Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, & Jordie Bellaire

Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, & Jordie Bellaire

Wow. This was a really good graphic novel. I went into it not really knowing anything about it, and I’m so glad for that. This will be a spoiler-free review because I don’t want to ruin any reading experience.

For such a short graphic novel, the character development is really good, and I truly felt for each of the characters. I especially sympathized with Diane, as I went through similar friend troubles with a former best friend of mine in high school. Each of these kids has a backstory and also the front they’ve put on around the other kids in this makeshift group. There’s always tension, and it’s uncomfortable andΒ real. It doesn’t feel forced whatsoever, and the focus of this group is what makes the later events so surprising.

There is a plot twist that I never saw coming, and I literally gasped out loud. I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just say that it gave me a lot of sudden feelings and the ending definitely left me feeling unsettled, as I’m sure it must have intended.

I have seen this compared toΒ Stand by Me/”The Body” in other reviews that I’ve glanced at, but I haven’t read/seen that yet, so I can’t talk about that comparison.

Rating:Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Free Comic Book Day Mini Reviews

Free Comic Book Day Mini Reviews

Happy Free Comic Book Day! If you didn’t know, FCBD is a day in May when comic book stores give customers free comics that are usually produced specifically for the day. They can be a first issue of a series or a spinoff of an existing series. I love both of these, and I was able to pick some up today! I devoured them already and have decided to write short reviews on them, since I really enjoyed all of the ones I read and gave them all five stars.

“I Hate Image” by Skottie Young

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Being that I absolutely love theΒ I Hate Fairyland series, this issue was my most anticipated of the comics today. Image is my favorite comic publisher, and I even met Skottie Young at BookCon last year. That being said, this was so much more enjoyable than I even expected. This issue has Gertrude (the main character ofΒ Fairyland) on a mission to the Image headquarters, and of course she stumbles upon many other Image characters along the way. My favorites were all mentioned:Β Bitch Planet,Β The Walking Dead,Β andΒ East of West. The incorporations of these other comics was executed amazingly, and didn’t seem forced because it didn’t take itself seriously. Gertrude and theΒ IHF plot fit this kind of collaboration perfectly, and if you love that series, definitely try to pick this issue up! It was awesome knowing the other comic series mentioned, but it wasn’t necessary to enjoying the issue as a whole.

Bob’s Burgers by various authors & artists

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First off, I love theΒ Bob’s Burgers TV show and have been wanting to read the comics for awhile. Though I haven’t gotten to the existing comics yet, I thoroughly enjoyed this short issue of three stories in the BB universe. Each story focused on one of the Belcher kids, and they fit the story and tone to each personality perfectly. The stories were satisfying as a snack, and they did make me want to pick up the larger volumes even more. These made me laugh and also want to binge-watch the show again.

Suicide Squad #1

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Though I enjoyed theΒ Suicide SquadΒ movie well enough, we all know it had many flaws. I’m not sure if I waited to start this series because of that, or because I already just really love the Amanda Conner Harley Quinn series and am sucked into that storyline more. Either way, I’m glad this first issue was included in this year’s FCBD so I had more drive to read it. TheΒ in media res beginning was really good, and then getting into the individual backstories later was beneficial. Unlike the movie, which tried to get the backstories all out of the way at the beginning, this story held my interest more at the start. The backstories weren’t unnecessarily drawn-out, and the emotions were still there. This issue did a great job at setting up the Suicide Squad (really, the movie should have done it more like this issue). It was quick but not forced, and I didn’t feel like I was missing something. It makes me want to continue the series with more motivation than I had previously. The artwork in this was average; it did seem a bit inconsistent with Harley’s appearance, but at least it wasn’t too distracting.

Spill Night by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

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This was another issue I was excited about and hoping to pick up today. I was thrilled when I found out that Scott Westerfeld had released a graphic novel and added it to my TBR right away. I do still need to buy it, but I’m definitely going to soon. This FCBD issue is a short prequel to that graphic novel, and it gave me a good idea of the premise of the series. It is definitely that unique kind of sci-fi that Westerfeld does (I absolutely love hisΒ Uglies andΒ Midnighters series), and I can’t wait to find out more about this world that I’ve only gotten a small glimpse into. The artwork is messy-looking, but while reading, it seems purposeful as it matches the vibe of the plot and just goes along with the whole thing quite well. I love the creepy lettering in this as well. This issue exceeded my expectations and I’m so happy for that, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the first volume of theΒ Spill Zone series (though Vol. 2 is not until 2018).

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Thanks for reading my short reviews! Did you go out to get comics on FCBD this year? Did you pick up any of these? I also bought volume six of Lumberjanes and am very excited to continue my favorite comic series. Today put me in a comic mood for sure, and even though I am excited for the novels I’m currently reading and planning to read soon, I also want to keep up with the comics that I’ve gotten and plan to buy some more soon.

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April 2017 Wrap-up

I didn’t finish many books this past month, but I did read some bigger books and am still pretty happy with the ones I finished.

  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, & Grace EllisΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Mythical Creatures Bible: Everything You Needed to Know About Mythical Creatures by Brenda RosenΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • The Waste Lands by Stephen KingΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman & Charlie AdlardΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Standing Ground by Alice RachelΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • DNF: Mind Games by TJ MooreΒ β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

I’m excited for May’s reading, especially since I’ve started A Court of Wings and Ruin, and the next Dark Tower novel is in my queue as well.

What was the best book you read this past month?

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Harley Quinn, Vol 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn, Vol 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

To sum it up: another great Harley Quinn volume.

Through this compilation, Harley adventures through the winter holidays, goes on a date with a Mr. Bruce Wayne, and begins a Harley gang (that being kick-butt ladies, unrelated to biker gangs). This volume begins with another issue of guest artists and a strange hallucination sequence, but I thought it was more well done than previous guest-artist storylines. It seemed strange, but it wasn’t a one-off, since the new character introduced through it remains throughout this whole volume.

I also enjoyed the storyline with Bruce Wayne and Batman, and it was also good at showing how Harley’s new adventures are after her time in Gotham.

My favorite storyline of this was, of course, the startup of the gang of Harleys. I can’t wait to get the next volume and dive into how this group plays out, and there is really good diversity with the women she hires as Harley assistants. It’s not just diversity as a marketing ploy, either, as their backgrounds play into who they are as characters and how they came to find Harley. This comic issue was funny, powerful, and I’m all for kick-butt lady squads.

I know I’m late at reading these volumes (as this is only volume three of six currently out), but I’m taking my time with it, and comics are expensive. I can’t be the only one, though, so if you haven’t read this series yet, get to it! Harley is a great character who is unique in her own ways, and I relate so much with her love of caring for animals and eating junk food.

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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February 2017 Wrap-up!

I read a total of nine books this month, which I’m pretty proud about. I’ve completed 20 books into my 50-book reading goal for 2017, so I may be raising that number later on.

  • The Body in the Library by Agatha ChristieΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Vamps by Elaine Lee & William SimpsonΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, & Carolyn NowakΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories by Robert ChambersΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie YoungΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Username: Evie by Joe SuggΒ β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu KibuishiΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • From a Buick 8 by Stephen King (audiobook)Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

I also started a some books this month that I hope to finish next month.

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January 2017 Wrap-up

This month was a pretty decent reading month. I set my yearly goal for 2017 as 50 books, and I’m already 11 books there (which is definitely more than I thought I’d finish this month). I read some awesome books this past month, and I have linked my reviews to those I have reviewed. My favorite read wasΒ The Gunslinger, and I can’t wait to continue that journey.

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Itty-Bitty Knitty Committee by Scott Hilburn Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Unshelved by Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • H2O, Vol. 1 by Grant Calof & Jeevan J. Kang Β β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Cell by Stephen King Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman & Charlie AdlardΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Star Wars Little Golden Book by Geof SmithΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Strain, Vol. 2 by David Lapham, Sierra Hahn, & Mike Huddleston Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • The Strain, Vol. 3: The Fall byΒ David Lapham, Sierra Hahn, & Mike Huddleston Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Angoleth’s Heir by Meagan Poetschlag Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Monstro Bizarro: An Essential Manual of Mysterious Monsters by Lyle Blackburn Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

I also did a show/series review on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, if you’re interested in reading that.

What was the best book you read in January?

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2016 Wrap-up!

2016 Wrap-up!

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 was a year of so many changes for me, and I read a total of 124 books throughout the whole year (my goal was 100!). The months near the end of the year were less book-finishing filled, as I started my first (dream) job in my field after ten months of working retail, and I also moved to my dream city. That being said, here’s what I read in 2016! If I’ve reviewed a book, it will be linked.

2016 in Books

January:

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban by J.K. Rowling Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • A Daily Dose of Ghosts by D.L. KaiserΒ  Β β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass series, #4) by Sarah J. MaasΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Legacy by Tobey TruestoryΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • The Martian by Andy WeirΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Fight Like a Girl by David Pinckney Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Amulet, Vol. 1 by Kazu Kibuishi Β  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

February:

  • Under Ground by Alice RachelΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera BrosgolΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Deadpool Killustrated by Cullen BunnΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Blankets by Craig ThompsonΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Timekeeper by Alexandra MonirΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • F U, Penguin: Telling Cute Animals What’s What by Matthew GasteierΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • Time: Exploring the Unexplained by Time-Life BooksΒ Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Cupid Chronicles (The Wedding Planner’s Daughter #2) by Coleen Mortagh Paratore Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

March:

  • Harley Quinn #1 (The New 52) by Amanda Conner Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Concrete Park Volume 1 by Tony PuryearΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • Monsters by John Malam Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Monster Beach by Sean Patrick O’Reilly Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Snow White and the Seven Robots: A Graphic Novel by Louise Simonson and Jimena Sanchez Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Red Riding Hood, Superhero: A Graphic Novel by Otis Frampton Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Into the Woods (Bigfoot Boy #1) by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Werewolves of Wisconsin and Other American Myths, Monsters and Ghosts by Andy Fish Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: Twenty Chilling Tales from the Wilderness by Hal Johnson and Tom Mead Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia WoolfΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Lumberjanes #2 by NoelleΒ Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Mer-Child: A Legend for Children and Other Adults by Robin MorganΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Droplets by Meaghan RauscherΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

April:

  • Vuckovic’s Horror Miscellany by Jovanka Vuckovic Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Lumberjanes #3 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Brooke A. Allen Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg RuckaΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Cinder by Marissa MeyerΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • The Girl Who Owned a City (Graphic Novel Adaptation) by O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, & Joelle JonesΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc UpchurchΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, & David W. Mack Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • Suicide Squad 101 Booklet by D.C. Comics Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Lumberjanes #4 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Brooke A. Allen Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, & Stjepan Sejic Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Night of the Blackbird by Heather GrahamΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

May:

June:

July:

  • The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Color Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini & Joe Quinones Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Harley Quinn & the Suicide Squad, #1 (Barnes & Noble exclusive) by Rob Williams, Jim Lee, & Sean Galloway Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

August:

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack ThorneΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie YoungΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Harry Potter: The Creature Vault: The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films by Jody Revenson Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid & Terry DodsonΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain, & Tess Fowler β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Fireman by Joe HillΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted? by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Spider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, & Chris Visions β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, & Taki Soma Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam MaggsΒ  β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Shiver Bureau by Walter OstlieΒ  Β β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Various Artists Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Strange Mysteries From Around the World by Seymour Simon Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

September:

October:

November:

  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Shannon Watters Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • Fanboys vs. Zombies, Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries & Jerry Gaylord Β  β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (reread) Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Running Man by Stephen King Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

December:

  • Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi Β  Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Unboxings from 2016:

My reading goal for 2017 is currently set to 50 books, as I don’t want to stress myself out but I do really want to get out of my reading slump soon. What is your goal for 2017, and what was the best book you read in 2016?

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