Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Review: Power Girl

Author: Justin Gray 
Pages: 160 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: April 20th 2010 
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Library 

This is such a fun comic! I am not normally a fan of comics in general or for that matter DC comics but I decided to try this one. Surprisingly I loved it! This comic is action packed, and filled with awesome fighting scenes. The main character Power Girl is upbeat and rather lively. There is however a bit too much boob for my taste. Okay we get the fact that she's a female. I'm not extremely interested in the oversized sexual nature of this comic. 

The writing however is excellent, the story is very quick and action packed. There is thought and art behind the words, it's not at all stereotypical of a comic. I loved the fact that she was a compassionate hero and cared about people while punching things and fighting crime. 

The villains are great and really seems to make the book feel effortless and fun. They to silly hilarious things that make me think that the author doesn't take himself seriously. I love that. It seems fun and exactly what comics, to me should be about. 

The alternative cover art at the back of the book is awful. That and the boob issue is why this book loses half a point. 

Goodreads Book Description: 

The fan-favorite writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (JONAH HEX, TERRA) team with popular aritst Amanda Conner (JSA CLASSIFIED, TERRA) for the rip-roaring solo adventures of Power Girl. 

She bursts from the pages of the JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA to star in her own series. Power Girl wants to build herself a secret identity but a major villain from her past, the Ultra-Humanite, has other plans in store for her and to get his way, he's holding Manhattan hostage.

 Plus, a trio of sexy alien marauders hits Earth for the ultimate party. Unfortunately, by their standards, that means destroying it!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review: All Families are Psychotic

Title: All Families are Psychotic 
Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: September 7th 2002
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Wow, that was a wild ride. This was the most thought provoking book I have ever read. Although it is incredible quirky at the same time. I was browsing at my favorite bookstore on a trip. I saw this book and laughed due to the title. I thought it was going to be a self help book, boy was I wrong. 

As this book opens, the main character Janet Drummond checks into a sketchy motel in order to see her daughter Sarah go up into space. The girl Sarah may seem like she has it all together, but the family couldn't be more dysfunctional. Wade, her brother is a lifetime screw up, and Bryan is trying to get out of depression. In a twist of fate, a gut wrenching one, both Janet and one of her sons contracts Aids. They then embark on a crazy adventure that, unexpectedly brings them all together. 

Despite the fact there is a lot of rambling and story telling, what I really love about this book is the writing, it is beautiful. The characters are extremely well developed, they are rooted into the story. There complex, and jaded but yet remarkable. You will remember every character, their quirks and mannerisms. The author sprinkles the story with quick fast paced writing. He also makes every plot twist a gut wrenching one. The ending chocked me up. 

While this book isn't for everyone, if you love the characters, believe the story line, and embrace the craziness you will love this book. 

Goodreads Book Description: 

The most disastrous family reunion in the history of fiction.

The Drummond family, reunited for the first time in years, has gathered near Cape Canaveral to watch the launch into space of their beloved daughter and sister, Sarah. Against the Technicolor unreality of Florida's finest tourist attractions, the Drummonds stumble into every illicit activity under the tropical sun-kidnapping, blackmail, gunplay, and black market negotiations, to name a few. 

But even as the Drummonds' lives spin out of control, Coupland reminds us of their humanity at every turn, hammering out a hilarious masterpiece with the keen eye of a cultural critic and the heart and soul of a gifted storyteller. He tells not only the characters' stories but also the story of our times--thalidomide, AIDS, born-again Christianity, drugs, divorce, the Internet-all bound together with the familiar glue of family love and madness.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: Star Trek Countdown to Darkness

Title: Star Trek Countdown to Darkness
Pages: 104 pages 
Publisher:  IDW 
Publication Date: April 23rd 2013
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Library

Such a fun comic! I am a huge Star Trek fan but for some reason have never really gotten into the comics, or graphic novels. This is a great installment in this series.

The events in this book "Countdown to Darkness" take place prior to the film "Into Darkness". I was excited about this fact although I found that the book doesn't bring lots of new insight into the film. It does set the stage for the movie, also talks about some of the emotions behind them. I really liked this one.

I won't get into the storyline because I don't want to give too much of the story away.

I loved the art of the book, also as a surprise it has actually pictures from the movie thrown in. Over all this is a great read, check it out!

Goodreads Book Description: 

From the same creative team behind Star Trek Countdown, the bestselling prequel to JJ Abrams' 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, comes the all-new story leading directly into the movie event of 2013:


On a routine survey mission to a remote planet, Captain James Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise become embroiled in a decades-old conflict between two factions of the indigenous population. The flames of their conflict have been fanned by the unexpected presence of a former captain of the Enterprise, long presumed to be dead. This is a must-have graphic novel for allStar trek fans!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Review: The Last Unicorn

Title: The Last Unicorn 
Author: Peter S Beagle
Pages: 294 Pages
Publisher:  IDW
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Publication Date: January 25th 2011
Source: Library 

A graphic novel is such a fun way to re-read a classic. This was one of my favorite reads growing up. Like most girls I was obsessed with unicorns, horses, and anything purple as a middle schooler. I actually remember in sixth grade, I read only books with horses on them. That was a bad year for me. This took me back to the love of all things unicorn and horses. 

While the illustrations are beautiful works of art, I was really concerned with the story. I went in thinking, this book is going to suck. Adaptations are never like the original story, boy was I wrong. For the most part this book keeps close to the original book. 

The imagery in the graphic novel, in my opinion seems very similar to the movie. I am just a little sad that some of my favorite scenes were cut short in order to make the graphic novel move along. That is to be expected when it comes to these. 

Over all I believe fans of the book and movie will enjoy reading this wonderful graphic novel. It has everything you could ever want in a story. I recommend this to anyone. 

Goodreads Book Description: 

Adapted for the first time from the novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. 

Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power. Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Book Review: Bravest Warriors Vol. 2

Title: Bravest Warriors Vol. 2
Author: Pendleton Ward, Joey Comeau
Pages: 128 pages
Publisher: KaBOM! 
Publication Date: Feburuary 11, 2014
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 
Source: Library 

This is the cutest little comic, it reminds me so much of Adventure Time which used to be one of my favorite shows. The graphics are so pretty and well done. The storyline is cute about about "brainless pageant girls". The Brave Warriors show up and save the day. It is a quick fast paced read. Great book to read in one day, on a lazy Sunday. 

The side story in here is hilarious! This literally made me laugh out loud. I can't wait to continue the novels. 

Goodreads Book Description: 

The YouTube sensation from Adventure Time creator, Pendleton Ward, returns!

Join Beth, Wallow, Chris, Danny and Plum as they travel the multiverse saving folks and generally being totally rad dudes! Having to go undercover at a Miss Multiverse Pageant, will our heroes be able to save the day? Will they be able to figure out where all the missing brains are going? Who will sav--what was that again...MISSING BRAINS?! Based on the hit web series from ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendleton Ward! POWER! RESPECT!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Book Review: Surprised by the Healer

Title: Surprised by the Healer
Author:  Linda Dillow, Juli Slattery
Pages: 240 Pages
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Moody Publishing

This book is exactly what I needed, I am going to share something with you guys that I rarely talk about. It is the hard stuff, the stuff that we never want to talk about. I was raped as a teenager. It was a traumatizing experience that I feel I am constantly healing from.

This is the first and only book I have ever come across that tackles all of these intense topics. Things like pornography, rape, abortion, incest, and many other things. These are  taboo subjects that sometimes churches don't want to take on, life groups don't want to talk about it. It would be better to stuff in a closet or pretend like it doesn't exist. This book opens those closed doors, and tells women, your story matters. That with God everything is going to be okay. With God, those horrible parts of you, can be cleansed and made new.

I can't begin to express how important books like these are for women. This book is important because it is a subject matter that effects us all. We know women who have or are struggling with the deep pain of sexual brokenness.

I was overwhelmed reading the honesty that the pages contained. Women putting their heart out. I can certainly relate to some of these feelings, experiences, and lies these women believed at one time or another.

The most amazing thing about this book for me was that it captured real life stories from its front to back cover of real struggles. How their hurts and broken lives were mended. How God brought back hope into their lives. Hope that no matter what happens in life, Jesus sees all and still loves you.

There are some great quotes in this book. My favorites are listed below.

"God is more interested in strengthening my character than He is about making me happy." 

"There is nothing too broken for God to heal"

"Scars remind us where we have been, but they do not have to dictate where we are going"

I am so very thankful these women were brave enough to share their story with us. I hope you will check this book out. 

I received a copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Goodreads Book Description: 

An invitation to heal from sexual brokenness, Surprised by the Healer speaks comfort and courage to women who feel broken beyond repair. If that’s you, please know that God is the Healer, and He has invited you to find healing and wholeness in Him. Weaving together Scripture, the authors’ insights, and guest stories, Surprised by the Healer addresses questions like:

How can I heal from the trauma of sexual abuse?
What do I do with all the shame and fear that I feel? 
How can I have intimacy now that I’m divorced? 
What do I do if I’m addicted to pornography?
How can I have intimacy when sex is physically painful for me?
Linda Dillow and Dr. Juli Slattery, cofounders of Authentic Intimacy, have been writing and ministering to women in the church and clinical context for several decades. Their wisdom and experience overflow in this work to give you a trusted resource in journeying toward sexual healing. Includes a study guide for each chapter in the back of the book

Links: Moody/  Amazon / ChristianBook

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book Review: Washed Up in the Waves

Title: Washed up in the Waves
Author: Margo Solod 
Page Count: 32 pages
Publisher: Harbour Books
My Rating:  4 out of 5 stars
Release Date: February 10th 2016
Source: Goodreads Giveaway

There is so much I could say about this book. Honestly the rhymes are really good, and will take you back to your childhood. They will transport you back to a time you were on the beach. Although some times it is a bit over done. 

The author is able to balance beautiful words with fun rhymes and pictures that will make kids enjoy reading it. Some of the words were a little challenging for a children's book. It is obvious the Author has a good grasp on the english language but I am unsure a child will be able to understood all the words. 

Overall this is a great book. I really loved this book! 


As you walk the sandy beaches and gaze out to sea, do you ever wonder what the inhabitants of the coastal community might have to say about themselves? The clams and crabs, the birds and star fish, the flounder, the shark, and the whale-what might they say to an inquisitive child? This book is a classic poetic response to just those questions. 

Lyrical and funny, poet/author Margo Solod first wrote the collection of seaside poetry for her nephew and now shares them with a world full of young exploratory beach dwellers. To help young imaginations soar, illustrator Bruce Macdonald created pen and pastel artwork of the sea creatures for each poem. 

Whether read to a child or read by a child, the poems and pictures portray the sea creatures' stories, not deep like the ocean, just teaching in a humorously gentle way about the moon and the tides retreating to reveal a trove of ocean dwellers-where they live, what they might do, and what they might eat. It's all uncommonly tasteful, in language children love.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All pictures, opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Beautiful Postcard Set.

So today I have something that isn't exactly book related to share with you. It looks book related so does that count? Today I am sharing a great post card set, that Blogging for books graciously sent to me for review. 

This is a wonderful post card set. That comes in a beautiful box. This is the perfect gift for a history buff or veteran. I loved the various post cards included. Gives you a great visual as to the history of the flag. It comes in a box that looks like a book with flags and a gold edge. A must for any collector. My only wish or complaint would be that, they need to offer larger formats for wall hanging. 

The best part of this box is the wonderful designs that come with it. Some of these cards I had never seen before. 

Note: I received this product for free or a reduced price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts, pictures, and opinions are my own. 

Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Indiebound