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1. Title: Locke & Key vol 2: Head Games
Author: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Horror graphic novel
Pages: 145

Summary: "Welcome to Lovecraft, return with the next chapter in the ongoing tale, Head Games. Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father's murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack's dark secret. Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face. Open your mind - the head games are just getting started!" ~Amazon

Thoughts: I was excited to finally get this! After stumbling on Heart-Shaped Box, Hill really drew me in and caught my attention. He has a way of writing horror that is different. You know there is something going on, but it is not always seen. In this graphic novel, I like the concept of the "head games" and the different ones that are played. If you've read the first volume, this one will bring some of the back story to light and explain some things.

2. Title: Night Rising
Author: Chris Marie Green
Genre: Urban fantasy
Pages: 341

Summary: "Stuntwoman Dawn Madison is a girl with a lot of attitude. And a lot of issues, mostly about living up to the legacy of her mother, a world-famous movie star and sex symbol, whose death left Dawn to be raise by her dad, Frank -- nobody's notion of single-father-of-the-year. Still, he is her dad. So when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him -- only to discover an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on the screen . . ." ~Jacket copy

Thoughts: Since being burned by Laurell K. Hamilton, I've been on the look out for good urban fantasy. Unfortunately, all the ones I've picked up are so sex driven they lack a plot. Five pages into a book, I don't want the main character masturbating herself to climax while driving and having phone sex. Way too much! I found this book online and thought it sounded really interesting. However, I was a little put off by the comments of the character's issue/NEED of sex. It does come up, but it didn't feel as all-encompassing as Hamilton and her clones. It does seem a little overboard to say that Dawn is in NEED of sex or she won't function. *shrug* Seems dumb, but . . . On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. It is engaging and fast paced. At times it feels as though Green is "name dropping." It is almost as though she needs to hammer in the fact that she "knows her shit." Some of the things she talks about are neat, but it goes way too far. But the book was still good. In fact, the sequel is sitting on my coffee table wait to be read ^_~

3. Title: Batman: Harley Quinn
Authors: Paul Dini, Yvel Guichet, and Aaron Sowd
Genre: Graphic novel
Pages: 48

Summary: "At last! The story that introduces the mega-popular Batman animated series character Harley Quinn . . ." ~Jacket copy

Thoughts: !!! I finally got my hands on this little beauty! For awhile, it was hard to find online for under $100. While doing Christmas shopping, I found that the price had dropped! Ordered it. Read it. Loved it. If you like Harley from the TV series, you'll love this one!

Pages-to-date: 534
Currently: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Tags: graphic novel, urban fantasy

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