Thursday, January 11, 2018

Blog 213: The Scarlet Dragon

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
In this second Kingdom of Wrenly chapter book, Lucas and Clara search for special berries that will cure the scarlet dragon.

In this second book in The Kingdom of Wrenly series, an unusual egg has been found on Crestwood, the land of dragons. When the egg starts to hatch, the king, queen, and Prince Lucas are there to see what emerges. It’s…a scarlet dragon! Everyone is amazed to see the creature, which they have only heard about in tall tales.

King Caleb declares that the special dragon will belong to an overjoyed Prince Lucas, who vows to keep his dragon safe. But when the scarlet dragon gets sick, the only cure is a potion made with vixberries that grow deep in the forest of Burth (the land of trolls). Lucas and Clara set out to find these special berries, but the task is harder than they expected. Will they be able to find the berries and save the scarlet dragon?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

My Review
Cover: This cover is absolutely adorable. I love it. 

Things that I liked: I know that this is a juvenile fiction book and I still enjoyed it. I got engrossed in the little adventures that Prince Lucas and his friend Clara go on each time. I loved that this story in particular had a baby dragon in it. The things that they get to go through in order to save the day are just awesome. A good use of sense of adventure and friendship.

Things that I didn't like: I do wish sometimes that the pictures were in color but I like that they have pictures at all.. lol.

Overall: I rated this a 5 out of 5 stars, I loved it. I loved their little adventure.



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Blog 212: The Lost Stone

Synopsis of the Book from Goodreads
Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly—a new chapter book series full of fantasy and adventure.

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

In The Lost Stone, Lucas and Clara search for Queen Tasha’s missing emerald. On their exciting adventure, they travel to all the main attractions of Wrenly: Primlox (the island of fairies), Burth (the island of trolls), Crestwood (the island of dragons), Hobsgrove (the island of wizards), and the beautiful Mermaid’s Cove. King Caleb has promised to reward the person who finds the precious stone, and Lucas and Clara are determined to search the entire kingdom until they find it!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

My Review
Cover: The cover is very colorful and cute.

Things that I liked: Even though this is a juvenile fiction story, I really enjoyed it. It was a quick and easy read. I loved the characters and the little adventure that they went on. I loved that the little prince Lucas was able to hang out with his friend Clara in order to find the lost stone. 

Things that I didn't like: I have no complaints.

Overall: I rated this 5 out of 5 stars as I really enjoyed this short little story.



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Blog 211: iZombie Volume 3: Six Feet Under and Rising GN

Synopsis of the Book from Goodreads
The continuing adventures of the undead detective Gwen and her ghost pal Ellie and were-terrier Spot, written by World Fantasy Award finalist Chris Roberson! This collection features the "real-time" storyline "5 Brains, 5 Months," which follows the team as they uncover mystery after mystery over the course of a five-month period.

My Review
Cover: These covers get more and more interesting. 

Things that I liked: I believe this graphic novel series is starting to grow on me. In the beginning, I preferred the TV show over these graphic novels, but now I'm thinking that I like both just as equally. These graphic novels are adding more and more interesting characters, plot, plot twists, and the like. Gwen is getting more visions, and sometimes her secret comes out with unforeseen consequences or reactions to her secret.

Things that I didn't like: I still have a hard time with the fact that the graphic novel isn't close to what the TV show is. I imagine there would be differences between the two but not such a huge difference.

Overall: I rated this a 4 out of 5 stars.



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Blog 210: iZombie Volume 2: uVampire Graphic Novel

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

In uVAMPIRE, Gwen dines on the grey matter of a person who knew her as a child – and things quickly get complicated. Meanwhile, ghost-girl Ellie learns a few tricks from Amon the mummy; Spot the were-terrier goes to the comics shop and meets someone from Gwen’s past, the mad scientist Galatea engages in a bit of grave-robbing; and the monster-hunters tackle the town’s vampire problem once and for all.

My Review
The cover: The cover is simple yet says a lot about what the graphic novel is about.

Things that I liked: It continued with the theme of Gwen and how she has sustain her life force, but still gets the visions and/or visions from the deceased that she eats the brains of. This volume seems to put its focus on more of the vampires of the town instead of Gwen. But at the same time it seems she is sharing the focus between her and the vampires. 

Things I didn't like: I didn't really know what was going on with the red headed vampire and what her story was. I wish they would have bee more information on her and her mistress.

Overall: I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the read but still had a few questions about some of the characters.



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Blog 209: Dragons are People, Too.

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the ├╝ber-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

My Review
The Cover: I absolutely love this cover. It is simple yet says a lot about the story itself.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed reading the story. I loved that I was able to recognize some of the places of setting that Sarah used throughout the story. I love the concept of this story in itself. Were-dragons. Awesome idea. I love the romance that unfolds throughout the story of Sani and Kitty. Love it. I enjoyed reading about them saving the world and the entire dragon species. I love that they had to hide their feelings for each other and they really couldn't say anything to the other about it because they would be separated. I love that Kitty and Sani work so well together. I would like to know more. Seriously is there going to be a book 2 coming?

Things that I didn't like: the ending. I feel like there is more to tell and it was left on a cliffhanger. I know that may be the intent, but I would love to read more about these characters. 

Overall: I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the story in itself and the concept is amazing. I loved reading about the characters. I would and will recommend this to all my friends.



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Blog 208: iZombie Volume 1: Dead to the World Graphic Novel

Synopsis of the Book from Goodreads
Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.

My Review
Cover: I like the cover very colorful and graphic as to what the graphic novel is about.

Things that I liked: I did like that you get to see Gwen from both "human" and "zombie" sides of things. I will admit that it was odd reading the graphic novel after watching the first season of iZombie on TV. This is completely different from what the TV show provides you with. I think I might be a little biased because of watching the show first. I liked the show and how she is a zombie but works for the medical examiner and is able to help solve the murders/homicides of the victims by eating their brains. Whereas here in the graphic novel, you are introduced to many different characters (Ellie the ghost, Spot the were-terrier, vampires, a mummy, etc.)

Things that I didn't like: I didn't like that the graphic novel was so very different from the TV show. I guess I went into this thinking that they would be the same and/or similar.

Overall:I rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars based on my assumption that it would be the same and/or similar. But I would rate this book by itself a 4 out of 5 stars. The book itself was good.



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Blog 207: What Pet should I Get

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!

This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment — choosing a pet — and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work.

My Review
I love Dr Seuss books. I grew up on Dr. Seuss books.

Things that I liked: I liked that they kept with the rhyming scheme that goes along with Dr Seuss stories. I love that it was two little children looking for their first pet. The bright colors and the book cover were wonderful. I was excited to see what they were going to choose at the end

Things that I didn't like: I was disappointed with the ending. The children got to see all of these wonderful animals but they never said what they ended up picking out. With so many possibilities for them to choose, I was wondering what they did choose, only to be disappointed to not find out what they chose. 

Overall: I liked it and it brought back memories from my childhood. I rated this book a 3 out of 3 stars.



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Blog 206: Very Good Lives

Synopsis of the Book from Goodreads
When J.K. Rowling was invited to deliver the commencement address at Harvard University, she chose to speak to the graduating class about two topics very close to her heart: the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination. Having the courage to fail, she said, is as vital to a good life as any conventional measure of success; imagining ourselves into the place of another--particularly someone less fortunate than ourselves--is a uniquely human quality to be nurtured at all costs. 

The stories Rowling shared and the provocative questions she asked of those young graduates have since inspired countless others to consider what it means to live a "good life." Now in print for the first time, her words serve as both a comfort and a call to arms for anyone--of any age--who finds themselves at a turning point. In daring to take a risk, and perhaps fail, and by harnessing the power of our imaginations, we can all begin to live less cautiously and, in doing so, become more open to the opportunities life has to offer.

My Review
Cover: The cover was simple and positive.

Things that I liked: I love the graphics throughout the book. I love that this was a quick read and it was very inspiring at least to me. A very "count your blessings" and a really "don't worry if you mess up but learn from your failures" type read. I love that this was actually a speech that she had given to graduates at Harvard.

Things that I didn't like: I have no complaints here.

Overall: I gave 5 out of 5 to this book, because it was very inspiring. I liked it not only because it was J.K. Rowling. But because she sends a good message about not giving up on your dreams.



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Blog 205: Charmed Season 10 Volume 1 Graphic Novel

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
When an ancient evil older than time itself targets the Charmed Ones, the girls realize they'll need to enlist some additional help. Calling on the services of their estranged sister, Prue, and the former demon, Cole, they will face what is perhaps the most powerful enemy of their lives!

My Review
Cover: I don't really like the cover all that much. I think they could have done something else for the cover to better represent the Charmed Ones. 

Things that I did like: I love that they are even continuing this series even though it is just a Graphic novel. I really wish they would continue it through TV shows. But here I at least get to see what life if like with the sisters and their families, their children, and the battles they are still fighting. 

Things that I didn't like: Sometimes throughout the graphic novel, I couldn't really see who was who. They all looked similar they didn't have their distinct features to say who is Piper, Phoebe, and Paige. I really wished they would be more distinct when drawing these characters.

Overall: I rated this a 5 out of 5, because I loved the Charmed Ones, and loved this because it was a quick read.



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Blog 204: This One Summer

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

In This One Summer two stellar creators redefine the teen graphic novel. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of her teen age — a story of renewal and revelation.

My Review:
Cover: The cover was nice, but I would say it is also misleading a little bit.

Things that I liked: I figured it would follow the two girls that were on the cover, which it did. It was nice to see these girls and them going on their summer adventures. I like that it touched on different subjects of the girls throughout the summer vacations. 

Things that I didn't like: It seemed like they were being introduced to topics that they were a little young for. I couldn't really tell what age range these girls were actually supposed to be.

Overall: I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.



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Blog 203: Goddess of the Night

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome the evil Atrox.

My Review
The Cover: I love the cover with the blue iridescence of her dress and makeup.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed the concept of these girls being a part of the goddesses. The fact they are daughters of the moon goddess Selene brings an interesting story to the surface. I enjoyed reading about the enemies of the story. About the girls and their powers and their personalities that each of them hold.

Things that I didn't like: I have no complaints really. It was a good read.

Overall: I rated it 5 out of 5 stars, because I really enjoyed the read and the concept of the goddesses. I would recommend this books to friends.



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Blog 202: Nimona Graphic Novel

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

My Review:
I had no idea what to expect with this graphic novel. 

The Cover: I did think that the cover was interesting, mainly because the girl on the cover with dragon like wings. It did make me question whether she just had wings or if she was a shape shifter. 

Things that I liked: I enjoyed reading this book. The graphics were done really well. It had very vibrant colors to each page and really brought the story to life. I enjoyed reading and looking at the graphics of the story. The story line in itself was really good. For me it definitely showed a story that is definitely a "never judge a book by its cover". I really enjoyed the way that they created this story and the graphics were simply amazing.

Things that I didn't like: I don't have any complaints about this one.

Overall: I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I do recommend it to my friends who like to read Graphic novels and like a little twist to superhero and villains.



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Blog 201: Get Even

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads:
Bree Deringer, Olivia Hayes, Kitty Wei, and Margot Mejia have nothing in common. At least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in…and everyone has something to lose.

My Review:
Cover: I liked the cover. Very simple yet it shows the silhouettes of the girls and that kind of gives into the story, it shows that there is mystery in the story.

Things that I liked: I did enjoy reading about each of the girls and how their lives were, and how this one huge obstacle affected their lives inside and out. I enjoyed reading about the mystery that they have to figure out, every little detail that went into this story is simply amazing. I could tell that a lot of thought and research went into this book concept. I absolutely loved reading this book. I recommend anything by this author. I have read all of her books since the very first one.

Things that I didn't like: I didn't really care for the ending, though with that said, I also know that it was done that way on purpose (cliffhanger) because this is going to be a trilogy. Other than that, I have no complaints. 

Overall: I loved the story and I recommend it to all of my friends. This author is one of my favorites. I rate this a 4 out of 5 stars.



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Blog 200: Anya’s Ghost

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part.

Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.

Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya's Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

My Review
Cover: The cover was kind of cool. A sneak peek of what the graphic novel was about.

Things that I liked: I liked the storyline of the graphic novel. I like the main character, Anya. She is just trying to fit in at a new school, and not really succeeding. But then something happens. It turns out to be too good to be true, and end in utter chaos. Anya has to fix it somehow and that is one of the things that I like about this story. There is a small problem (ghostly) and Anya has to make things right. I like that I get to see her change things around and make things right in the end.

Things that I didn't like: I would have liked to see the graphic novel in color. I know that there is more of a gray scale colorization here with the graphic novel.

Overall: I really enjoyed the storyline, and I rated the book 4 out of 5 stars.



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Blog 199: Through the Woods

Synopsis of the Book from Goodreads
'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

My Review
 Cover: I liked the cover. It gives a lot of mystery to the stories at await you inside. 

Things that I liked: I did like that fact that the stories were in color and not in just black and white throughout the entire book. I did enjoy the little stories. Some of them were weird and some where a little creepy. I did like a few of them: Our Neighbor's House, A Lady's Hands are Cold. We were quite interesting little stories. I really enjoyed that it was a quick read.

Things that I didn't like: I didn't care much for some of the stories, The nesting place one was kind of weird and unusual. But other than that, I don't have any complaints.

Overall: I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. A nice little quick read to fill a small amount of time.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Blog 198: Staying Strong: 365 days a Year

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Demi Lovato wakes up each morning and affirms her commitment to herself—to her health, her happiness, her being. Those commitments are the bedrock of her recovery and her work helping other young people dealing with the issues she lives with every single day. 

Demi is a platinum-selling recording artist whose latest album—DEMI—is already a smash hit. She’s about to embark on her second season as a judge on X-Factor, and just launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program. And she is an outspoken advocate for young people everywhere. 

Demi is also a young woman finding her way in the world. She has dealt deftly with her struggles in the face of public scrutiny, and she has always relied, not just on friends and family, but daily affirmations of her self-worth and value. Affirmations that steady her days and strengthen her resolve. 

Those affirmations have grown into STAYING STRONG, a powerful 365-day collection of Demi’s most powerful, honest, and hopeful insights. Each day will provide the readers with a quote, a personal reflection and a goal. 

These are Demi’s words. Words she lives by and shares with the people she loves and total strangers alike. They are a powerful testament to a young woman standing up and fighting back.

My Review
Cover: I really enjoy the cover. It is simply yet says a lot.

Things that I liked: I liked the fact that the book was broken up into the twelve different months of the year, and had a saying for every day of the year. I really enjoy some of the quotes that were integrated throughout the book. Some of them spoke volumes to me. Some of these really help with certain thoughts or situations that I have gone through recently. I love that this book really hits home on some things especially things like communication, being true to yourself, and many other topics that are really important. These quotes really made me think about life and everything that you have going for you in life. They make you look back and appreciate the things that you have, and the distance that you have come with your accomplishments.

Things that I didn't like: I don't have any complaints.

Overall: I really enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend anyone and everyone to read this. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars.



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Blog 197: How to make a great soy candle

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
Amber Richards made her own jar soy candles and operated a home based business with those candles for many years. In this book, it details how to make great quality soy container candles, it is specific to this type of candle only. She also shares her favorite candle suppliers, finding this was the one question that was asked most. This book is not about the business aspect of candle making, nor does it contain photos, but explains the creative process of how to make the candles. 

It also explains proper burning techniques and what exactly makes a great quality candle. 

Candle making can be an enjoyable and relaxing activity, whether you are making them for yourself or gifts for friends and family.

My Review
Cover: I liked the cover of this book, mainly because it shows you a glimpse into what the book is talking about. With this cover, it is showing one of the many procedures in making jar soy candles.

Things that I liked: I did like the fact that this book was informational towards the process of making jar soy candles. It talks about what goes into making the candles and everything. It gives you some websites on where you can get your supplies for making the candles. I enjoyed reading about what goes into making the candles. How you have to take notes on when you make the candles for future reference as there is no set formula when making the candles due to many variables. Wick size, jar size, fragrances, etc.

Things that I didn't like: This is by no means a step by step guide on how to make the candles. It just tells you about what goes into making the candles. 

Overall: I liked it. I did rate it 3 out of 5 stars, because the book wasn't what I expected to it to be. Maybe if there were some examples or even pictures to break up the text that would have been fine too. But it was informative.



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Blog 196: In Real Life Graphic Novel

Synopsis of the Book from Goodreads
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. 

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. 

From acclaimed teen author (Little BrotherFor the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

My Review:
Cover: I really liked this cover. I enjoyed the colors on the cover. And it showing two different perspectives on the different characters.

Things that I liked: I really enjoyed this graphic novel with the storyline that it had. The young girl wanting to play video games online and her mother not really trusting her and the internet community. This happens in real life so it shows one case scenario of how things could happen. The girl ends up finding someone who is in need of serious help. She ends up helping him through various other characters. It is just an awesome read. It shows just what could happen over the internet. You never know what to expect. This graphic novel had a happy ending, and in real life (LOL) this may not always be the case. I did enjoy all of the vibrant colors and everything that was talked about through the dialogue of the characters throughout the graphic novel.

Things that I didn't like: I have no complaints here.

Overall: I gave this graphic novel a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read, and I would recommend this to my friends.



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Blog 195: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 1

Synopsis of the book from Goodreads
It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.

There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman's award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.

Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.

My Review:
Cover: I liked the cover. It gave off the vibe of the Graphic Novel, but also a little mystery as well. (I have not read the physical book that this came from)

Things that I liked: I did enjoy all of the colors throughout the Graphic novel. I thought that they suited the storyline just fine. I enjoyed seeing the dialogue between the child and the ghosts and the vampire, Silas. I'm guessing that is what he is. It does make me curious about the boy and why this family was supposed to be kill in their entirety. I will have to read the book to see if there are any flashbacks and/or back story about this. I enjoyed the set up of the book. 

Things that I didn't like: I don't really have any complaints. My only complaint is that I didn't read the book before reading this graphic novel.

Overall: I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It was a really good and quick read. I look forward to reading the second volume.



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