Review: Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking and Screaming

Title: Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking and Screaming
Author: Brendan Fletcher, Annie Wu, Pia Guerra, Lee Loughridge
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 2, 2016
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why!

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Review:

I had never read a Black Canary graphic novel before this one, and I didn’t know much about her. Black Canary, or Dinah Drake, has a special “Canary cry,” which can harm her enemies. In this story, she is the lead singer of a band called Black Canary. They have to protect one of their band mates, a child who is being chased by a number of people.

Since I didn’t know much about Black Canary before this story, I would have liked it much more if she was the focus of the plot. The band members kept talking about feuds they had before Dinah arrived, so I was left wondering what happened before the story. There were a few subplots that were started, but they weren’t completed by the end of the graphic novel.

One problem with this graphic novel is that it tried to use sound to convey the story, yet there is no sound to the graphic novel. Dinah and the other characters had to use sound to fight off their enemies, yet that was hard to show on the page. That left many pages with just images to portray the story. This became confusing because some characters looking the same, and there wasn’t enough space to show who was in the panel.

Unfortunately, this graphic novel didn’t work for me. There is a new Black Canary adaptation coming out later in the year by Meg Cabot, which I’m looking forward to trying out!

What to read next:

Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva

Josie and the Pussycats, Volume 1 by Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio, Audrey Mok

Have you read Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking and Screaming? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – August 26

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 Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite.

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

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – August 25

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?

Sundays in Bed With… Crown of Coral and Pearl

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 Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford.

Goodreads Synopsis:

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Yellow Books

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 Yellow Books. Here’s my list:

1. Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar

2. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

3. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

4. Sink or Swim (Whatever After #3) by Sarah Mlynowski

5. Please Send Help… (I Hate Everyone But You #2) by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

6. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Yellow Books?

Review: Fan the Fame

Title: Fan the Fame
Author: Anna Priemaza
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Indigo Fall Preview
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 20, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Equal parts Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, this fiercely crafted feminist YA novel takes on fandom, accountability, and doing the right thing. Even when it hurts.

Lainey wouldn’t mind lugging a camera around a video game convention for her brother, aka YouTube superstar Codemeister, except for one big problem. He’s funny and charming online, but behind closed doors, Cody is a sexist jerk.

SamTheBrave came to this year’s con with one mission: meeting Codemeister—because getting his idol’s attention could be the big break Sam needs.

ShadowWillow is already a successful streamer. But when her fans start shipping her with Code, Shadow concocts a plan to turn the rumors to her advantage.

The three teens’ paths collide when Lainey records one of Cody’s hateful rants on video. Because she’s determined to spill the truth to her brother’s fans—even if that means putting Sam and Shadow in the crosshairs.

Told through three relatable voices and arriving on the heels of the author’s widely praised debut novel, Kat and Meg Conquer the World, this sophomore novel is a nuanced and timely story about followers, fame, and fighting for what’s right.

Review:

This was a great story!

This story drew a lot of attention to problems in the online gaming community. Lainey wanted to take her brother down from his high position in the community by proving that he is a misogynist and a racist. At the same time, ShadowWillow has to fight for her position in the community even harder just because she is a woman. ShadowWillow even comments on how the panel of all girls at the convention was in the morning, at the least popular time slot.

The character SamTheBrave had a disorder that caused him to pick at his skin. He was bullied because people couldn’t understand his disorder. Even his family bullied him about it. Even if a disorder doesn’t have a “pretty” image, it is important for it to be present in fiction, because it is present in real life. I really liked that Sam had this uncommon disorder, to bring awareness to it.

One thing that would have made this story much more effective was if there were people of colour and LGBTQ characters represented in this story. People of colour in the gaming community were mentioned briefly and there were some very minor LGBTQ characters, but I think there should have been some more representation because they are also part of the community.

I really loved this story!

Thank you Chapters Indigo for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

Have you read Fan the Fame? What did you think of it?

Celebrity Books Worth Reading [Promo Post]

Hi Everyone!

This is a special promotional post that I was sent by Siege Media.


Often times, we turn to our favorite books and novels as a way to escape from reality. Books can transport us to magical worlds, put us in the middle of a thrilling mystery, and makes us fall in love with characters and stories. But books can also challenge us to take a look internally and teach us lessons about life that we don’t expect. You also probably don’t expect those life lessons to come from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. While life as a celebrity might seem wonderful on the outside looking in, celebrities use their autobiographies as a way to open a window into the hardships they’ve faced and the challenges they’ve overcome. From themes of self-love and ambition, to empowerment and finding inner peace, these books by celebrities will inspire and motivate you to reach for more. 


Thank you Siege Media for providing the content for this post.


Have you read these celebrity books? What are your favourite books written by a celebrity?

Stacking the Shelves – August 24

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 a book from Abrams Kids:

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce by Angie Manfriedi (editor)

I was approved for two books on NetGalley from INscribe Digital:

The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

The Navigator by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

I was approved for a book on NetGalley from BOOM! Studios:

Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre

I had a wish granted on NetGalley from Wednesday Books:

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Thank you Abrams Kids, INscribe Digital, BOOM! Studios, and Wednesday Books for these books!

What books did you get this week?

Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Title: How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Author: Neil Gaiman, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá
Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: June 5, 2016
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Enn is a fifteen-year-old boy who just doesn’t understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear! 

From the Locus Award-winning short story by Neil Gaiman–one of the most celebrated authors of our time– and adapted in vibrant ink-and-watercolor illustrations by the Daytripper duo of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, this original hardcover graphic novel is absolutely not to be missed!”

Review:

I kept seeing this book everywhere, so I wanted to read it. It was an unusual story.

I really liked the way the boys in the story were oblivious to the girls around them. They were just focused on flirting with them, so they didn’t pay attention when they talked about being from another planet. It shows how they can be blinded by girls.

The art in the book was beautiful. It became abstract and colorful when the girls spoke about where they came from, but it was dark when they were in the real world.

The story was a little too strange for me. We didn’t really find out what the story was behind the girls at the party, and I would have loved to know their history.

What to read next:

American Gods, Volume 1: Shadows by Neil Gaiman, P.Craig Russell, Scott Hampton

Have you read How to Talk to Girls at Parties? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – August 23

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:

“Ask me to spin the finest yarn or thread, and I can do it faster than any man – even with my eyes closed. Yet ask me to tell a lie, and I will stumble and falter to think of one.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

Have you read Spin the Dawn? What did you think of it?