Mini Reviews: Love & Misadventures and The Creeps

TITLE: Love & Misadventure Related image
AUTHOR: Lang Leav
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Poetry about love sprinkled with the author’s artwork.
GENRE: Poetry
RATING: 2/5
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I did not like this book. I thought I would, but halfway through the book I couldn’t stop cringing. Overall, the poetry is pretty bad, there’s nothing special about. They’re super short poems in case you have a short attention span and like to waste paper. The poems are generic love poems without much substance so it feels like you can relate, however, and maybe it’s just me, but I like seeing some vulnerability and intimacy in poetry. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say a fourteen year old girl who has fallen in love for the first time wrote this. I have nothing against teenage girls because I was one, but because I was one (with her own poetry phase) I know how bad poetry writing can be.

TITLE: The Creeps: A Dark Deep Collection 
AUTHOR: Fran Krause
ILLUSTRATOR: Fran Krause
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A collection of comic strips and stories about fears.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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I decided to get this book because I wanted a collection of scary stories to get ready for Halloween next October, but I’m not sure this is what I was looking for.

I was expecting truly creepy and scary stories, and while they were all valid fears, it’s not what I was looking for. I would say that these were odd fears people have, but because they were so specific, I couldn’t relate to all them, and therefore not as scary as I was hoping for.

So, these are not the ghost stories I was looking forward to, but they’re fun nonetheless. The illustrations were also more on the fun side than the creepy side, but it was good. It’s a quick read and fun, but not that creepy.

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Review: Alexander Hamilton (Graphic Novel) by Jonathan Hennessey & Justin Greenwood

TITLE: Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father Image result for alexander hamilton graphic novel
AUTHOR: Jonathan Hennessey
ILLUSTRATOR: Justins Greenwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alexander Hamilton’s life.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction | Biography
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Legend of Korra Turf Wars (Part 1)

TITLE:  Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Image result for turf wars korra
VOLUME: 1
AUTHOR: Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
ILLUSTRATOR: Irene Koh
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Korra and Asami begin their relationship by going to the Spirit World, but when they come back to Republic City, they find their city struggling to recover from Kuvira’s attack.
GENRE: Fantasy | LGBT+ | Graphic Novel
RATING: 5/5
NOTE: This is the first of a three part series and continuation of the animated series by the same name.
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Review: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

TITLE: Paper Girls Image result for paper girls volume 1 and 2
AUTHOR: Brian K. Vaughan
ILLUSTRATOR: Cliff Chiang
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Four paper delivery girls from the 1980s find the adventure of their lifetimes when they encounter strange people on Halloween night.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction | Young Adult
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Mini Review: Fables Volumes 16-18

TITLE: Fables: Super Team Related image
VOLUME: 16
RATING: 3/5
SUMMARY: Newly relocated in the Kingdom of Haven, the fables are assembling a team of their own to defeat Mr. Dark.

REVIEW: At first glance I thought Fables was going to introduce new superhero characters, but instead I find that they’re assembling their own group of superheroes and I liked it. I thought it was fun to see Pinocchio trying to build his super team based on all the mundy comics he’s obviously read. Meanwhile, there’s something brewing in castle dark and I wonder how that storyline will play out in the later comics. Although I enjoyed the volume, the ending was disappointing and rather anticlimactic, if that really is the end.

 

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TITLE: Fables: Inherit the Wind 
VOLUME: 17
RATING: 4/5
SUMMARY: With the North Wind gone, it’s time to choose the new North Wind from Snow and Bigby’s pack of cubs.

REVIEW: Since the start of the Fables comics I have always loved Snow and Bigby’s storylines and missed them when they were pushed off to the side, so I’m so happy to see the comics are coming back to focus on their family. This particular volume felt like it was setting up a bigger plot line for later comics, and I can’t wait to see how it will affect the story. The only part I don’t quite understand is Buffkin’s storyline because I have no idea what the point of it is by the end of this volume. Other than that I really enjoyed this volume.

 

TITLE: Fables: Cubs in ToylandImage result for cubs in toyland
VOLUME: 18
RATING: 4.5/5
SUMMARY: When Therese befriends a toy boat, she’s taken to Toyland and becomes a queen.

REVIEW: It’s been a while since I’ve rated a Fables volume this high probably since Volume 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers (and it weren’t for the extra issues that do not move the main story along, I would have given this a 5/5). This volume continues focusing on Snow and Bigby’s kids, specifically Therese and Darien, but this storyline is so much darker than I expected it to be. Let’s face it, anything with talking broken toys is creepy, but this is nothing like Toy Story 3. When I say this is dark, it is very dark! Perhaps, that’s why I liked it because the stakes were so high and unexpected. I’ll definitely continue to read the series, especially with an ending like that.

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Review: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

TITLE: Persepolis Image result for persepolis book cover
AUTHOR: Marjane Satrapi
SUMMARY: Marjane tells the story of her childhood and teenage years living in Iran in the midst of the Islamic Revolution.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Memoir | Coming of Age | Non-Fiction
RATING: 4/5
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