Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 2018 Recap

  1. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  2. The Dreaded Summons and Other Misplaced Bills by Lorin Morgan-Richards
  3. Memento Mori: The Goodbye Family Album by Lorin Morgan-Richards
  4. Wanted: Dead or Alive… But Not Stinkin' by Lorin Morgan-Richards
  5. Watcher in the Dark by Beverly Hastings
  6. The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, Vol 4 by Nagabe
  7. Before the End: One-Eyed Willie by Michael DeGrow
  8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  9. The Ghost, The Owl by Franco, illustrated by Sara Richard
  10. Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby
  11. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition by Jason Fry
  12. Robotech, Vol 1: Countdown by Brian Wood, illustrated by Marco Turini
  13. Elsewhere, Vol 1 by Jay Faerber, illustrated by Sumeyye Kesgin
  14. The Window by Amelia Brunskill
  15. Eleanor & the Egret, Vol 1 by John Layman, illustrated by Sam Keith
  16. Descender, Vol 3: Singularities by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
  17. The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan
  18. I Kill Giants: Fifth Anniversary Edition by Joe Kelly, illustrated by JM Ken Niimura

Pick of the Month
I Kill Giants: Fifth Anniversary Edition by Joe Kelly, illustrated by JM Ken Niimura


March 2018
Number of books read: 18
Number of pages: 3,304

Number of books acquired: 32
Number of those books read: 7


YEAR TOTALS
Number of books read: 37
Number of pages: 6,875

Number of books acquired: 88
Number of those books read: 22

I Kill Giants: Fifth Anniversary Edition by Joe Kelly, illustrated by JM Ken Niimura

I Kill Giants I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Friday, March 30, 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Window by Amelia Brunskill

The Window
by Amelia Brunskill
Published by Delacorte Press • April 3, 2018
352 Pages • ISBN 978-1524720292 • Hardcover



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Book description:
Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside - it's hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess's life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn't add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it's a way to stay busy and find closure… but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she's looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.

Because Anna wasn't the only one with secrets.


Jess and her twin, Anna, couldn't be more different, but they have always had a close bond as sisters. However, after Anna is found dead outside her window, it seems like an unfortunate accident, nothing more. However, as Jess soon comes to understand, Anna didn't share everything with her twin, and as Jess starts paying attention to what is being said about her sister, she begins to unravel the truth behind Anna's death.

Told in sharp, taut prose that is excellently paced and also captures the imperfections of the characters perfectly as they deal with the grief surrounding Anna's death, The Window captured my attention fairly quickly and while there were multiple times throughout that I was fairly sure how the story was going to end, there were enough twists and turns that actually surprised me when everything finally played out. The small town feel was spot on, and the addition of Anna's POV interspersed thru Jess' story was a nice touch, so that we get to see both sides of the twins.

And let's take a moment to appreciate the cover, shall we? Delcaorte's art dept did a fine job in creating an cover that perfectly captures the atmospheric feel to the story and Jess' sense of loneliness after Anna's death.

If you enjoy a great mystery, a dark YA story, or a good page-turner that can easily be read in one sitting, you should definitely check out The Window.



About the Author
Amelia Brunskill was born in Melbourne, Australia, but she grew up mostly in Washington state where she picked a lot of blackberries, read a lot of books, and failed to properly appreciate the epic beauty of the mountains and the Pacific ocean.

She earned her bachelors degrees in psychology and art from the University of Washington and her master in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Chicago, where she eats as much Thai food as possible and works as a librarian.

The Window is her debut novel.


I received a physical ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Elsewhere, Vol 1 by Jay Faerber, illustrated by Sumeyye Kesgin

Elsewhere, Vol. 1 Elsewhere, Vol. 1 by Jay Faerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting take on the Amelia Earhart mystery: after the engine failed on their fateful trip, Fred Noonan and Amelia Earhart parachute away from the plane. However, Amelia finds herself falling towards a bright light and falls thru this light into an alternate universe. Not knowing where Fred is, she convinces two of the locals to help her storm the castle of the area's overlord, in hopes of saving Fred. Of course, this doesn't go entirely according to plan, and Amelia must make decisions then on how to save herself and get back home.

I've always been intrigued by the Amelia Earhart mystery, so this was an easy buy for me. The character-driven storytelling and simplistic, cartoon-ish yet solid art really made this a great book. Recommended!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Robotech, Vol 1: Countdown by Brian Wood, illustrated by Marco Turini

Robotech Vol. 1 Robotech Vol. 1 by Brian Wood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A solid reboot of the original cartoon, but that's really all it is. A reboot, with not that much new thrown in. I'll still be interested to see where they take the series, if it's going to be nothing more than a rehash of the cartoon, or if they are actually going to strike off on their own and make it something new and fresh.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition by Jason Fry

The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition by Jason Fry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The novelization of the film, with some extra bits that flesh out some of the scenes in the film. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll probably enjoy this.

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