Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Author: Natasha Ngan
Release: November 6th 2018
Received: ARC given away at BookCon
Warnings: Animal death, sexual assault, abuse
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a free copy of Girls of Paper and Fire at BookCon. There was no agreement to leave a review in return; I’m doing so because I want to.

Girls of Paper and Fire is the first novel I’ve read that was written by Natasha Ngan, but I can safely say that I officially adore her writing. I’m going to have to add some of her earlier novels to my TBR list.

The cover is going to get one of my unofficial awards for prettiest cover of 2018. It’s absolutely striking. I love the color choice, the design itself, and the overall balance between the imagery and the font. It’s evocative and memorable. And frankly, it’s just plain pretty. I’m not ashamed to admit that. It’s the sort of book cover that’d get me to stop and read the description – or possibly even buy the book without reading the description (sometimes I do that because I want to be surprised, I’m weird I know).

It’s amazing how much ink this novel is getting, and it’s not even out yet. When I was at BookCon I ended up waiting in line for almost an hour to get my signed copy (worth it) and they had to turn so many people away during that time. Now it’s being listed as a best seller on Amazon (again, it isn’t even out yet!). Needless to say that I’m feeling very lucky I was able to get my copy early! Though I do feel bad that I didn’t read it sooner.

Before I get on to the book itself, I just want to say how impressed I am with how sensitive Ngan and her publisher are. There’s a warning on Goodreads, and a few other sites, which I rarely see included on other books (even ones more graphic than this one). It is very up front about the fact that there’s sexual assault in this book. I absolutely love that fact. It’s something I wish more books and publishing companies could state up front (I get that sometimes it’s a spoiler issue, but I’d prefer the warning, and I’m sure I’m not alone).

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Review: City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender

City of Broken Magic

Publisher: TOR
Release: November 20th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Kitties

I received a copy of City of Broken Magic through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

City of Magic is Mirah Bolender’s debut fantasy novel. If you’re looking for a new fantasy author to follow, you might seriously want to consider her. As for City of Broken Magic, think magic meets tech, but in a steampunk world, and you’ve got the core idea. In my mind I was picturing the setting as being sort of 1920s-esque, which felt right, considering some of the circumstances and the way they reacted to certain characters.

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Review: A Local Habituation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire

A Local Habituation

Publisher: DAW Books
Author: Seanan McGuire
Released: March 2nd 2010
Received: Own
Rating: 4.5 Kitties

A Local Habitation is the second in the October Daye series, which currently is twelve books long…if you don’t count all the novellas and short stories that are also included in the world. To say it has a rich world and plot would be a significant understatement.

Toby Daye is back for another adventure, and as usual, she’s not entirely enthusiastic about the whole ordeal…but that’s why I love her. I’m so happy that there is still so much to Toby’s story left for me to read…even if I am slightly intimidated by how much more reading I need to do in order to get caught up (still wishing I had read this series earlier…).

For those that are new to the series, or haven’t read any of it yet, I strongly urge you to stop and look up Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the series. It’s absolutely worth the read, and you really don’t want to skip it. I also have a feeling that this is the sort of series where you’ll want to be avoiding spoilers as much as possible…but then again I tend to do that with any series, so that may just be my bias showing.

I don’t know if this is the norm, but I made a plan for my read through of the series. I’m going to read all the novels first, and then track down the novellas. It looks like it may be difficult to find some of them, so I figure I’ll leave that towards the end. If you’ve read the series, and think I should be reading the novellas chronologically as well, please let me know!

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52 Weeks of Literary Crafts: Project #1: Newt Scamander’s Scarf

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The hype for the next Fantastic Beasts movie is getting real, so naturally I wanted my first literary crafting project to go along with my excitement!

I don’t think the yarn colors I picked match one hundred percent, but it is close enough where I’m very happy with how things came out.

For this project I used my knitting loom. One of the rectangular ones, if you’re looking to make one yourself.

Newt Scarf

The pattern itself isn’t fancy, though I did learn how to loom knit scarves from this tutorial. The only major change I made is that I used two strands of yarn at once, to create a thicker scarf. I know the braid pattern isn’t really part of Newt’s scarf, but I love the look of it, so I’m letting it slide.

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Review: The Art of Doodle Words: Turn Your Everyday Doodles into Cute Hand Lettering!

The Art of Doodle Words

Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group
Author: Sarah Alberto
Release: November 6th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

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

The Art of Doodle Words has to be one of the most fun art books I’ve read in quite some time. The artwork is cute and silly, but also had some interesting points and applications. All of the artwork was done by Sarah Alberto, a famous YouTube artist. In this book she shows you many of her techniques she uses, and ultimately she teaches how to combine words with doodles and sayings.

This guide book is broken down into two main parts. Part I is all about doodle letters, from simple letters to curly script. Part II is about doodle words, words using a theme and combined together by a doodle. At the end of the second segment is a sampling of Sarah Alberto’s works.

This was a really useful guide. It gave some ideas and instructions, but it didn’t hold your hand through the process. I consider that a good thing, because how else can you jump start your creativity? Mostly I just enjoyed seeing Sarah Alberto’s working process and the completed pieces.

 

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Review: Justice League: No Justice

Justice League No Justice

Publisher: DC Comics
Release: September 25th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Justice League: No Justice 1-4
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Justice League: No Justice through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

If you’re a fan of massive team ups, then you’re in luck! Justice League: No Justice contains a huge cast of characters, including: Batman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Starro, Brainiac, Lobo, the Green Lantern Corps even make an appearance. There are many more that I’m sure I’ve failed to mention.

I love watching character interactions, especially when they’re not normally in that particular team-up, so I was really looking forward to No Justice. Additionally I’ve been reading Justice League Dark, which I’m pretty sure this volume sets up for. I wish I had read this first, but mistakes happen, right?

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Review: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered

Doctor Aphra vol 3

Publisher: Marvel
Released: July 10th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra 15-20
Rating: 4 Kitties

Doctor Aphra is back for yet another round of mischief. I know I keep saying this, but I really do love her character. I hope she manages to continue popping up for a while yet, her stories have been some of the most fun ones yet.

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Review: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

The Brilliant Death

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release: October 30th 2018
Received: BookishFirst
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of The Brilliant Death through the BookishFirst program in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Brilliant Death is a blend between the magical and the familiar. Teodora lives in a world where both magic and mafias exist. Naturally that means that the world isn’t always as peaceful as one would like. But it certainly opens up for a lot of different and interesting stories.

I honestly can’t get over how much I love the cover for this book. It’s so bright and beautiful. Once I saw the cover I knew right away that I was going to have to buy a physical copy instead of a digital copy. I was lucky enough to get a copy through BookishFirst – though I think I’ll have to cave and buy a copy as well.

Sadly my advanced reading copy suffered a tragic accident; it was delivered on a rainy day and the carrier made no attempt to protect it. Thankfully the book was readable, but the cover took the brunt of the damage. It saddens me greatly.

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Review: DC Comics Super Heroines: 100 Greatest Moments

DC Comics Super Heroines 100 Greatest Moments

Publisher: DC Comics
Author: Robert Greenberger
Release: October 30th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of DC Comics Super Heroines through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The title for this book is somewhat self-explanatory. It’s a collection of 100 of the best moments for female DC characters. This particular list was generated by Robert Greenberger, and he did a decent job of explaining his reasoning for each of his picks.

Collecting the 100 greatest moments for DC heroines is no small feat. To be honest, I wouldn’t envy the person that would have to sit there and come up with the list, let alone the person that’d have to pull all the appropriate pages and panels.

I’ll admit I was a little surprised by some of the moments that made the list…and some of the characters as well. I certainly would never have guessed, in a million years, that Waller would be in this book. Though I’ll admit that the description never once said that those greatest moments had to be moments where the character was doing good…and thus the character never actually had to be one of the ‘good guys.’ In that case, I can’t think of a better character than Waller for making that point.

This was a really fun read, on the whole. I enjoyed reading about all these different events, some of which were my own favorites, some I had forgotten about, and some I’d never heard of. Seeing the changing art styles over time was great too. I’m glad that they actually pulled from all over DC history, instead of sticking to just one period.

The best part about this list was that it got me to add a few more plots to my ‘to be read’ list, which I’m more than okay with. I’m always looking for moments exactly like these to read, so having a nice consolidated list was very useful.

 

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