Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics

 

 

 

The Wicked and The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine #1

 

 

Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes #17

 

 

Saga

Saga, Vol. 1

 

 

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead, Book Thirteen (The Walking Dead #145-156)

 

 

The Baby-Sitters Club

Kristy's Great Idea (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1)

 

 

PaperGirls

Paper Girls, Vol. 1

 

 

Legend/Prodigy

Prodigy: The Graphic Novel (Legend: The Graphic Novel, #2)

 

 

Adulthood is a Myth

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)

 

 

Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel, #1: Meta Morphosis

 

I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS!!

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

 

What graphic novels/comics have you read that you really enjoyed? Or which ones would you like to read?

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Review: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

 

What a raging disappointment of a book. I went into this with low expectations and felt I was still let down. It is no secret that I struggled with the first book but this was so much worse than I could have imagined. I thought there would be action-packed scenes and fast-paced chapters. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. This was slow, boring, and nothing happened.

I can’t even give you a blurb of what happened in this story because I zoned out. I was so incredibly bored that I should have DNFd. What hit me the hardest while listening to the audio was the horrible fake accents used for the characters. Was it really necessary to make everyone sound like they were Russian? The voices sounded weak and not what was necessary for strong witch. The voices alone pretty much ruined the story and any chance of me caring what happened. That being said, the characters overall were what caused this ship to sink hard. In a nutshell: This story was B-O-R-I-N-G. Nothing of consequence happened. If they had read a phone book I would have been more entertained.

Do not go into this expecting a warm and fuzzy reunion between Safi and Iselt because it does not happen. Their scenes felt more like afterthoughts. They never met back up but some special kind of magic brought them together again (kind of…) in the end. Instead, my lovely readers, this story is about Merik and his sister, Vivia. Bored yet? I know I am. Merik’s character was awful. He was power hungry but just boring. He was all talk and a big jerk. Who wants to read chapters and chapters of that? Vivia’s chapters were just as bad. Two questions about her: 1) Why does she have her own POV chapters? and 2) Who cares? She is just as dull as her brother. I ended up skimming those chapters because I just did not care or couldn’t figure out what was going on. Let’s also not forget that far too many new characters are introduced and brought to the front as if they can make a difference. Does it really matter that a guard that was a girl dressed as a man? Did that particular character have any impact on the overall story? NO. The answer to both is NO.

Let me give one positive – the world building was amazing. Dennard can world build with the best of them. I will never complain about her lack of imagination in her stories, but that alone could not and would not save this disaster. This was the utmost worst case of middle-book syndrome I could ever imagine. It was a long audio (6-7 hours of my time) that felt like a waste. I really should have DNFd and walked away. No matter how much I tried I just did not care. I didn’t care about any characters, the back and forth POVs, the kingdom, the magics, nothing, nada, zip.

I adore Susan Dennard as a person, she is beyond amazing in person, but this was not her best work. I just expected something different. I started with low expectations, as I said, and was hoping to be blown away. Instead, I was proven right. No reader/blogger wants to be proven right on this topic. I am now truly terrified about BloodwitchIF I read that book, and that is a huge IF, I will (again) borrow from the library but absolutely DNF if it’s like this book. Or maybe I’ll wait until I see some reviews. Granted, I am going to be kind of the black sheep with this and I’m okay with that. Not everyone is going to love this book. However, I will be super over the top cautious with book 3.

 

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Books Left Unread #61

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Burn Out by Kristi Helvig

Burn Out (Burn Out, #1)

 

Kristi Helvig was one of the first authors I meet on tour so that means I hold this book close to me. It sounds right up my alley but I haven’t read it yet. Have you? Let me know!

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Review: Ruby Red (Edelstein-Trilogie #1)

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)

 

I had been so excited to read this book because this has been on my TBR for some time. The premise of time traveling sounded amazing. I finally had the chance to borrow from my library but was quickly wondering what in the heck this was about. It was soon very apparent to me that I had no clue what was going on and I was not interested in what was happening. Usually books like this have a huge info dump at the beginning to bring the reader up to speed, but this did not happen here. It felt like the complete opposite of an info dump.

Blurb from Goodreads:

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

I quoted the Goodreads blurb because I really had no idea what was going on but clearly the characters did. I knew there was a girl that could travel back in time only she didn’t know she could do that until it happened one day. Her mother had lied about her “special gifts” to protect her, and lied that her daughter’s cousin had the gift instead. Keep in mind, the gift and the girl that is supposed to receive the gift was prophesied many years before by all knowing smart people. Uh… sure. We’ll go with that idea and create an entire story (series?) around it. The only problem with that is that it was not explained well at all. When the story opened, the characters automatically knew what was going on! Gwyneth knew that she or her cousin would have the gift and talked about it very casually, as if she was going to the corner store for a muffin. Last time I checked, time travel was a big deal but what do I know as I can’t time travel.

The plot felt lacking on all counts. From what I could tell it was a story about Gwyneth was determined to find out why her mom lied about her legacy and future. *long pause* Uh.. um… er…What? The opening did not feel interesting enough to warrant an entire series about that topic. The characters were shallow and flat. I didn’t like Gwyneth. She seemed selfish and shallow. I didn’t care what happened to her. I also did not care for Gideon at all. He felt like the pretty boy walking around as if he knew he was the pretty boy and all girls needed to swoon after him. Give me a break. These characters were supposed to be mid-to-late teens but they felt like junior high kids. They were all immature and I could not relate to any of them. I didn’t care what happened to anyone.

You can probably tell that I did not like this story at all. I am not sad I started it but I am glad I borrowed from the library instead of buying the book. I struggled to get through this and will not be reading the rest of the series. I don’t care enough to find out what happens. In fact, I should have DNFd this story with how much it bothered me.

 

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Swoon Reads Blitz and Giveaway: My Clueless Broken Heart

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart

Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni

Genre: YA Romance

Becca Thornton is clueless when it comes to love. Why else would she break up with Will Gamen, a boy at the top of the hottie short list for every other girl?

Because, if she’s being totally honest, Becca will admit the truth. Her heart belongs to someone else.

For as long as she can remember, Travis Brennen has been unavailable.

When Travis unexpectedly rolls back into town, Becca realizes for the first time that her feelings for him might be mutual. But Travis and Becca come from what he calls “different circumstances.”

Becca’s parents are world-famous scientists and Travis’s dad is the caretaker on the Thornton family’s estate. Still, Becca can’t change the way she feels about him, no matter how hard her parents try to keep them apart.

She’ll just need to find a way to prove to her parents that Travis isn’t the guy they’ve always assumed him to be. Becca’s earned the right to grow up, make her own choices, and fall in love, even if she ends up with a broken heart.

 

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Author Bio

Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

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Review: Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1)

Lailah (The Styclar Saga, #1)

 

This was a hot mess of a story. I really wanted to like this story as I normally enjoy paranormal romances but this was all over the place. The characters and overall story fell flat and I could not enjoy any part of this.

Lailah knows she is different but she doesn’t know exactly how she is different. Everything changes when she crosses path with Gabriel, a rogue angel, and Jonah, a wounded stranger. Lailah soon finds herself in the middle of the a battle between good and evil, even more so when she discovers that Gabriel is on the side of good and Jonah on the side of bad (he’s a vampire). Both boys want to protect her but she must discover how she fits into this battle and what side she wants to take – angels or devils?

 

This entire review won’t be negative. There were parts of the story that I found interesting. I am always drawn to stories that deal with good vs. evil or angels vs. devils. I was hoping this story would explore that more but alas, it was focused on…. the dreaded love triangle. I’ll get into that more soon. I enjoyed how the author created her own version of mythology for both sides. She also did a good job with world building so I was able to really visualize where the characters were.

Writing about a vampire book will almost always cause someone to ask about Twilight, you know it’s true. That being said, I could not stop comparing this to that book. It just read too much like a Twilight fan fic story. Vampires? Check. Mythology of how bad vampires are supposed to be? Check. Special girl who is torn between both? Check. Shimmering in moonlight/sunlight? Check. Girl does not seem to know how to function unless one of the boys swoons after her? Check. I could keep going but you get the point. The only difference I could find that stood out was this had angels and Twilight had werewolves.

I was not a fan of any of the characters. I only remember the three main ones because nobody else stood out to me. They all felt one dimensional and flat. There was no character development or growth. They were all so stereotypical and cliche. “Long blonde waves of cascading waves” or “pearly white teeth” were the descriptive phrases given. Give me a freaking break. Granted, it isn’t the dreaded “smattering of freckles across the nose” but it was still bad. Why can’t someone have stringy or short hair? Why does it always have to be long, blonde, and wavy? Give them flaws!

That dreaded love triangle between these clueless characters really kept me from enjoying this story more. I wasn’t cheering for anyone to get together as I didn’t get on board with any of the potential relationships. How do you expect me to cheer for a protagonist that feels she isn’t worth anything unless a boy wants her? Grrr… Lailah was mean and rude to the other characters so why would I root for her throughout this story? She was shallow, a brat, and a jerk. I kept hoping someone would bite her neck and call it a day.

 

Overall I was incredibly disappointed with this story. I did not start this with high expectations but this still left me underwhelmed. It was campy, cheesy, and frustrating. Like I mentioned, it read like a Twilight fan fic story so I just could not take it very seriously. I will not be picking up the second book in the series for obvious reasons.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Valiant

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

The Valiant

 

 

From Goodreads:

“The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.”

 

Is this one on your TBR? Let me know!

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