Review: Candy Hearts

Title: Candy Hearts
Author: Tommy Siegel
Genre: Comics, Humor
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Tommy Siegel’s Candy Hearts comics offer a hysterical window into the many ways romantic couples are not at all on the same page. 

From the awkwardness of flirting during a pandemic to scrolling through disastrous dating profiles, Candy Hearts hilariously captures the secrets, lies, and misunderstandings behind every relationship. With dozens of never-before-seen comics and a special Candy Hearts sticker set, this book is the perfect Valentine’s Day (or Anti-Valentine’s Day) gift for your friends, lovers, or even yourself.

Review:

This is a hilarious collection of comics featuring anthropomorphic candy hearts. They feature different kinds of love, such as romantic love and parental love. Each page featured a different story and a different set of candy hearts. The comics were also quite contemporary because they talked about dating during the pandemic.

In many of the comics, the two characters had opposite feelings, such as the two that rode a tandem bike. One loved it and the other was embarrassed. In other comics, the characters secretly had the same feelings, such as the two that were being separated and pretended to be sad but were secretly glad that they could finally watch what they wanted on TV.

Some of the comics referenced famous romantic stories and fairytales. There were references to Titanic and Romeo and Juliet. I liked the comic of Beauty and the Beast, which mentioned Stockholm Syndrome. One of my favourite sets of comics were the ones based on online app dating profiles. It showed different examples of photos, including one at a wedding, one with a child, and one with a group of people so you can’t tell which one is the actual person in the profile. These were hilarious because they were so accurate.

I loved this comic collection! I highly recommend it as a Valentine’s gift!

Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic by Tommy Siegel

Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd

Have you read Candy Hearts? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Written the Year I Was Born

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 Books Written Before You Were Born. Since February is my birth month, I decided to make a list of Books Written the Year I Was Born. These books were written in 1993. Here’s my list:

1. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore

2. Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett

3. Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stone

4. Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman

5. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

6. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

7. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

9. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

10. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

(All book covers from Goodreads)

What’s your list of books on your Top Ten Tuesday?

Happy Pub Day – February 2

Happy Pub Day to all of these new books!

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Maya’s Big Scene by Isabelle Arsenault

In Love and Pajamas by Catana Chetwynd

Candy Hearts by Tommy Siegel

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan

Love in English by Maria E. Andreu

All the Ties of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease

Muse by Brittany Cavallaro

What Big Teeth By Rose Szabo

City of Villains by Estelle Laure

Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The Project by Courtney Summers

This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria

What books are you most excited for this week?

Blog Tour Review: We Could Be Heroes

Title: We Could Be Heroes
Author: Mike Chen
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Mira Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

An extraordinary and emotional adventure about unlikely friends and the power of choosing who you want to be.

Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories—a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food and books.

Zoe is also searching for her past, and using her abilities of speed and strength…to deliver fast food. And she’ll occasionally put on a cool suit and beat up bad guys, if she feels like it.

When the archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, Zoe and Jamie will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself.

Review:

Jamie woke up one day in an apartment with a note that said he has a superpower to read and erase minds. He decided to use that power to rob banks, giving him the name Mind Robber. Zoe also woke up in an apartment with a note that said she has super strength and a name tag with Zoe Wong written on it. Zoe stops criminals and has been given the name Throwing Star. When Jamie and Zoe clash, they start to realize there are similarities between their pasts. The two vigilantes work together to figure out where they came from.

This was such a thrilling superhero story. It started out with Jamie and Zoe in action, with him robbing a bank and her trying to stop him. It developed into a broader story about identity. There were loads of secrets that they kept from each other and that they had to learn along the way. I really couldn’t put this book down.

My only criticism is that the ending felt a little long. There was a long, technical action scene. However, the final pages were definitely worth the wait!

This is a great science fiction superhero story!

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

What to read next:

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

About the author:

Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor) and covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter

Have you read We Could Be Heroes? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – February 1

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 We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading This Golden Flames by Emily Victoria.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

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