Feb 22, 2018

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #34-35 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #34
Harley Quinn: Time Off for Bad Behavior or We are Outta Here!

Series: Harley Quinn #34
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  January 10, 2018



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: 
“AFTERMATH” part two! We said the election would change Harley’s life forever, and we weren’t kidding! For one of the people closest to her...it’s ended their life! And in the “Secret Origins” backup story, you’ll learn how the incredible Eggy came to be the man...err, egg...he is today!
 Review: 
These synopses are getting confusing again... not sure what these "Secret Origins" are but they aren't in these comics ... probably another off-shoot installment series. Anyway apart from that, this issue was a glimpse into Harley's normal life with her parents and her brothers. Her and Ivy make a stop over there and there isn't a lot of action. We do get a glimpse of her old hyena pals though and it was an adorable interaction.It was a weird ending to all the action and craziness of the past few, so it might not be for all  HQ readers.



Harley Quinn (2016-) #35Harley Quinn: Batter Up Part 1 by Frank Tieri

Series: Harley Quinn #35
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  January 17, 2018



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: 
“MAN-BATTER UP” part one! Harley’s in a dark, dark place after the hard right turn her life took...so when the citizens of Coney Island say it was a mysterious “bat” that kidnapped one of her friends, she is not going to take it lying down!
Review: 
WTH Frank! Again we are back to a Frank Tieri rendition of Harley. That is fine but it always a weird change over. The story from last issue abruptly ends and this one picks up back in the city. The cover is a HUGE spoiler (even though I really enjoy it). In this installment, Tony is taken and Harley is still trying to have alone time but is brought back into the swing of things to search for him. She not only finds him but also finds herself captured and now a bat-woman too. ..and we wait until next issue to find out more... 

Feb 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Switched by Jan Calonita

Switched (Fairy Tale Reform School #4)
Switched by Jen Calonita
Series: Fairy Tale Reform School #4

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: March 6, 2018



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


Why I Am Waiting:
Because I love this series SO much!

Feb 20, 2018

Recent Reads: Ancient Astronauts by Vincent Pompeii

Source: From Black Panel Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review. 
Ancient Astronauts

Ancient Astronauts by Vincent Pompeii
Publisher: Black Panel Press
Publication Date:  August 16, 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: 
In the infinite cosmos are scattered millions of galaxies. Lost among them, a world similar to ours develops in its own solar system. On Plaine, a highly developed planet-nation, the opening reveals Onys, a young and daring archer. She emerges from sleep, short of breath, alerted by a dangerous presence lingering around her. An imperceptible but undeniable entity, defying the laws of physics, manifesting itself like a cloud of smoke, almost palpable. A presence whose mysterious nature would soon rock her senses and shake her perceptions of reality.

The sudden arrival of Yulunga, the astonishing shaman, will open the doors to a universe wholly unexpected by the young Onys. A place where the interpretation of what is real is commanded by the subconscious. A place at the center of which, the laws of nature are defied by the power of the mind.

What if, since the beginning of time, there was something else? Maybe, it was the world of Ancient Astronauts.
Review: 
I received a review copy of this from the publisher with a wonderful email about the artwork throughout being wonderfully hand-painted in watercolor. I found this unique and the sci-fi plot sounded interesting. Since reading through this graphic novel I have learned that it was originally done in French, which may have led to some of the issues I had with it. Don't get me wrong, the art is what saved it, so props for that, but the story fell very short for me. Maybe it was a lost in translation kind of issue or maybe not, I am not sure. 

The story was imaginative and interesting to some extent but I felt like the author tried to pack too much in to too -short of a medium. A novel with this much world building and detail would be good, a graphic novel... I think it was too hard to read through the text and not feel like it was slow and dragging. If you are a sci-fi fan it might be easier to read, I don't read it often, so there might be techniques used here that I just don't understand as well. 

Some other notes: 
It was REALLY hard for me not to call it "Ancient Aliens" ... isn't that a US History Channel show? I don't know, but I kept calling it that.

And

What on earth was the main character wearing? Are you telling me that in the future women don't just wear pants? But instead just underwear and a split dress/tunic thing over them? I found that very hard to believe and don't think it furthered the plot at all or even enough to be a justified artistic choice.

I tried to like this one, the art brought it up a star in my rating, but I just could not get into the story like I wanted to.

Feb 19, 2018

Recent Reads: Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle

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

Ten Little Night StarsTen Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date:  January 23, 2018



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: Board Book

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
One!

One little night star,

Twinkling in deep blue.

I run inside to take my bath,

Then there are…

Two!

Ten Little Night Stars is a sweet bedtime counting book perfect for the youngest readers. One by one the stars come out in the night sky as cute and cuddly animals go through their bedtime routines. This board book will encourage children to turn the page with interactive and engaging rhyme, and will take them through bath time, story time, and sleep. Written by Deb Gruelle, great-great-grand-niece of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, Ten Little Night Stars is the perfect bedtime story for parents and children alike.
Review: 
Ten Little Night Stars is a counting and bedtime board book for younger children.  The stars appear as you turn the pages and the story is a little rhyme to go along with the counting. The pictures are of little animals and their parents getting ready for bedtime. This book has so many useful functions  - it is a counting book, it is short enough to read for bedtime, and it is also a good list of things to do before bed. As a Zondervan book, it does talk about the stars in heaven and prayers for bed, to those might not be for all families, but it was a very cute book.

Feb 18, 2018

Building the Book Pile #272

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Another busy week... but less fun than last week. On Tuesday I had to have some fillings done (I have a love of sugar ... maybe too much). On Wednesday I had an eye appointment - they didn't really change, I am still pretty blind but I like rocking my glasses so that works for me. And then Friday I wasn't feeling well at all, some stomach bug thing that sucked. 

This weekend we were supposed to be away but I was not feeling it and my friend was sick too so we cancelled and hung out at home. The hubs got more tattooing done to get ready for a tattoo show next month and I read a bit and got some reviews done. 

Then we woke up this morning to 3 more inches of snow! 😳🙄  This week is supposed to be warmer though and rainy... we shall see how that goes.
 
How has your week been?
Share about your week with me in the comments below!
 

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
None right now.

Coming up on the Blog


Recent Reads: Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle (Youth)
Recent Reads: Ancient Astronauts by Vincent Pompeii (GN, Adult)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #34 and #35 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Recent Reads: Banished (The Storymakers #3) by Betsy Schow (YA) 
 
Coming soonish... no clue when:
Recent Reads: Otherworld by Jason Segel (YA) - I am enjoying this book, but need to find the time to sit with it and finish it. I have a review started but I have a few chapters left!

Books Received this Week

Ten Little Night Stars  The Hidden Loch The Super Life of Ben Braver

Ten Little Night Stars by Deb Gruelle from Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for review.
The Hidden Loch by Marliane Maddux White from Penny-Farthing Productions
in exchange for review.
The Super Life of Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson from Macmillan for a Blog Tour review.

Have you missed anything lately?


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!

Feb 15, 2018

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #32-33 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #32
Harley Quinn: Vote Harley Finale - Off The Leash

Series: Harley Quinn #32
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  November 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: 
"Vote Harley" conclusion! One of the people Harley loves most in this world is dead, and the Mayor is to blame! Revenge won't make Harley feel better...but that doesn't mean she won't take it!
Review: 
This installment got dark. At the end of the last issue Harley is thrown back into her psychic self, no more city loving lady, but vengeful hater of the mayor and she is going to do something terrible. I did not expect this darkness from the new Rebirth series but it was needed and completely understandable. Harley is heartbroken and the Mayor will pay. This was a great ending to the Vote Harley story line.



Harley Quinn (2016-) #33
Harley Quinn: Aftermath Part 1 - The Mourning After

Series: Harley Quinn #33
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  December 20, 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: 
“AFTERMATH”! In the wake of the election, Harley’s life has changed forever...so what do her friends in Coney Island have to say about it? And speaking of those friends...this issue also begins a new “Secret Origins” backup feature! Learn the unspoken histories behind Harley’s rapidly expanding cast of characters, starting with the lovesick merc with a mallet, Red Tool—whose past might actually be our future!
Review: 
In this issue, Harley is trying to deal with the death of a loved one and she might be going through all of the stages of grief. Luckily, she knows what to expect. Harley is trying to move on, with the help of her roller derby buddies and then a road trip offer from Tony. This was pretty much a transition, filler issues. Harley is sad and dealing and people around her are trying to help. There weren't any big plot twists or developments, but it was a good issue.

Feb 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Pacifica
Pacifica by Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor TEEN
Publication Date: March 6, 2018



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


Why I Am Waiting:
I have been seeing this book pop up everywhere and the synopsis really catches me....a possible love story and the pirates... I really enjoy pirates.
 

Feb 13, 2018

Early Reader Review: Lies We Tell Our Kids by Brett Wagner

Source: From Netgalley and Animal Media Group LLC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Lies We Tell Our Kids by Brett Wagner
Lies We Tell Our Kids
Publisher:  Animal Media Group LLC
Publication Date:  February 20, 2018


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: 
From acclaimed artist Brett Wagner comes a book about the tall tales that parents tell their kids in the hopes of getting them to do something—eat, sleep, apologize to their sibling, or learn to do something the right way. Fun, heartfelt, and a little bit weird, Lies We Tell Our Kids exposes the not-so-great generational parenting tactic of lying to your child for the greater good!

Brett Wagner is a Pittsburgh-based illustrator and filmmaker with a penchant for puns and visual anomalies. A generalist by trade, he works mostly in commercial video production, while his short narrative film All Raccoons Are Bandits has been screened internationally. When not on set, he spends most of his time with a box full of Copic markers drawing colorful creatures for himself and others.
 
Review: 
This was an interesting take on the lies that parents tell kids. I was once a kid, and I have a lot of siblings but a majority of these lies were really weird, somewhat scary and I had never heard at all. There were a handful that I recognized but most were very left-field for me.

Each lie comes with text and then a drawing of the lie. The drawings were awesome and very fun, but the lies were so strange. Who tells their kids that spiders eat people? Wouldn't that have the opposite effect of what you are trying to do?... maybe I just need a kid to understand a few of these. They might be satirical too and I just missed that - it is possible.

The illustrations gave this book an extra star for me, otherwise I was not too impressed.



 

Feb 12, 2018

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #30-31 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner


Harley Quinn (2016-) #30
Harley Quinn: Vote Harley Part III - Pollsters and Paramours

Series: Harley Quinn #30
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  October 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: Comic
Source: Bought/Own


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
"VOTE HARLEY" part three! Harley's making some pretty unsavory alliances to keep her mayoral campaign humming...including drafting some of the worst villains from her Gotham City days! How will her New York friends react to that? Can they hold their noses and vote for someone who accepts campaign contributions from the Penguin?
Review: 
In this installment Harley is trying to won back the people after her episode at the debate. How is she going to do this, more greenery of  course. I really like Harley's 'for the people' attitude and think she has good intentions, it is sad that they always get blown out of proportion. The end of this issue was a huge shock and cliffhanger.







Harley Quinn (2016-) #31Harley Quinn: Vote Harley Part IV - Exitragedy
Series: Harley Quinn #31
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  November 1, 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:
“VOTE HARLEY” part 4! It’s all come down to this: Harley and her adversary, Mayor DePerto, have trotted out every dirty trick in the book...and now it’s up to the people to decide who will lead New York City into the next decade! No matter who wins, let’s be honest with each other: it might be time to consider moving to L.A.!
Review: 
This may be the end of Haley's run for mayor but she is far from done fighting. The mayor has crossed too many lines for her to let it go, so she is on a mission to find him. The endings of these last few issues have been crazy, and this one was no exception. I was surprised and so sad for Harley.