Jul 20, 2017

Recent Reads: I Hate Fairyland #11 by Skottie Young


Con Girl by Skottie Young
I Hate Fairyland #11Series: I Hate Fairyland #11
Publisher:  Image Comics
Publication Date:  March 15, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/ Own


Rating:
 


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
NEW STORY ARC “CON GIRL” Gertrude is back in her hit-comedy/fantasy/all-out bloodbath of a comic, I HATE FAIRYLAND. Gert and Larry take a break from their normal questing and killing for some fun at Fairyland’s annual Dungeon Con.

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/early-reader-review-i-hate-fairyand-by.html   http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/recent-reads-i-hate-fairland-volume-2.html


Review: 
I know I have mentioned it before but this is a very violent adult comic series and it is hilarious and wonderful.  In the last two volumes Gertrude has been trying to return home from fairyland, she is a 27 year old stuck in a 6 year old's body and she is pissed-off about it and that may even be an understatement. 

In this issue, Gert puts her search on hold to go to the annual Dungeon Con - it is the only thing she enjoys about Fairyland and this year she is going to meet her hero. As things normally go with Gert, it does not go as planned, BUT there is a different surprise - she has a fan. 

Gert brings her on as her apprentice and it seems to be going well for the both of them but Gert is a loner by nature.

Like the other issues and volumes in this series, Gertrude is rude, violent, and self-centered and it makes for a very entertaining comic and story. The contrast between the light and fluffy Fairyland and Gert's violent nature really takes the cake. I love this series for all of its demented action scenes.

Jul 19, 2017

Recent Reads: Rebirth Harley Quinn #22 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #22The Family Circles Part I by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Series: Rebirth Harley Quinn #22
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  June 21, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:
 


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
“Red Roses” part two! Poison Ivy’s back in town, and she’d like to patch up the friendship with Harley that she damaged in the Bahamas…but sadly for poor Mr. Tool, Ivy’s got some strong opinions on his courtship of Harley! And in “Harley Loves Joker” part six, Harley’s sure she’s got a foolproof plan to get back in Mistah J’s good graces, but when have Harley’s plans ever ended up the way she imagined? 
Mini Review: 
In this issue we follow Harley as her parents visit her. She takes them around but also still has to deal with her normal crazy popping out, in this case Harley Sinn again. Harley tries to have a nice calm visit, but that was bound to be messed up.

This episode has some very interesting dream panels - but are they... it is hard to tell really. I really enjoyed this issue, I like the parents popping in and family things coming up - it is interesting to get some of Harley's non-Joker past.

Jul 18, 2017

Building the Book Pile #152 - late

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I have been doing a horrible job with my Book Pile posts this summer - sorry about that. I have been busy I guess. Last week was busy at work again, I am waiting for 'summer' to really kick in and it to be boring with nothing to do, so that I can read and blog during the day. It doesn't look like that is going to happen though. 
I got so many books in the mail this past week for blog tours and fun things! ...and because I feel like I am on a roll with this reading kick. Trying to stay strong.  

We also bought Kayaks last weekend and so this weekend we went out on a lake in them. My whole body is hurting but we had a blast :) Do you have a summer sport you enjoy? 
 

And another self promotion: Use code SUMMERSAVER for 10% off winter gear at my Etsy shop, click on the image below to link over and see what is available. More will be added soon.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StephsSimpleScarves


How was your week? Any book recommendations for me?
 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/sourcebooks-summer-reads-round-up-and.html

Coming up on the Blog

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #21 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic) 
BUILDING THE BOOK PILE #152- LATE EDITION
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #22 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic) 
Recent Reads: I Hate Fairyland #11 by Skottie Young (Comic) 
*HOPEFULLY*  - Recent Reads: Unraveling (Unblemished #2) by Sara Ella (YA)

 

Books Received this Week       

Made to Kill (Ray Electromatic Mysteries, #1)  Killing Is My Business (Ray Electromatic Mysteries, #2)  Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack, #1)  Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, #2)  The Third Coin  Deadman's Tome: Monsters Exist
   
Made to Kill (Ray Electromatic Mysteries #1) by Adam Christopher - From Tor and Nerd Tours for Blog Tour/Review
Killing is my Business (Ray Electromatic Mysteries #2) by Adam Christopher - From Tor and Nerd Tours for Blog Tour/Review  
Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack #1) by Ben Hatke  - From First Second books for Blog Tour/ Review
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack #2) by Ben Hatke  - From First Second books for Blog Tour/ Review
The Third Coin by J.A. Howard - From the author for review
Deadman's Tome: Monster's Exist by Various - from one of the authors for review

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of July 9  - July 15
Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Jul 17, 2017

Recent Reads: Rebirth Harley Quinn #21 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti


Harley Quinn (2016-) #21Right Back At Ya! (Blast from the Future Part II) by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Series:Rebirth Harley Quinn #21
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  June 7, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/ Own


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
“Red Roses” part one! Red Tool is done waiting for Harley to take him seriously—the poor sap’s hopelessly in love with her, and it’s time he made his move! Unfortunately, he’s picked a moment of peak distraction for Harley! And in the backup, “Harley Loves Joker” part five, Harley crosses paths with an old pal—Jenna Duffy, the crook known as the Carpenter! There won’t be much palling around, though…Jenna’s convinced Harley’s trying to scam her out of one of the biggest scores of her career! 
 Mini Review: 
 ... and the Red Tool saves the day...? or does he?

I really like the Red Tool in these comics he is a comic-relief more than anything and he LOOOOOOOVES Harley which is cute, even though she keeps passing him up. 

In this issue we continue with the Bat Fan arc and she and Harley are kidnapped in the process of fighting - strange right?! it all comes together really well though. 

Even funnier is the fact that Harley's parents are coming to visit her - I am very interested to see how that goes and can't wait to read the next issue.

Jul 14, 2017

Recent Reads: Rebirth Harley Quinn #20 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #20
A Blast from the Future! Part 1 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Series: Rebirth Harley Quinn #20
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  May 17, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:
 


 


Goodreads Synopsis: 
“FUTURE KILL” part one! You’ve seen her story begin to unfold in prior issues…who in the world is Bat-Fan, and why does she think Harley Quinn must die to save existence itself?! And in the backup story “Harley Loves Joker” part four, Harley’s mistakes have forced her to hide out with The Joker in a low-rent motel…unfortunately, they’ve had to bring their entire goon squad—and a pack of very poorly behaved hyenas—along!
Review: 
Harley comics are finally getting back on my good side...slowly....

In this issue we finally get the confrontation between Harley and this Bat Fan we have been seeing in the future AND there is a Harley Sinn appearance as well, so it is all coming together again. But sadly all the story chains are coming together in these issues, so we have both the Bat Fan and Sinn to deal with in this comic and I think that they could have expanded them a bit more. 

I did enjoy the issue though and I didn't even mind that we are still getting the Harley Loves Joker backup story, they are starting to grow on me I guess. Harley is he usual kick-butt self and I like that.

Jul 13, 2017

Early Reader Review: Suit Your Selfie by Stephan Pastis

Source: From Netgalley and Andrew McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Suit Your Selfie: A Pearls Before Swine CollectionSuit Your Selfie by Stephan T. Pastis
Series: A Pearls Before Swine Collection
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  July 18, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Ebook
Rating:


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Gather ‘round the smartphone, kids! Stephan and the Pearls gang are back with a whole album's-worth of jokes, jabs, and cringe-worthy puns.

Even Rat cracks a smile in this fifth Pearls Before Swine collection tailored for middle-grade readers. Witty, wacky, and occasionally wise, Suit Your Selfie is more kid-friendly fun from the New York Times best-selling author of Timmy Failure.
Review: 
Suit your Selfie is a Pearls Before Swine collection of 1-2 page comic strips following a grouping of wacky animal characters and their lives. There is Rat, Pig, and Goat as the mail characters but also Zebra and Crocodiles as well, even the cartoonist makes appearances. 

These comic strips are laugh out loud funny but aimed at a younger audience than me - still funny though. Some of the panels hit really close-to-home and they are either very realistic events or quite crazy ones. For example, explaining a corded phone to the younger generation (hint: it really freaks them out), or a zebra running around as a unicorn and scaring crocodiles.

There were some life lessons, and notes about happiness, but many involved pizza - but that is the answer anyway right?! It was a great collection, I think younger readers will enjoy the humor in it, I did too, so this is a good one for many. If you like comic strips, definitely pick it up.

Jul 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date:  July 18, 2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17608898-the-killing-jar?from_search=true&search_version=service
Synopsis:  

Why I Am Waiting:
I love books about magic, magicians, witches, and artifacts - how could I resist this one?! (Also the cover screamed The Neverending Story to me so there is that too).

Jul 11, 2017

Recent Reads: The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke


Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
 
The Treasure of Isian (Isian, #1)
The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke
Series: The Isian Series #1
Publisher:  Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Publication Date:  May 6, 2016



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Audible Audiobook


Rating:


 




Goodreads Synopsis: 
Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him, even die for him.
Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom.
Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life.
Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom? And will Elani find true love?

Become lost in the adventure, love, loyalty, and mystery of The Treasure of Isian!
 
Review: 
The Treasure of Isian is the first book of a series that follows Elani and her master Prince Garin. It is fantasy, romance, and adventure all wrapped into a nice package.

Right when you start this book you are thrown into the adventure. You get to know the characters through their journey versus from backstories and that is refreshing for a fantasy novel. We follow from Elani's point of view as they are venturing to find the mysterious Treasure of Isian, soon after Elani is separated from her master and will do anything in her power to save him from any evils he is encountering.

The story is very much like a fairy tale. It has mystery and also princes and princesses and lost treasures and it gives you that vibe as you read it (or listen to it like I did). Overall the story is entertaining and will hold your attention well. The characters are where I had some trouble. Elani is ok, she is a servant and has to serve her master, but she is strong and determined and I like that in a character. However Prince Garin, her master, is rude and oblivious throughout most of the tale and then all of a sudden learns to appreciate Elani but it is a very drastic change it seems and I didn't like that.

I think that the overall story was a good one. It is the first in a series, but the ending is pretty tight so you could read it as a stand alone if need be. I think that lovers of fantasy and romance will enjoy this one and the audiobook was pretty good if you enjoy listening versus reading text . The only issue I had with the audiobook recording was the chapter breaks, they seemed too short, like the paragraphs just seem to end in random places... not sure why I feel that way but I did. End verdict - a nice fantasy read.

Jul 10, 2017

Recent Reads: In the Springtime Everything is New All Over Again by Esmerelda Jones

Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

In the Springtime Everything is New All Over Again: A Dark Humor Short StoryIn the Springtime Everything is New All Over Again: A Dark Humor Short Story by Esmerelda Q. Jones
Publisher:  CreateSpace Publishing
Publication Date:  June 13, 2016



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Ebook

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Pathos! Characters! Metafiction!

Poor Carl just has no luck! And neither does Edwina or little Oscar, but that's okay, because the Tuesday Book Club ladies just love it when bad things happen to hapless Carl, because it makes them feel better about their own lives.

Will Carl get his life together? Will Edwina find purpose in life? Will little Oscar get the special shoes he needs? FIND OUT INSIDE.

This short story contains one bad word and two questionable ones, depending on your lexical tolerance. 

Review: 
This was a very strange short story.  I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into. It seemed interesting and imaginative enough - is is described as 'dark humor', I can get behind some of that. Sadly this one was not for me. 

The book is written as a writer thinking about the story they will tell about Carl - so you don't really get a character but the idea of  a character that the 'author' is going to write about and about all the bad things that will/could happen to him. I read the story waiting for this to stop and get to the tale itself - and that was my mistake, this thought-process IS the tale. I think this could have been fun but it was not, I didn't really feel like it was funny and I was not finding the humor in another the author was choosing for the Carl character.

That all being said, it was a very imaginative concept and something that I have never read before - I think that there are many people that will really enjoy this story and I think that if you are a writer then this stream of consciousness about creating a character might even be entertaining for you. I think that if you are into the weird for the sake of being weird, again this might be for you. 

Some positives, the book is a short story, so it was a quick and easy read and you don't really need to get emotionally invested in any characters - sometime that is a win too. Overall this book just was not for me. I think that others might enjoy its creativity though.

Jul 9, 2017

Building the Book Pile #151

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I completely forgot my Book Pile post last week :/ oh well, it has been a bit busy I guess. I have been working hard getting through books that have been sitting in my email for ages and I am making a dent, which feels so nice.

So how was your 4th of July (US ppl), we went camping for the night and had a blast, but I needed a re-coop day on Wednesday when we got home... 

I also read SO many comics this weekend -catching up with Harley Quinn and I Hate Fairlyand so  lots of those reviews coming:)

And another self promotion: Use code SUMMERSAVER for 10% off winter gear at my Etsy shop, click on the image below to link over and see what is available. More will be added soon.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StephsSimpleScarves


How was your week? Any book recommendations for me?
 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/sourcebooks-summer-reads-round-up-and.html
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/blog-tour-spotlight-w-giveaway.html

Coming up on the Blog

Recent Reads: In the Springtime Everything is New All Over Again by Esmerelda Q. Jones (Adult)
 Recent Reads: The Treasure of Isian (Isian #1) by Serena Clarke (YA)
Waiting on Wednesday
Early Reader Review: Suit your Selfie by Stephan Pastis (GN)
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #20 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connet (Comic)

Books Received this Week

When a Wolf Is Hungry  Jorie and the Magic Stones  Harley Quinn (2016-) #23  I Hate Fairyland #11 I Hate Fairyland #12
Have you missed anything lately?

Week of June 25  - July 1
Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!