Posted in 2016

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen


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James Tynion IV &  Eddy Barrows 

Paperback, 128 pages

Published February 14th 2017 by DC Comics
 
 

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Detective Comics is back! Follow the adventures of Batman, the world’s greatest…teacher?!

The Dark Knight and series co-star Batwoman team up to take new protégés Red Robin, Spoiler and the villainous Clayface under their leathery wings! The only problem is, neither new super-instructor knows exactly what they’re in for as the attempt to train these wiould-be heroes before a mysterious army takes Gotham for themselves.

From the new creative team of writer James Tynion (Batman/TMNT) and artist Eddy Barrows (Martian Manhunter), Detective Comics brings back the characters you know and love and thrusts them into dangerous, new adventures!

Collecting: Detective Comics 934-940

My Thoughts:

When DC announced the titles for Rebirth I was most excited about this title because it had two of my favorite characters: Cassandra Cain & Stephanie Brown. And an added bonus was that this title would also feature Batwoman, so I was extremely happy when DC approved me for a review copy. It wasn’t my favorite of the rebirth titles I’ve read before (which is Aquaman) but sadly, it wasn’t as good as I hoped it to be.

I really enjoyed the team aspect, especially since a featured a diverse set of characters. I tend to enjoy team ups much more because I enjoy the interaction and how they work together when on missions. This team which consists of Clayface, Red Robin, Orphan, Spoiler, Batwoman, and Batman worked well with each other and came together pretty seamlessly which was great. If I’m honest I wish there was more interaction between the members. There was a lot of interaction between Stephanie and Tim, which I expected but I really wanted more interaction with everybody; hopeful there is more in the next volume.

It wasn’t spectacular but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The storyline was interesting and entertaining. I thought the pacing was perfect and the artwork was excellent. The characters felt real, though I do have to say that Cassandra and Clayface kind of faded into the background a bit as Steph, Tim, Kate, and Bruce took most of the attention. But, I have to say that Cassandra Cain is my favorite character so I’m biased. We get a lot of Batwoman’s backstory which I honestly loved and I can’t wait to see where her story arc goes in the coming volumes. I also enjoyed seeing a vulnerable Batman in this.


Overall, I enjoyed this title and can’t wait to see where things go. That ending has me a little worried about the direction of the storyline, so I will definitely be continuing on with this one.

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Posted in 2016

My Top Ten Favorite Couples


In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought it would be cute to share my favorite couples! All of these couples are from movies and TV. I’ll do book couples next week!

1. Barry Allen & Iris West (The Flash)

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These two are so cute! I can’t tell you how happy I was when they became an official couple!

2. Chairman & Sayuri (Memoirs of a Geisha)

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I watched this movie when I was younger, and I’ve always loved this couple. The quote in the picture is a favorite of mine as well

3. Baby & Johnny (Dirty Dancing)

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Do I even need to explain this one? She’s like the wind always makes me cry.

4. Brennan & Booth (Bones)

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I waited years, YEARS for these two to admit their feelings for each other. They are perfect together, so sweet, so understanding. AND their vows were literal perfection and worth the wait.

5. Noah & Allie (The Notebook)

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It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over. *sobs*

6. Zuko & Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

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So..
this couple never happened, but it should’ve. I could go on and on about why Zutara should’ve been endgame but I won’t. Just know I’m still upset.

7. Bonnie & Enzo (The Vampire Diaries)

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Okay, these two aren’t my favorite couple. But I did really like them together and I love Bonnie. She was so happy and I loved it and now… *cries uncontrollably*

8. Topanga & Cory (Boy Meets World)

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The picture says it all, tbh.

9. Arthur & Gwen (Merlin)

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This one breaks my heart but damn, I loved them.

10. Sandy & Danny (Grease)

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Puppy love at it’s finest!

✧・゚: *✧・゚:* *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ .・゜゜・ ・゜゜・. 。・゚゚・ ・゚゚・。

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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Posted in 2016

Reader Problems Book Tag


Hey everybody, I’m here with another Tag! I have no idea who created this tag, but if you do please let me know so that I can give credit, anyway I can across this tag over at The Book Nut so go check them out!

 

  1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I usually just look at my bookcase and see what pops out to me, or I’ll be scrolling through goodreads. But It really goes by how I’m feeling at the time.

  1. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

Put it down, life is way to short to waste time on something you’re not enjoying.

  1. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

This is so bad, but if I’m behind on my challenge I just change it to a lower number that suits me.  So no, I don’t try to catch up. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  1. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I honestly don’t care that much. But why can’t they wait until the series is over to change the covers?

  1. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

No one. I just look at good reviews and wonder how they could ever like that book.

  1. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

This actually happened to me last semester while I was reading before class. I was reading The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and one of the stories made me burst into to tears, unexpectedly. I was too sad to care about anything else. Also In high school we were reading the Scarlet Ibis, and I cried my eyes out in the middle of class I literally couldn’t keep it in, and then I cried while I walked home. I Just dry my tears and keep it pushing, and stop thinking about it.

  1. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Probably not. I’ll skim it, but that’s about it. I honestly only reread a book if it’s a favorite of mine.

  1. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I say no.

  1. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I stop reading, and just wait until I get in the mood to read. If I don’t feel like reading I’m not going to force myself.

  1. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

None, I haven’t bought books in so long. I own an unprecedented amount of books it’s crazy.

  1. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

It depends on my mood, but they probably sit there until I get a break or something.

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Posted in 2016

Review: Bluets by Maggie Nelson


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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color…

A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

My Thoughts:

It took me forever to read this book. It took me almost a year to finish this book, and it’s tiny. It’s only 95 pages but to me It read and felt as if I was reading a book that was well over a thousand pages, and that’s a good thing! This book gave me so many things to consider, to love, to learn, to understand and relate to! It was an experience.  A weird, sad, relatable, thought provoking experience and I enjoyed every single second of it. I wish I could forget everything about this book, just so I could I have that experience again.

It’s safe to say that I will never look at the color blue the same way again. Honestly, I will probably happen across a blue object and wonder what this color means to someone else. This is definitely a book about blue; you will come across the history of blue and hear about other people’s experience with blue. But It’s not just about the color of blue.  It’s about pain, sadness, loss, regret, happiness. ’s not so much about blue the color, but blue the feeling.

This book is a raw & obsessive look about falling in love with the color blue, and that might sound weird, but if you read this book you might just fall in love with blue yourself.

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Posted in 2016

Reading Habits Book Tag


Hello everyone!

I came across this tag and thought it would be fun to do! This tag was originally created by TheBookJazz you can check out her video here, but I personally saw it over at Dreamland Book Blog and you can see her post here

 

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
My room. I literally can’t read anywhere else in my house or I will get distracted by everything and everyone.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark, definitely. My bookmark collection is extensive and beautiful. I’m obsessed with them.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you
have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
I can just stop reading. I don’t really care about where I stop.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
Nope.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
Only when i’m at school. I will listen to music while a read, so I don’t get distracted by other people’s conversations

6. One book at a time or several at once?
Several at once. I usually read by moods, and if one book reaches a point I don’t like I will pick up a different one.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
I prefer to read at home, so i can be cozy.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
silently in my head, unless I read a passage that I really like it makes me laugh then I have to read it out loud.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Only if i’m bored with the book. But sometimes I like to read the last page of the book before I actually start it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Keep the spines new. Unless it’s a Mass Market Paperback, then I have to crack the spines

11. Do you write in your books?
Yes! I tab, write, highlight, circle. I do everything, to me it’s a sure fire sign that a book is well loved.

12. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
In the evening, and maybe right when I wake up before I get out of bed.

13. What is your best setting to read in?
In my bed, surrounded by a mountain of blankets.

14. What do you do first – Read or Watch?
Depends. Sometime i’m like I have to read the book before I watch, but it doesn’t happen. Sometimes I read because I watched the movie or TV show.

15. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
These days it’s E-book. I’m addicted to my Kindle right now. But physical books will always have a place in my personal library. 

16. Do you have a unique habit when you read?
I make faces. It’s why I almost always read at home.

17. Do book series have to match?
ideally, yes. in actuality i’m going to get whatever I cheaper.

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Posted in 2016

Review: The Flash, Volume 1: Lightning Strikes Twice


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Joshua Williamson & Carmine Di Giandomenico

Paperback, Trade, 219 pages
January 24th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegee, Wally West!

From up and coming writer Joshua Williamson (Illuminati, Red Skull) and illustrator Carmine Di Giandomenico comes The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightening Strikes Twice!

Collecting: The Flash: Rebirth, 1-8

My Thoughts:

It was pretty good, I liked it.

It was a great trade for new readers, I was a little confused about the two Wally West’s because I didn’t read the previous run, so I don’t know young Wally’s origin. But other than that it was fine, and I really think fans of the show will enjoy this, it feels pretty similar.

The storyline was interesting, and enjoyable. There was a lot of moving parts, that came together in the end and I really liked that.

The twist though wasn’t surprising, like at all. But that didn’t lessen the quality of the story, at least for me. It was entertaining to watch Barry deal with the surprise. I also like watching Barry deal and figure things as a member of law enforcement.

Iris was pretty badass in this trade, definitely not a damsel. Her relationship with young Wally West was my favorite. They love each other so much, and Wally looks up to her and its endearing. Meena & Wally were sweet too. This trade focuses a lot on personal relationships.

I always kind of think of Barry as a Boy Scout. He’s good and sweet, and carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He want to do everything, and save everybody and then beats himself up when he can’t. This in the beginning of the trade was endearing, by the end I was a bit annoyed. Also the repetition in this book drove me insane. The word speed appears at least a 200 hundred times in this trade, and I got tired of reading “My names Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man alive”.

Overall it was a good trade, with an interesting plot, and great artwork. Perfect for new readers & fans of the show.

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Posted in 2016

Review: Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning


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Dan Abnett & Brad Walker

Paperback, Trade, 192 pages

Published January 11th 2017 by DC Comics

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In his undersea realm, Aquaman is both King and outsider. And in the surface world, he’s a hero and an outcast.

In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to finally choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!

Collecting: Aquaman 1-7, Rebirth

 

My Thoughts:

Before I get into this review I have to first say: I’ve never read anything about Aquaman. This is my first occurence with Arthur Curry, and I wasn’t disappointed.

With DC rebooted their universe, this is the perfect starting point for new readers. The first issue in the trade does a great job of explaining who Arthur Curry is, his world, his place on land and in sea, and It’s done in a very interesting way which made me even more excited to jump into the storyline.

This trade was action packed and intriguing. The Trade starts with Aquaman trying to bring both of his worlds together, land and sea. With this endeavor he faces opposition on both sides. The people on earth think he is dangerous and foolish at the same time, while the people of Atlantis want nothing to do with the air-breathers. What I like most about this trade was seeing the opposing sides and watching as Aquaman tried to make everything work. He was willing to do anything to bring the people of Atlantis and the people of land together, and it was amazing to watch as it all unfolded.

I think the main reason why I loved this book so much was Mera. I have to say the beginning of the book was slow, it was interesting, but it was pretty slow. So when the action started to unfold I was glad, and extremely happy to see that Mera was at the forefront of it all. That woman is strong, fierce, an amazing warrior, and she will do anything for Arthur. I thought the relationship between Mera and Arthur was amazing, it was even funny at times, and they work so well with each other.

What else made this book a hit, at least in my opinion was Black Manta. Getting his side of the story was personally my favorite part. Watching as he pursued his vengeance against Arthur was entertaining, but seeing why he wants to defeat Aquaman was shocking to me. I’m new to Aquaman and comics in general, so it changed my opinion of Aquaman. Also, Black Manta is pretty badass, and I truly love his personality and I’m so stoked to see where his story arc goes.

Being new to Aquaman I was very impressed with this trade. I thought the storyline was entertaining and intriguing, the artwork was beautiful, and the characters were vibrant. For old fans I don’t how this would stack up, but I say give it chance!

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Posted in 2016

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman


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Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Paperback, First, 176 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

After the stunning events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?

Along with all-star illustrators Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis) and Patrick Gleason (Robin: Son of Batman), best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi brings you Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman!

Collecting: Superman 1-6, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I went into this trade blind. I knew absolutely nothing. With the universe being rebooted, I thought this would be a good time to jump on board.

After a little background that i found a little bit confusing (probably because I didn’t read the previous run) we jump right into the storyline following Superman, Lois, and Jon as they navigate through life on the farm and Jon’s developing powers. I found the family dynamic really cute, and something I really wasn’t expecting. It was actually pretty relatable, and very realistic which I actually enjoyed. It was really sweet Clark, Lois, and Jon interact.

The problem I had with this trade was that the plot was forgettable. Honestly, probably won’t even remember what it was about next week. It was forgettable, flat, and frankly uninteresting. It was action packed but, I just didn’t care. I kept checking my progress because I just wanted it to be over.

One thing I really did like in this trade was Lois. I typically don’t like Lois, but this one was kickass! Don’t mess with the baby bear, when mama bear is around!

Also, the Hellbat suit? Freaking AWESOME!

Also, the artwork was fantastic and colorful. It went perfectly with the storyline.

It’s sweet and packed with action, but it just wasn’t for me. I would still recommend to anyone who is a Superman fan, it’s an interesting transition worth checking out. Though I wasn’t a fan of this trade, I’m still interested to how this plays out.

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Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong


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My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts:  

Visions is the sequel to Kelley Armstrong’s Omens which I have already reviewed so if you want to check that out you can click here. So because this is a sequel, I’m going to keep it short and vague to avoid spoilers, and because the points I’ve made on the first book, still apply to this one. (Also I didn’t include a summary to avoid spoilers, as well.) 

First thing I want to talk about is the supernatural aspect. In the first book I expected it to be more prevalent and it wasn’t. It was here and there, and there was some clues but it wasn’t really explored or explained. So people didn’t like that, but personally I really enjoyed it. In Visions the paranormal aspect is explored and it’s really interesting the way Armstrong weaved it in. It’s not fully explored, you are left with a lot of questions but there are some clues in there that you can look up and things start to make more sense.

Next, there is romance in this book and by that I mean sex. A lot of it. Usually I get really annoyed when in just about every chapter there is a sex scene, but in this case I really didn’t mind. Also there might not be that many sex scenes but, just about every time they’re together it leads to sex. I think the reason I didn’t mind as much was because I’m a huge fan of Armstrong, I really like Olivia character, and I’m pretty damn smitten with the love interest. I love him, he’s pretty darn amazing, and I love the way he treats Olivia. He’s understanding, he’s not guarded, he adds a lot of warmth to the novel and the situations that Olivia is put in, and he’s super protective, but not in an overbearing way. Also I find it super adorable how smitten they are with each other.

Finally, I will talk about Gabriel Walsh. Gabriel is my baby, I love him to death. He is such a puppy and If I could just hug him and tell everything will be okay I would. One of the things I love about theses books is even though most of the story is from Olivia POV some chapters are from the point of view of other residents of Cainsville or the “villain” of the book, and sometimes Gabriel, and those chapters are my absolute favorite. I look forward to the different POV’s, they are always interesting and give a different perspective. Being able to read in Gabriel’s POV is the best, they give you a better understanding of his character and why he does things, the way he acts. they’re amazing and sometimes they make me cry.

I recommend this series to everyone, especially if you like paranormal and mystery!

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Posted in 2016

Top Ten Books I Read in 2016


Happy New Year everybody! I hope everybody had a great holiday. Today I will be sharing my top ten favorite books that I read last year. In 2016 I only read 21 books, not including the books that I have yet to finish. Because of work and school I found it kinda hard to find the time to read, but I have say the books that I did read I loved! I won’t be going to in depth about the books on my list because reviews of them will be coming soon!

  1. Bluets by Maggie Nelson – This is definitely an interesting book. It’s all about the author’s journey of how she fell in love with the color blue.  that even though I loved it dearly I often found it weird. It was also one of the shortest books I read last year at only 95 pages, but it felt so much longer than that.
  2. The Bones Below by Sierra DeMulder – This is a collection of poetry. I often find it hard to review poetry, because I just get caught up in how it made me feel and the emotions it brought out in me. The Bones Below is an amazing collection, filled to the brim with beautiful, heartbreaking, and relatable poems.
  3. The Cainsville Series books 1 & 2 – I’ve already posted a review for book 1 Omens, and the review for book 2 will be up on Thursday! So click here to see how I felt about Omens
  4. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 2 & 3 –  I have a lot of opinions about these series that I can’t sum up and a couple of sentences. But I just have to say, READ IT!
  5. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed –  This book touched my soul. I don’t know how to explain that.
  6. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie – This was the first short story collection I’ve ever read, and it did not disappoint! I can understand why some people might not like this book, there are no happy endings, the humor is often times morbid, and addiction is prevalent through just about every story; just to name a few reasons. I but truly enjoyed them, and one made me cry my eyes out.
  7. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison –  This is Toni Morrison’s first novel, and it definitely shows. It’s choppy, sad, disturbing, the writing style was weird, but I loved every second of it.
  8. Preparing My Daughter For Rain:: notes on how to heal and survive. By Key Ballah – Just read it. I recommend it to everyone!
  9. Robin: Son of Batman, Volume 1: Year of Blood by Patrick Gleason – The emotions I have for this trade is incomprehensible. He’s batman’s son, he used to be evil, he still has baby teeth.
  10. Midnighter, Vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando –  SO MANY FEELS! Review will be up next week so if you’re interested stay tuned.

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