Review: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1: Hooked On a Feline

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Title: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1: Hooked On a Feline
Author: Kate Leth, Brittney Williams
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Purchased
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) – but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother’s exploitative romance comics about Patsy’s past resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? There’ll be friendship and burgers, monsters and rent checks and a ghost from the past with questionable motives! Comics’ most flexible heroine has been a provisional Avenger, a Defender, Satan’s daughter-in-law and a dead woman–but she’s never been anything like this!

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Review:

I loved this graphic novel!

Patsy Walker is an old comic book character who is brought into modern times in this series. Her old comics are even brought up in the story, when she discovers that a childhood friend has been reprinting them and profiting off Patsy’s name and face. I love this kind of meta narrative.

The art in this graphic novel is very cartoony. After the first issue, the writer says that even though these comics are rated Teen, she intends for them to be for all ages. The cartoon drawings make them look appropriate for young kids, but the story is also entertaining for adults.

One of my favourite things about this graphic novel is that it featured some of my favourite marvel characters: She-Hulk and Jessica Jones. They really made this a girl power comic!

I loved this graphic novel, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

‘Waiting On’ Wednesday – May 23

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.

Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.

Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions.  When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?

She’s Lost Control, a companion to the acclaimed Be True to Me, is a novel of unflinching emotional honesty about secrecy, lies, love, and identity.

What books are you waiting on this week?

Review: Golden Hour

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Title: Golden Hour
Author: Chantel Guertin
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: ECW Press
Source: Publisher
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The fourth and final book in the beloved Pippa Greene series

It’s senior year, and the college countdown is on. But instead of getting accepted to Tisch’s photography program, Pippa’s been waitlisted. Without a backup plan, and with the pressure from everyone around her to live up to her father’s legacy, Pippa sets out to prove herself worthy of the program by doing the opposite of everything she did to try to get in. But when she runs into her ex, and first love, Dylan McCutter, Pippa has to finally decide if she should follow her head or her heart.

Written with the same humor and heart that made Chantel Guertin’s first three Pippa Greene novels instant favorites, Golden Hour offers a fresh and charming perspective on friendships, family, and first love.

Review:

I can’t believe this is the last book in the Pippa Greene series! I think this was the best one yet!

In this book, Pippa’s life is turned upside down, even more than in past novels. She doesn’t get into the only college program she applied to, so she doesn’t know what to do next. She ends up doing things that are completely out of her comfort zone.

The love triangle of Pippa, Dylan, and Ben also came to a conclusion. I was happy with the way it ended, but I was a little surprised at where they all ended up.

This was a satisfying ending to the series, but I really wish the story would continue! This is a short and sweet YA series that you should definitely check out!

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Character Names

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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 Best Character Names. Here’s my list:

1. Fitzwilliam Darcy

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2. Holly Golightly

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3. Luna Lovegood

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4. Charlie Bucket

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5. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

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6. Harleen Frances Quinzel (Harley Quinn)

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7. Archie Andrews

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8. Scarlet Benoit

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9. James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser

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10. Daenerys Targaryen

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Blog Tour Review: The Brightsiders

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Title: The Brightsiders
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Review:

This book is amazing!

There is great representation of a variety of genders and orientations in this book. Some characters are bi, others are gay or non/binary. I believe this is the first book I’ve read with a non-binary character who prefers the pronoun “they.” At first, it was a little confusing when I read “they” referring to a single person. I thought I had missed another person entering the scene. But I got used it pretty quickly, and I loved the diversity.

Another important aspect of this book is the paparazzi culture. We see one side of the story in the photos, but we don’t know what is actually happening in the celebrities’ lives. Emmy looked like she was falling apart, but that was influenced by the tabloids’ opinions. Not everything is what it seems in the magazines.

I love the characters. I wish I could join their group of friends. They had so much fun, and it made me so jealous! And I totally loved Emmy and Alfie! They were definitely my favourite characters!

If you haven’t read Queens of Geek, you should read it before The Brightsiders. It isn’t a sequel, but the characters from Queens of Geek made a couple of appearances in this book, and it would spoil the ending of that book because you would see where they ended up.

I just loved this book and I’m going to recommend it to everyone!

About the Author:

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Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

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Purchase:

Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • Print copy of The Brightsiders

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Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading – May 21

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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:

This weekend I finished The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Golden Hour by Chantel Guertin.

What I’m reading next:

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Next I will be reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – May 20

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 5 weekly blogging memes:

I also wrote about an event I attended a couple of weeks ago at the HarperCollins Canada offices, which featured the authors Joanna Goodman and Ellen Keith.

How was your week? What did you guys read?