Contagious Reads Book Report

January 25, 2015 Book Report, Lindsay's reviews 2

CR Book ReportWelcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment.

Lindsay’s Books

twd21TWD Vol. 21
All Out War: Part 2
published on July 29, 2014

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The World we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to start living.

Alexandria has been destroyed. Can Rick rally the other communities against Negan’s army?

This second part of the game-changing “All Out War” story arc collects The Walking Dead #121-126.

I like to start off every year on a graphic novel binge. It gets me ahead of my reading goal early off, because there’s nothing quite as depressing as being two books behind schedule in the first week of the year. 😛

So, All Out War part 2. Of course we can’t just wrap up a war, and expect life to just pick up where it left off! This is clearly not the end of all of Rick’s troubles and I LOVE where Kirkman took the Negan storyline! I have a sneaking suspicion that we haven’t seen the last of that group…

If I’m nitpicking, I found a lot of the illustrations too dark, making it difficult to figure out who the characters were and what was happening. But do you see me complaining? It was all around great! If you’re a fan of the TV series, then I definitely recommend picking up the graphic series. It fills in a lot of blank spaces, plus holds you over during the mid-season break. 😉

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by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
5 STARS!!!!!!

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

This series completely knocked me on my ass! I had seen it once or twice hanging around on Goodreads, but I never really gave it a second glance. The various volumes kept being nominated for Readers Choice awards, but still I didn’t give them a chance. Until one day, the first volume came across my desk at work. And I flipped it open.

First off, the artwork is outstanding! This is my first experience with Fiona Staples, but I will undoubtedly look into her other works. Same with Brian Vaughan! The story can be silly at times, but it carries a series message underneath it all. I can’t recommend this series enough!

(Talon #1)
by Julie Kagawa
published on October 28, 2014
4 stars

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

I have a love/hate relationship with Julie. I absolutely LOVED her Immortal Rules series, but I’m really not a fan of her Iron Fey series (I know, I know. You probably loved it). I read Talon with only a small amount of trepidation. I had heard really mixed reviews and I wasn’t sure which side I would end up on. Turns out, I ended up in the middle.

The Talon series holds some very serious potential. The entire premise is unlike anything I have read before, and I really enjoy the diversity of the characters, and all that they’re capable of. What I don’t love is the teen angst. Also, be wary of the inevitable love triangle.  It’s very very clean (squeaky), with no bad language and no sex. Definitely a great book for teens, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I almost wish it was a little darker, but Talon will no doubt appeal to a wide audience. I’m curious to see where it goes from here.

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3

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  • Faith McKay

    Saga!!!! I love it SO much! *fangirl dance*

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Excuse me while I bond with you over our mutual Saga love! <3 I'm still waiting to get my hands on the fourth one, but at the same time I'm worried about how long I'll have to wait for any further installments. Any clue how many there are supposed to be?