Top Ten Tuesday – Binge Worthy Shows/Movies

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 Binge Worthy Shows/Movies. Here’s my list:

1. Crazy Rich Asians

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2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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3. Riverdale

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4. Stranger Things

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5. The Kissing Booth

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6. A Series of Unfortunate Events

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7. The Crown

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8. Kim’s Convenience

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9. Fuller House

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10. Outlander

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(All images taken from IMDb)

Review: Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1)

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Title: Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1)
Author: Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Being the new kid at school is tough, especially when your school is called Ducard Academy and your name is Bruce Wayne. There’s a gang of jokers roaming the halls, a muscle-headed kid named Bane wants to beat you up, and your guidance counselor Hugo Strange seems really, well, strange.

This inventive novel follows young Bruce Wayne and his friends Clark (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman) as they start a Junior Detective Agency to investigate their teachers and find out what’s going on behind closed doors at Ducard Academy, all before recess.

This all-new story presents a twist on the idea of junior sleuths, using comics, journal entries, and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as three students in the same school. They’ll try their best to solve their case, but just because you’re faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, it doesn’t mean you get to stay up past eleven.

Review:

This is a great middle grade story for fans of DC Comics.

This story takes place before the DC Comics characters became super heroes. They give hints to the superheroes that we know they will become. Bruce Wayne loves bats and working in dark spaces. Clark Kent is super secretive about where he comes from and says he knows nothing about Krypton. And there’s also the class clown Joe Kerr who is always pulling pranks in the halls.

The illustrations in this graphic novel were done in grey and white. Some of them looked like pencil sketches. There were some documents in the story, such as Bruce’s electronic journal and flyers from school. These told more of the story in an abstract way so that we can see what is happening around the students without them stating it.

I liked this graphic novel. It was a quick read, and funny too!

What to read next:

  • Fort Solitude (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #2) by Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen

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  • Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

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Have you read Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1)? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – September 3

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 Valiant High by Daniel Kibblesmith, Derek Charm, and David Baron.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

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

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – September 2

I can’t believe it’s September already! Summer is almost finished… but at least it’s Pumpkin Spice season again!

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 7 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… Gemina

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 Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

What book are you in bed with today?

Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

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Title: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose … it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest … but she may be the darkest.

Review:

I’m so excited about this series! I wish I hadn’t waited so long to start it, but I’m glad that I can read the next two books right away.

I found the story a little confusing at first because there were so many characters! Each Queen lives with a different guardian family, and they each specialize in a different power, so it was hard to keep track of them. Also, there were some names that looked similar, such as Luca and Luke. This slowed down my reading at first, but once I figured everyone out, it was so good!

The narrative switched between each of the three Queens. I loved reading about each of them, but then I wanted to keep reading their stories when it switched to the next girl. The final chapters were so fast paced. They were each just a few pages long so I flew through them.

I have to admit that I guessed the ending correctly. I was glad that I was right, and now I can’t wait to read the next book!

What to read next:

  • One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake
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  • Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
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Have you read Three Dark Crowns? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – September 1

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I received five books from HarperCollins Canada this week at their Frenzy Presents event:

  • The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest
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  • The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles #2) by Laurie Forest
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  • The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
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  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
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  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
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I received a book from Simon and Schuster Canada:

  • Blended by Sharon M. Draper
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I also three books that I ordered from Indigo:

  • Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake
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  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
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  • Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul
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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada and HarperCollins Canada for these books!

What books did you get this week?