Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2

Scarlet Witch fights with Avengers

Is that? Yes it is! That’s Scarlet Witch fighting with the Avengers.

This is a screen capture from the latest Avengers 2 trailer. They show some clips of what is probably the final battle against Ultron and his robot army. And there we see Scarlet Witch fighting with the Avengers. Is Quicksilver with her? No way to be sure, but probably.

So at least Scarlet Witch goes from being bad guy to good guy. Way to give away the ending in the trailer Marvel. The beginning of this trailer should have a spoiler alert warning rather than the green “approved for all audiences” thing.

Review: Kinslayer

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this book as much as the first one. Something said so often, it’s barely worth mentioning. The first book was tight and fast paced and made me never want to put the book down. This book felt like an afterthought cobbled together in an effort to extend the story out into a trilogy. I especially hated the fact that two characters that should definitely be dead, are back in this book.

Book 1, Stormdancer, ended perfectly. Everything and everyone that needed to end, ended. Bringing back two dead characters in order to continue the story just felt cheap. The story would have been much better with the addition of new villains. The convenience (or inconvenience) of having two problems magically coming back from the dead immediately pushed me past my ability to suspend disbelief. It tainted the entire rest of the book.

Not the say the story isn’t good. It ended very well. But the first half of the book was very boring for me. It felt like an introduction to the next book. This is an all too common accordance when writers get tasked with writing a trilogy. The scramble to stretch the story out for two more books, that the second book becomes the ignored middle child. Lots of time and effort was put into the first book. Then the write the next two books almost concurrently, with most of the focus going into the spectacular ending. The second book just becomes a tool to get the readers to the last book. As someone that doesn’t like long rambly introductions, this is a problem for me. But I’m still excited to start the last book. Hopefully it won’t disappoint.

P.S. I’m also upset that “rambly” isn’t recognized as a real word. I use it all the time to describe long winded intro or endings of books. Get with the times dictionary people!

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Review: Stormdancer

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was a bit hesitant when I started this book. It’s super descriptive, which I don’t always see as a good thing. The first few chapters pretty much only describe the characters walking to their boat, and the world around them. If the whole book was like that, I wasn’t going to finish it. But after the world building blitz in the beginning, the story bucks into high gear and stays there.

The story is very descriptive thought out, but the poetical talk isn’t over done. I’m not someone to sit through a 5 page description of a tree. Kristoff paints a vivid world while keeping a reasonable word count, and without sacrificing and excellent plot line. His polluted world, ravaged by industry, is a clear mirror to the modern world. Like most the dystopian science fiction coming out, it makes you think real hard about what we’re really sacrificing for the creature comforts we all enjoy.

This is all well and good, but the thing I look for most in stories are the strength of the characters and their relationships. This story has plenty of that with the magical bond between Yukiko and Griffin she is charged with capturing. I was so taken in by the two, I almost didn’t stop to write this review before jumping into the next book!

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