Saturday, January 19, 2019

#ComicReview: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen Art by Kev Walker & Marc Laming

Doctor Aphra, Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit by Kieron Gillen, Illustrations by Kev Walker & Marc Laming
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: February, 6th, 2018
Format: Ecomic via comixology
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Aphra's back with a brand-new plan that's guaranteed to pay! There's just one teensy problem... it involves surrounding herself with some of the galaxy's biggest baddies. And they don't like the not-so-good doctor's tricks! Her mission to make quick credits by auctioning off an ancient Jedi artifact will start well... and end badly. And that's just when a dark figure from Aphra's past decides to make an appearance! Plus, a solo focus on Aphra's Wookiee shadow, Black Krrsantan! Find out why this beastly bounty hunter is as frightening as they say... and then some! COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA 9-13, ANNUAL
If you want to get into the Star Wars books and you love comics, I HIGHLY suggest digging into the Doctor Aphra comics. Doctor Aphra is definitely one of my new favorite characters of the new Star Wars canon. I think it's just refreshing to read about a character that just knows she's a criminal and just does not give an F! It makes me laugh a lot. I really tend to like the outlaw characters in the Star Wars universe, they just seem to have way more fun.

Friday, January 18, 2019

One With The Force: Should Mara Jade Be Canon?

I haven't written a One With The Force post in a long time, and I want to start writing them again. When I started this feature, this is one of the topics I wanted to write about for awhile. I just never could get it together, because I have a lot of feelings about Mara Jade. I was inspired to finally write about this when one of my favorite instagrammers Outer Rim Reviews asked the question if she should become canon and if so how would we want her to appear (books, movies, TV shows?) So I finally want to talk about my wacky head canon theories.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: March, 27th, 2011
Format: Audiobook narrated by a full cast
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family.

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
I think it's becoming clear on this blog, that I really love some Neil Gaiman. I'm slowly reading his backlog, so I finally got around to listening to the audiobook of his middle grade horror book The Graveyard book. I don't read a lot of children's books, but this one is kind of dark for being a kids books The reason that Bod is living in the graveyard is because someone killed his whole family and the ghosts who live in the Graveyard decide to protect and raise him. It's certainly an interesting story, that I wished I could have listened to it all in one sitting.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Meet The Blogger Feature

Hi, everyone.

A little bit ago, I was on twitter asking if anyone would be interested in me doing a monthly feature on another blogger as a way to promote other bloggers. I didn't get a lot of responses, but those who did take my poll, all said YES! So I decided to finally try to do this thing.

Monday, January 14, 2019

#ARCReview: Comics will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: February, 12th, 2019
Format: eARC*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love)
I think I first heard about this book last summer, and I immediately put it on my TBR. As a huge fan of comics and geek culture in general, this seemed like a book that was right up my alley. I also LOVE ya contemporary novels that are heavy on two characters falling in love. It's kind of my jam. So I have to say that this one did not disappoint me!

Friday, January 11, 2019

#AudiobookReview: The Hundredth Queen By Emily R. King

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Lauren Ezzo
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
I am pretty sure I picked this up during one of the Audible 2-for-1 sales awhile back, and I really only picked this one because of the narrator. I really loved Lauren Ezzo's narration for Sawkill Girls, that I wanted to try another book she did. I liked this one a lot, but I just didn't connect all that much with the story itself. Although, the narration was fantastic!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

#AudiobookReview: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: February, 7th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by the author
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. 
I LOVE mythology, and I love reading books about Norse society, so I was pretty psyched to read this collection of Norse Mythology stories from Neil Gaiman. I will say, that these stories are more close to the real myths we know about the Norse Gods, and less about the Marvel interpretations of the gods. So don't go into this thinking of Thor as Chris Hemsworth and Loki as Tom Hiddleston. It's not them in these stories.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

#BookBloggerHop: 2019 Releases I am looking forward to

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's Book Blogger Hop question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asked:

Any books you are looking forward to for 2019?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

#ARCReview: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February, 12th. 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

I was pretty excited to get access to this book early, because I love fantasy books that involve mythical creatures, and I haven't read a lot of books that deal with Phoenixes. They only one I can really think about is Fawks from Harry Potter, so this was a really cool concept to have a world completely built around Phoenixes and warriors that ride on them and bond with them. The concept of the Phoenix Riders and the world building in this novel about a Fallen Empire that is still waging war against each other is what really interested me in this novel. I love this about this novel, but I also had some issues with the actual narrative and execution of that.