Blogoween, Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Review: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Genre: Horror | Adult
Length: 336 pages
Published on 18th September 2018 by Quirk Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Grady Hendrix: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC received in exchanged for an honest review

Synopsis:
A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell.
 

In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania. 

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul.This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that’s darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Herakles Book 1 by Edouard Cour

Herakles Book 1 by Édouard Cour
Series: Herakles #1
Genre: Fantasy | Mythology | Graphic Novel
Length: 160 pages
Published on 4th July 2018 by Lion Forge Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Édouard Cour: Website | Goodreads
eReview copy recieved from Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Author Edouard Cour revisits one of the greatest Greek myths by painting the often-heroic Herakles as, well . . . somewhat of a jerk. Crude and stubborn at times, in little glimpses we meet a man—half-human, after all—with a psychology more complex than he appears, entangled in guilt over the ghosts who have haunted him since childhood. A mournful sadness seizes him as he crosses the fleeting silhouettes of a woman and her three children. “Friends or foe, all those who cross his path end up stiff and worm food,” ​​comments Linos, the ghost of his childhood music teacher.
Brimming with pathos and dark humor, this portrait of Herakles is a graphic whirlwind leaving little respite and often revealing beautiful surprises.

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Book Reviews, Manga, Received for Review

Manga Review: The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park

The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Series: The Tarot Cafe #1
Genre: Manga | Fantasy
Length: 528 pages
Published on 24th July 2018 by TokyoPop
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sang-Sun Park: Goodreads
eCopy recieved from NetGalley

Synopsis:
Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She’ll help anyone, whether they’re a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel: Skin & Earth by Lights

Skin & Earth by Lights
Series: Skin and Earth #1-6
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 200 pages
Published on 17th July 2018 by Dynamite Entertainment
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Lights: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy recieved from NetGalley

Synopsis:
The full collection of Lights’ masterwork is here! Based on Lights album of the same name, Skin&Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveals a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the Tempest Corporation, the adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery that ties in with the 14-track corresponding album is compiled for the first time here with the complete comic book series and album in one epic interactive collected edition!
Written and drawn by alt-pop phenomenon Lights.The collected edition includes:
-All 6 issues of Skin&Earth comic book
-Interactive ShareCodes to access the full album, music videos and other bonus content
-Links to exclusive merch
-Variant art from Jim Lee, Joby Harris, Derek Lewis, Gianna Rose and Matt Mitchell
-New bonus content
-Personal introduction from Lights
-Dustjacket and special cover

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

ARC Comic Review: Fearscape #1 by Ryan O’Sullivan

Fearscape #1 by Ryan O’Sullivan, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov, and Deron Bennet
Series: Fearscape #1
Genre: Horror | Graphic Novel
Length: 26 pages
Published on 26th September 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
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
From Ryan O’Sullivan (Void Trip), Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov, and Deron Bennet comes FEARSCAPE. The Fearscape is a world beyond our own, populated by the manifestations of our greatest fears. Once per generation, The Muse travels to Earth, discovers our greatest Storyteller, and takes them with her to the Fearscape to battle these fear-creatures on our behalf. All has been well for eons, until The Muse encounters Henry Henry—a plagiarist with delusions of literary grandeur. Mistaking him for our greatest Storyteller, she ushers him into the Fearscape. A fake man in a fake land…this is the story of the wrong person answering the call to adventure, and the doom that followed.

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Book Reviews, Books and Tea Book Club, Received for Review

Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy | Retelling | Adult
Length: 466 pages
Published on 12th July 2018 by Macmillan
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Naomi Novik: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

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Book Reviews

ARC Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox by Christina Dalcher
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia
Length: 384 pages
Published on 23rd August 2018 by HQ
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Christina Dalcher: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.This is just the beginning.Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Mini Reviews: Mae, Vol 1 by Gene Ha and Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor

Mae, Volume 1 by Gene Ha
Series: Mae #1-6
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 136 pages
Published on 7th February 2017 by Dark Horse Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Gene Ha: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received from publishers via NetGalley

Synopsis:
When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to fantasy world and for the last couple of years has been having great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But by the time she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, has had no idea what happened to Abbie after all this time. Her tales are too hard to believe–that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world…
Collects the first six issues of the fantastical all-ages series, in the 6″ x 9″ format!

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Book Reviews, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: The Valiant by Matt Kindt

The Valiant by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Paolo Rivera.
Series: The Valiant #1-4
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 112 pages
Published on 24th May 2015 by Valiant Entertainment, LLC
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Matt Kindt: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Paolo Rivera: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Joe Rivera: Goodreads
Dave Lanphear: Twitter | Goodreads
Dave Sharpe: Goodreads
Jeff Lemiret: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from Diamond BookShelf newsletter

Synopsis:
From New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (Bloodshot Reborn, Green Arrow) and Matt Kindt (Ninjak, MIND MGMT), and Eisner award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) comes an epic ten millennia in the making!
The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers — those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…The Valiant.

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Book Reviews, Books and Tea Book Club

Poetry Review: Blood and Flowers by K Carrion

Blood and Flowers by K. Carrion
Genre: Poetry
Length: 66 pages
Published on 28th December 2016 by K Carrion
Purchase: Amazon
K. Carrion: Website | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Amazon

Synopsis:
“A simple collection of poetry. Very vivid, yet dour. Emotional and powerful. Every ounce of one’s soul poured out into words.”

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