Review: Love Letters to Jane’s World

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Title: Love Letters to Jane’s World
Author: Paige Braddock
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Lion Forge
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: ebook
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

This essential Jane’s World collection debuts twenty years after Jane Wyatt first appeared in Paige Braddock’s trailblazing comics strip about a young lesbian woman making her clumsy way in the world and the friends who help (or hinder) her along the journey. The Eisner-nominated Jane’s World was the first syndicated comic strip with a lesbian main character to appear in many major newspaper markets. This new volume collects the most quintessentially “Jane” storylines from the strip’s early, middle, and later years, and pairs them with “love letters” and notes of appreciation from notable fans.

Review:

This is a collection of the comics Jane’s World.

Jane is an ordinary girl. She goes through life experiencing every day things, that I think most people can relate to. I don’t think I’ve ever read a graphic novel where the main character steps in gum, but Jane does.

I loved the way the comics broke the fourth wall, and talked about creating the comics. The artists made an appearance in some of the stories. I love this technique because it brings the reader right into the story, by commenting on how it is created.

Another thing I loved about these stories was that being gay was the norm. The majority of the characters were gay. It was a world where being gay was the norm rather than being straight. This was a refreshingly modern take on a romantic story, where the female lead could date any of the women who walked into her life because they were also gay.

I really enjoyed this collection!

What to read next:

  • Jane’s World Collection Volume 1 by Paige Braddock
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  • Jane’s World: The Case of the Mail Order Bride by Paige Braddock
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Have you read Love Letters to Jane’s World? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I’m Thankful For. These are the books that inspired my love of reading, from when I was a kid until now. Here’s my list:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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3. Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot

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4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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5. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

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6. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1) by Louise Rennison

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7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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8. The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew #4) by Carolyn Keene

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9. Into the Blue (Dolphin Diaries #1) by Ben M. Baglio

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10. The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson #1) by Caroline B. Cooney

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(All photos taken from Goodreads)

Review: The Thief and the Sword (Cleopatra in Space #2)

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Title: The Thief and the Sword (Cleopatra in Space #2)
Author: Mike Maihack
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cleopatra’s space adventure in the REALLY far future continues!

When a mysterious thief steals the ancient sword Cleo recovered in Cleopatra In Space, Book One: Target Practice, Cleo is determined to get it back, but her teachers at Yasiro Academy forbid her from risking her life. Stuck at school, Cleo is having a hard time adjusting to her newfound popularity and responsibility. And when she learns more about the prophecy that names her the savior of the galaxy and the time tablets that could decide her fate, she must go on a dangerous journey to find them before they can fall into the wrong hands.

Review:

There were loads of Egyptian references in this second book in the Cleopatra in Space series. I loved it when I recognized something from ancient Egypt. The way that the ancient figures appear in this futuristic story were great! There was even a new character who was very important to the real Cleopatra.

There was also lots of action. It was a quick read because many of the pages were taken up by chase scenes which filled multiple frames at once. I wish there had been more dialogue because that would have added more to the story than just the images.

I can’t wait to read the next book. This one ended with the possibility of Cleopatra returning to her time, so I’m not sure what will happen next.

What to read next:

  • Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3) by Mike Maihack

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  • Secret Coders (Secret Coders #1) by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

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Have you read The Thief and the Sword? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – November 19

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

I recently finished Jughead, Vol. 2 by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Derek Charm.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski.

What I’m reading next:

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Next I will be reading Shadow of the Fox by by Julie Kagawa.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – November 18

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 7 weekly blogging memes:

I’m also hosting a giveaway to celebrate my 1000 followers! You can enter here.

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Gimme a Call

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m flying to London! I’m going to my graduation in Gloucestershire this week. I’m reading Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A new life is just a phone call away!

Devi’s life isn’t turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn’t join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.

Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!

Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn’t some wacko—she realizes that she’s been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she’s already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?

Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?

Fans of Sarah Mlynowski’s Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious novel with a high-concept premise .

What book are you in bed with today?

Review: Jughead, Vol. 2

Title: Jughead, Vol. 2
Author: Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Derek Charm
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Archie Comics
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

JUGHEAD VOL. 2 is the second collection of the historic JUGHEAD series relaunch, featuring the talents of comics superstars Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North and Derek Charm. This series is true to the spirit and characters that all Jughead and Archie fans know and love while reinvigorating its essence and humor through the talents of some of the most popular creators in the comic book industry. In the grand tradition of comic book reboots like ARCHIE VOL. 1, Archie Comics proudly presents… JUGHEAD VOL. 2–from the super team of Chip Zdarsky (HOWARD THE DUCK), Ryan North (THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL) and Derek Charm (REGULAR SHOW)! New story! New arc! New creative team! Let’s not compare them too harshly with the old creative team though–they were awesome. This new team is pretty good too though, lots of talent and they really do try their best.

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Review:

This is an awesome Jughead collection!

These comics were much funnier than the first volume. It starts out with Jughead and Archie getting lost in the woods. They come across Mr. Weatherbee, who helps them escape. It was different for Mr. Weatherbee to interact with them outside of school. His wife even made an appearance!

In the last half of the volume, Jughead goes on a date with a girl who works as a hamburger mascot for Pop Tate. The girl ends up being Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Jughead doesn’t make the best date, so she has to try to get revenge.

I loved this book! I highly recommend it to fans of Archie Comics!

What to read next:

Jughead, Vol. 3 by Ryan North, Ian Flynn, Mark Waid, Derek Charm

Have you read Jughead, Vol. 3? What did you think of it?