The Whispers, while part of The Beautiful Dead series, is actually the start of a companion series to continue the original trilogy. While quite a bit shorter and less action-packed than The Beautiful Dead trilogy, The Whispers is full of surprises, twists and turns. The end is one hell of a whopper.
This story answers a couple of the questions left over from the initial trilogy, and gives us a whole new novel's worth of new ones. The most confusing part of the story is that there's no clue on how long it's been since Winter and John let their Anima go... or what the world on the other side of the ocean was like when Winter was around.
Only a handful of chapters actually have our new heroes with our undead friends, the rest of the book takes place where the living live... on the other side of the ocean. Away from the places we've come to know and love.
I found myself saddened as I learned the fates of the places I'd "visited" with Winter and the others in this new time. I also think I know who the mysterious Deathless twins we run across in this adventure are; but, I'll leave you to figure that out for yourself.
I do know there are at least two more books to this amazing new branch off novella series and I eagerly await the next one.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws and thank Mr. Banner for listening to pleas of his fans and reviving his undead world.
Book 3 picks up twelve long years after the end of book 2. As the reader, I knew nothing that happened in the last twelve years; but that's okay, Winter didn't know either! We really grow with Winter in this one. We learn as she does, we feel as she feels.
I did spot two, noticeable errors in the work. On page 154 it reads, "He doesn't flinch even flinch", obviously that first flinch shouldn't be there. On page 308, "I licks my licks", obviously the second licks should be lips. I do hope Mr. Banner has these taken care of.
This story itself is by far the best in the series. Though, many questions are forever left unanswered since Winter and her band of Undead are gone. New alliances are forged and love always finds its way. I would have some tissues close by for this one, in all seriousness. This book's determined to rip the reader's heart out and stomp all over it while it laughs are your despair.
The message is strong in this book. The same message that has been whispered over and over throughout the entire series, only this time, you'll hear it loud and clear... If you listen.
I don't think we've seen the last of Winter and her "human" John. The ending paves the way for the novella that follows. A simple little return to "The Whispers" which I can't wait to jump into.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
This book starts off a little slower than book 1 did. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it. I did spot a single inconsistency in it as well; in book 1, Undead couldn't be touched by water because it: one, averted away from them like all natural things do, and two, it burns like acid. Yet, in the first chapter of this book, Helena tells Winter to WASH the blood off her.
This book will unexpectedly rip the feels right out of you. The action scenes aren't very long, but they ARE detailed beautifully. The main fight scene, however, is a bit anticlimactic. I can't really go into it or it'll give spoilers, but I honestly expected more from Mr. Banner concerning THIS particular baddy. The ending of this scene, while it was amazing in the feels, left me wanting with how it ended.
A LOT goes on in this book, albeit, the action scenes are short, but there's enough of them to keep you on your toes. There's also some new friends encountered and old ones reintroduced.
The ending is one of the saddest scenes I've ever read in my life and I am beyond pleased with that. It just means Daryl did his job to really get into Winter's head when he wrote it.
I look forward to reading Almost Alive, the next book in this series.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws.
***THERE ARE SPOILERS IN MY REVIEW***
Okay, so here's my thoughts on the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie:
It was AMAZING. It absolutely isn't canon to the original series or to Brotherhood and the manga, but it was amazing all the same. The graphics were lit, they even flawlessly brought the Nina/Alexander chimera to life. Gluttony was epically done considering what they were working with. He's not an exact copy given it was an actual actor playing him, but he's damn close. Envy and Lust were on point down to the littlest details; major kudos to that casting decision; and you could even tell Envy was a guy the first time he opened his mouth (it took me forever to figure out that Envy wasn't a girl in both series lol), so was Al's suit of armor.
Mustang could have been done a bit better, you can tell it's him, but his look is off; however, they did a great job with the casting for Hughes; Hughes' wife is a different matter all together. The actress was far prettier than the character actually was and her hair wasn't even attempted to be done like it is in either anime. I wasn't pleased with Winry either, especially since her signature blonde hair was missing, but the actress nailed her personality beautifully.
Another beautifully brought to life piece is the very beginning. While the Equivelant Exchange quote isn't there, the story of their mother's death and their first alchemic attempt to bring her back is. So is the how (with visuals) to Ed losing his arm and leg and Al losing his body. It was all perfectly done; including the end result. However, Ed's golden eye color is missing, his eyes are blue in the movie.
What's missing from the movie is the story that puts Ed through the exams, the main reason he was even at Shou Tucker's place to begin with, because of how close Tucker lived to where the exams were being held. The entire back story to how Ed first became a dog of the military is gone. It wasn't needed and honestly, in a two hour movie insignificant things like that aren't necessary. We don't need it. Hughes' kid being born is AWOL too, again, it's filler anyway; ALL the filler from both series is missing. What IS there is the door and the things beyond it and that like the other effects was done flawlessly. Even Al's body is brought to life nicely.
Izumi, a.k.a. "Teacher", her husband are missing, so in turn the birth of Wrath and Wrath himself are missing from the movie. Pride, Sloth and Greed, along with Scar and Rose are all missing from the movie as well. These missing characters saddened me. The general doesn't have his eye patch which hid the mark in his eye (which was also absent). These were all key characters to both anime series and to the manga. I felt a little jipped with them being absent.
The movie's end is a slight tearjerker and will irritate those who have seen the COMPLETE original anime (this includes the ending of the series, which is a movie entitled: The Conqueror of Shamballa), so I warn you to be ready for the lump in the throat that is sure to find you.
All in all, I'd totally watch it again because FMA has to be one of my top five favorite animes and I need all the things (ask me about my state alchemist pocket watch XD), so I absolutely intend to get the bluray when it releases on April 18.
To those complaining about how it's so different from everything else, remember, the original anime strayed from the manga too. It's why Brotherhood became a thing because Brotherhood IS canon to the manga. Just because it's different, doesn't make it bad >~.^<
This is the second time I'm reading this book. This time, I get to finally finish the series lol.
We'll get the bad out of the way first, there's a sprinkling of errors, nothing drastic. Nothing most people will even notice; I just happen to spot things most people don't lol. There's one inconsistency that I spotted. Toward the beginning of our story, Winter does, in fact cry, it's a brief moment and I forget why she did, but she does. In the last actual chapter, her thoughts stray to the fact that being undead, she can't cry. It's one of two noticeable errors I spotted. The other will be spoken about in a moment.
This story is amazing. It gives plenty of speculation into the zombie world and why zombies do the things they tend to do, like eat people. The premise that they do so because human blood gives them a taste of humanity is a fascinating one and it definitely caught my interest in ways most zombie books have never been able to.
The idea of there being two very different kinds of zombies is an interesting theory as well. The Undead speak, they think, they function much like the humans they once were. While the Deathless seem to not for the most part. A few of them speak and think and plot, but most simply do what the lore says they do. While the functioning Undead upkeep the human appearance, the Deathless so not; they embrace their dead and rotting forms to the fullest. I don't understand why Deathless can be harmed by steel while the Undead cannot be. This is the other inconsistency I found. This would totally be a non-issue if it wasn't for Mallory, Helen and Grimsky having the same reaction to it. Malory was a member of Trenton long ago and Helen was a new Trentonite raise. The Undead are not harmed by steel, so why does becoming Deathless make it a thing? This is never explained; though I hope it will be in one of the other books.
I love that this story is not only about the Undead, but told from one as well. From the moment Winter raises into her new world, everything becomes a learning experience not just for us, the readers, but for Winter as well. This is rare form of writing that is seldom seen these days. The point of view of this books gives readers a different look at one of the most terrifying things to go bump in the night.
I was almost upset at the departure of Trenton's Mayor though. He was an intricate character that definitely has a story that may well never be told now. Why a Deathless decided to run a town of Undead without ever telling anyone he was a Deathless would make a great story.
Despite my unanswered questions, I give this book 5 of 5 paws and can't wait to jump into Dead of Winter, the second installment of this series.
This is an amazing story! While it deviates completely from what the reader thinks it will be about, it's still a must-read for vampire fans of all kinds. I would definitely pin this as a story about understanding and acceptance of what is. No matter how you change the words human and vampire and make them other words, the story really doesn't change. I absolutely love how after so long, vampires are shown as they potentially really are. Young ones are a bit unruly, the older ones are more easily able to blend into our world almost undetected.
The characters are all well-developed and easy to love or hate; even Finn lol. I was almost instantly on Rau's side, which is rare for me. I tend to hate most "villain"-types, but Rau is definitely one of the most likable characters in this world.
The story itself is not only believable, it's written with in-depth detail so the reader will see this book play out like a movie. There's plenty of action and more than enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained. Though, be forewarned, there's a mild cliffhanger ending with a "to be continued"-esque end sentence. Unfortunately, book 2 isn't out yet, so I'll have to wait to continue this story.
I had a few issues with Micah. When her life takes a drastic turn, she goes on a rampage, which isn't what I had the issue with. That would be a normal reaction for the situation. However, there was no easing moment. There was no in between. One second, she was on her rampage, the next, she was back to normal. Even worse, she was almost docile after all was said and done. I feel her calming moment was a little rushed, not intentionally, but I can't see anyone going through that and hitting acceptance in the blink of an eye. It's almost an inconsistency that's been nagging at my brain since I read it.
There are a handful of errors sprinkled throughout the book, a couple will cause the reader to pause and reread to be sure that they did read the spot correctly. None of the errors really hurt the story, they are just in plain sight and should have definitely been spotted by the editor(s).
Other than that, I can't wait for Vlad (book 2) to release so I can continue this story and see how it all turns out.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way. There are two errors on the back cover's description. I'm almost sure Mr. Asher wasn't able to proof that blurb before the print was published and until now, was unaware the two errors even existed. I also spotted an error on page 20 and on page 60 of my paperback. In the same chapter as the first interior error, there's a slight inconsistency. When Chuck mentions what a Wampus resembles when it's gliding in the water, Mason and Emma claim they saw nothing like it; but they had. They'd seen what resembled a boat speeding down the river a few hours before the appearance of the Bingbuffer; a boat that they couldn't exactly hear or see very clearly to tell if it WAS in fact a boat; which matches Chuck's description of a Wampus. However, given the circumstances of what followed the sighting, it's easy for the reader to assume that perhaps the two forgot all about the "boat". I'm sure he'll be having a talk with his publisher about them since it's their job to ensure things like that don't happen. However, 4 errors in a whole book is a lot better than most I've seen, so all hope is not lost.
As to the story itself, as with the first book, the reader will get to get up close and uncomfortable with a few creatures from lore. While there's mention of Bubba the Monster Hunter in this one, he doesn't make an appearance this time and that's okay. Mason Dixon has enough character for us to accept that Bubba's appearance was probably a one-shot deal.
The working chemistry between Mason and Emma starts to come together a bit more in this. The first book was more vague about them as people and this one lets the reader see the two working together under more stressful circumstances.
As always, there's old and new characters to meet and either love or hate. Himari is still Himari and Chuck proves his worth in this one, while Noah remains annoying and DEMON keeps being the thorn in our protagonists' sides.
I really hope there's another book following this one, because this story is far from complete. Momo is still a mystery that needs unraveled and I'm sure I'm not the only one that wants to see what becomes of the Whistling Wampuses or Mason's new friend Claw. I'm also curious to see how many more ATVs Mason can accidentally destroy while tracking the Cryptids down. I can't imagine Noah is happy to have to keep replacing them lol
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
Mason Dixon is a YouTuber who makes monster tracking episodes. Along with his cameraman, Emma, the two scour Missouri in search of "Cryptids", monsters from all forms of mythology and legend.
While short in length, Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter, the first in the New Templars series, takes us all over the hidden, out of sight places Missouri has to offer. There's all types of monsters the two meet, from Sasquatches, to Gowrow, to Chawgreens all of which are easy to read up the real lore on with just a few keystrokes on your keyboard to Google.
What I love the most about Mr. Asher's books is he doesn't just create creatures, I imagine he spends countless hours researching the ones he decides to bring to life for his books because 9-out-of-ten times, whatever creature he writes about has a plethora of lore in the real world.
Friends of author John G. Hartness' Bubba the Monster Hunter series will especially love this book because our favorite, ornery monster hunter makes a surprise cameo appearance! I, for one, would love to see an actual collaboration between the two monster hunters. Both authors are well-written and bring their tales to life. I can see Bubba and Mason going head-to-head against a monster they'd need backup for lol
While this story doesn't hold the usual action-packed scenes of Asher's other works, it's filled with snort-worthy moments, innuendos, and everything else we've come to love from Eric Asher and his books.
I look forward to reading Mason Dixon: The Wampus of Reeds Spring, book 2 of this novella series, and hope there are more than just these two planned for the future.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
The Door is the first book by Lorilyn Roberts I've had the pleasure of reading. And it was really long overdue really. Fans of Christian Fiction are going to love this book. A modern-day girl, Shale, is transported back to the time when Jesus of Nazareth walked the Earth. In the few years she spends stuck in this time, she not only learns more about those around her, but she learns more about herself as well.
This book is beautifully written, and descriptive enough that the reader sees and feels everything going on. I found no errors in this book. Though, the fact that not Shale, nor Daniel, who are both from our time, don't know the King is Jesus bothered me. I can almost let Shale get away with it, but even Atheists know who Jesus is and what the Bible says he did. The fact that Daniel has no idea bothered more than a little bit. Daniel is a Jew, and while the Jews don't claim Jesus as their Messiah, they know the things he was said to have done. So Daniel being a devout Jew and not knowing who Jesus was bothered me.
The Door has many life lessons that most young people are either not taught these days or ignore, but they are needed to know. It also teaches Christians young and old that their God is forgiving, if they only seek to be forgiven. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone of any spiritual path. This book is a great story for all people.
All in all, this book was a great read and I wish I had the others in the series to finish the story.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws and hope Ms. Roberts continues to teach her God's teachings to those young and old.
***THIS REVIEW CONTAINERS SPOILERS***
The Twisted Ones was a bit faster-paced than the first book. It's also a bit shorter, which probably explains the pace. Book two picks up roughly a year after The Silver Eyes ends. The horror in this one is more frequent and far more gory than the first book as well. Centering around the Freddy Fazbear's Sister Location, which is somewhere between Charlie's college and Hurricane. And this time, Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and even Foxy are part of the good guys, which is confusing all in itself in many ways, because the only animatronic that was good in The Silver Eyes was Golden Freddy, who made zero appearances in this book. Either way, there was plenty of gore and jump-scare moments throughout the book. This more horror, less snore-fest is really the only thing that saved this from being a 1-Star review. Thank you for listening to the fans, but it is what it is. I hope my review will be taken for what it is, as those who know me, know I RARELY ever give a bad review.
There were a few minor errors that I spotted, nothing that would really deter the reader, but I felt they should be mentioned since he authors do have the money and can afford better editing than they've gotten this time.
This book left many many things unanswered. Springtrap's answer to Charlie didn't sit well with me, and I'm sure it didn't sit well with others either. Chapter 13 is a rushed mess of nonsense that left me not only irritated, but very disappointed as well. Everything in that chapter was rushed and very little of it made any kind of sense at all. Where to begin with the holes in this book? Let's start with:
1) Springtrap... How the hell is he alive? IS he alive? Is he an intelligent zombie? His presence makes no sense other than the authors needing a villain, and who better than the one that was supposed to have been killed in the first book?
2) The animatronic heads in Charlie's dorm room serve NO purpose in the book. Not one. Yet for the amount of times they are mentioned, thought of, seen, etc, you'd think there was a reason, other than they were being built in a similar fashion than the Twisted Ones.
3)The door Charlie draws over and over, somehow without realizing she's doing it. She finally gets to the door and then NOTHING! With the house coming down around her, she doesn't have time to pry the mysterious metal door open and see why she's so drawn to it. And NO ONE goes back after the fact to find out. It's just a unanswered piece of the story.
4) Where are Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy that Twisted Freddy was somehow able to wiggle his half of body all the way to Charlie, using only ONE arm, and LITERALLY only there from the torso up? I'm sure they didn't just stop and vanish into thin air while knowing they'd been asked to help save Charlie.
5) I can only surmise that Aunt Jen was somehow miraculously with Charlie at the end of Chapter 13 because at some point during the months between Chapters 1 and Chapter 13 she died and not one person thought to tell Charlie. There's no other way Aunt Jen could have gotten into the area without being seen by the others there.
6) Chapter 14 is perhaps the most disappointing of them all. It's anticlimactic and doesn't even end with a real cliff-hanger. It's almost like there should be another Chapter after it, but there isn't.
The release for book 3, which is as of now is untitled, isn't scheduled until June 26. Unless this book fills all, and I mean ALL these loose-ends, I don't see myself bothering to read it any further. I don't want to sit around waiting years to find out in book #20 the answers to book #2.
I give this book 3 of 5 stars and pray the authors spend a little more time writing a story without so many holes and a better ending.