Sentinels Anthology Volume 2, story by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio

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The Saga of the Sentinels continues as 31 of the brightest rising talents of the comic book industry bring you new, compelling and original stories.

And the next generation of Sentinels take center stage and debut in their new roles as heroes, in a story that spotlights every generation of the team.

This story is a continuation of Sentinels Anthology and tells the story of the third generation of Sentinels.

The first half is told through short serials for each character. Each one is told by up and coming comic book artists. The Facebook Page for Drumfish Productions has been posting spotlights for the artists and storytellers. I really like how that was done to give up and coming comic book creators a place to showcase their talents.

The stories are a good collection to remind the readers of the past events and to catch up on the characters’ lives and their personalities. Even when the artwork is not my favorite I do feel it fit the mood of the story and the personality of the protagonist.

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2015 Book Challenge

I met my Goodreads goal.  I am two books shy of last year’s accomplishment.
1. The Shadow Cabinet, by Maureen Johnson (376 pages) (January 5) 4.5 out 5 stones
2. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (379 pages nook) (January 27) 4 out 5 bloodydamn scythes
3. Golden Son, by Pierce Brown (440 pages nook) (February 20) 4.5 out of 5 Gorydamn Howlers 4.5 out of 5 Gorydamn Howlers
4. Scripted, by Maya Rock (325 pages) (March 20) 2 out 5 Blissful Days
5. Sentinels Book 1: Footsteps, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (March 2) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
6. Sentinels Book 2: Masks, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (March 27) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
7. Sentinels Book 3: Echoes, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (March 28) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
8. Sentinels Book 4: Hope, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (April 3) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
9. Sentinels Anthology, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (April 3)  4 out of 5
10. The Family Hightower, by Brian Francis Slattery (332 pages) (April 30) 3.5 out 5 Namesakes
11. The Prophet, by Michael Koryta (400 pages) (May 23)  4.5 out 5 Touchdowns 
12. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan (308 pages) (June 5) III.5 out V Gates
13. The Dead -Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan (403 pages) (June 17) 3.5 out of 5 Waves
14. The Dark and Hallow Places, by Carrie Ryan (374 pages) (June 22) 4 out 5 hot air balloons
15. Eeny Meeny, by M.J. Arlidge (395 pages) (June 28) 2.5 out of 5 locked rooms
16. Alive, by Scott Sigler (347 pages) (July 6) 5 out 5 (circles) O
17. Star Wars: Dark Disciple, by Christie Golden (306 pages nook) (July 20) 4.5 out 5 Full On Gambits
18. A History of Glitter and Blood, by Hannah Moskowitz (274 pages) (August 1) 4 out 5 specs of glitter.
19. Another Day, by David Levithan (327 pages) (August 8) 5 out 5 Sandcastles
20. Every Day, by David Levithan (324 pages) (August 20) 4 out 5 Fortune Cookies
21. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon (306 pages) (August 25) 4.5 out of 5 humuhumunukunukuapuaas
22. The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher (630 pages) (December 4) 3.5 out 5 Airships
23. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, by Jewel ( 382 pages) (December 24) 5 out 5 Guitar Strings
24. Sentinels Anthology Volume 2, story by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (December 30) 3.5 our 5 Superheroes
25. Star Wars: Prelude to Rebellion, story by Jan Strand (December 30) 2 out 5  Jedi Knights 

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

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New York Times bestselling poet and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood.

As if the heading of my journal didn’t already give it away, but if you didn’t know where it’s from and you googled it you’d see they’re lyrics.

I have been a huge fan of Jewel since I was a freshman in high school. My family was new to cable TV and I was obsessed with MTV and VH-1 (remember Pop-Up Videos!)

I remember seeing her music video for “Who Will Save Your Soul?” and I was hooked. Pieces of You was one of the first CDs I ever bought with my own money (along with Mariah Carey’s Fantasy and Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl).

I’ve always loved Jewel’s honesty and the poetic stories she tells in her songs. What’s more is that when you see her live, you can feel it. I can write a whole essay analyzing every song on all of her albums but I will save that for another day.

A few of the stories in her memoir I knew from hearing her tell stories in her shows or from her other book, Chasing Down the Dawn.

But there was so much more I learned about her family’s history in Alaska (I love history), her childhood (dealing with divorce, her dad’s abuse, her mother’s manipulations, her time at Interlochen, her anxiety and loneliness), and about her early career. I had no idea her mother caused her to go into debt. I knew they were best friends in the beginning and Nedra was her manager. Then Nedra disappeared and I wondered what happened. Now I know!

What a rollercoaster. After reading what she was like I do believe Nedra is a sociopath. I mean, she lied about having cancer. WTF. She used and manipulated her daughter for her own gain. Nedra would tell Jewel everything that she was was because of her. I can site so many examples but I think you should read the book for yourself.

I am just glad that Jewel was able to walk away from her mother’s manipulative programming, get out of debt, and be the person she was meant to be.

It also warmed my heart (I totally cried) that her dad got the help he needed and they were able to repair their relationship. When he says how proud he is of her and what she overcame, I just start to cry.

Writing Never Broken shows Jewel’s strength and resilience. It’s a good true story to read about overcoming shame, learning to forgive, finding love, learning to be yourself and so many good life lessons. I also liked that it was a bit like a self-help book too.

I feel she was incredibly brave to write it. She’s right that you don’t out run pain. Another favorite part for me was the lesson about “hard wood grows slowly” that if you want something to last it has to be nurtured and it shouldn’t be rushed into being. That makes it brittle. Decisions have to be made not just for the moment but for the long run.

I also loved the parts about her musical upbringing and how she learned to tell stories, develop her own sound and how she can read the audience. I am sure to listen to her songs in a whole new way than I had before. Especially “Goodbye Alice In Wonderland”.

The photos are really nice too. The ones taken at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2013 – I WAS AT THAT SHOW!!!

Some of the many quotes I bookmarked:

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher

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Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

I read the Advanced Reader’s Copy that I picked up from Book Con. The final edition was released September 29, 2015.

My plan was to finish the ARC before that date, but things happened.
This novel also took me more time to read than I would have liked (October 18 to December 04, 2015), but ugh… responsibilities taking away my free time. It was also killing my back to commute with such a large book (630 pages) so after a while I left it home to read a single chapter before bed about twice a week.

Moving onward. I enjoyed the story. There is a lot of action both on the ground and in the sky. There is also world building, although, I did have some difficulty understanding what the setting looked like. Specifically the construction and layout of the spires. However, it’s a good start and I would like to know more history of their world and the backstories of the characters.

I was very happy that the story was told from several of the characters’ perspectives. I liked their interactions as well as the development of the old and new relationships. I’m going to pick my two favorite characters: the well mannered Captain Grimm and the sassy Cat, Rowl. (The Cats’ behaviors and attitudes were so on point.) I loved Rowl’s name for Bridget, “Little Mouse” because that was my sister’s childhood nickname.

The enemy exhibited ruthless behavior but I wish we had more insight into their motives. I suppose that is something to discover as the series goes on.

I don’t think I will be running out to get the next book, but I would like to read it at some point, either from the library or an ARC.

3.5 out 5 Airships.