[Mini Review] The Dire King (Jackaby #4)

33590221“The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysteries of New Fiddleham, New England — like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why zombies are appearing around. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.” – Goodreads

The Jackaby books quickly became one of my favorite series.  I love it when mythical creatures and the such mix in with our world. I love it even more in Victorian/Victorian-esque settings. The writing was also quite good and very easy to get through. I’m a little sad that the series has ended, but it was an excellent journey. Continue reading

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[Mini Review] Zita the Spacegirl #1

8879121“Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest. ”

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this graphic novel. It’s so much fun! Just, so much fun! Both the characters and the world setting are very interesting. I actually wish the author had spent a little more time world building because there’s so much that could have been explored.

The characters were very likable, and even though I could see the villain/antagonist and “twist” coming a mile away, I was so immersed in the story that it didn’t take away from the excitement.

I highly recommend this series and will continue reading it.

Score:4/5

My Year in Books 2017

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2017 was definitely the year of manga. I started the year reading regular chapter books, but my heart wasn’t really in it. I wanted something that took less time to finish. So I switched to comic books, but ultimately decided to read manga. I previously made a manga TBR video and I have over 100 manga volumes that need to be read. In that respect, I failed completely because I ended up reading manga that I borrowed from my library and bought some more volumes throughout the year. Oops.

I read 126 books out of my 100 book goal. I’m pretty impressed with myself considering how the previous year’s reading goal was 50 books. However, I guess it might not be as impressive since they were mostly all manga. Oh well, I still had an awesome time reading.  Continue reading

How does one review manga and comics?

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Hmm…

I’ve been reading a lot. However, I’ve been mostly reading comics, manga, and the occasional Wimpy Kid book. I don’t know what it is about comics and manga that make me not want to write reviews. Actually, the thought of having to review them is a bit overwhelming. Having to review an entire series is scary! Not to mention that I’ll probably forget a lot of important details along the way! It also seems a bit pointless to review volume by volume since there’s really not much I can talk about that way. Continue reading