The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child

 

Publisher: Berkley
Released: June 27 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

I got the Child through my Book of the Month Club subscription and if I’m being honest, what drew me to it right off the bat was the beautiful cover. I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I’m so much more likely to read the description of a book if the cover catches my attention. Seeing as how I’m always up for a psychological suspense book, I felt I was up for reading this one.

I have not yet read Barton’s other book, the Widow, so I can’t make any comparisons between the two. I can say that while I really enjoyed this book, I’m finding myself hard pressed to figure out what actually appealed to me so much. Perhaps it was the mood I was in when reading it that made me love it so much, or the tone of the novel. I loved the writing style, and the fact that Barton had a few character perspectives, but not too many. That sort of thing can easily overwhelm a book and its reader. The subject itself was interesting and a bit of a puzzle, which I always enjoy.

 

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Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 2: Civil War II

Spider Woman Vol 2

Publisher: Marvel
Released: January 10th 2017
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Spider-Woman 8-12
Rating: 3.5

 

This volume contains the obligatory tie-in to the Civil War II plotline (pretty sure it’s going to affect every character in the Marvel universe in some way, shape, or form. Mostly because it can). You don’t have to read Civil War II before reading this to understand it (actually, I found myself more confused having read Civil War II first, since they skipped a fairly major event that Carol’s best friend should have cared about).

 

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Throwback Thursday: Saga Vol. 6

*Throwback Thursdays exist to spotlight older books worth reading (or not, depending). The books featured will always be at least a year old, if not more. If you have suggestions for a Throwback Thursday review, please feel free to comment with it below, or in the Throwback Thursday thread on my main page.

Saga Vol 6

Publisher: Image Comics
Released: July 5th 2016
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitty rating

The tangled webs of plot continue in volume six, bringing us most of the characters back and many more questions. As per usual, Vaughan does it with style and intensity. This really is one of those series where you can’t skip ahead on – so if you’re reading this review but haven’t read any of the previous volumes, go back to number one!

 

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Talon of God by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman

Talon of God

 

Publisher: Harper Voyager
Released: July 25th 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 3 kitty rating

 

I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of a novel written by an actor (though it seems to be becoming a more common trend), but I still found myself both surprised and unsurprised by what I received. I would be curious to know who wrote what in this case (as you can see, in a much smaller font under Wesley Snipes name, is a second name, Ray Norman), but again that’s mostly for curiosity’s sake.

If you’re looking for a new series that’ll be simultaneously fairly religious while also reminiscent of the Blade movies, then look no further! Talon of God is the book for you. Written by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman, the similarities (in the beginning in particular) to Blade are inescapable.

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The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller

Luster of Lost Things

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release: August 8th 2017
Received: Penguin First to Read
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

I received early access to the Luster of Lost Things through the Penguin First to Read Program; reviews aren’t required but are preferred. In exchanged for getting access to it ahead of time, I am leaving an honest review.

The Luster of Lost Things is Keller’s debut novel, and it’s one she should be proud of. Described as reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and A Man Called Ove, The Luster of Lost Things describes a boy who finds himself through finding lost objects. It’s a nostalgic and unpolluted story, showing us a boy’s pure perspective of the world around him.

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Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back

Gotham Academy Second Semester

 

Publisher:DC Comics
Released: July 25th 2017
Received: Borrowed from a friend
Issues: #1-3, 5-8
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

When I first started reading Gotham Academy, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and if I’m being honest, I thought it would be a slightly juvenile series that I would grow tired of fairly quickly. Let me tell you just how wrong I was about that. Every volume (this one in particular) seems to up the ante on dark revelations and surprising twits. If you haven’t read the series before, I highly recommend going back and starting from the beginning (and don’t forget to read the cross-over with the Lumberjanes, it’s so cute and funny!).

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The Backstagers Vol. 1

The Backstagers

 

Publisher: Boom! Box
Released: July 25th 2017
Received: Own
Issues:1-4
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

The Backstagers is a cute and quick read about a group of boys that work backstage of a play at school (what a shock, I know). I think fans of Lumberjanes will enjoy this series in particular, as they have a very similar feel. Anyone who has ever felt like an outside or reject will resonate with this series.

James Tynion IV (author of Detective Comics and The Woods) and Rian Sygh (artist for Munchkin and Stolen Forest) are a dream team, bringing us a fascinating world with outstanding images and drawings. Their collaboration is seamless. Though I’ll confess I’m particularly fond of the artwork in this case – there are specific scenes that just wouldn’t be the same if they were done any other way.

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Romulus Vol. 1

Romulus Vol 1

 

Publisher: Image
Released: July 12th 2017
Received: Own
Issues: Romulus 1-4
Rating: 3 kitty rating

 

Romulus was an impulse buy for me, I just saw it, loved the cover, and thought it had an interesting concept so I decided to give it a try. I’ve heard of both the writer (Bryan Hill from Postal) and the artist (Nelson Blake II from Magdelena) previously, so that was another pro in Romulus’ corner.

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She-Hulk Vol. 1: Deconstructed

She Hulk Vol 1

 

Publisher: Marvel
Released: July 25th 2017
Received: Own
Issues: Hulk 1-6
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

The events in Deconstructed take place after Civil War II, which should give you an idea of what Jennifer Walters has already gone through to reach this point. If you haven’t read Civil War II you could probably still read Deconstructed and understand it just fine (as it does explain a lot of why she’s upset), but be aware that you’ll obviously get spoilers for it.

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Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner

 

Dead Certain

Publisher:Thomas & Mercer
Released: June 1st 2017
Received: Goodreads Giveaways
Rating: 3 kitty rating

 

I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways; there is no requirement for me to leave a review of any sort, but I am choosing to do so.

Dead Certain is a mystery/thriller novel that includes a book within a book (it’s worth noting that the book included inside of Dead Certain is written by one of the characters, and doesn’t have an ending). So readers that are not a fan of this sort of plot device should move on.

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