On Sunday, January 17th, Fox is having a preview event. Based on the DC comic, Human Target is about Christopher Chance, a man with varied abilities and expertise, who hires himself out as a personal bodyguard.
I was lucky enough to receive an early screener of the show and loved every minute of it. It’s and action-packed thrill ride with heart. I haven’t read the comics yet, but I’ll definitely be watching the show.
In 2009, I read a total of 143 books – some old, some new. This made narrowing down favorites very difficult! So, instead of a simple Top 10, I’m listing by category. All favorites listed below were published in 2009.
The Stats: 143 books consumed in 2009. 58 authors never read before. 120 scifi/fantasy novels read. 12 graphic novels read. 42 were young adult or children’s books. 79 book reviews written.
18 tv/movies received in 2009. 317 books received in 2009.
Gin, aka the Spider, is a paid assassin and a stone and ice elemental. When Gin is double-crossed during a job, she takes it personal, particularly when her mentor is brutally tortured and murdered. Gin decides to team up with Detective Donovan Caine, but she’ll need to convince him that she’s not the enemy.
Estep has created a fun and fascinating urban fantasy world of vampires, giants, elementals, and other dangerous creatures. The magical creatures are (mostly) treated as regular humans, though it’s certainly a dark and dangerous world. Gin is a mysterious and complex character. We’re given glimpses of her past throughout the book, and her story slowly unfolds as to why she became such a ruthless killer. Though, supposedly she only kills people who deserve it. It’s quite a unique perspective to have the protagonist be a paid assassin and the “good guy.” But somehow, the author makes Gin human enough to make it believable.
Loaded with action and intrigue, the story is strong and exciting. The mystery itself takes a backseat to the character interaction and suspense. But I wouldn’t change a thing. With a knock-out, climactic ending and a surprising twist that I didn’t see coming, I was definitely impressed. This dark, urban fantasy series has a promising start.
Curse of the Spider King, by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, is first in the The Berinfell Prophesies series.
In a world called Allyra, seven children of Elven Lords disappeared during the Siege of Berinfell. Hidden among humans on Earth, the children have grown up knowing nothing of their heritage. But the Spider King wants them dead. So, Elven warriors must race to find the seven children, protect them, and lead them back to Allyra to claim their rightful place in their home world.
The seven Elven children are each faced with the unbelievable fact that they are not human, let alone adopted. To top it off, as each turns 13, they discover that they have an amazing and unique gift. Reminiscent of The Neverending Story, each young teen is given a special book. A book that tells the history of Berinfell and literally comes alive for the reader, when the words are touched.
With amazing characters and spectacular world-building, this book seemed to come alive to me as well. I got caught up in each of the young teen’s stories, their struggles and heartaches. This is a coming-of-age story and fantasy, with plenty of action, suspense, magic, mystery, and mild Christian themes. Marketed for young adults, but this first installment is fairly suitable for preteens and middle readers as well.
From beginning to end, the suspense and danger kept me on the edge of my seat. We are left with a mild cliffhanger, but thankfully the next in the series is scheduled to release in June. Curse of the Spider King was one of the most vivid and exciting young adult novels that I have read this year.