Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Luke Cage: Everyman by Anthony Del Col

Luke Cage: Everyman by Anthony Del Col and illustrated by Jahnoy Lindsay and Declan Shalvey
Series: Luke Cage: Everyman #1-3
Genre: Superheroes | Graphic Novel
Length: 192 pages
Published on 14th November 2018 by Marvel
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Anthony Del Col: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Jahnoy Lindsay: Twitter | Goodreads
Declan Shalvey: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review from author

Synopsis: Collects Luke Cage MDO Digital Comic #1-3.

With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem’s worries. Someone has their sights set on the city’s 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It’s up to Luke Cage to stop the Everyman Killer—even though he’s just received a grim diagnosis of his own… By the time Luke discovers the true identity of the Everyman Killer he’s too late to stop them from abducting one of the most important people in his life. Can Luke neutralize the killer in time to save his beloved city?

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ARC Review: Forsaken Genesis by M.J. Marinescu

Forsaken Genesis by M.J. Marinescu
Series: Deluge Prophecies #1
Genre: Cyberpunk | Young Adult
Length: 353 pages
Published on 29th September 2018 by Tellwell
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
M.J. Marinescu: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy recieved in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:The world has changed in more ways than one. Most humans live in the safety of the hive cities, massive industrial complexes walled off to the outside world. Yet, the dangers of the wilds are no longer limited to the outskirts. Rumours abound of strange things in the night. Sightings of subhumans and citizens being abducted, whisked off by men in vans or worse. The Department of Control keeps a close eye on the citizens of Avalon but who are they protecting?

Melissa thought the world outside the facility would be safe. Free from the pain and the incessant tests of the men in white coats but what she finds is a world unknown. Fleeting memories call to her like a siren song pleading for her to remember. Can she figure out her strange dreams and the shadowed figure who hounds her in her sleep? She must discover who she is and come to terms with the truth that may have been kept from her for good reason if she hopes to survive in this strange new world.

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ARC Graphic Novel Review: Unnatural, Vol. 1 by Mirka Andolfo

Unnatural, Vol. 1 by Mirka Andolfo
Series: Unnatural #1
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 112 pages
Publishes on 27th Novmeber 2018 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon
Mirka Andolfo: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review from publisher via Edelweiss+

Synopsis:
Leslie J. Blair is a simple pig girl, she loves sushi and she is trapped in a job that she hates. She lives with Trish, her best friend. In her world, which is full of anthropomorphic creatures, with a totalitarian government that interferes in the personal lives of its citizens, up to the point of allowing only relationships between individuals of the same race. The transgressors are punished. They are accused of being… unnatural!
Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But these dreams are becoming dangerous, especially because they feature a mysterious wolf. And, when she wakes up, she thinks that she is being watched… And, as if that were not enough, on the day of her twenty-fifth birthday, Leslie receive an email that she would never have wanted to receive. But she still does not know it’s just the beginning …The hit Italian comic, a fantasy, erotica, romantic suspense series by MIRKA ANDOLFO (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, DC Comics Bombshells) will bring you in a colorful but terrible world, where personal freedoms are superfluous. Follow Leslie on a breathtaking plot, between thriller and fantasy with a touch of sensuality.

Collects issues #1-4

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Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adults
Length: 494 pages
Published on 3rd May 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sally Green: Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from WHSmith

Synopsis:
A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

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ARC Comic Review: Fearscape #2 by Ryan O’Sullivan

Fearscape #2 by Ryan O’Sullivan, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov, and Deron Bennet
Series: Fearscape #2
Genre: Horror | Graphic Novel
Length: 27 pages
Published on 7th November 2018 by Vault Comics
Purchase: Purchase from your local comic store
Ryan O’Sullivan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Andrea Mutti: Website | Twitter
Vladimir Popov: Twitter
Deron Bennet: Website | Twitter
eCopy received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Heroic plagiarist Henry Henry faces his first trial in the Fearscape! Within The Weeping Castle, home to The Children of Prometheus, Henry Henry encounters wondrous and fanciful creatures—including The First Fear. With courage and calm, he endures the heart of darkness, refusing the easy temptation of light. No Legs can outrun—no Mind can outwit—no Heart can outlove our hero.

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Graphic Novel Review: Alt-Life by Thomas Cadène

Alt-Life by Thomas Cadène
Genre: Science Fiction | Graphic Novel
Length: 184 pages
Published on 17th October 2018 by Europe Comics
Purchase: Amazon
Thomas Cadène: Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review from Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis:
On a dying Earth in a not-so-distant future, Josiane and René are the first to enter a new virtual world where just about anything is possible… Part dystopian love story, part psychedelic meditation on human nature, “Alt-Life” takes the reader down a mind-bending rabbit hole of desire, loneliness, and self-discovery.

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Anthology Review: New Fears 2 edited by Mark Morris

New Fears 2: More New Horror Stories by Masters of the Macabre edited by Mark Morris
Series: New Fears #2
Genre: Horror | Short Stories
Length: 383 pages
Published on 18th September 2018 by Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon
Mark Morris: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Early copy received from publishers in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
An electrifying anthology of new horror stories by award-winning masters of the genre.

The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this second collection of brand-new tales of terror. Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears II is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.

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ARC Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | LGBT
Length: 374 pages
Published on 6th November 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Natasha Ngan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC received from publishers at YALC

Synopsis:Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Presented by James Patterson, Natasha Ngan’s lyrical, searing, visceral fantasy, Girls of Paper and Fire, will remind us how precious freedom is–and the price we must pay to achieve it.

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Book Tour Extract: Forsaken Genesis by M.J. Marinescu

Forsaken Genesis by M.J. Marinescu
Series: Deluge Prophecies #1
Genre: Fantasy | Cyberpunk
Length: 266 pages
Published on 25th September 2018 by Tellwell Talent
Purchase: Amazon
M.J. Marinescu: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Synopsis: The world has changed in more ways than one. Most humans live in the safety of the hive cities, massive industrial complexes walled off to the outside world. Yet, the dangers of the wilds are no longer limited to the outskirts. Rumours abound of strange things in the night. Sightings of subhumans and citizens being abducted, whisked off by men in vans or worse. The Department of Control keeps a close eye on the citizens of Avalon but who are they protecting?

Melissa thought the world outside the facility would be safe. Free from the pain and the incessant tests of the men in white coats but what she finds is a world unknown. Fleeting memories call to her like a siren song pleading for her to remember. Can she figure out her strange dreams and the shadowed figure who hounds her in her sleep? She must discover who she is and come to terms with the truth that may have been kept from her for good reason if she hopes to survive in this strange new world

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Graphic Novel Review: Slothilda by Dante Fabiero

Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life by Dante Fabiero
Genre: Humour | Graphic Novel
Length: 128 pages
Published on 18th October 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Dante Fabiero: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received from the publishers thanks to NetGalley

Synopsis: A charming collection of comics about an ambitious little sloth who’d rather just take it easy.

Are you a fan of carbs, the internet, and naps? Slothilda is your spirit animal!

From former Simpsons animator Dante Fabiero comes this all-too-real comic series about an adorable little sloth who’s driven by her desire for self-improvement. Slothilda explores an inner conflict we can all relate to―the desire to succeed and grow, while paradoxically dealing with the ever present temptation to sloth.

With themes related to work, fitness, food, shopping, and pets―this book shows that you’re not the only sloth at heart.

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