COVER REVEAL: I AM FOREVER by WYNNE CHANNING

Here is the cover of the sequel to Wynne Channing’s What Kills Me: I AM FOREVER!
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Introducing I Am Forever, the highly-anticipated sequel to Wynne Channing’s best-selling debut novel What Kills Me. Check out the teaser synopsis for the second book in the series which is due out in Winter 2013:

The prophecy said a girl would kill them all.

Against an army of vampires, Axelia fought back and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god. But she is not safe. The empire is rife with danger and deceit — and Axelia and her companion, Lucas, are caught in the middle of a bloody war.

With everyone’s lives at stake, Axelia must battle to protect those she loves.

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If you haven’t yet read the exhilarating first book, What Kills Me, which has an impressive 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Amazon (179 reviews), buy it here:

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What Kills Me Cover SmallAn ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

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About Wynne: Wynne Channing is an national newspaper reporter and best-selling young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

I Heart Comix: My July 31 Pull List

My pull list for this week:

Adventures of Superman #3 (Print)
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The Wake #3

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X-Men #3

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Captain Marvel #14

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I’ve already read the digital version of Adventures of Superman since it came out before the print version and I can say it’s worth a read. The Wake is awesome so far which isn’t a surprise since its written by Snyder. X-Men and Captain Marvel are awesome comics and are made even more awesome as female led books.

A. A. Omer

The Importance of Character in Superhero Movies

I wrote a post early this morning on Tumblr. Thought I’d share. Might add to it later. 

– A. A. Omer

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Ok. I’m writing this post at 12:55 am on July 30th because I have something very important that I need to discuss.

No. It’s not life saving in the way that a cure for cancer would be but it’s a huge deal for fans of superhero comics/movies.

After Man of Steel came out and became a box office success, there have been talks of a Justice League movie in the works with an announcement of Superman vs Batman and Flash films to occur right before it. Let’s put aside the fact that it’s Flash and NOT WONDER WOMAN who has a solo film announced already to come out before the Justice League movie because that’s a whole other post and it’ll just make this one longer (and unfocused). What’s similar to the Wonder Woman dilemma is this talk of how difficult it is to bring the DC characters to the big screen because they’re so God-like in their abilities unlike most of the Avengers characters over at Marvel (with the exception of Batman). That’s why Marvel is succeeding while DC is fumbling (or at least crawling while they’re sprinting ahead).

Bullshit.

First off, Marvel has characters such as Hulk and Thor who had movies we all went to see, right? Hulk is a huge green monster who is essentially indestructible. Thor is a Norse god. THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN CONNECT WITH THESE INDIVIDUALS.

But guess what? We connect to Hulk because we sympathize with him. Whenever he gets angry, he shifts into something he can’t control and that loss of control is terrifying. That’s the equivalent of everyday life for us and it causes us to root for Hulk because he’s the black sheep (or green in this case). He’s misunderstood and all he wants to be is normal, to be left alone and not hunted down or persecuted. Thor was cocky but was brought down a peg when casted out by his father to learn some humility and that’s when we watch him grow as someone who becomes worthy of the title “God of Thunder”.

Marvel succeeds where DC fails in that they put character first and the power is either a manifestation of who their hero is as a person or it’s something that challenges the hero and is the tool in helping them achieve greatness. DC has great story arcs out there of all their characters that really focuses on that: character.

What DC needs to do and what everyone else should be doing is not worry about how to make the flying, super speed or a glowing green ring appear realistic. Guess what? SUPERHEROES AREN’T REALISTIC. THAT’S THE POINT. They need to sit down and work on the character. The stories are out there. The characters exist. So bring them into our time and our world.

Avengers did it. It’s been done. They have relatable characters, it’s still fantastical with the Norse god and Green Rage Monster AND IT’S INSPIRING. I’m not depressed when I watch it but instead want to run out and play hero.

That’s a superhero movie, ladies and gents.

Writing has always been the foundation to a great film. So do that.

Write.

I Heart Comix: My July 24 Pull List

These are the comics on my pull list for this week:

Lazarus #2

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Batman/Superman #2

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This is a stellar week. Both of their #1 issues were a strong start to the series in terms of both art AND writing. Not the first time I’ve read something by Greg Rucka (Gotham Central, No Man’s Land: The Novel) and it’s the first time I’ve read something by Greg Pak. It’s the week of the Gregs and I’m very excited for these issues.

A. A. Omer

You Read What? Book Review: The Brokenhearted

Author: Amelia Haney

Publisher: HarperCollins

  • Imprint: HarperTeen

Date Published: October 8th 2013

Format: ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy). Paperback.

Source: From the publisher for an honest review

Synopsis:

A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.

The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.

Number of Days It Took to Read: DNF (Did Not Finish). Read up to 166 pages out of 336

Cover: 

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This is a kick ass cover. This as well as The Dark Knight comparisons was what made this a must read for me.

The Writing Score: 2.5 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating:  2.5 out of 5

Review:

First book review in a while and, sadly, it’s a DNF (Did Not Finish). I’m so incredibly disappointed given that the book is a) a superhero story or, more accurately, an origin story of a superhero and b) it was marketed as The Dark Knight meets Cinder (more like Batman Begins given that it’s an origin story). I am a HUGE Batman fanatic/superhero geek so you could imagine my despair when I realized that it was nothing like the Christopher Nolan films.

This book has so much potential and the concept is great but “potential” and “concepts” mean nothing if the execution isn’t done well. There was too much telling and not enough showing, the pacing was way off and most importantly the character’s actions made no sense. The motivations felt unrealistic mainly because everything our protagonist, Anthem, did wasn’t earned. I wasn’t invested in the character because I didn’t know her. I couldn’t understand what it was about her that I should be rooting for, connect with or find her interesting outside of her enhanced abilities.

The thing about superhero stories is that the actual super powers should be the icing on the character cake. They should be a tool to tell a greater and more character driven story. The super powers aren’t the story’s foundation but instead becomes the thing that helps grow and challenge them.

The secondary characters were extremely one dimensional and were used as plot devices rather than being actual people.

I’m really upset with this one guys 😦

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.