Mini Book Reviews: Saga, Volume 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

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Saga, Volume 1

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

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First off, I’ll be reviewing both of these as one, my thoughts for both volumes are generally the same so that’s why.

There seems to be a ridiculous amount of love for this graphic novel series, so of course I had to check it out. I’ve seen nothing but five star ratings and glowing reviews. So imagine how I felt when I read it and didn’t really feel anything. Honestly I don’t get it, while it was interesting and enjoyable enough it didn’t exactly blow my mind.

I think I had hyped this book up way too much in my mind, I mean seriously EVERYONE loves it! So getting my expectations up for this ended up not being worth it. I was pretty disappointed.

I did really like how the entire graphic novel is a blend of fantasy and scifi elements, two of my favorite things and it was done very well. The world building is pretty off the scale, it’s amazing. Of course I want more information than what’s given but hey it’s only 1 volume. All of the world building is very unique and original, it was definitely my favorite part about reading “Saga”.

Another plus for me was the artwork, it was very detailed and the color palette was gorgeous. That’s kind of all I have to say about that, I really loved it.

Now for the downsides. I wasn’t really a fan of the main characters, I thought they weren’t really super developed. Yes I know it’s only the first volume but that should be plenty of time to get attached to the characters, and I didn’t. Something about them was just dislikable to me. Honestly I thought they were kind of idiots, they have no idea what they’re doing at all. It scared me that these people were parents. Overall they just didn’t seem to make a lot of smart decisions.

While I didn’t really LOVE the main characters I did really like a lot of the secondary ones, such as Lying Cat and Izabel.

I also thought the humor was pretty crude, not only is it not really my type of humor but I don’t particularly enjoy it in my books either. This is my own personal peeve, I understand that other people do like it, it’s just not for me.

Generally I have a lot of mixed feelings on this series, I may or may not decide to continue with it. On one hand I liked a lot about it but on the other there were some things I didn’t like that were hard to look past. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. So many conflictions…..

One thing I do know for sure: I want a Lying Cat.

RECOMMEND

Sure, if you like graphic novels and want a very weird, original fantasy/scifi adventure. It’s also very adult….this is not by any means a young adult graphic novel. Just saying. I would recommend borrowing it if you can instead of buying it, it almost seems to be an acquired taste…..

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye-Candy

 

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So sorry for the belated post and I’m also sorry I haven’t been posting at all guys! I’ve been way too busy and I’ve had zero time to read let alone type up posts and reviews, so I apologize. Hopefully I’ll be getting some time here soon to swamp your dashboards with posts.

This is my first time doing Top 5 Wednesday! Yay! It’s hosted on by the Top 5 Wednesday Group on Goodreads! I would have started earlier but there wasn’t a theme I was able to do before….

This week’s theme is disappointing eye-candy so basically books that LOOKED good but weren’t good. There’s definitely an abundance of these I think, they reel you in with gorgeous covers and then the book is crap.

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5.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Both covers are pretty gorgeous and I enjoyed this book actually but it is a little underwhelming. Not a super scary or exciting read but the cover is way better than the book itself soooo it counts and it’s going on this list.

You can check out my review here.

 

4.) Soundless by Richelle Mead

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I actually REALLY like this cover, it’s all shiny and pretty. Unfortunately the inside was neither shiny nor pretty. It was disappointing and very underwhelming, very unfortunate since it had potential AND it’s by Richelle Mead. *sighs* Oh well.

You can see my review of “Soundless” here.

3.) Riders by Veronica Rossi

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Now granted I only read a 20 chapter preview excerpt but I think it’s safe to judge that I wouldn’t like the rest of the book either. The cover is super awesome, a flaming horse? Hell yeah. Then I opened the book and read some of it and decided hell no.

Check out my preview excerpt (short) review here.

2.) These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

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I judged this book by its cover and some glowing reviews. I figured it looked like it’d be creepy, right? Wrong. This book is about as far away from creepy as you can get, it’s all romance and a pretty predictable mystery. Which was extremely disappointing.

You can see my review here.

1.) Blood, Ink, and Fire by Ashley Mansour

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Isn’t this cover sweet? The book definitely isn’t though, this is one of the WORST books I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading. Seriously. It was an absolute mess and I HATED it. I don’t even know how I finished it. The plot had holes in it and the characters were very under-developed. Also the insta-love made me want to gag. Pretty much nothing was explained. UUUGGGHHHH.

Click here for the rage review.

 

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Really though for these books my reviews explain why I disliked them much better.

Are there any disappointing books here that you’ve read? Or did you enjoy any of these instead? Let me know in the comments!

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Books I Will Never Read. Ever.

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This is strictly a random list post because who doesn’t like lists? I love making lists personally. This one is pretty self explanatory, books I will never read. Ever.

Also before we jump in I understand that everyone’s opinions differ and you might have enjoyed one or some of these books, but I’ve already made up my mind that these aren’t books I’d be interested in ever reading.

I might add as well that this is almost like mini rage reviews except in this case I haven’t read most of them. *shrugs*

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The Fifty Shades of Grey Series

This is definitely #1 on my NOPE list, sorry guys but I just REFUSE to do it! Not only am I not a fan of romance or erotica but this just sounds like it’s awful. Reading through the first book (let alone the series) would probably be absolute torture for me. Not to mention I think Christian kind of sounds like an arrogant ass and also even though I haven’t read this book I’m positive Ana is an idiot and if there’s one thing I hate it’s idiotic protagonists.

Plus I think it’s safe to say from what reviews I have read that the writing is atrocious and the book/series depicts an abusive relationship (yeah, yeah I know there’s BDSM but that is not what I’m talking about). Therefore I think it’s safe to assume it’s something I would not enjoy, besides I’ve never had any interest in it in the first place.

The Selection Series

This whole series basically sounds like The Bachelor in a badly done dystopian setting, not to mention the main character’s name is America Singer. Know what she does? She sings. How creative. Basically the whole thing makes me want to roll my eyes, I’ve read a lot of reviews about this series and decided that it REALLY isn’t for me.

Plus I heard the author made some major drama on Twitter and Goodreads because of negative reviews, I don’t need drama-causing authors in my life.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

Ok, Ok when I was in middle school I did enjoy the Twilight series but looking back now I realized they were pretty much crap. If I re-read them I would probably still enjoy them and think they’re crap at the same time. Needless to say though, I will not be picking up anymore Twilight related books ever. Ever.

I also heard it isn’t even “reimagined” all that much, basically Meyer gender swapped Bella and Edward and made a new book. Talk about milking the cash cow.

The Rest of the Mortal Instruments Series

So I read “City of Bones” and it was awful, I loathed it and honestly don’t know how I even finished reading it. It was downright boring. This series is way too hyped up and it doesn’t even live up to that hype at all. If you want to know all of the reasons why I hated “City of Bones” and why I won’t be continuing, go check out my rage rant review.

The point is that I won’t be finishing this series, ever. Not in a million years will you be able to convince me of reading ANYTHING written by Cassandra Clare.

 

The Matched Series

Not to sound like a hipster or anything but this series is about as mainstream as it gets. One of my reasons of NOT wanting to read it is because of how ridiculously mainstream it is, yes that probably sounds a little shallow but hey that’s just what I’m thinking. Plus I’ve read some reviews that think it’s a mess, and from the blurb I think I can safely say it probably is a mess.

Also it’s just REALLY something I don’t want to read, with a passion. I actively don’t want to read this series.

 

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That wraps up my little list of book hatred, and once again I’m sorry if you liked any of these books please don’t be offended. Everyone’s got different opinions!

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added To The TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

It’s weird because I was JUST thinking about doing a TBR post……hm. These are also all going to be RELEASED books, although I could easily do an entire list of not yet released books. This way if you see something you might be interested in you can go out and read it right now if you want! I’ll also link each title to its Goodreads page so you can read the descriptions.

 

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10.) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

This is a story about a girl who lived in a cult for twelve years, so I don’t know about you but I think cults are creepy and also strangely interesting in a morbid sort of way. So I thought it would be an interesting enough to add to my TBR.

9.) We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

I really love psychological thrillers, especially if they’re done right. A lot of people have seemed to like this one and since seeing it at my library I had to add it to my TBR.

8.) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

I just really want to read one of Tucholke’s books, especially before “Wink Poppy Midnight” comes out. That’s why I added this book to the TBR….seriously that’s it.

 

7.) Jackaby by William Ritter

Seems like everyone loves this book AND it was recommended to me by Ariana over at The Quirky Book Nerd. So since I’ve LOVED everything else she’s recommended to me I know I’ll probably love this one as well.

6.) Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead

I loved Mead’s Vampire Academy series and I’ve had a recent interest in graphic novels so of course I had to add this one to the TBR. The only downside is that the art looks pretty horrid, hopefully I can look past that though.

5.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

So pretty much EVERYONE has read and loved this book so of course I had to check it out, especially since it’s a fantasy. I adore fantasy books, although this book doesn’t seem like something I’d normally like. Definitely willing to give it a shot though.

 

4.) The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

I don’t normally go for any romance-heavy books, but I couldn’t resist adding this one. Love and Death pick their players and play a game to see who wins, it very much reminds me of the movie The Book of Life, so if you’ve seen that you understand! That’s pretty much why I want to at least check this book out.

3.) Black Iris by Leah Raeder

It feels like literally everyone has read and loved everything Leah Raeder writes. Now like I said I don’t like romance-heavy books, this seems to be a very twisted one but a romance-ish book nonetheless. “Black Iris” seems like my best bet to start with Raeder’s books so hopefully I’ll see what all the fuss is about.

2.) This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Lots of people loved this one and it has taken some time for me to consider this title. It’s a book with zombies in it but it’s not about zombies but rather more about humans and their survival instincts. Sounds pretty unique and I can’t resist anything with zombies in it….

 

1.) Rat Queens Vol. 1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Illustrated by Roc Upchurch

So it’s no secret, I think, that I’ve been trying to binge graphic novels since I read “Nimona” not too long ago. So I’m pretty pumped to try this one out, Lord of the Rings was used in the description so I’m most definitely in.

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Are there any books on this list that you’ve read? Any that you’ve added to your TBR as well? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review: Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

 

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Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

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“It came from the woods. Most strange things do.”

Before I get ahead of myself I’ll let you know that “Through the Woods” is a graphic novel composed of five short, creeptastic stories. And when I tell you not to read this book while it’s dark out, best to listen. I thought “There’s no way a couple of short stories can be that creepy”, boy was I wrong.

All five of these short stories contain “quiet horror”, they aren’t “jumpy horror”. These are the kinds of stories that leave much up to your own imagination, conjuring up what you fear yourself. The endings are all very open, leaving you to determine and imagine what you think happened making it all the more scarier. Then your mind starts thinking up what you’d be afraid to have happen to yourself, I know that’s what my mind ended up doing. “Through the Woods” is very suspenseful and immensely creepy.

I will also say that there isn’t any graphic horror or violence, no blood or guts here!

I actually really enjoyed the open endings as well, which normally I wouldn’t because I like things explained and I like having all of the information. The open endings in this case, however, really fit with the horror element well.

The art work! Oh my gosh the art work for “Through the Woods” is absolutely gorgeous, by far one of my favorites now. The illustrations blended very well with each of the stories, I could gush about them all day.

Now I’ll briefly review each of the short stories!

Our Neighbor’s House – 2/5

Three girls left alone in a house in the woods and a mysterious “man” wandering about.

Probably one of the most open-ended and least scary of the stories, it’s also one of the shortest. Although I really enjoyed the ending for this one and not much else, it leaves the definition of man and monster up for interpretation.

A Lady’s Hands Are Cold – 4/5

A newly wedded woman that hears a strange song in her new home at night….

This one really ups the creep factor for the book as a whole, there’s some pretty eerie illustrations to match it as well. There’s a hauntingly beautiful song that got stuck in my head….which creeped me out and there’s quite the plot twist at the end!

His Face All Red – 3/5

A tale of two brothers venturing into the forest in search of a “monster”…

This story focuses more on human monsters, which is a very different kind of creepy than expected. What I enjoyed the most was the ending and how who the real monster and what its nature is, is left for us to determine.

My Friend Janna – 5/5

Two friends who play at seeing ghosts, but things change when one can actually see them….

My favorite story personally, because the illustrations were by far the creepiest in the whole book. The “monster” is of supernatural origin which to me makes this story the scariest.

The Nesting Place – 2/5

A girl goes to live with her brother and his fiance, and ends up seeing some very strange things indeed….

This story is a little harder for me to summarize than the others because it was one of the weirdest and most”meh”. Really the only creepy part was the illustrations, the story itself wasn’t all that scary or interesting and also made less sense.

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The only reason I’m not giving this a full 5 rating is because I’m not a huge fan of very short stories and open endings, these were very well done in this case but it’s still pretty hard for me to look past. Definitely a creepy book that lives up to my horror expectations though!

RECOMMEND

Most definitely, I’d recommend this to any one who loves beautifully illustrated graphic novels as well as horror stories!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Usually I don’t read graphic novels, the only other graphic novel I ever read was “Watchmen” which is a classic. So needless to say I don’t have a lot of experience with them, so when Ariana at The Quirky Book Nerd recommended it to me I wasn’t sure. Pretty much everyone who read it loved it and gave it raving reviews, I was intimidated. There’s no way this graphic novel could live up to that much hype, right? Wrong. “Nimona” lives up to all of the hype. For me “Nimona” is going to be a gateway book into the graphic novel world, I can just tell.

The storyline was very engaging, there’s never a dull moment in this book! I couldn’t stop turning pages until I got to the end of the book and even then I was wishing there was more. It’s pretty fast paced, I finished it in no time.

We don’t just get a straight forward plot either, nope we get a series of flashbacks as well. A glimpse of everyone’s past, kind of like a super hero origin story. It made the characters feel a lot more real and interesting. While the plot wasn’t exactly predictable there weren’t too many shocking instances either. I’m used to Gillian Flynn plot twists so it takes quite a lot to really surprise me. But that doesn’t mean you’ll see some of the twists in “Nimona” coming.

I also loved how Noelle Stevenson did the humor in “Nimona”, I swear I was laughing during more than half the book!  Nimona herself was absolutely hilarious and that’s really one of the main reasons I found the book to be so entertaining.

Speaking of Nimona, talk about a GREAT protagonist. She’s quirky, fierce, and lovable all at the same time. She does what she wants when she wants, she’s completely unpredictable and I loved it. Nimona is also very well-developed, we get to really know her personality as well as her backstory throughout the book.

Then there’s Blackheart and Goldenloin, also excellent characters. Although Goldenloin’s character, to me, really wasn’t all that important or exciting. He was kind of just there to move certain plot points along, I didn’t care for him. Sorry! I did love Blackheart though, if there was any competition for favorite character it was him (with Nimona as the winner of course). He’s supposed to be the big, bad super villain when really he’s one of the only ones with a conscience.

I also really enjoyed the relationships between Nimona and Blackheart as well as Blackheart and Goldenloin. So much friendship, it warmed my heart!

Not to mention I loved the artwork, the illustrations were so vibrant and fun! I don’t really have a ton of experience with comics illustrations but I loved Stevenson’s work!

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I wish I could do “Nimona” more justices by writing a better and longer review but alas I cannot gush anymore.

RECOMMEND

Dang right I do! I also think this is a great “starter” graphic novel, a graphic novel for people who haven’t really read a whole lot of them. It’s a truly wonderful book!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Book Tag Thursday: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

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Book Tag Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Michelle at Book Adventures, be sure to check it out because book tags are tons of fun!

The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was originally created by Jordyn at J Bookish.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the creator (so she can see your answers) and the person who tagged you.
  2. Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there.
  3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  4. Tag whomever you’d like to when you’re finished, or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  5. Have fun!

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 January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I’m not really one for making resolutions, but I suppose one that I made would be to read more books this year and better myself at blogging. I’m currently WORKING on keeping that resolution, it’s kind of an all year thing.

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic or familial, your choice!

Um there’s so many really! I think I’ll go with the one I’m currently reading: Mather and Meira from “Ice Like Fire” or in general the Snow Like Ashes series. I ship it, I ship it so much.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it. 

There’s so many options! Besides Harry Potter (which I’m sure everyone would pick), I think I’d love to re-experience Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. There were more than a couple twists and I’d love to re-read them without KNOWING what will happen.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

“Cinder” or pretty much the entire Lunar Chronicles series but I only read “Cinder”. Sorry! Don’t kill me, but I thought it was really boring and predictable. Mostly predictable. I say the big ending plot twist coming a mile away and when that happens the book really isn’t that fun for me. That series is incredibly over hyped, everyone and their grandma loves that series so really there was no way that book would have lived up to my expectations.

May is the month when flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you. 

I’m going to have to go with “The Killing Jar” by Jennifer Bosworth, I went in with zero expectations and was definitely pleasantly surprised that I liked it. It’s not anything mind blowing but it was a good book.

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June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

Fantasy, hands down. There’s nothing better than getting lost in a fantasy world with great world building, definitely takes my mind off of things.

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire).

Not really sure how to answer this so I’ll just go with “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab because when I read it I was just super pumped the entire time. If I had to put that book down I was pretty much twitching with impatience, waiting to pick it back up again.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

I haven’t really read any debuts recently, so I have no one to pick for this really. Especially debut others everyone doesn’t already love. Sorry!

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, I read it when I was in 7th grade and it was really one of the only mandatory books that I liked. Plus have you seen the movie? Can’t go wrong with that cast of actors!

This is also my birthday month but I honestly can’t say what the best gift I’ve ever been given is. I’m lame, I know but I get much better presents for Christmas. Usually for my birthday I get books, nothing too special.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress-up as for Halloween.

Daenerys Targaryen probably, I’m sure there a lot more other ones but she’d be a lot of fun. More specifically in her Dothraki outfit, because that’s a little more badass than the dresses she usually wears.

November is the when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommend it!

I’m definitely thankful I read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series and nobody recommended to to me so I can’t do a shout-out.

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift. 

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Not only is it a classic but everyone should have that magic in their lives.

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Tag! You’re It:

I’m going to tag some of the newest bloggers I’ve followed!

(Please don’t feel obligated to do this tag if you don’t really want to)

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

Calliope @ The Book Goddess

Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

Ali @ Arctic Books

Evie @ Just Another Belle