Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: But Then I Came Back

"Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by ;Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating."


My choice for this week is But Then I Came Back (This Raging Light #2) by Estelle Laure
Expected Publication Date: April 4th, 2017


 

Goodreads Summary

Eden Jones, a 17-year-old girl, feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed?


Why I'm so excited about this book?


I read This Raging Light in January and I absolutely adored the story! It was such a good book to read, although quite depressing, too. I was very lucky to get a copy from NetGalley so that I didn't have to wait until April to finally read how the story went on. And I really loved it! This book makes for such a good read and I can only recommend it to you all! Also, how lovely are those two covers? I can't quite decide which one I like better, but I hope the paperback edition will be the blue one. I'm definitely going to get myself a copy because I adore rereading books that are this good and I want it in my possesion :p


Other books in the series



This Raging Light #1 (My Review)

I'd like to know

What's your WoW today? Don't forget to link me up to your post so I can check them out down below in the comments. :)

Monday, 13 March 2017

Comic Reviews: Wonder Woman (Her Greatest Battles) & WW (The Lies)

I know I know I know. I'm so sorry about not posting actively all my reviews right now! I'm really swamped with the huge amount of work load I should be doing for University, which makes it very hard to focuss on actually writing reviews for all those books and comics I read. But today I've got two little reviews about one of the greatest superheroes ever! Who else could it be than Wonder Woman? Hope you'll enjoy!

About the comic

Title: Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles
Edition: Collection of several different stories
Author: Various
Genres: Graphic Novels, DC Comics, Superheroes
Published: February 14th, 2017
Read: February 2017

My Copy

Publisher: DC Comics
Edition: Kindle
Purchase Location: NetGalley
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review


My Rating:


Goodreads Summary

The perfect companion piece to 2017’s highly anticipated film Wonder Woman is here. With the powers of a god and the fighting spirit of an Amazon, Wonder Woman is Earth’s fiercest defender. On Themyscira, Diana was trained from birth to be a warrior. Her skills in battle are unmatched, as are her bullet-stopping bracelets and Lasso of Truth. Now, relive her greatest triumphs! In these stories from such top-tier comics talents as Greg Rucka, George Pérez, John Byrne, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang and Gail Simone, the Amazing Amazon must use every ounce of her strength and steel to bring down gods, monsters and—when mind-controlling villains take control—even her friends. (Collecting WONDER WOMAN #6, #119, #210, #219; WONDER WOMAN #41; JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART THREE #3; WONDER WOMAN #23.)


My Review


Such a fun collection of so many great different fights with Wonder Woman. Seeing her battle so many different foes in just one collection really made me want to read more and more. I will definitely have to try to check out some of the older stories because I got very curious about some of these fights.

Reading about Diana fighting against Superman (and nearly killing each other) or her fighting next to Power Girl against evil children amongst many other different stories showed me quite a few things I didn’t know about Wonder Woman yet. I haven’t read a lot of her stories yet, sadly (I actually only really started with the Rebirth series) so there’s so much still for me to discover and this served as some kind of guide to where I should pick up some of her older stories.



About the comic

Title: Wonder Woman: The Lies
Edition: Volume 1 (Rebirth)
Author: Greg Rucka
Genres: Graphic Novels, DC Comics, Superheroes
Published: February 28th, 2017
Read: March 2017

My Copy

Publisher: DC Comics
Edition: Kindle
Purchase Location: NetGalley
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  

My Rating:


Goodreads Summary

New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman! After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth's ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman's past unravel her present! From the ashes of DC Universe: Rebirth, critically acclaimed writer Greg Rucka along with illustrator Liam Sharpunveil a tale that will forever alter the DC icon in Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies! (Collecting: Wonder Woman 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, Rebirth)


My Review


Wonder Woman is probably one of the greatest heroes ever. She’s also one of the first I ever knew. Next to Superman and Batman she belongs to the Big Three. I didn’t hesitate to pick this copy up! I’ve actually read it in singles when I got them from my local bookstore, but I also got a digital copy via NetGalley and I loved rereading it!

The art is so beautiful and Liam Sharp did an amazing job! This isn’t the first story I’ve read written by Greck Rucka and once again he made me a very happy reader. :)

This is my first time getting to know Cheetah (as I’ve only read about her character passively in the past) and to find out how intertwined her story with Diana is, was really interesting. I’m a big Steve and Diana fan and I can’t wait to find out how it continues (as I’ve said above: I’ve got the Wonder Woman Rebirth series on my Pull list (basically my local comic bookstore just orders the series for me and puts my issues on the side until I can go and collect them) and I need to pick up reading them again, because I’ve fallen quite behind because of Uni).

And I must mention: I was so confused at the beginning because the single issues skipped this story every other issue so that another story could be told in parallel. My review of that story will be up when the next collecting-volume gets published.


I'd like to know

Do you read Graphic Novels or comics in general? If so, what do you like to read? Have you read any Wonder Woman stories? Or have you read any other Rebirth series? I would LOVE to talk to you more about comics in the comments! :)


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Wrap Up

Hey there, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted something and I’m sorry about that! I’ve been really busy lately and University started last week again. Also I was sick last week, too, which made it impossible for me to even think about blogging. So here I am back with my punctually monthly wrap up!

I’m really happy with what I managed to read this month, especially in the first two weeks. I got the possibility to read some great books and comics! (And I might have gained an obsession with NetGalley in the process…) I didn’t manage to read all the comics and books I got yet, because as said above: Uni started again. Also known as: the-no-fun-and-no-free-time-to-read-season. Well, it’s certain that I need to get my time management in place because I’ve still got so many reviews to share with you guys and I really want to get to them! Please have a little patience with me :0

I’m nearly done with my Goodreads Challenge and I think I’m going to up the amount of books I’d like to read a little, because a lot of slots are filled with all the Graphic Novels I’m reading / have read. It’s kind of not fair to all my other lovely books waiting to be read, but I just can’t stop reading comics, they’re so great! And I’ve got soooooo many to read, still :3 Oh that reminds me: I finished one of my personal goals for this year already! See below.

Also I’ve seen a lot of great movies this month that I’d love to share my opinions with you and I’m going to watch Logan tonight!!!! I’m really excited about this film! Hmmm what else have I been up to this month? Probably waaayy more than I could tell you here, so I’m just gonna stop babbling and continue with the usual ;)

BOOKS READ


   

1. The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan 4.5
2. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen 4.5
3. But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
4. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik 4.5

COMICS READ


   
1. Harley Quinn Vol 1
2. Superman Vol 1
3. Wonder Woman Her Greatest Battles
4. Superman Action Comics Vol 1

  
5. Ms. Marvel Vol 2
6. Captain Marvel Vol 2
7. Captain Marvel Vol 3

2017 READING CHALLENGES UPDATE


Read 5 Books from my TBR Pile
Progress: 2/5 (40 %)

Read 10 new Comics (TPB)
Progress: 12/10 (120 %)

Flights of Fantasy
Progress: 3/10 (30%)

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Progress: 7/26 (28%)

Blog Recap


In case you missed it here's a recap of this month's posts and Reviews.

❥ I reviewed the super cute story Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café - Spring Beginnings by Georgia Hill

❥ I read and reviewed my first Green Lanterns Comic (Rebirth Volume 1)

❥ I reviewed The Adventures of Technicality Man by Jessica Meats

❥ I picked Always and Forever, Lara Jean as my Waiting on Wednesday

❥ I reviewed Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

❥ I made a double review of Batman (Rise of Batmen) & Nightwing (Better Than Batman)

❥ I shared my Comic Haul for Stacking the Shelves

❥ I reviewed Scooby Apocalypse Volume 1

❥ And I finally shared my reviews of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Carry Onby Sarah J. Maas and Rainbow Rowell with you

CURRENTLY WATCHING


    

These are my favourite shows in February. Luckily I’m on the latest episodes of all of them except Agents of Shield (which I started the day before Uni started, what a great idea right? I kind of didn’t keep up with the fourth season, I really don’t know why, but now I’m totally hooked again and still need to catch up some episodes). Riverdale is SO GOOD! Supergirl is exciting because I’m a huge Mon El and Kara fan. The 100 is great, but I’m really going to be upset if I don’t finally get my Bellarke happy ending this season! And I just started Legion which is still a little weird to me, but I like the concept.

I’m kind of scared of The Vampire Diaries series finale on Friday because I really don’t want any loose ends, but I don’t want it to stop either! I’m behind 2 episodes so I’m probably going to “binge-watch” it this weekend. I can’t believe it’s all going to be over :0 Oh and yes: I'm TEAM STEFAN for life! But I still hope that Caroline somehow ends up on The Originals (if you know what I mean) ;)) By the way: That's another series I still have to catch up on an entire season... :0

I'd like to know

So what was your February like? What did you read? Where did you go? What did you experience? Who did you meet? Are you already in total anxiety and denial from your soon-to-come exams? Tell me all in the comments!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mini Book Reviews: ACOTAR & Carry On

Once upon a time it was December in 2016. I finished two books and didn't even manage to review them. So I decided to share those reviews with you today, here and now. These are a little shorter versions of my usual reviews and don't go into the story too deep because I don't have all too much time right now, but I'd love to talk about these books anyways because they're AWESOME! :)





About the book

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, High Fantasy
Published: May 5th, 2015
Read: December 2016

My Copy

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Cover: Paperback
Purchase Location: Kinokuniya Singapore


My Rating:

Goodreads Summary

Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price... Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor's body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre's feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she's been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.


My Review


I felt kind of forced to read this book because EVERYBODY was talking about it. Well, I don’t mind really, reading books that are hyped about, because I usually love them (yeah, I know, I’m too mainstream. I usually like every single book I pick up, but seriously, I wouldn’t pick up a book if I didn’t think I’d like it so that solves that kind of problem, right?). However, I didn’t feel as flabbergasted or senselessly in love with the story as everybody else seemed to be...

Don’t get me wrong! I enjoyed reading the book and I think it makes for a good story. I think the main reason I didn’t like this book all too much is my own fault. It took me two and a half months to finish it and that just took a lot of patience out of me. I guess I shouldn’t have started it at the beginning of my first semester at Uni. I still felt this book deserved a four star rating from me, though.

The story was actually pretty interesting (it’s been a long time since I’ve read a fantasy book which such an imaginative world, and I really want to read these kind of fantasy books more often) and there were a lot plot twists and turns. I really liked the characters and feel like Sarah J. Maas did a really great job in creating this new fantasy-place.

Maybe the story felt a little too slow-paced for me, and there are definitely chapters that could have been shortened a lot in my opinion, but I liked Sarah’s writing style a lot! This is my first book of hers and I’m definitely going to continue the series and even start the Throne of Glass series sometime.




About the book

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Lgbt, Magic
Published: October 8th, 2015
Read: December 2016

My Copy

Publisher: Macmillan
Edition: Paperback
Purchase Location: Waterstones London

  

My Rating:

Goodreads Summary

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here - it's their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words - to every 'chosen one' who ever had more on their mind than saving the world...


My Review


I can finally say it! I’ve nearly read every single book by Rainbow Rowell (there’s only My True Love Gave to Me left for me to read). I’ve loved most of them and this is definitely one of my favourites. I was skeptical at first because a lot of people disliked it because of its supposedly being a rip off of Harry Potter (and when it comes to HP I’m really overprotective). Honestly, I did not go far into that theory and didn’t research it either (so I have no clue what Rainbow’s reaction to this is). But I say: WHO CARES? Because Carry On is seriously such a cute story!

If it’s really fanfiction about Draco and Harry, then I must say: Well done. I really adored the story of the two nemesis, although we’re basically thrown into their “ending” part of the story. If you’ve read Fangirl like me, then you know that Carry On was the fan fiction Cath wrote about her favourite children books about Simon Snow. And now we got the actual story she wrote and it’s great!

There are similarities to Harry Potter, so I cannot deny that those allegations aren’t based on solid grounds, but I find it really well done. We all need some fan fiction now and then and turning it into such a great book needs a lot of talent. Carry On is definitely one of those books that I’m probably going to reread endless times, because it just makes you feel happy and be in a good mood and is a perfect read for a rainy day!

I'd like to know

Does anybody know if Rainbow is planning on bringing out a new book sometime soon? I need new reading material from her and I just want to cuddle up with a new fantastic story written by her. Also, let me know how YOU felt about these books! I'd love to talk more about them with you :)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Comic Review: Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1


About the comic

Title: Scooby Apocalypse
Edition: Volume 1
Author: Keith Giffen
Genres: Graphic Novels, DC Comics, Apocalypse
Published: February 7th, 2017
Read: January 2017

My Copy

Publisher: DC Comics
Edition: Kindle
Purchase Location: NetGalley
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review



My Rating:


Goodreads Summary

Fred. Daphne. Velma. Shaggy. Scooby-Doo. Roaming the globe in their lime-green Mystery Machine, they've solved countless crimes and debunked dozens of sketchy supernatural shenanigans. But what if the horror was real? Something terrible has transformed our world, turning millions of people into mindless zombie hordes. And only five people--well, four people and one mangy mutt--have the smarts, the skills and the sheer crazy courage to stare down doomsday. Can these pesky kids and their canine companion--using every incredible contraption in their arsenal--defeat the evil that has overwhelmed planet Earth? We've got only one thing to say about that: ZOINKS! (Collecting #1-6)


My Review


As a child I used to love to watch the Scooby Doo tv series on Cartoon Network. Okay, who am I kidding, I still love to watch that series and when I find it on whilst zapping through the channels, I immediately stop and cherish whatever episode’s just running. So when I saw this new comic I just had to request it. And luckily, I got accepted.

Sadly, I didn’t quite enjoy it ass much as I’d hoped to. I guess I’m just too stuck on my favourite Monster Inc gang from the television that I’m used to. This story by Keith Giffen takes the characters I adore so much and gives them new personalities and a new story. It’s quite inventive and it was really good thought-through. But I like my versions that I’ve known for so long already of Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, Fred and Scoob a little better.


The best part of the series for me used to be the ending when the “monsters” would reveal themselves as whichever human crazy-head had a reason to haunt his victims. This story takes on real monsters instead. Some kind of zombies slash vampire monster thingies that try to eat everyone. The Monster Inc gang which doesn’t use this name, though, tries to find a way to save the world and although they’re not really friends, they save each other.

The story is fast-paced, has great artwork and has a lot of plot twists, some that I never saw coming. The Mystery Machine got a serious upgrade and Scooby Doo is revealed to be a human experiment on dogs to enhance them for military purposes. (Say whaaaat? :P)


All in all, I’d say if you love the Scooby Doo series, you should pick up this new “revival” and check it out for yourself! Everybody has their own opinions and I’m going to rewatch some episodes right now because this comic made me miss the TV series so much (in a good way!).

I'd like to know

Did you watch the Scooby Doo tv series, too? Do you have in mind picking up this comic? What's your favourite childhood cartoon series? I'd love to talk about this more with you in the comments! :))


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Stacking the Shelves #9: The Comic Haul Edition


"Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual." It's a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

On Thursday I went on a "little" haul in my local comic store. I love going there because there are always so many awesome things to see, but at the same time it's really dangerous for me because it's like a spell. I cannot leave the store without buying a lot.

I'm not going to show you the singles I got, just the big Trade Paperbacks which I've already fallen in love with! And somehow I got SO MANY e-comics from NetGalley this week too. Seriously, I nearly fell of my chair when I checked my mail and saw what I had gotten in my inbox.

I also got three totally awesome books that I'd nearly given up hope on and I think I really need to stop requesting for the moment. My blog schedule is FULL with reviews that I've only started writing bits and pieces and haven't had the time to format even a little, yet :/ So let me show you what I got! :)

The Goodies


   

1. Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King & Scott Snyder (I'm so excited about this one!)
2. Superman, Volume 1: Son Of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi (I already read this and LOVED it!)
3. Ms. Marvel, Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson (Hope this will be just as good as the first Vol.)
4. Scarlet Witch, Volume 2: World of Witchcraft by James Robinson (uhm... yeah I hope I'll like this better than the first one)

For Review


    

5. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Sinestro's Law by Robert Venditti (Hope I'll enjoy this just like the other Green Lanterns)
6. Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: The Black Vault by Rob Williams (This will be interesting I hope)
7. Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 1: Path of Doom (I'm not a big Lex fan, so I hope Superman will show him who's Boss :p)
8. Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles (The perfect comic to read before the film gets released this year I've heard)
9. Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: The Lies (Sounds intriguing!)

Other ARCs For Review


  

10. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (I just finished this two days ago and it's so great! Can't wait to share my review with you guys)
11. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik (This sounds so good!)
12. Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas (They approved this copy for me one day before its archive date. I'm so glad I got to download it in time)

Bought



13. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Let's hope I'll read this in less than two months, not like ACOTAR)

I'd like to know

What did you get this week? Have you also added some Comics or did you get some interesting ARCs? Or did you go on a big shopping spree in your local bookstore? :)

Friday, 10 February 2017

Comic Reviews: Batman (Rise of the Batmen) & Nightwing (Better Than Batman)


About the comic

Title: Batman: Rise of the Batmen
Edition: Detective Comics (Rebirth), Volume 1
Author: James Tynion IV
Genres: Graphic Novels, DC Comics, Superheroes
Published: February 7th, 2017
Read: January 2017

My Copy

Publisher: DC Comics
Edition: Kindle
Purchase Location: NetGalley
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review


My Rating:


Goodreads Summary

The Dark Knight and series co-star Batwoman team up to take new protégés Red Robin, Spoiler and the villainous Clayface under their leathery wings! The only problem is, neither new super-instructor knows exactly what they're in for as the attempt to train these wiould-be heroes before a mysterious army takes Gotham for themselves. (Collecting: Detective Comics 934-940)


My Review


With Rebirth there comes a lot of responsibility. And James Tynion IV did a wonderful job in turning that responsibility into a great new story arc. The new team Batman puts together includes a lot of awesome people (Batwoman, Spoiler, Red Robin and Orphan) and to my surprise Clay Face. Somehow it works out great.

With a lot of turning events and tension the story goes along pretty fast paced and doesn’t leave you hanging. (Except at the end of course with a major cliffhanger which I still don’t know how to handle.)

A father would do anything to keep “his little girl” save, even though she might already be a grown woman and can make choices of her own. The complex story between Kate and her dad ensures an interesting plot. A lot of great fight scenes are involved which are executed perfectly with the beautiful artwork.

I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions about this new installment in the Rebirth series, but I for one am really glad to have picked it up because it was such a great read! I’m sure a lot of people would enjoy this, too, if they’d give it a chance. The Batman family is displayed in such a great way in this new story!

I need to know how the story goes on because that cliffhanger sure wasn’t nice at all. I do not know where the Batman family stands right now or how their future looks like. I’m very excited for the next volume.



About the comic

Title: Nightwing: Better Than Batman
Edition: Volume 1 (Rebirth)
Author: Tim Seeley
Genres: Graphic Novels, DC Comics, Superheroes
Published: January 25th, 2017
Read: January 2017

My Copy

Publisher: DC Comics
Edition: Kindle
Purchase Location: NetGalley
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  

My Rating:


Goodreads Summary

He's been Robin, he's been a super spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson finds himself back in Gotham City fighting to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those closest to Dick, as Nightwing he must once again choose whether or not to tear himself away from his home in order to combat this dark force. Everything Dick thought he knew about being Nightwing will be brought to bear, and his relationship to his former mentor Batman will be put to the test in Nightwing: Volume 1, Better Than Batman! (Collecting: Nightwing 1-4, 7-8, Rebirth)


My Review


I don’t know exactly when, but somewhere along the line of me discovering more and more of the DC universe Nightwing, or better Dick Grayson, has become one of my favourites in the Batman family. I haven’t read a lot of him yet, sadly, but his charm that I got to know in the Batgirl series hasn’t left me yet. So I decided to pick up the Nightwing Rebirth series, too.

I must admit, I’ve read better stories involving him, but there’s something about this first installment in his rebirth series that I like. It’s definitely not Raptor, because that’s a character I do not understand or like at all.

The plot is a little predictable, but I like Batman’s involvement in it. Him being a big part of Dick’s life makes him so much more likeable for me, although I’ve been a big Batman fan a long time already.

This story arc tells us a lot about Dick and who he is, or who he wants to be. Batgirl (who I LOVE) has some appearances and we get to know a little about his parents, too. Which I must admit I didn’t know anything about before. As I’ve mentioned, this is my first time reading a Nightwing story on its own. But Grayson is still high on my TBR list.

I can’t wait to tell you how it continues with Nightwing because I’ve started collecting the singles and they’re awesome. The story definitely picks up after this one, and in my opinion this is a great way for newbies (like me at the beginning) to get to know Dick Grayson.


I'd like to know

Do you read Graphic Novels or comics in general? If so, what do you like to read? Are you a (secret) Nightwing fan yourself? Or have you read any other Rebirth series? I would LOVE to talk to you more about comics in the comments! :)