Review/ Courtney Crumrin Tales of a Warlock Vol. 7

Review/ Courtney Crumrin Tales of a Warlock Vol. 7Courtney Crumrin Tales of a Warlock Series: Courtney Crumrin Volume 7
by Ted Naifeh
Format: Hardcover
Published by Oni Press on March 18th 2015
Pages: 128
Source: Book From Library
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, General, Young Adult

At long last, Courtney Crumrin Tales returns... in full color! Though the Witches and Warlocks of Hillsborough keep to themselves under Ravenna’s Law, there are outliers who are a danger to others. The Anti-Sorcery Society, headed by mortal Horace Crisp, seeks to destroy these individuals, and Aloysius Crumrin, an eager young man, offers his assistance–keeping his magical ancestry to himself, of course. But he doesn't count on Alice Crisp, Horace’s tenacious daughter, accompanying him on missions, or on trusting her with his secret… or on falling in love. Which proves more dangerous than anything when Horace becomes his enemy…

Review/ Courtney Crumrin The Final Spell Vol.6

Review/ Courtney Crumrin The Final Spell Vol.6Courtney Crumin The Final Spell Series: Courtney Crumrin #6
Format: Hardcover
Published by Oni Press on August 20, 2014
Pages: 152
Source: Book From Library

On the run from the Coven with her former teacher Calpurnia, Courtney Crumrin is quickly learning just how sinister the witches and warlocks of Hillsborough can be - but she never thought she'd see the day when Uncle Aloysius turned on her as well. It's a lot harder to fight a battle when the only family you care about is against you, and Courtney's only salvation may lie in the Twilight Kingdom - and away from the mortal world. But Aloysius won't give up his niece so easily, even if he has to fight the night creatures to do it!

Originally this was suppose to be the final book in the Courtney Crumrin series but I see they did another volume which I am just about to read.

Like the previous books it picks right up where volume 5 ended which I think is really nice. I am sure they could have combined all the comics into one volume or even two but that is just my opinion.

This will be basically a mini review because I don’t want to give to much away. This was a quick read and I really enjoyed this one. Its nice to see how much Courtney has grown from the first volume. She is a cute and spunky girl who takes nothing from no one.

Courtney is reunited with her former teacher Calpurnia and they are on the run from the Coven. It seems like everyone has turned on Courtney even her uncle. It appears like Courtney knows too much and they are trying to get to her and make her forget everything she knows but will she allow that?

In this volume Courtney dominates and lets nothing stand in her way.

This was a fast pace read.


Review/ Courtney Crumrin The Witch Next Door Vol 5

Review/ Courtney Crumrin The Witch Next Door Vol 5Courtney Crumrin, Volume 5: The Witch Next Door Series: Courtney Crumrin #5
by Ted Naifeh
Format: Hardcover
Published by Oni Press on May 14th 2014
Pages: 148
Source: Book From Library
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, General, Young Adult

The first five issues of the full-color Courtney Crumrin comic series are collected for the first time in a special hardcover edition! Holly Hart is new to Hillsborough and witchcraft. When her family moves in next to Courtney, the two girls quickly become friends. But as Courtney watches Holly making the same mistakes she once made, she begins to have second thoughts about teaching the girl magic. And when Holly sees the aftermath of the other children's

One of the good things about getting back into the library is being able to catch up on some graphic novels that I discovered last summer and imagine my surprise when I discovered that the next three volumes of Courtney Crumrin  were out. I quickly borrowed them because I wanted to catch up.

The Witch Next Door is volume 5 and they are super quick reads. It picks right up from where volume 4 left off which is really nice.

In this graphic novel a new girl (Holly) moves in and its right across from Courtney’s uncle’s house. Courtney is thrilled to finally have a friend and things are going really good until magic steps in between their friendship. Courtney and Holly get along so well because they both are deemed as outcast and appear to be exactly alike in manner and style of clothing. I think Holly is thrilled to finally have found a friend.

I don’t want to say much more about the book because I can literally give it away. Its a really good read and if your a fan of dark graphic novels then I have to recommend this. It was nice to see how much Courtney has grown emotionally, mentally and magically.


Reading Challenge/ 2015 Library Reading Challenge



When it comes to reading challenges I admit I completely suck at them so I rarely ever sign up to do them. I think its that I set my goals to high and then when I realize I am not making progress I bail on them.

That was until I discovered (the totally awesome and amazing) Sheila from Book Journey writing about a new reading challenge that she was going to be starting January 1. 2015.  Basically with this reading challenge you are suppose to go to your local library and borrow books from them.

So I am going to Go Pro with 28+ books for this challenge.

I actually might read the books that Michael brings home from the school library in the new year and if I am able I will try to make it to his school to volunteer for my alotted library day and then I can borrow books from there 🙂

Personally for me I usually don’t take advantage of our local libraries until the summer when we take part in the summer reading challenge and thats because we are usually at the library several times a week then. If I borrow other times of the year I have the bad habit of forgetting the book and ending up with late fees.

I have to admit that I think we have one of the best libraries in out city because you can borrow all kinds of books (you name it they probably have it or can get it), dvds (all kinds as well), cds (music, languages, audio books etc), magazines (all kinds), toys, posters, video games, computer games and board games.

Throughout the year they have various authors coming in, book clubs, courses, story time for the kids, various activities as well. Since we do hockey in the winter we aren’t able to take part but once the summer comes we are completely immersed in our library doing various activities that are planned as part of the summer reading program.

During the summer I am sure we borrow a ton of books I wish I could say exactly how many we take out over the course of the summer but its hard to say because I know we always come home with a bag full of books each and every time we go to the library and thats okay.

Over the course of the summer I always make it a point to borrow the books that are on my wishlist that I have been meaning to read, or books that I heard about but not sure about.

For me as a book blogger its always key to stay on top of things but you know what every now and then we need to mix it up a bit and also its expensive buying books all the time and this challenge fits in perfectly for me because in 2015 I really need to curb my book buying since I might be going to BEA and I am running out of space to put all my books.

Do you plan on signing up? What do you plan on borrowing from the library?

In 2015, I plan on doing a weekly library haul and perhaps choosing a certain day in the week to do mini reviews on the books we have read from the library.

If this interest you be sure to check out Book Journey (this link will take you directly to the info page of this challenge)