Six for Sunday – Books With Snow/Ice in the Title

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 Books With Snow/Ice in the Title. Here’s my list:

1. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

2. The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé

3. Cold as Ice (Whatever After #6) by Sarah Mlynowski

4. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Books With Snow/Ice in the Title?

(All book cover images from Goodreads)

Review: Black Canary: Ignite

Title: Black Canary: Ignite
Author: Meg Cabot, Cara McGee
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Zoom
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Meg Cabot’s first graphic novel!

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.

When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

Review:

I love that this is Meg Cabot’s first graphic novel! I love her writing, and I could really hear her voice in this story.

Dinah is a unique character. She has superpowers, which are kind of hard to figure out. She has a powerful voice that can break things, like glass. I loved the part where her parents are told she might have superpowers, and they are glad to hear it. Usually, parents are called in to speak to the principal because of a behavioural problem, but Dinah’s parents were excited that she had superpowers.

This book felt like an introduction to the character. I think Dinah’s story could have been longer. Her parents and friends played a very minor role in the story, which could be expanded into more stories. I don’t think this book is part of a series, but it should be. I wish there was going to be more to the story because I would love to read more.

I really enjoyed this new graphic novel!

What to read next:

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh

Have you read Black Canary: Ignite? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – November 2

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 two books from Pajama Press:

The Elephant by Peter Carnavas

The Skeleton Coast (Quest of the Sunfish #3) by Mardi McConnochie

I was approved for a book on NetGalley from Blackstone Publishing:

The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel

I was approved for 3 books on NetGalley from Inkyard Press:

Runemaker (The Runebinder Chronicles #3) by Alex R. Kahler

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Thank you Pajama Press, Blackstone Publishing, and Inkyard Press for this book!

What books did you get this week?

Review: Classic Munsch Moods

Title: Classic Munsch Moods
Author: Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Annick Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

All the feels, Classic Munsch-style

Your favorite Classic Munsch characters are back, here to help young Munsch fans understand and articulate their feelings. Elizabeth and other familiar friends are joined by new faces to demonstrate the wonderful range of emotions we can experience in a day. With three new illustrations by Michael Martchenko, Classic Munsch Moods is the latest in the Classic Munsch board book series designed to help toddlers grasp important primary concepts in fun Munsch style.

Review:

This is an adorable Robert Munsch book!

In this book, there are a variety of illustrations of his famous characters. Each character illustration shows a different emotion that they were feeling at that time in their story. I recognized almost all of the illustrations from his famous stories.

I was surprised to see such a variety of emotions represented in all of his books. This book is very relevant today since there is a large focus on different emotions today, especially depression and anxiety. Children have these emotions as well, which is important to recognize.

I loved this story! It’s short, but great for young kids.

Thank you Annick Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Classic Munsch ABC by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Classic Munsch 123 by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

Have you read Classic Munsch Moods? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – November 1

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:

“‘Absolutely not. What an utterly hairbrained idea, Annabelle.’ Gilbert’s eyes had the rolling look of a hare that knew the hounds were upon him.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore.

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Goodreads synopsis:

A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford Rebels, in which a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.

Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?

Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke….

Have you read Bringing Down the Duke? What did you think of it?