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All throughout his life, Steve Madden was asked if he was related to John Madden. As a budding writer striving to make a name for himself, he would respond, "No, but someday people will ask John if he's related to me."
Later in life, people pointed out he shared his name with a shoe company. He found this more acceptable, because while he doesn't follow football, he often wears shoes.
He has since decided to make a name for himself by not actually using his name.
on Aug. 15, 2012 :
Full review with links here: http://katysozaeva.blogspot.com/2012/08/book-review-bravadodramatique-by-sl.html
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Young Adult
Disclosure: I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review of this book.
Synopsis: The play’s the thing....
Between training, fighting demons and studying for school, Nick has more than enough to worry about. So how did he end up starring in the school play opposite Reva and Wendy, the two girls he can’t decide between?
Reva’s beautiful and popular and has a crush on him, but she wants to keep it a secret. Wendy’s a good friend, but she’s too wrapped up in thinking her father’s new care provider is a witch to notice Nick slipping away from her.
It’s enough to distract him from what’s important, like the demons who crave the Orb’s power. Then there’s Cal Phibbs, the school outcast, who’s been heard having conversations with himself. It’s almost as if he’s talking to someone — or something — no one else can see...
My Thoughts: This is book two in Only Human on the Block. I read and reviewed the first book in the series, The Four-Year-Old Guardian, in September, 2011, and that review can be seen here.
Since it has been so long, I was tempted to re-read the first book before starting on this one, but decided I need to get moving through some of these older books, so just had to hope my memory would come through for a change. As it turned out, I fell back into the plot fairly easily. Being able to see how these characters are growing and changing is a real treat, and having the play be such an essential part of this story was a rare treat, as I was in drama throughout grammar, middle and high school, and well into University. I’ve always loved performing in front of a crowd, to the point where karaoke is one of my favorite things to do, if I can find a place where I enjoy hanging out.
I particularly liked Cal Phibbs – to tell the truth, he is exactly the sort of person I would have hung out with in school, if anyone in my little town had the guts to be a Goth. My parents would have blown a gasket, but I’ve always favored the outcasts and the misfits – being one myself – so I really related to Cal. I’m very concerned about Myles – when you read the book you will know why. He’s a sweet boy, and I’m terribly afraid something horrible is going to happen to him. We will see.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of editing errors in my copy. I enjoyed the story, obviously, but the constant parade of extra words, missing words, wrong words, incorrect tenses, wrong forms, redundancies, etc. really started to wear on me – there was something on pretty much every page. Like this sentence, for instance: “He his him in his lap.” What was meant was “He hid his hand in his lap.” Despite that, I quite liked the book; if the story had been any less, I would have taken off a star for the editing, but the story was so fun and engaging that I will leave it at five stars.
This is to be a five-book series; the next book, Together Alone should be out soon, and I will definitely be watching for it. If you enjoy young adult urban fantasies, you should definitely enjoy the Only Human on the Block series, set in Averton, OR – the monster capital of the world. I’ll be reading another book by Madden next – from a separate series – so watch for my review, coming soon!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 27, 2012 :
S.L. Madden does it again. If you haven't started the "Only Human on the Block" series yet I suggest you bust over to Amazon or Smashwords and pick it up. Bravado/Dramatique is the second book in the series and I must say I can't wait for the third.
This go around Nick has his hands full. Not only does he have to continue with Severance protecting the Orb from demons, keep up with his training with Heather, but he has to continue surviving high school. (At the pace he's going there's not a teacher in the building who will let him use the hall pass again) So what does Nick do to solve his building dilemma, but get involved in the school play with Wendy and Reva, the two girls who drive his heart crazy. What better way to turn up the heat on the situation than to be the lead in said play. Can Nick keep his priorities straight and do his job as Guardian? And what in the world does Cal Phibbs, school bully, have to do with everything going on?
I don't like spoilers, so this is about as much as you are going to get from me. Just trust me when I say this is a very engaging and interesting paranormal series. I love Nick and Severance and all the mess they keep finding themselves in. I love the personalities of each of the other characters who not only add to the story, but are pivotal to the plot. I can't see the story without a single one of them. It is a fast passed series that you will, if like me, read in one sitting!!
Take a chance on this series and pick it up!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)