Review: “The Legendary Saga” by L.H. Nicole

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A review by Domoni.

The Legendary Saga is an ongoing series by L. H. Nicole that brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table into the present time to finish their battle with Mordrid and Morgana.  I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read the first three books in this series.

Legendary: Book One

Aliana is 18 years old and traveling the world for her photography and following her father’s interest in Arthurian Legend. In the two years since her parents died and Aliana discovered she was adopted, she has not stayed in one place for long. But a recurring dream has her seeking out the entrance to Avalon, even if it is just a fairy tale.  When she actually finds her dream image in reality, she stumbles into her destiny. She is The Destined One. Prophecy says she will be the one to awaken King Arthur, reunite the Knights of the Round Table, and help them find Excalibur and their lost relics in order to finally defeat Mordrid and Morgana and save the Realms.

Aliana meets the Lady of the Lake who starts her on her journey and within seven hours she is on her way home with Arthur and Galahad and her guardian, Lord Draggerhorne, her dragon protector. In the parking lot, Lancelot and Percival are waiting for them and fill them in on the reincarnation of most of the knights. The group sets off to find the rest of the knights together in London.

This was an interesting book though there were many things that annoyed me. Aliana was a rather privileged girl, raised with money and a rather pampered lifestyle; her constant victim role bothered me. One moment she was acting like a strong woman, annoyed by the men constantly thinking she was incapable because she was a woman, to acting like a princess who is incapable of anything but being the desired one. From the moment she saved Galahad, a spark of connection has Aliana falling hard for the knight, though she doesn’t realize he is falling for her as well. Nor does she notice how much the golden king admires her. She spends the majority of the first book pouting that the only thing anyone cares about is her fulfilling the prophesy and that she has no other worth. And when the group finally meets up with Mordrid, of course he wants her to be his queen as well.

I enjoyed Aliana learning to use her magic and learning more about her personal demons. Her friendly banter and interaction with Dragg and the knights as well as her best friend Lacy had depth and kept the story moving along.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Claiming Excalibur: Book Two

Claiming Excalibur by L.H. Nicole

As Aliana and the knights recover from their battle with Mordrid and Morgana, Aliana has another dream. She sees a book her father owned that could point to the location of Excalibur. So Aliana, Dragg, Lacy and the eight knights fly to North Carolina to the home Aliana grew up in to find her father’s book and continue the Destined One’s quest. Aliana fills her other best friend, Dawn, in on the truth about the group of men and Dawn joins the quest to defeat Mordrid and Morgana. Locating the book has the knights traveling to the Isle of the Blessed to locate the sword. Not only do they find Excalibur, but they locate the ruined Camelot.

In this story Aliana and Galahad’s relationship is in full swing. Lacy and Percival are also coupling and it appears Dawn and Wade, the reincarnated Gawain, are also falling for each other. So there is more romance in this book. The addition of another childhood friend does not really serve the story well though. The three girls together are flighty and superficial 18 year olds. Aside from the flirting, Lacy and Dawn’s main roles seem to be to say, you can’t stop me from coming.

Aliana continues to deny that Arthur is interested in her but the tension between the king and his knight mounts. Each appearance of Queen Titania escalates that tension. It seems when she created the spell that saved Arthur, she had plans for the Destined One. We learn that Aliana is a descendant of Titania and so she is half Fae. There also seems to be some sort of magic affecting Galahad that makes him go crazy when Aliana is threatened.

The group locates the sword and returns to the mortal realm. A confrontation between Aliana, Arthur, and Galahad has Aliana running and she ends up captured by Mordrid. He had captured two people she cares for and so to secure their release, she agrees to stay with him and even agrees to a kiss. The kiss adds further confusion to Aliana’s troubled relationship status. Queen Titania appears and saves Aliana from Mordrid and Morgana and sends her on to continue her quest to fulfill the prophecy by finding the lost relics.

I actually liked this story less than the first. There was a lot more superficial content that was rather boring. I was hoping for more depth of characters in the second book but was left wanting.

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Relics of Camelot: Book Three

Relics of Camelot by L.H. Nicole

Aliana has been missing for two weeks. The knights finally discover that Queen Titania sent her to the past and to Camelot. So Aliana is in Camelot with her knights, but they do not know her. She has to search out the way to find the Holy Grail and how to get home. The knights, left behind, devise a plan to find Aliana and continue on their quest. They split up, some going to Avalon, some to the Isle of the Blessed. Since Merlin and Lancelot are still banished from those realms, they will seek out Olympus and any further information on the grail.

This story fills in depth to the characters by showing us their past. I enjoyed Morgana’s story especially. Learning more about who the knights were before the spell that froze them was interesting. I still wasn’t thrilled with Aliana’s inability to chose between the men who loved her. Though I do feel as though Aliana is growing as a character, she is still young and entitled with a tendency to play the victim.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Review of “The Bone Witch” by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

A review by Amanda.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tea (pronounced Tey-uh) is only twelve when she discovers something that will change her life forever – she is a bone witch, an asha, and she can raise the dead. Her beloved older brother, Fox, is killed fighting against the army of the False Prince, and Tea’s unexpected ability comes to light when she resurrects him in her grief. Luckily for Tea, a highly sought-after mentor senses her power and comes to take her to the asha-ka, a community built specifically for training asha. The process of becoming a full-fledged Dark asha is long and arduous, but necessary for one with her power. Tea will meet a variety of people, both friends and foes, and deal with prejudices; jealousies; catastrophes; and the uncertainty of blossoming romance, along with attacks from the Faceless Ones in the False Prince’s army.

The story begins in the present, with the reader meeting Tea through the eyes of a Bard. He has been drawn to her remote and dangerous location by his dreams, and stays to learn the truth behind her infamy. Most of the story is told from Tea’s perspective as she tells her tale to the Bard. It flashes back to the present, and the Bard’s point of view, in between chapters. This provides the reader with additional information regarding Tea’s journey and adds a layer of emotional depth as we keep reading to discover how and why she ends up where she is.

The Bone Witch is an enthralling tale, with a full cast of richly developed characters. Rin Chupeco does a wonderful job of including enough details to paint a gorgeous picture for the readers without getting bogged down with minutiae. The settings, fashion, and languages are predominantly influenced by a combination of Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. The characters are diverse, well-defined individuals with a balance of strengths and weaknesses. Tea is not a damsel in distress, and often saves the day, while making mistakes and misbehaving as any teenager might in similar circumstances. The physical descriptions of the characters are minimal in comparison to the way the author describes each hua, the traditional dress of the asha.

Tea is remarkably easy to relate to. She is petty, defiant, impatient, and overconfident at times, but she is also intelligent, compassionate, graceful, and impassioned. She has the capacity to save the world or destroy it, and no one knows which path she’ll take. Her supporting cast is full of people just as unique and imperfect as she is, and it is easy to love or hate them as Tea does. Tea succumbs to infatuation without it overwhelming her personality. Romance plays an important role in the plot, but is not the driving force. Readers will find themselves invested in the characters as individuals, not defined solely by their romantic relationships.

Fans of Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series, Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart series (although this book is decidedly more PG), and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy may enjoy this book.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR Review: “A Criminal Magic” by Lee Kelly

BOOK TOUR Review, "A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly

A review by Domoni.

Joan is desperate to take care of her family. Since the awful day her mother died, her main concern is caring for her young sister Ruby and making sure to keep a roof over the heads of her sister, cousin, and even the uncle she despises. Their family barely survives off the money they make selling her uncle’s shine. In Prohibition times, the bottled magic gives a high that can’t be beat. But that magic is illegal and since her uncle drinks as much as he makes, the money doesn’t come in as much as it is needed. Joan hid her own magic abilities from everyone in her life. Until the day that Gunn came offering her uncle an opportunity to turn their fortunes around.  When her uncle Jeb’s wasted form doesn’t impress the gangster, Joan steps up and confesses her abilities. Now she is caught up in a job that could save her family, or ruin her.

Alex despises magic and its allure. He used to help his father bottle shine before his father’s arrest. Then he hid his abilities and even began training to become a Prohibition agent. He claims to hate magic, but really he just hates the life he lost with his father’s arrest. When he is brought before some top Prohibition agents and unmasked as a sorcerer, he can either go undercover as a sorcerer to the mob, or face prosecution of his own. Maybe he can get back the life he wants, but trying to take down this gang could take all he has left.

This book takes place in an alternate reality. The time of Prohibition and gangs ruling the streets are alive and well, but magic is the center, not alcohol. The world the author created was a shadow to the story though. I found myself often forgetting the era that was supposed to be portrayed. It could literally be anytime or place. So if you are looking for a story that embraces the mob culture, this is not it.  That does not make this a bad story though. I did enjoy the tale.

Joan and Alex are well developed characters with personalities and conflicts that evolve and grow through the story. With their evolution, my enjoyment and opinions of the characters also changed. I found myself becoming more invested in Alex as time passed and more disappointed in Joan. The smaller characters were not as fleshed out and I do wish there was a bit more about them included in the story. In the end, the idea of the story itself held me more than the events taking place in the pages of this book.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR Review: "A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly

A Criminal Magic
Lee Kelly
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new crossover fantasy novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

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Lee Kelly has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York. She lives with her husband and children in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she can’t help but still call herself a New Yorker. She is the author of A Criminal Magic and City of Savages. Visit her at http://www.NewWriteCity.com.

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Review: “Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1)” by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) by Audrey Grey

A review by Amanda.

Maia Graystone lives in a world held hostage by catastrophe. An asteroid is poised to pass so closely to Earth that utter destruction is unavoidable. The Emperor has seized this opportunity to solidify the elitist segregation that keeps him in power. Those of Gold and Silver status have a secure place in the space station that was built when the danger first became clear. Those of Bronze status will have to earn one of the limited remaining spots by competing in the Shadow Trials; a series of challenges designed to weed out the weak and unworthy.

Maia is the child of a Gold mother and a Bronze father. She was Chosen, matched with a Prince to be married at eighteen, and elevate her from a life of comfortable means to one of luxury. However, when her mother abandons the family and her father is executed for treason, young Maia and Max are forced to beg and steal to live. Maia is caught stealing and thrown into the Pit to be forgotten. After six years of fighting for survival, she escapes with assistance from an enigmatic group of rebels. In exchange for her help in a dangerous mission, they will help her find her brother. For the mission to succeed, she must ally with a brooding and murderous boy from the Pit. She must also become someone else entirely to compete in the Shadow Trials. Can she fool those who knew her as Maia into believing the lie?

This book has the bones of an excellent apocalyptic story. The characters are complex and interesting and the plot is fascinating at its core. The first half of the story sets up the world, the danger, and introduces the heroes and villains, but it moves too slowly to keep the reader’s attention for long. There are also too many elements introduced too soon, making the plot feel over-complicated and convoluted. The second half moves at a faster pace and has a simplified feel to it. In contrast to the first part, readers will be glued to the pages, waiting to find out the fates of Maia and her cohorts. There are similarities to The Hunger Games franchise, but nothing that screams “rip-off” in an obvious manner. The romantic allusions are somewhat cliché but it doesn’t detract from the story once the over-arcing plot gains traction. I will be interested to see where the story goes from here, and will pick up the next book.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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BOOK TOUR Review: “The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman” by Brady Stefani

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

A review by Domoni.

When Courtney was seven years old, her grandfather, the person she adored the most, tattooed her and then tried to drown her. Two weeks later, crazy and raving about aliens, he kills himself in a bathtub. Now Courtney is 15 years old and still struggles with the trauma from her childhood. She is terrified of the dark and has nightmares about aliens, except when she’s awake they are still there. Her parents are divorced and Courtney’s father isn’t really interested in much; Courtney’s mother has no time or patience for what Courtney is going through, so she has her committed.  Medication and a summer at Dad’s, and Courtney is feeling better and has seen no aliens, until she goes home and it all comes back. Courtney needs answers and when she meets the girl she thought was her imaginary friend, she may finally be on the path to find them. Is Courtney crazy like her grandfather, or are the aliens real and does her bloodline mean she is destined for more?

This is an interesting book that had me guessing the whole way through. Courtney is swept up into a conspiracy that is as old as time, or is it just delusion? Who can she trust, can she even trust herself? Courtney is a well created character that evoked many emotions from me. I felt for her and it hurt my heart when her interactions with her cold mother broke her down. Courtney feels so alone and the only person she was close to who understood her is dead. She isn’t allowed to even talk about her grandfather and if she mentions her dreams, experiences or fears, she will just be sent back to the psych ward.

One constant from Courtney’s childhood was her imaginary friend Astra. As she got older, she saw her less though. Until she is in the psych ward and meets Agatha, who she knows is the girl she’s seen her whole life. Agatha doesn’t know who Courtney is, but she knows about the aliens. Agatha wants to help Courtney find out what the truth is.  She also wants to know if Courtney has a part in her dreams of the apocalypse. Agatha is a strong character and I love the depth the author put into each one of his creations. I was invested in her as much as Courtney and enjoyed learning more about each girl.

The world created for this story was in-depth and easy to picture. I could easily imagine the abandoned mental hospital and the monastery the girls visit on their path to the truth. With simple yet vivid imagery, I was pulled through this story in a smooth and quick read. I did not want to put the story down once I had started. I liked that I could not predict what would happen or how it would end. I would gladly read more from this author.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
by Brady Stefani
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi
Release Date: June 7th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.   

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Advance Praise:

“A must read sci-fi book.”

– Hypable, Hypable.com fandom reviews

“A wild ride through portals to other worlds… This debut novel fuses a serious issue—the stigma of mental illness—with sci-fi to chronicle a girl’s unusual coming of age.”

– Kirkus Review

“This novel has a breakneck pace and Stefani’s writing is fluid and perfectly suited to this most extraordinary tale that blends coming of age, adventure, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic genres— and it all works beautifully.”

– Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars

“As the father of two teenage girls, I can tell you that Brady Stefani must have some sort of supernatural helmet that helps him think and write in their language. But The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is much more than a novel for teens. This fast-paced adventure kept my attention, blazing back-and-forth from reality to an alter-world so close by that it’s creepy. Here’s a page-turner that captures a lot about childhood struggles through an imaginative story filled with surprises.”

-Jim Schaefer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer for the Detroit Free Press

“Stefani’s The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a thought-provoking and emotional journey through a young girl’s mind as she struggles to understand who she is, where she came from, and who she is supposed to be—all while deciphering between reality and the tricks our minds can sometimes play on us. Stefani beautifully demonstrates how difficult life can be for anyone who thinks or acts a little differently, and reminds us that, more often than not, the things that terrify us the most are the things trying to save us.”

-Jessica Stevens, author of Within Reach

About the Author

brady stefaniBrady G. Stefani has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun.
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BOOK TOUR Review: “Autonomy” by Jude Houghton

BOOK TOUR Review: "Autonomy" by Jude Houghton

A review by Domoni.

In a not too distant future, the world has been ravaged. Facing extinction after a global collapse, a corporation swoops in to save the day. Now if you want to live, you work for the company. If you cannot perform your duties, you have nothing. They control all, they see all, they hear all. The Autonomy is a collective of business people who have saved the world and enslaved the planet. Creating a further divide between the rich and the poor, the elites live a life pampered and oblivious, preparing to continue the lifestyle. The other 90% of the world live in horrid conditions, those who can work often work double or triple shifts. Families live in one room hovels, if they are lucky. Those who aren’t as lucky may live in a one room hovel with 4 other families.  The corporations run everything, they even name the children. The air is dirty and the food is Skaatch, made up of jellyfish and insects. Life is hard and many people spend any free time forgetting about what is around them by entering the sims through their mandated iNet glasses.  Many depend on the Faith to get them through the day. They log in and rack up their a points, telling themselves today’s hardships will earn them rewards in the afterlife.  

Not everyone can accept this life forced onto them. Slaving for the Autonomy and ignoring through the Faith and other sims, cannot blind them from the unfairness and the horrors of the world. You cannot have dictatorship without rebellion, and this rebellion has arrived. The Dish will fight to free the world; it will bring war to The Autonomy.

The author has created a world that could be; a dystopian 1984, that I found myself easily able to accept.  The creation of the world is clear and fully saturated. It is easy to picture the characters and their surroundings. The characters are rich and developed and I found myself heavily immersed in their well being. Balmoral captured my attention easily from her birth, to her first adventures in iNet. She intuitively understands the iNet and can do things with it as a small child, that others didn’t know could be done. A child of sector 2, she was raised with nothing and went to work young. She is smart and has a desire to know what’s happening around her.

Tristram and Pasco, twin sons whose elite father was killed by the Dish, are fascinating characters we also watch from birth. The brothers, very different from each other as children, have grown into interesting characters. Tristram is working for his uncle, who is the head of Securicom and essentially The Autonomy. Pasco is a gambler and didn’t take the harder turn his brother did after losing their father.  It was easy to understand how they became who they were and feel for each brother. Their personalities and plights were well developed and fascinating.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and think it would be enjoyed by anyone who likes dystopian sci-fi.  Due to some more adult content, I would recommend it for older readers.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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Autonomy
Jude Houghton
Published by: Grimbold Books
Publication date: July 29th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Science Fiction

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They are two strangers, who never should have met, and now they will rip apart the world.

What happens when ninety percent of the world lives on skaatch – a jellyfish and insect composite?

What happens when mankind spends more time in alternative life sims instead of in the “real” world?

What happens when economic interest is the sole determinant of global decision making?

What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed?

Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.

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Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.

 

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Review: “DC Comics: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted” by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

DC Comics: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

A review by Courtney.

I’m not going to lie, I picked up this comic after I saw all the amazing posters coming out and then Hot Topic released a Bombshells line of clothing but before I jumped completely on the bandwagon, I decided to read the comic first. I try to be a well read fangirl, but that involves the long story of my nosedive into comics in the first place. Long story short, there is a lot of Bombshells merchandise out there, and I wanted to find out if I actually liked the Bombshells before I bought any of it.

Volume 1 of Bombshells covers several introduction stories because there are five main bombshells and then we also have to meet a couple other characters that I’m not entirely sure how to classify at the moment.  Bombshells takes place during World War 2, or definitely sometime in that era (the United States is engaged in war against the Nazis). It starts off with Batwoman, Kate Kane, who is a baseball playing vigilante until she gets recruited by Amanda Waller to be a Bombshell and help win the war. Wonder Woman and the Amazons get tired of their people getting hurt and killed by the bullets and bombs that keep falling on the island during air battles and decide to take matters in their own hands and destroy the planes overhead indiscriminately. Wonder Woman teams up with Mera to rescue a fallen soldier who is sentenced to death because of the crimes of his fellow soldiers. We also meet Super Girl and Star Girl who hail from Russia and are on the run after discovering that their government is lying to them and attempting to trick them into killing their own people who are outspoken against the government. This is barely the tip of the iceberg of the characters and stories that are introduced in this volume.

This volume is hard to digest in terms of the sheer amount of characters and backstory you have to keep track of. I was already familiar-ish with most of the characters so it wasn’t as bad for me because I already had a previous connection with most of the characters. If I hadn’t known anything about any of the characters, it would have been a tough read. Even trying to summarize all of the characters is a struggle because there are just so many. I did enjoy getting to read Zatana’s plotline because she is a character I have never read before and wanted to read and I was given enough to pull me in. At the moment, the characters aren’t interacting with each other very much, but this volume only covers the first six issues and there is a lot in there. I do appreciate where the story has the potential to go and I’m hopeful for the direction it will take. It reads like a novel that someone attempted to put into comic book form.

The art and the costumes are fantastic. I really appreciate the 40’s feel to it that everything has and because it takes the characters in a fresh direction. I get why this book has been so commercialized; the looks that each character has are just very throw back, retro in an oddly empowering way. I am looking forward to reading more of the story to see if the characters do get more depth and to see how they interact with each other in the future. I would recommend this comic to anyone who is curious about what the fuss is about, who has also read at least a couple of comics about any of the main Bombshells because I think a little background character knowledge is helpful in following the storyline.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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