Comic Book Haul [#60]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Batgirl #3A & 3B

Writer: Hope Larson
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“Beyond Burnside” part 3! After Batgirl faces off against a second villain with the mark of “The Student,” she must set off to Korea to get to the bottom of the mysterious attacks before someone close to her gets caught in the crossfire!

Detective Comics #941A & 941B

Event\Storyline: Night Of The Monster Men
Writer: James Tynion IV, Steve Orlando
Artist: Andy MacDonald
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“Night Of The Monster Men” part 3! Batman and Batwoman take to the streets in a motorcycle death race against a monster that transforms faster than they can keep up! And at Blackgate, something truly terrifying is growing in the prison’s darkest depths…and its eggs are hatching!

The Flash #7A & 7B

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” part 7! Still reeling from Godspeed’s devastating attack, the beleaguered Flash realizes that to defeat this menacing new foe he must take away the Speed Force power from Central City’s new citizen speedsters. There’s only one problem: they don’t want to give it back.

Titans #3A & 3B

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

In TITANS #3, the team receives word that Karen Beecher-Duncan-a.k.a. Bumblebee-has been kidnapped! Is there a connection between a shadowy new foe and the intergalactic demon that stole their memories? Find out in “The Return of Wally West” chapter 3!

Suicide Squad #3A & 3B

Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“THE BLACK VAULT” part 3! It looks like a well-deserved day off for the Suicide Squad-until things go off the rails when the bizarre energies of the dark sphere Amanda Waller’s team brought back slowly drive everyone in Belle Reve Penitentiary to acts of violent, bloody madness. Everyone except the crown princess of crazy, Harley Quinn, who’s somehow been…cured? Now contains back-up story featuring art by Declan Shalvey.  The chilling history of the Suicide Squad’s most mysterious member, this lavishly illustrated story reveals how the deadly warrior Katana came to be.

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #6

Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys #6

Writer: Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Mauricet
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting six long issues for! The identity of Harley Sinn is revealed, and Harley’s gang has found their great leader. But trouble is only beginning for Har-oh who are we kidding? This is the issue where Harley and her Gang kick butt on her captors (and she gets quite a few shots with her mallet as well), as Harley Quinn teaches her gang the most important lesson of all: losing stinks, so win-and never leave Brooklyn if you can help it.

Batman Beyond: REBIRTH #1A & 1B

Event\Storyline: Rebirth
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ryan Sook
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

Six months have passed since the events of BATMAN BEYOND #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?

Teen Titans: REBIRTH #1A & 1B

Event\Storyline: Rebirth
Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Jonboy Meyers
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

The Teen Titans are farther apart than ever before…until Damian Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots-is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?

Frostbite #1

Frostbite #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Long after Earth has entered its second ice age, humanity has learned to cope with the frozen elements. In this cold and bleak future, heat is power, and brutal gangs roam the icy wasteland looking for it. If that wasn’t enough, a terrible disease nicknamed “frostbite” is literally freezing people from the inside out. Once you catch it, the effect is instantaneous. There is no immunity, there is no cure.
Until now. Doctor Henry Bonham and his daughter Victoria have found the key to ending frostbite. If they can get from Mexico City to a secret government outpost in Alcatraz, they could stabilize life across the globe. But to do that they’ll need to stay alive. That’s where Keaton comes in. She and her crew have faced worse journeys before, but never with the potential consequences this one poses if they fail.

Spider-Gwen #12

Spider-Gwen #12

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• Here it is! SPIDER-GWEN vs. FRANK CASTLE.
•  No more powers, no more running, no more hiding.

Nighthawk #5

Nighthawk #5

Writer: David Walker
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

NIGHTHAWK vs THE REVELATOR!
•  While riots and racial unrest ravage the city of Chicago, NIGHTHAWK squares off against the serial killer known as THE REVELATOR.
•  Can Nighthawk stop the killer from fanning the flames that engulf the city, or is it already too late?

X-Men '92 #7

X-Men ’92 #7

Writer: Chris Sims, Chad Bowers
Artist: Alti Firmansyah
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Lilapalooza has gone off the rails as the X-Men have been teleported into space! Now, they face some old enemies made new as THE BROOD attack! Meanwhile, on Earth, The Toadies keep rocking as X-Factor comes knocking!

Wayward #16A & 16B

Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Steven Cummings
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

NEW STORY ARC
This issue is the perfect place to jump on board and see what Image’s supernatural sensation has to offer. Rori and Ayane have been transported to Ireland and the Emerald Isle teems with new magic, mystery, and danger.

Saga #38

Saga #38

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“THE WAR FOR PHANG,” Part Two
When your babysitter’s a ghost, death is never very far away.

Josie and the Pussycats #1A & 1D

Writer: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron Deordio
Artist: Audrey Mok
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Grab the latest, surefire, top-of-the-charts new Riverdale series! Friends, countrymen, lend me your long tails and ears for hats – the Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie’s getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra’s plotting put a stop to the whole thing?  Don’t miss comics’ supreme songstresses’ return to the limelight in this exciting first issue!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

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The Midnight Star | Waiting on Wednesday [#25]

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Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Midnight Star

Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #3
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 11th 2016

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The Midnight StarThere was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Why I’m Waiting

This is going to be the stunning conclusion to The Young Elites series and I can’t wait to find out how it ends. Adelina is one of my favorite anti-heroes, and this series has such an amazing cast of characters.

P.S. Marie Lu is the author of The Legend Trilogy.


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | September 19 – September 25

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Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of September 5 – September 18. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

CONTEMPORARY

Perfect Ten by L. Philips

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

June 6th 2017

Perfect TenWho is Sam Raines’s Perfect Ten? 

It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. But when Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th.

Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend Landon might want another chance.

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

January 17th 2017

Love and First SightOn his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty–in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

April 4th 2017

Always and Forever, Lara JeanLara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

The Free by Lauren McLaughlin

Published by Soho Teen

February 28th 2017

The FreeIn the beginning, Isaac West stole to give his younger sister Janelle little things: a new sweater, a scarf, just so she looked less like a charity case whose mother spent money on booze and more like the prep school girls he’d see on his way to school.

But when Isaac’s petty theft lands him in juvie, he’s cut off from helping Janelle. Friendless in a dangerous world of gangs and violent offenders, he must watch his every step. His sentence requires him to meet regularly for group therapy, where the inmates reenact their crimes, attempting to understand what happened from the perspective of their victims.

The therapy is intense. And as Isaac works through scenes with the group, he begins to recall a memory he’d long ago repressed. A memory that changed everything. And as he begins to piece together the truth about the circumstances that shaped his life—the circumstances that brought Isaac to Haverland in the first place—he must face who he was, who he is . . . and who he wants to be.

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

January 24th 2017

The Yo I've Never KnownArielle’s life is a blur of new apartments, new schools, and new faces. Since her mother abandoned the family, Arielle has lived nomadically with her father as he moves from job to job. All she’s ever wanted is to stay in one place for an entire school year, and it looks like she might finally get her wish. With a real friend, Monica, who might be even more than a friend soon, things are starting to look up.

But Arielle’s life is upended—and not by her father, but by her mom, who reveals that she never left Arielle. Instead, Arielle’s father kidnapped her, and her mom has been left searching ever since. She wants to take Arielle away, but Arielle has no connection with her mother, and despite everything, still loves her father. How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who sewed that suspicion?

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Published by Flatiron

June 27th 2017

Aftercare Instructions“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.

In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

Published by Simon Pulse

May 23rd 2017

In a Perfect WorldCaroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With this move, Caroline predicts she’ll spend her time navigating crowded streets, eating unfamiliar food, and having terrible bouts of homesickness. But what she finds instead is a culture that surprises her, a city that astounds her, and a charming, unpredictable boy who challenges everything she thought she knew about life, love, and privilege.

Fragile Like Us by Sara Barnard

Published by Simon Pulse

July 18th 2017

Fragile Like UsCaddy and Rosie have always been inseparable. But that was before Suzanne. Now the twosome has become a triangle with constantly shifting alliances.

Caddy’s ready to be more than just the quiet one. She wants something to happen. Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different, someone free. But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own. And no one can break your heart like a best friend.

FANTASY

Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor (Into the Dim #2)

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

August 1st 2017

Sparks of LightFor the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

In this sequel to the dazzling time-travel romance Into the Dim, sacrifice takes on a whole new meaning as Hope and Bran struggle to determine where—or when–they truly belong.

The Hearts We Sold by Emily lloyd-Jones

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

2017

The Hearts We SoldWhen Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Published by Feiwel & Friends

June 27th 2017

Pitch DarkTuck Durante is a shipraider, combing space for Earth artifacts from a war that ended 500 years ago. When his parents’ ship crashes in the dead zone and the crew goes missing, Tuck hires a ragtag rescue team.

Meanwhile, curator Lana Gray is fighting to keep the US PANAMJohn Muir—and the remnants of its crew—alive. Their space capsule housing Yosemite National Park was hijacked. The hijacking turned ninety-five percent of her crew into nightmarish creatures called mourners who flay, dismember, or decapitate with nothing more than sharp-pitched shrieks.

Now, despite their differences, Lana, Tuck, and their crews must work together to save the John Muir. In space, nobody can hear you scream…but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

Want by Cindy Pon

Published by Simon Pulse

June 13th 2017

WantJason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

August 8th 2017

Shimmer and BurnFaris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson (Untitled #1)

Published by Scholastic Press

May 30th 2017

Dark Breaks the DawnOn her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Published by Razorbill

May 16th 2017

A Million JunesJune O’Donnell—a.k.a. Junior, a.k.a. Jack, a.k.a. Jonathan O’Donnell IV, a.k.a. the first female O’Donnell first-born—has always been haunted by her family’s mythic but complicated legacy. As she prepares to begin her final year of high school, June is itching to leave behind her ghosts in Five Fingers, Michigan, and travel the world.

And then, just like it always happens to the O’Donnells, a painful glimmer from her past returns to mess everything up. Enter Saul Angert, the eldest son of Eli Angert, a.k.a. June’s late father’s mortal enemy, back in town from a prestigious writing program to care for his ailing father. June can’t seem to avoid Saul, whose very presence makes her ache with grief over her father, and soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic, and strangely tender boy whom she was born to loathe.

When June and Saul accidentally stumble into a bit of the forest magic, they are allowed a glimpse into the past at the fateful, horrible moment that started all the trouble between their families. Now June doesn’t know if this new discovery means she should hate the Angerts even more or if it’s finally time for her—and all of the O’Donnells before her—to let go.


Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Reader Confessions Book Tag

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by the lovely Ashley over at Socially Awkward Bookworm to do the Reader Confessions Book Tag. Thanks so much for tagging me to spill all of my secrets Ashley, I really appreciate that! Haha. Anywho, take this time to go give Ashley a follow, she has an amazing blog you won’t want to miss.


QUESTIONS:

Have you ever damaged a book? 

Not intentionally… I think. Books have gotten a bit roughed up in my bag on my commute to work. But I mean that’s not really my fault is it? I am currently using an ARC of this trashy book I read recently as a coaster. That was definitely intentional.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I don’t like borrowing books for this reason. I feel like it takes away from my reading experience when I have to be that much more careful with other peoples books. I have thought about borrowing from the library recently. Their books seem to be a bit beat up anyway!

How long does it take you to read a book? 

Depends on the book. If I really like it, then 2-3 days is usually my reading time. Some books tend to take me 1-2 weeks to read though. So it all depends.

Books that you haven’t finished? 

I’m big on DNF’ing books that I’m just not enjoying. Some of the recent ones include:

 

Drag Teen by Jeffery Self
True Born by L.E. Sterling
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Drag Teen was just not holding my interest. The characters were a bit annoying to me and I wasn’t connecting with them at all. True Born’s story was just all over the place. My head was hurting from all the confusion and lack of supporting information. Hunter was just horrendous. There was so much info dumping in the first 25% that I just could not get into the story itself.

Hyped popular books that you don’t like?

I’m not much for the hype train if I’m being honest. I tend to have wavering opinions on books that others seem to LOVE to death. Some of these include:

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Where do I start with Red Queen? With the awful main protagonist? The predictability of it all? The try for a romance(s) that just didn’t work? Or the generic plot-line that has been done over and over again? Cinder was inherently bad. I just found it predictable and lack luster. Eleanor and Park was just plain boring in my opinion. There wasn’t anything likable about it what so ever.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I don’t think I have ever been embarrassed about reading a book before. I mean come on, I’ve read and loved the Pretty Little Liars books. at least the first 8! HAHA

How many books do you own? 

Good question… let me go count. Be right back.

BACK!

Physically I own 252 books. 125 Hardcovers, 94 Paperbacks, and 33 ARCs. This does not include all of my ebooks. That would be too many to count.

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? 

I would probably say I’m a slow reader. Well I’m faster then the average person… but slow in terms of other bloggers.

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve tried… and I sucked at it. The #JSquad (Jenna, Joey and Jesse (me)) buddy read Six of Crows last year. Jenna was being held back by me and Joey… so yeah, I don’t think it was fun for her. Would I buddy read again? Maybe… I’m not sure.

Do you read better in your head or out loud? 

Do people actually read out loud on a regular basis? I hate the sound of my reading voice, so I’m going to have to say no. Reading in my head is way better.

If you were only allowed to own one book what one and why? 

Well that’s a rude question. Well I would have to say any one of the Falling Kingdoms books. Probably Gathering Darkness if I really had to choose!


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It’s OK to DNF a Book | Discussions at Dawn

 

It's OK to DNFHey guys!

Welcome to the first Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.


It’s OK to DNF

There is a huge taboo against DNF’ing a book. Some book bloggers and readers are for it, and some are against it. As you can tell from the title I am the former. It’s OK guys, it really is. When I first started blogging I thought of DNF’ing a book as a negative habit. I would sit there and force my self through a book I just wasn’t into anymore. This would result in me being in a sour mood and negatively effecting my review. It wasn’t until months later when I was reading a fantasy book I received from the publisher for review that I decided it was time for my first DNF. I could not get through this book for the life of me. It was the best feeling ever. Here is why:

Saves You Time

The reason I say it saves you time is because your time as a reader/blogger is very valuable. So why waste it on a book that you are absolutely not loving. Move on, there are other amazing books you can spend your precious reading time indulging in. I know this is the case for me. I work a full time job, which means 40+ hours a week I am grueling away. That doesn’t leave very much time to spend reading. So I treat my reading time with care. I don’t waste it forcing myself through a book.

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Better Moods & Less Stress

Back when I didn’t DNF a book because I thought that was a negative habit, I would be in very sour moods. I would dread picking up the book I wasn’t loving and giving me unnecessary stress. I was giving myself frown wrinkles and that is not a pretty sight. But now that I do DNF books that I’m just not into, I go into better books with a brighter mood. I don’t remember when I last stressed about reading a book. No more frown wrinkles or furrowed brows. Only smiles of enjoyment!

STRESS

 

Prevents Reading Slumps

I used to get into the biggest reading slumps ever. Last year after forcing myself through a dreadful book, I unknowingly was putting myself into a two month reading slump. I just could not pick up another book after forcing myself through a book I should have DNF’d after 30%. Now that I am OK with DNF’ing a book I haven’t had a reading slump all year. It’s a system that works for me, so hopefully it works for you as well!

Reading Slump

Don’t Feel Bad

I get it. As bloggers we get a lot of books to read for review purposes. We feel obligated to read them all, even the ones we are not enjoying. But put it this way. I would rather DNF a book, give my reasons and NOT provide a bad star review then end up giving the book a 1 or 2 star because I absolutely hated the reading experience. Don’t feel bad about DNF’ing. I’m sure an author would rather you DNF their book rather then giving them a horrible review for others to read.

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Again I want to stress that it is OK to DNF a book. It is not bad karma and you mind and body will thank you for it. No one wants to force themselves to do anything. Maybe start off small and put the book down for a while and pick it back up. Whatever works for you!

Until next time,

Sig New

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The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #2)| REVIEW

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #2)
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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The Swan RidersGreta Stuart had always known her future: die young. She was her country’s crown princess, and also its hostage, destined to be the first casualty in an inevitable war. But when the war came it broke all the rules, and Greta forged a different path.

She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.

If she can survive the transition, Greta will earn a place alongside Talis, the AI who rules the world. Talis is a big believer in peace through superior firepower. But some problems are too personal to obliterate from orbit, and for those there are the Swan Riders: a small band of humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.

Now two of the Swan Riders are escorting Talis and Greta across post-apocalyptic Saskatchewan. But Greta’s fate has stirred her nation into open rebellion, and the dry grassland may hide insurgents who want to rescue her – or see her killed. Including Elian, the boy she saved—the boy who wants to change the world, with a knife if necessary. Even the infinitely loyal Swan Riders may not be everything they seem.

Greta’s fate—and the fate of her world—are balanced on the edge of a knife in this smart, sly, electrifying adventure.

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4 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK ONE: THE SCORPION RULES ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**
* Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for a honest review *

First Line:

One of the advantages of a purely mechanical body is that you can literally bang your head into things in frustration.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Swan Riders by Erin Bow is the sequel to The Scorpion Rules and the conclusion to the Prisoner’s of Peace duology. It literally picks up where the first book leaves off and takes us on a long a grueling journey of self discovery and what it means to be human. I definitely had a much better reading experience this time around and here is why:

The Good

First off I want to talk about the interesting plot, or lack there of. But I mean that in a good way. Through out the whole book there is a war of rebellion going on the in background, but the story doesn’t focus on overcoming that. The Swan Riders focuses on the characters and the struggles to stay human. It was not plot driven that’s for sure; definitely all about the characters.

Greta still remains one of my favorite aspects of the story. She is no longer human. She gave that right up at the end of The Scorpion Rules to save Elian. She is now AI (artificial intelligence). Now she is Talis’ most prized valuable. She goes through major growth moments over the course of the book and remains the strong and in control character I love.

Talis on the other hand does a total 180. We see him become human again. With that comes hardships and pain. He is dying now. I don’t think in the last 400 years has anyone seen Talis as vulnerable as he was in The Swan Riders. But I think that was such an important aspect to the story. We need to remind ourselves of where we come from and remember to stay humble in the process.

Bow knocks it out of the park with her writing. I was fully immersed within the story because of it. The way she weaves her scenes, characters and dialogue together was masterful. Where as I had some trouble following her writing in The Scorpion Rules, that was not the case this time around.

It was fun to read about a post apocalyptic Canada. The descriptions really made the world come alive for me. I thought it was very unique and creative. I loved the world Bow has created here.

I absolutely love the cover of The Swan Riders. It follows the redesigned look of The Scorpion Rules but switching out the scorpions for swans and using a very pretty blue as the background. It’s simple yet sci-fi looking which is totally fitting for this new world that Bow has built.

The Bad

Sadly the romance level in The Swan Riders was rather dull. I get that it doesn’t play a huge role in the story, I just wish there was a little more of a spark between the love interest that played out this time around. Greta and Elian just have nothing going for them, especially since I felt more of spark between Greta and Xie from The Scorpion Rules. But that’s alright, it didn’t take away from my overall satisfaction of the book!


I am definitely satisfied with how the Prisoner’s of Peace has ended. It has left just enough open for you to wonder what’s next, but not enough for you to be pulling your hair out for the sake of it.

Let me know what you guys thought of The Swan Riders by Erin Bow! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

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Erin BowTEN THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. I’m a physicist turned poet turned YA novelist.
2. I am world-famous in Canada, which is kind of like being world-famous in real life.
3. I wrote a book about Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy: THE SCORPION RULES, Simon & Schuster Fall 2015
4. I wrote a not-at-all-cute book with a talking cat in it: PLAIN KATE (called WOOD ANGEL in the UK), Scholastic Fall 2010
5. I wrote a book about cat’s cradles that can repel spirit zombies: SORROW’S KNOT, Scholastic Fall 2013
6. All these books will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.
7. I think Hufflepuff is the best house, Xander was the best Scoobie, Five was the best Doctor, and Spock was the best everything.
8. I am married to another novelist, and we can actually pay our bills.
9. My daughters want to be scientists.
10. My bookshelves will always be full.

Comic Book Haul [#59]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Comic Book Haul! Today I want to show you what I got this week in comics. I have always been a lover/reader/collector of all sorts of comic books and I can’t wait to show you which ones I got this week.


Harley Quinn #4A & 4B

Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“108 MILLION WAYS TO DIE!” Even though she hates to leave Coney Island as it rebuilds after the zombie apocalypse, Harley must set out on a journey that will take her around the world-and into the clutches of a bizarre robotic enemy! Too bad her Mecha-Harley suit didn’t fit in the overhead bin…

Batman #7A & 7B

Writer: Tom King, Steve Orlando
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN” part 1! The first crossover of the “Rebirth” era is here! As a huge storm approaches, Batman, Batwoman, and Nightwing try and prepare Gotham City for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous tall monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart!

Nightwing #5A & 5B

Writer: Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando
Artist: Roge Antonia
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“Night of the Monster Men” part 2! The Monster Men are stomping their way through Gotham City. How can the Bat-team face the monsters and the storm of the century? And when Nightwing goes behind the scenes to discover where the monsters came from, what lurks in the shadows may be worse than the monsters themselves!

Trinity #1A & 1B

Writer: Francis Manapul
Artist: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“BETTER TOGETHER” part 1! Together again for the first time! Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The core of the World’s Greatest Heroes…but with a new Man of Steel, the bonds these three share will be tested and redefined by super-star writer/artist Francis Manapul. In this premiere issue, see the trio travel from Metropolis to Gotham City and beyond to learn what forces launched their heroic careers. But how will this journey of discovery lead them to a new threat?

Green Arrow #7A & 7B

Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“THE KILLING TIME”! In a tale from happier but no less dangerous times, Green Arrow labors to train a new apprentice who’s every bit as deadly as his fiercest villains: a teenage girl. But before Emiko and Ollie can embrace as brother and sister, they have to save Seattle from a foe that can see the future of anyone he chooses-anyone, that is, except for Emiko Queen…

Aquaman #7A & 7B

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“Who framed Aquaman?” The investigation into the Atlantean attack on American forces kicks off a mystery as the criminal collective N.E.M.O. unleashes a new and terrible weapon that threatens the existence of Atlantis itself.

 

Raven #1

Raven #1

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Alisson Borges
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $2.99

“The White Carnival” part 1! In a tale set between TEEN TITANS #24 and TEEN TITANS: REBIRTH #1, Raven takes a break from the team and moves to San Francisco to stay with her estranged aunt and face her most perilous challenge yet: high school! As Raven discovers more about her human side, one of her classmates goes missing under mysterious circumstances, and she must face an evil like none she’s known before!

Deadpool v. Gambit #5A & 5B

Writer: Ben Blacker, Ben Acker
Artist: Danillo Beyruth
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

• The con comes to close!
•  Will Deadpool and Gambit get away with the money?
•  And…why on Earth is Wade now…DEADFIST?

I Hate Fairyland #9A & 9B

Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Skottie Young
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $3.50

“SPLAT IN THE HAT”
There’s something wrong inside Larry’s bowler hat and Gert must go inside to UN-FLUFF things.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #7A & 7B

Writer: Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando
Artist: Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

The Black Dragon has come! The balance of power has shifted as rule of Earth is now at the hands of Rita.

Powerpuff Girls #3A & 3B

Writer: Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
Artist: Derek Charm
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

Donny the Unicorn may have magical unicorn powers but you know what he doesn’t have? Money. Lucky for him, Princess Morbucks is hiring a personal assistant and is more than willing to have a superpowered magical unicorn in her employ. But when she wants him to help her destroy his BFF’s Powerpuff Girls, Donny must decide what’s more important to him!

Jem and the Holograms #19A & 19B

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Meredith McClaren
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

THE STINGERS-PART ONE! You thought the HOLOGRAMS had it rough back when they had to team up with the MISFITS?! Well, just wait until they meet the European super group taking the U.S. by storm… THE STINGERS! Meet Riot, Rapture, Minx, and… RAYA?!?! Whaaaat?

Archie #12A & 12B

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Thomas Pitilli
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Cover Price: $3.99

The end of an era for Riverdale’s power couple! The romantic rivalries and not-so-friendly competitions in Riverdale will finally come to an end as newly-crowned queen of Riverdale Veronica Lodge is sent packing once and for all! What does this mean for Archie? You won’t want to miss this one!


There ya have it! My Comic Book Haul for this week. Let me know if you guys read any of these series and let’s spark a conversation!

Until next time,

Sig New

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