Review: Livewire Vol. 1

Livewire vol 1

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Release: May 7th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Livewire 1-4
Warnings: Imprisonment, involuntary procedures
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Livewire Vol. 1 through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Livewire is a new series from Valiant Entertainment. The focus is on a single psiot and her attempt to save her people while making amends for her past. This psiot is none other than Livewire. She’s gone through so much already by the start of this volume, and that isn’t a pattern that’ll be changing anytime soon for her.

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Review: Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick by William R. Harris

Sworld

Publisher: Chandra Press
Author: William R. Harris
Release: May 3rd, 2019
Received: Review Request
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Sworld in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sworld is the first novel in the Chronicles of Malick series, by William R. Harris. It’s also Harris’ debut novel (according to Goodreads, at least). It’s a science fiction novel, but that description really doesn’t do it justice. It’s a space exploration novel, sometimes similar in feel to Star Trek, sometimes becoming a thing of its own creation. It’s a detailed and fascinating tale, full of science and trials.

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review, but having read it I can honestly say that I would have happily purchased a copy. It is not every day that you can find a science fiction novel of this type, so you better believe that I appreciate it when I come across one.

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Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns

 

Publisher: HarperTeen
Author: Kendare Blake
Released: September 20th 2016
Received: Own
Warnings: Animal death, self-injury
Rating: 4 kitties

I’ve been meaning to read Three Dark Crowns for longer than I’d like to admit. But I finally made time for it, and I have to say that I wish I had read this novel sooner. On the bright side, there are more novels and novellas in this series already out, so I don’t have to wait for ages for the sequels…

At the time that I read Three Dark Crowns, there were actually three novellas out that precede it, chronologically that is. I opted to read everything in the order it was published though. If anybody has read the full series and would suggest something different, please let me know before I continue on to the second novel.

Three Dark Crowns is an oddly accurate title for this novel. It’s dark and full of foreshadowing. It’s perfect for lovers of darker fantasy. It has a touch of epic quality to it as well.

The novel tells a tale of three queens. Each queen has a different ability; elemental, nature, or poison. Only one of those queens will be allowed to live and rule. That’s how it’s always been. Their mother, the previous queen whom they’ve never met, had been a triplet. And so had her mother. So on and so forth. It’s a barbaric way of deciding who will rule, but it certainly makes for an interesting novel.

The biggest feature the novel has to brag about though, in my opinion, is the human nature it speaks of. All of the characters are humans first, characters and queens second. It’s quite brilliant, actually. It made the situations they were in feel more real.

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Review: En Plein Air: Acrylic by Mark Mehaffey

En Plein Air Acrylic

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Author: Mark Mehaffey
Released: December 18th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of En Plein Air: Acrylic through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

En Plein Air: Acrylic is one of those rare art books that you never really realized you wanted/needed, until you see it. This guide is all about learning to paint with acrylics on site – as in, out in the open air.

I know that sounds like something you wouldn’t need a guide for, but it’s actually quite useful, I promise. Knowing what supplies are worth bringing, versus those to leave home. Not to mention learning how to paint what is right in front of you, as opposed to painting from memory or imagination. It’s all very different.

This book covers a lot more than just learning to paint outside – it also includes basic painting tips, tricks, and skills that are endlessly useful to know. En Plein Air starts off talking about the outdoors, then basic materials, and before you know it we’re elbow deep in color theory. There’s even a chapter about how to plan out your painting! It all has this elegant flow to it that makes learning easier.

 

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Review: Chimera (Parasitology #3) by Mira Grant

Chimera

Publisher: Orbit
Author: Mira Grant
Released: November 24th 2015
Received: Own
Warnings: Being held against your will, internment, abuse
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Chimera is the third and final novel in the Parasitology series by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire. The series is somewhere between a medical thriller and a dystopian series, in many ways. In a world where scientist feel comfortable skipping steps for the ‘greater good’ (and greater profit) it really was only a matter of time before an outbreak such as the one in this series occurred.

If you haven’t read the first two novels in this series (Parasite, Symbiont) then you should stop reading this review now, because it is absolutely going to have spoilers for those books.

Chimera brings a conclusion to the outbreak, as well as finally resolving all of the subplots that have been up in the air. It gave me a lot of peace to see some of these events resolved, though there are one or two things I wouldn’t have minded seeing included.

I know that Mira Grant probably could find more to write about in this world, if she so chose. But honestly, I think it ended at a good point here. I’d rather see a series end when it should, then have it go on longer than it can sustain (we’ve all seen what can happen there).

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Review: Oblivion Song Vol. 1

Oblivion Song Vol 1

Publisher: Image Comics
Released:  September 12th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Oblivion Song 1-6
Rating: 4 kitties

Oblivion Song is a new series from Dark Horse, it’s written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Outcast, Invincible), and the artwork is by Lorenzo De Felici (Lukas, Lukas Reborn) and Annalisa Leoni (Orfani Le Origini).

The series is pretty much about a post-apocalyptic Philadelphia, but not in the way you’d expect. You see, it was only Philadelphia that was affected in this case. 300,000 people went missing in a single day. In their place were hundreds of monstrous creatures. That was a decade ago, and the city is still reeling from it.

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Review: No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell #2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell #2) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Publisher: Del Ray
Authors: Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Released: April 16th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of No Country for Old Gnomes through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

No Country for Old Gnomes is the second novel in the Tales of Pell series. It’s a series born from joint effort, being written and developed by both Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne. If you’ve read the first novel, Kill the Farm Boy, then you already have a strong idea of what sort of inane humor you’re going to find within this one.

The series has been described as being a cross between Monty Python and Terry Pratchett. And honestly? There’s unlikely to be a more accurate description out there.

As the title suggests, this novel focuses on a different cast of characters than the first novel did, some of whom are gnomes. I am happy to report that the original characters do make appearances as well.

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Blog Tour & Review: Slumbering (The Starlight Chronicles #1) by C.S. Johnson

Slumbering (The Starlight Chronicles #1) by C.S. Johnston

Check out after my review for an excerpt of Slumbering!

Slumbering

Author: C.S. Johnson
Released: December 19th, 2012
Received: Review Request
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Slumbering in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Slumbering is the first novel in the Starlight Chronicles series by C.S. Johnson. It’s a young adult fantasy series that it sure to please fans of both genres. Slumbering follows young Hamilton Dinger, AKA Dinger, AKA Hammy, on a surprising and unexpected journey in his very own hometown.

Dinger is used to be the best in school. He’s brilliant, he’s a great athlete, and everything comes naturally to him. Especially when it comes to making friends. But things are about to change in his life, and the question is, how is he going to handle it?

The series takes a new perspective on superpowers and saving the world, and is really quite a lot of fun to read. If you’re looking for a story with a protagonist that has a lot to learn, then this is the one for you.

Also, side note: I just want to point out how much I adore this cover. It’s absolutely stunning! And honestly I know that I would have picked up this book for that reason alone, even if I hadn’t been approached to give it a read.

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Review: The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid

The Crystilleries of Echoland

Publisher: Nothing But the Story
Author: Dew Pellucid
Received: OnlineBookClub
Warning: Animal death, kidnapping, suicide
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Crystilleries of Echoland through OnlineBookClub in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Crystilleries of Echoland is a novel by Dew Pellucid. One of the many things that makes this novel stand out amongst the rest is the fact that it’s full of illustrated and beautiful images. All of the artwork credit goes to Tal Boldo.

Every year hundreds of children go missing. A heartbreaking number of them never come home. Will Cleary is one of the few exceptions. His sister wasn’t so fortunate. Their disappearance was devastating to their parents, but it was also otherworldly in nature. Now Will seeks to right the wrongs of the past, and save his sister.

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Review: The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Hand Lettering

The Complete Book of Calligraphy

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Authors: Cari Ferraro, Eugene Metcalf
Released: September 25th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Hand Lettering through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I’ve been reading a lot of calligraphy books lately – there’s something oddly soothing about them, while I also enjoying learning more about the subject itself. Plus there’s the constant attempt to better myself at calligraphy as well. My point is – when I say that a calligraphy book is extremely comprehensive, I really do mean it. The Complete Book of Calligraphy is exactly what is it boasting to be – a complete book of the medium.

This book covers everything I could have hoped for. From the history of calligraphy, to the basic supplies and techniques, and onward to inspirations and even other techniques you could bring into the fold.

The book itself is split into three sections. The history section isn’t included in any of these though, so keep that in mind. The first section focuses on traditional calligraphy. This is where the basics are covered, everything from tools to the terms used for font types and parts. It also includes chapters in illuminated and contemporary calligraphy, which may a bit of a surprise.

The second section covers modern hand lettering. You know the type – the lettering used in those inspirational signs we see all over the place. So it’s here we learn about embellishments and illustrating by hand. There’s even a chapter on using chalk as a tool – which is a brilliant thing to include here. I would never have considered it.

Finally the third section is mostly project assignments and ideas. Here they really want to teach you how to push everything you’ve learned and do something with it. To make the art form your own, so to speak. I love it when art books take the extra step to try and help the readers form their own styles. It’s a wonderful touch.

 

 

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