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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Prism Stalker Volume #1

Another copy I received via Edelweiss+.

This volume collected the first 5 issues of Prism Srtalker. In these we meet Vep, a young Inaman refugee. She is taken from her current residence upon an asteroid and enrolled in an academy on a new planet. There are dozens of different species here, as well as members from other Inaman tribes. Vep tries to help several times, but soon finds that help is not always welcome.

The students in this academy are taught how to manipulate the energy upon the planet, as well as their own physical form. I got a little bit lost on this part, but it seemed pretty cool. Vep struggles with it, worrying she’s ‘missing’ some vital part of herself. She is picked on by several other students, but soon manages to make some friends within the academy.

I was very much reminded of Shade: The Changing Girl during the first part of Issue #1 of this, where Vep is sort of communicating with her ancestors, learning the ancient language of her tribe. And of course, the art style is incredibly similar. The colours are amazingly vivid, with tons of geometric shapes and lines throughout, as well as a lot of fluid movement and forms. It was really gorgeous to look at; at the start, where Vep is learning her tribe’s language, there is a lot of tribal influence in the art, which I thought was wonderful.

I really wanted to like this, but I did get a bit too confused. I just couldn’t quite catch on to the story. Still, I appreciate the art and the originality of the concept. 3 stars.

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Graphic Novel Review: Xena: Penance

Another ARC I received from Edelweiss+.

Xena, the Warrior Princess, has left her life of war and violence behind. She has dismissed her army, and seeks forgiveness for the destruction and death she caused in the path. She comes across a villager in need, Gabrielle, being attacked by a former member of her own army. The ex-warrior, Jax, makes it clear that he has not forgiven Xena for dropping the army.

Gabrielle joins Xena on her journey, determined to ‘help’. However, she turns out to be far more trouble than she’s worth, especially when someone wants to show Xena how it feels to lose someone.

Yet again, this novel is led by some fanatastically strong women. Their relationship with one another is comical yet sweet, and I could see Xena beginning to care for Gabrielle throughout the stories.

The writing was great, and the art was classic and clear. I am intrigued about Xena’s past, and would definitely be interested in more of this series. 4 stars.

I’m Back!

Uhhhhh so it’s been a while… Sorry about that! I haven’t done much reading for a while due to my A Level exams and a lot of stuff going on in my personal life, but I’m hoping to be more active again now.

This is just a quick post to apologise for my impromtu hiatus, but here’s a quick summary of the books I’m currently reading:

 This is one of the collections of H.G. Wells’ stories, including War of the WorldsThe Time MachineThe Invisible Man, and several more. The stories are all fantastic, and I’m currently on The First Men in the Moon which I am enjoying immensely. I would definitely recommend this to any sci-fi fans! My favourite story of the collection so far is The Time Machine. I’ve been wanting to read Wells’ work for such a long time, and I was so glad when I was given this book as a gift.

 

I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in return for my review, and I’ve been trying to read it for months now. I’m really enjoying it, but I just keep getting distracted. It’s a really interesting book so far though, and I’ve heard so much about it from other bloggers and also friends from school. I’m planning to just sit down and get it read ASAP.

 

 

This book was given to me as a sort of joke by my now-ex-boyfriend. I’m not going to say too much about it for now, but basically Brett Keane is a YouTuber that a group of podcasters, originally called the Drunken Peasants, liked to *ahem* joke about a lot. He published a trilogy of books, with EUL being the first in the series. It. Is. AWFUL. The grammar is horrendous, the font and layout is terrible, the characters are ridiculous… It’s a mess. It was the focus of many DP jokes, hence why my ex heard about it and bought it for me. It’s so painful to read. I’ve been reading it for several months now and am so tempted to just chuck it away, it’s THAT bad.

I received an e-copy of this book in return for my review from the website OnlineBookClub.org. I haven’t read much of it yet – at all – but it seems to be a rather epic fantasy, with a lot of jumping acros the timeline. There is a note from the author at the start of the books suggesting readers pay close attention to the dates throughout the book in order to avoid confusion. Like I said, I haven’t read that much yet, but I’ve already found the importance of these dates.

 

So that’s it for now. Sorry again for disappearing, and thank you for reading this. I hope to be back and blogging again now, and I have a ton of great books due for review!

2017 Wrap Up!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already! 2017 definitely had it’s ups and downs, but for now I’m going to focus on all the books I read! My goal was 100 books, which I sadly did not quite reach. I did manage 82, though, which I’m quite pleased with. You can see all the books I read here.

There have been tons of amazing books, but I’m going to pick the top ten that I read. (Barely any I read were actually published in 2017, though.)

  1. Hurt: This was so, so emotional. It tackled the topic of male rape, while being incredibly addictive and honest. The only book that managed to make me cry this year.
  2. Wintergirls: One of the anorexia-related books that I picked up last year. Fantastically written and super relatable. Interesting paranormal twist to it, too.
  3. The Bane Chronicles: A fantastic collection of stories focusing on my favourite character from the Mortal Instruments – Magnus Bane. The stories spread over the many centuries of Magnus’s existence, perfectly reflecting the time periods, the different locations and the wonderful personality of Magnus himself. It really felt like he was telling the stories himself.
  4. Alice in the Looking Glass: A Mother and Daughter’s Experience of Anorexia: Another eating disorder-related book, but a non-fiction one this time. Both mother and daughter (Alice, the daughter, being the sufferer) recall their experience with the disorder and her wobbly road to recovery. A wonderful book, honest and realistic but filled with hope.
  5. Bleach 3-in-1 Volume #1: I haven’t seen the show, but fell in love with the book. (My boyfriend has since bought me most of the collection which I am dying to binge-read this year.) It’s funny and exciting and the art is fantastic – a perfect manga, really.
  6. Batman: The Killing Joke: An essential read for any comic book/graphic novel fans. I’m fascinated by the Joker as a character and am planning to read as many graphic novels featuring him as I can. I knew this to be a good place to start as it’s so iconic. The art is used amazingly – colour palettes accentuating the story at key moments. We see a glimpse into the Joker’s past – but is it real?
  7. Gotham Academy: Second Semester Volume #1: Welcome Back: This series was amazing. Olive’s mother was imprisoned by Batman, and she fears she’s going to turn crazy too. But her relationships with the other students are so lovely, and I adored her as a character. This was a really moving series. Great fun, too.
  8. Supergirl Volume #1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen: This was the first I’d read of Supergirl, and I was definitely impressed. I haven’t watched the show so didn’t have the problem of feeling like this was “based on” that series. I liked watching Kara fit into her new Earth life, and look forward to reading more.
  9. Whisper to Me: Another book I picked up without even knowing what it was about. But once I started, I honestly couldn’t stop. It was absolutely fantastic! Strange, definitely unique, and so addictive.
  10. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice: This probably seems like a bit of a weird one, but it was surprisingly good. If you don’t get on with classic literature then this can really help you understand the story, but it’s also just really pretty on it’s own.

So there you go! 10 of my favourite books from last year. (Still weird to say.) Feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of these, or what you’re favourites have been from 2017! Happy New Year everyone, may you bookshelves be fruitful and your teacups full.

Manga/Graphic Novel Review: The Beast’s Tale

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Thank you to the author/publisher for accepting my request to read and review this book

A few days ago I posted my review of the first instalment of this collection, Belle’s Tale.

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The Beast’s Tale (Beauty and the Beast #2) by Mallory Reaves – eBook, 178 pages – Published March 2017 by TokyoPop

There’s not a whole lot extra I can say about this one, as I mentioned the art style last time. I did like how this featured the Beast’s side – as the title suggests – and therefore provides more insight into his own experiences and feelings. It was nice to read these two parts together; the same story but from different perspectives. I think it was a pretty unique was of telling the classic fairytale.

This has never been my favourite story, but I still enjoyed it. I preferred this book to the first one, as it seems a bit more original and took a bit of a new turn on the original story. Overall, a strong 3.5 stars.

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Goodbye 2016… Hello 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! I’m going to keep this as book-based as I can, but I apologise for any random, personal tangents I may go off on.

First of all, a quick summary of my past year. I aimed for 100 books, but only managed to read 66. (Disappointing, I know.)

I can’t seem to link them to their reviews, but you can find a list of every book I’ve reviewed on this blog, in alphabetical order of author, here.

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At the end of last year, I added a poll to the sidebar of my blog. The question was what you guys thought was the best book published in 2015. The winner, with 33% of voters on their side, was Dan and Phil’s The Amazing Book is Not on Fire.

I’ve put up a new poll for this year, which I will also paste below. What do you think was the best book of last year?

That’s it for now! I may post a little something about my favourite books of the year later on, but for now I shall leave you in peace. Happy New Year!

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Comic Book Review: Batman (DC Rebirth) Volume #9

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Batman Volume #9, I Am Suicide Part One – Tom King – DC Universe Rebirth 2016

Okay, this one was amazing. I am so psyched for Assault on Santa Prisca.

So Batman is recruiting a team. He needs to break Bane out of the most secure prison on Earth in order to relieve Gotham Girl of her overwhelming headaches. They tell him not to recruit this one, it’s not safe… Anyone but them…

There are some incredible panels in this (I really am in love with the art in here). And obviously, I’m super excited to see how this plan goes for Batman.

Again, I don’t really have much to compare this to, but I know I loved it and that I’m definitely wanting to read on. So I think I’ll give this comic 4 stars too, quite easily.

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Book Exchange!

Hey everyone! You may have heard of this before, but I’ve recently participated in a book exchange programme, where you send one book to another person (I’ll tell you who) and you receive at least 36 books back! Basically, I need at least 6 people to like this post, and I will contact you with the details (I’ll contact you through your blog, or any way you prefer, just leave it in the comments or contact me). Thanks!

Sorry…

I’m really sorry I’ve not been updating my blog as much as I used to! I’m going to try to get back on track with my weekly tags, and finish and review the books I’m currently reading ASAP. In the meantime, I think I’m going to have to discontinue my daily Last Line Read posts. Sorry guys!

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