Remember Me (Omnibus) Review

  • Title: Remember Me: Remember Me; The Return; The Last Story
  • Author: Christopher Pike
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date: July 6, 2010
  • Edition: 2010 Omnibus Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 789
  • Special Features: Preview of Thirst No.1
  • Price: $12.99 CAN ($9.99 US)
  • Genre: Ficiton, supernatural
  • ISBN: 978-1-4424-0596-7

Remember Me Omnibus edition is the combination of all three books; Remember Me (1989), The Return (1994), and The Last Story (1995). Out of the three, Remember Me was by far my favorite story. What makes it different from other books that I have read, is that the protagonist is a ghost. Shari was a vibrant eighteen year old until tragedy struck at a friends birthday party (not a spoiler, it’s written as the books blurb). You get to follow her on her journey as a ghost, and how right away she doesn’t believe she’s a ghost until reality strikes, and shows her something she can’t refuse.

Remember Me was packed with excitement, and drama, where has, The Return was somewhere in the middle. It was still a fun read, but somewhere near the middle, and towards the end, the book got a little too preachy for my tastes. The Return was still a nice concept for a story, and again, some thing that I haven’t read before, so it was interesting in the sense that it was something new.

The Last Story was my least favorite of the three books. Where The Return didn’t bring up faith, and God until the middle/end, a good chunk of The Last Story was heavy on that. But not too heavy in a way that it is unreadable for someone like me who isn’t religious, or has no interest in reading that sort of material. Again though, Christopher Pike did it in a way that it was interesting to read, because he put a creative, and unique spin on it. Without giving away spoilers, I very much enjoyed the troll story that was told in the book, as well as the protagonists choice in occupation. Very interesting, and makes me think about if anyone in the world thinks the same way.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars. Still give it a 5, because even though I didn’t care for the preachiness of the second and third book, it was still done in a way that was interesting, and a new take.

Would I recommend: Yes. Even though I am moving out of the Teen books, (or trying, I keep finding unread ones on my bookcases. Impulsive book shopping is/can be a bad thing) this one still held my interst, and I didn’t want to put the book done. It is definitely a new take on religion (though it’s not an over large part), and definitely a book that is not like anything other.

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Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark Novel) Review

  • Title: Burning Dawn
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publusher: Harlequin Books SA
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2014
  • Edition: 2014 Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 445
  • Special Features: None
  • Price: $9.99 CAN ($7.99 US)
  • Genre: Fiction, Paranormal-Romance 
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-77844-7

A much better improvement both story wise, and closer to Gena’s older writing style, than the last installment in this series, and her latest adult entries. Although it is still far from her old ways, which is a bit of a shame. Fingers crossed for the future books to come.

The one thing that really made this book for me was the relationship between Thane, Bjorn, and Xerxes. I was so excited to hear more about their friendship and I wasn’t disappointed. Sure I would have liked to see more, but who doesn’t want more of what they love, right?

I also loved that right before the end hit, the main heroine of the story was funny, charismatic, and I was happy that she wasn’t a Mary Sue character, enough though she was given the background to be one. However, near the end she did become a Mary Sue. For someone who is next to such powerful being, both good and bad, I don’t believe she should have been the one to take part in what she did. Help yes, conquer on her own? No. I’m all for female empowerment, but you can’t have someone (male or female) come into a story with no skills (fighting or survival etc.) and have them beat people who have the skills to do so.

While I really liked Thane, I so hoping for him to be a little darker, and broodier, because of his past. While there were hints here and there, it was never anything major. He was still entertaining though, and I hope in future books, and stories, we can to see more of him. Especially with Bjorn and Xerxes.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes, it was entertaining, fun, and a book I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) put down.
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Visions (A Cainsville Novel) Review

  • Title: Visions: The Cainsville Series
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; division of Random House
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2015
  • Edition: Trade Paperback 2015
  • Pages: 464
  • Special Features: Sneak peak of ‘Deceptions.’
  • Price: $17.95 CAN
  • Genre: Fiction, Fantasy/Thriller
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-36056-4

I loved this book, but then again I love everything Kelley Armstrong puts out. She in my opinion can do no wrong. Visions always kept it interesting, and you never knew what was going to be around the next corner (or page). It is definitely one of those books where you will not want to put it down.

Olivia is still working to free her parents, and clear their name, but along the way she still finds ways to get herself into trouble, and dangerous situations. Not only that, but a love interest. But is it for real though, or is it just for fun, and something new to play with until the real thing comes along? I know who I want her to end up with, and it is killing me seeing what they have together, but still seeing them too far apart emotional for them to actually be together. Maybe the next book will relieve some of the tension.

There is never a dull moment in this book, and at every turn you will play detective with Olivia to see if you can catch on to the clues, and solve the mystery like she does. I know there was one mystery that I solved, and it was huge! But how long can Olivia keep the secret for?

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes. If you are into thriller, mystery, and fantasy, you will really enjoy this book.

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Batman Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (15th Anniversary Edition)

  • Title: Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
  • Author: Grant Mottison and Dave McKean
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2o05 (Originally 1989)
  • Edition: Trade Paperback, 15th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 215
  • Special Features: Full script and notes by Grant Morrison, thumbnail layouts by Grant Morrison, and “Changing the Face of Comics.”
  • Price: $23.99 (CAN) $17.99 (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-0425-9

While I did enjoy this comic, it wasn’t one the the best, I’ve read. It was still enjoyable, and interesting, but at moments I would get confused because of the time jumps that happened. I would have to go back and re-read the last page or two to get myself back on track. But once I was on the right page (and right time period) it was okay.

I liked the story in and of itself. The idea was really interesting, especially the interaction between Joker and Batman, and Joker  and the Arkham inmates. It was interesting to see Two Face’s new system of decision making, brought on by the psychiatrists.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: Sure. While it was good, and it adds to Batman, and to the Joker, I don’t think it’s necessary to read. However I do think it helps understand the Joker, and his twistedness a little bit more. 

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Batman: Joker’s Asylum Vol.2 Review

  • Title: Batman Joker’s Asylum Vol 2
  • Author: Various
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2011
  • Edition: 2011 Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • Special Features: None.
  • Price: $16.99 (CAN) $14.99 (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-2980-1

I really liked, and enjoyed this one. It has multiple stories in one, and they’re all told from the Joker, so who knows how accurate some of them are.

The story that grabbed by attention the most was Riddler’s story, “The House the Cards Built.” Why, because the story itself is a riddle you have to solve. Who is the man who came to the door? Did, and can you figure it out?

But it wasn’t just Riddler’s story that stayed with me when I finished, but also the characters. I finished reading wanting to know more about The Mad Hatter, and Killer Croc. Especially Killer Croc, because he seems like he has more there then just his violent, and grotesque looks. At least this comic gave me more then the Suicide Squad movie did. Clayface seems kind of cool, and has definitely been put on my radar to maybe look out for in more comics, but out of the bunch to pick from, he was the least interesting.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: Yes. Really fun, and a short quick read.

Stories within Batman Joker’s Asylum Vol 2(in order):

  1. The Mad Hatter in ‘Tea Time’
  2. Harely Quinn in ‘The Most Important Day of the Year’
  3. The Riddler in ‘The House the Cards Built’
  4. Killer Croc in, ‘Beauty and the Beast’
  5. Clayface in, ‘Mudnight Madness’

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The Joker, and Batman Vol.3 Death of the Family Review

  • Title: The Joker: Death Of The Family (the New 52), and Batman Vol. 3: Death Of The Family (the New 52)
  • Author: Scott Snyder, and Greg Capullo
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Dates: April 22, 2014, and May 13, 2014
  • Editions: 2014 Trade Paperback, and 2014 Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 456, and 176
  • Special Features: Covers for the varies titles, and Variant cover gallery.
  • Price: $28.99 CAD ($24.99 USD), and $19.99 CAD ($16.99 USD)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-4646-4 and 978-1-4012-4602-0

The Joker is back, and he’s worse than ever before.

Death of the Family is the best Joker storyline I have read so far. He’s sick, he’s twisted, he has an uncaning, and unbelievable ability of creating these psychotic plans, that it was mesmerizing to read. It’s comical to have someone who is so chaotic, and unhinged, come up with the most elaborate, and detailed plans. Even if they don’t always work out the way he wants.

I picked up Death of the Family as part of my quest to learn more about the DC comic book universe, to be more prepared for the long line of movies that are set to come out, first starting with Joker, Harley, and with a little bit of Batman mixed in there. While I was fully intrigued with what was happening with the Joker in this story arc, I left wanting to know more about Batgirl, and Catwoman.

Death of the Family is shocking, amusing, intense, creepy, and just overall amazingly brilliant. It was kind of refreshing to come out of the Suicide Squad movie, and it’s interpretation of the infamous crime duo Joker and Harley, and see the true relationship between the two, and not that lovey dovey sham the movie displayed.

But it was also really interesting to see The Joker interact with the Bat Family, even if it was in such a horrid way. Out of the many issues, the storyline with Batgirl is the one that most intrigued me, and made me want to explore more of her.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I recommend: Yes. If you love Joker, and his crazy ways, you will love this. It has a very strong horror, and creepy vibe to it, and even if you’re not a fan of comics, but creepy horror in general, you may still want to consider giving this a shot.
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Suicide Squad Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

  • Title: Suicide Squad
  • Director: David Ayer
  • Written by: David Ayer
  • Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Violia Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevgine, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Karen Fukuhara, Ike Barinholtz, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood.
  • Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Running Time: 123 minutes
  • Release Date: August 5, 2016

Suicide Squad was not the movie I thought it would be.

It wasn’t as bad as I original thought, because of the bad reviews circling it, but it also wasn’t as good as it should have been. Despite the bad reviews trying to bring down Suicide Squad, I went in with an open mind, and wanting to form my own opinions without letting others lead my thoughts.

There were more bad moments, then there were good, but there is a way to look past it all. And that is to simply forget that these characters are based on DC characters, and simply, by coincidence share the same names, and some traits as them.

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