Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: The 100: Homecoming (The 100 #3) by Kass Morgan


Title: The 100: Homecoming (The 100 #3)
Author: Kass Morgan
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The dropships from the rest of the Arc are on their way to Earth. Unfortunately, not everyone made it onto a dropship. At first, The 100 are excited and overwhelmed by the new company. Turmoil then rears its ugly head. Some people want the rules that governed the Arc to be the rules that govern the Ground. How will everyone live peacefully together on this place they can finally call home? The drama isn't over yet for Wells, Clarke, Bellamy, Glass, and Luke.
My Thoughts: As always, I love The 100 anything! I started reading this just after the Season 3 finale of the show, which could have had some impact on my thoughts. I've been in a weird mood since the show ended. I have this sense of loss. I also have nothing to look forward to watching on Thursday nights. Is anyone in the same boat as me? (Funny enough, this review was written awhile ago, and Season 4 of The 100 is now airing, so I'm not as sad. I get to watch The 100 again!!!)
Season 3 of The 100 was just a meh season for me, and that's kind of the same way I feel about the book. I think I liked the first two a little more. There were still some good shocks and surprises with this one, but the first two were just more exciting.
The whole novel takes place on Earth. We've got interactions between the Earthborns and the Spaceborns. We also get a new villain in Vice Chancellor Rhodes. He wants the space rules to apply to the Ground, which means people can't live free, and can get into trouble for dumb things. Rhodes got on my nerves, especially when he tried to hurt a certain someone.
There were definitely a few shocking scenes in this installment. One that I didn't see coming at all and feel kind of sad about.
I think I missed space. All the craziness that happened up there in the previous books. I really did enjoy that aspect of the story. I also missed the flashbacks. Homecoming really only had a few flashbacks and they were all very short.
Things got wrapped up very quickly in the end, again. Maybe that's why I wasn't that worried during any of the battles. I had a feeling that most everyone would get out okay. I also wasn't happy with how the ships/Jaha story wrapped up.
All in all, this was just an average read. It wasn't my favorite of the series. It had some shocking and unexpected bits that I enjoyed. I am excited to learn there will be a fourth book to the series. Can't wait to see where that goes.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Danger Danger Everywhere!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (103)

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

  

I'm trying to do that thing where I read more than one book at a time. It hasn't worked for me before, but try, try again. So here's the books I've got on my list:

--The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet (#1) by Becky Chambers-- This is the one I'm farthest in so far. It's been described as a space opera, and I down to read a book like that. During the past 2 years or so, I've discovered that I really like space/sci-fi books. I'm only about 35 pages in, so I really don't know too much about what's going to go on in this book. So far, I've learned of a character named Rosemary, who's running from something, and she has just gotten a job on this ship called the Wayfayer. Looks like there are a cast of characters on this ship. And that's it, that's all I know. So far, I'm liking it.

--The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (#3.5) by Kady Cross-- I've read a chapter of this novella so far, and I think I'll enjoy it. It is a part of Kady Cross's Steampunk Series, and I'm already a big fan. This novella concerns where Jasper Renn was during the third book (I think) and explores his relationship with Wildcat. I think this one is going to be a good time.

--Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu-- I haven't started this one yet, but I'm planning to. I think this one involves a crime, where a boy disappears, and then mysteriously comes back. I'm sure there are secrets, and twists, and turns that will reveal themselves.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading? Tell me in the comments below. Sorry for the blog being in-active, or not as active this past week. I had plans for posts, but then I got lazy. I was going to do a review for The 100 Season 4, Episode 2, but the site where I get my screencap pictures hasn't uploaded the screencaps for Episodes 2 and 3. Just know I'm really enjoying this Season so far. I want more people to watch The 100. I need a Season Five!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Favorite Non-Written Novels (graphic novels, comics, manga, and more)

These week's Top 5 Wednesday is our Top 5 Favorite Non-Written Novels! This is exciting. Non-Written novels would include things like graphic novels, comics, and manga. I love comics, mangas, and graphic novels. They can be so refreshing to read between the long, traditional novels. If you haven't tried out a book/story in this format, I highly recommend you do. I was introduced to manga in middle school. I had a friend who's sister loved manga, and I got to borrow some of it. I was introduced to comics and graphic novels since joining booktube and all the other bookish communities since 2012. Here are some of my favorite non-written novels.

 
  

--Fushigi Yugi (The Mysterious Play) by Yuu Watase-- This is a manga that I started in middle school and it continues to hold a special place in my heart. I'm a really big fan of Yuu Watase. I've read a lot of her stuff, but Fushigi Yugi was the first, and therefore special. 
This series is about a girl named Miaka who finds herself mysteriously transported to a different world and different time. She finds out she's special, a chosen one, and has special warriors who have been called to protect her. 
Now, be warned, Miaka can be kind of annoying, but the love story is sweet and I love all the side characters.

--Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Goran Sudzuka-- I've been reading this series the past year and some change, and I've been enjoying it. Is it my absolute favorite thing ever? Probably not, but I've been having fun reading through the series. I'm on Volume 9 now, which means I only have one more Volume left until I'm finished with the whole thing. This series is about a plague or an event, I'm still not really all that sure, that wipes out every single male of every species on Earth. The only man to survive is Yorick Brown and his male pet monkey Ampersand. He gets put under the protection of Agent 355, who takes him across the country and the world to search for a cure.
This one is written by the oh-so-popular Brian K. Vaughan. Yes, he's the one of Saga fame. I thought about putting Saga on the list, but while I like Saga, I don't think I'm in love with it.

--Marmalade Boy by Wataru Yoshizumi-- This was the first manga I really go into, so it holds a special place in my heart. It was the first manga that I would go to bookstores and buy the volumes for. It's essentially a cute love story between two teens, who become step siblings because their moms marry each other's dads. Yes you read that right. It might sound a little icky, with that whole brother/sister thing, but they aren't really related. I just loved it. I loved the art, I loved the story, I loved the sweet little romance. I really wish that my book hoarding phase had been as strong then, because I regret selling them off.

--iZombie by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred-- This series I just find fun. I love the art work. I wanted to check it out because of the CW show, which I don't really watch, but the concept was interesting to me. It's essentially about a girl who gets turned into a zombie. The only way to protect herself from turning into a shambling, hungry corpse is to eat a brain every now and again. She works as a gravedigger, which is how she gets her brains. Once she eats the brain of the recently deceased, she is bombarded by their memories, and sometimes has to go bring the dead peace.
She's also friends with a were-terrier, a ghost, and she kind of has a crush on a monster hunter.

--Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory-- This series is my favorite!! I love the humor of it, the art style. It's so fun. It's about this guy named Tony Chew who has this special ability to eat things and tell exactly where they come from and what happened to them. He works to solve crimes.
Tony and his partner John totally remind me of Miles and Sawyer from Lost, I LOVE IT!
I love reading this series. It's just fun and it makes me laugh. I think the final volume just came out.

So that's my Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Non-Written Novels. Have I interested you in any of them? Do we share any favorites? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should. Each Wednesday is a fun, new topic to think about and answer. Check out all the other Wednesday-ers HERE!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Chew, Volume 4: Flambe by John Layman and Rob Guillory


Title: Chew, Volume 4: Flambe
Written and Lettered by: John Layman
Drawn and Colored by: Rob Guillory
Color Assists by: Steven Struble
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: 2011
Source: Library

Summary: Tony Chu and John Colby never get a break from their jobs. With the odd, possibly alien writing swirling around the Earth, people don't know what to do. Some see it as the end-of-times, others see it as an excuse to eat chicken without fear of being arrested. One thing is for sure, Tony Chu is going to have to eat more weird things. Poor Tony.
My Thoughts: I love this series!! It might not always make sense, it might not always have a flowing plot, but it is always fun. I live for the fun this series provides. Tony and John are the best team ever!
My one nitpick about this Volume, and this series in general, is that sometimes I question how one escapade connects to the next. There are a lot of separate little scenes and stories, and I don't know how they will play into the bigger picture. That's just my nitpicky thing though.
I love the humor in this series. It never fails to make me laugh. I also love the colorful artwork. It is just a super fun reading experience.
I love these comics. They are so fun, mixed with crazy, mixed with color. I can't wait to see what happens with Tony and John next! I mean, I have to know because of that ending.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Love It!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Reading Right Now! (102)

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


--Flying (#1) by Carrie Jones-- Sadly, I'm not really enjoying this one so much. I picked it up based on the cute cover and synopsis. It's about a teenage girl who discovers her mother is an alien hunter. She gets into a fight with crazy tongue, acid spitting alien, and comes home to find her house trashed and her mom gone. She teams up with her mom's alien hunting partner, who she has never met before, in order to save her mother.
I thought this was going to be a cute, fun read. Fast-paced, full of action. And to an extent it is. I bet there are people out there who would really like this book.
My problems so far is that I don't really like the main character Mana. I find her really annoying. Things she says that are supposed to be funny just irritate me. She also doesn't act like a mature teenager, which is fine, because not all teenagers are mature, but because of that, I'm finding her hard to like and connect with. My other problem is that I feel like it took forever to get to the main action/journey part of the story. I'm 120ish pages in, and she's just finding out stuff about her mom. This book only has 249 pages, so that seems like an awful lot of time to spend on build-up.
If I was the type to quit reading a book, I would have probably quit reading this one by now. But I have that thing where once I start a book I'm compelled to finish it. 
This might be the perfect book for someone else, but so far, it's not turning out to be the book for me.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: Deceptive (Illusive #2) by Emily Lloyd-Jones


Title: Deceptive (Illusive #2)
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The past year has taken our gang of talented criminals to different places. Ciere is working to pay off her debt to the mob by lending her services to them.
After being sent away by Ciere, Devon is trying to figure out where he belongs. When a unique job opportunity presents itself, Devon decides to just go along with it.
Daniel is cut off from all his old friends. He knows they won't ever be safe around him. Daniel has to decide what to do since his old life is closed to him.
Life is complicated, especially when you have the immunities of super memory, illusions, and a knack for escaping. Things are about to get serious for our old gang of criminals.
My Thoughts: I really love this series. It's so fun, with super powered criminals and various moral dilemmas. I think one of this series true strengths is that this story can go pretty much anywhere. The world is their oyster. New threats can pop up, new heists can be planned, the possibilities are endless. When I first started this, I realized that it didn't exactly feel like a direct sequel, it just felt like a continuation to a world I really enjoyed, and characters that I really was interested in. It's just such an interesting premise and I love it!
There were some thing that didn't exactly work for me in this book. One was the strange time jumps. Every so often, a character would remember something that happened in their past, and the reader would then get transported there. It just became a little confusing as to whether I was reading present or past, and then exactly where the past parts ended, and we went back to the present. 
I also thought the romance that happened was a little rushed and weird. Not that I'm against it, I guess I just wanted to feel the journey more.
Everything else I loved though. I liked how we got Devon, Daniel, and Ciere's stories. I liked how the characters were facing moral dilemmas. There were all these different shades of gray that were just super interesting. I liked how all the characters were questioning where they belonged.
I did miss Kit thought, I wanted more of him in the book.
This book and this series is so fun. It plays out like a movie. Very fast-paced, full of action, and in such a cool world. I could read countless books in this series and never get bored. I really hope there are more books in this series. The way Deceptive ended didn't feel the most final, and I would hate for it to be the last one. I Want More! I Need More!
This book was great. This series is great. I really recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's a lot of fun that shouldn't be missed.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
I WANT MORE!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What Did I Think Of: The 100: Season 4, Episode 1 -Echoes- (SPOILERS!!)

It's back! It's back! Yippee Yippee Yay!! The wait for this new season has been so long, so excruciatingly long! I'm so excited it's back!


So, this picks right back up from the Season 3 finale. Clarke now has the unfortunate news that nuclear radiation will kill everybody in 6 months, and that kind of seems like an impossible thing to save everybody from. I mean, she's still determined to save everybody, but it's kind of a long shot at the moment. Her main plan is to get King Roan to help her. Yes he's alive! Yayy he's alive!
She needs King Roan, because there are a whole bunch of angry Ice Nation soldiers and an old friend, turned foe, turned I'm not sure what she is now, named Echo. 
So, let's see where I want to go with this...

Clarke
I'm not sure how I feel about Clarke at the moment. During the majority of last season, she really irritated me, and I got a little bit of that same feeling in this episode.
The main problem I have with Clarke is this idea she has that she always has to be in charge, that it always falls on her to "save her people". She's got a hero-complex. If any of you are Harry Potter nerds like me, you might remember in one of the books (I think it was the 5th) where Hermione made a comment to Harry about his need to always be the savior, and how most times he just acts without thinking things through. I think Clarke has that problem.
I'm also not the biggest fan of her being the "main" lead in the show. I think this show works so much better when it's the characters working together as a group. Each character is important to the overall story, and they shouldn't always have to bow down and do whatever it is Clarke wants to do. This is just a me opinion thing, but I'm really not the biggest fan of just Clarke.

Clarke and Bellamy!
Reunited and it feels so good.

I am excited to see Clarke and Bellamy being a team again. They work so well together. I hope it continues.
Now, I used to ship Bellarke a lot, but I've realized that I care more about Bellamy Blake's happiness than I do Clarke. I just want him to be happy.

Roan

I'm so glad Roan is alive!! Although, he did revive rather conveniently. He was one of my favorite characters from Season 3, so I hope he stays as an ally. I love his and Clarke's interactions, because of the banter. I hope Roan stays alive, because he is one of my favorites.

Echo

I'm not sure how I feel about Echo. She seemed kind of conniving in this episode, how she had King Roan's ear, and was trying to tell him what to do without out right ordering him. She kind of reminded me of Jafar from Disney's Aladdin. I don't know how to feel about her yet. Maybe that's because we never really knew that much about her character. In Season 2, she helped Bellamy escape because it in turn helped her get out. And in Season 3, she betrayed the Skaikru and let Mount Weather be blown to bits. Is she a super ruthless Ice Nation soldier? Or is she someone who can be considered a friend to our characters? I'm not sure. Some people have started a ship for Bellamy and Echo, and I'm not there yet. I don't trust her.


Octavia
I'm excited to see Octavia's story this season, as well as a little sad. Lincoln's death was so brutal and really sent her over the edge. I think it's going to be cool seeing a ruthless Octavia, but I don't want her to go so dark that she can't come back. I hope she remembers that she'll always have a place with Bellamy and The 100. I really do wonder who her father is, and Bellamy's father. I think it would be cool for Kane to be one of their fathers.


Raven and Gang at Arkadia

Raven and the gang are still at Arkadia and they are fine. Raven confirms what ALIE told Clarke about imminent nuclear disaster, and she shares it with the rest of the gang. Also, Raven's got like a super brain now because of ALIE. Hopefully that super brain will help her save the world.
Harper and Monty still have their relationship thing going on, I'm still not sure I'm a fan. It just seems so random. I know, I know, some people said that relationship started in Season 2 during the bone marrow extractions, where Harper and Monty were caged away from everyone else, but I didn't see it. Monty is a precious child, but I really have no feelings for Harper.  

Jasper... super depresed

Jasper is daaaarrrrkkk still. Super depressed. Doesn't know how to cope. It's sad. When he put that gun to his head, I was a little worried. I mean, I knew he wouldn't do it because of promo pictures from the upcoming season, but still. It's also dark how he's happy about imminent nuclear doom, because that means he doesn't have to expend the energy of killing himself when the world is going to do it for him. I want Jasper to be happy again. I want Monty and him to repair their awesome friendship. I need that friendship.

So those were my rambling thoughts about The 100, Season 4: Episode 1 -Echoes- Hopefully I can get back into the swing of these reviews. 
I'm excited to see where everything goes. I want all my favorites to live. And I want a Season 5. What did you think of the episode? Are you as excited for this Season as I am?
Remember, The 100 comes on Wednesdays, 9:00 pm est on the CW Network. Watch it. Bellamy Blake commands it.


images from http://screencapped.net/tv/the100/ and google images