Comic Book Review: Lumberjanes Vol.1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyGoodreads Synopsis

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.


I was procrastinating studying for my finals so I decided to read the first issue of this comic and I actually had to force myself not to read the next. This comic drew me in from the first page and there’s enough adventure and mystery in the first issue that makes youIMG_1979.PNG eager to come back for more.

I was quite intrigued by the all-female comic characters as I’ve never read something like it before. The second and third issues of Lumberjanes were amazing. Although we aren’t told directly what each character’s personality is, we’re given insight by the way they react to different things and situations. I personally adore Mal and Ripley.

I’m all for the adventures of this weird summer and I think I’m already in love with this comic series.

The artwork is unique and amazing and I find myself takingIMG_1980.PNG in the details as well instead of just reading the dialogue and moving on. The writing style is fresh as well as entertaining and it’s the combination of all these things: amazing  artwork, awesome writing style and fun characters that make for an addicting read.

After finishing this volume I’m convinced that this is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s easily high up in my Top 5. I can’t wait to start and finish volume 2.

 

 

Read: 10 December 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 April 2015
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Writer: Noelle Stevenson | Grace Ellis | Faith Hicks
Illustrator: Brooke A. Allen | Shannon Watters | Kat Leyh | Brooke Allen | Carolyn Nowak | Various | Carey Pietsch

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RST: Started from the Bottom…Again

Back when I first started my book collection I didn’t have many, probably around 5. I do remember that my first ‘complete’ series was A Song of Ice and Fire but those books are nothing to the amount I own now. Because of the small amount of books I had, I didn’t have a proper bookshelf so I used what I could find around the house i.e. a shoe rack. Yes, you read that right. A shoe rack used to be my bookshelf. I decorated it really nicely and had my meagre amount of books out on display. I was quite impressed even if I do say so myself.

It was less than a year later when my dad bought me the display cabinet that’s been featured here on the blog but I decided recently to do away with that so once again…I’m without a bookshelf.

A little while ago my gran gave me a plastic crate because I needed something to store my newly bought books. I didn’t have many so it wasn’t a problem. I didn’t mind the drastic change because 1. I still had all my other books even though they weren’t in my immediate vicinity and 2. I love seeing a collection grow.

I understand the struggle of moving so many books and that just because I want them with me, doesn’t mean that’s the way it’s going to be. I can’t have my cake and eat it too no matter how much I want to. I’ve relented to keeping my books at the storage facility but I am not happy about it. I paid constant attention to them, always dusted them off and recounted and reorganised them even though I knew how many their were and would end up sorting them the exact same way again. Books = My Happy Place.

One thing that I used to do that I can’t do now- or I can do it, it’s just less impressive now- is show off my ‘massive’ book collection. Think about showing people 300+ books versus 10. Yea, that’s a bit of an anti-climax. I’ve barely increased my collection because books are so friggin’ expensive and I’m shocked every time I walk into a bookstore. I’ve yet to become a ‘regular’ at the bookshop, so I’ve got to work on that too.

I haven’t really been out on the town looking for secondhand bookstores and the like because I’ve been constantly studying but I hope I get to do that soon. For now, I’ll sit with the books currently at my disposal (I’ve already read almost all of them) and try to be content with this situation. No, I lie. I will not be content but I can seethe silently.

For now, let’s see a pic or three of this makeshift bookshelf of mine.

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As you can see, I wasn’t joking. I’ve recently added Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela to my collection (ahem, ‘stole’ it from my dad) since I figured I rarely read about South Africa and it’s history.

I’m actually quite excited about growing my collection once again because now I have a chance to go out and search for new titles and discover different authors. Let the journey begin!

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Greek HeroesGoodreads Synopsis\

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.


I felt like I was entering a reading slump so I turn to one of my favourite authors because he’s helped me before. I’d started having flashbacks of The Sword of Summer from the beginning of the book already and of that I wasn’t a fan. At all.

I love Percy Jackson’s narrating style. It will always be one of my favourites. I definitely got that familiar feel, like this is a legit Rick Riordan book that I can get behind. Percy has a way of making the story a lot more interesting and that’s always a plus.

I really enjoyed the second story, especially because I read a Destiel fanfic a while ago that I was based on it. The third story was shorter and thank goodness for that because it wasn’t all that. Otrera’s story was great because yes to women empowerment and taking a stand. I did wonder why she was included since she isn’t a goddess or anything like that but her feats alone were worthy.

Daedalus’ story did contradict Percy’s adventures with the inventor but as he said, he was going with the original myth. Theseus’ story was definitely my favourite out of them all. I laughed the most during this one and it was as if each word was soaked in humour. This was where I felt Percy’s presence the most.

I absolutely loved this book. I took a mere 3 days to finish it and that makes me so happy. I’m glad I read this book now because it certainly helped where the reading slump was concerned. Percy’s POV of it all really added a lot more to the book. It made what could’ve been boring stories a lot more interesting.

I now feel like I can conquer 10 more books.

Read: 31 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 August 2015
Publisher: Puffin Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Rick Riordan

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#37): Inkheart

The Book

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Inkheart (German title: Tintenherz) is a 2003 young adult fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, and the first book of the Inkheart trilogy. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”[1]

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To me, Cornelia Funke wrote a masterpiece of a book. It’s big and I honestly thought it’d be smaller but I must admit that I like big books and I cannot lie. She basically wrote so many bookworms’ fantasy of bringing book characters to life. Who wouldn’t want that power provided you could control it? I always thought that this was just one book but to find out the story wasn’t over…that more was in store for me was a blessing and a half.

The Movie

Image result for inkheartInkheart is a 2008 British-American-German fantasy adventure film directed by Iain Softley, produced by Cornelia Funke, Dylan Cuva, Sarah Wang, Ute Leonhardt, Toby EmmerichMark OrdeskyIleen Maisel and Andrew Licht, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, music composed by Javier Navarreteand starring Brendan FraserEliza BennettPaul BettanyHelen MirrenAndy SerkisJim Broadbent, and Sienna Guillory. It is based on Cornelia Funke‘s novel of the same name.

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The movie is so much different than the book but it doesn’t take away from the magic of the story as a whole and I love that. I grew up watching this movie and now as an adult and a bibliophile, this movie means so much more to me. Seeing the words brought to life literally was amazing and it’s an experience I want to relive over and over again.

The Decision

This is a tough decision to make, but happen it must. I loved the book, every page but I’d have to go with the movie here. If I’d read the book before I watched the adaptation I have no doubt that I’d choose the book but I can’t resist the magic of the movie and my childhood.

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Book Review: Give Me Five by Meg Cabot

Give Me Five (The Princess Diaries, #5)Goodreads Synopsis

Princess Mia is dreaming about the prom – and contending with a hotel workers’ strike – in the fifth, supremely hilarious episode of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries. This time, Mia’s in the pink about the upcoming Albert Einstein H.S. prom, and she’s crossing her fingers that Michael will ask her to go. (They’re in love, so why wouldn’t he ask her, right?) But during Seven Minutes in Heaven at her b-day party, Mia learns that Michael is not the prom-going type. Good grief, what’s a princess to do? 

To make matters worse, Grandmere has gotten a busboy fired due to a mishap with her pooch, Rommel, at a swanky restaurant, so when all of the city’s busboys go on strike, it causes a chain of events that result in Grandmere crashing at Mia’s mom’s place, her pal Lilly Moscovitz picking up a picket sign, and the prom being brought to a screeching halt. 

Thankfully, staunch yet boy-wise Grandmere has a plan to change Michael’s mind and put everything back on track, making Mia the happiest “prom princess” on this side of the Atlantic – and readers more starry-eyed than Molly Ringwald in her prettiest pink frock. 


It’s been ages since I’ve read the fourth book and I was so excited to continue this series. From the beginning already I was enjoying this book. There were times when the book lagged but then it picked up and I don’t know where the time went.

Once again it seems that Mia is overthinking a situation that could be easily sorted out if she ignored everyone (except Lily’s) advice. Really, hasn’t she heard that being direct is the best route to take?

It took me six days to finish this book and that was a bit of a disappointment since I usually speed through these. I really enjoyed this book and while we can’t say much about character development, this was quite funny. It felt like more of a humorous filler novel which was a bit of a difference from Mia’s constant fretting about the most mundane thing. She still fretted but only every two pages or so.

I am a lot more eager to read Sixsational now though. I’ll try not to take nearly a year long break again.

The Writing as always was amazing and I’m seriously thinking of looking into other works by Meg Cabot.

As I said, no character development took place but that’s asking for a lot since this book took place over a two-week period. One thing is for certain, there’s never a dull moment with Mia Thermopolis.

Read: 28 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 2004 (First published 1 September 2003)
Publisher: Macmillan
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Meg Cabot

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Comic Book Review: The Punisher: Born by Garth Ennis

The Punisher MAX: BornGoodreads Synopsis

The year is 1971. With mounting casualties and a rising anti-war sentiment, America’s time in Vietnam is coming to a close. Yet in the isolated Valley Forge Firebase on the Cambodian border, Captain Frank Castle is one of the few soldiers still committed to the fight against the enemy. With dwindling reserves, Castle must stand against an impending Viet Cong attack that threatens to wipe out the entire American platoon. To survive the battle, what grim decision must he make that will forever alter the course of his life? In this acclaimed tale, superstar Garth Ennis reveals the never-before-told story of the horrors Castle was forced to face to come home from Vietnam alive, ending in a shocking twist that will forever change how readers see Marvel Comics’ most famous urban vigilante. Collecting BORN #1-4.


I have never gone so far back into The Punisher’s origin story and I guess I got a bit curious. This was before everything. Before Frank Castle lost his family, before he started doling out punishments to the undesirables, This was when The Punisher was nothing more than a voice in a man’s head…offering him a way out.

The story is told from another officer’s point of view. We are thrown right into the thick of it near the Cambodian border and these soldiers have to face the harsh truth…nobody out there gives a d*mn about them, yet they keep on fighting.

This soldier tells us Frank’s story so we’re looking at the man we know as The Punisher from a different angle. What I got from it all is that he’s a cruel and cold bastard and he’ll bring justice to the innocent even if it means that those who are innocent have to die as well.

I did like this comic quite a bit and I loved that a huge portion of it was told from someone else’s POV. The art I thought, gave the story as a whole a bit of a dated feel and that further added to the story because it foes take place in the early 70s.

I am a lot more interest in The Punisher these days especially since he’s been featured in the Daredevil TV series and of course has his own series now, though I’m no stranger to the 2004 movie starring Thomas Jane.

I look forward to my journey on Frank Castle/The Punisher’s path I already know that it’ll be a bloody and action-packed one.

 

Read: 2 October 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 21 February 2007
Publisher: MAX (Marvel Comics)
Writer: Garth Ennis
Illustrator: Darick Robertson

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RST: Separated from My Precious

Being apart from something that’s important to you is always a bummer and you’re constantly thinking about the day when you’ll be reunited. It becomes part of who you are, that longing, and you think of nothing else.

When I went on an indefinite hiatus I just said that I had to focus on my life and my studies but I didn’t say that I was moving back home to South Africa, as I was currently living in the United Arab Emirates. Moving alone meant that I had to leave most of my things behind and that includes my bookshelves along with my entire book collection. That’s over 300 books we’re talking about here. I was sad to leave my babies but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make because  I had responsibilities and I knew the reunion would be amazing.

At the time I’m writing this post, it’s November 2017 and while my books are all in South Africa, I have yet to hold them and tell them I’m sorry for abandoning them.

I turned to books when my anxiety was just starting out and while books didn’t take take it away, it certainly helped me a lot. Books are my everything and it broke my heart to away from mine. I asked my sister to leave two or three books out for me and when she told me she’d ‘misplaced’ them, I actually started to cry. It’s all well and good now but my heart stood still for a moment there.

I’ve gotten a few weird looks here and there when I go on and on about books and I’ve been told to stop buying so many because naturally I started another book collection while I’ve been home. I’ve said in another post, I have an obsession and I’m more than okay with that. Books are my happiness and that’s all that matters to me.

I did enter a bit of a reading slump because of the change of environment but I stuck through it and I’m back to reading…just maybe not as much as I used to. I’ve become more social now, so that’s a thing.

My point of all this is that we’re at 5 months now of being separated and this journey was unwanted and definitely not easy. I miss being able to just walk over to my shelves and pick out any book I wanted. I can’t do that anymore and that hurts. Holding a book puts me at ease and reorganising gives me a sense of purpose…if that makes sense. I just want my books back!

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron

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