Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom REVIEW

36580712Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely

Published April 24th 2018

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Source: Netgalley – in Exchange for na honest review

A hilarious story of a diverse group of young sleuths who band together to solve a murder mystery while at a weight-loss camp.

Deep in the Oregon wilderness sits Camp Bloom, a weight-loss camp where “overweight” teens can “get in shape.” Jesse would rather be anywhere else, but her parents are forcing her to go. Noah isn’t sure if he wants to be there, but it’s too late to turn back. Tony is heartbroken at the thought of giving up his phone and internet. And Kate…well, she likes the hikes, at least. As far as these four teens are concerned, it’s just another boring summer.

Until one night, when Jesse and Noah witness a beloved counselor’s murder. The body’s gone by the next morning, but a blurry photo leads to one clue—the murderer is one of the camp’s staff members!

But which one? As Jesse, Noah, Kate, and Tony investigate, they quickly discover that everyone’s got their secrets…and one of them would kill to keep theirs hidden.

In this book, one of the counselors of Camp Bloom is murdered. A group of teenagers, then, decide to investigate his death.

The art of the book is really cute, I liked it.

The characters had depth, everyone had to deal with their own problems.

The story was captivating and I ended up reading the graphic novel in one sitting because of it.

Even though it dealt with murder, this book was really fun to read and I recommend it to anyone that wants a light yet thrilling read.

Rating: 5 stars

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The Blood (Monstress Volume 2) REVIEW

33540347The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu, and Sana Takeda

Published  July 11th 2017

Genre: Fantasy, graphic novel

Pages: 152

Source: Birthday gift

Maika Halfwolf is on the run from a coalition of forces determined to control or destroy the powerful Monstrum that lives beneath her skin. But Maika still has a mission of her own: to discover the secrets of her late mother, Moriko.

In this second volume of Monstress, collecting issues 7-12, Maika’s quest takes her to the pirate-controlled city of Thyria and across the sea to the mysterious Isle of Bones. It is a journey that will force Maika to reevaluate her past, present, and future, and contemplate whether there’s anyone, or anything, she can truly trust–including her own body.

This book is about Maika Halfwolf, a human-looking arcanic. In this volume, Maika, Kippa, and Ren travel to Thyria to uncover the truth about Maika’s mother, Moriko.

The characters of this book were outstanding, as expected. There were introduced new characters, such as Seizi, Maika’s godessfather, which kept the plot flowing. I really liked Seizi and hope to see more of him in the future. Maika’s still a strong protagonist, who fits the story perfectly. In this volume, we also got to know more about Kippa, and Ren, Maika’s companions. I continue to love them, like I did on the first volume.

The plot was captivating. The author managed to combine a story with Maika and Moriko’s past, which allowed the reader to get to know more about them, even though it wasn’t all about them. With the new characters also came new back-stories and new connections.

I absolutely loved this graphic novel and I recommend it.

 

Jane Eyre REVIEW

20898092Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Published October 16th 1847

Genre: Romance, Literature, Historical Fiction

Pages: 528

Source: Bought it (but it is available for free in the Kindle version)

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

This book is about a young woman called Jane Eyre. It starts when she’s a child, living with her aunt, Mrs. Reed. Her parents died and when she was younger and her uncle took care of her. Moments before his death, he told his wife to care for her. Mrs. Reed didn’t like Jane and the child suffered with abuse and constant punishment because of it. One day, Jane fought back. After her cousin threw a book at her, she hit him. Upon hearing about this, Mrs. Reed forced the child to be locked up in a believed-to-be-haunted room even after Jane begged for mercy. The traumatic experience made the girl very ill and, after consulting with her doctor, Mrs. Reed decided to send Jane to school. We follow the life of Jane Eyre after that (which includes meeting and falling in love with Mr. Rochester).

I fell in love with the characters of the story. Jane was na outstanding main character that completely gave life to the book. I loved how the characters developed throughout the novel, and the bons they created with each other.

The plot was also intriguing. I was never bored while reading it. The story was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time because, even with all the obstacles thrown at her, Jane was able to thrive.

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this book so much. I had heard good things about it but I had never thought it would be book for me.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes Historical Fiction and to every reader in general because, if we’d never chosen this book for the Book Club, I would have never picked it up on my own, and would be missing out on an outstanding novel.

Rating: 5 stars

“A beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor pencilled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance.”

Jane Eyre was the Book Club pick of the month so thatonenerdygirl and I wrote a Book Club Discussion of it over on her blog. Check it out here!

Kill the Minotaur REVIEW

35989483Kill the Minotaur by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner, and Jean-Fançois Beaulieu

Published January 31st 2018

Genre: Fantasy, graphic novel

Pages: 184

Source: Borrowed it

Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they need, who can end the mad king’s bloody reign… but no one on this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur.

This graphic novel is about the Prince of Athens, Theseus, who sets out to kill the Minotaur in Crete. Since Crete won the war against Athens, they have been kidnaping Athenians to sacrifice to the Minotaur, and Theseus is determined to stop it.

I love mythology and was hoping to love this book, too.

Let’s start with the main character, Theseus. He was always angry and, when things didn’t go his way, he threw tantrums and acted like a complete idiot. I was immensely frustrated whilst Reading this book, simply because of this awful character. The rest of the characters were fine, but none really stood out.

The plot wasn’t really brilliant either. It build tension for the big slaughter of the Minotaur, which was completely underwhelming.

Overall, this graphic novel wasn’t good and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Rating: 2 stars

March Wrap Up

Another month, another wrap up. Let’s start!

Books read

37929170This month, I continued reading episodes of the third season of Bookburners. It’s getting better and better as I’m nearing the end. I’ve talked about this series a lot on my blog but, for those who don’t know it yet, Bookburners is a Serial Box serial, which has episodes divided into seasons, just like a TV show. They have a lot of other serials, ranging from non-fiction, to romance and science fiction. There’s something for everyone! In the Bookburners world, books can unleash magic and the Vatican has created teams to combat it. We follow Sal, Menchú, Liam, Asanti, and Grace, one of the teams. I loved this series the moment I started Reading it but I feel like these latest episodes have been even better. I’m so invested in the characters and the world that, once I start one of the episodes, I have to finish it in one sitting. I’ll probably finish the season next month but I’m delaying it as much as I can because I don’t want the season to end.35989483

Next, I read Kill the Minotaur by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner and Jean-François Beaulieu. It is set in the Ancient Greece, after Athens lost the war to Crete. The Athenians, as a consequence, have to give Crete anyone they want, to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Theseus gets fed up and enters Crete as one of the Athenians to be sacrificed and has to kill the minotaur to free his people. The graphic novel had everything to be good… but it wasn’t. The characters were bad and the story wasn’t as well-thought out as it should have been. I really wanted to enjoy this book but I ended up giving it 2 stars just because I was able to finish it, otherwise, it would have been 1 star.

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After that, I read The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham. It was the book club choice for the month of March and it was about a murder in the White Cottage. Everybody  seems guilty and almost anyone could have done it. The two detectives, W. T. and Jerry, father and son, have then to solve the morder and find the real culprit. The story was well-written and the mystery kept me invested  in the book. I don’t know if I’ll actively seek more books of the author but, if the chance comes up, I don’t think I’ll say no.

 

Next, I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This 9969571book is set in 2045, when the world is completely destroyed and overpopulated. James Halliday has developed the OASIS, a digital world where everyone can be and do whatever they want. After his death, Halliday sets up a series of clues that lead to the final prize, which is the control of the OASIS itself. The main character, Wade, has become obsessed with the hunt and, after several years, finally uncovers the meaning of the first clue. The story of the book was captivating. I had to force myself to stop Reading but, sometimes, all the 80’s references  felt like infodumps. Still, I throughly enjoyed the book and gave it 4,5 stars.

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Finally, I read Marie Curie: The Radium Fairy by  Chantal Montellier and Renaud Hynh. This is a graphic novel about the life of Marie Curie, as you might have guessed from the title. I wasn’t really impressed with this one. It was divided in two parts, the first was a representation of her life and the second was a timeline. Just like with, Kill the Minotaur, they could’ve done something more with the book. I was expecting more.

 

 

Blog posts

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I started off the month by posting a review of The Ghost of Gaudi by El Torres and  Jesús Alonso Iglesias (REVIEW). It is a graphic novel about a series of murders in the buildings designed by Gaudi in Barcelona. The plot was pretty good and I ended up giving it 4 stars.

 

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Next, I posted my review of Shatter Me by Tahere Mafi (REVIEW). This book is about Juliette, a 17-year-old girl with a strange power. Everything she touches dies. Her parents sold her and, when the book starts, she’s been captive for 264 days. Then, a boy is thrown into her cell and the story develops from there. I didn’t hate the book but I don’t consider it to be the best book ever written, either. It was okay. The characters were underwhelming but the story was somehow, good enough for me to be able to finish the book and give it 3 stars. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll bother reading the second book so, if you’ve already read it, tell me in the comments!

Then, because it was the book club book of the month, I posted the review of The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham (REVIEW). I already mentioned this book above but Thatonenerdygirl and I also wrote a discussion of the book on her blog. Check it out here!

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

 

After that, I posted the review of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (REVIEW). This book is about Trisha McFarland, a 9-year-old girl who gets lost in the forest. Throughout the book, we can see how the isolation and food deprivation affect Trisha, and follow the police search teams trying to find her. I really liked this book, it was darker than I thought it would be. Still, I don’t think it is the best Stephen King book I’ve read.

 

 

Finally, I posted my March Book Haul (post).

Books added to my TBR

As I’ve mentioned in other monthly wrap ups, I use this section for the books I added to my “Want to-read” shelf on Goodreads, not the books I bought this month or the books I have sitting on my shelf. If you want me to write a post about random books on my shelf or on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet, let me know in the comments!

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The first book I added to my TBR this month was Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins. It came out in the beginning of March and, for what I can tell, is about 5 sisters fighting to prevent their step-brother from ruling their kingdom. It sounds fun and the reviews are fairly good. The fact that the five sisters are so different striked my interest but I’ll probably wait for more reviews of the book before I decide to buy it.

 

The Wild Inside

Next, I added The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury. This is a Mystery/Thriller set in Alaska. From what I can tell, it focuses on Tracy, a woman raised in the Alaskan wilderness. Her mother taught her three rules: never lose sight of the house, never come home with dirty hands and never make a person bleed. Then, Tracy is attacked by a stranger that, the next day, appears wounded. It came out a few days ago and the reviews are mixed but it sounds good. I don’t really know if I’ll ever buy it but I’m still interested in reading it.

 

Quietus

Then, I added Quietus by Tristan Palmgren. This book came out in the beginning of the month and is about na anthropologist that (I’m assuming) travels through time and saves a monk from the Black Plague. It sounded interesting so I decided to add it to my TBR, even though it doesn’t have many reviews on Goodreads.

 

 

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Finally, I added Good Guys by Steven Brust. This book also came out in the beginning of the month and is about a group of humans with super powers. The concept sounded interesting enough but what really made me add the book were the final sentences of the synopsis:  “They all work for the secretive Foundation…for minimum wage. Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren’t they?”

 

 

Children of Daedala (Children of Icarus #2) REVIEW

36049722Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith

Published April 1st 2018

Genre: Dystopia

Pages: 336

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?

Children of Daedala is the sequel of Children of Icarus, a book that I already reviewed on my blog (LINK). Beware that this review contains spoilers to the first book.

It continued the story of the main character now nicknamed Fey Bell. Six months have passed since the Executioner’s death and Fey Bell has been living on her own in the Labyrinth. She found two different groups, far from the Fates. Kleos is a group of boys, lead by Gammon, a charismatic and insistent. Harmonia is a group of girls, lead by Polina, cold and austere. Then, she runs into a group of scavengers from the Fates and ends up taking one of them as hostage. A lot happens after that but you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Firstly, I have to mention the big change on Fey Bell. Her time with the Executioner made her strong and fearless, very different from how she was in the first book. So, if you didn’t like her attitude in Children of Icarus, you can still read Children of Daedala.

The new characters were outstanding. I really liked Gammon, right from his first encounter with Fey Bell. Polina was also a great character. The way those two lead the two groups was great to see. There were other characters introduced, from both groups but the only thing I’m going to mention is that all of them were intriguing and well-developed.

The plot was brilliant. There was conflict, character development, twists, everything. The author also included romance in this novel, something that didn’t happen in Children of Icarus. When I first noticed it, it caught me off guard but I quickly got into it. I usually don’t care for romance in books like this one but the way Smith weaved it into the plot was amazing.

Overall, this was a great sequel to Children of Icarus. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Rating: 5 stars