Graphic Novel Review #3 – Witchblade, Vol. 1

Witchblade, Vol. 1 by Caitlin Kittredge, Roberta Ingranata (Illustrator)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: Witchblade, #1
Length: 163 Pages
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to the Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But those powers come with a heavy cost, and Alex soon finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC.

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Book Review #127 – Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Monsters of Verity, #2
Length: 533 Pages
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Synopsis:
Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday – August 15th

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The aim of the post is to select a book, usually upcoming, that you can’t wait to read and discuss it.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Synopsis:
On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

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Graphic Novel Review #2 – The Music Box, Vol. 1: Welcome to Pandorient

The Music Box, Vol. 1: Welcome to Pandorient by Carbone, Gijé (Artist)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Series: The Music Box, #1
Length: 58 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
For her eighth birthday, Nola receives a marvelous present: her late mother Annah’s music box. It has the most enchanting melody, and inside the globe… is that a little girl waving? And calling for help?! Before she knows it, Nola has shrunk down size, slipped through the keyhole, and entered the world of Pandorient, where even the most ordinary-looking citizens can have extraordinary powers—and where danger could lurk down every hallway. Nola must help her new friends save their mother from a mysterious malady—all the while making surprising discoveries about Annah’s past, and—maybe—her own future…

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Book Review #126 – Eden Conquered

Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Dividing Eden, #2
Length: 306 Pages
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Synopsis:
The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.

But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering.

But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started.

The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday – August 8th

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The aim of the post is to select a book, usually upcoming, that you can’t wait to read and discuss it.

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy

Synopsis:
I’ve been chased my whole life. An illegal immigrant in Mercer-controlled territory, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until now.

When Ari crash lands on Old Earth, and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she becomes the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur. Merlin awakes to find that having aged backward over the last forty-one Arthurs, he is now-wretchedly-a teenager. Ari may be Merlin’s final chance to complete the steps of the cycle: 1) Train Arthur 2) Defeat the greatest evil in the universe. 3) Unite all of mankind. No pressure.

I don’t know about prophecies or kings, but I do know this: Mercer is evil. They’ve imprisoned my parents, enslaved worlds, and now they’re after my friends. I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

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Graphic Novel Review #1 – Karate Heat, Vol. 1

Karate Heat, Vol. 1 by Eiichi Kitano
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Karate Heat, #1
Length: 193 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

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Synopsis:
Shinya Kinoshita, a boy with incredible posture, and Takumi Yanagiya, the 6-time elementary school national champion meet one day by chance … but surely it’s fate. As the two laugh and are drawn to each other, the stage is set for this story of the Kawasaki Ukishima Junior High School Karate Club—a fun-filled martial-arts journey full of friendship and smiles begins now!

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