Expected Releases for August 2017

Goodreads synopsis included.

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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Book Review: Revival Vol.2: Live Like You Mean It by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It

Goodreads 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.

Collects REVIVAL #6-11.

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I think it’s safe to say, right off the bat, that Vol.2 was so much better than Vol.1.

Not much went on in the first volume so there wasn’t much to say. It felt more like an introduction of characters and this volume expanded on them as well as on the story. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t remember much from the first one and as I read more of Vol.2, more images came to mind.

There’s not much to say about the artwork that I haven’t said before. Since it was done by the same artist, my opinion is still the same. It’s really excellent work and I had a fun time admiring the pictures. I feel like I went through this comic a lot quicker (I didn’t) than I did the first one and I would’ve probably finished it on the same day if I didn’t get distracted. Back to the artwork, I really love how much detail was put in. This is a zombie-esque comic so one can expect there to be lots of dismembered body parts and occasional shooting and these scenes were so beautifully drawn, it’s hard to turn away from.

There was something different about this volume. I’m not exactly sure what it was but I felt more drawn in and I’m very eager to continue this series. I found myself getting annoyed at the smallest thing that distracted me because I felt that it took away from the enjoyment.

By the end of this volume, I found myself not really liking Dana. I was okay with her in volume 1 but something shifted for me in this one that I don’t much care for her. I definitely prefer Em and find that there are a lot of places where this can go with her. She doesn’t share much and seems pretty quiet most of the time but when she releases all that pent up energy…it’s a sight to see.

I like how with the way Seeley wrote this is that even though a character seems minor for the moment, they will show up again. Maybe something small they did that you didn’t think was too important ended up being part of something bigger later on.

I’m definitely addicted to this series now. Hopefully I can next the next volume ASAP.

See my review of Revival Vol.1 here.

Read: 5 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 17 July 2013
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrator: Mike Norton

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Book Review: Revival Vol.1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends

Goodreads Synopsis

Subtitle to the book is “A rural noir by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton”

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!

Collects REVIVAL 1-5 and the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY short story


In a real town in Wisconsin, people found that the dead were coming back to life. No one knows how it happens or what brought it on but people walking around that are not supposed to obviously raised a few eyebrows and alerted the attention of the media.

The thing that’s different about this book is that these people are not your average zombies. I don’t think we can even call them that. They’re alive, they’re ‘operational’. They seem normal. Dana Cypress, a police officer has to deal with a murder investigation an everyone’s a suspect. She tries not to,look to the undead immediately but when the whole town is under quarantine because of them, it’d be human nature to blame the problem…on the problem.

Characters: Dana is a cop, daughter of the police chief and more involved in this situation than she thinks. She’s a mother and can be a real BAMF. We don’t know much about her in this first volume but what I did manage to learn, didn’t make me dislike her.

Em, short for Martha is Dana’s younger sister who seems to have stuck a rebellious phase in her life. She’s also a BAMF but there are so many many secrets surrounding her. Secrets, secrets, secrets.

Likes: The characters were great. Apart from Dana and Em, we were introduced to a few more who may or may not be important to the story. The writing was superb and that along with the art style made for an addictive read. I loved the plot and I found this book to be extremely fast paced.

Overall Thoughts: As ‘big’ as this first volume was, it didn’t tell us much. It was one of those ‘if you want to know more, get the next book to find out.’ I loved the way this book was thought out. I can’t wait to read Volume 2.

Read: 22 June 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 12 December 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrators: Mike Norton | Mark Englert

Movie/TV Show vs Book (#4): Dracula

The Book

893791Dracula was written by Bram Stoker, originally published in 1897 and is classed as a Gothic Horror. I recently finished reading Dracula and I liked it quite a bit (See review here). Because of CGI and technology (and in my opinion, the things we see on the streets and news) this story wasn’t as scary as I imagine it used to be. It took me almost a year to finish it but not because I wasn’t enjoying it. It’s a Classic and it takes a while for me to get through them since I feel I have to concentrate a bit more. When I did finish it I let out a breath and realised that I actually really liked the book. I took a chance reading this and I’m glad I did. Also, I listened to the audio version of this book and in the beginning it was mentioned that Tim Curry was one of the readers and I freaked. Little things like this will alway make me smile.

The TV Show

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There’ve been many adaptations of Dracula but the series that aired on NBC  was the only one I watched. The series was cancelled after only one season. It was a sad time of my life (nothing will compare to the heartbreak I felt when Hannibal was cancelled). I really liked the show and I knew they were going a slightly different direction but what they did with it was in my opinion, amazing. I didn’t know until I had watched the finale that it wasn’t being renewed and for a while I thought I had wasted my time but that feeling went away. It was a good show. It was going places. And the cast was gorgeous.

The Decision

This is actually kind of difficult for me because I genuinely liked both the book and the show. Both of them takes you on this journey and you want to know where they’re going to end up. In the book, you want the good guys to win so that they can all get their happily ever after but in the series, I was rooting for Alexander (Dracula). He was the bad guy but they pulled a Maleficent with him and I wanted him to get his happy ending. Of course, the universe decided on a different kind of ending… I want to leave this ‘Undecided’ but I can’t do that because it’ll be unfair. I need to choose. I think I’ll go for the series just because the characters brought to life, their portrayals, everything was fantastic. Tough decision, but that’s what it is.

eARC Book Review: The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York by Kory Merritt

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Jonathan York has led a boring life – a pointless degree from the community college, a lackluster job at the General Store, and never any desire for something more exciting. But when fate leaves him stranded in a sinister land,
he finds himself seeking an adventure of his own. Along the way he encounters ghoulish thieves, ravenous swamp monsters, a dastardly ice cream conspiracy, and a necromancer bent on human sacrifice.

In this beautifully illustrated, four-color novel, Jonathan York’s life takes a decidedly spooky turn!


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

This graphic novel is about a man named Jonathan York (I thought he was a bit of a wuss-is that a bad word?- but I saw that this is kind of weaned out throughout the book) who finds himself lost in a swamp in the middle of the night. He goes in search of shelter and ends up meeting 3 strange people instead. They end up at the Cankerbury Inn with the owner demanding a story be told before he allows them to spend the night. Mr. York leaves as he has no story to tell and so start the real adventures of the night.

I started this the night before but quickly finished it the next morning. I loved so many things about this book. It’s categorised as a Horror but I didn’t get any chills. I was more amazed by the artwork though. It was fantastic. I showed my sister one of the more gruesome characters and she said ‘Oh, that’s gorgeous’. The detail put in was extraordinary .

This book teaches you many things. Don’t walk into a swamp when nightfall is near, taking risks is not so bad but don’t over do it and I’m forgetting something, oh yes…DON’T SELL YOURSELF TO A NECROMANCER!

A quote if I may:

“Time will take many things from you. It may take your health, your loved ones, your worldly possessions…but no matter what happens, you’ll always have your story, and as long as you tell it, it will live on and on.”

Read: 1 March 2016
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 6 October 2015
Publisher:
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Kory Merritt

 

 

Book Review: The Walking Dead Vol.2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman


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An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors on their tragic journey in search of shelter. Characters live and die as they brave a treacherous landscape littered with packs of the walking dead.


I read Days Gone By sometime last year and really enjoyed it but I definitely enjoyed this volume a lot more. I watch the TV show and got through the first five seasons in a week. I wanted to read the comics because I know so many things were changed.

Miles Behind Us picks up where Days Gone By left off. The gang is on the road looking for shelter and Lori is still a bit shook up after the ending events of the previous volume.

In this volume we meet a few new characters, Hershel, Maggie, Tyreese and a few others that we might be familiar with in the show. This is only the second volume of a bigger series so we’ve still got a long way to go. The fact that the world as everyone knows it is gone is still at the forefront of everyone’s mind and there’s nothing more the gang wants than to be safe and able to take care of their families.

I’ve decided to cast out my knowledge of the show for the continuation of these comics because I want to experience this in a new light. I like where the story seems to be going and once again, Robert Kirkman’s writing is amazing. The art is great as well. When I first took the plastic off my copy of Days Gone By, I was surprised to find that it was all grey tones (thanks to Cliff Rathburn), no colour at all. I like it though, it makes me go through the comic a lot faster since there’s no colours to distract me. The detail on the faces are superb. I mean look at this:

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So much is captured in one drawing. These talented people came together and created this amazing book. I look forward to continuing this series no matter how long it takes me since it currently seems never-ending.

Read: 17 February 2016
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 1 April 2004
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard