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Aquicorn Cove REVIEW

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Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

Published October 16th 2018

Genre: Graphic novel, Fantasy

Pages: 96

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.

This book is about a little girl, Lana, who travels to her aunt’s village to help rebuild after a big storm. Her mother died in the ocean but never wanted Lana to fear it. While the girl walks on the beach, she finds a small creature, a baby aquicorn, and decides to take care of it.

I had never read anything by this author but I had heard of her. When I saw this book on Netgalley, I decided to give it a try, see what it was all about. I’m glad I did it.

The story was short but it mentioned some important effects over-fishing has on the marine ecosystems. The characters and the art style were cute and simple but conveyed the message well.

I loved this graphic novel and will check out more of this author’s books.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Queen of the Sea REVIEW

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Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Published June 25 2019

Genre: Graphic novel, Middle grade, Historical fiction

Pages: 400

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself.

Margaret has been living with nuns in a remote island since she became an orphan. Nothing really exciting happens on a day-to-day basis until, one day, a mysterious stranger arrives.

I have to start by saying that the art of this book is absolutely beautiful. The way it is painted is also aesthetically pleasing but, sadly, that’s the only thing I enjoyed in the book.

The characters did not captivate me nor did their story. However, unlike other books I’ve read or DNF’d, I recognize that this graphic novel has potential and could be really appreciated by certain people. It could be ideal for a younger audience but not for me.

The reason I was so not captivated by this story was probably because it didn’t develop as quickly as I would have liked. In the beginning of the novel, there’s almost a list of characters with their names and what they do, which I usually don’t like in books. This one was no exception. It bored me and I had to skip most of it. When I finally got to the beginning of the story, I was already saturated. Because, as I said before, it did not develop quickly, I lost interest. The characters also were nothing out of the ordinary, which was disappointing.

When reading this book became a chore, I knew it was time to give up and DNF it.

Rating: 2 stars

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Submerged Vol. 1 REVIEW

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Submerged by Vita Ayala

Published February 12th 2019

Genre: Graphic novel, fantasy

Pages: 144

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

On the night of the biggest storm in New York City history, Elysia Puente gets a call from her estranged little brother Angel, terrified, begging for help. When the call cuts out suddenly, despite the bad feelings between them, Ellie rushes into the night. Finding his broken phone in front of a barricaded subway station, Ellie follows echoes of her brother into the sinister darkness of the underground, desperate to find him before it’s too late.

When Elysia receives a call from her brother, Angel, asking for help, she runs through New York looking for him. She finds a broken phone in the subway station entrance and starts her journey underground.

The characters of this graphic novel were interesting. Even though I didn’t care for Angel, I liked Elysia.

The story was gripping, even though it wasn’t overly complex.

Overall, I enjoyed it.

Rating: 4 stars

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10 books I want to read during the Summer

Today, I’m bringing you the list of the 10 books I want to read in the coming months. It’s a pretty ambitious list and I don’t think I’ll get to all of them but I hope I can read at least 5 or 6.

  1. Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley – I’ve already started this one a while ago but got distracted with other books and ended up leaving this one unfinished. However, I want to read it because the story has a lot of potential and I was really enjoying it.
  2. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – this one is a tough one. I’ve started it over a month ago but haven’t had the courage to officially drop it because, even though the story moves extremely slowly, I’m invested in the characters and am genuinely interested in what will happen next.
  3. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin – this is a bit of a spoiler but I’m going to be part of The Escape Room blog tour and want to read it as soon as possible. It honestly sounds super interesting and I can’t wait to pick it up.
  4. The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck – this is one of the books I’ve had on my shelf for the longest time and I’m finally picking it up. I’ve heard mixed things about it so I hope I’ll enjoy it.
  5. Space Magicians edited by Alan H. Norton – I’ve been very interested in reading some old science fiction books (recommend me stuff in the comments!) and this one seems to be a good way to discover some new-to-me authors. Maybe it’ll make me pick up some of their books, who knows?
  6. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – I’ve been meaning to pick this one up for a while and, when my local library finally got it, I got it. My sister will read it before me so I still have some time to read other books on the list before I pick this one up but I’m excited
  7. Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith – I received this book as a gift and have been dying to read it ever since. It focuses on octopuses (which I love) and how they developed their intelligence. I’ve already read some pages and I’m hooked
  8. Monster Vol. 2 (Perfect Edition) by Naoki Urasawa – this manga has been recommended to me a million times. Last year, I read the first volume and absolutely loved it so my sister lend me her copy of the second one. It’s on my nightstand already, I just need to pick it up and finally read it.
  9. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – this book was also a gift and I was so happy when I got it! However, it got buried under other newer books and I kind of forgot about it… until, the other day, my friend asked me if I had enjoyed it. Even though it is on the bottom of the list, this one is a priority!
  10. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – I was so happy when I got the arc for this one! But, at the time, I didn’t have any opportunity to read it and it got pushed down the TBR list. However, that changes today!

Do you have any books you really want to read during the summer? Let me know!

Wrap up

June Wrap up

This was a pretty good reading month for me, I got to read some great books! Let’s start:

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I started off the month by reading The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. In this book, Vanessa is obsessed with her ex-husband and new fiancée. It was a disappointment. I was expecting it to be full of twists but it was just boring. I had to force myself to read it and ended up dropping it halfway through.

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After that, I started reading Axed on Webtoon. It revolves around a girl who, after years of training to be a monster slayer, struggles to find a job. It focuses more on comedy than on a linear story so, if you want to read something silly, check it out.

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Then, I read Aurora by Felipe Folgosi. This is a Portuguese graphic novel about a man who, after being in contact with a radioactive storm, gains superpowers. It was not a mind-blowing graphic novel but it was okay.

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After that, I read The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace. This is a poetry collection about the author’s life and I loved it. I was not expecting to enjoy it so much, to be honest. In this book, I discovered that I really like the way Lovelace writes poetry and will surely check out her other books.

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Then, I read Lore Olympus on Webtoon. This webtoon focuses on Hades and Persephone’s love story. It is drawn in a very unique way and is an interesting take on Greek Mythology.

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After that, I read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This is the second book of the Robert Langdon series and is set on year after Angels and Demons. In this book, the Louvre curator, Jacques Sauniére is murdered while Langdon is in Paris. His body is covered in symbols and Langdon has to discover who killed him and why before it is too late. As in Angels and Demons, Langdon has to use his extensive knowledge of symbols to uncover a secret that will tear Christianity apart. As I already expected, I enjoyed this book. Most of you probably have already read it but, if you haven’t, consider checking out the series!

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The last book I read was The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie. This book is set in a small town where somebody has been sending anonymous letters to everybody living in it. The letters are horribly written and full of lies but considered harmless, until somebody apparently commits suicide after reading one of them. I really liked this book. Agatha Christie is already established as one of my favorite writers so reading The Moving Finger was a delight. I recommend it.

And that’s it! My June wrap up! I have written reviews for all of these books (except for Aurora because it hasn’t been translated into English yet) so, if you want to know more, don’t forget to check them out once I finally post them.

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June Book Haul

This month got a little out of hand, there were a lot of book fairs and book discounts and I took advantage of them! The books I ended up buying were:

  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  • King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
  • Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • What I Couldn’t Tell You by Faye Bird
  • Hunters of the Red Moon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club
  • The D’Arblay Mystery by Austin Freeman
  • The Seacoast of Bohemia by Nicolas Freeling
  • And Then There Were None, Elephants Can Remember, The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, They Came to Baghdad, Murder in Mesopotamia and The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  • Eagles of War by Ben Kane
  • Close to Home by Lisa Jackson
  • The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Which books did you buy this month? Have you already read any of them?

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Laerka REVIEW

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Laerka by Laura Matthias Bendloy

Published November 25th 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary

Pages: 275

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Laerka is a Southern Gothic tale of rescue. It features a group of teenagers and a Russian crime ring that sells girls to night clubs in Savannah, Georgia. One particular victim, Laerka, is a Danish girl who transforms into a mermaid when in water. Her pursuer, the crime boss, changes into a “Vodyanoy” dragon when he is on the hunt. Stella Delaney finds the first victim of the crime ring floating face down in the marsh. Can she save Learka from this same fate? Is she in danger, herself? And could Laerka be a crook herself? She and the traffickers share the same prison tattoo. So who, in this forbidding landscape, can be trusted?

While working, Stella sees a woman jumping out of a ship container. She asks everyone around her but nobody seemed to see it. After that, she looks for the woman in the marsh and, when she finds Laerka, she also finds a beautiful dress which she believes to be from a mermaid.

The characters were nothing out of the ordinary. There was Stella, the main character, who knew how to drive boats, her bitchy younger sister, controlling mother, relaxed father and the mysterious Laerka. There are, of course, more characters but they’re easily forgettable.

The story was also confusing, the author was really descriptive in some parts, being completely vague in others. A lot was left to explain like the corpse Stella found in the beginning of the novel, who was it? What happened? It was never explained. Also, the mermaids. Where they really mermaids? It wasn’t clear to me. The book, even though it was about dangerous Russian criminals, didn’t have much action.

I don’t recommend this book. I had to force myself to read it and the only way I was able to finish it was by skimming the last chapters.

Rating: 2 stars