Book Review: Book Love by Debbie Tung

Book Love by Debbie Tung

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BOOK INFO

Title: Book Love
Author: Debbie Tung
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date: January 1, 2019
Genre: Graphic Novel – Nonfiction
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


BOOK BLURB

Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.

Book Love by Debbie Tung
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MY REVIEW

A graphic novel that encompasses what it’s like to love books. Depicted in comic style, a variety of bookish topics are covered – favorite books, book formats, bookstores, libraries, and more.

I loved Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, so I was excited to see a new book by Debbie Tung. Even better, this one is all about books and the bibliophiles who love them.

A delightful book. I could relate to so many of the scenarios shown. A perfect read for book lovers. Charming, amusing, and accurate.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

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BOOK INFO

Title: Sheets
Author: Brenna Thummler
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Graphic Novel – Middle Grade
Series: Sheets #1
My Rating 3/5


BOOK BLURB

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

Sheets by Brenna Thummler
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MY REVIEW

Marjorie is a lonely young teen. She has recently lost her mother, her father is depressed, and Marjorie has found herself in charge of the family laundry business. Wendell is a ghost. He died as a boy, and is adjusting to his new sheet-dependent afterlife. When they unexpectedly encounter one another, Marjorie and Wendell form an unlikely friendship.

The story starts slow as it introduces Marjorie. When Wendell is introduced, the story picks up a little more. For one, the whole ghosts wearing sheets is a humorous touch. However, both Marjorie and Wendell have sad stories of loneliness. When Marjorie and Wendell first encounter one another, the story gets more interesting.

The artwork in this graphic novel is great. I especially enjoyed the the color palette.

A sweet story about loneliness and grief. Lovely, enchanting, and heartbreaking.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

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BOOK INFO

Title: Supergirl: Being Super
Author: Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones
Publisher: DC Comics
Publish Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Graphic Novel – Superheroes
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for this incredible coming-of-age tale! This is the Girl of Steel as you’ve never seen her before.

She’s super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams-shattered glimpses of another world-behind her.

Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale…and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.

Now Kara’s incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she’s ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?

Collects the limited series Supergirl: Being Super #1-4.

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones
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MY REVIEW

An introduction to Supergirl. Kara is a typical teen girl living a normal life with a couple of best friends and parents who love her. She also has a secret… she has superpowers.

This comic has a good story, interesting characters, and great artwork. A fun and entertaining read, and a nice update to Supergirl.

Supergirl: Being Super contains issues #1-4.
Chapter 1: Where Do I Begin – An introduction to Kara and her family and friends.
Chapter 2: Hold On! – Kara loses someone close to her, plus her powers are acting flaky.
Chapter 3: Who Are You? – Kara meets a fellow Kryptonian.
Chapter 4: Who I Am. – Kara must fight back to save her friend, and herself.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Ghost, The Owl
Author: Franco
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Publish Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Graphic Novel – Fantasy
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren. What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together? Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be? What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, The Ghost, the Owl.

The Ghost, The Owl by Franco
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MY REVIEW

One evening, a ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp. She doesn’t remember who she is or why she is there, and a kindly owl offers to help her.

A short graphic novel. I liked the artwork, but wasn’t a fan of how the ghost was drawn. Everything else was excellent though.

A simple and quick read. A ghost needs to find closure. An owl offers to help, despite the fact that animals are not to interfere in human affairs. As they search for answers about the ghost, they are led to a nearby cabin, where a human is in danger.

Good for older kids. This story has a great message of kindness, but gets a little dark.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco

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BOOK INFO

Title: Birding Is My Favorite Video Game
Author: Rosemary Mosco
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date: April 17, 2018
Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Birding is My Favorite Video Game is a collection of fun, quasi-educational comics combining weird science, cute visuals, sweet wit, and a strong environmental message. Based on the popular webcomic Bird and Moon, this collection brings facts about birds, bees, and insects to life in the quirkiest, most wonderful way.

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco
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MY REVIEW

A funny, yet informative, look at science and the natural world. This graphic novel is based on the webcomic Bird and Moon. A fun comic that depicts birding, animal life, nature, and biologists/naturalists. Cute illustrations.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss

4 Kids Walk into a Bank by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss

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BOOK INFO

Title: 4 Kids Walk into a Bank
Author: Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss
Publisher: Black Mask Comics
Publish Date: November 21, 2017
Genre: Graphic Novel – Young Adult
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans.When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices — let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.180ish pages of full color comic-booking about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny from rising star writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KINGPIN, SECRET WARRIORS) and equally rising star artist Tyler Boss (LAZARUS, CALEXIT, Vice Magazine). This volume collects the complete series that Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, DARTH VADER) described as “Imagine Tarantino does Goonies. And excellent.” And Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y THE LAST MAN) said was “Exploding with ambition and love of the medium!”

4 Kids Walk into a Bank by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss
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MY REVIEW

A graphic novel about a group of kids (11 and 12 years olds) that decide to rob a bank. The kids are hanging out at Paige’s house when they first encounter a group of ex-cons her father knows. The kids figure out that the thugs are planning to rob a bank and want to involve her father. Since the ex-cons are not that bright, Paige decides she and her friends should rob the bank first to help out her father.

This is a crime caper that also deals with friendships and growing up. The kids are each smart and unique, and are basically outcasts from their peers. I liked the honesty and humor in the story, but it did get pretty dark. This story does have some bawdy humor, bad language, and a mature theme, so not really for younger kids.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

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BOOK INFO

Title: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
Author: Debbie Tung
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


BOOK BLURB

This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung’s experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie’s life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.

The first half of the book traces Debbie’s final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung
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MY REVIEW

A quiet, humorous autobiographical graphic novel that looks at the life of an introvert. This book focuses on early adulthood: college, falling in love, marriage, finding a job, and fitting in during social situations and at work.

An easy to read comic strip style book with black and white artwork. This simple and cute book was very relatable. I kept nodding my head thinking: I’ve done that, said that, or thought that.

Favorite quote:
Guy at party: You’re kind of quiet, aren’t you?
Quiet girl thinking: Just smile. Don’t strangle him.

I can’t even count the number of times people have commented on how quiet I am. 100% relatable.

While most of this book depicts a humorous look at an introvert’s life, some things are a little more serious, like the anxiety and self-doubt that a lot of introverts deal with.

Quote from the book:
My outer self: Calm, cheerful, friendly, and easygoing.
My inner self: A mixture of frustration, insanity, and dying on the inside.

An insightful look into an introvert’s life that is a wonderful read for introverts, and the extroverts who love them.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

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BOOK INFO

Title: Herding Cats
Author: Sarah Andersen
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: Sarah’s Scribbles #3
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
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MY REVIEW

A humorous take on being an introvert young adult, especially geared toward artists.

I’m not a huge fan of the illustrations, but the text was humorous and relatable for fellow introverts. I liked the section about online presence and the advice to aspiring artists.

This is the 3rd graphic novel in the Sarah’s Scribbles series, but the first one I have read. I enjoyed this one, and look forward to reading the others.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col

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BOOK INFO

Title: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1
Author: Anthony Del Col
Publisher: Dynamite
Publish Date: March 8, 2017
Genre: Graphic Novel
Series: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with the femme fatale nancy drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete
with double-crosses, deceit and dames. Inspired by new crime classics like ed Brubaker’s Fatale and darwyn cooke’s parker series, writer Anthony del col (Assassin’s creed, Kill shakespeare) and artist Werther dell’edera (Batman: detective comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col
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MY REVIEW

I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books when I was a kid. Saw this on NetGalley and immediately wanted to read it.

In The Big Lie Frank and Joe’s dad has been murdered and they are suspected of killing him. Nancy shows up to help them clear their names and solve the case.

This a modern, dark story about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. A few other characters from older books make an appearance too, like Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins.

The artwork seemed a bit dated. Since the characters were more modern versions, I would have preferred more modern illustrations. As for the story, I enjoyed that this was a little bit noir. It’s definitely darker than the original stories, but I enjoyed this modern take on some of my favorite characters.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.