Reading Quirks: Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do! Review

Reading Quirks: Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do! by The Wild Detectives, Laura Pacheco (Illustrator)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 96 Pages
Purchase: [Barnes & Noble]

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

Synopsis:
A light-hearted ode to the immense pleasure of reading and its resulting neuroses in a collection of cartoons created by beloved bookstore The Wild Detectives

Who hasn’t peeked over the shoulder of the person reading next to them on the subway, curious about the book in their hands? Who doesn’t secretly love skipping the party to stay home and read? Who hasn’t daydreamed of catching the eye of a future significant other as you discover from across the room that you’re reading the same book? If you’re a reader, you know you’ve been there, and probably in so many other weird places as well, right? That’s what happens with readers, they have these strange traits, these particular ways, that separate them from the rest. Reading Quirks explores, in 72 lighthearted four-frame cartoons, all these weird things readers do, from the existential dilemma of picking your next read to the frustrations of watching an overzealous dog-earer in action. The series was written and created by a bookstore in Dallas, The Wild Detectives, originally as a social media campaign—a way to connect with other readers over a shared understanding of what it means to be crazy about books. Laura Pacheco’s adorable illustrations introduce a cast of endearing characters, whose flaws and obsessions range from disarming good nature to mischievous playfulness. Reading Quirks is a witty and light-hearted ode to the immense pleasure of reading and its resulting byproduct: neurosis.

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Graphic Novel Review #9 – Louca – Vol. 1: Kickoff

Louca – Vol. 1: Kickoff by Bruno Dequier
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Louca, #1
Length: 79 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

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

Synopsis:
Adolescence is a terrible time for most people. For Louca, it’s especially bad! Generally mediocre, a poor student, awkward with girls… he’s a walking disaster. But Louca has decided: starting tomorrow, he’s going to change! Still, that’s easier said than done… especially when your own mind keeps changing! Luckily, Louca will get a helping hand from a certain fellow named Nathan. Good-looking, amazing at football, funny, smart… this Nathan certainly seems like the perfect guy, and the best coach Louca could possibly hope for. With one little exception: Nathan is a ghost… How did Nathan die? Why can only Louca see him? Will Nathan manage to turn Louca into the kind of guy people want to be with? Will Louca manage both to pass his exams, and to win over Julie, the girl of his dreams?

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Graphic Novel Review #7 – Zojaqan: The Complete Series

Zojaqan: The Complete Series by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Adrian F. Wassel (Editor), Damian A. Wassel (Editor), Nathan C. Gooden (Artist), Vittorio Astone (Artist) 
Rating: 2 Stars
Series: Zojaqan
Length: 160 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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Synopsis:
A grieving mother wakes in a brutal but fantastic landscape, where the currents of time pull her into the future, lurching forward days, years, and millennia. Her name is Shannon Kind, and her life in our world has vanished without warning. Perhaps she can find peace in her new home. Perhaps she can shape Zojaqan into a better world. But first, she must survive.

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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
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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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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