“Pure Insanity (New Suicide Squad #1)” by Sean Ryan

Five Stars! I have been completely fangirling over this movie and cannot wait for it to come out. I saw this graphic novel on Netgalley back in May and had to request it – and they gave it to me!

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The story appears to be a set up for the movie coming out in 2016. A secret department of the government decides to let a few crazies out of jail to perform “suicide” missions, only they end up somehow doing a pretty decent job, even if it is utterly chaotic and everyone is batshit crazy.

The highlight is definitely Harley Quinn. I thought she was hilarious. The Joker’s Daughter was also in this and their bickering and fighting was pretty funny, in my view. I loved them both in this – and they are bad-ass fighters.

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If I’m not mistaken, Deathstroke was supposed to be the leader of the team, but he took off and appears to not be a very good team player, so Black Manta takes over as leader (and has his hands full, believe you me).

I really enjoyed this. I thought the story and illustrations were good and it was funny and entertaining.

Thank you SO much Netgalley and DC Entertainment for providing a digital copy of this to me in exchange for an honest review!!

The cast of the movie:

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YES YES YES YES YES

“Witch Hunt” (Preternatural Affairs, #1) by S.M. Reine

4 stars – Cèsar works for the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He’s a witch whose specialty is poultices and other minor potions for energy and stamina. To keep him on his toes and buff enough to outrun the bad guys. One day he wakes up and there’s a dead lady in his tub and he has no freaking idea what the heck is going on. The law (and the law the general public doesn’t know about) is after him and he has to figure out who killed this chick quick.

I have to say, I have become sketchy towards Kindle freebies, but this was totally worth spending the time to read. It’s short and the story moves along quickly with humor and entertaining pop culture references (hey, mentioning Star Trek and Indiana Jones is always a win for me).

I didn’t care for Suzy, but I liked Isobel. Maybe I’m slow, but I didn’t figure out the twists. Cèsar is a bit of a horndog and always thinking of sexual things when it comes to women, but I found it amusing, and he’s a good guy, so it wasn’t creepy or annoying, in my view at least. He did walk into some dumb situations, but you know, that’s pretty common for Urban Fantasy characters. I thought he was sexy.

I think this was a solid first book in a series and I am definitely interested in continuing the series!

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Buddy read with Supe-er Heroines Group in July.

Free on Amazon 7/18/2015

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Review also at:

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My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland

5 stars!

It’s Zombiefest July with my freaky girls in the MacHalo group!

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Angel Crawford is a loser and not the sharpest crayon in the box. She lives in a dump with her white trash dad. There’s a layer of beer cans on their driveway dating back years. No one does the dishes until there aren’t any clean ones left. Angel drinks and does drugs and has an on/off boyfriend who lives in a trailer and runs a garage out of an old shed outside. She can hold a job down for about 3 months. But one day, she wakes up in a hospital and has no idea how she got there. And on top of that, someone just hands her a decent job at the morgue! Then people start getting killed in weird ways, and she’s got these bizarre cravings

Screw it, I’m giving this one all the stars! It feels like it’s been awhile that I had such fun reading a book. Who knew that becoming a zombie could transform a white trash girl into something better. This book has an interesting take on zombies and there is some cool world-building. I’ve never seen zombies portrayed this way before. The writing style kept me engaged from beginning to end and I am definitely interested in finding out what happens to Angelkins next.

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Review also found at: Goodreads

“Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1)” by Grace Draven

Maybe more like 3.5 stars, but I’ll round up for the reasons below.

This is an unfolding love story in a fantasy setting. Bristen is a member of the royal Kai family and heir to the throne, but far enough down the chain that he will never be king. Ildiko is the young noblewoman he is arranged to marry, whose only worth is being married off in a political alliance.

They discover they actually like each other – as friends. This is sort of a vague Beauty and the Beast re-telling, only both people view the other as the beast. To Brishen, Ildiko’s human eyes look like separate disgusting entities, parasites, moving around in her head. To Ildiko, Brishen is the stuff nightmares are made of, with his gray skin, long claws, a mouth full of sharp teeth, and glowing eyes..

But they appreciate each others honesty, humor, and intelligence, so they form a friendship and try to make the best of their marriage. Of course, since this is a romance, stuff happens, and things change.

I enjoyed the world-building in this. The Kai people were interesting to read about. I really appreciated the fact that there was no “virgin trope,” which most romances seem to have. Also, the two leads were friends first, and their platonic relationship was believable. Neither character was annoying or did stupid things. Again, that is always refreshing.

If you are looking for a more relaxed (slow-paced) intelligent fantasy romance with a slowly evolving relationship, this is for you. There is a dash of magic, although it was a bit under-developed, in my view. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but nothing major. I am definitely interested in seeing what happens next in this world.

Review also found at: Goodreads

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Buddy read with my MacHalo freakazoids.

I don’t do fantasy romance very often, but this one looks like my kind of thing.

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