Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Author: Kim Michelle Richardson
Released: May 7th, 2019
Received: BookishFirst
Warnings: Rape, torture, racism, segregation
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a brilliant and sometimes heartbreaking read. It probably had so much more impact due to the fact that it’s based on a true story, well, sort of. It’s inspired by real people, and a real career (the book women – librarians who would deliver books to locations too far and small for their own library).

Set in 1936, the book follows Cussy Carter, but she’s better known as Bluet. She’s a book woman – meaning that she delivers books to her far neighbors so they can have the opportunity to read (or learn to read, in some cases). She’s also blue.

This novel deals with a lot of heavy and emotional subjects. It discusses the need for people to have access to books, the consequences of censorship, and the pain of racism and segregation. All of this while telling a beautiful and ultimately uplifting tale.

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Review: Starship Repo by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Starship Repo

Publisher: Tor
Author: Patrick S. Tomlinson
Released: May 21st 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Starship Repo through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Starship Repo is the newest novel from the mind of Patrick S. Tomlinson. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier about picking this novel up. I’ve been really craving something like this lately, but I hadn’t been able to put it into words until now. I wanted a space opera with a healthy sense of comedic relief and character building. I got all of that here.

Starship Repo is honestly exactly what it sounds like. And then some. Yes, it follows a team of Repo Agents as they do what they do best – repossess some of the finest spaceships in the galaxy. The job isn’t as easy as it sounds, and it’s surprisingly competitive. But honestly, upping the stakes merely made this novel that much more interesting.

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Review: Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel

Publisher: Freeform
Author: A.W. Jantha
Released: July 10th 2018
Received: Own
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I’m a huge fan of Hocus Pocus. I watch it every year around Halloween, and sometimes when it isn’t even remotely that time of the year. What can I say, it’s a good movie! When I heard that they were making a sequel to the movie, in novel form, I knew that I was going to have to read it.

This novel includes a novelization form of Hocus Pocus, as well as a sequel. I’m not sure if the sequel actually received a formal name or if it’s just the Hocus Pocus Sequel. So about half of this book is something any fan will know nearly by heart, and the other half will be all new.

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Review: Firefly: Big Damn Hero by Nancy Holder, James Lovegrove, and Joss Whedon

Firefly Big Damn Hero

Author: James Lovegrove
Concept from: Nancy Holder
Consulting Editor: Joss Whedon
Released: November 20th 2018
Received: Own
Warnings: Bonds/slavery, implications of assault, beatings
Rating: 4 kitties

Firefly has been a fan favorite for years, and yet it’s never really felt like it got a fair chance. If you followed the drama of how the tv series was released, then you already know all about it. But thanks to the fans love and dedication, the series has continued on in other forms, from movies to graphic novels, and now to novels.

Big Damn Hero is the first novel ever for the Firefly universe. What makes the adaptation even better is the fact that it’s the first of three novels in a series. The second novel, The Magnificent Nine is due out sometime in 2019, while the third novel doesn’t have a name or release date as of yet (though hopefully we’ll hear news soon!).

This novel is set after the events in Firefly’s ‘the Message’ but before the series concluded. I love that they gave us such a specific time period, as not only is it helpful and nice to know, but it sets the tone for this novel.

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Review: Faith: Dreamside

Faith Dreamside

Publisher: Valiant Comics
Released: March 12th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Faith: Dreamside 1-4
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Faith: Dreamside through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Faith: Dreamside is a new miniseries from Valiant. It includes a couple of their beloved characters…one of whom you could probably guess from the title of the series. Along for the ride is Dr. Mirage and Animalia.

Confession time: I am still not fully up-to-date with Faith’s main series. I’ve read most of the miniseries about her at this point though, so I’m used to getting minor spoilers. It does however mean that sometimes I’m out of the loop when major events occur.

Dreamside is only four issues long, but in some ways, it felt like it was longer. There was a breathtaking amount of character development and several absolutely striking views of a whole new land that these characters have never previously been to.

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Review: Black Badge Vol. 1

Black Badge Vol 1

Publisher: Boom! Box
Release: May 28th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Black Badge 1-4
Rating: 4 kitties

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

Black Badge is a new series from Boom! Box. Lately, I’ve been willing to give almost any series from Boom! a chance, simply because they’ve been so awesome about publishing new and different things. Black Badge was no exception to this.

The series is about a particular branch of the boy scouts – the Black Badges. Specifically, the series follows four of them through their harrowing tales of espionage, subterfuge, and tactical maneuvers.

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Review: This Place: 150 Years Retold

This Place

Publisher: HighWater Press
Released: May 28th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of This Place through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This Place: 150 Years Retold is part of a larger Canadian project called the New Chapter Initiative. The goal is to retell history through the eyes of Indigenous people. You know the saying; history is decided by those that won? Well, this is sort of a twist on that. This is history from the perspective of people who normally don’t have the opportunity to share their side of things.

This is an absolutely brilliant collection. It was eye opening and beautifully done. I’m ashamed to say that I had never considered a project like this before, but I am so happy that one exists. I hope to see more like this in the future.

I cannot state the important of this graphic novel enough. We all can afford to work on understanding other people’s perspectives, and this couldn’t be more true here. This collection really was enlightening.

Along with being important, the stories being told are rich and beautiful. Normally I’d use this time to point out my favorite story or two in a collection. But honestly? I don’t think I could pick a favorite here if I tried. They were all lovely, and as I said before, extremely important.

I hope that the New Chapter Initiative continues moving forward and coming out with collections like this. I also hope to see more people reading them that would be absolutely amazing.

 

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Blog Tour & Book Review: Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small

Bright Burning Stars

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Author: A.K. Small
Released: May 21st 2019
Received: Book Tour/Review Request
Warnings: Eating disorders, drugs, abortion
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Bright Burning Stars in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Bright Burning Stars is the debut novel by A.J. Small. The novel is a tale set in a French ballet school, and understandably it has a lot of the plot devices we’d hope and expect for it. But it’s more than that as well. It’s a coming of age story, a story where one has to learn what is best for them, and of course the story of the hardship dancers can come across while in training.

This novel was an interesting read, though understandable it was difficult at times. It’s so easy to forget that teenagers can be put through situations like this, for the sake of their art, but that doesn’t change the truth.

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Review: La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage

Publisher: Alfred K. Knopf
Author: Philip Pullman
Released: October 19th 2017
Received: Own
Warnings: Stalking, rape
Rating: 4 kitties

Okay, so first of all, I swear I already wrote a review for this book, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. So here I am. If I end up coming off at frustrating at all, it’s simply because I feel like I’m repeating myself.

La Belle Sauvage, AKA The Book of Dust is the first book in a long time to come out that’s connected to the His Dark Materials trilogy. It’s a prequel series, so little Lyra is even littler than she was before. Though supposedly the series is going to follow her up through adulthood. That should prove to be fairly interesting. I personally hope we can see her at a point post His Dark Materials, if for no other reason than to see how she’s coping.

I was super excited when I heard the announcement about this novel. But despite that announcement it actually took me forever to get around reading it. Mostly because I’m still emotionally scarred from the original trilogy, and had reason to fear what was going to happen in this one. Still, I did eventually get around to it, and I’m so happy that I did.

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Review: Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

Kingdom of Needle and Bone

Publisher: Subterranean Press
Author: Mira Grant
Released: December 31st 2018
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Bioterrorism, child death; not a great story for hypochondriacs
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Kingdom of Needle and Bone through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Kingdom of Needle and Bone is Mira Grant’s (AKA Seanan McGuire) latest novella, and it is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, I was about eighty percent of the way through this novella when I realized I have compulsively sanitized my hands more than six times while reading.

Unlike Mira Grant’s other works, this novella is entirely human. There are no mythical creatures swimming through the ocean terrorizing the characters, there’s no zombies munching on anybody. This is all about humans, diseases, and how we handle a crisis.

While I would have read this novella regardless, because of the author, I would like to think that the cover would have caught my attention and made me tempted to read it. The cover itself is quite beautiful, but also does a fantastic job portraying the subject inside.

Before I begin my review, I just want to make a quick note. While I’m sure you’ll be able to grab a digital copy of this novella at any time, I know that the print run for it is rather limited (I think it’s around one thousand copies – which isn’t much when you think about it). So if you want a copy you should grab it from Subterranean Press while you can.

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