Fables The Deluxe Edition Book 1, Chapter 1 Comic Review!

Fables is a comic book series that was recommended to me by my co-worker Erick. You may remember him from the Pokemon Battledome post where he composed a team that was built to hit hard! To sum up the theme of Fables, if you have ever watched ABC’s Once Upon A Time Series, the premise is similar; Fairy Tale characters are dropped into the modern world. But instead of the quiet, town of Storybrooke which outsiders can neither see nor visit, the characters are living amongst real people in New York City! They take on new identities and try to make their way in the world while concealing their true identities. Sit back and enjoy this multi-series review (Spoiler Free of Course) of Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One!

Title: Fables

Author: Bill Willingham

Artists: Lan Medina, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Vertigo

Number of Pages: 248

Published Date: July 2002

Once Upon A Time… Imagine that all the characters from the world’s most beloved storybooks were real – real, and living among us, withall of their powers intact. How would they cope with life in our mundane, un-magical reality?

The answer can be found in Fables, Bill willingham’s celebrated re-imagining of the venerable fairy tale canon. From Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf to Goldilocks and Little Boy Blue, the folk tales of old are reborn here as exiles living in the magically camouflaged New York City neighborhood of Fablestown.

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Story# 1 – The Book One series consists of 10 stories that seem to all connect. The first story introduces us to a few characters that are assessing their problems. We join the detective B. Wolf on his investigation of a missing person’s report. Jack’s (from Jack and the Beanstalk) girlfriend is missing and he enlists the help of Detective Wolf. Along with the investigation, other members of the community show their cards and their assumed persona in this new world.

 

Graphics & Art: One of my biggest draws to the comic is the artwork. There are 4 different artists that contribute to drafting and creating the Fables world. The comic looks less like a comic and more like an art exhibit when you turn each page.

 

Quotes:

“But YOU try being married for almost a thousand years without a few ups and downs along the way.” -Belle

“Never Mention, The Dwarves!” – Little Boy Blue

“Nothing more to eat or drink miss. But we;ve shared such a nice flirtation this afternoon that I’m tempted to ask you for your phone number.” – Prince Charming

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Final Thoughts: What I love is that each character has a job and a role in their community of fairy tale creatures. I feel like the Big Bad Wolf is an excellent detective with his primal instincts. Think about it. In interrogations he can use his instincts and intimidation to get confessions and he is a bloodhound so sniffing out clues would be super easy. We also meet Snow White, Belle and the Beast in this first story, each having their own problems and concerns. What has happened to Jack’s Girlfriend? Who is behind the mysterious disappearance (if anyone)? What can we expect from series 2?

Play:

  • An exciting comic on fairy tale characters
  • If you enjoyed the Once Upon A Time series
  • Easy to follow and a quick read

Skip:

  • If you prefer the traditional personalities of the characters (altered and more modern)
  • If you like to have the backstory up front

 

Reviews:

Goodreads – 4.3 out of 5

Amazon – 4.7 out of 5

Barnes & Nobles – 4.6 out of 5

Since I am reviewing all 10 chapters, I will hold off my overall rating of the comic until the final chapter has been reviewed. Have you read the Fables collection? What comics are you currently reading? Let’s talk comics!

-Luna 🙂

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Royal Pains A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes and Bad Seeds – Book Review!

Royal Pains is a collection of stories that highlight some of the most rotten, evil and mischievous royals over the centuries. This anthology written by Leslie Carroll attempts to recount the reasons (whether valid or embellished) why these royals were considered royal pains to their blue booded families.

Title: Royal Pains: A Rogue’s Gallery of Brats, Brutes and Bad Seeds!

ISBN: 978-0-451-23221-2

Author: Leslie Carroll

Genre: Historical

Publisher: New American Library

Number of Pages: 383

Published Date: March 1st, 2011

“The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most rotten of apples: uber-violent autocrats Vlad the Impaler and Ivan the Terrible literally reigned in blood. Lettice Knollys strove to mimic the appearance of her cousin Elizabeth I and even stole her man. And Pauline Bonaparte scandalized her brother Napoleon by having a golden goblet fashioned in the shape of her breast.

Chock-full of shocking scenes, titillating tales, and wildly wicked nobles, Royal Pains is a rollicking compendium of the most infamous, capricious, and insatiable bluebloods of Europe.”

 

Royal Pains was bought for me by my friend Emily this past Christmas because she knows that I enjoy reading about Royals, Medieval times and Scandal! Upon reading the back of the book I was excited to read the synopsis behind names that I have heard in the past and be introduced to some that I have not heard of before. This book lived up to my expectations and provided me with an intriguing read, no matter how exaggerated some of the tales seemed.

Story: Royal Pains goes through stories in a chronological timeline from the earliest brutes to the more modern bratty, royals. At the beginning of the book I found myself taken out of the story because there were many foreign words that I needed to look up to have a full grasp of what was happening. I did notice that as time progressed and the stories entered more modern years, it became easier to read and comprehend. We visited new royals that I was not aware of as well as well known and storied legends in nobility.

 

Quotes From the Book:

“The inspiration for Stoker’s doomed romantic anti-hero was a fifteenth-century Romanian prince. But the real Vlad was far more of a monster than any Victorian gothic novelist could have imagined (Pg- 33).”

“In truth, Clarence as he is known, was a serial traitor, conspiring a whopping four times against their eldest sibling, Edward IV, to topple him from the throne and place the crown on his own head. (Pg-57)”

“In an age where her English counterparts were engaged in such ladylike pursuits as plying their needles or playing the virginals, Erzsebet Bathory was employing red-hot pincers and bathing in virginal blood. (Pg-161).”

“For decades, people have accepted the fact that Rudolf’s life ended in a brandy-infused double suicide pact… What was the truth? What kind of royal pain did Rudolf become, as he matured from angsty adolescent to agitated adult? Was he unhappy or unhinged? (Pg-258)”

 

Play:

  • A very interesting read on some of Europe’s famed royalty
  • A quick read

 

Skip:

  • In previous Book Reviews, I have notices bloggers mentioning the “Ease of Reading.” This book is hard to read in some stories.
  • Imagery will display volatile scenes

 

Final Thoughts: I’ve really enjoyed the book and it was a quick read. It kept me hooked with the different stories being told and while many of the stories are opinion based, it gives another perspective on what could have happened.

Reviews:

Goodreads – 3.68 out of 5 Stars

Amazon – 4 out of 5 Stars

Google Books – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

 

Other works by Author:

  1. Notorious Royal Marriages
  2. Royal Affairs

 

Have you read Royal Pains? What books are you currently reading? Let’s talk books!

-Luna 🙂

A Watchman To Look Out For

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Hello all! Hope you’re having a good Saturday and excellent week! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, things have been a bit hectic what with starting a new job and having life get back to normal, or semi-normal at the most.

Today I’m not writing on a Netflix/Hulu series (that won’t probably be till next week), but I’m writing on something else different–a book review! I used to write loads of these for my high school paper, and I didn’t see very many on them on here, so I figured I would write one for you all this weekend. You’re welcome. 🙂

The book I’m reviewing today is Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman. If the title sounds vaguely familiar, I did mention this novel in passing in one of my other reviews on this blog. It is closely related to To Kill A Mockingbird, which people are more acquainted with (whether by the original  book itself or the 1962 film adaptation). Even though it was written in the mid-1950s, it was not published until 2015, four years after being discovered in a safety deposit box. Now, I know there will be speculation about whether or not it is a sequel to Mockingbird, and I will leave that up to you completely. I’m just here to review it and nothing more.

Go Set A Watchman follows Jean Louise Finch (otherwise known as “Scout” and one of the main characters in Mockingbird as well) as she goes back home to Maycomb, Alabama, for an annual two week visit. She is now 26 years old, and living in New York where she has been working. As the novel progresses, we see events and revelations unfold that lead us to realize that things and people have changed since Mockingbird ended, leaving Jean Louise with more clarity and reflection–especially about her own father, Atticus.

I will admit, this novel is definitely not an easy read, and even more especially now, with the recent spike in racial issues and hate crimes. But it’s one that should not be missed or ignored either. Ever since I bought it, I have read it quite a few times since then. I give it a 5/5.

With that said, I hope all of you enjoyed this book review, and I will see you next week!

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Snotgirl : Comic Review!

Happy Tuesday Novas! Thank you for tuning in to my very first Comic Review! My coworkers and I are in a so called “Comic Club” in which we each purchase comics and then let each other read them. We talk about the issue and decide if we want to continue the series or not. Selena was up and she picked a comic that was SO HER! The volume that she bought contained 6 issues of the story (it ends on a cliffhanger!) and I have completed  reading it and would like to share my thoughts!

Title: Snotgirl: Green Hair, Don’t Care Vol. 1

Publishing Date: February, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ Romance/ Fashion/ Comedy

ISBN: 978-1-5343-0036-1

Creators: Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung

Publisher: Image Comics Inc.

Lottie Person is a glamourous fashion blogger living her best life- at least that’s what she wants you to think. The truth is, her allergies are out of control, her friends are terrible people, her boyfriend traded her up for someone younger, and she may or may not have killed somebody! It’s the first volume of Snotgirl, and things will never be the same!

My Thoughts:

I definitely enjoyed the first volume of snotgirl. You’re left trying to put a few pieces together and really, nothing is explained. It’s great becuase it keeps the reader engaged in everything going on and I couldn’t stp turning the pages.  Lottie is a well known fashion blogger, but what is her like really like? Sure, she knows about the latest trends and are invited to all of the best parties, but what is life like behind the blog.? It’s like a VH1 Behind the Music Special and I can tell you, her life is nothing like it seems!

The characters in the comic are not really relatable. They are exaggerated versions of what one would think the world of a fashion blogger and their friends would be. Lottie gives nicknames to everyone she meets and these names are representations of how Lottie views the person. You will read names like Normgirl and Cutegirl come up often.

The Aesthetics:

The art is beautiful in my opinion. The bright and vibrant color scheme reflects the modern and trendy  personality of the main character, Lottie. The character personalizations are pretty well detailed and I like that each character has their own personal style.

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Something hat I think can be improved are the transitions from one scene to the other. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not fluent in reading comics, but some transitions seemed a little sudden. It was as if there should have been 1 or 2 more panels of dialogue before the next scene started. Also, the comic is marketed towards a specific demographic. The use of emoji’s and socail media language is widely integrated.

As with any review that I write on the blog, I would like to provide my top reasons to “Play” or read the comic and my reasons you might want to “Skip” this series.

Play:

  • Beautiful color scheme
  • Funny Story
  • Interesting characters and plot

Skip:

  • Not Interested in the life of a Fashion Blogger
  • If you find looking at Snot Disgusting
  • Looking for a more action packed story

Reviews:

IGN 9 out of 10

Comic Book Roudup 8.6 out of 10

Thank you for reading my first comic review! What are your thoughts on Colume 1 of Snotgirl? Have you read or heard of this series? What comics are you currently reading? Let’s talk comics and graphic novels!

-Luna 🙂

 

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The Kingmaker’s Daughter Book Review!

Hiya Novas! It’s time for another book review and this time we are diving into a genre that I have become obsessed with.

Title: The Kingmaker’s Daughter

Author: Phillipa Gregory

Pages: 412 (actual story) 448 (Total Pages)

Series: Book# 4 out of 6 books published about The Cousins’ War

Release Date: August 16th, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical Fiction

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The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the story of Anne Neville ,daughter of Richard Neville who was given the title of Kingmaker, and her life as it revolves around the dangerous game of running a kingdom. It’s a historical fiction account of the events leading up to and beyond the crowning of a new King of England, from the House of York. The story takes place during the Cousins’ War (commonly known as the War of the Roses) and is told exclusively through the eyes of Anne Neville.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the griping tale of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games. When Anne is left widowed, her mother in sanctuary, and her sister married to the enemy, she manages her own escape and makes a choice that will set her on a collission course with the overwhelming power of the royal family.

The events in this book and the story in general, take place during the events of The White Queen (you can read that review here) and the reign of York King Edward IV. The book is written as a journal of Anne’s where you will read the events of her life as if told through her pen.

My thoughts:

I feel like the book is a very quick and easy read. Since it takes on the tone of a journal, you’re not reading a full page looking for transitions to the next topic or battle. It is very balanced due to the journal style of writing)so there is immediate conflict and questions presented. As you continue reading, the answers to the questions posed earlier on, start to reveal themselves and you crave to learn more about the events unfolding. I love that there’s action and I felt as though I were reliving the life through Anne’s eyes. There’s plenty of suspense and moment where you are left with a sense of loss.

Quotes From The Book:

  • “Do you eat the food?” he asks quietly. I shake my head. “I never eat the food from…” I tell him in a whisper. “Not since George warned me.” “Neither do I,” he says with a sigh. “Not anymore.”
  • They are a terribly handsome family. Nobody can deny that they are as beautiful as if they had the bluest blood in their veins… And they are seated at our table as if they were young people of royal blood and had a right to be with us, the daughters of a countess.

When I write Video game or Netflix Reviews, I include an area at the end of the review for my top reasons to “Play” or try the series and “Skip” for reasons you may not like it. I will use that method with the book reviews as well.

Play:

  • A different point of view on the story of Edward IV
  • A quick and exciting paced read

Skip:

  • Not a fan of historical drama

Reviews:

Goodreads – 3.9 out of 5

Barnes & Noble  4.1 out of 5

Personal Review  4 out of 5

I know there’s not many negatives in this review, but my bias is taking over. I think it’s a great read and I found that I was questioning the “Accepted” versions of history. When I watched The White Queen, I had 1 picture of Anne in my head, but reading this book presents another (I still don’t like her, but I was able to find understanding in her actions). The book makes you think about the actions in regards to each person’s individual scenario.

Thank you for reading the book review of The KingMaker’s Daughter! Have you read any of Phillipa Gregory’s books or any historical fictions novels? What’s your favorite time period to read/wrte about? Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

Dark Blood Book Review!

Hiya Novas! Today I will review my 2nd book on the blog called Dark Blood by Christine Feehan. The first review was a Thriller called “Concealed in Death.” You can read my first book review by clicking here. I actually started reading this book because I wanted to get a sense on the Fantasy style of writing. This book gave me great insight and tips to carry on over. On to the Dark Blood review!

Title: Dark Blood

Published: September 2, 2014

Author: Christine Feehan

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Dark Series #26

Dark Blood is a Fantasy book that follows the journey of an elite hunter known as Zev. This is my first proper fantasy novel so I wasn’t quite sure on what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. In a world filled with different species hiding amongst humans, you can never know who to trust. Zev is an elite hunter and alpha Lycan who’s main job is to protect the Lycan council and follow their ever wish. Zev is one of the best, he’s extremely fast, intelligent and one of the top hunters in the land. When he is injured in battle, Zev learns something about his lineage that will change his world forever; he’s Dark Blood. But what does that mean? How can Zev use this information to help stop a brewing war between the Lycans and Carpathians? That’s what he and his group of close knit friends intend to find out!

The setting takes place in the  forests and caves of a distant land. I know that they cross through Russia and real life locations. I really liked the pace and the tone on the novel. You are reading mostly from Zev and his lifemate Branislava’s point of view. db1

I really love the characters and the author did a fantastic job positioning Zev in the story. He is my favorite character and I’m not usually one to gush over a main character. Zev is the true definition of “Alpha” in every sense of the word. The action was fantastic and appeared in mage battles, physical battles and primal fighting between rogue packs. The antagonist is n revealed until about half way through, but it’s worth the wiat. The build-up and anticipation between what’s going to happen next had me eager to turn the page. There are many suggestive and descriptive adult scenes so it is not recommended for kids under 17.  I’m definitely going to read some more books in the “Dark Series.”

Thank you for reading my quick thoughts on finishing Dark Blood! What are you curently reading? Have you read any books in the Dark Series? Let’s talk books!

-Luna 🙂

Dark Blood (Book): First Impressions

Happy Wednesday! I have been reading the book Dark Blood and I’m about half way done. I’ve decided to do a quick first impressions post on what I have read so far and what I expect towards the end of the book.

Dark Blood is book #26 out of a series of 31books in the “Dark” series written by Christine Feehan. This book follows the story of the hunter Zev who is a hunter and Lycan. Zev finds himself in a strange place with a beautiful woman within reach of him. Not knowing what has happened or how he came to be in this place, Zev knows that he is injured and dying. What is going on? Who is this mysterious woman? And why has the “Ancients” spoke to Zev in a language he couldn’t understand before. Why did they refer to his bloodline as “Dark Blood?”

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Currently I’m about a quarter of the way through the book and  I love it so far. I wanted to start reading a fantasy book to gain a better understanding of the fantasy world. Currently I am writing a fantasy story myself so the more I read, the better I am able to write my story. At least that’s what I’ve read lol. So far the scene has been set, the characters (at least the protagonists) have been established, the conflict has been revealed (although I feel as though there’s more on the way) and the glimpse of romance, intrigue and magic has been hinted at. I’m really enjoying the story so far and every chance I get, I continue reading.

I expect to uncover more answers about what the main conflict of the book is. Currently, the characters have awaken Zev because they believe he is the only answer to stopping a full out war between the Lycans and Carpathians. Zev is badly injured and on the brink of releasing his inner wolf, someone needs to provide him with answers or there will be heck to pay! I expect to find out what happened to Zev’s family and what the true meaning of the term “Dark Blood” is. It has been mentioned twice so far, once by the ancients and once by Zev questioning his allies. Both times Zev has walked away with more questions then answers and a room full of people staring at him. I’m expecting there to be a huge battle, even though Zev is supposed to bring peace. I am expecting to find out more about the healing and magical abilities of members of his brotherhood.

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So far I am really enjoying this book and can’t wait to finish it. I think I will write one more impression post when I’m farther along and culminate this series with the final book review. Thank you for reading my first impressions, have a great Wednesday!

 

-Luna 🙂

Concealed In Death Book Review!

Good afternoon and Happy Wednesday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Today I am writing my very first book review for the blog. I intend to feature a book review (as long as this one goes well lol) at least once a month. Thank you to all of the amazing book blogs that I follow for inspiring me to do this!

Title: Concealed In Death

Author: J.D. Robb

Publisher & Date: Berkley, Published February 18th, 2014.

Setting: New York City

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Series: In Death, Book 38.

Intrigued by mystery? Addicted to trying to solve a case before the ending is revealed to you? Actively invested in crime drama’s? If this is you, I highly recommend reading “Concealed In Death” by J.D. Robb.

Concealed in Death is a Crime Thriller novel from a series of currently 56 “In Death” books(newest installment released Earlier this month with “Echoes In Death”). The story is told in first person from the viewpoint of Eve Dallas, a detective in upstate New York. While I love the book and writing style, there are a few suggestive and adult situations that will come up while reading, so the book is not suitable for kids. In my opinion the book definitely manages to engulf the reader in the crime scene whether Eve is investigating a lead, speeding through traffic or ease dropping on a conversation not intended for her ears. Right away I’ve gotten a sense of the characters personality without the author blatantly telling me that someone is stern or bull headed. In my opinion this helps the reader fully immerse themselves in the story at hand. concealed
This installation stemming from the “In Death” series, follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she’s faced with an unthinkable situation. Roarke, her billionaire beau is an accomplished professional who uses his business savvy by brokering a sweet deal for an abandoned building. With renovations at the fore front, Roarke oversees as his employees begun the demolition and reconstruction process. Roarke has been eyeing this property for a while so he decides to take the first couple of swings with the sledgehammer to the wall… when BOOM! The walls reveal a secret! A Body! But wait, there’s another one…. and another… final count… 12! What sick creep would “conceal” 12 bodies in an abandoned building? Who are the “Doe’s” that were found and why are they there? That’s what Eve and Roarke intend to find out.

This novel touches on all of your typical core emotions, ranging from shock and panic to passionate exchanges between the main characters. Some of the terminology that appears throughout the text can seem pretty cheesy for my taste, mainly due to the setting taking place in the future, however, the depth of the book is enticing and will grab the reader from page 1!

I have completed this book and found it absolutely entertaining. Growing up I’ve always harbored an  affinity for solving things, whether it was puzzles, riddles or the villain on Scooby Doo. With that in mind, I tend to gravitate towards any mystery/thriller piece of work. The In Death series (currently I have read 2 of them) definitely satisfies my need for solving crimes and the books are pretty quick reads. The great thing about this series is that the books are all standalone. Yes, you have recurring characters and some references from past titles will appear, but you don’t necessarily have to read any of the predecessors to enjoy the book.

Quotes from the book:

“Yeah, probably. Homicide: Our day starts when yours ends. Permanently.” “You should sew that on a pillow.”

“The buying and selling of property- or anything else for that matter- was a business of course. But it was also a game, one he relished playing, one he relished winning. He considered the game of business nearly as satisfying and entertaining as stealing.”

” “What is it?” Nina still holding Roarke’s jacket, pushed against Pete’s other side, nosed in. “Oh Oh my God! Those are-Those are” “Bodies” Roarke finished. “What’s left of them. You’ll have to hold the crew off Pete. It appears I have to tag up my wife.” Roarke took his jacket from Nina’s limp fingers, drew his ‘link out of the pocket. “Eve” he said when her face came on the screen. “It seems I’m in need of a cop.”

You can find this book on Goodreads via the link below:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18079757-concealed-in-death

Thank you for reading my book review! Any tips or feedback is greatly appreciated! Have you read any of the “In Death” series books? What are you favorite Crime/Thriller books? Let’s talk books!

Have a great day!

-Luna 🙂