Comic Book Review: Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake by Natasha Allegri

Adventure Time With Fionna and CakeGoodreads Synopsis

SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING ICE?! It’s the critically acclaimed ADVENTURE TIME? spin-off starring our favorite gender-bent characters. It’s up to Fionna and Cake to save the day from the Ice Queen, hopefully with the help of her friends Prince Gumball and Marshall Lee, this adventure will be a peace of cake! Ice Queen is creating havoc again when she decides to try out some of her wicked cool ice magic on some poor Fire Lions! Fionna and Cake to the rescue, only they might be too late for their fiery prince! Will the be able to save Flame Prince in time, can they stop the Ice Queen from being so dang mean all the time, will Lumpy Space Prince find out the meaning of true beauty?! It’s all collected in this trade, written and illustrated by animation sensation Natasha Allegry, and featuring short stories from amazing indie artist, including Lucy Knisley (STOP PAYING ATTENTION), and Kate Leth (KATE OR DIE!). Featuring a lush art style, and a fable-line storyline that appeals to young and old, and a perfect first comic for any kid in your life!


This is a gender-bent version of Adventure Time and I freaking loved it! We have Fionna, Cake, Marshall Lee, Lumpy Space Prince and Prince Gumball. Fionna and Cake are the protectors of Ooo and everything is the same but not quite.I honestly enjoyed this gender-bent version a lot more than I did the original. Though I do think that the amazing writing played a part in my enjoyment.

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In this volume, Fionna and Cake are tasked with returning a flame elemental back to his original form after the Ice Queen put a heated salt crystal in his chest. They spend these awesome 6 issues working on saving him before he evaporates completely.

Of course there were other side stories in between as well and short comic strips at the end of each issue. I think Cake really has a knack for story telling. They might not have happy ending but it really gets a person interested.

I’m glad I decided to pick this comic up because now I know that I love Adventure Time in every shape and form. Major kudos to the awesome writing and beautiful artwork. I’m tempted to go in search for other works by Natasha Allegri after finishing one.

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Read: 27 September 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 15 October 2013
Publisher: KaBOOM!
Writer: Natasha Allegri | Lucy Knisley | Kate Leth
Illustrator: Natasha Allegri

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Comic Book Review: Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars by Cullen Bunn

Deadpool's Secret Secret WarsGoodreads Synopsis

Collects Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1-4, Secret Wars (1984) #1.

Official SECRET WARS tie-in! Well, not that SECRET WARS — we’re talking the original epic from 1984! But wait, Deadpool wasn’t in that series, right? Wrong! Prepare to learn the terrifying truth as the team behind DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED reveals the crucial role the Merc with a Mouth played on the Beyonder’s Battleworld! A role so secret, the rest of Marvel’s super heroes don’t even remember it! Now, relive the Secret Wars — from Doctor Doom’s rise to power to Hulk holding up a mountain — all with added Deadpool! Amid the chaos, there comes…and goes…a costume — but Wade’s awesome secret shield is totally for keeps! Prepare to discover how the original SECRET WARS really ended — and how the sassin’ assassin saved the universe!


This is told from two points, the now and the past. Deadpool is taking us through what happened during the Secret Wars and managed to insert himself right in the middle of the mayhem.

This comic would be familiar for anyone who’s read Secret Wars. The only difference being is that Deadpool wasn’t in the original comic and he is in this one. One thing I was glad about is that through it all, Deadpool remains ‘Deadpool’.

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I know that Deadpool is neither hero more villain and that he’s seen as more of an anti-hero, he fights for whatever and whoever, so it kind of makes sense why he’d be placed with the heroes but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t initially surprised.

By the end of the first issue I was quite shocked but it wore off pretty quickly. I swear handsome in those times is a lot different that how it is now. That moustache though…

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When Deadpool’s not using humour to hide his emotions, dude’s pretty depressed. I wasn’t used to Deadpool being so ‘real’.

This comic had what has become the norm with Deadpool comics: the odd humour, the 4th wall breaking which is always appreciated.

Like I mean, I’m not saying Deadpool saved the day, but Deadpool sort of saved the day. It turns out the guy does have a heart. I liked this version of Secret Wars a bit more than I did the original Secret Wars but only because Deadpool made the even a lot less gloomy. He brought something new to the table. Maybe he was forgotten but he ended up being a hero, so I guess now we know exactly where he stands.

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I’ve never read anything by Cullen Bunn before but I think he did an amazing job with this comic. The art is amazing and extremely detailed. I’ve read different author’s versions of Deadpool and I’m glad that they always stay true to the character.

At first I didn’t know what the point of this comic was, I still don’t really but I like that I can see ol’ Wade in a new light. That’s quite refreshing.

And now I continue my journey through the Secret Wars. Follow my reviews of this event through the tag here.

Read: 19 September 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

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Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Illustrators: Matteo Lolli | Ruth Redmond

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Comic Book Review: Revival Vol.3: A Faraway Place by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway PlaceGoodreads Synopsis

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now the living and the recently returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy amidst political and religious conflicts. Officer Dana Cypress is hot on the trail of a man she believes may have murdered her sister Em, but Em herself is on a quest through the snowy woods to find the strange glowing creature that haunts a child.

Collects REVIVAL #12-17.


The people of Wausau, Wisconsin have gotten used to having the revivers walking around. Not all of them like it but some have decided to use these events to their advantage. A few are happy that they get to have another chance with their loved ones. Others…not so much. I reviewed volumes 1 and 2 of Revival, you can check them out here and here.

The story’s been expanded a bit more since vol.2. Turns out those glowy thingies are almost like souls that’s left the bodies and in order for these revivers to pass on and die like they were supposed to. Basically, their souls need to be reunited with their bodies.

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Out of all the characters, Em is still the one I’m most intrigued about. With there being so many POV’s it’s kinda hard to figure out what each person brings to the table exactly but it’s easy to tell that they’re all connected somehow. Dana seems to be caught at a crossroads because while her family is involved in what’s going on, she’s straddling the lines of right and almost wrong. She will have to choose soon. She can’t be both good cop and bad cop.

With the story being expanded even more, we’re getting deeper in and that’s opening up new doors for the plot. At the current moment, everyone’s a suspect but everyone’s also a victim. This is a messed up game of cat and mouse except no one knows who the mouse is or what he/she looks like.

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As I finished reading this comic, the only words that kept running through my head were: ‘The plot thickens!’ That’s exactly what happens. With every volume I read, I fall more and more in love with this story and it’ll be a sad day when it comes to an end.

There are so many things I want to know. So many questions that I have. These new players in the game…who are they and how are they involved exactly?

The writing once again was exceptional and the artwork was amazing as always. Tim and Mike haven’t disappointed me yet and I have faith that they might never do so. After finishing this volume I am so excited to start the next one.

Read: 24 June 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 19 February 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrators: Mike Norton | Mark Englert

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Expected Releases for January 2018

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2 January

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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You'll Miss Me When I'm GoneYou’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon. 

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.

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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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9 January

Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)

Unearthed (Unearthed #1) by Amie Kaufmen

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

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16 January

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)

Zenith (The Andromeda Saga #1) by Lindsay Cummings & Sasha Alsberg

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

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Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga, #4)Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) by Pierce Brown

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Goldis the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

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23 January

Reign of the FallenReign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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30 January

Still Me (Me Before You #3)

Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes

From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before Youand After You, Louisa Clark

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world. 

Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

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Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone RogueWires and Nerve Vol.2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming.

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The Hazel WoodThe Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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Wrap Up: June – December 2017 (and January TBR)

Doing this a bit differently. I continued reading while I was on hiatus and since I’m back to the regular schedule as of today, I figured I’d just do an overall wrap up. I did not skip a month accidentally, I just didn’t finish anything during the month of July. Exams, ya know.

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June:

Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place

August:

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) The Great Gatsby Teeth: The First Bite 

September:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)  Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8) Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1) Adventure Time With Fionna and Cake Frostbite

October:

Red Thorn (2015-2016) Vol. 1: Glasgow Kiss The Punisher MAX: Born Free: Freedom comes at a price... (Cage of Lies Book 5) Othello

November:

Between Shades of Gray Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens 

December:

Not a Fairytale  

Reviews to come soon for all except The Hostile Hospital.

Total Read: 20 Books


 

 

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Unfinished

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) Life of Pi Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1)

ARCs

Afflicted Sleight

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2017 Book Haul

I’ve acquired 33 books this year.

Currently Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) 

Read

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) Third Time Lucky (The Princess Diaries, #3) Mia Goes Fourth (The Princess Diaries, #4) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, #1) An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1) The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8) Othello Between Shades of Gray Not a Fairytale

Reviews:

Unread

Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters Colouring Book Fairy Tales The Secret The Girl on the Train  138397 25628776 24704894  The Kite Runner Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) Pet Sematary Cat's Cradle The Snow Spider Trilogy Pride and Prejudice The Picture of Dorian Gray

Current Tally: 361

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Expected Releases for August 2017

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1 August

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 7

Ms. Marvel Vol.7 by G. Willow Wilson

Civil War II is behind her, and a brand new chapter for Kamala Khan is about to begin! But it’s lonely out there for a super hero when her loved ones no longer have her back. It’s time for Kamala to find out exactly who she is when she is on her own. Plus: it’s election time! Kamala gets out the vote!

COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL 13-18

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See What I Have DoneSee What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

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8 August

The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #14)

The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #14) by Philippa Gregory

The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.
Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason.
Katherine Grey was the beauty of the family who earned the lifelong hatred of her cousin Elizabeth I when she married for love. Mary Grey was an extraordinary little person known as a dwarf in Tudor times, who defied convention to marry the tallest man at court in her own secret love match.
The fascinating story of three idiosyncratic Tudor girls and their challenges to the most powerful Tudor woman of all is the subject of the next novel from the author who defines what it means to be a writer of historical fiction (RT Book Reviews).

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Paper Girls, Vol. 3Paper Girls Vol.3 by Brian K. Vaughn

The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel… or risk never returning home to 1988.
Collects issues 11 through 15!

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15 August

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1) by Lana Popović

“Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popovic has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.” —Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game

“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

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24 August

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The Store by James Patterson

The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

Imagine a near future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t know you had. Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan have made a drastic decision–they’re going undercover to dig up The Store’s secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life–or put an end to Jacob’s. When they arrive at The Store’s distribution center in the Midwest, it appears to be an idyllic workplace. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan’s worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning. With nothing escaping The Store’s watchful eye, and Megan’s commitment to the cause in doubt, Jacob quickly becomes a major inconvenience that The Store will do anything to silence. Harboring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to publish his expose before the truth dies with him.

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29 August

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4)Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, #4) by Romina Russell

Romina Russell’s epic sci-fi fantasy series reaches its breathtaking conclusion with this fourth and final novel.

The master has been unmasked. Rho’s world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

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Dress Codes for Small TownsDress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons.

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble.

This year, however, trouble comes looking for her.

Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor?

But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

Author Courtney Stevens delivers an honest, funny, and endearing account of a girl coming to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality while facing the opposition that follows.

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SipSip by Brian Allen Carr

A lyrical, apocalyptic debut novel about addiction, friendship, and the struggle for survival

It started with a single child, and quickly spread: you could get high by drinking your own shadow. At night, lights were destroyed so that addicts could sip shadow in the pure light of the moon.

Gangs of shadow addicts chased down children on playgrounds, rounded up old ladies from retirement homes. Cities were destroyed and governments fell. And if your shadow was sipped entirely, you became one of them, had to find more shadow, at any cost, or go mad.

150 years later, what’s left of the world is divided between the highly regimented life of those inside dome-cities that are protected from natural light (and natural shadows), and those forced to the dangerous, hardscrabble life in the wilds outside. In rural Texas, Mira, her shadow-addicted friend Murk, and an ex-Domer named Bale, search for a possible mythological cure to the shadow sickness but they must do so, it is said, before the return of Halley’s Comet, which is only days away.

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