My Weekend at Comic-Con 2014

This being my 18th year attending Comic-Con (although I mistakenly said 17 to everyone I mentioned it to at the Con), you’d like one would get tired of it.  But that’s the glory of Comic-Con, it doesn’t get old.  There’s always, and I mean always, something different, something new, to experience.  Granted, an event of this magnitude brings out some of the unflattering traits of humanity despite every effort on the part of those involved in organizing the event to make it a highly positive experience for all.

For me and my friends, I believe we’re on the positive side of things.  I understand that I cannot possibly achieve meeting the actors that I want to meet and attend the panels that I want to attend and get the autographs of authors that I admire (even though I most certainly try), but what I can get, I am grateful for.

I will try to help convey the pleasantries of this often overwhelming weekend, not to make anyone jealous of my fortune, but to make people aware of one of the many experiences that one can have at San Diego Comic-Con, as well as give anyone who’s planning to attend bits and pieces of what to expect.

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Review: Opposition (novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me state first off, the majority of this book can be labeled as smexy romance. It’s not quite New Adult, but it’s definitely getting near the border between YA and NA, and good reason as there’s a hot teenage boy who can’t stop thinking about what normal teenage boys can’t stop thinking about. In this case, though, he does more than think about it. So yeah, let’s just put that out there, because really, Daemon is a bad boy in that sexy way.

Now, even though the majority of the book is a romance, yes, there’s still the sci-fi element of it, too. There’s definitely a lot of action and drama and turmoil. Many fights to be had between Luxen and humans, and Luxen and Luxen, and Luxen and Arum, so it’s all good tension. And what we thought we knew about Luxen, we didn’t know enough.

I can say that I enjoyed it for what it was. A thrilling, sexy, story about a human teen and an alien teen who fall in love amidst some really crazy happenings. And it was fun getting to be with these characters again, especially the alien hottie brothers and even the hybrid Archer. I was happy to even have a liking to Lore, a minor character, but likeable.

Crazy stuff goes down, and it’s seriously not just Katy and Daemon and their small group that have to deal with all these aliens, but the rest of the world does as well. Despite the bleakness of what’s happening in the world, I have to say that I didn’t quite feel connected to it in that “sense of dread” type of way.

The issue is that there are times when one should feel that everything is going so bad for the protagonists, you’re supposed to feel for them. Not that I didn’t feel sad for them when things went bad, but I guess I never felt that they were not going to come out of this okay.

Another reason could be because I had never felt a book get so meta before. I don’t mind it on rare occasions, but this book seemed just full of meta-ness that it sort of turned my emotions down a bit (YA Sisterhood reference? Really?). I understand it’s supposed to take place in current times, but it just seemed a bit overdone here.

And there always seems to be some kind of motif for authors when it comes to writing a series. It seemed Armentrout’s motif for this series started with the word “Holy”. I don’t mean that in a religious reference, but more like Robin (from the classic TV series Batman & Robin) in how he has to say “Holy (enter-somewhat-related-reference-to-situation-here)” whenever bad or shocking stuff goes down. After the 2nd time reading that term, I was over it.

Still, it was good to finally bring this series to a close. Daemon Black will continue to be an arrogant, loveable, super-hottie in my list of hotties. And Katy? Well, there were some things about her in this book that I found a little over-the-top, but definitely the right girl for Daemon, so I’m not going to complain too much about her.

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GOTHAM Character Posters Several Feature Recognizable Names

After the success of The CW’s Arrow, it’s no surprise that the Fox/WB duo is hitting the small screen again with another superhero-related drama based on Batman’s dark city, Gotham.  But in this version, it’s more the story of Detective James Gordon, who years later, becomes Commissioner Gordan to Bruce Wayne’s Batman.  For now, it’s just Bruce Wayne, and several other tainted individuals whose “ordinary” names you may recognize.

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Art Exhibit to Kick Off San Diego Comic-Con at Chuck Jones Gallery

How to Train Your Dragon 2 delivered, and delivered well enough for me to see it twice, and enjoy it equally both times.  And I’m so excited to get a chance to see some of the artwork of Hiccup, Toothless (especially Toothless), and many of the other characters and dragons that were in the movie, at the Chuck Jones Gallery during Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Review: WAIT FOR YOU by J.Lynn

wait-for-you-bn-coverWait for You by J. Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, after having written a nice, long review for another book and Goodreads not saving it (and I can’t get it back now), I’m going to make this short.

I really enjoyed this book. The romance was fine, but I loved that the author tackled such a sensitive subject in this story. And I really appreciate how the main character, Avery Morgansten, felt very real to me. I only wish there were more men like Cameron Hamilton. I don’t know, maybe there are men like Cameron – not the arrogant, player Cam, but the sensitive, trusting, baker Cam – but I just haven’t found them.

Still it was nice to see how this relationship went throughout the book, how Avery was finally able to open up to Cam about herself and how he was able to be there for her and love her through it all.

Yes, there was all kinds of smexiness in there, too, I’m not gonna lie. But this book is more than that, and I hope if you read it, you appreciate the delicate subject matter that’s revealed in it.


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Review: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (novel) by Cassandra Clare *non-spoiler*


City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Going into it, there were many things I anticipated. Different scenarios in which I’d have to prepare myself for, of course the main part being who I would mourn for. And still, Cassie managed to surprise me, and I hope that she managed to surprise many of her other fans in the same way, because, this being the sixth book of the series, the storytelling can go either into the “mundane” territory, or half of it be just “filler” because it needs to be the biggest book in the series. Luckily, I did not feel this book went into either of those territories.

I don’t know if I could say that this was a fast read, but there was just so much to enjoy about it that it made it a fast read for me. Not including my sleep and nap breaks (which couldn’t be helped), I think I read the book in about 18 hours. And there was a lot to take in. So much that I had to skim through it a second time, which took another few hours.

All in all I’m satisfied with how everything went. I got to spend a lot of time with the main characters and see how they’ve changed from the beginning of the series to the end, and they’ve opened up a lot more since then, revealing themselves honestly, admitting their faults and their vulnerabilities, and showing their courage in new ways as well.

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