Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless SeaPublisher: Doubleday Books
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Released: November 5th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: Kitty Rating

The Starless Sea is Erin Morgenstern’s highly anticipated latest novel, and it is one that is going to blow you away. Fans of The Night Circus are not going to want to miss out on this one, as Morgenstern has proved that her latest novel was well worth the long wait.

The Night Circus is a complex, deeply moving, and beautiful novel. It shows how far an intricate series of plots can go, and how far Morgenstern has come as a writer.

A tale within a tale, with other tales revolving around them. That is what The Starless Sea felt like. It’s a series of stories, but they’re all related to one another – though this might not always be clear at first sight.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is the son of a fortune-teller. He didn’t open his door when he first had the opportunity, but you better believe he isn’t going to miss out the second time around. He’s a game design major, but one who is exceptionally fond of books.

And it’s a book that brought him the biggest mystery of all. Or perhaps we should say, it brought him his biggest obsession. For how can one ever get over a book, when they find themselves tucked neatly within the pages?

 

“The boy is the son of the fortune-teller. He has reached an age that brings an uncertainty as to whether this is something to be proud of, or even a detail to be divulged, but it remains true.”

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old is the New New

The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Rachel Stott, Aud Koch, Andre Lima Araujo, Jen Bartel, Chynna Clugston Flores, Stephanie Hans, Carla Speed McNeil, Tamra Bonvillain, Matt Wilson, Ryan Kelly, Kris Anka, and Emma Vieceli
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: March 6th, 2019
Received: Own
Issues: The Wicked + the Divine Specials (six in total)
Rating: 4 kitties

The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 8: Old Is the New New is a bit different from the rest of the series. It’s all of the one-shot or special edition issues of the series. On the bright side, that means that us fans no longer have to stress about hunting all of them down.

As such, this collection has a little bit of everything. These are the stories of previous godly encounters, with only one character appearing each and every time. Fans of the series know exactly who I’m talking about here.

While it is a little bit all over the place, this volume provides some powerful and important insight into events of the past. And as such, there’s a hefty dose of foreshadowing in this volume. Reading them all together like this is sure to make fans anxious to read the next volume of the series – which happens to be the last.

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Comics, Graphic Novels, Image Comics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6: Save Our School

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6Author: Brandon Montclare
Artist: Natacha Bustos
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 32-36
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I read Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6 as single issues through the Marvel Unlimited App.

Lunella Lafayette is the smartest person on Earth, but that doesn’t seem to stop her from getting into all sorts of trouble. On the contrary, it certainly seems to lead her directly towards trouble, again and again.

Okay, sometimes the trouble simply finds her. As is the case for the plots within Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 6. There are two major plots here, one significantly longer than the other.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has always been the perfect read when I’m looking for something a little bit lighter. Lunella is adorable, but she’s also brilliant and determined. As such, she’s a girl after my own heart. But I’ve been negligent in reading her series as of late (too much to read). Thankfully, all the talk about her character inspired me to work a bit harder at getting caught up with her story.

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Comics, Graphic Novels, Marvel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Stone Clock by Andrew Bannister

Stone ClockAuthor: Andrew Bannister
Series: The Spin Trilogy #3
Publisher: Tor
Released: November 19th, 2019
Received: ARC
Rating: 4 kitties

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

Stone Clock is the third and final novel in Andrew Bannister’s The Spin series. And it is a novel that packs one heck of a punch. The series is a prime example of Space Opera, full of fascinating characters and dynamic plots. And it’s one that’s going to stick with me for quite some time.

The whole series has been a deep dive into virtual reality, and all of the wonders and chaos that can come along with a world full of different realities and timelines. And yet, the series is one that is perfect for fans that are new to Space Operas. It’s light and fun, and a bit quirky at times even.

The whole series has been focused on Spin, a planet with a lot going on. Or at least, it used to have a lot going on. Now the planet is nearing the end of its lifetime, and we’re going to see it all happen. And we’ll see it right alongside those that dedicated their lives to watching it as well.

 

“A warning buzzes hoarsely. He sighed. Much earlier than he would have liked, the pod orbit was beginning to decay. He closed his eyes, focused his attention on a distant part of his mind and did the thing that bailed him out of the vreality.”

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Science Fiction, Tor, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Tour & Review: Proximity by Jem Tugwell

Proximity by Jem Tugwell

Proximity by Jem TugwellProximity: If the police always know where I am…how do I kill you?
Author: Jem Tugwell
Series: iMe Series Book 1
Released: June 6th, 2019
Received: Blog Tour
Warnings: Kidnapping, torture, hanging
Rating: 4 kitties

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

Proximity is the latest novel from the mind of Jem Tugwell. Though there’s actually a longer title for this novel; Proximity: If the police always know where I am…how do I kill you? And that should give you a decent idea of what you’re in for, in this piece of work.

Proximity introduces us to a world full of advanced tech. Tech that has been applied towards making us all healthier and safer. But as with anything like this, it comes at a cost. The iMe can track anyone – anywhere, anytime. And it can do so much more than that.

One would think that this would completely cut out all the crime there is. And for the most part, you’d be right. But there are always those that will find a way around things. That’s just human nature. But as Proximity shows us, this goes so much deeper than that.

 

“Part of me still believed my decision was right. Bringing iMe into policing had helped people, saved people even, but I hadn’t thought through the consequences. It had ruined my dream job.”

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Blog Tour, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Bird Brain

Bird BrainAuthor/Artist: Chuck Mullin
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Released: November 19th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of Bird Brain through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Bird Brain is a charming collection of Chuck Mullin’s works. Her comics are deeply personal, as she documents her struggles with anxiety and depression. And hopefully writing these comics helped her own those a bit too, giving her a bit more control in her life.

These comics are chuckle working, of course. But they’ll also resonate with many readers out there. And that is why this collection is so absolutely wonderful. There’s something so powerful about being able to read light comics such as these, and then seeing them touch upon some of the toughest things in our lives.

Obviously, I loved these comics. They were a combination of quirky and charming. They were brutally open and honest at times, but that added to the charm in many ways. There’s something so refreshing about it all.

The art style is another strong element in this series. The characters are all birds, which seems like an odd decision. But their avian characteristics blended well with the plots of each minicomic, and perhaps allow us to take a step back from the brutality that can sometimes come with these struggles.

Plus, they’re cute. It doesn’t have to be much more than that, does it? I adore the little birds and all of their quirks. There’s something silly, but charming about them.

Finally, I love the way this collection was organized. It’s cut into three main sections – four if you count the conclusion. Bad Times, Relationships, and Positivity. The flow and grouping of these comics are perfect.

I loved Bird Brain and every comic within this collection. Though I obviously loved some more than others, I also really enjoyed the collection as a whole. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Chuck Mullin in the future.

Posted in ARC, Comics, Graphic Novels, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: In Sea-Salt Tears by Seanan McGuire

In Sea-Salt TearsAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #5.1
Received: Free on Seanan McGuire’s Website
Rating: 4 kitties

In Sea-Salt Tears is one of Seanan McGuire’s short stories, and it fits into place among her October Daye series. You can find this short on Seanan McGuire’s blog, and download it for free. Hope you enjoy it!

In Sea-Salt Tears was written to fit in between One Salt Sea, and Ashes of Honor. Though if you’re doing a chronological read through, this one comes before all of that was ever said or done.

Before the Sea Witch ever met Toby Daye, she fell in love. And she had her heartbroken. This is the tale of Elizabeth Ryan, and how she fell in love with the Sea Witch, her Annie, and then broke her heart in favor of the sea.

 

“We know that, while we may love the ocean, the ocean doesn’t love us. The ocean is incapable of loving us, no matter how sweetly she loves the Marrow and the Cetacea and the Roane.”

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Short stories, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame

Publisher: Tor
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: May 7th, 2019
Received: Own
Warnings: Kidnapping, child abuse/murder, dissections, self injury/suicide attempts
Rating: Kitty Rating

If I was the type of person to hand out awards, I would give Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame the award for best novel of the year. I know it’s only May, but this is without a doubt my favorite book of the year, and I just don’t see any others topping it.

Middlegame is a brilliantly written novel, full of alchemy and human nature. The combination of which results in a fascinating tale. The story itself follows two siblings, Roger and Dodger, and their unbelievable journey through time.

There was a lot to love about this novel, and therefore a lot for me to gush about. So I’m just going to make an attempt to summarize it here; Middlegame was perfection. It had this fantastical blend of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of the alchemy focus. And it had a beautiful representation of the love and dedication between siblings. Granted, Roger and Dodger are so much more than that. I loved every minute of this book, and wish I could reset my timeline so I could read it all over again for the first time.

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Fantasy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Paper Girls Vol. 5

Paper Girl Vol. 5Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson
Released: December 11th, 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Paper Girls 21-25
Rating: 4 kitties

Paper Girls Vol. 5 continues the quest of our time-traveling paper girls. And before you forget, this is a series written by the infamous Brian K. Vaughan. So you should always go into each volume expecting to have your heart ripped open at least once. I know I always do. It’s safer that way.

Right from the start, Paper Girls has shown us what a series can do when it’s not afraid to take on the grittier side of time travel. This is not a polished and bubbly series. Instead, it shows us some of the darkest sides that can form when people begin messing with the timestream.

The other amazing element from this series has to be the main characters. Our Paper Girls are strong, independent, and oh so fierce. And while each one of them is a force of her own, there’s no doubt that these girls work wonderfully as a team.

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Comics, Graphic Novels, Image Comics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide

Avengers & ChampionsAuthor: Mark Waid
Artists: Ramos, Saiz, Pina
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Avengers 672-674, Champions 13-15
Rating: 3 kitties

I read Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide as single issues through Marvel Unlimited.

Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide is at least somewhat self-explanatory. Here we find the Avengers and the Champions once again coming together – though at least this time it isn’t due to a Civil War, so there’s that.

A threat has arrived that is big enough to demand that both teams work together. And that admittedly does lead to some tensions. But it also creates plenty of opportunities to see some of our favorite characters interact, which is always something I’m looking forward to.

Marvel fans are probably at least somewhat familiar with the second earth – the one that many believe is on the opposite side of the sun. Now its presence can no longer be denied, as it itself has become the threat. All thanks to the High Evolutionary.

Spoiler Warning

Continue reading

Posted in Comics, Graphic Novels, Marvel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment