Friday, January 26, 2018

Pestilence: Volume 1

*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my personal review*

PestilenceVolume 1

Release Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Horror
Print Length: 144 pages
Age Level: 18+
Format read: Digital ARC

"It is the late 14th Century, and a Great Pestilence—the “Black Death”— is sweeping across Europe, killing over 100 million people. BUT, what if history as we know it was a lie? What if, in reality, this was no straightforward plague, but the FIRST non-recorded Zombie Infestation of man? Ex-Crusader Roderick Helms and his fellow “black ops” agents the Church, Fiat Lux, must seek out the cause of this undead outbreak and vanquish it before mankind ceases to exist!"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I am Malala: a review

I am Malala:
How One Girl Stood Up for Education
and Changed the World

Author: Malala Yousafzai  w/ Patricia McCormick
Genre: Children's Books > Biographies > Women
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Print Length: 232 pages
Age Level: Grade 6 & up
Format read: Young Readers Edition - Audiobook

"I Am Malala. This is my story.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond."
I went into this book knowing very little about Malala Yousafzai. I knew that she was targeted because of her stance on women's education but that was the extent of my knowledge. So I pretty much went into this book not knowing what to expect & with very little backstory. What I ended up finding was a book about an amazing girl who is, by far, one of the most inspiring people I have ever learned about.

If anyone is interested in reading this book, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version. The way the narrator reads Malala's words makes the readers experience even more enjoyable. I found myself laughing over the antics between Malala & her brothers. And not only is Malala very intelligent, she is also hilarious. I found her sense of humor to be a breath of fresh air among the weighty subject of the Taliban's control & destruction.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in real-life events, memoirs, inspirational women, or anyone just looking to read a story of hope & truth.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Drawing Cute with Katie Cook: a review

*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my personal review*

Drawing Cute with Katie Cook
200+ Lessons for Drawing Super Adorable Stuff

Genre: Art & Photography > Drawing > Cartooning
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Publisher: IMPACT
Print Length: 128 pages
Age Level: All ages
Format read: Digital ARC

Fun fact: A lot of animals are shaped like potatoes.
Another fun fact: Potatoes are easy to draw.
Another another fun fact: If you can draw a potato, you can draw animals.

Master of cute Katie Cook teaches you how to draw everything adorable in her first tutorial book with quick and easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons. All you need is a pencil and paper...or a napkin or a wall, depending on how confident you are in your drawing ability. Learn how to turn curvy blobs, shapes and squiggles into more than 200 different things, including fuzzy animals, cute food and inanimate objects like yarns balls, luggage and a toaster. Add nubbins, swishy bits, and little smiley faces to anything and everything to transform it into something really, really cute.
  • How to draw lots of cats: fluffy cats, non-fluffy cats, cats in boxes, Polaroids of cats on refrigerators*
  • How to draw food like ketchup delivery sticks, spicy dragon claws and tiny broccoli trees
  • Perfect for doodling during class or in meetings
For fans of drawing turkeys from hand outlines (gobble, gobble) or Ed Emberley's super simple drawing instruction books that use shapes, letters and even thumbprints as starting points, Drawing Cute with Katie Cook is a must-own adorable drawing manual, complete with Doctor Who references, fun facts and bad puns.

"If you know how to draw a potato, the art world is an open door." --Katie Cook

* Don’t worry, there are lots of dog drawings, too!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Series: Wayward Children (Book 1)
Print Length: 174 Pages
Publisher: (April 5, 2016)
Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
Format Read: Audiobook via Overlook
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.
No matter the cost.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Kim Reaper Vol 1: Grim Beginnings

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*
Series: Kim Reaper (Book 1)
Print Length: 112 Pages
Publisher: Oni Press (March 13, 2018)
Graphic Novels > Gay & Lesbian
Format Read: ARC in e-book form
Part-Time Grim Reaper. Full-Time Cutie!

Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife.

Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn't know that.

Unaware of the ghoulish drama she's about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it... and maybe even get a smooch in the bargain.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Release Blitz: Someone in the Way by Rachel Del

Title: Someone in the Way
Series: Someone in the Way #1
Author: Rachel Del
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2018 

Lily Gardner thought she’d found her soul mate when she met and married the handsome and well-off Thomas Gardner. But now, thirty, with a four-year-old son, Lily finds herself wading through the messy waters of divorce and single motherhood, crying herself to sleep at night wondering if she’s just lost her only chance at love—and herself in the process.

Nathan Trainor always falls for the wrong women—and Lily is no exception. But now that she’s practically single Nate knows this could be his only chance to prove history wrong. 
When Lily and Nate are assigned the task of signing a bestselling author who is rumored to be seeking new representation, Lily must put her troubles aside and do whatever it takes to get the job done. And Nate might just get his chance to write his own happy ending.
At once heartbreaking and hopeful, Someone In The Way captures what it feels like to be given a second chance at life—and love.
Someone In The Way was previously published as Finding Lily, but has been entirely re-written and will be re-releasing January 2018.
Someone In The Way is a standalone but can also be read as book 1 in the series.