Review: Rust: The Boy Soldier


Title: Rust: Boy Soldier
Author: Royden Lepp
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

The story of the Boy Soldier begins!

Made to look like a boy but built for battle, Jet Jones is a robot caught in the middle of an ongoing war. While trying to save as many people as he can, Jet discovers there is more to who he is and what he was made for than he could have ever imagined. His experiences in the war set him off on a journey to learn what it means to both hero and human. It is the first adventure of many for the rocket boy.

Review:

This is a beautiful graphic novel.

I loved the images in this story. It has a sepia colour scheme, which gives it a flashback quality to it. The artist was able to convey perspective very well. Some parts would be in focus while the rest of the panel was out of focus, making it look three dimensional.

I also like the way this story shows the consequences of using artificial intelligence in war. Jet has a conscience so he feels bad about what he does, leading him to wonder if he should continue fighting in the war.

After I read this book, I discovered it is the prequel to a series. It was a quick read but I understood it without that background information. I will have to look for the rest of the series!

‘Waiting on’ Wednesday #4

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is Doctor Who: Myths and Legends.

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I love Doctor Who so I’m super excited about this book. It tells all the myths and legends within the Doctor’s world.

What books are you waiting on this week?

 

Review: Harley Quinn, Volume 3: Red Meat


Title: Harley Quinn, Volume 3: Red Meat
Author: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

NetGalley Synopsis:

The Suicide Squad’s deadliest member continues to wreak havoc all across the DC Universe in the latest installment of her best-selling graphic novel series in HARLEY QUINN VOL. 3!

Harley’s managed to carve out a kind of peace with New York’s corrupt mayor…but once she gets wind of his plans for the city’s homeless population, the deal is most definitely off! She’ll have to take the fight to City Hall–but who will be her ally in her most desperate hour?

Review:

There were many different subplots in this new volume. Personally, there wasn’t enough Harley in it for me. But I still loved the graphic novel.

One subplot has the cannibals that the mayor’s assistant brought to town to kill all the homeless people. Harley’s sadness at the disappearance of the homeless show how caring she is.

Another subplot is a former Arkham Asylum inmate who has been sent on a quest. This story wasn’t really connected to Harley yet, but I think in the next volume it will become clearer.

The third subplot is a Batman fan from the future who is sent back in time to kill Harley. The ending of this one was so amazing! I loved the twist.

Once again, this was another thrilling Volume in the Harley Quinn rebirth series. I can’t wait for the next one!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR.

Here’s my list:

Warcross
 

They Both Die At The End

All The Crooked Saints

 

The Hate U Give

 

The Upside of Unrequited

 

Ramona Blue

 

Editing Emma

 

Renegades

 

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

 

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

(All images taken from Goodreads)

Release Day Blitz: The Missing

 

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for

The Missing by Jerico Lenk

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Make sure you grab your copy today!

 

Happy Book Birthday, Jerico!

 

 

Dark proclivities, excess, and outlandish curiosities prevail in 1890’s London. Around the city, a battle rages between the living and the dead. The Black Cross, tasked to keep the peace, are quickly losing ground.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Winchester, lives life as a boy called “Will” in his father’s house of distinguished ladies, all but invisible to the wealthy Londoners who frequent. It’s an easy ruse since his mother’s death left his father’s attention to fall upon business matters. But this isn’t his only secret.

When Will unwittingly becomes involved in a Black Cross ghost hunt, his uncanny ability to sense supernatural beings comes to light and the Black Cross wants him in their service. Suddenly, Will’s free to be himself.

But such freedom will come with a price, as Will fights for the acceptance of the only father he’s ever known.

Now, part of a team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about those who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself.
Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

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Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

 

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Review: 23:27


Title: 23:27
Author: H.L. Roberts
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: CaDaVa Publishing
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.

Review:

This book jumps right into the action, which I liked. The writing got better as the story progressed. 

I was missing a lot of the background information in the beginning. I knew these characters were facing a lot of difficulties but I wasn’t convinced that I should root for them yet. 

Eventually, I got really into the story. There were some dramatic points where I had no idea what was going to happen next. That was exciting. 

I didn’t like that race was part of the reason that Alec and Lilith couldn’t be together. Up until that point, I didn’t even realize they were racially different. And their races were never mentioned again, so I think it was unnecessary. 

I was unsure of the setting throughout the whole book. I think it may be set in the U.K., because they mention that their album was released there but I’m not 100% sure. Sometimes they used British terms, but sometimes they used American terms. 

The story is alternately narrated by Lilith and Alec. I would have liked to see Lilith’s point of view more throughout the story. Alec tells most of it through the middle. It’s a bit of a secret how Lilith is feeling during that point so I can see why she has less parts, but I liked hearing her side of the story too. 

Overall, this was a pretty good story.