Book Reviews

Graphic Novel Review: Heartstopper, vol. 1 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman
Series: Heartstopper #1
Genre: LGBT | Graphic Novel | Contemporary
Length: 288 pages
Published on 7th February 2019 by Hodder Childrens Books
Purchase: Amazon
Alice Oseman: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis: Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

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Graphic Novel Reivew: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures: The Graphic Novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, illustrated by Cassandra Jean
Series: Caster Chronicles Adaptation
Genre: Paranormal | Romance | Young Adult
Length: 240 pages
Published on 5th february 2013 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon
Kami Garcia: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Margaret Stohl: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Cassandra Jean: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy picked up from a book swap at a blogger event

Synopsis: Some loves are meant to be…
Others are cursed.

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets.There is a girl.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head.
Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.
On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year,
the Book will take what it’s been promised.
And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep,
powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her
sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.

Ethan never even saw it coming.

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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 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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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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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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Graphic Novel Review: Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 144 pages
Published on 20th November 2018 by Lion Forge Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tony Sandoval: Deviantart | Blogspot | Goodreads
eARC received from publishers via netgalley

Synopsis:
Mila is a quiet, solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an intriguing adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of a fallen king, and a mouth full of teeth that used to be guardian warriors. She introduces Mila to a wondrous world of secret places and magic that exists deep beneath the ocean, and the occult battle for freedom that approaches…

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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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Graphic Novel Review: Bitch Planet, Vol 1 & 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine and Vol. 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Series: Bitch Planet #1 and #2
Genre: Science Fiction | Graphic Novel | Feminism
Length: 156 pages | 144 pages
Published on 7th October 2015 + 6th June 2017 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Kelly Sue DeConnick: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis for Vol 1:
Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.
In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?Collects BITCH PLANET #1-5.Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

Collects BITCH PLANET #1-5.

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