February 22, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

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First sentence: “The Prince is holding a ball!!”

In this fairytale for the modern age, there lived a prince who loves to wear dresses and a talented dressmaker who dreams of doing more with her work. These two come together to take on the world of fashion! But unfortunately in secret (boys dressing up in dresses is unacceptable to people). Both yearn for more—acceptance, openness, to be who they are without it being a secret.

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February 11, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive—a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling. Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person, he’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas, which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in.

Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? With the same nuance and sympathy with which he approached Andre the Giant in his 2014 biography, graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman.

Andy Kaufman…what do you really know about this guy? What is he really like?

I certainly didn’t know too much about him. All I knew were 1. he was a strange comedian; 2. he was on Taxi; and 3. he died very young. In Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, Box Brown explores this eccentric comedian and the things that inspired him to take on the various personas in his comedy acts.

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February 8, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Going Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2) by Marissa Meyer & Stephen Gilpin • January 30, 2018 • Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
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The second graphic novel, and sequel to Wires and Nerve, Volume 1, from #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Marissa Meyer!

Iko―an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder―has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming. Questions of love, friendship, and mortality take Iko on an emotional journey that will satisfy and delight fans of this bestselling series.

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First sentence: “Almost a year has passed since we overthrew the wicked tyrant, Queen Levana, and crowned my best friend, Cinder—aka Princess Selene Blackburn—as the true queen of Luna. “

Welcome back to The Lunar Chronicles and Iko kicking ass!

In the previous book, bounty hunter Iko and appointed sidekick (joking!) Kinney have been hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele and the “rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers,” who demand that Cinder reverse their mutations or blood will be shed. Of course, there is no way to reverse what former Queen Levana did, so what now?

For those who have yet to read the first graphic novel of Wires and Nerve, you must, and this is everything you need to know.

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February 6, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll • February 6, 2018 • Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR (Macmillan)
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“Speak up for yourself-we want to know what you have to say.”

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless–an outcast–because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.

With powerful illustrations by Emily Carroll Speak: The Graphic Novel comes alive for new audiences and fans of the classic novel.

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I received this book for free from Macmillan for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “It is my first morning of high school.”

Speak is the quintessential Young Adult book that all teenagers should read. It’s a classic. It’s a book that was very popular when I was a teenager because there simply was not a book for teenagers that spoke about rape.

Even after twenty years since Speak’s original release, the content in this book is still very important and relevant to what is happening in the United States and around the world. This conversation about sexual assault has to happen. 

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February 5, 2018 • Cee • Discussion

It’s 2018, and I’m finally in the mindset to set up my Too Much TBR.

For those who do not know, Too Much TBR is a way to help me see which books I really need to read and tackle them. Is it effective? Perhaps. It helps a lot seeing a visual of the books on my TBR pile.

Let’s discuss what I read last month, and what I’m reading this month!

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January 22, 2018 • Cee • Discussion

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After four years of setting goals for the new year, I’m coming to the conclusion—at least, I’ve always known—that setting them won’t work for me?

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