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VMars Cover The Thousand Dollar Tan LineHello, fellow marshmallows! Let’s talk about the first novel in what shall hopefully be a long-running book series.

Set a couple of months after the movie, Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line begins with the mysterious disappearance of young spring breaker Hayley Dewalt. Veronica is hired to find the missing girl, but the mystery in Neptune has only just begun, and Veronica will be facing another more personal demon before she solves this one.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line reads like a centralized extended episode, much like the style of the movie, which isn’t a bad thing. We see Veronica butt heads with Keith, super sleuth with Wallace, miss Logan while connecting over the airwaves, and trade witty comebacks with Mac.

Readers are treated with another reintroduction to a character that was heavily featured in “Weapons of Class Destruction” (Season 1, Episode 18). Norris Clayton, ladies and gents, is a Sheriff’s deputy, and he seems to be another honest employee of the Department. Here’s hoping that we see him again in the next novel!

Not only does The Thousand Dollar Tan Line read like a tried and true Veronica Mars mystery with twists and turns, double crosses and misdirects, but we get to delve deeper into the psyche of an older but not always wiser Veronica.

She’s still a marshmallow. She’s still a fiery defender of justice. She’s still the Veronica Mars who we’ve been missing.

The second novel, Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell, will be released on October 28, 2014.

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Supernatural Nevermore CoverSupernatural Nevermore is another hunt for the Winchester brothers. Unlike the previously reviewed TV tie-in novel, only knowledgeable fans of the television series Supernatural will get the full effect of this original Supernatural novel.

Dean and Sam Winchester are asked to check out a haunted house in New York City, not far from the scene of two university students’ deaths.

The students’ murders are strange by any standards, and the brothers learn that it is the latest in a series of killings that are based on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

Not only dealing with a lovesick spirit haunting the house of a local rocker, Sam and Dean investigate the Poe killings while dodging the authorities and finding themselves facing a human monster. A human serial killer certainly isn’t in their father’s journal.

Supernatural Nevermore combined some of my favored fandoms: Supernatural and Edgar Allan Poe. It was interesting when reading the sections depicting the serial killer’s thoughts and behaviors during the ritualistic murders, obsessing over the legendary writer.

It would have been quite difficult to follow without previous knowledge from the television series, referencing past characters and cases. It did not overly describe the characteristics and history of the Winchesters, reiterating the fact that this TV tie-in novel was geared toward fans of Supernatural rather than unfamiliar readers not from the fandom.

Supernatural Nevermore is set during the second season of the television series, specifically between the second-season episodes “Crossroad Blues” and “Croatoan.”

It depicted the camaraderie and mood between the Winchester brothers beautifully, especially during the tentative time after their father’s death.  Dean’s uncertainty about who his father was and what his father did or did not do for both him and his brother Sam is palpable. Sam’s grief and anxiety when stepping onto a college campus after everything that has happened in the past.

Delving into the minds of the Winchester brothers, Supernatural Nevermore showed more of the inner workings of Sam and Dean. Though with the acting chops of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Supernatural has always shown the Winchesters as multilayered characters with an unbreakable bond between brothers.

Looking forward to the next original Supernatural novel, I will be reading and reviewing Supernatural Witch’s Canyon in the near future.

Leverage The Con Job CoverWith the end of TNT’s Leverage illustrated by its December 25th series finale, it seemed like the end of an era.

And after five years of watching the crew provide leverage for those less fortunate, I was unsure if we had any more cons to see.

Without rehashing the same ole con, it seemed like the time to end the series (though I have yet to watch the last aired episodes of the fifth season).

But Leverage is not over, not by a long shot. The Con Job (A Leverage Novel) is the first of three novels slated for release in the coming months, released a single week after the series finale.

Nate and his team run a con at Comic-Con International after they receive a job from the daughter of an ailing comic book artist who was swindled by a comic book dealer.

The Con Job brings all the elements of the television series, except the anticipated cry of “Damn it, Hardison!” from Eliot, with the intricate twists of the cons expected from Leverage. It begins like any con seen on the television series, keeping me reading throughout the night.

Being familiar with the television series, I know the team as intimately as any other fan of the TNT original series. The Con Job is an upstanding stand-alone book that can be read by anyone from a novice to the series to a longtime fan of Leverage.

Hardison is in his geek element, Eliot reveals some of his past, and Parker is the best Black Widow that some of the convention goers have ever seen. And Nate shows another facet of his relationship with his deceased son Sam.

Bringing the show from the screen to the page, The Con Job is another con, another chance to see the leverage team in action. And it won’t be the last TV tie-in novel: The Zoo Job (A Leverage Novel) will be released on March 5, 2013.


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