Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – September 30

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 7 weekly blogging memes:

I didn’t get any new books this week, so instead of my usual Stacking the Shelves post, I posted the unboxing of my Litjoy and Owlcrate boxes for August 2018:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir

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 reading Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir by Mark Critch.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A heartfelt and outrageously funny memoir about Newfoundland, family, and being the weirdest kid in school

What could be better than growing up in the 1980s? How about growing up in 1980s Newfoundland, which as Mark Critch will tell you, was more like the 1960s. Critch takes us to where it all began in this tremendously funny and warm look back on his formative years. A “recovering Catholic,” he recalls his many misadventures growing up on the outskirts of a small town. And when your radio-star dad is the talk of the town, and your mom can’t stop talking at all, life at home is always entertaining.

Best known as the “roving reporter” for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark Critch has photo-bombed Justin Trudeau, interviewed Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle (while impersonating Alan Doyle), offered Pamela Anderson a million dollars to stop acting, and crashed White House briefings. But in this hilarious debut, we learn that Critch has been causing trouble his whole life. Son of a Critch will have you longing for life in Canada’s most unique province–even if you’ve never been there–and marvelling at how one person’s childhood could be so ridiculously funny.

What book are you in bed with today?

Review: Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside

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Title: Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside
Author: Hope Larson, Raphael Albuquerque
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Library
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Barbara Gordon looks to add a new bullet point to her already impressive Batgirl resume: travel agent. Having just (barely!) survived the Battle of Burnside and verging on an Arkham-worthy breakdown, the star pulls a Kerouac and gets on the road to find herself.

Follow Babs on her worldwide quest in Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside, with New York Times best-selling author Hope Larson and award-winning artist Raphael Albuquerque leading the way!

Collecting: Batgirl 1-6

Review:

I really like Batgirl. She’s a unique super hero because she was not born with her powers. She is good with technical things, so that is her special talent. Her father is Commissioner Gordon, who is the head of police in Gotham.

In this story, Barbara Gordon travels to Asia where she meets an old friend. I liked the Asian setting. She travelled to different countries. This setting was different because most of the comics I read are set in the U.S. so it was nice to see another part of the world featured.

In the final comic, some familiar faces appeared, including Poison Ivy. I’m excited to read the next installment after seeing the characters she will encounter in the future.

What to read next:

  • Batgirl, Volume 2: Son of Penguin by Hope Larson

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  • Batgirl, Volume 1: Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart

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Have you read Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside? What did you think of it?

Owlcrate Unboxing – August 2018

This is my Owlcrate unboxing for August 2018.

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I love this little box that is shaped like a book. It’s metal and it has a quote from Holly Black on it.

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These are adorable bookmarks with the wicked queens of fairytales: the Evil Queen, Maleficent, and the Red Queen.

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This is a ring with a giant pink stone on it. It’s so big! And it’s gorgeous!

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This is a tea towel with a Sarah J. Maas quote! I love it!

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I’ve used this compact many times already. It has a quote from The Belles on it.

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Here is the book: Grace and Fury. I guessed correctly what it was! I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard lots of good things about it!

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The theme for the next box is going to be Masters of Disguise. I’m not sure what it could be!

Did you get this Owlcrate box? What did you think of it?

Litjoy Unboxing – August 2018

This was another great box from Litjoy! This particular box has been advertised for months because it has the new Sarah J. Maas Catwoman book!

This is a candle called Poison Ivy!

This is a Harley Quinn bath bomb! She’s my favourite DC Comics character. And some cat nail decals!

I’m obsessed with these cat socks. They match the cover of the Catwoman book. The bottoms of them have the cat tails, which are so cute!!

I love this cat dish! Meow!

Here’s the amazing book! I can’t wait to read it!

These are the Litjoy trading cards for this box. The characters are Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. I wish the Harley Quinn card was the Joker in the deck, since she is the Joker’s girlfriend.

I added the Litjoy cards from their Harry Potter box to my order. These ones feature the four triwizard champions: Harry Potter, Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum, and Cedric Diggory.

Next month’s box is Secrets and Shadows. I’m not sure what the book will be, but I can’t wait to see it!

Review: Rabbit and Robot

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Title: Rabbit and Robot
Author: Andrew Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon that his dad owns, by Billy and Rowan to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. And as the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and the Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever.

Review:

This book is a futuristic story, set on a space ship that cruises around the moon.

The beginning of the story was a little confusing. It opens right in the middle of events. The boys are trapped in a lake with talking animals. I had no idea where the story was going when it started like this!

I liked how dramatic the cogs, or robots, were in this story. They each had a dominating emotion which they would constantly exhibit. For example some were depressed, or angry, or sexual. They made the story entertaining because they were so extreme and unpredictable.

One thing I don’t really agree with is that it’s a young adult story. When I was a teen, I don’t think I would have enjoyed this story because of the mature themes. It is more of an older young adult novel since the main characters are teens, but the themes would be too mature for younger teens.

I enjoyed this book! It’s a unique dystopian story!

What to read next:

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Schteyngart

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Have you read Rabbit & Robot? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – September 28

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“The screws through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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Goodreads synopsis:

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

You can find my review of Cinder here. It’s one of the first books I reviewed on my blog! Have you read Cinder? What did you think of it?

Review: Supergirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls #2)

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Title: Supergirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls #2)
Author: Lisa Yee
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Random House
Source: Library
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls™—the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman™, Supergirl™, Batgirl™, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Supergirl is the new girl in school—and she just also happens to be the most powerful teenager in the galaxy!

After losing her home planet of Krypton and everyone she knows, Supergirl has made a new home on Earth, but she’s isn’t so sure that Super Hero High School is the right place for her. Wonder Woman, other new friends, and a kindly librarian make her feel welcome, but breached inter-dimensional portals, invading alien armies, and bad dreams shake her confidence. It’s not easy being a super hero and a high school student all at once!

Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics’ most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman™ and Superman™—the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it!

Review:

I enjoyed this book. It’s the second in the series.

Supergirl arrives at Super Hero High in this story. She has recently arrived on Earth, so everything is new to her, including her powers.

The students at Super Hero High have to figure out who is trying to break into a room called the Boom Tubes at the school. The Boom Tubes are portals to anywhere in the galaxy that you could travel to. I think it was obvious from the beginning who was trying to break into the room. That person was very suspicious the whole time. I wish the ending was a little more suspenseful, since I had figured out the culprit from the beginning.

I really like the way that each book in this series focuses on a different super hero. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.

What to read next:

  • Batgirl at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls #3) by Lisa Yee

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  • DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 1: Finals Crisis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat

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Have you read Supergirl at Super Hero High? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – September 27

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

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Title: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
Source: Publisher
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

Review:

I loved this book so much! It was so thrilling and suspenseful.

I loved the way this story was woven together. Elizabeth reflects on her childhood with Victor throughout the beginning of the book while she is searching for him. He stopped returning her letters, so she went looking for him at his school. But once she finds him, everything changes. She finds a lot more than just her friend Victor.

Parts of Elizabeth’s past are constantly reflected in her current life, including the many ways she saved Victor in their childhood. She was a strong woman, who was a huge influence on Victor. However, she was still restricted to the life of an eighteenth century woman. She was an orphan and she could have been kicked out of the house at any moment without any help. She didn’t have anything to fall back on, except staying with the Frankensteins.

I haven’t read Frankenstein yet, but I’m planning on reading it soon since it is the 200th anniversary of its publication this year. I’m curious to see how it measures up to this book, because this story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

What to read next:

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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  • And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

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Have you read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein? What did you think of it?