Mini Reviews: Poe Dameron and A-Force

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I’m officially declaring January the month of the comic book reading binge. After I finished with DC Bombshells, I got my hot little hands on a copy of the Poe Dameron comic! If, like me, you enjoyed the character of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and want to learn more about what he got up to before the movie, this volume is a must-read. The artwork is excellent and the likeness to the actor who plays Poe (the very handsome Oscar Isaac) is very well done. And the story’s pretty great too. Poe is such a witty and affable character in the movie and that is carried through in his comic as well.

A-Force: Warzones is the other comic I picked up. Depending on your knowledge of Marvel comics lore, this might be a harder one to get into if you’re not as familiar with the players. I’ve come across a few of these awesome lady Avengers in other comics and I especially enjoyed the character of Singularity – what a sweetheart she was! I want to look into more of She-Hulk’s comics as a result, because she seemed pretty cool.

Back to you, booklovers: have you read either of these comics or any other volumes of note? Let me know! I’m always looking for recommendations.

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Review: Nine Women, One Dress

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A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her happily married boss for twenty years; now that he’s a lonely widower, she just needs the right situation to make him see her as more than the best executive assistant in Midtown Manhattan. Andrea is a private detective specializing in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and can’t figure out why her intuition tells her the guy she’s tailing is one of the good ones when she hasn’t trusted a man in years. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Georgia, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on…

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything other than YA, so when I checked Nine Women, One Dress out of the library, I knew I was in for something a little different. One part Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and one part rom com, this is a great book to pick up if you’re looking for a light and fluffy read. This story takes the reader on a roundabout journey through the many ladies who had a chance encounter with the perfect little black dress and how their lives changed because of it. We see the characters find love, find success and find themselves all because they wore the right dress at the right time.

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Waiting on Wednesday #4

It’s that time of the week again! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here is this week’s most anticipated title:

Traveler by L.E. DeLano

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Description (from Goodreads):

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

 

Release date: February 7, 2017

Why I’m waiting: a girl who dreams of other worlds, alternate realities and a romance written in the stars? SIGN ME UP because I need this in my life RIGHT NOW. Also: STEAMPUNK PIRATES.

What are you looking forward to this Wednesday?

 

Mini reviews: DC Bombshells

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I still consider myself a newbie with comics, as I’ve only been reading them for about a year and a half. In that time, I’ve managed to shamelessly neglect DC Comics so I decided to remedy that by reading these babies. DC Bombshells is a separate continuity from the rest of the DC-universe, so you don’t need much background on the characters or the plots to jump in. Bombshells re-imagines some of the most famous DC comics heroines as WWII-era pinups fighting on the front lines of the war. Wonder Woman is a major player, and we also see Supergirl, Stargirl, Harley Quinn, Batwoman, Maggie Sawyer, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Amanda Waller and several others. My knowledge of DC comics lore comes mostly from the successful TV shows in the Arrowverse: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, so I was quite pleased to see a cameo by a young Felicity Smoak, my favourite character on Arrow, in volume 2. The art style commits to the pinup aesthetic, so if you’re looking for realistic body types, this isn’t exactly the place (not that comics are really know for that to begin with.) But seeing these amazing women working together to win the war more than makes up for that. All of this is making me so excited for the release of the Wonder Woman movie!

Over to you, booklovers: have you read DC Bombshells or any other DC comics? I’m always looking for recommendations. 🙂

Review: Stars Above

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I’ll be the first one to admit I put off reading this book for a long time because I didn’t want this wonderful series to be over. I mean, I know the graphic novel is still coming out, but it all feels so FINAL *sniffle*. Okay, get a hold of yourself.

Stars Above is a wonderful companion piece to the Lunar Chronicles series. It fills in some important bits of backstory and narrative gaps while also giving us a glimpse into the future of the characters we’ve come to love over the course of the series. It’s hard to rate a book like this as a whole because it’s a short story collection and as such not all stories are created equal. It was also disjointed because some of the stories are cute and happy while some of the others are quite heartbreaking and because of that, I would recommend not reading the whole book in one go. Taking a break between some of the stories made me appreciate them more. And there were definitely some that I enjoyed more than others. If I had to rank the stories from favourite to least favourite, my ranking would look something like this.

  1. Something Old, Something New
  2. Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky
  3. Glitches
  4. As Sunshine Passes By
  5. The Princess and the Guard
  6. The Mechanic
  7. The Keeper
  8. The Little Android
  9. The Queen’s Army

But overall Stars Above is a must-read for those diehard Lunar Chronicles fans and a solid 4-star book from me.

 

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Time for your weekly dose of book anticipation! Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:

Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 – Marissa Meyer

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Description (from Goodreads):

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

Release date: January 31, 2017

Why I’m waiting: I’m a hardcore Lunar Chronicles fan and I’m really looking forward to seeing my favourite android Iko get a piece of the action! Iko is the most adorable android I’ve ever encountered and when I was reading the earlier books in the series, I kept wishing I had a friend like her. The graphic novel format is a departure from the previous books, but I think it will be a good fit for Iko’s action-packed adventures. I’ve started to read a lot more comics in the last year and a half, so I’m really excited for this.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Welcome back to my second Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here’s today’s pick:

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

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Description (from Goodreads):

A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

Release Date: January 17, 2017

Why I’m Waiting: it’s Pride and Prejudice with dragons, you guys. I never knew I needed this until I saw the synopsis. I love all things Austen and all things dragon, so this one’s right up my alley. I’m very interested to see how the author balances the original story with this new fantastical setting. It will also be interesting to see how some of the other characters from the original novel play in, or if they show up at all. How would Lydia Bennet react to dragons? How would LADY CATHERINE react to dragons? What about Mr. Collins?! I need to know these things!

What are you waiting on this lovely Wednesday?