Review: Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up

Title: Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up
Author: Peter J. Tomasi
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Superboy (aka Jonathan Kent) and Robin (aka Damian Wayne) make their super hero duo debut in this all-new series SUPER SONS, part of DC Rebirth.

This debut series looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

Review:

This is a funny graphic novel.

I like that it’s aimed at a young adult audience, though it could be entertaining for adults too. Many DC comics are for adults, and some are for kids, but this one fits nicely in the middle.

Robin and Superboy make an unlikely team. They don’t always succeed in defeating the villain. Actually, they often end up trapped. But that makes for comical situations.

Their families make small appearances in the story, but it mostly focuses on the sons. I like this, since I find that many spin off series can focus too much on background information. Damian and Jon are the sons of Batman and Superman, but their fathers aren’t featured in the story. They boys get to go off and have their own adventures.

I liked this graphic novel and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!

It’s Monday, What are you reading? #8

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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:

Yesterday I finished Dragonfly Song. I loved this middle grade book. My review can be found here.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Accident, for a blog tour with Aria books!

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading A Seaside Escape, also for the blog tour with Aria Books.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Dragonfly Song


Title: Dragonfly Song
Author: Wendy Orr
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Pajama Press
Source: Publisher
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

The little girl found under a bush has no name and cannot speak. Is she a miracle child who escaped the raiders, or is she a bad-luck child, the one who called the Bull King’s ship to the island? No one sees the mama-stone around her neck, with the sign of the dragonfly. And only Luki, in training to leap the bulls, knows that she charmed the viper who would have killed him. When the girl turns twelve, she discovers her name – Aissa – and she knows that her one chance to live freely is to become a bull dancer, and be taken away to the island of the Bull King.

Review:

This is a unique middle grade story.

I love Greek mythology so I loved how this story was done in the style of a traditional Greek epic. A lot of the story was told in verse, like the epic poems The Odyssey or The Illiad. This style may be unusual for many young readers, but it will expose them to a traditional style of writing. Orr does a great job of weaving verse in with the prose of the story. Many other aspects of Greek mythology also appear in the story, such as sacrifice and animal imagery. 

Though Aissa’s story is happening centuries ago, she still faces issues that contemporary children have to deal with. Young readers could relate to her problems with bullies. She is bullied by Half-One and Half-Two and is eventually kicked out of the servants circle. 

I really enjoyed this story. However, if I read it when I was in elementary school, I don’t think I would have liked it as much. This story would be a great introduction to the Ancient Greek style for young readers, if they also have some guidance from an adult. 

Weekly Wrap Up #8

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

Here are my reviews for the week:

My favourite was The Good Mother.

I also did a weekly book meme everyday:

What did you read this week? Have you read any of these books?

Blog Tour: The Note

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Title: The Note
Author: Zoe Folbigg
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

Based on Zoë Folbigg’s true story comes an unforgettable romance about how a little note can change everything…

One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.

But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen?

And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.

The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything…

Review:

This is a light romance with some drama thrown in. 

Maya is a quirky character who works for a fashion website. I liked all the clothes that she was wearing. They sounded super cute. I also liked her friend Nena. She was an interesting character who I wish was in the story more. 

I liked that many different types of relationships were present in the story. There were couples who had been together for years, and new affairs just beginning. 

I felt like there were too many characters to keep track of. There were multiple couples who took turns being the focus of the story, as well as all of Maya’s colleagues. The story was also a little long. 

If you’re looking for a romantic story with some depth, this one is for you. 

About the Author:

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Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She has since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. This is her debut novel.

Follow Zoe

Website: http://www.zoefolbigg.com/
Twitter: @zolington
Facebook: @zoefolbiggauthor

THE NOTE blog tour

Available on NetGalley: http://bit.ly/2xk8jzq

Buy links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2ho8FLj
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2xXnW0p
iBooks: http://apple.co/2yi6WxU
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2hkpXwt

Follow Aria

Website: www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafiction

Stacking The Shelves #7

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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 finally received my two preorders this week: Turtles All The Way Down and All The Crooked Saints. I have a bunch of blog tours to post in the next couple of weeks but I’ll be reviewing these two soon!

I also bought Practical Magic. The sequel to this book came out this week so I want to read this one first!

What books did you buy this week? Have you read any of these ones?