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, Blogger Love, February

Blogger Love with Rita from BookishR


Hi All!

I am here with our first Blogger Love since…I think 2011 or 2012?? YES! It has been that long!

So without further ado…

I introduce you all to Rita!

How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in mid-December of 2016, so it’s been almost two months now. It feels like such a long time ago, though!

What is the meaning of your blog name or how did you choose it? Well, my name is Rita and I’ve always been called a bookworm. Because I didn’t like the sound of bookworm, I decided to change it to bookish.

What is your favorite genre? I absolutely love non-fiction, particularly essays. That’s something I discovered my love for in the past year by reading essays related to science, feminism and multiculturalism.

How many books do you read each week? When I have to study for school I usually read one to two books a week. During the summer time I tend to read something along the lines of four to five books.

What is your favorite book character and why? That’s a really hard choice to make! After a lot of thought I think I’ll have to go with Elizabeth Bennet. She has a really strong personality and insists on doing things her way, regardless of her family’s opinions. Although she has her faults, she is able to see them and surpass them. God, I just love her!

A little about Rita:

My name is Rita, I’m seventeen years-old and I’m a book blogger based in Portugal. I love writing and anything book related, as well as having bookish discussions. I read mostly adult fiction and non-fiction but I love young-adult as well, as well as graphic novels and comics.

Go check out Rita’s Blog:

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Thank you Rita! You have an Uh-Mazing Blog!!!

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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, February

Cover Reveal: Omega by Jus Accardo


Title of the book: Omega (The Infinity Division, #2)

Author’s name: Jus Accardo

Release date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Entangled TEEN

ISBN (if available): 9781633758254

Website: http://www.jusaccardo.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JusAccardo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJusAccardo/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jusaccardo/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33509081-omega

Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Jus-Accardo/dp/1633758257/

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One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

About the Author

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in thumbnail_jus-accardoher grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I read the first book AND LOVED IT!!!

heather

Posted in 2016, ARC Review, February

Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing!!!

I had heard a lot of hype over this one and why not? I mean…it’s Mindy Mcginnis…duh! But I also heard that it was not a genre that we had seen from her so I really wanted to check it out. I picked up my kindle, paged through and came across this book in my TBR shelf. I had really not looked too much at the blurb prior to reading so I was not sure of what I was in for. Now I am kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to actually read this book! It was that good!

I really enjoyed getting three POV’s and being able to see all sides of the story. My favorite character would have to be Jack. He kind of wrestles with himself internally about what is right and what is wrong and I find it interesting that he has this fascination with Alex since she is so dark. I really liked Peekay too and thought she was a sweet and loyal friend.

The ending was mortifying, but I found myself not shedding a tear??? I think it was because Alex finally got what she wanted and was in peace?

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

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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, February

Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


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DNF

I tried, I really really tried to read this book. I had such a hard time following the characters and the different meanings of the words. It just kind of fell flat for me and I ended up not finishing. I am saddened because I had heard such great things about this book and was truly excited to start it:-(

I will not give up on Ms. Schwab’s writing however, I have more books in my arsenal and am hoping that I have the same experience with her as I did with Rainbow Rowell. I read one book and disliked it but read another and ended up loving it!!!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

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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, Book Tours, February

Blog Tour: Wintersong By S. Jae-Jones w/Excerpt


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugh! This book!!! The Feels!!

I have to say that my body went through every emotion while reading this book! I started off as nervous and by the end, I was crying!

I really loved this story line! Elisabeth is the oldest daughter of a poor family whom always is looking out for everyone else but herself. She helped her brother become a violin prodigy and basically gave up on the one person whom she had always had an attraction to her sister to marry. She feels lonely and like the ugly duckling of her family. One day she meets The Goblin King and she still fights to save her sister. But he is not all that he appears to be.

My favorite character was Constanze, Elisabeth’s crazy grandmother! She always talked in riddles and the family just entertained her craziness as long as it was convenient. She was a hoot!

The ending…ugh! Get your tissues ready cuz this one will leave you crying:-( I felt for Elisabeth and Aric. I am not sure if this is a stand alone but I am really hoping that we will get to see more of these characters in the future!!

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy! It was superb! Definitely 5 stars!!

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Excerpt

Overture

      Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.
     Her grand mother had told her to beware the wolves that prowled in the wood, but the little girl knew the little boy was not dangerous, even if he was the king of the goblins.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not won der at how he knew her name.
     Oh, she replied, but I am too young to marry.
     Then I will wait, the little boy said. I will wait as long as you remember.
     And the little girl laughed as she danced with the Goblin King, the little boy who was always just a little older, a little out of reach.
     As the seasons turned and the years passed, the little girl grew older but the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, yet still ran to the forest to meet her old friend in the grove. Their games were different now, truth and forfeit and challenges and dares.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the little boy asked, and the little girl did not yet understand his question was not part of a game.
     Oh, she replied, but you have not yet won my hand.
     Then I will win, the little boy said. I will win until you surrender.
     And the little girl laughed as she played against the Goblin King, losing every hand and every round.
     Winter turned to spring, spring to summer, summer into autumn, autumn back into winter, but each turning of the year grew harder and harder as the little girl grew up while the Goblin King remained the same. She washed the dishes, cleaned the floors, brushed her sister’s hair, soothed her brother’s fears, hid her father’s purse, counted the coins, and no longer went into the woods to see her old friend.
     Will you marry me, Elisabeth? the Goblin King asked.
     But the little girl did not reply.
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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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