The Wendy Project – BOOK REVIEW

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Title
: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne
Illustrator: Veronica Fish
Original Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Super Genius
Number of Pages: 96

Quick Synopsis: In a modern retelling of Peter Pan, 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake, losing youngest brother, Michael, to a peculiar flying boy.

This past weekend, we were down in Manhattan Beach when we spotted a Barnes & Noble and of course, had to go in. We wandered around deciding which books to get and which to put back as we both are serious book hoarders and had a pretty fat stack. I was rushing by the Graphic Novel section putting most of my “to buy pile” back on the shelves, when I saw this book faced out between Batman and The Flash. It was the only one and the cover art was too much for me to leave behind. I wanted it. I read the synopsis. I needed it.

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Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics

Top 10 Tuesdays
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Top 10 Recommendations For X” and if you can’t tell what I chose by the title, I’m doing:

Top 10 Comics for People That Think Comics are all About Super Heroes

or Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics, for short. These are in no particular order and I added a few Honorable Mentions at the end as their authors had appeared once on the list already.

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  1. Snotgirl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
    Enter the whimsical world of social media maven, Lottie Person as she navigates through fake friends, heartache and murder?
  2. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    A space opera to rule them all. When two soldiers from each side of a galactic, hate-fueled war fall in love, they must do everything they can to protect their newly born cargo.
  3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A poignant memoir of coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
  4. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
    An ancient evil waits for the Rook family just beyond the woods of their new home. A much darker and horrifying take on classic witch mythos.
  5. Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
    Keyhouse is the fantastical home to an angry creature that will stop at nothing to force open the doors to unspeakable evil.
  6. Maus by Art Spiegelman
    A heartbreaking memoir of a Holocaust survivor and his cartoonist son.
  7. Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory
    Tony Chu is an FDA Detective that gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Sometimes this means he has to eat a bit of the dead to find where illegal chicken is coming from.
  8. Sex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
    Suzie is just a typical girl and Jon is a typical boy except they both can stop time when they have sex and like any other person, they use this to their advantage…by robbing banks.
  9. Blankets by Craig Thompson
    A beautiful memoir about Thompson’s battle with faith and coming of age.
  10. Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    A young robot boy must stay safe in a world that has outlawed his kind. The only thing he has to protect himself against the bounty hunters out for his head, is his trusty companion.

Honorable Mentions:

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An Abundance of Katherines – BOOK REVIEW

an abundance of katherines book coverTitle: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Original Publication Date: September 21st, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Books
Number of Pages: 215

Quick Synopsis: Just dumped for the 19th time straight by a Katherine, smart boy Colin sets out on a road trip with his bff to “find himself”.

I feel like my synopsis was a little snarky in all honestly. But that is literally what this book is about.

I have a love/dislike relationship with John Green. I genuinely loved a couple of his books but somewhere along the way, he’s just lost me. He writes so well and his stories are generally quite interesting however, his plots aren’t the most compelling. This book is no different. I kept feeling like this exact thing has been done. Heard this story, seen these characters before. But I mean, I keep reading them though.

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Outcast Vol. 1 – REVIEW

OutcastVol1_CoverTitle: Outcast Vol. 1
Author: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Paul Azaceta
Original Publication Date: January 15th, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 152

Quick Synopsis: Demonic possession has overtaken Kyle Barnes’ entire life and it’s time for him to get some answers.

I’m going to be super honest here: I really wasn’t a fan of the art style at first. I think if I continuously consume a certain type of art style for too long, I can’t stray from it. As of late, I’ve definitely been super into a more cutesy style that instantly catches attention. After reading this for a bit, I realized that the art style was absolutely perfect for the type of story being told.

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Paper Girls 1

PaperGirls_Vol01-1Title: Paper Girls 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Cliff Chiang
Original Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 144

Quick Synopsis: 1988, Stony Stream, Ohio. A group of young paper girls set out on their morning route, only to be interrupted by shenanigans. –Collects Issues #1-5.

Look, I can’t tell you what interrupts their route. Trust me. You’ll want to go in knowing as little as possible. That’s exactly what I did and I’m so happy nothing was ruined for me.

First off, I’m going to say that the art and coloring of this book is amazing. I absolutely love the visuals. The overlapping panel work is incredible, innovative and visually pleasing in every way. It works so well with the coloring. This title literally has some of my favorite panels ever.

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A Court of Mist and Fury

ACOMAF-cover1Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Original Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Number of Pages: 626

Quick Synopsis: Feyre returns to the Spring Court loaded with High Fae power, the human trauma of how she obtained it and a permanent linkage to the dark High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand.

I originally read A Court of Thorns and Roses when it came out in 2015 so I was a little confused when I started this one. The first chapter was mostly me getting my bearings and remembering what happened and who everyone was. Horrible, I know. But eventually it all came back to me and Maas made it pretty easy to pick up the series even years after starting it.

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YallWest 2017 Y’all

You’d think I’d get tired of that title by now…

Well, it’s that lovely time of year again–YallWest time! This year saw some changes from past years and to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about them. The major change: this year was only one day with a Friday preview night. Now if you’ve read my blog before, then you know that I tend to only go one day anyway but it makes a difference. I like having the option to go multiple days or the option of going one day over the other. If one author I want to meet is signing at the same time as another I at least had the option to see them the following day. Also! When it was two days, I could actually check out some booths and partake in activities or scoop up some awesome swag or ARCs because it wasn’t as packed. This year, I saw monstrous line after monstrous line and even tried to stand in a few only to be told when I got to the front that they just ran out. It was a major bummer but with that being said, I will also say that I totally enjoyed myself very much!

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Sorry we’re the cutest ❤

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