Review: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway

Publisher: Tor
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: April 5th 2016
Received: Library Book
Rating: 4.5

For the sake of honestly I feel like I should tell you right now that I’ve never read any of Seanan McGuire’s novels before this one. I’ve had most of her series on my TBR list for ages, and after hearing so many positive things about her and her writing I decided it was finally time to go ahead and start making a dent in that list.

Every Heart a Doorway is a delightful story, if you were to take Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and the Chronicles of Narnia, and then add a touch of weird, a dash of creepy, and a heaping pile of brutal honesty, you’d have something akin to this novel.

I was going to say that Every Heart a Doorway is an incredibly fast read, but I think that may have had more to do with the fact that I couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading the whole novella in a single sitting, and to be honest I’d suggest anybody else that picks it up do the same thing.

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Review: The Ghost, The Owl

 

The Ghost The Owl

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Author/Artist: Franco, Sara Richard
Release: May 8th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I received a copy of The Ghost, The Owl from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Ghost, The Owl is first and foremost a ghost story (shocking, I know), but the author decided to go a non-traditional route for their story. Instead of having it be a horror story, it is instead an endearing tale that’ll tug on your heartstrings. It’s a short story and a really quick read (I believe it took my about a half hour to read, and a lot of that was my ogling the artwork).

The somewhat eerie and wistful tale of our little ghost is beautifully supporting by some of the most stunning artwork I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel. I sincerely cannot say enough positive things about Sara Richard’s artwork. It’s striking, elegant, detailed, and evocative all in one. If there were prints made available for this graphic novel you can believe that I would buy some.

This graphic novel is only about half as long as I’d like it to be. I would have loved to see more of the characters and the absolutely stunning world that’s being given to us here. I also wouldn’t have said no to more artwork by Sara Richards, but that’s probably no surprise there (side note to self: look up Sara Richard’s portfolio online).

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Review: Under Dogs by Andrius Burba

Under Dogs

Publisher: Andrews and McMeel Publishing
Author/Artist: Andrius Burba
Release: May 8th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I received a copy of Under Dogs from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Under Dogs is a photography project completed by none other than Andrius Burba. I’m sure based on the cover and title it wouldn’t be hard to guess what it is all about, but it’s still such a sweet idea. Burba has gone ahead and photographed dogs from below – of all angles. The unique perspective is creative, odd, and at times downright hilarious (particularly depending on the dogs’ expressions).

Photographing a dog from below is an interesting concept. Burba didn’t do it halfway either – it appears that the dogs are placed on a (crystal clear) pane of glass, allowing him to get a full and perfect view of the complete underside of each dog he chose to photograph.

There are NUMBER of photos included, and they are all crisp and included a black backdrop – an ideal way to keep the focus on the main subject, the puppies! The confused and quizzical looking dogs were probably my favorites, though they’re all brilliant.

I haven’t seen much work by Burba in the past, but it’s clear I’m going to have to keep an eye out for their work from now on. They’ve proven that they can have creative (and cute) ideas and brilliant follow-through. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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EverDare (Book 1 of the Eternity Duet) by Brindi Quinn

EverDare

Author: Brindi Quinn
Released: July 30th 2013
Received: Review Request
Rating: 4.5

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

EverDare is the first novel in the Eternity Duet. You can read both EverDare and NeverSleep in one giant volume if you so choose (bonus: the cover is insanely pretty for the collected edition). Or you can read them both individually, like I have done here.

I honestly can’t praise Brindi Quinn’s writing as much as it deserves. This time last year I had never heard of her, and in the time span of a few short months I’ve found myself diving into her immersive worlds; with her quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I’m only about halfway through her works right now, but I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed (if you’re looking for recommendations, I’ve read and loved: The Pursuit of Zillow Stone, Lightborne, The World Remains, and The Death and Romancing of Marley Craw).

The Eternity Duet is another entirely new world from the mind of Brindi Quinn. I still can’t get over how different every one of her worlds is, how unique and full of personality they are. This one was probably one of my favorite worlds so far (but like I said, I’m only halfway through her works, so that may change). The complexities of the world, city politics, and magical system are outstanding; yet it never crosses the line into overwhelming. It’s intricate and fascinating and I desperately want to see more of it (which is really just me being greedy – Brindi Quinn has thus far been unafraid to show us the world and magical systems involved).

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Review: Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I Can Explain

Mockingbird

Publisher: Marvel
Released: November 1st 2016
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1, Mockingbird 1-5
Rating: 4 kitty rating

Thanks to all of her appearances in the Avengers (as well as TV shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) many know who Mockingbird (AKA Bobbi Fisher) is. She’s finally getting her own series, and it’s looking like it’ll be an interesting one. This world is brought to you by Chelsea Cain (Gretchen Lowell Series, Kick Lannigan Series) and Kate Niemczyk (Invincible Iron Man, Man-Thing).

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Review: Snow City by G.A. Kathryns

Snow City

Publisher: Sycamore Sky Books
Author: G.A. Kathryns
Released: February 7th 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitty rating

Snow City is G.A. Kathryns’ debut novel, though you probably couldn’t tell that at first glance. Like many novels I pick at random to read; it was the cover that originally caught my attention, and the description that convinced me to give it a try. If you’re looking for a relatively light and relaxing read (with a few exceptions; such as the climatic point in the book) where you can escape reality (much like the main character herself), then this may be the perfect novel for you.

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Review: Megatokyo Volume 6

Megatokyo Volume 6

Publisher: DC Comics
Released: July 20th 2010
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitty rating

The final volume of Megatokyo, volume six, contains chapters nine and ten, as well as two short stories. It’s been a fun run, and I’ll be sad to see the series go, but I believe there’s still a few more pages floating around somewhere out on the internet (I just haven’t gone searching yet). You can obviously find all of the comics included in the volumes online, I just wanted to try and read the paper formats, to see how things were different (mostly the way it was sorted and organized, for those that are curious).

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Review: Manfried the Man

Manfried the Man

Publisher: Quirk Books
Author/Artist: Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow
Release: May 1st 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitty rating

I received a copy of Manfried the Man from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I’ve been a fan of the Manfried the Man comics for ages, so when I saw that there was a book coming out with the same title; I knew I had to give it a try. For the sake of honesty I’m going to tell you that I was expecting this to be a compilation of the comics I’ve seen online. It wasn’t. It was so much more than that.

I should probably take a moment to explain the Manfried comics a little bit. This is a world where cats are anthropomorphized and humans are pets. So Manfried is basically this naked little dude (a tabby one, to boot), running around acting in manners that we would expect from a normal cat; while his owner, Steve is a cat the goes to work in order to afford his pet the best man food he can get. The flip is pretty hilarious, and I’m impressed by how far Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow are willing to take it at times.

Manfried the Man is the story of Manfried and his cat owner (Steve Catson). Instead of being a series of short stories or one-shot comics, this is a full-fledged story about these two wonderful and adorable characters. I knew it was going to be cute and funny, but I honestly wasn’t expecting the level of emotions I experienced while reading this graphic novel.

I love the point behind this whole story; I won’t ruin it for you, you have to read it for yourself. But there actually is a moral to the story, and it’s really sweet and as an animal lover myself I’m so happy that it was included.

I’m so happy this graphic novel was created and is being published. I sincerely hope we see more along this vein from Caitlin Major  and Kelly Bastow –  they are seriously talented creative team. If you’re a fan of the comics you’ll enjoy this read. And bonus, if you pick up a copy you’ll be supporting an artist you love!

 

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Review: Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope

Song of Blood and Stone

Publisher: Heartspell Media
Author: L. Penelope
Release: May 1st 2018
Received: Review copy from publisher
Rating: 3.5

I received a copy of Song of Blood & Stone in exchange for a fair and honest review.

There are a couple of reasons I really wanted to read this series, one of which (if I’m being totally honest here) was the absolutely striking cover. It’s beautiful and evocative, and bonus, it’s got a lot of purple hues in it (something I’m particularly fond of). The other reason this novel was brought to my attention was the fact that it was highly reviewed by an author I love and respect. Seriously, if you’re ever looking for good book recommendations, check out what your favorite authors have been reading.

Song of Blood & Stone is the first novel in a new series titled the Earthsinger Chronicles. It’s described as an epic fantasy, but honestly it’s more of a romance with a fantasy setting and subplot (which is totally fine, I just know I prefer to have a better idea of what I’m about to dive into).

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Review: The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 

The Pisces

Publisher: Hogarth
Author: Melissa Broder
Release: May 1st 2018
Received: BOTM Review Request
Warnings: Animal death, Suicide attempts
Rating: 2 kitty rating

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

Lucy is a thirty-eight year old woman (a fact she made very clear – she’s thirty-eight, not forty, thirty-eight) who’s struggling with her thesis paper (well, a book really), suffering from a world altering breakup, and adrift in the world. She doesn’t really know what she wants out of her life, she doesn’t want to be alone, but she doesn’t want Jamie (until he stops wanting her, then he’s the best thing she could ever want). She doesn’t like her thesis concept anymore, but obviously dropping something like that requires some direction for her life. In essence Lucy is in limbo. This novel is about her attempt to find a way out of the bubble she’s made out of her life.

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