The Infinite Sea By Rick Yancey

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“How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.”

My Thoughts:

I read this book in one day. ONE DAY! My gawdd I could not put it down. Rick Yancey likes to do this thing where the part is getting good and then he switches to another point of view, so you have to keep reading to finish everything up.

I’m pretty sure my heart rate while reading this book was highly elevated. This book did not disappoint whatsoever. It was set at a good pace and the action scenes were high speed and suspenseful.

I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read the sequel because I had such a good time reading it. I’m going crazy now that I have to wait for the The Last Star to come out in May. I need my fix dammit! *Proceeds to scratch at arms and face*

Just like after I read The Fifth Wave, I felt like I should go out and run a mile. I didn’t. I spent the whole day reading and wouldn’t eat until I was done (not healthy, don’t do that) so that wouldn’t have been a good mix. I decided not to right a review right after reading this because I was full of the feels and when I write when I’m on the feels I tend to go crazy…also I was hella hungry.

Getting back to the book, I can’t say much since it’s the second book in the trilogy and I don’t want to give anything away, but please read it. Read The Fifth Wave. Take a short break. Then get your ass together and read The Infinite Sea because LAWDD it was good.

Until next time yall!

 

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Fables: Legends In Exile, Vol. 1

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“When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the “mundys,” their name for normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society that they call Fabletown. From their exclusive luxury apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, these creatures of legend must fight for their survival in the new world.

Fables is the winner of 14 Eisner Awards and is one of the most enduring Vertigo titles ever. Here, in this new, 10th anniversary edition, is a newly colored 8-page story from the Fablesprose work Peter & Max: A Fables Novel, as well as a beautiful new cover from series artist Mark Buckingham. “

My Thoughts:

Back in September (maybe early November) I decided to buy some graphic novels from Barnes and Noble. I’ve been seeing that JesseTheReader from Booktube was kind of going through a graphic novel phase in some in his videos. At this time I was in a huge reading dry spell, so I thought it would be a perfect way to get me back in the reading world.

I told myself that I should maybe try a comic too, but I wasn’t ready to get invested in all the super heroes. After an hour or so of browsing, I found Fables. It’s a comic based on pretty much all of the fairy tales and fables I grew up with. Pretty much its an adult version of Mother Goose but on crack because everyone is interacting with each other.

If you love fairy tale retellings, you’ll probably enjoy this comic. The main character in this volume is Snow White who is trying to solve a murder mystery of her sister. I never knew that Snow White had a sister, so I did some sleuthing and found that she is actually in Tale 161 from the Brother’s Grimm collection (mind you this is from Wikipedia). Pretty cool!

I definitely recommend reading this if you’re into fairy tales and old stories coming back to life. It’s always refreshing to see them in a new light. The whole fable series is about 22 volumes with a few other books in between. There is also a spin-off series called Fairest which I plan on getting into too.

Until next time yall!

Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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“A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.”

My Thoughts:

Go read this graphic novel. Please. Just go. It will open your eyes to so many things. I never really understood what happened in Iran and this gives you an insight to it. Kind of like a brief history, except you are viewing it through a child’s eyes.

Marjane Satrapi has made it easy for people to understand by giving us the point of view of a war through a child’s eyes. She practically simplifies the whole thing for us. I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to read this graphic novel.

This novel could be used in both history and literary classes. They can learn about the Islamic Revolution in Iran along side learning literary themes such as coming of age, facing reality, change and tradition, and many other themes. Now, I don’t know if they could actually learn literary themes from this novel since these were events that actually happened and I’m no literary expert.

I had a great time reading this novel. It was pretty enjoyable and I found it very interesting. She does throw in a good amount of humor here and there which was nice since there seemed to be a lot of death and oppression.

I highly highly HIGHLY recommend yall read this book. Just allow it to happen and you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time yall!

 

Through The Woods By Emily Carroll

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“Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.”

My Thoughts:

My Gosh can I just say that the artwork in this graphic novel was stunning. It was so beautiful. Which in turn helped make the book even turn the creepiness up a few notches.

When I heard people say that this book was a bit spooky, I didn’t believe them. How spooky could a graphic novel get? I had seen a bit of the art work here and there and thought that the book wouldn’t be scary at all.

Turns out I was terribly wrong. I wouldn’t say that the book is shit your pants scary but damn. I had the bright idea of reading the book in my bed, in my dimly lit room. Smart of me to do that I guess…especially for those who have read it. They know what I mean (hopefully).

There was just this one story in particular that had me freaked the fuck out for a good 48 hours. It was called “The Nesting Place.” That shit fucked me up. Actually, I take that back. The whole thing fucked me up. I guess you could say I’m a grade A pussy when it comes to getting scared. This novel had me holding tight to my covers that night.

Now don’t let me scare you away. The book was still great even if it scared my pansy ass. Even if you don’t like the stories, you have to appreciate her artwork. Definitely a read I would recommend.

Some people would recommend to read it during Halloween time but I feel like this is a book you can read in the winter also. Just check it out!

Until next time yall!

Nimona By Noelle Stevenson

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“The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.”

My Thoughts:

This is probably the first American graphic novel I have read (I was more of a manga reading kind of girl growing up) and I gotta say that this novel did not disappoint. The novel presents some ideas such as betrayal and trust. Overall, its main focus (in my opinion) the many facets of friendship; the good, the bad, and the love.

How I just worded it, the book sounds kind of boring, but ALAS it wasn’t. I got some good laughs out of this novel. Stevenson mocks the whole good guy bad guy nonsense that is heavily ingrained in our usual stories. There’s the bad guy who reeks havoc upon the civilians, right? Then there’s the good guy who swoops in and saves the day, right? Right. WRONG. Stevenson puts a good twist in her story and I’m all for it. She keeps it light-hearted and funny through out most of the story.

In many ways, I think she was prepping us for the ending. Giving us a good chuckle or two until she breaks us. Don’t worry. I won’t spoil the end but I will say that it kind of tapped at my heart strings…more like full on river danced on it. Then again, I am kind of a baby when it comes to books.

Yall are just going to have to read it and let me know what you thought and felt.

Until next time yall!

Mail Time 10.29.15

  
I came home from work about thirty minutes ago and was welcomed by a small brown package on my bed when I went to drop my backpack off in my room. I had a pretty hectic shift, but coming home to these books made my night! 

I ordered them off of the Barnes and Noble website since I had a 20% off coupon. 

The books I got were:

  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – Yall don’t understand how long I’ve been looking for a hardcover of this book. Every bookstore I would go to would have this book in the paperback version or only have the second book in this series. We can all agree that this hardcover version is much more cuter than the paperback version. 
  • Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano – I barely know anything about this book, but I do know that this book has a hella cool dust jacket/cover. I’ve been eyeing it every time I set step into a Barnes and Noble.

I do have one issue with these books. They both have some denting on them which is typical since they can be jostled around during the shipment. The denting on them really sucks, but I’ll get over it eventually. It’s just that the little book collector in me that’s a bit peeved.  

  

 
Until next time yall! 

Bookish Buys 10.20.15

  
Forgot to post these buys too! Gosh, I’m slacking. I bought these this past Tuesday (October 20th 2015).

I was down in the Winter Park area and decided to stop by Writer’s Block Bookstore to say hello to the owner. Sadly, she wasn’t there. 

On the bright side, I picked up these two books! 

The books I picked up were:

I really need to calm down on this book buying guys, but there are just so many good books! 

Until next time yall!