! D:

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. We recently binge-watched ALL of the Marvel movies, even the various X-Men, so I think I just needed a break. My husband and son watched Black Panther at a theater, but bought the movie so we'd have it at home. They really enjoyed it and want me to see it, but I haven't been able to make the time. Once all the kids are asleep I want to read... <3

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  11. I saw Marlo Bundo around but I had no idea that's what it was about lol

    And I had no idea about the KA series either.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. If you click on 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' in the synopsis, it'll take you to the YouTube video of him explaining the book and why it was made! Apparently, Mike Pence really does have a bunny with that name, and the "bunny" wrote a similar book about life in the White House.

      I stumbled across the Age of Legends series on accident, but it was exactly what I needed/wanted.

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  12. YESSS let us chat about Marlon Bundo! It is awesome, yes? I love that John Oliver got his Marlon Bundo out BEFORE Pence's Bundo. And that everything about it is a jab, but it's also a really awesome message. So you know on the last page when they're dreaming about their future bunny baby? I named him Barack Obunny. You're welcome :D

    Also, I really need to start that Kelley Armstrong series, it looks fabulous! And apparently I own the first book, oopsie! Great reviews!

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    1. Barack Obunny is funny and cute! :)

      I didn't realize John Oliver managed to get his Bundo book published before Mike Pence. I wonder how that made our Vice President feel... the Stink Bug looked familiar, too. ;) Despite all of that... the book delivers a message that needs to be heard. Everyone is different in their own way, and those differences should be acknowledged and accepted.

      Yes! Please start the Age of Legends series soon! It was wonderful. Truly. <3

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  13. I have to get a copy of Marlon Bundo. I love the author’s humor, and I like that the money goes to charity. Great reviews!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks! I love that all of the money goes to charity. It's great that the book has been doing so well... I think it sold out on the first day, so they were hurrying to print more copies to fill all of the orders being placed. (I'm pretty sure that's what I heard... <3)

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