Previews & Samples: C.O.M.J 1

Going through my preview&samples queue makes me realize why I don’t post a lot of these reviews. One major reason is that it is giving publicity to books/authors who are very popular. Another reason is that a lot of the preview books are me backsliding into genres that  seem to not  be here for me aren’t here for me. I’m doing these to clean out my journals of books I sampled in the past. c.o.m.j = cleaning out my journal

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(I like the cover with the girls on it. It has a dark skin and light skin latina on it. The second cover is nice too but it feel like one of those lets hide the race of the main character things.  )

When Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta (Paski)’s father returns to Taos from a business trip wearing a velour Juicy men’s track suit, she knows her life is taking a turn for the worse. Paski and her father move to Southern California, where his comic strip has been optioned for a movie.

At her new high school, money is everything and the haters rule – especially beautiful, cruel Jessica Nguyen. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera, she is troubled by visions. Her psychic grandmother warned that ignoring her gift would lead to trouble. Can Paski ever find a home in the land of the glamorous haters?

[chapters 1-2]

Adjectives to describe the main character: judgmental, mean, opinionated, fat shaming. colorblind? (as in I don’t see race)

I overall do not like the main characters attitude. I know she is a teen which can mean  she is not going to be as conscious about certain things. I do feel the author may be consciously making Paski deal with certain things such as how she views being Latina. Nonetheless, I don’t like the main character. Other than the main character this overall feels like it will be an average story.

  1. moving to new town
  2. being social outcast
  3. hot guy!
Eh.
On a positive note the story is racially inclusive and main character has possible psychic abilities
I just simply don’t like the main character and the story so yeah.  DNF

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I found this for cheap so I decided to read it. It is written in alternating point of views by different authors.

Chapter 1  made me think that this was going to be okay/decent. I liked it. It felt that the guy main characters invisibility would be treated with some levity. I could see how his being invisible seemed to be well thought out.

Chapter 2  This is where the problems came in. Early on into the girl main characters chapter she annoyed me. Her voice as a character is really irritating. First off she does that annoyingly silly simile/metaphor thing “the fans were around him like they were sacrificing him”ya books like to do. Also, of course the lead guy has watercolor or all the colors of the rainbow-colored eyes. Then what probably really got me was her whole he (lead guy) looks like a New Yorker thing. Of course looking New Yorker is white. Then a couple of paragraphs later she is like “this is possibly racist for me to think this”. I’m like yep it is racist. I mean of course the main chick is “frumpy”, white, and I’m not cute girl who still fits the mold of constituent of what is considered attractive.

Nope, DNF

Fantasy

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The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a whirling dervish in this thrilling debut novel from new talent Howard Andrew Jones

In 8th century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East.

Stopping the thieves a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magic requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time. But against all these hazards there is one more that may be too great even for Dabir to overcome…

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The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the lion-shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time—and struggle against their own misgivings—to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

I cannot remember if I talked about my impressions of these books so far so excuse me if I already talked about these. I read both of these books around the same time to do a fantasy versus thing.

Overall, I was not engaged with these two books. In Throne of Crescent Moon I did not exactly know what was going on and if I liked it. Desert Souls characterization was off.  DNF

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Author: themollyweather

I like to read, a lot.

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