Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes – Book Review

Chew Volume 5: Major League – Book Review

15791566Author: John Layman

Artist: Rob Guillory

156 pages

Genre: Mystery Graphic Novel

Synopsis: While Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – clings to life in a hospital ICU, his twin sister Toni steps up to take center stage. Toni is cibovoyant, able to see the future of anything she eats, and, lately, she’s seeing some pretty terrible things.

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book is a direct sequel of Chew’s fifth volume.

The artwork’s still the same, however, it feels as though its colors are more vibrant.

The cast of characters continues the same, however, we get to know more about Toni, a character I happened to love.

This volume is made of extremes. It has a lot of funny moments but there are several that are simply heart-wrenching.

Rating: 5 stars

Mark my words. Someday, somehow, he WILL be back. And upon his return, shake the very foundation of heaven and hell. Irrevocably. Irredeemably. Because that’s one bad-ass motherfuckin’ bird!

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Under My Skin (Bookburners Season One Episode 8) – Book Review

Bookburners Season One Episode 7

26094075Author: Mur Lafferty

42 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: When it comes to tattoos in the City of Sin, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

The Team must travel to Las Vegas when the human canvases of a tattoo competition show start dying. The list of potential magical murders is colorful and well documented across episodes of
Ink Stainz: Vegas—but appearances can be deceiving and the team must check their prejudices at customs and investigate the bristly and well inked lot before time runs out and more victims fall prey to the demonic ink.

This episode is brought to you by team-writer Mur Lafferty and brings some Vegas vice and trash TV to our story. Get ready for deadly drama because no one is here to make friends.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This episode tells the story of several mysterious deaths, this time in Vegas.

This episode is amazing. Even though I was able to figure out who the culprit was early on, the “trip” the characters took to arrive to that was great.

I also loved Mama Tat, a character who was introduced in this episode. Even though some of her actions had questionable morals behind them, she fixed her mistakes. I hope we get more characters like her soon.

Rating: 5 stars

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Bookburners Season One Episode 9

Chew Volume 5: Major League – Book Review

Chew Volume 4: Flambé – Book Review

13556942Author: John Layman

Artist: Rob Guillory

120 pages

Genre: Mystery Graphic Novel

Synopsis: Tony Chu – the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from what he eats – has been kidnapped! He was ambushed, knocked out, brought to a remote location, and bound securely. His captor intends to feed Tony from a menu of his choosing, to find out what Tony can see, in order to learn from him. His daughter, Olive, has been kidnapped for the exact same reason. Two kidnappers, two captives, and two very different outcomes.

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book is a direct sequel of the previous volume.

The artwork seems to continue the same, something I highly value.

The cast of characters has suffered some minor changes, which is something I expected for a long time.

They also seem to slowly evolve (in a sitcom kind of slow).

Finally, the plot has grown to become a lot more intriguing.

Rating: 4 stars

Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes – Book Review

Chew Volume 4: Flambé – Book Review

Chew Volume 3: Just Desserts – Book Review

11325591Author: John Layman

Artist: Rob Guillory

120 pages

Genre: Mystery Graphic Novel

Synopsis: These are strange times for Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. Strange writing in extraterrestrial script has appeared in the skies of Planet Earth – and stayed there! People don”t know if the end days are upon them or not, but they don”t seem terribly concerned about the laws of the FDA, and what was once the most powerful law enforcement agency is rapidly descending into irrelevancy. So where does that leave the FDA best agent, Tony Chu?

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book is a direct sequel of the previous novel.

The art still has Guillory’s style and Struble and Well’s vibrant colors, which I appreciate.

The cast of characters is pretty much the same, however, it feels as though they grow more realistic throughout the volumes.

The book’s story is interesting and intriguing, a staple when it comes to Tony Chu.

Rating: 4 stars

This is Poyo. Poyo was exposed to a near-lethal amount of radiation as an egg, during the first stages of a government experiment to create mutant super soldiers–trained in exotic martial arts technique by Tibetan Kung Fu fightin’ monks–and given strange bio-enhancements during a rash of farm animal abductions by extra-terrestrials. Nah, just kidding. None of that shit is true. Poyo is just really, really bad ass.

Chew Volume 5: Major League – Book Review

Book Club Discussion: The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

What did you think of the sinopsis? Did it reveal too much plot or too little?

ThatOneNerdyGirl – It’s short and effective. It doesn’t give away too much of the plot, only the essential to get you to read the book.

EveryBookCounts – I agree. It summarizes the beginning of the novel quite nicely.

 

What did you think of the characters? Was there character development?

E – I think the characters were simple and basic, there was nothing out of the ordinary. There was some character development, specially Araina, but nothing outstanding.

T – I think this has the staple ‘long YA series’ character development. It’s going to be slow, might take at least five books to see Araina (and the other characters) acting differently.

 

What did you think of the plot?

T – I don’t think the plot was original, it felt really fabricated, it followed the YA formula. That, however, isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it made the book a lot easier to read, and to binge read as well.

E – The plot was easy to follow. Yes, it wasn’t the most original story I’ve ever read but it was still entertaining.

 

Were there problems in the story?

E – The whole thing with Rase was disappointing, it could have been better executed. Darith seemed to be an interesting character but we never got to see much of him. The overall plot was easily predictable and wasn’t as enthralling as it could have been.

T – It could have taken different routes. I think it would have been interesting if Rase changed during her time with the Mahk. Perhaps the Mahk could have changed a bit more too. The fact that the other side of the labyrinth’s wall is another labyrinth is a tad anticlimactic.

 

What do you think the author did right?

T – The lightness of this book is definitely its best characteristic. I also really liked how the story never stagnated.

E – Definitely the pacing. The story was always moving forward, which made it easier to read.

 

What do you think the author did wrong?

E – The fact that the story was so simple. There weren’t any plot twists nor moments of anticipation. As I’ve said, you could easily predict the plot.

T – Made up curse words never work. For me, they break the immersion. If you don’t want to use real curse words, then don’t use any.

 

What was your favorite quote?

T – ”Those dreaming of passion are likelier to find themselves dead in the arms of affection than happy in love.”

E – “Delusional or not, maybe if I believe in a better world with enough conviction, and convince others to believe it as well, then it will be real.”

 

What was your opinion on the ending? Would you prefer if it had been different?

E – The ending was just mediocre. It created the need for a sequel, which I’ll probably never read.

T – That’s something that usually happens with YA fiction. The book could have ended in such a way that a sequel wasn’t necessary, but the author simply plugged the need for another book.

 

Do you have any questions about the book?

T – Why were they mining for obsidian? Why did the Creators create them? Do they count as slaves? This whole situation reminds me of Orphan Black – they’re technically property but they’re human beings.

E – I also want to know why were the Creators going through all that trouble to create the Mahk. If they wanted the obsidian, they could’ve just created mindless beings to just harvest it.

Take Me To Amsterdam

So, today I’m bringing you a different post.

In March, me and some friends went on a trip to celebrate the fact that we’re ending high school, something that’s pretty common in Portugal. Most people go to places like Punta Úmbria or Punta Cana to drink lots of alcohol but we decided to do something different. Among all the cities in Europe we wanted to visit, Amsterdam seemed to be the most interesting one. And oh boy was it fun.

The first thing we had to decide was ‘Where will we stay?’. Thankfully, some of my friends’ friends made a trip similar to ours in their senior year, so we asked them. They recommended Ecomama, a quirky hostel. After seeing some pictures, we decided that was going to be it.

So, when we arrived on the 22nd, we went directly to Ecomama. And holy cow, it’s so great.

First of all, the room we stayed in was amazing (take note, it was room 11). The view was fantastic.

We were so close to the water we had little ducks coming near us. At the time, I was reading Jane Eyre, so I made a little nook for me to read during the night (two benches on top of each other… iIt wasn’t stable, but at least I could see the water. It was peaceful.). But that wasn’t my only reading spot. You see, Ecomama has great common areas. There’s the kitchen, the bathrooms, the ‘library’ and, my favorite, the tent.

Reading in that spot is amazing, it’s as cozy as it seems. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting such a bookish town. Heck, even the hostel’s stairs had books.

Also, the common areas in this place? Absolutely amazing. No one steals food from the kitchen, everything’s well lit and there’s no smoke whatsoever, which means that the hostel smells lovely. Something that’s also lovely about the hostel is the staff. Everyone was really nice and answered all of our questions (even the dumb ones!).

After a good night’s sleep (and a trip to the supermarket), we visited Rijksmuseum. It has beautiful paintings and beautiful statues and it’s a really big museum but that’s not the point. The library’s the point.

Tell me that doesn’t look like it’s in Hogwarts. I dare you.

We also visited Stedelijk that day, which was fun (until we were evacuated). It taught me how Modern Art works, and I love it ever since that day.

The next day, we were on our way to Body Worlds when we found the cutest little shop called Les Petites Puces. Everything in that place was adorable and I wanted to buy everything. Sadly, my wallet didn’t agree with me.

Body Worlds was eye opening, it’s odd to see how we actually look on the inside.

The next day we visited the newer side of the city. We went to NEMO, a science museum, which was really fun. There was a cork board in which people left notes and we found some Portuguese ones, it’s weird how we can find each other no matter where we are. Also, the message said ‘Ana, quando vieres a este museu, espero que não faças metade das merdas que o teu irmão mais velho fez.’, which we thought was beautiful and wholesome.

Given that the local library was nearby, of course we had to go and see it. And man, it’s really beautiful.

In total, it has eight floors. Yes, EIGHT. And do you see that part with the curved bookcases? That’s the kid’s section. It’s so adorable. But the thing I loved the most about this library was the way they identify books.

I don’t know how books are organized where you live but, in Portugal, when we pick a book up, we only know whether it’s erotica or not. Or if it’s a graphic novel. This library, though, has a tagging system in which the little doodles let us know the genre of the book we’re picking up. Pretty neat!

And that’s our trip in a nutshell. I’m going to miss that city. Well, I already do. But the thing I’m going to miss the most are those who came with me. Our laughter, our inside jokes, the cereal, everything. In a certain way, I guess I already do.

Love you guys.

The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series #1) – Book Review

18813006Author: Emilyann Girdner

305 pages

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis: Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a teen who lives in a labyrinth.

Writing wise, it’s simple and crystal clear.

Character wise, they’re also crystal clear, perhaps a bit too much. It feels as though I’ve already read a book featuring them, and it wasn’t this one. In one hand, it would be great to have more realistic (and original) characters but, on the other, this fact makes the book a much lighter read.

Story wise, it’s the typical YA book with a labyrinth setting. That isn’t necessarily bad, it only makes it expected.

Overall, I liked this book. It was really simple but I read it really quickly and had lots of fun doing it.

Rating: 4 stars

Reality worked its way into my dreams where it wasn’t welcome.

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