The Wicked + The Divine – Fandemonium (Volume #2) REVIEW

24666002The Wicked + The Divine – Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles

Published July 1st 2015

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Pages: 168

Source: Borrowed it

The second volume of the award-winning urban fantasy series where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity. Includes issues 6-11 of the series, plus supplementary material.

This volume follows the story of the first one.

I absolutely love the main character, Laura. She’s beautiful and her story is gripping. It’s amazing to get to know more about her as I read.

The other characters are pretty interesting too, Ananke being the one that intrigues me the most.

The plot of the volumes of this series is complex and rich and has me hooked from the start.

The author keeps surprising me and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Rating: 5 stars

The Wicked + The Divine – The Faust Act (Volume #1) REVIEW

Love: The Dinosaur (Love #4) REVIEW

32479652Love: The Dinosaur by Frédéric Brrémaid

Published February 7th 2017

Genre: Graphic Novel

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Life in the primordial swamps of prehistoric Earth was a daily trial of survival, especially for the smaller dinosaurs just trying to get by without being trampled, attacked, or eaten. Not even the biggest beasts were safe, as there always seemed to be an even bigger threat looming on the horizon. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.
The fourth volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

I didn’t read any of the previous volumes of Love. Each volume showcases a different story with different animals so I believe you can start reading the series by any of the volumes.

This series is known for not having any text. The plot is told entirely through the images.

Volume 4 was about dinosaurs and I loved the art. It’s a different concept, brilliantly executed. It showed the struggles of the animals living during that period and the various species that populated the Earth in a truly beautiful way.

Rating: 4 stars

Trespass (The Darkeningstone #1) REVIEW

25428934Trespass by Mikey Campling

Published April 24th 2015

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 270

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Jake never liked urban myths. But this is not an urban myth. And it did not happen to someone else, but to him. He’s set it down as best he can remember. Whether you believe it or not, is up to you.
The Darkeningstone combines gritty, edgy modern-day action with an adventure across time. Discovered over 5,000 years ago, the Darkeningstone affects everyone who finds it.
So remember this:
Somewhere, sometime, The Darkeningstone is waiting for you.
A fast-paced adventure across time, with short chapters crammed with cliff-hangers. There’s vengeance here and the threat of violence. There’s a plot you can get your teeth into and characters you can believe in.
Jake was too smart to believe the rumours about Scaderstone Pit, but now he’s in more danger than he could ever have imagined.
In 1939, as World War II looms, the lives of two men will be changed forever.
Over 5,000 years ago, a hermit will keep the stone a secret. But someone is watching him – someone with murder in his heart.
What will you see when you look into The Darkeningstone?
If you dare.

This book has three time-lines: 2010, 1939 and 3500 B. C. In these three stories, the dark stone is present.

Let’s start from the older story. The 3500 B. C. part was the only one I liked. The characters intrigued me and the plot had potential. Sadly, as I read more of that story, it just dragged and the characters lost my interest. It was the only part of the book that was making it enjoyable and, by the end, it was just bad.

The story from 1939 was short and there wasn’t a lot going on. I didn’t care for the characters and the plot was dull.

The last story was from 2010 and it was the main story of the book. The main character, Jake, was irrational and annoying. In the beginning, it didn’t bother me but, as I kept reading, he kept making stupid decisions and his part of the story became boring. It didn’t go anywhere.

As I read the book, I was always waiting for something exciting to happen. It didn’t. The book just kept going on and on, without any interesting happening.

It ended on a cliffhanger but I didn’t care.

I won’t be continuing with the series.

Rating: 2 stars

Britannia REVIEW

32478893Britannia by Peter Miligan

Published March 7th 2017

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 112

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

On the fringes of civilization, the world s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.
Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero s reign, a veteran of Rome s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia the First Detective will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.
From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (Ninjak,Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed in Valiant’s latest magnum opus.

This book is about Antonius, a roman soldier that is sent in a suicide mission, six years after being saved by the Vesta Virgins. These Virgins have great power over the roman emperor, Nero.

Rubria, the head of the Vesta Virgins, was an intriguing character. She was manipulative and was able to make Nero do whatever she wanted.

The plot was good but slow.

Britannia is an interesting take on the roman empire but I felt like it was lacking in action and character development. It showed us a bit of the roman empire’s culture and society and, between chapters, the book had texts explaining some aspects of the plot.

Because the story felt like it was being dragged, I can’t give this book a high rating.

Rating: 2 stars

Skin Deep (Legion #2) REVIEW

20886354Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Published November 30th 2014

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 208

Source: Bought it

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous…
What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at it most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent—and unpredictable—voices.

This book follows Stephen Leeds in a new mission after Legion. This time he has to discover the body of a scientist that disappeared mysteriously from the morgue.

Stephen Leeds is a brilliant main character. I love all the aspects and specially liked to see Aubrey involved in this mission. She spiked my curiosity in the last book and I was happy to see that she was going to be a part of this one. J. C., Ivy and Tobias participated in the mission, too, as they did in the first book. I love to read the aspects’ interactions and Stephen fascinated me.

Now, the plot. I preferred the plot of this second book. Because it was longer, the story had more depth and made it possible for the readers to get to know all the characters a bit better. I wished there were more books of the series but, sadly, I think this is going to be the last one.

Rating: 4 stars

The Life After Volume 1 REVIEW

24298667The Life After Volume 1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo

Published January 28th 2015

Genre: Supernatural Graphic Novel

Pages: 160

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Jude’s life is nothing special. It seems like every day is just a repeat of the last one, until one day, he meets a woman and can suddenly see into her past — revealing that he is actually in Purgatory for suicides. Now that he’s awake, he and the legendary Ernest Hemingway are on the path to change things in the afterlife for the better. Of course, that might not sit very well with the bigwigs down below or up above. Can just a few people change the course of billions of souls? 

This book is about Jude, a man that lives a very repetitive life that discovers that he was actually in a purgatory for suicides.

The characters were okay but felt plain. Jude was too simple, he didn’t do much because he didn’t know what was going on and Ernest Hemingway was there.

There were some interesting plot points but the story didn’t blow my mind like I think it was supposed to.

I’m just not going to continue on with the series.

Rating: 2 stars

Legion REVIEW

13452375Legion by Brandon Sanderson

Published August 31st 2012

Genre: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 88

Source: Bought it

Stephen Leeds, AKA ‘Legion,’ is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his ‘aspects’ are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

This book is about Stephen Leeds, a man that is capable of creating multiple hallucinations of different people. Each person has a distinctive personality and specific skills.

In Legion, Stephen accepts to help Monica find an escaped scientist and his creation, a camera that can take pictures from the past.

The characters in this book were brilliant, I loved the different characters inside Stephen’s mind.

The plot was gripping, there was a bit of mystery and action that I really enjoyed.

My only problem with Legion was that it was too short, I feel like it would have been better if it had more that 88 pages. Still, I recommend it.

Rating: 3,5 stars

The Emperor’s Soul REVIEW

13578175The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Published October 11th 2012

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 175

Source: Bought it

A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead.
Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.
Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit.

This book is about Shai, a Forger that was caught stealing. In exchange for her freedom, she accepts to forge the Emperor’s Soul.

Shai was an outstanding character. I loved her personality and loved to get to know more about her throughout the book.

This book was a fast read and I loved it. I wanted it to be longer but still recommend the book.

Even though I want to know more about Shai, I don’t think Brandon Sanderson will write more about her. Because this is set in the same world as Elantris, he might mention someone in the next Elantris novel. We’ll see.

I already read Elantris (here’s my review) but I don’t think you need to read it to understand the novel. The author only mentioned a few names that aren’t relevant to the story.

If you love fantasy books with interesting magic systems, you should try Elantris and The Emperor’s Soul.

Rating: 4,5 stars

The Castoffs Volume 1 : Mage Against the Machine REVIEW

35060663The Castoffs Volume 1 : Mage Against the Machine by MK Reed, Brian Smith, Molly Ostertag and Wyeth Yates

Published April 12th 2017

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Pages: 136

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Twenty years ago, mages fought for their survival against the Surrogate, a hive-minded robot army that consumed everything in its path. Now, a trio of young apprentice mages must cross the ruined forests to deliver a magical cure to a nearby town. But the girls couldn’t be more different. Charris, a hotheaded fighter with elemental powers, Trinh, a shy mage who can literally turn invisible, and Ursa, a healer with more power than she lets on. The three girls must learn to trust and rely on each other if they’re going to save the village!

This graphic novel is about a group of three mages that are sent in a mission. These three mages are Charris, Trihn and Ursa.

One thing I liked about this graphic novel was that the mages had different powers and personalities.

The plot was simple but enjoyable nonetheless.

The art is beautiful and I loved the character’s design.

I think The Castoffs has a unique story and I hope I can read the next volume soon.

Rating: 4 stars