Friday, December 8, 2017

Reading Right Now! (143)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed #1) by Danielle Ellison -- I'm on a blog tour for this. My blog tour date is December 13, 2017, so look for my full review then. I've got to buckle down and finish it. True procrastinator here haha. But I'm liking this one. It's very cute. It's on the very edge of giving me Hart of Dixie feels. I'm getting Lemon Breeland vibes from some of the characters. It's so far been a really fast read too. I'm enjoying it. I think I can finish this for the weekend and get my review up on time, yayy!

That's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter


Title: Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3)
Author: William Ritter
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Jenny is finally ready to solve her own murder. Things are happening in New Fiddleham, dark things. The past is close on its way to becoming present. Can Jackaby and Rook save the day? Or are the forces too dark and strong?
My Thoughts: Well, that was disappointing. I LOVED the first two books. I thought they were so fun, quirky, with really cool supernatural twists. All the things I loved about the first two books, this wasn't. I didn't hate Ghostly Echoes, but it wasn't what I was expecting, wasn't what I wanted. I wanted a book in the vein of the first two, not a book that took all the fun away.
My main problem with Ghostly Echoes was the humor was all gone. The lighthearted adventure aspect was gone. Jackaby was a lot less fun. The book was a lot less fun. Without the humor and lightheartedness, this series just turns into an average read. Since this third book decided to abandon the humor, it was just average. It wasn't as much fun to read, and because of that, I read it slower.
I also wasn't a fan of the beginning. It didn't do a good job of easing the reader in. It was a little jarring, because of that, it took me a little while to get into the story. 
The ending was also meh. There was no real closure, no feeling of having solved anything.
My last gripe was the character added/introduced for no other reason than to say, Look At My Diverse Character! The character wasn't really needed, and just felt so forced. The "help" they gave was unneeded. Jackaby could have figured it out without them there. I don't know if the author got flack for having a main white cast or what, or if that was even the reason, but that character was just wasted ink.
You might think I hate this book, but I don't. It was an okay book. I'm disappointed because it could have been an awesome book, if it had followed the path of the first two. It just wasn't the fun ride I was expecting and wanting. I'm a little leery of what the last book is going to be. I hope it's awesome, but if it is like this third book, I don't know if it will be. I definitely recommend reading the first two books, (Jackaby and Beastly Bones) because they are a lot of fun! This third one is just meh. 
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Disappointed.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November 2017 Wrap-Up!

I had a pretty good reading month in November, pretty good.

THE BOOKS
  
 
 

-- Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale (#3) by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Chris Samnee -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5 -- Very short, but really good. I love Firefly. Don't read this unless you've watched the Serenity movie, because this does contain spoilers for that.

--A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5 -- Wow, wow, wow was this dark. It was good though, in that shocking, I can't look away way. It's kind of the story about a family falling apart, in a way. Plus possible demon possession and reality tv.

-- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5 -- I was on a blog tour for this and my review has already been posted on here and on my goodreads page. This comes out January 9th, although, I think I saw it as a Book of the Month Club Subscription pick, so you can probably get it earlier if you have that subscription service. This was fun. It had an unreliable narrator, and was super twisty and turn-y. I was surprised by a couple of the twists it took. Definitely would recommend, especially if you're a fan of those kind of twisty, turn-y thrillers.

-- Sweet Tooth, Volume 2: In Captivity by Jeff Lemire, Jose Villarrubia, and Pat Brosseau -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5 -- I'm mixed on this comic series so far. The story is super dark and depressing, but I'm interested in seeing where it is going. I'm also not the biggest fan of the art style. I do want to read more of it to see where everything goes.

-- Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.2/5 -- Ehh I wasn't the biggest fan of this first volume. I found the story to be really confusing and not enough build up to the craziness. It was just kind of weird. I did really like the art though, and the colors, that was pretty to look at.

-- Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 5/5 -- Loved this!! Can't wait for the third book!

-- A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5 -- Ehh. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. I didn't really enjoy the main character. I found her very weird. I'm also not sure how I feel about the ending. I didn't agree with some decisions made. I thought the writing was pretty good though. 

-- Chew, Volume 11: The Last Suppers by John Layman and Rob Guillory -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5 -- I LOVE CHEW!!! This Volume was good. I'm sad that I only have one left, but I'm excited to see what happens next.

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH

Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells
I LOVED IT! It had heists, a Virtual Reality Video Game tournament. It was just a lot of fun to read.

THE TV/MOVIES


The only thing I watched in entirety and finished TV wise in November was The Walking Dead: Season 7 which finally finally popped up onto Netflix. This was a tough season! It was suuuper dark. That premiere episode hurt me. I'm still not over it. The first half of Season 7 was really dark. It was kind of hard to sit there and watch my poor, poor characters. The second half of the Season got more exciting, the fight back was happening. And the finale, man, it left me hanging. Right when the fight really began, and now I have to wait for a whole new season to pop up on Netflix. I know I'll already know all of the spoilers before it comes on Netflix, but still.

And that was my November Wrap-Up for Books and Movies/TV. How was your November?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Chew, Volume 8: Family Recipes (Chew #36-40) by John Layman and Rob Guillory


Title: Chew, Vol. 8: Family Recipes (Chew #36-40)
Written by: John Layman
Art by: Rob Guillory
Published by: Image Comics
Released: April 2014
Source: Library

Summary: The craziness continues in Chew, Volume 8. Tony gets haunted. Olive helps out. And John is involved in a plan, and breaking the law!
My Thoughts: I Love Chew! Each Volume is a lot of fun for me to read, and this Volume was no different. I think I can admit that Chew is my favorite comic series, at the moment. I haven't found any comic series that makes me laugh more, or that I enjoy more.
Rob Guillory's art is soooo good. I love it. I love how the art just compliments the story. I don't think Chew would be half as good if Layman and Guillory weren't creating it together.
I love the humor in this series. The easter eggs in the background. The pure zaniness of this series.
This Volume was a good one. I was interested in all the stories, all the different missions. I can't wait to read the next Volume.
I love Chew! I really enjoyed this Volume. If you haven't started this series yet, do!! I highly recommend it. Tony and John are the perfect crime fighting duo.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.5/5
I Love It, I Love It, I Love It!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Reading Right Now! (142)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

 

-- Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga #2) by Colleen Oakes -- This is the book I'm mostly reading this week. I read Queen of Hearts maybe last month, or the month before that, and I really liked it! So obviously, I wanted to continue with the series. This second book started out a little slower than the first one, it took me 40ish pages to really get into it. Not that the beginning was bad, but after the crazy ending, I was expecting it to pick up with action right from the start. I'm into it now though. So far, this series has been fun for me. Hope to finish this this weekend.

-- The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed #1) by Danielle Ellison -- I'm on a blog tour for this one, so I better start reading it. My Blog Tour stop is December 13, 2017 and I will have a review for The Sweetheart Sham. I was drawn to this book because it's a Southern love story kind of thing. I'm really hoping I get some Hart of Dixie feels from it. I binged Hart of Dixie on Netflix, and was so sad when they canceled it on the CW and I just got 4 Seasons. I binged it a couple years ago, so it's a show that has stayed with me. I mean, it's kind of a guilty pleasure show, but I enjoyed it so much!!! I'm hoping this book gives me some of the same feels. I don't expect a Wade Kinsella in the pages, but it would be nice.


So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading? Any Hart of Dixie fans out there? I miss it.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Madeline hasn't left her house in 17 years. It's not by choice, but by necessity. Madeline has a disease that makes her allergic to everything. Going outside means death.
To pass the time, Madeline reads a lot of books, goes to online school, and has fun with her mom. She can't miss having a life when she's never really had one.
Everything changes the day a moving truck pulls up to the house next door and out jumps Olly. Madeline can't take her eyes off him. He's so vivid, free, and cute!
Does Maddy choose safety or love? Is life any fun when you're not really living it? Madeline is determined to find out everything, everything.
My Thoughts: What is this? I'd been wanting to read this because of all the hype I'd heard about it. I was also interested because this is going to be a movie. I was disappointed by this. I feel like I'm missing out on what exactly made it so good, why everyone praises it. There are so many glowing reviews for this book, and I just don't get it. If this is your favorite book, then maybe don't read my review, because it's not my favorite book. That's the cool thing about books, how everyone can view a story differently. My view, I found this book to be ridiculous.
I'll start by being nice, with the pros. I thought the writing was very enjoyable and easy to get in to. The story was also very fast. It seemed like in no time, I was done.
Now the cons, which was everything, everything else! Haha, I'm sorry, I couldn't help it. That weak joke was just too easy. So mainly, I thought this whole story was pretty ridiculous. So many instances of Why? Just Why?
The biggest irritant was the insta-love. It was bad, real bad. I didn't feel the development of their relationship. Everything just happened too fast.
I should have know I wouldn't really like it from the start, when Maddy bragged about the amount of books she read. How she was a more accomplished reader than anyone else. I don't like characters who have an inflated sense of self.
And I don't know how I feel about the illness portion of the book. It never really felt real. If you're really allergic to EVERYTHING, how does online shopping work? Wouldn't there be the threat of allergens on everything? Like her mom coming home from work... at a hospital? I don't know. I just didn't buy it. And for a girl who is sick, why would Maddy make such stupid decisions? I get that she wants to have a life, but she needs to consider the consequences to things.
I'm also irritated, irritated at that ending. It just felt like the biggest cop-out. I just wasn't impressed.
Other minor irritants: Who's gonna pay for that credit card she applied for? It's not like Maddy has a job. And what about her future? I don't think she's thought anything through.
I still come back to that romance though. It just felt so unnatural, so rushed. It's like everything had to be crammed into it, and it felt ridiculous. It could have been cute if it had taken 7 or 8 months, or even a year to happen, instead of being crammed into three months. I just didn't buy it.
I was disappointed in this book. This was another classic case of overhype. Too many ridiculous situations, a horribly rushed romance, and a cop-out ending. I expected something more, something better. The writing was fine, and it was a fast read, but I was just frustrated by it. Maybe this is why YA contemporary isn't my favorite thing.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
not my everything, everything

Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: Chew, Volume 7: Bad Apples (Chew #31-35) by John Layman and Rob Guillory


Title: Chew, Volume 7: Bad Apples (Chew #31-35)
Written and Lettered by: John Layman
Draw and Colored by: Rob Guillory
Published by: Image Comics
Released: August 2013
Source: Library

Summary: Tony Chu is out for revenge. He's determined to find the "vampire" that stole from his family. When he finds him, he's going to kill him. Of course, he still has cases to solve. Tony and John have been brought back to the FDA! They are Agents again!
There's a cult going around town, killing chicken eaters, so Tony and John have to deal with that. The team is back together, and they are ready for action!
My Thoughts: I love this series! Soooo much fun. It's so funny, and usually, light hearted. They can be super weird too, but it's always in a funny way.
This series is always a good time for me. John Layman's stories are weird. Sometimes, the adventures Tony finds himself in doesn't always flow from Volume to Volume, but his adventures are always a good time.
I love Rob Guillory's artwork. It's so fun, creative, and different than anything else I've ever seen. I also love finding the Easter Eggs in the panels. Layman and Guillory make a great duo.
This Volume was fun. I'd read reviews of people who said this Volume wasn't their favorite because of how intense Tony was, but I liked it. Tony had his reasons for being intense. And it was so satisfying to see him standing up to Appleby, and Appleby's reaction.
John's love life fiasco is interesting to watch. I wonder if he will ever get out of that one. I really enjoyed the new developments. I can't wait to see what happens next! I definitely recommend the Chew Comics. They are always a fun time, and I Love Them.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.2/5
Just What I Wanted!