Book Review: Adventure Time: Candy Capers by Yuko Ota

Adventure Time: Candy CapersGoodreads Synopsis

An all-new stand-alone ADVENTURE TIME story featuring Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun!

FINN AND JAKE ARE MISSING?! Don’t worry Candy Kingdom, Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun will… protect… you? This is a mini-series you definitely don’t want to miss, with talent of Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya of JOHNNY WANDER writing our candied heroes and Ian McGinty of UGLY DOLL on art, there is nothing that can go wrong!

Finn and Jake are missing and obviously that’s a big problem because who will protect The Land of Ooo? Enter Peppermint Butler who believes he’s the man for the job. Translation: Peppermint Butler loses his marbles. Yea, I’d be terrified too.

Straight off the bat I’ll say that the artwork was amazing! It was right there in my face and I actually had to back up a bit because of how vivid it was. The detail was amazing, the colours were excellent. It was all just perfection.

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I mean, look at that! I had to spare a moment to take it all in because hot d*mn, dude’s talented. I could stare at it all day. I love it that much.

I’ve only read one other Adventure Time comic (Banana Guard Academy review) and I already like the fact that these comics are written by different authors. It brings something new to the table, which is different yet good. I don’t know if these characters are true to the story because I’ve only watched a handful of Adventure Time episode and that’s not really enough for me to judge. I did like how the characters were portrayed here because I don’t think that the story’s supposed to be serious, I laughed way too much for that anyway. I was introduced to Marceline in this book and my word, I love her! She’s so awesome. I’m going to need more comics with her in it.

Anyway, Finn and Jake are missing and Peppermint Butler is busy going mad because maybe it’s not so easy being the protector and having things go wrong left, right and center. My commentary is written down in my review book and I’m even laughing at it now. My thoughts throughout this entire book was that Peppermint Butler was either, going mad, out of it, or totally insane. I thought that he needed a vacation and if he was hungry, someone should’ve given him a Snickers.

This entire book was filled with humour…and a few questionable subjects. Where was Finn and Jake the entire time, you ask? It’d honestly ruin the punchline and the sight of Peppermint Butler’s tumble down the hill if I told you.

I recommend this comic to everyone and their pet. The mix of Ota and Panagariya’s writing with McGinty’s artwork was one of the best pieces of work I’ve seen in a while. Loved every moment and every page.

Read: 27 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 13 May 2014
Publisher: KaBOOM!
Writer: Yuko Ota | Ananth Panagariya
Illustrator: Ian McGinty

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Source: Images taken from the digital comic book.


Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One CopGoodreads Synopsis

The second storyline from the Eisner Award winning Sex Criminals finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past.

Collecting: Sex Criminals 6-10

Recap: Back in Volume 1, Suzie discovered that time stops whenever she orgasms. She thought she was alone until she met Jon. Turns out she wasn’t so alone after all. Because Suzie wanted to save the library, she and Jon concocted this scheme that wasn’t exactly legal- not legal at all actually- and that’s how they became literal sex criminals. See my review for Sex Criminals Vol. 1 here.

All caught up? Good. In Volume 2, Suzie and Jon have given up their illegal activities and work on finding ways to save the library without risking too much. Of course Kegelface won’t let them live their lives.

What’s different about this volume is that we look more into Jon’s life and see things from his perspective. He’s talked about his life a little in the first volume but seeing it from his POV…dude’s got a lot going on. We touch upon his mental illnesses and see how troubled he actually is. It’s actually kind of sad, all the things he has to go through and still seem like the one who brings the humour to the comic. It just goes to show how we don’t know what goes on in other people’s heads. We see what we choose to see.

The honeymoon phase is over and it’s time for Jon and Suzie to pull up their socks and face reality. With the Sex Police alway at the back of their minds, it seems that they can’t get a moment’s peace. Drastic measures have to be taken so that they don’t end up drawing the short straw.

As the story winds on, the POVs in the issues mold together and become one. Although I did like Jon’s POV more than I did Suzie’s. I liked this volume a lot more than the first one and I have no doubt in Matt Fraction’s writing so I definitely enjoyed the story as a whole.

Series were revealed and a new can of worms has been opened. We were left on a major cliffhanger at the end of this book and I need to know what happens next. Too much happened in this volume and I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m itching to start Volume 3 as soon as possible.

Read: 27 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 25 February 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Fraction
Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky

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Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

Goodreads Synopsis

Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

By Matt Fraction (Satellite Sam, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops).

Named one of Time Magazine’s top 10 graphic novels for 2013.

Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5

Orgasm charged criminals anyone? Well, alrighty then.

After she experiences her first orgasm, Suzie discovers that time stops and is freaked out because what? And then finds out that yes, that is weird and no, that certainly doesn’t happen to everyone. She experiments further with this new ability of hers and uses ‘The Quiet’ to get away from the world’s problems.

Years later, she meets Jon and after a night together, she discovers that he has the same ability as her. He calls it ‘Cumworld’- I had to laugh at this- and uses that time to get away with things you wouldn’t usually be able to.

Together these two team up and plan to save the library. Did I mention that Suzie is a book lover? She doesn’t always read the books, she just can’t see them being destroyed. So we have the ‘Save Our Library’ campaign and we see Jon and Suzie being hunted down by the Time Police in the process. A great adventure, really.

Characters: I really liked Suzie’s characters. She was funny and witty and had an amazing ‘I don’t care’ attitude about her.

Jon was carefree, which was great but he was also a bit of a bad influence.

Likes: I loved the concept of this comic, as weird as it was. I liked that this had a fast and addicting pace.

Overall Thoughts: I’m in love with this comic! I loved the writing, some fourth wall breaking going on there and the art was amazing. Especially the light shows while they’re in The Quiet. I can’t wait to start the next one.

Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

I’ve been putting off this book for 2 years now and I finally decided to read it as part of a buddy read. Will Grayson, best friends with Tiny Cooper hates attention but unfortunately Tiny is attention personified. It’s not easy being in Tiny’s shadow especially when he seems to push Will into doing things that he doesn’t want to do. Emphasis on ‘seems to’.

Will Grayson (Will 2) has to take medication in order to feel some semblance of okay (actually suffers from depression). He says they’re mood altering pills. He makes it a mission not to care but I think he cared too much and this is why he got hurt.

Will 1 meets Will 2 and so their life starts intertwining. This book was fast, as in, I finished it in a day. I don’t know how, I wasn’t even reading fast but I just noticed that it was nearing the ending quicker than I thought it would.

There are many great aspects about this book, the fact that there can ever be a friendship so profound that a guy would pick his drunken best friend’s nose (gross!) or where you really dislike said best friend but you love him at the same time. Never mind the fact that you meet someone else with the same name as you.

I didn’t like this book much. It was ‘okay’ at best. There weren’t any particulars that I hated, I just feel that this book wasn’t for me. To me, the best part of this book was the musical. I liked that part. I didn’t relate to any of the characters and I didn’t feel myself being drawn to the story. All in all, I’d say it was ‘just another read’ for me.

This was my initiation into the writing of David Levithan and honestly, I could spot certain John Green parts. I mean, I have read 6 of his other works (7 now- I will not be reading the sequel to Zombicorns) so I think I have some knowledge on that front.

I don’t regret reading this book at all since there were parts that I liked but this was nothing to write home about.

“The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.”

Read: 28 February 2016
Rating: ★★★1/2

Publication Date: 10 May 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Link to Authors’ Goodreads Pages: John Green | David Levithan

Book Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

This was my first official book of David Levithan’s. I’ve read Will Grayson, Will Grayson but I can’t really count that because I didn’t really experience his work and completely as I would’ve liked. While I don’t know if this is most popular book, it is the most I’ve heard of and I had to start somewhere.

In Boy Meets Boy, we meet Paul who has life so incredibly easy, it’s almost fantasy. He wasn’t a completely unlikable character but there were moments where I thought that he wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

In the beginning of the book, Paul meets Noah and they connect instantly and I squinted a bit because…wow, that was easy. People usually go through a bit of a trial to find someone who they think is perfect and here this guy practically falls into Paul’s lap. Paul is your typical high school student, he’s openly-gay, and he’s one of those popular unpopular types.

This book was published 13 years ago so it’s one of David Levithan’s earlier works so I felt that there was room for improvement. It is addressed in the book how easy Paul’s life is and I had to agree. The guy never had to fight for anything in his life. While not a bad book or story, I wasn’t as in to it as I would’ve liked to be. I do think David Levithan is a good author and I’m not giving up on him because I know that his more recent works have received better reviews.

So maybe Boy Meets Boy wasn’t for me but I liked the concept that was put out. I just didn’t think that it was…fair (I don’t know if that’s the right word) that Paul basically got a perfect life while everyone else faced their problems and Paul’s problems slid off him as if he were resistant.

Read: 6 March 2016
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 10 May 2005
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: David Levithan

eARC Book Review: Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

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It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon, has some of best restaurants, shops, and cafés in the country. But it’s the hard-working men who serve it all up that keep us coming back for more…

One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before I requested this book I did a bit of research -as we do- and found out that Knit Tight is Part 4 in the Portland Heat series but while it’d be better to read them from the beginning, it reads just as well as a stand alone. Okay, so the basis are covered.

Knit Tight focuses on Brady, world’s best barista, or so his customers think. Brady was an extremely likeable character and I fell in love with him immediately. The way he describes things, fawns over Evren and takes care of his family was so believable. Sometimes I forgot I was reading a fictional book and not going through someone’s real life. All the problems faced in this book, the situations the characters are placed in were totally realistic. This is what I want in a story like this. I have to be clear that this was romance and you all know I feel about that particular genre but this is what I mean when I say, ‘yes, let me continue turning pages’. There were your cliche moments, and I was babysitting while reading this (please do not babysit while reading this book. There’s some major adult content involved and it’s kind of inappropriate), there were your sexy times that was through the roof because of how amazing it was. My point is, and I cannot say this enough; this book was REAL!

Brady being openly bisexual has no problem admitting this and speaking his mind if he feels the other person is being unfair. There is some stigma that Bi people are untrustworthy and indecisive and boy am I glad the issue was addressed in this book.

“I’d choose the one I was in love with and wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’m not picking an ice cream flavor. Not that it’s going to happen any time soon, but I’d pick a partner. Not a gender.”

And I think this quote right here deserves all the awards. I usually read LGBT stories where the character is either Gay or Lesbian, so seeing a Bisexual character was a welcome change for me.

The emotions I felt while reading this book ranged from ‘Oh no, you didn’t!’ to ‘Girl, grow a pair and face your problems’ with a little bit of ‘OMG I love you two!’. I was major fangirling and I’m not ashamed at all. I laughed a lot throughout this book, I ‘awwed’, I shed a tear or two and I just loved it so much.

When Brady would look at Evren and see perfection, I would think that yes, Evren is a pretty amazing character…of course everyone has flaws and this was dealt with as the story progressed. The author didn’t skirt around it and if a problem/obstacle was placed in front of a character, it didn’t go away. Once again, thank the book gods for realistic fiction!

At the beginning of each chapter after Evren is introduced, we get little snippets from Evren’s blog. I found these refreshing. They weren’t much but they made me smile. Knitter Evren who’s a totally family guy and cares is just perfect! What more could a person ask for?

The supporting characters were pretty great too. They had small roles but were pretty helpful to people in the neighbourhood and I liked seeing this.

This book was amazing and I’m proud to say I did not blush (much) when it came to those *ahem* scenes. I can’t wait to read more of Annabeth Albert’s books.

Read: 8 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Annabeth Albert

eARC Book Review: Grumpy Cat Volume 1 by Ben McCool

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Dynamite proudly presents the comic book misadventures of Grumpy Cat, featuring “The World’s Grumpiest Cat” and her brother, Pokey! With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. Now, her unbearable cuteness and infectious sourpuss are featured in an all-new, all-sensational collection of comic stories, sure to make fans of all ages laugh! If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistible scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This comic book centres around Grumpy- a famous meme that is the best thing ever- and her brother Pokey. Grumpy, being exactly as her name describes her prefers napping and seeing the world burn…figuratively speaking. I think. Pokey comes up with these crazy ideas and often involves Grumpy who is reluctant at first but relents because she might see another character cry, and this brings her joy.

The fact that an internet meme has been made into a comic books makes me so happy, I can’t stop smiling. From the first page I was laughing and my eyes were tearing because of how could it was. Grumpy’s sarcasm gets me every time. I’d even go as far as to say that there is never a dull moment with her. Irony at it’s best.

The writing style of this comic was fantastic and Grumpy was so in character it was unbelievable. Cats are usually lazy and prefer doing nothing all day, which is Grumpy exactly, but Pokey is so active and joyous that you can’t help but go along with his crazy plans.

The artwork was amazing and I could stare at it all day. Great collection, I must say. My favourite part was the end of Treasure Map. Favourite story as a whole, Detective Cats. I really hope we get to see more of Grumpy and Pokey’s adventures.

Read: 13 January 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 16 February 2016
Publisher: Dynamic Forces
Writers: Ben McCool | Royal McGraw | Elliott Serrano | Ben Fisher
Illustrators: Steve Uy | Ken Haeser | Tavis Maiden | Agnes Garbowska