Review: The Art of Looking Up by Catherine McCormack

The Art of Looking UpPublisher: White Lion Publishing
Author: Catherine McCormack
Released: October 29th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of The Art of Looking Up through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

There is a saying that human beings, as a whole, tend to not look up when going about their everyday life. Which is a shame, when you think about some of the world’s masterpieces and how they were formed on high and beautiful ceilings.

The Art of Looking Up is a collection of photographs featuring the artwork in such places. This book covers forty different ceilings, from all parts of the world and covering all subject matter. This was perhaps the most comprehensive collection I’ve seen so far. And it was a stunning collection at that.

I especially enjoyed the organization system behind The Art of Looking Up. It’s split into four main parts: religion, culture, power, and politics. It was actually interesting, in a way, to see what pieces made it into which category. It was helpful to see each of these groupings, as it allowed me to get into the right mindset for each artstyle and focus. It was elegantly done.

There was so much to be impressed about, in this book. The amount of effort it must have taken to research each and every piece, for example. And then there’s the fact that it can’t be easy to photograph such massive pieces. But that’s what they did, and excellently so. The Art of Looking Up featured some amazing photographs, giving readers a full view of the artwork being discussed. It was, simply put, striking and enlightening.

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Review: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Shadow of the FoxAuthor: Julie Kagawa
Series: Shadow of the Fox #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released: October 2nd, 2018
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Shadow of the Fox is the first novel in a series of the same name by Julie Kagawa. I’m ashamed to say that I’m only now getting around to reading this novel – and man do I wish I had found time sooner. Because it is an excellent read!

Whoever holds all the parts of the Scroll of a Thousand prayers can have a wish granted – should they have it at the correct time and place, that is. With that moment nearing ever closer, countless people (humans and demons alike) scheme to get their hands on it.

Enter Yumeko. She’s half kitsune, and generally is happy to spend her days enjoying the world and teasing the monks who raised her. That is, until the day that her life was changed forever. Now she has a new task, one much greater in weight than she ever expected to have to carry.

Kage Tatsumi is a famous (or rather, infamous) demon hunter. He’s of the Shadow Clan, and follows all orders given to him. So naturally, he doesn’t hesitate when given the orders to track down and obtain part of the Scroll.

 

“One step at a time, little fox. The spider does not spin its web in a heartbeat, nor does the albatross fly across oceans with a few flaps of its wings. Many would consider what they do impossible, and yet, they still complete their tasks without fail, because they simply…Start.”

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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman Warbringer

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Adaptation by: Louise Simonson
Artist: Kit Seaton
Publisher: DC Comics
Released: January 7th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Odds are pretty good that you’ve heard of Leigh Bardugo’s novel, Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Set in the DC universe, it followed Princess Diana in her early years. It’s part of a series that DC has been working on lately, and it’s been getting a lot of ink.

This is not that novel. But it’s close. This is the graphic novel adaptation of the book. And really, it was just a matter of time before that happened: DC is known for their comics, after all. As such, this graphic novel is perfect for fans of that novel. Or for new fans that never had time to read it in the first place – don’t worry, we won’t judge! Just go ahead and enjoy it.

Back when Diana was still with the Amazons, she desperately longed to be able to prove her worth to them. She didn’t want to just be known as her mother’s daughter. She wanted to make a name for herself. And to prove that she belonged amongst them.

Then one day an unexpected change occurred in her life. She risked her life to save Alia, a girl drowning in the barrier around the Amazons. But Alia is not an ordinary girl, and in order for Diana to make it right, she must set out on an even bigger adventure than she ever imagined.

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Review: The Wagers by Sean Michaels

The WagersAuthor: Sean Michaels
Released: January 21st, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of The Wagers through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Wagers is the second novel released by the one and only Sean Michaels. This time around, he’s writing about a comedian, and he needs a major change in his life. Or in his luck. Either would suffice, at this point.

Theo Poitris has been doing standup comedy on the side since he was a teenager. He’s loved the thrill and truth of it, refusing to ever tell a joke more than once. But then one day he realizes that he’s chasing an old dream and not getting anywhere, so it’s time for a dramatic change.

 

“When Theo went on stage he wanted to be able to trust whatever happened – to get up and tell a joke and to know without a doubt, for a few faint seconds, whether that joke was any good.”

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Blog Tour & Review: Night of the Dragon

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Night of the DragonAuthor: Julie Kagawa
Series: Shadow of the Fox #3
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Released: March 31st, 2020
Received: Review Request
Warnings: Graphic injuries, character death
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Night of the Dragon in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Night of the Dragon is the third, and final, novel in Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox Trilogy. That means that everything is about to come to a head in the most dramatic and emotional of ways possible.

Last we saw, Yumeko was forced to give up the part of the sacred scroll she was protecting. A scroll that she had successfully kept safe for two entire novels. Now, she, alongside the rest of her companions, is determined to get it back. More than that, they’re going to stop the Master of Demons from summoning the Great Kami dragon – something that would surely alter the world they all know for the worse.

 

“’I trust you,’ Yumeko said very quietly. ‘Even if you’re not the same, I saw your soul that night. I know you won’t betray us.’”

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Blog Tour & Review: The Darkness We Hide

The Darkness We HideAuthor: Debra Webb
Series: The Undertaker’s Daughter #3
Publisher: MIRA
Released: March 31st, 2020
Received: Review Request
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Darkness We Hide in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Darkness We Hide is the third (and final) novel in Debra Webb’s The Undertaker’s Daughter series, a thriller and mystery series of epic proportions. As the pull quote says, some secrets really are worth dying for.

Doctor Rowan Dupont has been through a lot the last ten months. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. She’s lost family members and loved ones, has been haunted by the ghosts of what has been done, and it is all far from over.

Julian Addington is still on the loose. As long as that serial killer is free, Rowan will never be able to let her guard down. She’ll never stop looking over her shoulders. Or take the time to truly enjoy being with Billy Brannigan.

Luckily, Rowan is made of sterner stuff. She’s investigated plenty of mysterious deaths in the past, and is prepared for the worst. She also determined to bring Julian’s reign of terror to an end – before he can take anything (or anyone) else from her.

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Review: The World at Night by Babak Tafreshi

The World at NightThe World at Night by Babak Tafreshi: Spectacular photographs of the night sky
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Released: November 19th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of The World at Night through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The World at Night is a stunning look at the night sky. It’s so easy to take our nightly view for granted, and that is something that Babak Tafreshi wanted to change with writing this book. This novel features over two hundred photographs from all over the world, all featuring the stunning night sky from different vantage points.

Honestly, I’m overwhelmed by how much of an undertaking The World at Night must have been. Tafreshi somehow managed to get forty (more than) different artists together for this collection. And then they created additional commentary, insights, and other helpful information to accompany each and every piece.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about The World at Night. It was wildly informative, while also being striking. This is a book you’re going to want on your shelf, as it’s relaxing to read, but also ready to fill you up with anything you’ve ever wanted to know about our beautiful night sky.

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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2, Grishaverse #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Released: June 4th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Siege and Storm is the second novel in Leigh Bardugo’s groundbreaking Shadow and Bone Trilogy. It’s also the second novel in her extended universe known as the Grishaverse. No matter how you look at it, this is not a novel you want to miss out on. I’m honestly still kicking myself for taking this long to get around to reading the series.

Ravak is a country torn apart by war, greed, and the Shadow Fold. This is the same world that contains Grishas – people who can do extraordinary magic. Or in the case of the Darkling; horrible feats of power.

Alina and Mal may have escaped significant danger on that dreadful day, but now they’ve found themselves on the run. And worst of all, the Darkling is alive and is undoubtedly seeking to take Alina back. But they have more allies than they’re aware of; granted each and every person they come across is bound to have their own goals as well. But any port in the storm.

 

“He didn’t understand. The dreams were the only place it was safe to use her power now, and she longed for them.”

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Review: Tales From Behind the Window

Tales From Behind the Window

Author: Edanur Kuntman
Publisher: Europe Comics
Released: August 21st, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Tales From behind the Window through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tales From Behind the Window is the true story of three women from Turkey, and the systematic male dominance they’ve experienced on a daily basis throughout their lives. Edanur Kuntman wrote and illustrated this novel as a way to honor and showcase everything her grandmother went through. And it’s a beautiful tribute, as well as being a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.

From now on, when I think of a graphic novel that carried with it some serious weight and impact, I’m going to think of Tales From Behind the Window. One of the reasons it was so powerful is the fact that it is all based on true stories. It certainly increased the emotional intensity of it all – tenfold.

I honestly can’t encourage everyone enough to go ahead and give Tales From Behind the Window a read. It’s worth it – trust me. It may break you just a little bit, but the end result is something utterly empowering and beautiful.

What Edanur Kuntman created here was truly beautiful. Not only the story itself, but the message and the artwork as well. Everything about this piece was lovely and memorable.

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Review: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and TeethAuthor: Adalyn Grace
Series: All the Stars and Teeth #1
Publisher: Imprint
Released: February 4th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Slavery, ownership, magical bonds, abuse
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of All the Stars and Teeth through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

All the Stars and Teeth is the first novel in a series of the same name by Adalyn Grace. This is a fantasy series that blends magic and waters, royalty and legend.

Amora was born, bred, and raised to rule the kingdom of Visidia. Even if that meant she would never be able to travel the seas like she so desperately craved, she knew this was the job she was made for.

But on the day of her coronation, something goes amiss. Her magic is not as under control as she believed, and it just cost her everything. Or did it? On the run, Amora learns there’s a lot happening in her kingdom that she never knew about. Facts that will change – or ruin – the kingdom as she knows it.

 

“The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more than what you can see.”

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