Review: Manga Classics: Macbeth

Title: Manga Classics: Macbeth
Author: Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan, William Shakespeare, Julien Choy
Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Macbeth, the Thane of Cawdor, is a loyal subject to Duncan, the King of Scotland. At least, he used to be. With tempting words and treacherous images, three witches and his own wife inspire Macbeth to a terrible act of treason and murder. As one murder follows another, Macbeth begins to lose his grip upon both his sanity and his hard-won kingdom – but what could possibly unseat him from his bloody throne?

Featuring lush visuals and the FULL, ORIGINAL TEXT

 of Shakespeare’s brutal Scottish tragedy, Macbeth is the second title in Manga Classics ‘ Shakespeare line, an unflinching version of this classic tale! 

Review:

I read Macbeth in high school many years ago. I don’t remember all the details of it, so I wanted to read this Manga Classic graphic novel as a refresher. It was a great adaptation.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s madness was illustrated very well in this graphic novel. Macbeth start out as a fairly good, ambitious character. As he grows in status and kills people, he developed shadows on his face and aged a lot. I liked the way his madness changed his appearance.

I also liked the way the metaphors were illustrated in the pictures. There were many animal metaphors, including snakes and bears. When they were mentioned in dialogue, they were accompanied by an image of the animal. This reinforced the written text.

I love these Manga Classics! They are great adaptations of classic plays and novels!

Thank you Udon Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by Stacy King, William Shakespeare

Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Stacy King, Alexandre Dumas

Have you read Manga Classics: Macbeth? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – June 24

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 Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane.

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

Review: Get Out of Town (Riverdale #2)

Title: Get Out of Town (Riverdale #2)
Author: Micol Ostow
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead take a road trip, they discover that their small-town problems seem to follow them wherever they go.

Archie’s on trial for murder, and the evidence is stacked against him. Betty, Veronica, and Jughead all know that Archie is being framed by Hiram Lodge, but how can they prove it?

The gang comes up with a last-ditch plan to prove Archie’s innocence: They have to go back to the scene of the crime. They have to go back to Shadow Lake.

Threats are around every corner deep in the woods at the Lodge family cabin. Will the teens find the evidence they need to clear Archie’s name? And more importantly, will they make it back to Riverdale alive?

Review:

I loved the first book in this series, which was set before the events of the show Riverdale began. I was so excited to read this new book in the series!

This story switches perspectives between all of the main characters in Riverdale. All of their voices are authentic. I could hear the characters’ voices while I was reading. This made the book so good!

The story started out very well. It switched between characters frequently and was exciting. However, it got a little boring when Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead went to the Lodge. They had some flashbacks to random events at Riverdale High, which didn’t move the story forward.

The author had the challenge of writing this book to take place in the middle of the TV series. The book had to give some new details to keep fans of the show entertained, but not spoil anything or change what ultimately happens on the show. She did a great job of writing this book.

This book is great for fans of Riverdale.

What to read next:

The Day Before (Riverdale #1) by Micol Ostow

Archie, Vol. 1 by Mark Wait, Fiona Staples

Have you read Get Out of Town? What did you think of it?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – June 23

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sunday in Bed With… Dear Wife

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 reading Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle.

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long. 

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Couples Who Need a Sequel

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Couples Who Need a Sequel. Here’s my list:

1. Cinder and Kai (The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

2. Alina and Mal (Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)

3. Ron and Hermione (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

4. Simon and Bram (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)

5. Evangeline and Elane (Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard)

6. Maddy and Olly (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon)

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Couples Who Need A Sequel?

Review: Once Upon a Frog (Whatever After #8)

Title: Once Upon a Frog (Whatever After #8)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

My brother, Jonah, and I just want to TALK to the magic mirror — we’re not planning on traveling into any fairytales today. Promise.

Except we do wind up going through the mirror, this time into the story of The Frog Prince. The princess, who’s supposed to transform the cute little frog back into a handsome prince, turns out to be super rude. Jonah and I decide we don’t want — or need — her help. We can take matters into our own hands and turn the frog into a prince ourselves! Can’t we?

Now we just have to:

– Climb out of a smelly well

– Canoe over a waterfall

– Sneak into a palace

– Kiss a frog (ack)!

And there’s no time to waste — let’s hop to it!

Review:

This story is a little different from the others in the series. In each book, Abby and Jonah travel to a fairy tale. They end up messing up the ending in some way, such as preventing Sleeping Beauty from falling asleep. However, in this one, they intentionally try to change the ending.

In the original story of the frog prince, the princess is so mean that she throws the frog against a wall which makes him turn back into a prince. Abby didn’t want this frog prince to have the same fate, so she stops the princess from rescuing him, and instead tries to change him back into a human. This doesn’t end as she planned, when it turns out that the prince is actually evil!

Abby was able to apply what she learned about the mean prince in the fairy tale to her real bully at school. This shows that kids can learn things from fairy tales, even if they aren’t set in real life.

I love this series! I can’t wait to read the next one which is based on Aladdin!

What to read next:

Genie in a Bottle (Whatever After #9) by Sarah Mlynowski

Upside-Down Magic (Upside-Down Magic #1) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

Have you read Once Upon a Frog? What did you think of it?