Graphic Novel Review #24 – Midas

Midas by Ryan North, Braden Lamb (Illustrator) & Shelli Paroline (Illustrator)
Rating: 3 Stars
Series:  Midas (The Midas Flesh Vol 1 & 2)
Length: 256 Pages
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ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
Dang, King Midas

We’ve all heard of the Midas Touch. You know, the Greek myth about the man who did a number on himself by wishing everything he touched to turn to gold? Well, you haven’t heard everything.

Joey and her space crew have decided to return to Earth–a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold–to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy’s body.

The totally unpredictable first collection of Ryan North’s debut original print comic book series The Midas Touch, featuring art by illustration dynamos Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, will leave the reader reeling from start to gilded finish

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Book Review #159 – Opposite of Always

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 449 Pages
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Synopsis:
Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

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Childhood Reads: The Adventures of Bailey School Kids

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I am now continuing this series for the third time. I told myself I was going to skip the series for this month but then I came across another book series that I read many years ago. When I came across it, nostalgia came crashing onto me.

The Adventures of Bailey School Kids by Debbie Daddy & Marcia Thornton Jones

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(This is the newer cover, the original cover was not big enough to show.)

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Upcoming May Books To Be Excited For

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May is just around the corner and that means many new books are going to be released into the world! I have been looking through books to see which ones are coming out and which ones that we are excited for (Hint: ALL OF THEM). Some are brand new books and series, while others are continuations and conclusions. Let’s see which books that some readers are excited for. Continue reading “Upcoming May Books To Be Excited For”

Book Review #154 – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: Montague Siblings, #1
Length: 520 Pages
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Synopsis:
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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Childhood Reads: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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How many books can you remember from your childhood? I was thinking about some of the books I read from my childhood and tried to remember which ones I read. It has been a long, long time since I read these stories but obviously some I can still remember. The last time I recalled a favorite childhood read of mine, Magic Tree House, it was during November of 2018. I figured it was time to continue this little series once again. I really wanted to remember a book I read that I can bring a memory along with it. Then it hit me that there was one book I should mention.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar

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Graphic Novel Review #22 – The Magicians: Alice’s Story

The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges, Lev Grossman
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: The Magicians, Original Graphic Novel
Length: 208 Pages
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ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
THE MAGICIANS: ALICE’S STORY is an all new chapter set in the world of The Magicians trilogy of novels by New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman that retells the events of the first novel through fan-favorite character Alice Quinn.

Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension.

It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentin, and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of Fillory—a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books—where magic flows like rivers . . . But in this magical realm nothing is what it seems and something darker lies behind the spellbinding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life, and those friends, forever changed.

Acclaimed novelist Lev Grossman joins New York Times bestselling writer Lilah Sturges (Jack of Fables), and breakout artist Pius Bak for a new chapter in the smash hit trilogy The Magicians.

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Book Review #153 – Dragon Ghosts

Dragon Ghosts by Lisa McMann
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: The Unwanteds Quests, #3
Length: 523 Pages
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Synopsis:
Devastated by loss and hampered by war, Fifer struggles to regroup and continue the search for her twin. Meanwhile Thisbe, pounded by images of Grimere’s dark history, contemplates her abandonment and considers leaving Rohan behind in a risky move that could take her home…or to her death.

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Book Review #152 – On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 464 Pages
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Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free

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Graphic Novel Review #21 – The Daughters of Salem: Part 1

The Daughters of Salem: How We Sent Our Children to Their Deaths: Part 1 by Thomas Gilbert
Rating: 2 Stars
Series: The Daughters of Salem, Part 1
Length: 106 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

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Synopsis:

Colonial Massachusets, early 1690’s. When a young girl in a Puritan town rejects a farmer boy’s gift and instead slips out into the forest to dance with a young man from the Abenaki tribe, it sets off a chain of events resulting in one of the worst cases of mass hysteria in U.S. history, as neighbor turns against neighbor and friends accuse friends of the most terrible things. A fictional re-imagining of the Salem Witch Trials, in which gender politics, religion, xenophobia, innocent games of fortunetelling, and one man’s sinful indiscretion are all factors that lead to the deadly witch hunt.

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