#BookReview: The Last Silver Bullet by Gami 4/5 Stars

Fun Fact: The Last Silver Bullet was edited by my editing company, Sanctuary Edits.

The Last Silver Bullet is an interesting read. Tells a quick history of Earth through a different perspective and how the present is in danger from unseen forces. From a purely entertaining view, it is interesting and would make a good sci-fi film. From another perspective, it is a tale of tragedy and a hopeful wake up call for humans. Personally, I’m more on the entertaining side of things, but can see the warnings without it being preached down your throat.

#BookReview: Paranormal University by Jace Mitchell and Michael Anderle 3/5 Stars

Book 4. Last one! Was going to take a bit of a break from the series but, someone hit a pole somewhere and the town’s out of internet. Might as well keep going.

Ok so Andrew was crazy before he got the powers, why am I not surprised? Cool character development plot: he went crazy after getting the powers. It like messed with his head and he started seeing this woman that doesn’t exist…but nope, he was cookoo beforehand.

Y’all done brought Gojira into this! Still no Cthulu!

Hades didn’t go up against Claire. He sent the 5 and stood in a corner to get shot.

Why does the school need protecting is this is what they have been training for? Ladies and gentlemen D-Day has arrived. Those students are now soldiers. Gear up and ship them out.

Absolutely none of the dean’s little speech, after Claire asks why Frank doesn’t come to her, has any relevance. The world being black and white or areas filled with grey does not explain why Frank can’t come to her. How hard is it to say “FBI won’t let him” or “safer to move you than him” anything would make more sense than the world isn’t black and white anymore.

Really? No one thought taking over the white house was too big of a job for a college student?

Here’s a thought that always works: issue a statement “bring me the girl or I release the god of war into the world.” She’ll be there within a day.

Sam’s not even there, she is a non issue. No one cares about Sam.

Falkor has a tail…it can be used to swipe away his footprints…just saying.

Hades carries a pitchfork not a spear.

Done. I’m not sure if I was lazy with this one, or just didn’t feel like I needed to rehash as many things, because I feel like this one is a lot shorter than the rest. 

Overall series comment, I think my biggest issue is it promises a school type setting, but not much is spent in or around the school. All but one class is glossed over, and even that one is not much more than a teacher picking on the students. We’re told the MC and her friends are the best, but there is no rivalry between the others or seeing anything of them at all. They may as well not exist. It was good, but again could have been so much better if a third of the potholes were fixed. If everything was fleshed out more it could have been epic. In general, it was somewhat entertaining, but not enough that I would recommend the series.

#BookReview: Paranormal University Third Semester by Jace Mitchell and Michael Anderle 3/5 Stars

Deep breath in…out here we go for book 3.

Frank didn’t talk to anyone at the start of the last book either. Why the big worry? I’d think Claire would be the one to worry about, witch or not, she killed a human. That should add some depth to her psyche. Added note after finishing: No change at all. 😡

Going to be pissed if Richard isn’t a turncoat. Foundation was laid that he was an undercover FBI agent who joined the dark side. I figured it would be pretty cool if he was Lance, it would have helped him so much in terms of character, but it didn’t turn out that way. Here’s hoping he is still some unknown government lackey to spice things up a bit.

The world is supposedly in immediate peril, but they have time to take vacations? I didn’t question it in the last book because Frank isn’t supposed to be at the school, but now I am. The students don’t seem to learn much outside of facing a threat that occurs too soon for them to have a lot of information on, but somehow pull a lot out of their asses. The FBI try to make it seem like it is a constant, urgent matter where vacation isn’t possible; so why are they taking a two week break? Ruins the sense of urgency.

Wouldn’t it be important to reach your people at all times in this possible war? Again this goes with the sense of urgency and impending war. Let’s say they wanted to give the kids a break, which they did, but unless the cult got the same memo, they aren’t going to take a break. Everything is business as usual and the FBI already knew what the next case would be or else Remington and Lance wouldn’t be in BFE Nebraska. If something happened and they needed to band together, all members of the team should have been given a smartphone to keep in touch. This way they could have been briefed on things quickly and given more time to prepare before getting to the school and having things thrown at them. Again nitpicking…sorry, but not really.

In a single month Marissa has managed to build up enough stamina to contain a more skilled witch ? Sorry, I call BS. That’s the problem with having a magical draining system. It takes time to build up the stamina and ability to hold off the enemy, unless she’s using dark side shortcuts which will eventually turn her evil…promising future or another let down? Remind me why I continued with this series…

Better to have one then none, but if training a whole school to fight the battles, better to have many than one. At least give it some type of schooling instead of just the three.

Dr. Byron all of a sudden believes the Veil activity in Nebraska could be a hoax. I don’t know what to say. Out of everything in the first two books, this naysayer attitude comes too late and from someone it shouldn’t.

Just because the FBI hasn’t shown up yet and videos have been used as proof of Veil activity in the past, the world logic would say this is something that needs to be addressed. I kind of feel like this is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Where Harry is being isolated and almost pushed aside. The teacher suddenly doesn’t believe and wants to wash it under the bridge, making Claire think it should be ignored as well. Even though she was worried about it until Byron said not to. Must be nice to be able to turn off the worry like that.

And great foreshadowing by having the class always study for what is immediately coming next, even though they have no clue what it is going to be. At least HP changed course when Lupin came in and Snape tried to warn them by changing the syllabus. Big eye roll and heavy sarcasm if you couldn’t tell.

How can you give up someone’s location if you don’t know their location or have a way of getting in contact with that person? Unnecessary or unwarranted conflict doesn’t make the story better or have more sense, just makes readers go “huh? That’s stupid.”

Something else just came to mind, if Tina was in a coma, how did the spells keep running? Yes she wasn’t dead, but at the same time there wouldn’t have been enough brain function to keep the spells afloat.

Lost a bit of my notes here…End of chapter 12 now.

Claire the whole series is based on the FBI using you! You signed up for it!

Would like more information on The 5. Especially Bill. He offers no value except to ask stupid questions.

How can Frank claim something is true, if before he started he said it’s what he heard and doesn’t know if it’s true or not?

Zeus does realize that all those weather changes affect the air as well right? Meaning it’s going to be killing his subjects as well and will lose the bet faster than Poseidon. No? Ok.

Did the trio eat alone before Claire left? Maybe. Maybe not. Don’t really know because it’s like the rest of the class doesn’t exist…maybe they are all Mythers…

Still no proof that Claire is better than anyone else. Just being told that she is.  She hasn’t really done anything too impressive either. Everything she and the group have done is something everyone else could do with the right training…the training they are all getting at the school.

If all it takes is one student dropping out to bring the whole school down, you got issues.

Yes Lance, kill the only teacher that gets any facetime. Sarcasm oozing out again.

Honestly I feel they were more prepared for the vampires than the ghosts but that’s just me.

Said you don’t know who the cult leaders are. Implied you didn’t know for sure if they’re human. Samantha’s Uncle is one… all of a sudden, out of nowhere you have someone related to the cult leaders. Why isn’t she the MC?

Sam is only an emotional play if her Uncle likes/loves her. Sounds like they weren’t close to begin with and then he disappeared when she was younger. So really she isn’t even mediocre leverage at all.

What the hell did Jack think the Seals would do? Tickle the bad guys?

Random thought: how or why do night vision or thermal imaging goggles not pick up the Mythers? At the very least they seem the most adaptable piece of equipment that would allow adults to see them.

Why is it still necessary to hold the book? Her character should have had it memorized by now. She should be learning to make her own spells. Unless you’re trying to say the power comes from the book, in which case make multiple copies and get to teaching everybody! But that would also ruin the climax from book two as those witches didn’t need to hold the book to cast spells.

If told to fall back, those at the top of the stairs would have backed up out of the way. Not pushed forward blocking their men’s exit, leading to their death.

Hades knows how night vision goggles work? Really? That doesn’t seem likely.

Apparently being in the 18-23 age bracket gives you the ability to see things at superspeed!

Lance and Remington are either dead, brain dead or severely concussed. Either way, out of the game for a good long while. Added note: how the hell are they still alive, let alone in stable enough condition to leave the hospital? Plothole Magic! *unimpressed eye roll*

Jack complaining about the FBI agents is stupid. He decided to go on the mission. He saw how they were thrown into a wall by a god and should be dead. So he shouldn’t be blaming anything on Remington or Lance.

Oh, look, they’re going to get weapons even though they were told they had no weapons or time to build them…where have I seen that before?

Why in the hell would the first type of Mythers that they wanted to weaponize against be Greek Gods, when everything else coming through the Veil was minor in comparison? Why specifically Greek gods? That makes NO SENSE!!! But explains why they “rush” to produce other weapons because they are sooo deep in god-mode nothing else matters.

How and when did they get a piece of Hades’ helmet or Cerebus’ dog collar to study and replicate in the form of a baseball cap?!?

Dean Pritchem, you did go there to run a Paramilitary operation training center. That was the whole basis for the school!

How is Lance talking if his jaw is wired shut? Somebody skipped that episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

If the witch has the place hexed up so Marissa can’t work any spells, why does she need to be gagged?

If they’re fighting in a basement (side note anyone who has seen Inglorious Bastards would know, you don’t do) why or how are there glass windows?

They got the powers from the witches or the gods? Little ambiguous there.

Please send help, the series is getting worse before it is getting any better.

2019 GoodReads Challenge Completed 86/80 Pt. 2

  1. Claiming His Lover by Walker Frost 2/5 Stars
  2. Alpha’s Legacy by Walker Frost 1/5 Stars
  3. Saving the Rebel by Walker Frost 2/5 Stars
  4. Bearly Making It by Van Cole 1/5 Stars
  5. State of Grace by Elizabeth Davies 4/5 Stars
  6. Zodiac Academy: Origins of an Academy Bully by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti 5/5 Stars
  7. The Immortal Mark by Amy Sparling 4/5 Stars
  8. Mr. Pretend by Octavia Zane 5/5 Stars
  9. Finding Santa by Courtney Wendleton 5/5 Stars
  10. Love and Drugs by Courtney Wendleton 5/5 Stars
  11. The Wolf Within Me by Cheree Alsop 5/5 Stars
  12. Octopus by Matt Shaw 4/5 Stars Weirdest thing I have ever read.
  13. Water Dragon’s Baby by Scarlett Grove 4/5 Stars
  14. Made of Steel by Ivy Smoak 4/5 Stars
  15. Aliens and Their Omega by Tabitha Austin 3/5 Stars
  16. The Alpha Heist by Kate Rudolph 3/5 Stars
  17. The Alpha’s Mate by Jacklyn Black 1/5 Stars
  18. Alpha’s Heir by A.j. Tipton 4/5 Stars

2019 GoodReads Challenge Completed 86/80 Pt. 1

  1. Blade of the Immortal Series Vol. 1-17 by Hiroaki Samura 3-5/5 Stars
  2. Systematic by Andrea Ring 4/5 Stars Very Interesting.
  3. Naughty Boss by Whitney G. 2/5 Stars
  4. Crave to Conquer by Zoey Ellis 3/5 Stars
  5. Blaze by Avery Ford 3/5 Stars
  6. Heat of an Omega by Kaia Pierce 3/5 Stars
  7. Our Secret Wedding by H.J. Perry 3/5 Stars SO promising but fell short.
  8. Best of Both Worlds by N.R. Walker 2/5 Stars
  9. Perfectly Bad Pierce by Alice May Ball 1/5 Stars
  10. Jackass! Vol. 1 by Scarlet Beriko 4/5 Stars
  11. We Became the Wives of Beasts Today Vol. 1 by Hazuki Natsu 4/5 Stars
  12. Werewolves of the Mountain by Abigail Raines 1/5 Stars
  13. Angel’s Pain by Maggie Shayne 2/5 Stars
  14. Dark Dreams by Dany and Dany 5/5 Stars Stunning artwork.
  15. Shogun by James Clavell 3/5 Stars Dry!
  16. Origins by Nicholas Bella 4/5 Stars
  17. The Mating Chase by Bonnie Vanak 4/5 Stars
  18. A Ninja in Time by Courtney Wendleton 5/5 Stars
  19. Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy 3/5 Stars
  20. To the Sky Kingdom by 唐七公子, Tang Qi, Poppy Toland (Translator) 5/5 Stars
  21. Kiss Me You Animal by Dakota Rebel 3/5 Stars
  22. My Bad Biker Boy by Gayle Keo, Ann Alperstein 3/5 Stars
  23. Game Changer by Walker Frost 1/5 Stars
  24. Unknown Entity by Aria Grace 4/5 Stars
  25. His Big Secret by Xander Collins 3/5 Stars
  26. Play Hard by J.T. Fox 3/5 Stars
  27. Following Chance by Kiska Gray 4/5 Stars
  28. Bear Season by Kaleidoscope MM 3/5 Stars
  29. Paper Heart by Fuyuki 4/5 Stars Loved!
  30. Angel’s Fall by Liv Rider 4/5 Stars
  31. Wed to the Omega by Ashe Moon 3/5 Stars
  32. The Dragon Boss by Van Cole 1/5 Stars
  33. Animus by Ophelia Bell 3/5 Stars
  34. Unleashing the Dragon by Van Cole 1/5 Stars
  35. Omega in the Wild by Liam King 1/5 Stars
  36. Shooting Stars by Austin Bates 1/5 Stars
  37. Hunting the Renegade Omega by M.D. Pentacles 1/5 Stars
  38. Charles Manson- Helter Skelter and Beyond by Biographiq 2 A very Generous 2.
  39. The Wish Doll by Austin Grisham 1/5 Stars
  40. Birth of a Dragon by Van Cole 1/5 Stars
  41. The Beast’s Bride by Jane Castel 3/5 Stars
  42. Merciless by Willow Winters 3/5 Stars
  43. Not His Dragon by Annie Nicholas 4/5 Stars
  44. It by Stephen King 4/5 Stars
  45. Strays by Cheree Alsop 4/5 Stars
  46. Rivals to Lovers by Van Cole 3/5 Stars
  47. Werewolf Finding Love by Van Cole 3/5 Stars
  48. Dragon’s Heat by Walker Frost 1/5 Stars
  49. The Dragon’s Little Secret by Van Cole 3/5 Stars
  50. Falling for the Alpha by Van Cole 4/5 Stars

#BookReview: Paranormal University Second Semester by Jace Mitchell and Michael Anderle 3/5 Stars

Book 2 starting off with a WTH moment. Vampires being willed into existence, even with the issues I brought up, I can get behind. But ghosts? Really? When humans die do they go across the veil as ghosts? Would make a little more sense…I may take my statement back.

“Most likely to meet creatures that have been believed in throughout history.” That’s kind of a DUH statement as we learned in book 1, that all creatures beyond the veil were willed into existence by people simply believing in them.

Ok new class tries to answer questions and pin down some of how the Mythers were created and brings up my issue that different iterations of the creatures exist. Which means different ways to get rid of the same type. How do you differentiate between the types and know specifically which type is which? Like with the first book, Dracula wasted the main baddie. Different ways to kill him, but ultimately fire was the only thing that worked. But other mythos involving Dracula are successful using a stake. Using trial and error methods could get them killed and is a bit sloppy. Still think the mythos could be tightened up.

WWII is not shit. I can understand history may not be the character’s thing, but WWII is not shit.

Other kids got to get battle tested somehow. I mean it’s not like the three MC’s were really eased into the situation now were they? Besides, I’m still not sold on ghosts being the big bad villain.

How do we know salt is effective against them? Can’t pull Supernatural rules without the proof. Now I want Dean to bust out the salt shotgun.

So chicken or egg? Which came first, ghosts of dead people or ghosts from beyond the Veil? Are real ghosts what created the ones from beyond the veil? If so that breaks the theory of being willed into existence, but if the opposite were true then what happened to trigger a worldwide spread of ghosts to be believed in? How did they cross the Veil? More questions than answers.

How do we know for a fact that dark covens are typically the ones pulling the Mythers over? Minus the vampires, everything else pulled over were harmless (Leprechauns, a Unicorn, a bat type thing…not much else mentioned). Little kids are more likely to pull this stuff over than a dark coven.

And here’s Annabelle. Did the Author(s?) just throw darts at a board full of horror movies to make the series? A lot to make the second book at least.

Please tell me they didn’t just bring Chucky into this and tried to pass him off as Annabelle…oh wait, they did. 😡

Now Men in Black 2 is involved with the line “let’s make it happen, cap’n.”

Ghostbusters. 1 word, not 2. Was used a couple of times earlier just fine. Typo or someone trying to avoid copyright?

Again continuity error. How do they know something for a fact if this has only been happening for a short time and had no chance to study specimens? Teachers presenting stuff as 100% fact, blows the timeline out of the water. Meaning the government has had more time to deal with the creatures coming over and should be better prepared for combat than the book wants us to believe. I’m talking advanced weaponry already in place and goggles designed to allow trained agents to see them and not have to rely on 18-23 year olds that only 1/3 of the way understand what’s going on.

Is that Charmed I smell? Most spell books are called spell books or a grimoire. Original Charmed is the first and only time I have heard Book of Shadows. I could be wrong, but don’t think so.

Ghost training was funny.

How tall is Frank? How short is Claire? The nudging him in the side thing is not possible unless relatively the same height, but he’s supposed to be super short so…visually it doesn’t work out physically.

I like the Griffin. He asks the same questions I do. And like me, Griffon doesn’t get any answers, nor does he provide any.

You ever climb 5 stories? That is 10 flights of stairs. May not be much of a hike for healthy tall people, but a short legged alcoholic Leprechaun is going to have some issues.

Who called it with the shotguns and rock salt? Me! Problem now is (and has been) do these kids know how to shoot? Crossbows and stake/dart guns are different from rifles. But my money is on them being crack shots without any training in firearms at all.

Love the knives.

Jack has brains! Sometimes. I thought helicopter, he thought copters and shoot at the ghosts and witches. How about using a copter to get to the roof and jump down a rope or something? Land on the roof without going through the ghost infested building like the Wet Bandits from Home Alone. Note after finishing: that scene was lackluster, so much more could have been done with it.

Ok book 2 done. Overall still has issues I can’t overlook. Little more funny this round, but all the characters seem the same except for Marissa and Lance. Those two seem to be twins. Plot holes keep getting bigger and I read the author’s note where he wants anything to be possible in this world, but suspended believe can only go so far.

#BookReview: Samurai: Heaven and Earth Vol 1 by Ron Marz, Luke Ross, Jason Keith (Artist) 4/5 Stars

The artwork is amazing for a comic book. I think some of the close ups lost the distinct characteristics sometimes, but nothing too bad. I didn’t like the loophole where the main character could pick up any language he came across.

#BookReview: Paranormal University: First Semester by Jace Mitchell and Michael Anderle 3/5 Stars

I kinda want to get nitpicky but I kinda don’t. Like when Zeus was mentioned in the beginning and asked if he was from another mythological era. Technically yes, but the better question would have been: isn’t he from a different mythos? The answer would still be yes, but give the precise answer the main character was looking for: Leprechauns are Irish and Zeus is Greek.

And way to gloss over 6 weeks of beginning a friendship. One second she was hunting down a guy who stole her purse, next a month and a half has gone by, a magical invasion has started and she’s having beer with the leprechaun…missed opportunities…just saying.

Timeline plot hole: cab driver says the invasion has been happening for a couple of years. Earlier it was implied that the invasion had only been happening for roughly 6 or 7 weeks.

Tangents. For a teacher that hates wasting time,  he sure loves tangents. And the class “The Veil and Invasion Theory,” will not explain the magical creatures. Just how they got to Earth.
Ok I’m getting nitpicky.

Another plot hole: teacher says there have only been two records of the Veil tearing. Earlier it was said on the news it was happening all over…more than twice and obviously more than 2 were documented.

Children are more likely to see the mythological creatures. I’m sorry, I just can’t get past that part. They are far more likely to believe in the impossible, than an 18-23 year old because of their wild imaginations. Do college students go on and on about the monster in their closet or the tooth fairy giving them money? No. By that age kids lose their imagination and are far more likely to come up with more logical answers as to why a short man appears to have green skin other than he is a leprechaun. Young kids will believe that on site, older ones will take more convincing.

These are turning into more of running commentary than a review. And I know I tend to overthink everything, but come on. A lot that I over think is something that helps the story along.

By chapter 10, I have a couple of questions. What have any of these mythological creatures done for the government to fear it is a war? So far the creatures that have been mentioned are harmless, or portrayed as such. There are myths out their about the veil that separates our world/realm/reality (whatever you want to call it) from others, but it seems like this world doesn’t have those; as they are currently studying and learning new things about it. How does that effect the rest of the creatures? How do they know that the mythos’ are true? They could be completely different from what the humans were taught, but then teaching those who are supposed to fight them, the human rules is setting them up to fail. Has the government caught a bunch of creatures for testing? If so how? I don’t think the FBI have a bunch of college students working for them. Or do they just rely on the footage taken by teenagers and somehow know they weren’t faked? What was the inciting incident that made the world believe the videos weren’t hoaxes? Things just aren’t making sense. When a majority of the population can’t see any of the creatures without digital (fallible) proof, how was it not just written off as those who can see (which we’re led to believe is a VERY small portion of people) are crazy?

In chapter 10, it is now implied that the world has been willed into existence by humans just believing in them. Brings me back to why people believe in easily faked proof that the creatures are real if most of the world no longer believes in their existence? How did the multitude of gods not die when they stopped being worshipped? I’m having flashbacks to Cool World and I’m not sure if I like it. (If you haven’t seen the movie, go watch it.)

The above brings more questions. If they were willed into existence, how do they know which mythos goes to which specific creature? The book brings up vampires and Dracula. Most vamps can be killed with just a stake to the heart. However there are vamps that need to be staked, and beheaded. Others need to be burned to ash and have the ashes spread around the world so they can’t regenerate. Some don’t burn in the sun, some need silver stakes instead of wooden ones. In a battle, like the kind they want us to believe is coming, you’re going to need to know which vamp is which so you don’t die in the process trying to kill them. I think they need to choose one iteration and stick with that, but then that would disprove the other reality being willed into existence and we’re back to how did this happen again.

Ok, you want the original Dracula…Vlad the Impaler was an actual person. Therefore can’t be willed into existence and can’t be summoned from an imaginary world…unless he went there when he died and became an actual vampire. Yep…I have issues.

Continuity error: school is in Boston. One of the agents complains about how cold it is in Boston. The other agent is asked if he is hot in just a suit. What season are we working with here?

Btw, how is the mc a leader? She hasn’t done anything to prove she’s anything but a student, as all training is glossed over. Not shown how Teams is loyal either. Would be nice to actually see these traits in action instead of teachers talking out of their asses.

Direct quote: “They’re going to die for her, if necessary.” That is the boldest and most unsubstantiated statement I think I have read in my life. She couldn’t even keep a steady friend for more than a page. She went to the amusement park with her best friend, six weeks later her best friend is a leprechaun. Only person who might die for her is her mom, she’s the only one that has shown any concern at all for the main character. And even that only lasted a couple of paragraphs as we don’t see the parents again, except for a quick mention of having talked to them a few times in the month she had been away.

If it’s not the cross, but the faith behind it…the holy water shouldn’t have worked. Added note after finishing: This is mentioned by Dracula at one point…reiterating why it shouldn’t have worked in the first place.

The farther I go, the more I just face palm and wonder why I keep going.

Dracula is not Endgame…please be Cthulu! Please! Cthulu is like the only creature that could save the story. Added note after finishing: As there are three more books, I’m still hoping for Cthulu!

Funny part: mc was told she’d be fighting with weapons that even the military doesn’t have and all she gets is stakes, garlic, and holy water. She’s right, most military can’t see what she’s fighting and has no use for those weapons, so of course they don’t have them! Mc doesn’t get it though. Added note after finishing: Yes she finally got what she was wanting, but I have issues that you’ll see farther down.

Anyone ever hear of wooden bullets? No? They may not kill (sometimes can) but could at least be helpful to slow them down…just me? Ok.

What the hell is an Asclepius staff and why haven’t we heard of them before? Teacher says like it like it happens on a regular basis. Added note after finishing: Still no clue as it was never mentioned again.

Playing by the set rules of the book, the witching hour should be midnight. It has been believed to be the hour of witches and demons far longer by the majority of the population than 3 o’clock. It wasn’t until I was a freshman that I learned the true witching hour was three, because that is the time a normal person with a normal sleep schedule is closest to death. There was also something with Jesus being crucified at 3 PM and the 3 AM was supposed to be making a mockery of that as its direct opposite, but I’m not too sure if I remember that part right.

Yes, let’s announce our plan in front of the vampires. Best idea ever! Heavy on the sarcasm…

All he has seen of the world is the room he had been summoned to. How does he know he couldn’t get around by himself? If he is the Dracula they are looking for, he could find anybody on the planet to do his bidding. Read their minds to understand everything and be done with them.

When Remington got a glass of beer for Lance and said the kids were too young, would have been funnier if Jack had tried for a glass or asked for one. Kind of just blah him and snobbish him handing the glass and then saying sorry.

If Frank is as short as he is to be believed, when Claire nudges him with her elbow she either misses or hits him in the head. Neither work well for the other. Added bonus: Drinking on the job is a no-no, as by-the-book as the FBI boys are, they wouldn’t drink on the job.

Lance is getting on my nerves. He says other things, but 95% or more (and I lean heavily toward the more) is “Told you.”

Fireball is cool. If metal stakes work, why not ditch the wooden ones?

Arm is almost healed? Humans have super healing now?

1. The weapons are most likely prototypes given the short amount of time they were produced in, so shouldn’t be many and prone to breaking/failing. 2. Because they are prototypes and likely to fail at some point, conservation should be key. Using all of the head lights at once would be a drain on the batteries and cause problems later. Plus too much light in a small space is going to hurt them while trying to see in darker areas. Like too much light overstimulated the eyes making it harder to see, pros and cons for both the humans and vampires…

Again prototypes, limited supply, bring in the question are these the type of vamps that the stake needs to stay in to remain dead or can the stake be removed and the vamp stay down? This is a major plot point and problems with using an open all=source type of mythos.

Hannah is going to seriously question how a vampire with telepathy can know five vampires were dead? Really? She was one who knew all about them and brought them over. I’m having issues!

If the nova is a super bright light, as written, one should be enough to hold back vamps in the small space of subway tunnels…no need to waste all four at once.

Overall, funny and interesting (even if my nitpicking made it seem worse than it is), but a lot of plot holes. There is a lot of tweaking that could be done to make it better…or I’m just a crazy person who over thinks things.

#BookReview: Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan

Tattered Loyalties 3/5 Stars

I thought it was good, but it had some issues that got worse as the story went on.

My first issue had to do the the character type of submissive. At first it feels like a female version of the omegas, their touch can soothe upset pack members. Usually (out of those I have read) this trait pertains only to their fated mate. If and when it occurs with the whole pack, there isn’t any jealousy from the mate as the submissive is doing their duty to help the pack. But here I feel the female MC is coming across more sluttish than helpful, not that she goes and screws around on her mate, but she does make comments that insinuate she is just there for her mate to screw and make him feel better. Aside from one instance in the whole book, we never see her interact in that submissive way. Others are hurting and could use her healing touch, but she doesn’t aid them.

The second issue was that it seemed the author couldn’t make up their mind about whether or not Fated Mates is a thing. First it is stated that there is only one wolf out there, then decided that they can mate with anyone, back to only one mate and then bring magic into the mix. Mates can be forced through the use of magic and a law (that must be some type of spell on its own though is never explained as such. just a law written for packs.), though this bond is somehow different than the others. How can they have fated mates if they can take anyone they wish?

It was kind of nice to see how they fought the bond because each could recognize how they aren’t right for each other, but at the same time it didn’t make sense that they could fight the mate bond as hard as they did. If you can call it fighting because aside from sex, they didn’t interact much with one another. They just complained to themselves about their lack of communication.

It wrapped up nicely, with them coming together to rescue a child and begin a possible war, but I don’t find myself itching to read the rest of the series.