#TBR: June 2018 (Books at Dawn’s Monthly TBR)

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Hey, Bookworms!

So May happened… and that’s it. Nothing else. Another month of pretty much inactivity and I’m sorry again. BUT good news. Book slump is gone and I have the drive to write more reviews and post more. So here’s to a more exciting June!

Let’s see if I can stick with it this time!

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#TBR: May 2018 (Books at Dawn’s Monthly TBR)

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Hey, Bookworms!

Please forgive me for my overwhelming absence in the month of April. I’ve been going through a book/blogging slump, and to be honest, I still am. So my posts will be far and few between, but not as bad as none in the month of April. With the reading slump, let’s see if I can attempt to get through all these books on the list!

Let’s see if I can stick with it this time!

Continue reading #TBR: May 2018 (Books at Dawn’s Monthly TBR)

Top Summer 2017 Reads!

Top 2017 Summer Reads!

Hey Bookworms!

Summer is fast approaching it’s end. The days of endless sun and beach going will be replaced with cooler days and leaves changing colors! I hold an unpopular opinion when I say that summer is my least favorite season of the year. I just can’t stand the heat… sorry not sorry.

But ushering in a new season doesn’t mean that I don’t have books to recommend! Over the last 3 months I have read some amazing books. So I wanted to take this opportunity to showcase them for you all to possibly add to your TBR’s!

Continue reading Top Summer 2017 Reads!

Reading Recap: April, May & June

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Hey Bookworms!

Welcome to another Reading Recap. Where I recap what I have been up in the past three months!


April-Books

 

Blacklist by Alyson Noel★★★☆☆ – Review

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer★★★★☆ – Review

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich★★★★☆ – Review

Bang by Barry Lyga★★★★☆ – Review

Detective Comics Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV★★★★★

Power Rangers Vol. 2 by Kyle Higgins★★★★★

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda★★★★☆

I Found You by Lisa Jewell★★★★☆ – Review


May-Books

 

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson★★★★★

Black Clover Vol. 1 by Yuki Tabata★★★★★

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty★★★☆☆ – Review

Black Clover Vol. 2 by Yuki Tabata★★★★★

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda★★★☆☆

Archie Vol. 3 by Mark Waid★★★☆☆

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas★★★★☆

Naruto Vol. 1 by Masashi Kishimoto – ★★★★☆

Bravest Warriors Vol. 5 by Breehn Burns★★★★☆


June-Books

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab★★★☆☆

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson★★★☆☆ – Review

Jughead Vol. 2 by Chip Zdarsky★★★★★

Naruto Vol. 2 by Masashi Kishimoto★★★☆☆

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau★★★★☆ – Review

The Party by Robyn Harding★★☆☆☆ – Review

Black Clover Vol. 3 by Yuki Tabata★★★★☆

Replica by Lauren Oliver★★☆☆☆

The Young Elites by Marie Lu★★★★☆

Talon by Julie Kagawa★★☆☆☆

Roar by Cora Carmack – Unrated

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands★★★★☆

The Rose Society by Marie Lu★★★★☆

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh★★★★☆

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard★★★☆☆

Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett★★★☆☆


Results

APRIL:

6 Books, 0 Manga & 2 Graphic Novels

Pages2463

MAY:

4 Books, 4 Manga & 1 Graphic Novel

Pages2745

JUNE:

12 Books, 2 Manga & 2 Graphic Novels

Pages5433


Well there you have it. Over the last 3 months I managed to get some serious reading in. Hopefully it carries over through the summer!

Until next time,

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August 2016 Book Haul

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Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in August! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


BMV Used Books

Harley’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa


#IndigoFallPreview

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Run by Kody Keplinger

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Book Depository

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (GERMAN)


Giveaways Won

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking (SIGNED)


ARCs

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Wrecked by Maria Padian (Algonquin Young Readers)

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (Ace)

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis (Simon & Schuster Canada)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini | REVIEW

Harley Quinn's Greatest HitsHarley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini
Published by DC Comics on July 19th 2016
Genres: Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Pages: 160
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Get ready for this summer’s most anticipated movie SUICIDE SQUAD with the comics that inspired the film, including fan-favorite character Harley Quinn!

Love makes you do crazy things. And Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn is madly in love.

After springing her psychotic killer boyfriend, the Joker, from Arkham Asylum, former psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel put on a clown costume and said sayonara to sanity. Now Harley brings her own unique brand of psychosis and revelry to whatever she does, whether it’s causing mayhem alongside her beloved Mistah J., saving the world as the nuttiest member of the Suicide Squad, or relaxing with her gal pals Poison Ivy and Catwoman. With her deranged mix of fear and fun, she knows how to leave a crowd in stiches!

HARLEY QUINN’S GREATEST HITS collects eight of the lovesick lunatic’s best stories from such talented writers and artists as Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Jim Lee, Jeph Loeb, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Snyder and more.

Collects BATMAN ADVENTURES #12, BATMAN #613, COUNTDOWN #10, GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #7, SUICIDE SQUAD #1, BATMAN #13, HARLEY QUINN #21 and HARLEY QUINN AND SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL’S SPECIAL #1.

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5 Stars

First Line:

Love makes you do crazy things.


Review

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Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits is a collection of Harley Quinn’s best adventures in the DC Comics world. Starting from her origins and first appearances to her most recent hits over the last couple of years. In this review I will take you through each story and why I loved it!

The Origin of Harley Quinn

This one explains it all from the beginning. Who is Harley Quinn, and where did she come from? You can find that all in The Origin of Harley Quinn.

As a die hard Harley Quinn fan, most of this info wasn’t new to me, but it was still refreshing to see the story on the page. Originally published in Countdown #10 in 2008, many years after her original debut.

Batgirl: Day One

Here we have Harley Quinn’s first appearance in print from Batman Adventures #12 in 1993. It’s Batgirl’s first night on the job and who does she have to go up against? Not just Harley, the Joker’s new girlfriend, but Poison Ivy and Catwoman as well.

What I really liked about this one is the original jester costume Harley Quinn used to wear. I really miss it even though I love the modernized apparel she wears now. It was rather nostalgic to see! And she really kicked some butt, and you will just have to read if she succeeds!

The Opera

Harley’s first big solo heist against the Bat himself. Originally published in Batman #613 in 2003, ten years after her first appearance. What I love about this story is we finally get to see what she can do on her own. No longer standing in the shadow of the Joker, she takes over the Opera house and ends up walking away with some precious jewels.

The good guys can’t always win right? This story is proof of that!

Holiday Story

We get some more backstory of Harley and her family in Holiday Story, originally published in Gotham City Sirens #7 in 2010. Harley goes home for Christmas to her mother that tries to welcome her with open arms, a dead beat brother and his two kids, and a visit to her father in prison.

It was nice to get more insight into Harley’s life behind the mask and it really opens up your eyes to the reasons for the choices she’s had to make.

Kicked in the Teeth

Harley is recruited for the Suicide Squad in Kicked in the Teeth originally published in Suicide Squad #1 in 2011. She ditches her old jester costume for a more modern and sexy one in this new version of Harley Quinn.

I loved seeing the more dark and twisted side Harley takes on in the Suicide Squad, a slight difference to the Harley you see on the big screen.

Tease

In Tease originally published in Batman #13 in 2012 we see how badly the Joker has messed up Harley’s mind and heart. This one was a little harder to read because of how sad and real it felt. But I guess she couldn’t get to wear to she is now without having gone through that trauma.

I still find it baffling how she was so madly in love with that psychopath that only hurt her every chance he got. Definitely a toxic relationship.

Tug A’ War

Finally one of her own stories from her solo series originally published in Harley Quinn #21 in 2015. In this issue she goes head to head with Deadshot and you can see that she tries her best to do the right thing, even if her methods of achieving this are unorthodox.

This is one of my favorite versions of Harley. I love seeing her as the anti hero. I knew she couldn’t be all bad to the core!

Evil Anonymous

In Evil Anonymous we see Harley going through a little bit of a mind crisis. Orignally published in Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1 in 2016, someone is mind-fucking with Harley. She reaches back into her roots as a psychiatrist for the baddies.

But it’s all just an ulterior mind trip by none other then Amanda Waller herself. I really hate her… Amanda Waller that is!


Overall a really well put together graphic novel of most of Harley’s best achievements and storylines. Let me know if you’ve read Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits by Paul Dini! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Morning Glories Volumes 3 & 4 | REVIEW

Morning Glories Vol. 3Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on July 10th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 241
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind its hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

The critically acclaimed, smash-hit series rolls on with this collection of the blockbuster third arc, “P.E. ” The first days were just the beginning–when the faculty cancels classes and sends the students on an outing in the nearby woods, all hell breaks loose–sending the Glories on a mysterious journey through time and space.

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4 Stars

First Line:

Come on, ya little wimp… you can do better then that.


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The Good

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma was a wild but confusing ride for me. On one hand I love all the secrets and lies, and on the other, I still have no clue what the heck is going on. That might pose more of a problem as the volumes go on…

The stories behind what brought each of our six main characters to Morning Glory Academy have been fleshed out and better explained, while also somehow becoming even more complex and mysterious. But, weirdly, I’ve had no problem with the jumps back and forth in time, and I even like the way there’s no division, no break whatsoever, between the timelines as we read them. Some actually alternate from one frame to the next – here’s Casey now, here’s Casey then, here’s Casey now, etc., right down one page – and it works.

With every exchange between the students – good (?) girl Casey, lovable geek Hunter, tormented Jade, psychopath Ike, silent-but-maybe-deadly Jun, and homicidal mega-bitch Zoe – we get to know them so much better, and Spencer does this without using dull exposition dumps. Each character really does have a distinct voice, and none of them are one-dimensional. Indeed, I’m not even sure all of them – hell, ANY of them – are what we’ve been led to believe up to now… I wonder if even the characters know for certain what their true natures are, or what they’re capable of…

And oh, my goodness: an actual, honest, loving gay relationship subplot? I’m thrilled to see it done in a totally non-shocking, non-exploitative way, and it’s a love story I’d want to read more about, regardless of the sexes involved. I definitely did not see that coming!

The Bad

I just don’t understand what is going on. I have never been so confused about a story in my entire life. With so many characters and so many sub-plots to pay attention to, the actually story must be getting lost in the background. If you know what is going on here, please enlighten me… because this is getting ridiculous.


Morning Glories Volume 4Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on May 7th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 168
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Still reeling from the climactic events of “P.E.,” the Glories find themselves lost in time and space, confronted by a new group of students who might be even more dangerous than the faculty themselves – the truants! Questions are answered and new mysteries emerge as Season One comes to a shocking end! Collects Morning Glories #20-25.

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3 Stars

First Line:

Oh my god–


Review

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The Good

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma is starting to lose me. The confusion and utter lack of answers is beginning to annoy me. But let’s discuss the good stuff first.

The cover is pretty? Yeah that’s all I got.

The Bad

I just don’t get it. This was supposed to be the ending of the first season’s story arc. But it just felt like even more unanswered questions. Don’t even get me started on the introduction of 6 new students to mess you up. I spent most of this issue trying to figure out who is who, because to be honest the artwork of the characters are all starting to look alike. Especially Irina and Akiko.

I’m beginning to think Spencer has no idea what is going on either. This is starting to get dragged out for far too long just to print more issues. How about we start answering questions before new plots and ideas start making it to the page?

This volume just frustrated me beyond belief. Here’s hoping the next volume doesn’t continue on the decline it’s currently going on.


As you can see, my opinion drastically changes between volumes 3 and 4. This series is beginning to lose it’s spark with me, but I will give it two more volumes to change my mind before letting it go. Let me know what you guys thought of Morning Glories Volumes 3 & 4 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Nick SpencerNick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Existence 2.0/3.0, Forgetless, Shuddertown, Morning Glories), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Iron Man 2.0, Ultimate Comics: X-Men).

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Joe EismaJoe Eisma is the artist & Co-creator of Morning Glories, the Eisner-nominated & NY Times Bestselling comic from Image Comics. Also worked for IDW and Boom! Studios

Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2 | REVIEW

Morning Glories Vol. 1Morning Glories Vol. 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on March 2nd 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 188
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Morning Glory Academy

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be! Collects MORNING GLORIES #1-6

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5 Stars

First Line:

For a better future.


Review

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The Good

  • This graphic novel hosts a bunch of main characters into the mix. It follows 6 troubled/gifted teenagers as they as thrust into this new boarding school from hell. (Not literally hell though). I thought each character was unique and had their own voice. They reacted to situations appropriately due to their character traits and stayed true to themselves. My personal favorites were Jun and Zoe!
  • I thought the plot was very unique. My interest was always at it’s peak from beginning to end. There is still so much more to discover in the future volumes. Especially WHY this kind of school even exists and what their purpose is with these kids.
  • Another great point to Morning Glories Vol 1 is the artwork. I thought it was well done and realistic to teenage proportions. And the fact that it includes 2 PoC main characters is awesome to see visually as well.

The Bad

  • There wasn’t too much that disappointed me with this volume other then the bland looking cover. But it’s the same style for all the volumes… so I guess that is what worked the best!

Morning Glories Volume 2Morning Glories Vol. 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
Published by Image Comics on September 21st 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fiction
Pages: 168
Format: Trade Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume. Learn (some) of the secrets in the Glories’ lives as we delve into their pasts and see how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.

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4 Stars

First Line:

All will be free.


Review

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The Good

  • Diving into Morning Glories Vol 2, we finally get some back story of all the characters. We find out how they got to their current point in life and the driving factors that cause them to do what they do. With all the heavy character growth in this volume, it doesn’t take away from driving the plot forward which was nice.
  • I also quite enjoyed the writing a little more this time around. Maybe because it is starting to sound more authentic coming from the characters that makes it more believable for me.
  • And of course Eisma doesn’t disappoint with his amazing artwork.

The Bad

  • The plot / world is getting a bit dry for me. Although the plot is moving forward, I still feel like I’m missing some critical information. My who, what, when, where and why censor is going crazy with how little information we got this time around. I know this volume was a character growth storyline, I just wish my curiosity got a little sated this time around. I guess there is always Volume 3!

So if you guys are looking for a thrilling new graphic novel to read, then I highly suggest you pick this one up. You’re in for a wild ride!

Let me know what you guys thought of Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#MorningGloryAcademy

Nick SpencerNick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Existence 2.0/3.0, Forgetless, Shuddertown, Morning Glories), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Iron Man 2.0, Ultimate Comics: X-Men).

 

 

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Joe EismaJoe Eisma is the artist & Co-creator of Morning Glories, the Eisner-nominated & NY Times Bestselling comic from Image Comics. Also worked for IDW and Boom! Studios