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
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

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
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.


Review/ Star Crossed

Review/ Star CrossedStar Crossed Series: Star Gazer #1

by Jennifer Echols
Format: Paperback
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2013-02-26
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance

He said . . . She said. Publicist Wendy Mann has always competed hotly with her rival Daniel Blackstone, but this time they’re headed for a collision. Wendy’s job is on the line if she doesn’t save the image of a spoiled young starlet who’s posting provocative pictures of herself all over the Internet in a snarky attempt at revenge on her former boyfriend. Daniel is representing the ex, a onetime teen heartthrob who never grew up. With the feuding Hollywood pair scheduled to appear on the same Las Vegas awards show, Daniel and Wendy are determined to do whatever it takes to defend their own clients. Unfortunately, the chemistry between Wendy and Daniel is even more explosive than that of their Hollywood stars. L-O-V-E was always a four-letter word for these two ultra-competitors; they never counted on the scorching heat that erupts between them. But Wendy’s high-gloss exterior hides a dark past—one that’s lurking behind the bright Vegas lights. Their careers are on the line, and so is Wendy’s life. . . .

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Jennifer Echols is another author that I have been meaning to read and just never did. I am pretty sure I have quite a few of her books sitting in my TBR pile.
After reading Star Crossed I must admit that I think I need to push some of those books up on my tbr list.
Star Crossed is written in points of view of the two main characters Wendy and Daniel.
Wendy is a very blunt person and tells it like it is. She is very vocal and is no holds barred when it comes to her. Wendy has that dream job that I am sure a few people would love to have. She is a publicist to the stars and she is good at her job. For over six years she has taken on each client head on and saves them from public disasters. She manages to safe their careers and keep their image in tact. Finally one client is about to be the death of her and manages to almost get herself fired, with some quick thinking Wendy manages to save herself. With this save comes the consequence of having to save another client or risk losing her job. Her client is none other then Lorelei.
Lorelei is a young Hollywood starlette that is basically ruining her own career with posting inappopriate pictures of herself and body parts online and publicly trashing her ex. I have to say that Lorelei reminded me of Lindsey and Brittney in so many ways. I wonder if thats who inspired Jennifer?
Wendy has to fly out to Las Vegas to meet up with her client. Its there that she bumps into Daniel. Daniel is someone from Wendy’s past and to this day she still dislikes him because he took away an award she was set to get. You can instantly feel the connection that is there. To make matters worse Daniel is representing Lorelei’s ex, Colton. He is hoping to bring Colton down and get him to act his age.
The difference between the two of them is that Wendy loves her job and Daniel doesn’t. The only reason he is doing this is because his father owns the company and he is hoping to get control of it.
I really enjoyed the book and I thought there was enough drama and suspense (a stalker is after Wendy but why?) that kept me reading to find out what would happen. I like books like this.
Can Wendy possibly save Lorelei’s career before she destorys it? Will Daniel be able to safe Colton and help him to act is age? Will Wendy and Daniel put thier differences aside and realize they were meant to be together?
I really enjoyed reading Star Crossed so I am excited to see where this story line will go in Playing Dirty. Have you read the book? What did you think?

(Review) The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Title: The Lover’s Dictionary
Author: David Levithan
Pub Date: January 2011
Pages: 240

Source: I borrowed this book from my local library.

Publisher Comments:
A sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries

basis, n.

There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

If the moment doesn’t pass, thats it you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes its even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lovers face.

How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithans The Lovers Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

For some reason I thought this book came out sooner then it was. I guess thats one of the things about being a book blogger is getting to read and review before the book comes out which wasn’t my case because I have been eyeing it since I first heard about it and I was actualy waiting for it to come out in paperback (January 2012).

If you are a YA reader you already know who David Levithan is, but if this is your first time hearing about him, he is a famous (must read) YA author that has written some great books such as Will Grayson,Will Grayson and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. Both books I have sitting on my TBR shelf. This is David’s first adult book.

This is actually my very first book I have read by David (yea I know) and I enjoyed it. This was a super quick read and was written in the format of words like in a dictionary and the “definitions” are either a single sentence or a paragraph of the situation that the narrator feels that goes with the word.

The book is about the narrator meeting a person (both are unnamed and non gender specified) who they have met through a online dating services (Did you know that 1 out of 5 people have used a online dating service?). As in any typical relationship couples hit rough spots and this is covered in the book but as you read you wonder if they will stay together or break up.

There was so many entries that he wrote about the I could relate to and I am sure many people could to. I even have to say some of the entries are funny and though provoking.

This was a nice read and break from my regular reading. So if you are looking for a quick read or something to break up your regular reading then this is the book for you.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

autonomy, n.
“I want my books to have their own shelves,” you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.

deciduous, adj.
I couldn’t believe one person could own so many shoes, and still buy new ones every year.

tenet, n.
At the end of a French movie, the lover sings, “Love me less, but love me for a log time.”

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(Review) Alfred Zector, Book Collector

TITLE: Alfred Zector, Book Collector
AUTHOR: Kelly DiPucchio
ILLUSTRATOR:Macky Pamintuan
PUB DATE: April 2010
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
PAGES: 32 Hardcover Kids book

SOURCE: I actually borrowed this book from the library on a recent visit.

In his warm, weathered house, stuffed in crannies and nooks, were heaps, rows, and stacks of beloved bound books.

The only thing that brings Alfred Zector joy is collecting books. And so he sets out on a mission to collect every last one, until his home on the hill is stretched at the seams with books big and small. But what happens when the rest of the townspeople have nothing left to read? In this clever rhyming story, Alfred Zector discovers what it means to find true joy in a good book.

This book called out to me one day on a recent visit to my local library. I think all us book lovers really need to read this one as its something that we can all relate to.

The story is about a boy named Alfred Zector who is a book collector and he has books all over his house (like we all know we do as I can relate to this) in every nook and cranny. He was a shy boy that was always trying to fit in but never could. He found comfort and companionship in books.

As he grew older so did his piles of books (like us). With spacing running out he was starting to put books in his cupboards, fridge etc. Alfred thought that he would be happy after one more book but he wasn’t he needed more. Sound familiar?

His obession with books grew and grew but he was still never happy and he resorted to trading his shiny bike for a book because he had taken all the books that the town had. He was happy he had all the books but wasn’t really happy and decided that he must read them all and that he did. What he didn’t realize was that the town was uphappy.

When he finally read all the books in his house. He sat back to think. He was a tired old man now and was housebond. He realized that his once joyful life was now filled with doom and that basically the books were the death of him and felt that there was something missing from his life. So being housebond and blocked in from his books his only way out was by the chimney. It was then that it hit him about what was missing.

My favorite quote in the book was:

“The best kinds of books are the books that are shared.”

I have to agree with that quote and I can honestly say I do share my books and pass them on. I have to say that I think I am like Alfred with his way of thinking about just getting that one more book but that never ends with just one more right?

Looking around I don’t think my house is like his but I do have full to capacity book cases and piles of books and I should stop buying because at this rate I will never get to read them all in my life time but I just can’t help myself.

Don’t forget to check out the author and illustrator’s websites.
Kelly DiPucchio’s website
Macky Pamintuan’s website

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Wicked Lovely Review

TITLE: Wicked Lovely Desert Tales Sanctuary Vol 1
AUTHOR: Melissa Marr
PUB DATE: April 2009
PUBLISHE: Harper Collins
PAGES: 176
SOURCE: Library Books

This first volume in a manga trilogy features characters from the novel Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007).

Discover Melissa Marr’s mesmerizing world of Faerie . . .

The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that’s how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from.

But change is coming, challenging Rika’s freedom and her new romance, as her past pursues her, even into the heart of the desert. . . . (HarperCollins website)

I have heard of Melissa Marr but have never read any of her books. She is the author of the Wicked Lovely series.

I thought that this would be a great introduction to reading her work but I quickly realized that I really should read the Wicked Lovely series because for some reason I felt lost. Perhaps its knowing that the mangas are based on the books.

I loved the illustrations in the book. They were very well done thanks to Xian Nu Studio.

If you have read the Wicked Lovely series then I am sure you will love this book.

Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Volume 2: Challenge is already out and in the stores.

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