Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog 145 - Review: Charmed Graphic Novel Season 9 Volume 1

Charmed: Season 9, Volume 1

Author: Paul Ruditis, Dave Hoover (Artist)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Publication Date: February 8, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780982582671

About the Book
Charmed Season 9 picks up where the TV show left off! With the source of all evil defeated, The Charmed Ones, three witches destined to be the most powerful force for good our world has ever known, have embraced a new life. One of new family, friends, and a future without the constant battle between good and evil... or so they think.

My Review
First, I have to say that I loved the TV show for Charmed. I watched it religiously and I even own all the DVDs for the seasons of Charmed. While I enjoyed all of the girls, I loved Piper, because with her being the middle child I felt close and was able to relate to Piper's situations minus all the magic.

Things that I liked: I absolutely loved that they created this in the first place. After the Season finale of the Charmed TV show, I always felt like there should have been more. I wanted to see if they truly retired and allowed the children to take over. But this graphic novel shows what happened right after all the Halliwell sisters found love and had their children. I love that we get to see whether or not the children gained the powers early on or not. I love that we get to see evil still trying to plot against the Charmed Ones and the children are coming into their powers left and right. I love that they tell you (as well as show you) what the children's powers are. I love that they showed you the Book of Shadows and goes through a brief retelling of what happened to the Charmed Ones in the first eight years of them finding out their heritage and coming into their powers. I absolutely loved that in the beginning, because it allows you to see what some of the pages to the Book of Shadows looked like.

Things that I didn't like: I have no complaints about this one. Though I do wish they would turn these graphics into a TV show so that we can relive the Charmed ones but with the future generations involved.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and look forward to reading the others to follow. I would rate this a 5 out of 5 stars. Also I would highly recommend these graphic novels to Charmed fans and anyone who watched the show. 

Until next time, Happy Reading!!      

Blog 144 - Review: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

Author: Rick Riordan
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
ISBN-13: 9781423117100

About the Book
You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now submerge yourself in the thrilling, stunning, and action-packed graphic novel.

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson's textbooks and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

Series creator Rick Riordan joins forces with some of the biggest names in the comic book industry to tell the story of a boy who must unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

My Review
Cover: I did enjoy the cover for this graphic novel. The vibrant colors really represent what was within the pages to come.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed reading this, I believe I read it in one sitting. I liked how it was really close to what the book was like, instead of being closer to the movie. This graphic novel seemed to give more details to certain aspects to the story as a whole. We got to see characters, places, and so much more that may not have been best imagined in the movie or even seen clearly in the books. I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel.

Things that I didn't like: As this was cone well with the scenes, the vibrant colors, and dialogue I don't have anything bad to say about it.

Overall: I would recommend this book to anyone who read and enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars. 

Until next time, Happy Reading!!

Blog 143 - Review: Substitute Creature

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #4: Substitute Creature

Author: Charles Gilman
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 171
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781594746406

About the Book
When a giant nor'easter dumps a blanket of snow on the village of Dunwich, Massachusetts, Robert Arthur and his friends find themselves marooned inside Lovecraft Middle School. The kids have no choice but to spend the night - while snacking on cafeteria food, sleeping on classroom floors, and facing off against a mysterious substitute teacher who may have a sinister secret. The latest adventure in the Lovecraft Middle School series features more adventures, more outrageous monsters, and another terrifying lenticular cover!

My Review
Cover: I absolutely love the book covers for this series. They are just so creepy but fun at the same time.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the fourth book in the series, and it picks up right where book three, Teacher's Pest, left off. I love that you are just kind of thrown right into the action within the first couple of chapters and adventure continues. I loved reading about the characters and the choices that they made throughout this book. I never expected some of the twists and turns that were throughout the story. I did like the pictures for this one. The old ones look like baby abominable snowmen waiting to grow up..lol.

Things that I didn't like: I was a little confused about the ending. I don't know if it is going to continue into a fifth book, or if this is the end of the series. I'm curious to know whether or not this is the end of not.

Overall: I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would recommend the series to anyone looking for adventure and creepy creatures lurking about throughout the novel(s). I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Until next time, Happy Reading!!

Blog 142 - Septmeber Book Haul

Hey Everyone,

Today's blog post is going to be a Book Haul (as noted in the title). For the month of September I got 33 books. All mostly Young Adult, with one or two adult novels and graphic novels mixed in. Let's get sharing shall we? I will break them up into categories.

Young Adult Fiction
1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. That Summer by Sarah Dessen
3. Everlast by Andria Buchanan
4. Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
5. Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear
6. Gated by Amy Christine Parker (Signed)
7. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
8. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
9. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
10. Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz & Michael Johnston (Signed)
11. 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
12. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
13. Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
14. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
15. Everyday by David Levithan
16. Hardy Boys: Mystery at Devil's Paw by Franklin W. Dixon
17. Nancy Drew: The Secret of red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene
18. Nancy Drew: The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene
19. Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Barnes & Noble bargain bin $3.98)
20. Substitute Creature by Charles Gilman
21. Dragons of Darkness by Antonia Michaelis
22. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
23. Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter   

The Hobbit That Summer Everlast (The Chronicles of Nerissette) Innocent Darkness (Aether Chronicles Series #1) Charmed Vengeance Gated The Summoning (Darkest Powers Series #1) The Chaos of Stars The Beginning of Everything Frozen: Heart of Dread, Book One 3:59 The Awakening (Darkest Powers Series #2) Fangirl Crank (Crank Series #1) Every Day Mystery at Devil's Paw (Hardy Boys Series #38) The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew Series #6) The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew Series #7) Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series #1) Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #4: Substitute Creature Dragons of Darkness Insurgent (Divergent Series #2) Through the Zombie Glass

New Adult Fiction
1. Cake by Nicole Reed


Adult Fiction
1. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
2. A Titan for Christmas by Aria Kane
3. Wait for You by Jennifer L Armentrout (Signed)
4. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Mojo Book and Records $9.99)
5. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Mojo Book and Records $9.99)
6. Vicious by Victoria Schwab

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #2) A Titan For Christmas Wait for You Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #12) Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9) Vicious

Graphic Novels
1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
2. Death Note Volume 3: Hard Run by Tsugumi Ohba
3. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series) Death Note, Volume 3: Hard Run The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

That is all for this book haul. I hope everyone got some awesome books for the month of September. Until next time, Happy Reading Everyone!