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: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)Goodreads Synopsis

“I have great honor,” The Giver said. “So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power.”

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?


In The Giver, things such as inequality, conflict…choice in general are foreign concepts. Everything and everyone are assigned to what and who they’d be best suited with. No one argues with this because that would ruin the image of perfection.

After I finished this book I had to take a few days to gather my thoughts because I honestly had no idea how I felt about the story as a whole. Lois Lowry wrote what is in my opinion a great book. The idea of the plot is just so…out there. Like, imagine a perfect world. Imagine if people could achieve this perfect world, where being ‘different’ isn’t a thing. Everyone looks the same, acts the same, and there’s no room for judgement, rudeness or conflict.

I didn’t read the synopsis, which is not unusual for me so I went in not knowing anything really. The idea did occur to me that yes, a world where there’s no hate, no war…no hunger, would be perfect and amazing. I found myself wishing for just that but then I stopped to think: at what cost would all of this be possible? And that right there is the punchline to the joke that in actual fact is not a joke at all.

This book is categorised as ‘Middle Grade’ and I personally believe that that’s only because of how old the main character, Jonas, is. He’s eleven when all this starts so he’s starting to see the world in a new light. Asking more questions that in this community, one is not supposed to ask. There’s nothing middle grade about this book though. I found this to be horrific but not in a scary close-your-eyes way, more like…when the image is put in your mind, and you think of what goes on behind the scenes, it’s frightening. I think this is where the term ‘ignorance is bliss’ comes in. These people don’t know what they’re missing, so it’s not a problem for them.

I did like that this was told from a child’s point of view. Jonas has this innocence about him. He starts out as a curious kid and in the end, he’s fighting for his life. All because of him knowing the truth. Not many people like change, but I think this was taking it to a new level.

Heaven alone knows why I took so long to get to this book because I thought it was amazing. Once I had a free moment, I finished it and I couldn’t decide where I stood with everything. I’m still in a state of- I want to say confusion.

Lois Lowry did an excellent job with this book. I greatly enjoyed her writing style and look forward to continuing The Giver Quartet.

Read: 13 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 1 July 2014
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Lois Lowry

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Wrap Up: March 2017 (and April TBR)

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The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7) Alex and Eliza: A Love Story On the Bridge (The Infernal Devices, #0.5) A Bit(e) of Discretion, Please (Dreamer #1) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, #1) Crying Over Spilt Light An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld The Impaler's Revenge (The Impaler Legacy, #1) 6482837

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Nothing too exciting happened in this book but we do seem to be getting closer to finding out more about the organisation. I feel like this book took too long to get to the ending. As I said, nothing really happened so it could’ve been a tad bit shorter.

Alex and Eliza [Sneak Peek] by Melissa de la Cruz

This seems to be the start of something beautiful. I can’t wait to read the full novel when it comes out. See review here.

On the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS? I was looking at the Infernal Devices books and this popped up. Obviously I read it because Will and Jem ❤︎

A Bit(e) of Discretion, Please by T.A. Miles

A short story that got confusing at times but was still quite enjoyable. I’m interested in seeing where the rest of the story goes. See review here.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Least favourite Rick Riordan book. Sigh, I was expecting something better. Oh well, what can I do. See review here.

Crying Over Spilt Light by George Saoulidis

I would say that this is a bit of a complex piece but it’s not really. It’s strange and weird but the writing is fantastic. See review here.

An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

I’m so glad I finally managed to purchase this book. I read it in one sitting and I can’t wait to read it again. Review to come soon.

The Impaler’s Revenge by Ioana Visan

It’s was wondering to read works by a familiar author. I loved everything about this book and I look forward to continuing this series. See review here.

READING GOAL OF 20 BOOKS REACHED!!! 

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

While not my favourite of Lauren Oliver’s, I did enjoy this book a lot. I was waiting to read this book and then the movie came out and I rushed to add it to my currently reading. Review to come soon.

Total Read: 9 Book(s)


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ARCs

Then Comes Love (Then Comes Love, #1) Sleight Dream Me This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information Time in a Bottle Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1) Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth, #1) XODUS (Astralis, #1) 32941084 Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1)

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Book Review: Mia Goes Fourth by Meg Cabot

169299Goodreads Synopsis

Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia’s royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?


Mia Goes Fourth takes place just before Mia has to go back to school for her second semester. Yes, you read that right. Just before she went back to school. I was actually looking forward to her touring the castle and Genovia in general but that didn’t happen. Instead she complained about failed speeches, meetings and parking meters, oh and of course…Michael’s unclear stance on loving her as a friend or more. Every. Dang. Page!

If you hadn’t noticed by the above, I didn’t like this book. My rating would’ve been a dead giveaway in any case. When reading a book, there’s only one thing I ask for -besides good writing- and that’s a protagonist that won’t make me want to throttle them. The older I get, it seems I get more annoyed at obvious immaturity. There’s a difference between innocence and just plain stupidity. Mia’s stupidity in this novel made her immaturity come so much into the light I’m sure I would’ve needed sunglasses if it got any brighter. I’m not saying that all teenagers are stupid or immature, but Mia definitely was. I was reminded constantly just how young she is and how little she knows of life. My main clue: her constant fretting over whether Michael loved her as just a friend or whether he was going to dump her because she wouldn’t be able to make their date.

Lilly wasn’t a bother to me in this book. And there were times I wish Lilly would shut Mia up- which she did a time or two- because I couldn’t deal with her anymore.

I don’t know what it was about this book in particular because Mia has basically had a one track mind in the other books as well, but this book made me almost hate her. I feel like this book wasn’t needed. It was nothing more than a filler. We didn’t get to see Genovia at all, Mia listened to her grandmother- I mean seriously! You know that woman’s out to get you, why even take her advice?. She made me wonder if I too was thing annoying when I was 14.

**Just a little extra thing here: I felt a bit strange (I don’t want to say offended because I think that’s too strong a word for what I want to say) that they used Jane Eyre as a means of relationship advice/material. Jane Eyre wasn’t about ‘getting the guy and keeping him’, it was about a woman refusing to be tied down and treated the way society deemed ‘proper’. She went against the social barriers and put herself first. Not so that she could get the guy, but because she wanted to be certain of herself as an individual! …Okay so maybe I was a tad bit offended. Give me a break, it’s my favourite book so I noticed.

One day when I re-read this series, I’ll probably ignore this book completely since nothing of great importance happened here. I shall continue on with the next books but of this one I was not a fan.

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Read: 24 February 2017
Rating:
 ★★

Publication Date: 6 September 2003
Publisher: MacMillan
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Meg Cabot

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Book Review: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

Goodreads Synopsis

Whatever comes,’ she said, ‘cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside.’

Sent to board at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, Sara is devastated when her adored father dies. Suddenly penniless, Sara is banished to an attic room where she is starved, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this exceptionally intelligent girl uses the only resources available to her, imagination and friendship, to overcome her situation and change her fortunes is at the centre of this enduring classic.

First published in 1905, A Little Princess is a heart-warming tale of hope, hardship and love set against a backdrop of Victorian England, and is one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.


A Little Princess tells the story of Sara Crewe who is treated like a princess and everything she desires is hers. There’s a major stereotype in this book that being the one that a person who is rich and gets everything they want must be nasty and act as if they’re God’s gift to that mind. This is not true for little Sara.

I had watched the movie years ago and I knew the story by heart but this book is so much more heartbreaking. To have lost everything in a sudden moment must’ve been so traumatising for a girl so young. I couldn’t see how she could still walk around with her head held high and put others before her.

Sara was in my opinion, a main character that any reader wouldn’t mind. She wasn’t annoying or bratty and her humbleness was such a beautiful factor, I admired that a lot.

The saying ‘Jealousy makes you nasty’ basically comes to life in this book. Seeing Sara being treated like the princess she was was bad enough for these people, but when they saw that she’s possible the nicest and kindest person in the world, that was where they drew the line. The hell they put her through just because they were jealous was absolutely ridiculous.

I enjoyed this story tremendously and once I got into it, it was quite the fast read. I feel like curling up with some popcorn and watching the movie right now. I can’t wait to get to The Secret Garden.

Read: 4 December 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 24 April 2014 (First published 1902)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Frances Hodgson Burnett

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eARC Book Review: Thor: Dueling with Giants by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Thor: Dueling with GiantsGoodreads Synopsis

One of the greatest heroes from Marvel—and myth—returns as Thor battles the mightiest of the giants in a fight to the death. The first book in an action-packed trilogy, Dueling with Giants is a story of epic combat from start to finish, sure to entertain fans of Marvel comics and adventure novels alike.

During just another day for the God of Thunder, Thor is defending Asgard against invading trolls when the unthinkable happens—his hammer, Mjolnir, loses its enchantment, depleting Thor’s strength. Thor is still more than a match for his enemies; after vanquishing them, he learns the secret to his sudden weakness: Mjolnir has been switched! And only one being is cunning enough to carry out such a trick: Thor’s own adopted brother, Loki.

As punishment, Odin imprisons Loki for a year, but the trickster soon takes on other forms and escapes his imprisonment. He provokes a dispute between Odin and the giant Hrungnir—one that soon brings a full-scale attack on Asgard and a one-on-one challenge to Thor himself.

Dueling with Giants will be followed by two more riveting installments featuring Sif and the Warriors Three, all written by Marvel veteran and popular fantasy author Keith R.A. DeCandido. The Tales of Asgard Trilogy will be an adventure that Marvel readers won’t soon forget.


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

I am a huge Marvel fan so when I saw an opportunity to read this book I grabbed it instantly. Thor is definitely up there with my top favourite superheroes and I adore Loki because I feel he really brings real villainy to the table.

When I started this book I was a bit skeptical because it is a lot similar to most Thor and Loki stories. It’s not secret that the brothers don’t always see eye to eye and when they do, it’s usually for a price.

Both Thor and Loki were kept true to character what with Thor trying to save everyone- real hero complex, that one- but at the same time being a bit arrogant and Loki trying to undermine everyone and act like the know-it-all we love to hate.

While this was a fairly quick read and I enjoyed the story, I was hoping for something a little bit different. The beginning was good enough for me to continue reading and the actual plot was great but as I said, too much of what we’ve already seen. I enjoyed the final battle but it was over in an instant for me and I felt like too much was going on at the same time.

That said, this wasn’t all that bad and I would definitely give this author another shot since I did love the writing style.

Read: 28 June 2016
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 15 December 2015
Publisher: Joe Books Inc.
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Keith R.A. DeCandido

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eARC Book Review: Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

Risuko: A Kunoichi TaleGoodreads Synopsis

Can one girl win a war?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.

Risuko.

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.

COMING JUNE, 2016!


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

Risuko is a story about Kano Murasaki, otherwise known as ‘Risuko’- squirrel- because of her incredible climbing abilities. On an unfortunate day, Risuko is sold by her family to Lady Chiyome to be a student at her school and learn how to become a kunoichi.

Risuko doesn’t know who Lady Chiyome is when she first meets her and thinks about running off from her company more than once but stays because she’s quite curious. She doesn’t know why she was sold and as the reader, it won’t be found out until quite a few chapters in.

This story takes place in the 1400s so it took a bit getting used to. I didn’t so much mind the time period this was set in- honestly, I barely noticed it because it wasn’t an ‘in your face’ thing. The men and females were separated, which I assume was normal for the culture and they weren’t allowed to talk to each other except for meal times- maybe that was just the period? It was exciting to see the different rituals they went through, like not saying the name of a person for 49 days after their death.

Characters: Risuko was a lot younger that I thought she’d be. I was expecting a teenager but I got, well…a child. She was likeable, but I think her immaturity and lack of knowledge made her a difficult character to get along with.

Emi, another girl that was with Risuko, was reserved and quiet whereas Toumi’s scowling got annoying after a while.

I liked the supporting characters a lot- maybe even more than the main character- and I thought they really helped bring the story alone.

Likes: I really liked that they writing was so great- really captivating- and in the end that was one of the main reasons I kept reading.

Dislikes: The characters weren’t easy to relate to and I found the pace of the story to be very slow. I didn’t understand what went on and halfway through the book I still had a tough time figuring out what exactly the book was about.

Overall Thoughts: I was confused throughout the book and that confusion wasn’t really abated, even at the end. I would read this author’s other work in the future, but not with these characters.

Read: 31 May 2016
Rating: ★★

Publication Date: 15 June 2016
Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Press
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: David Kudler