The Sandman Series

The Sandman Volume 1So I haven’t posted anything for a while now because I have been on the task to read an entire graphic novel collection, which has 12 volumes, and these are not small comics. The majority of the volumes are 200 hundred pages worth. The graphic novel series I decided to try was the Sandman. This series had been recommended to me awhile ago and I had decided now was the time to try it out. I was told specifically to start at the beginning of the series with volume one, The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes. This series is written by Neil Gaiman.

Well the story is basically about this man who wants immortality and decides to imprison Death. Though something went wrong and they captured Death’s brother. Dream was captured for a human’s lifespan but then will find a way to get out of the prison. Now that was just the first volume. Things will continue with the character Dream and Death. There were will many stories that will interconnect and many of them are definitely weird.

Alright first thought about the graphic novel series was that I liked but it did not start out like that. I will say the beginning I felt lost and confused with the story. I was like that with the other book that I read from Gaiman which was Stardust. I had liked the book, but I liked the movie better, though it definitely was strange. He is not an author I would run to read but every now and then try I would try another book. Well back to the graphic novel, so I was able to get into the stories and follow along through all the dialogue, and there were some stories that I really liked. Some stories were more on the gruesome side which surprised me.

I found that with reading the graphic novel series the illustrations reminded me of the old comics which I read when I was a kid, and that made sense as the majority of the stories were published in the 90’s.

So overall I thought that the Sandman series was worth reading and Neil Gaiman created a strong fantasy world where many strange things happened.

Unguarded by Tracy Wolff

Unguarded was actually a surprise to read. Tracy Wolff’s summary on the back cover was very general but as you start to read there is something not right with the main character and then you find out…

Rhiannon Jenkins plans events and is getting better as she is in the job but now there is a problem. A man who is ten years younger is needing her help for a party but he is stiring something inside of her.

Shawn Emerson is known for his graphic novels and has made his fortune that way. He dates but stays uncomplicated until he gets a look at his events planner. He wants her so he flirts but there is not a lot of emotion he is getting from her and he wants to know why.

Tracy Wolff is creative in the sense she does not out right tell you what is wrong with Rhiannon but lets it slowly unfold. This story is really about a woman’s emotional battle to let a man back into her life after three years of not being intimate with a man because of her rape.

The story hits to the heart and you feel invested in the character and caught off guard how the story will impact you as it is read.

Tribute by Nora Roberts

“Virginia’s Shenandoah Vally, in the shadow if the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood.  And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it.

Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling and has come here to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin.  Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy.  An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs, but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago.  To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams.  And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood.  By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself.

Cilla has her work cut out for her, the house, once a place a comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds.  Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore.  Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla.  In the house’s cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died, and that the father of her child was a local married man.  Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago.  The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening violent assault.  And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime in her life.”

Reading any books from Nora Roberts you can’t help but be pulled into the story, into the characters and all that surrounds them.

As I started to read Tribute I was immediately pulled into Cilla’s life and her struggle for creating her life over, to start a new and actually have her own life.  Cilla is a fantastic character.  She is strong, determined, struggles in aspects of her life, which endures her character to the reader.

Ford is as well a very well-developed character.  He holds the humor of the book with his witty and words that he says.  I love how he is a very determined man to make Cilla his own.  She resists and resists but finally she gives into happiness which is in the form of Ford.

The shocking thing about the book which was nice to read was the idea that Cilla dreamt of her grandmother.  You learned a lot about the grandmother through the dreams but was it Cilla’s imagination or really her grandmother.  Another great part of the book is who really is behind the mischief that is plaguing Cilla and the mystery of how her grandmother really met her end.  The culprit(s) will reveal themselves and new ones will come to harm Cilla.

I wasn’t sure who the real person was until the very end of the book.