Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 6 books of 2016

These are the top 6 books that I loved this year.

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2) The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) I'll Give You the Sun The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) The Impossible Knife of Memory Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Paper Planes and other things we lost by Mindy Hayes and Michele C. Miller

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 6 Part 1: Graphic Novels/Comics of 2016

This is Part 1 of my favorites of the year. They are not in any particular order.

Nailbiter, Deluxe Edition Volume 1: The Murder Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Vol. 1 Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One Superman: American Alien Spidey, Volume 1: First Day Seconds

Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson
Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
Spidey by Robbie Thompson
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Monday, December 26, 2016

Review: Sweet Tooth Book Three

Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book Three

Title: Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition Book Three
Author: Jeff Lemire
Release: November 29, 2016
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 368
Where to find it: Amazon | Bookdepository
Format: Hardback
Series: Yes
Summary: The time has come for hybrid animal-boy Gus and Jeppard to learn the answers they’ve been searching for. But they’re not the only ones looking for the truth behind the plague. The evil man called Abbot is on a collision course with Gus and Jeppard, and now the stage is set for the final, bloody showdown, an intimate Armageddon with the fate of human and hybrid alike in the balance. Collecting: Sweet Tooth 26-40 (goodreads)
Thoughts: Oh man, what a way to end a story. This story was incredible. It was something different than what I have read before and it was a nice surprise. I followed this story since the beginning of the year and I was happy to finally finish my journey this year.
Since this is the third book of this series I can't really say much. We continue following Gus story along with the rest of the hybrid kids. We find out things about the origin of the disease and we get a few answers into how this all started. I really did enjoy the ending. It was a bitter sweet because I followed these characters for a while.
I did wanted more but at the same time it ended up being a perfect ending. I do recommend for people to pick up this comic book series. It's something fresh and unique and you will want to stay for the characters.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: Paper Planes and other Things we Lost

Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost

Title: Paper Planes and other things we lost
Author: Mindy Hayes and Michele C. Miller
Release: June 6, 2016
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 374
Where to find it:  Amazon | Bookdepository
Format: Paperback
Summary: On June 18, 1992, Flight 397 crashed off the coast of Long Island. But this story isn't about the crash. Not completely. This is a story about two high school seniors living very different lives, who share one connection: they both lost parents on that fateful flight. Slowly, letters bridge the gap between California and Pennsylvania as Ruby Kaminski and Brett Pratt find a way to remember the past while looking toward the future. This is a story about hope, paper planes, and the other things they lost. (goodreads)

This book! It gave me all the feel. Apart from feels it felt so real. It felt that the authors wrote the characters perfectly and acted appropriate to certain situations AND THE FEMALE CHARACTER HAS COMMON SENSE! In certain situations. I like that there was different reaction to the event for all the characters. There isn't only one respond for the characters. Everyone is different and I liked that from the writing.
I really love the idea of the letters being send back and forth. If made me miss the idea of pen pals. Living in a electronic world there is ideas that where lost and wish that more people continue doing that.
The era of the book is also perfect. It is set in a perfect time where it make sense that they would be writing letters back and forth. I just love everything from this book. The writing didn't feel force, the reactions didn't feel fake, it was just so amazing. Maybe it was the right time to read this book or I was in the right set of mind. It was just perfect with me.
I like the relationship the characters had. I like that it was a journey for them and that they discovered themselves first before jumping into anything else. They needed to heal themselves. The supporting characters where amazing. The were not jerks. They were actual people that reacted genuine. Their reaction made sense in situation.
I recommend everyone to read this little gem. It wasn't expected. I love discovering books and hope more people read this book because it's just so beautiful.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: American Assassin

American Assassin
Title: American Assassin #1
Author: Vince Flynn
Release: January 8, 2013
Rating:★ ★ .5
Pages: 448
Where to find it: Amazon | Bookdepository
Format: Paperback
Series: Yes
Summary: Vince Flynn’s stunning #1 New York Times bestseller introduces the young Mitch Rapp on his first assignment, a mission of vengeance that made him a CIA superagent. Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives—men who do not exist—to meet this burgeoning threat abroad, before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield’s protégé, Irene Kennedy, finds the ideal candidate in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Among the thousands grieving the victims is Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, who wants only one thing: retribution. Six months of intense training prepare him to devastate the enemy with brutal efficiency, leaving a trail of bodies from Istanbul and across Europe, to Beirut. But there, the American assassin will need every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war-ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions. (goodreads)

I own a physical copy of this book but decided to listen to the audiobook. I felt it would go a lot faster if I would have read it and it was true. I would have taken longer to read it. I felt that the beginning of the book was interesting. I was pulled into the story line. I was interested to see where the story lead to and how the character would develop. But as I got halfway through the book I started dozing off and the characters felt flat.
I was more entertained with the training at the beginning of the story than with the actual mission. I felt it rush and felt them fall flat. The story started to wonder off from the storyline. I would have liked that the whole book would just focus on Mitch point of view or if anything it would only focus on him and another person only. Not more than two. Didn't really like how it jump from person to person. It didn't felt like a steady storyline. I have read other books with multiple characters point of views and liked them. But I felt this one wasn't executed correctly.
Mitch character was an interesting characters, but I did feel him a little flat. He felt too convenient. I also felt that the book started with a mood and later changed the type of book it was. It was very hard to focus on the storyline. I did like the action scenes. But I just don't think this is my type of series. I felt it rush and sloppy.
I don't think I will be continuing the series. If anything I will pick up the second book to see if it's the same pace but other than that I wasn't really pulled into the story.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching
Title: The Hatching
Author: Ezekiel Boone
Release: July 5, 2016
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Disclaimer: I won this book in a twitter giveaway from the publisher.
Series: Yes
Summary: An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march.
Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.

Thoughts: It's been a hard process for me to find a books that I actually has the scary factor for me and I think I just found the book. This book accomplished that for me. I had no idea what to expect in this book when I first picked it up. All I knew was it had to do with spiders and fear. This book accomplished that. Just reading the description of the event in this book is scary enough to make me not get near an insect I don't recognize.

I really like the fact that all the characters of this book are connected in one way or another. It makes me enjoy the book more to discover the mystery behind the connection of the character. It was also interesting to see in every chapter how the events were affecting every aspect of the world. I think my only complain about the book is that I wish there was a little bit more towards the ending of the novel.

I do give the warning that if you are scare of spiders don't read this book. I really enjoyed it but I wouldn't give this book to my sister to read (she has a phobia of spiders). Because the descriptions of what the spiders do is very descripted. It gave me goose bumps in some of the description. It's been a while since I read a book like this and I was very happy to get this book because it wasn't something I have heard of. I was lucky to get my hands on it and I am thankful for being able to have read it this month. It was the perfect set of horror and suspense. Just what I needed.

I really don't want to say much more of the book because it was so good and the fact that I haven't heard of it made it so perfect. I didn't know what to expect which is rare for me to experience. The sad thing is that it's not a stand alone. It does have a sequel coming out next year. Which I will be waiting to get my hands on it until it's release.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun
Title: I'll Give you the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Release: September 16th 2014
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 371
Format: Hardback, Paperback, Audio, Kindle, Nook
Where to find it: AMAZON BnN
Series: No

Summary: A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Em's Review

First, YES! Mel did review this early this year, I, however, JUST finished it. So here goes!

As I am writing this review, I still have a streak of tears drying on my cheeks. Tears of both happiness and heartache, like I was living this myself. That’s how magnificent this story is, pulling emotions out of me, like a magician's scarf trick.

Told in shifting time frames, Noah (who draws everything, on paper or in his mind) who tells his tale at 13, and his twin sister Jude ( who scruples out of sand, sews, and follows her Grandma Bible of superstitions) telling her tale at 16. You can not escape without half your Kleenex gone, and your mind blown away by the images this story put there, as we see these children grow apart and come together again with love, betrayal, heartbreak and then forgiveness.

You know, how in many stories you find that one character you connect with? In I’ll Give You the Sun, I don’t know which sibling I related too more. They both spoke to me. Noah mind paints like I can make a story up in my head (getting it to paper is the hard thing), yet Jude protects her sibling much like I did with mine, sometimes still do. Noah will be quiet, looking at the world as an outsider, while Jude is more daring. Only to have them switch has their life was rocked with loss. My just my siblings and I have done time and again. Without spoiling this story, so much of it I could equate it to a part of my own growing up (maybe this is what the tears are from). When one was weak, the other strong. Carrying burdens our young selves didn’t need too. Our plans change, our parents have their own secret lives, and siblings will pull apart and come together again and again.

I swear to Clark Gable you will love this story, and what everyone to read it too.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time for the Summer COYER Challenge!

If you're like me, you have way too many books in your e-reader. Like WAAAAAAY too many. COYER (Clean out your e-reader) is the perfect challenge for me. Can cross over into other challenges, and is a good way to knock off books that are e-ARC or Tour books.

And this time it is a BINGO challenge! The challenge runs from June 18th-Sept 2nd and you can sign up anytime til until Aug 1st. My goal is to read and review 7 e-books. This might grow depending on the bingo board :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Birthright by Joshua Williamson

Birthright, Vol. 3

Title: Birthright Vol. 3
Author: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas Release: May 11th 2016
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 112
Format: Trade
Series: Yes
Summary: As Mikey and Brennan's quest to hunt Terrenos's worst war criminals intensifies, their parents make deals with new and dangerous allies to protect their sons, but a mysterious foe debuts, threatening to destroy the Rhodes family forever.
Collects BIRTHRIGHT #11-15. (goodreads)

Another great continuation from the series so far. He keeps getting me. With his twist and turns that I just don't know what to expect anymore. I love the writing that Williamson does in his stories.

I really can express much about the story because it will ruin any twist in the story. Which is amazing to discover during the process. That is another thing with Williamson. His story always have a twist.

The only downfall I think is that you have questions and he ends up leaving you with a lot more and not answering you the previous ones. But at the same time you are still invested in the story. You are addicted. You can't stop reading the story because you just want to know and hoping that your questions will be answer.

If you like fantasy novels this is a great read. Also if you a Brandon Sanderson fan this is a great comic book series to pic up.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Screwdrivered (Cocktail, #3)
Title: Screwdrivered
Author: Alice Clayton
Release: September 2, 2014
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 256
Format: paperback
Series: Cocktail #3
Summary: After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.
Readers back for a third round of the bestselling Cocktail series will enjoy a madcap romantic comedy about bodice ripping and chest heaving, fiery passion and love everlasting. Plus a dash of paperwork filing and horseshi—wait, what?
By day, Viv Franklin designs software programs. By night, Vivian’s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping fit refighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice—don’t forget the bodice.
When a phone call brings news that she’s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don’t they?
There’s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there’s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie.
In Screwdrivered, Alice Clayton pits Superman against Clark in a hilarious and hot battle that delights a swooning Viv/Vivian.
Also within this book, an answer to the question of the ages: Why ride a cowboy when you can ride a librarian? (goodreads)

I was actually surprise that I like this novel. I don't know why romance novels have horrible titles and horrible covers that make them look dirtier than what they actually are. The covers makes it look like a really trashy novel when in reality it's really good. This is the third book in a book series. You don't really need to read the other books to read this book. The only thing that connects it with the other books in the series are character. I really like it. I had only read the first book in this series and skipped the second one and read this one. I was surprise how I like it. It was a fun fluffy read that I really didn't need too think much. I really enjoyed the characters and the romance. The characters were interested enough for me to say invested. You do see appearances of characters from the other novels which is fun to read. I did find it a little irritated when the main character was to narrow minded to figure out what was right in front of her. That she was determine to get with a guy that completely was a douche bag. But I think that is one thing I did liked about the book. The fact that's what novels always do. They always make the female determine to get with the bad boy and the girl to change his ways just to be patient. It was sort of a metaphor that the guy will always be a douche bag. It's good to see the good guy win for a change. I like that the Viv was a determine character except when it came with her fascination with Hank which I disliked as I mention. But overall it was a fast quick read that I really enjoyed. If you like romance novels it's I completely recommend to give it a read. You don't really need to read the other books to understand this book from the series. It could perfectly stand on it's own.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Hawkeye, Vol. 6: Hawkeyes by Jeff Lemire

Hawkeye, Vol. 6: Hawkeyes
Writer:Jeff Lemire
Artist:Ramon Perez
Title: Hawkeye, Vol. 6: Hawkeyes
Release:June 28, 2016 (I own these in single issue)
Pages: 136
Format: Volumes
Where to find it:
Series: Yes
Summary: Hawkeye and Hawkeye take aim at another season - but this time there's a twist! Arrows fly across two eras as a deep-seated rift stretches across time, bringing old man Clint and a wiser Kate back together to chase down mistakes from their past. But as the reluctantly reunited Team Hawkeye struggle to rebuild their trust, things get messy when their mission brings them face-to-face with the Mandarin! As tomorrow's Kate reunites with two former Young Avengers teammates, today's Clint finds himself estranged from his partner and paying a visit to his big brother Barney. What makes a hero and what breaks a hero? Hawkeye and Hawkeye experience both in a turbulent trip down memory lane that takes them back to the future!

Thoughts: This being the second volume of Lemires and Perez run I wasn't really happy going into it. Still feeling the lost of Matt Fraction and David Aja run. The run that made me love Hawkeye as a character and introducing me to his other half Kate Bishop, a kick as female character also with the alias of Hawkeye. But I think that this volume did amazingly well in bringing back what Fraction and Aja did in their run. Focusing on the characters themselves.

I was very hesitated in reading this volume but am happy I did. It gave me more of a background of the characters when they were younger which I did like. It also changed something I thought was happening in the last volume and was happy that it really didn't happened. That is the part I didn't like what they were making us believe that was going to happen that was throwing me off from finishing the run.

But I do recommend to reading this volume if you would like to get more insight in the characters pass and to just all in love with these two Hawkeyes friendship. Because the friendship between these two I think is what makes the story amazing.

Right now I am just waiting to see what happens after Civil War II event to be over to see what happens to these characters and where they are going to be after. Let's see who takes up the writing and the art of these amazing characters that are just human and want to do good in the world. Hoping for some more Hawkeye in the future.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (4)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BOOK SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY: The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
Page Count: 318 pages
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: April 1st, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback, Paperback
Amazon Buy Link: HERE
Barns and Noble: HERE
Synopsis: As usurper of the throne, the rule of King Severn Argentine’s is already highly contested. To keep his power, King Argentine rules with an iron fist and destroys any opposition. In a failed coup attempt the Duke of Kiskaddon loses his son as a permanent prisoner to the king to ensure his loyalty.

THE QUEEN’S POISONER follows the Duke’s young son Owen on his journey for redemption and revenge as he figures out how to survive the court of Kingfountain. In order to keep his head and gain the merciless king’s favor, Owen must delve deeper into the world of mystery and secrecy that surrounds him. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment of The Kingfountain Series.

Excerpt 1: Chapter 28
 The wild frenzied feeling of plummeting reminded him partway down that he should be terrified, but then the shock of cold water met his face and he plunged into its depths. His feet touched the bottom of the cistern. His hand still gripped hers.

Owen opened his eyes and found himself surrounded by a pile of treasure. He felt a huge burst of excitement in his ribs as he stared at the sword hilts, the jewels and necklaces. The Mortimer girl was tugging at his hand and trying to swim up, but he pulled back, not wanting to lose sight of the treasure.There was so much! But then he noticed something awry. There was a gap in the treasure, as if someone had dragged a rake through it. No, that wasn’t it. One of the chests appeared to have been dragged back towards the stairs. The dragging motion had cleared a path through the bounty and knocked other bits over.
His companion was yanking hard on his hand now, and when he looked up, he saw bubbles were coming out of her mouth, obscuring her face.
Owen wanted to stay down and figure out what had happened to the treasure, but they both needed to breathe. He pushed with his legs and they started towards the surface. As they moved through the water, a loud grinding noise filled his water-soaked ears.
When Owen’s face broke the surface, he gulped in a chest full of air to stop his lungs from burning. The Mortimer girl was spluttering and paddling on the waters.
“Owen! Did you hear that noise?”
Owen looked and saw they were farther away from stairs. In fact, they were gliding away from it at a fast pace.
“What’s wrong?” Owen asked, kicking around. The water was tugging them deeper into the dark cistern. 

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (3)

We missed last week, so this is going to look a little crazy. Plus it didn't help I was out thrift store shopping.


The Society Of Steam: The Falling Machine by Andrew P. Mayer
Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout 
My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison
This Glittering Word by T. Greenwood
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (won in a giveaway)
Smoke by Dab Vyleta (given from the publisher) 
Pooh Invents a New Game by A.A. Milne 
(found a great copy published 40 years ago for 30 cents. As a Pooh fan, I had to get to go with the rest) 


Nailbiter Vol. 3
Ghosted Vol. 1
Ghosted Vol. 2
Chew Vol. 2
Daredevil: Yellow
East of West Vol. 2
East of West Vol. 3
Long Walk to Valhalla

April Goals & Events | 2016


This month I need to focus on spring cleaning, and looking for work. I have something like 6 crafting projects I am juggling too. Does this stop me from reading? Oh hecky poo no, but I need to plan this month out better.

Books I would like to read this month
Glory over Everything  by Kathleen Grissom
Relativity by Antonia Hayes
Queen of Hearts   by Colleen Oakes

Crafts I would like to finish 
Harry Potter House Bunny 
Teen Wolf Cross Stitch 


This month I want to take it easy. I don't want to overwhelm my self with a million things to do. I am just giving my self two books that I want to read this month and the rest will be what ever I feel like reading. I think I read better that way. If I set my self a list I am most likely won't be able to accomplish it.

This month I am also hoping to complete my Camp NaNoWriMo goals of the month. So it looks like a busy month as it is. There will also be 2 book events that I am hoping to go this year. The Los Angeles Festival of Books (April 9 & 10 2016) and YallWest (April 30th & May 1st) this year they both fall under the same month so that will be something interesting. There will also be a signing event for Ernest Cline in my area so I am really hoping to go to that. So many things to do this month so I am making my reading list short apart from comic books I am hoping to read this month.

Apart from that I am hoping to getting back into a creative routine of drawing and making graphics again. It's just been so long. Here is hoping for this being the month.

Books I would like to read this month
Cabin in the Woods: The Official Movie Novelization by Tim Lebbon
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Ernest Cline Event info - Barnes & Noble, Huntington Beach, CA
Wednesday April 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

What are your goals for the month? 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Camp NaNoWrimo | 2016


Here I go. Last year on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I began writing my first full story. I ended up not writing 50,000 words but I did ended up writing 35,000 words which I was happy with for being my first time really invested in the project.

This year I will be trying to write once again but it will be a different story than the year before. I am not abandoning my first story. I am just going to hold on it for a while until I really flesh it out and figure out where I want it to go. I am hoping that this year Camp NaNoWriMo will help me out with trying to flesh out this new story that I have in my head. I am setting a goal of writing 30,000 words this month. Hoping that I can accomplish at least that. I don't want to try something big. I just want to see if I can have a decent outline and flesh out where I want my story to go. This time I will be writing a Thriller compare to my Zombie Apocalypse story of last year.

Story Links
Pinterest Board
Camp NaNoWrimo Page

Current title: Fighting Back
Word Count Goal by the end of the month: 30,000 words

Goals for the end of this month
  • To have a complete outline of the story
  • Have finish my characters bio's
  • Have at least 2-5 chapters completed
Anyone else is trying Camp Nanowrimo this month? What are your plans? We can all do this and I wish everyone good luck.

March Wrap-up | 2016


Over looking my finished reads of the month, I am behind on reviews! Looks like I got work to do after this. 
Beastly Manor  ★ ★ ★ ★
Dark Energy ★ ★ ★ 1/.2
We Are Robin ★ ★ ★ 
Cyborg Vol. 1 ★ ★ ★ 
The Island ★ ★ ★ ★


I read more books that I expected to read this month which is awesome. I am hoping to review every single book I read from now on. Here is hoping that I can accomplish that. Each book is link to the review I wrote. Have you guys read any of these books? And if you guys did what did you think of them?

I'll Give you the Sun : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Career of Evil : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Six of Crows : ★ ★ ★ ★
The Mighty Thor Vol. 1 : ★ ★ ★
Spider-Gwen Vol. 1 : Greatest Power : ★ ★ ★ ★
Uprooted : ★ ★ ★ ★
Nailbiter Vol. 1 Hardcover Edition (issues 1-10) : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Clockwork Angel: ★ ★ ★
Clockwork Prince : ★ ★ ★
Clockwork Princess: ★ ★ ★

What are some of the books you read this month? 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson | Review

Nailbiter, Volume 1: The Murder, Deluxe Edition

Title: Nailbiter
Author: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski Release: March 22, 2016
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
Series: Yes
Summary: "Where do serial killers come from?" and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he'll have to team up with the infamous Edward "Nailbiter" Warren to do it. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson deliver a mystery that mixes "Twin Peaks" with the horror of "Se7en"! This deluxe oversized hardcover collects the first ten issues of NAILBITER and features bonus material never before released including sketches, a process section, the original pitch, and script pages. Collects NAILBITER #1-10. (goodreads)


If you like horror I think you will enjoy this comic a lot. I have read Joshua Williamson's currently running comic book Birthright and I am loving every single thing of it right now. I needed to get my hands on something else that he has written. Nailbiter just came out with this special Hardcover edition of it's first 10 issues and I couldn't help it and graved myself a copy of it. I wasn't disappointed at all. This new series is just amazing. Now I am trying to get my hands at anything that Williamson writes.

This book is good to read in trades. I don't think I would have been able to read this as single issues. Each issue would have been horrible to wait for. The mystery behind the series pulls you into the story. The art in the story is great. Perfect for the story but it's really gory. If you don't really like seeing cruel gory things than this comic book series may not be for you.

What draws me into the story is the mystery of the town. Which is what the story is about. How did this town have created so many serial killers? That itself is what intrigues me about the mystery of the story. How is it that so many people in a town became such cruel people. If you like the mystery and the phycology of it all. The ending of this volume left me in a clip hanger.

I like the flow of the series also. It doesn't feel like it's dragging or if it's just being slowed down. It's a great read and recommend people to read it if you like horror novels and horror films.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Review/Spoilers

I had told my self that I wouldn't be seeing this movie until after it came out on DVD but I ended up caving in and watching it. After going to Wonder Con and everyone talking about it. I don't thinking I couldn't watch it at all. So on Sunday right after the Con I went straight to the theater and watched the movie. It was everything that I expected it to be. I didn't go in the theater with high or low expectations. I just went in the theater seeing what the movie could bring. I am stating right now that I am not the biggest DC fan out there. I don't read the comic books at all. But the reason is because there is just so much out there apart from the stories being re-booted every few years. There has been some years where the books have just made no sense to me.

Currently the only DC title that I am picking up is Superman: American Alien by Max Landis. Which I think it's such an interest take of the story. How it picks up in different parts of his life as he becomes Superman. But I will stop here with that. This is a BvS review.

I will state that there will be spoilers in this review. So if you wish not to be spoiled I would say that you leave right now. Because I will be talking details about the movie.

On with the review. For a Superman movie, Superman wasn't really much in the movie. I feel like he was really absent in the film. Yes, the issues revolving in the movie were about him but he wasn't really in the film enough. He really didn't represent himself. I even think that he didn't really have enough lines in the film.

Another issue of this film was the pace of the film it was so slow. There was times I was so bored with the film. I didn't really want to be in the theater and continue watching it. I was at point ready to walk out. The editing of the film felt all out of place. There were certain scenes that I just wish were in different parts of the film. It was just not consisting at all.

The way that the Justice League members were introduce in this film was just so sloppy. It would have been more interesting to give a gleams of them towards the end of the film. It would have done more of an impact for the audience. It was just thrown in the middle of a scene that was already making an impact. I didn't understand that placement at all.

Let's talk about Lex Luther. Oh why they would go that way with him I don't understand at all. The character was so distracting so out of what Luther is. It felt as if it was trying to be the Joker. Jesse Eisenberg was just not the right Lex for me. He just pulled me out of the movie. He didn't feel part of the universe that they were creating. It just didn't work for me at all.

The whole fight with Batman and Superman but it just didn't make sense what the film makers were trying to do. I know they wanted that climatic event but it just felt force. I wish they were fighting for a better reason other than Lex Luther planning it all. It just made it feel like a cop out for me.

I can really go on my issues for this film but I feel I should just leave it here. These were some of the main points why I didn't enjoyed the film.

What I like about the film:
Even though I did have a lot of issues with the film I did enjoyed some part. One of my biggest one was Ben Affleck at Batman. He was perfect for the role. He place both Bruce Wayne and Batman perfectly. The opening sequence of the film was just amazing. The way it was shot and then the way that Bruce Wayne just went to the city it was just amazing. Really don't have many words for it than brilliant. I think I have come to like this version of Batman better than the Christopher Nolan version of Batman.

I have to say that the origin opening sequence of Batman was one of the best I have ever scene been film. It wasn't too much. It was just the right amount of origin that we needed.

I enjoyed all of Batman's scene in the film. It felt like the Batman from the cartoons and comics. That was Batman and liked ever moment of his performance.

Another thing that I loved from the film was Wonder Woman at the end. The way she just shows up and just kicks ass is just so amazing. She could have taken on Doomsday by herself. She was technically fighting him by herself and they way her expression showed that she was having fun was also amazing. She knew she had to stop this thing. But we all do have to keep in mind that she was raise to be a warrior and that is what it looked like. A warrior just kicking ass. I loved that.

Those are scenes I really like from the film. One thing that I did like that Lois knew that Clark was Superman. It was just getting old. The whole superhero secret identity from love ones thing.

My overall thoughts:
Overall it was and okay movie not the best not the worst. I don't think I will be seeing it again. But it's worth a watch if you like superhero movies. Just ignore everyone's opinion and give it a chance and see if YOU like it. It's all on opinion here.

I will see the next DC films. I do want to give the DC film a chance and want to see where they go. I am looking forward to seeing Suicide Squad. I just hope it doesn't suffer what this film suffer because of all it's characters. But only time will tell with the DC cinematic universe.

Rating: C-

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Get Up Offa That Slump: Easter basket

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Today we are going to see my DREAM Easter basket. This would be my ultimate basket, which I will never see in my life, but if I can put anything in here, I'm gonna make that chick in the Santa Baby song look like she is asking for more mush in Oliver Twist.

First off a basket is needed. You know that bag in Harry Potter where he could store anything and never run out of space? The one that looked like a old purse for a Victorian woman?  Yeah that would be perfect.

 Now a basket need grass in it, and I like green, so this works well

Candy? I few dozen boxes of this will do.

Something shiny

A new toy

And something to read too! 

Anything I should add? 

Get Up Offa That Slump Challenge: Idea Board

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Yep, I know we are late this time, but poor Mel was sick then went to Wondercon, and I was swamped with family and Easter prep. Sorry loves. So, FRIDAY'S challenge was either plan a trip, or make and idea board for your blog. We chose the last one, because it is kind of WHY we wanted to do this challenge in the first place.
Since there is two of us, we opened a shared google doc, and started adding in ideas to do. So, this is going to look more like a idea list and not a board, but ideas are ideas!

Things we like from this challenge to do more of:

  • Mad Libs is fun and easy and something to do randomly with popular books/add on to a book review or a movie review too! 
  • Spins off the easter basket bit - Bookish 12 days of Christmas and things like that 
  • More Book Tags, or any fun tag things. 
  • Maybe once a month. Dogs and Books somehow.

New Things

  • Caption Contest. Maybe the prize is a bookmark Mel can make and mail out? This can be fun with a new movie or show, or even an old one people love. Just grab a screenshot and go. 
  • Bring back TOP 3 but do fun topics. We have the top 10 tues where we can do book like things. Bookshelf Tour Blog Post 
  • Funko Pop with books theme post 
  • Weekly character bookmark Post 
  • Weekly Booktuber Recommendation/Graphic Post 
  • Comic Con Posts!
  • Blog Tour blitz - we set a time and look at X number of blogs and read and comment to posts, and then post a post on what we liked, if we are following any new blogs, or if someone has a post we think people should read. 
  • Add a follow thing to our blog, so people can follow. And HOW DO YOU EVEN WORK BLOGLOVIN? Someone tell me PLEASE!

Spider-Gwen Vol. 1 Great Power by Jason Latour


Title: Spider-Gwen Vol. 1: Great Power
Author: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbie Rodriguez
Release: May 24, 2016
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 136
Format: Single issues
Series: Yes - Marvel - Spider-Gwen
Summary:Gwen Stacy is back in the webs and has an all-new, all-different mystery to solve: the reappearance of the Lizard! The Spider-Woman of Earth-65 was convinced that the Lizard died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But a new reptilian rampage leaves her with doubts not only about Peter's life, but his death as well. Troubles begin to mount as the Osborns of Gwen's world make their debut, and she finds herself on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most wanted list! Perhaps some wise words from a mentor figure could help - how about Jessica Drew, the Spider-Woman of Earth-616? What lessons about power and responsibility will Jess have to share, and what use will they be when Gwen battles the Goblins?

I just love the art in this book so much. The color schemes and the design of the characters is what really pulled me into the story line. The what if? idea was so interesting for me. I have always like alternative universe and this was just perfect for me.

I do say that this volume is a BIG step up from volume 0. Volume 0 for me seemed a little all over the place. The creators were just getting themselves started and I think that they really didn't know into what direction they were heading with it. But I think in this volume they knew the direction they were heading towards too. I think that they have more of a clear point of the story.

I really enjoyed the introduction of the new characters in this volume and the direction some of them went. It's interesting to see alternative characters from the original universe into a different story line and a different position or different characters playing roles into this universe.

I say give this volume a try. If you enjoyed it I pretty much say you will enjoy this series. It never hurts to try.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Get up offa that slump Challenge: Puppies + Books


When Mel and I saw "Dogs and Books" as a challenge option, we knew we had to show our fur babies and some books. For myself, I was trying to get pictures of all four dogs, but anyone that has animals know, they are as hard to make sit for a picture as a child. So, here is Loki with my next hard copy read.


Here are a few pictures of my favorite books with my little puppy. Oh, how I adore him.


by: T.R. Ragan
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Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger…and she trades victimhood for vengeance. Frustrated with the law’s efforts, she takes action to rescue her children—and wreaks havoc on the brutal criminals who tore them from her. With her family and newfound allies at her side, Faith descends into the hellish underworld of human trafficking, determined to make those who prey on the innocent pray for mercy. The forces she's up against have already proven that their ruthlessness knows no bounds. And there's nothing they won't do to turn Faith's crusade into a suicide mission. But they're about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a mother fighting for her children—especially one who's earned the nickname Furious.

Author Bio:
T.R. Ragan (Theresa Ragan) is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Her exciting Lizzy Gardner series: Abducted, Dead Weight, A Dark Mind, Obsessed, Almost Dead, and Evil Never Dies, has received tremendous praise. In August 2015 Evil Never Dies hit #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestselling List. Since publishing in 2011, she has sold over two million books and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, PC Magazine, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly. Theresa grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. An avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. Theresa and her husband Joe have four children and live in Sacramento, California. FURIOUS, the first book in her most recent Faith McMann series will be released March 22, 2016, followed by OUTRAGE and WRATH.

Early Praise
“Faith McMann, heroine of this gripping novel, is a Sacramento schoolteacher, wife, and mother who comes home just in time to witness her husband’s throat getting cut and her two children hauled away. The attempt on her life is botched—the killers were in a hurry—and as she recovers, she’s convinced the police are brushing her off. So she whacks a detective with his computer keyboard and gets sentenced to anger management sessions. If this were a cookie-cutter thriller, the male hero would be tracking the killers with an automatic weapon and maybe a major babe beside him. But our hero is smarter than that, and her revenge is a product of relationships, not bullets. In classes, she meets other victims as angry as she is, and, together, in fine scenes of action and suspense, they seek explanations and vengeance as well as the children’s rescue, which takes them into a slimy world of human trafficking. Learn here about “lot lizards” and “kiddie strolls” on the way to a wild finale. Suspenseful and smart, in equal measure.” —Don Crinklaw, Booklist

“Searing...Readers with strong stomachs will eagerly await the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly

5 copies of FURIOUS (US Only)
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Review

Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Release: May 19, 2015
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 435
Format: Hardback
Series: No
Summary:“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose. (goodreads)

The main reason for picking up this book was because I heard Brandon Sanderson speak so highly of it. I wanted to know what was so interesting about the book. It's hard to read re-tellings for me. It's hard to actually find one that I actually enjoyed. When I first started reading this book I wasn't really pull into the story line, until I reach 30 Into the story. That is when it started picking up. I was happy that it didn't take 100 pages for the story to pick up. Something that has happened lately in stories that I have been reading lately.

I really enjoyed the story. It was different that the retellings that have been coming out lately. It was different than the others. I liked that the book also stands on it's own. It's just one book instead of a series. Which most of the books coming out lately are. It's hard to find a book that stands on it's own lately.

In the story we follow Agnieszka journey as she is chosen by the Dragon. The protector of her land. We discover the reason why she is the one chosen and we see the development between her and the Dragon. One thing I really like about the story was the relationship between Agnieszka and Kasia. We rarely see the relationships between friends in stories. We always see female characters against each other instead of working together and this book did very well in having those characters work together. We also see how strong their friendship is which I really loved.

It was good to see the development of the character and see how she had to grow on her own also. I did find areas that were slow but I understood that they were necessary for the story to develop. Overall I would say you should give the story a try. It's very entertaining. I do warn there is 2 scenes that are for mature readers. They are short scenes. But just a warning if you don't like reading sexual scenes.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Get Up Offa That Slump: Book Spine Poetry

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Today I learn that my books are poets and didn't even know it! Yeah I went there. With most books not titled like in or a or the for my use, this is going to sound like some odd "How I Married an Ax Murder" beat poetry. I don't know if I should be sorry or not.

Also why do all my books sound like I am depressed?

The Rogue
Betrayed, Hunted
Dark Places, Bullet
Death's Sweet Embrace
A Feast For Crows

Show us your own poem. Or link us to your post.

Stacking the Shelves (02)

Another week of book collecting and book reading. This week looks a little more normal for myself and Mel.


I was gifted a replacement to my broken Outlander book. RIP Old 80's thrift-store buy. You did me well. If you want to join Parcels of Joy, the list is always open. Someone gifted me this beauty from that group!


Superman: American Alien #5 
Silk #6 
Spider-Man/Deadpool #3 
Nailbiter Vol 1 HC Edition