December 7, 2016 • Cee • Comics

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I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!

From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.

November was a shit month for multiple reasons, but you know what was good? All the comics that came out! You get graphic novels about the kids of Gotham Academy, those wonderful Paper Girls time traveling, Black Canary babe, and more!

Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!

GOTHAM ACADEMY • VOL. 3 • YEARBOOK

The students of Gotham’s most prestigious prep school are back and they’ve just survived one heck of a year within the walls of Gotham Academy. Now it’s time for everyone to look back and experience some of the lost adventures from the school year that was. Featuring stories and art by some of comics’ best and brightest creators including Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN: L’IL GOTHAM), Derek Fridolfs (BATMAN: L’IL GOTHAM) and Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), as well as from regular series writer Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL)!

Collects GOTHAM ACADEMY #13-17. — DC Comics

Publication date: November 2, 2016 by DC Comics

Buy: LCBS · Amazon · Barnes & Noble · The Book Depository · Indigo · Comixology

Why I’m excitedThese kids are back! And on another adventure in Gotham Academy! You get to read more about these kids, and you get three different artists here!
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December 2, 2016 • Cee • Events

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The YA Book Cover Choice Awards (aka YABCCAwards) aim to honor all the wonderful (and not-so wonderful) book covers that were published in the past year. It will be nominated and voted by readers (à la Goodreads Choice Awards and the *Book Shimmy* Awards) for the best cover design in each categories.

VOILA! THE FINALS ROUND!

I didn’t think I would be able to pull this together (with a recent change that has been occupying my time), but here it is!

I keep forgetting how tedious it is to tally up the votes (very widespread nomination), put the images together, and create the polls. Lots of copying and pasting and cursing Illustrator for being slow. It should get easier from here…I hope.

What you find in this post are: 15 beautiful covers (that you nominated) for each category + polls.

And once again, we begin. Vote! And then get your friends to vote!

What You Need To Know

  • This is the finals!
  • These covers are all reader nominated.
  • Vote for the cover you believe should win each category because it’s superior and prettier than the others and fits.
  • Judge base on the covers. Not what’s in the book.
  • You’re only allowed to vote for ONE cover.
  • DO NOT CHEAT. I will be checking the spreadsheet for suspicious activity.
  • If you click on the pictures, it will pop up a bigger image. If you want a bigger picture, click on the links in the Google Docs poll.
  • When you click on the category links below, it’ll take you directly to that category.
  • If you have questions or need clarifications, feel free to ask them and I will answer. :)
  • Voting ends Saturday, December 10, 2016 12 PM PST.
  • Last but not least, have fun! Share this with friends and force them to vote!

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November 30, 2016 • Cee • Monthly Recap

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What a shit month, right?

Earlier this month, I woke up to an entirely new world, where people—women, POC, LGBTQIA+, disabled—fear for their future. That makes me so sad and angry and so fearful. I spent the first few weeks depressed, bursting into tears any time I thought about what’s going to happen. The first half of the month was absolutely shit. However the latter half? I guess it was good. (FYI, I’m absolutely not gonna talk about the bad here because it’ll pull me into a pit of despair.)

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November 29, 2016 • Cee • Discussion

I haven’t been great at keeping with my TBR books this past month. (Blame that on all the stress! Ack.) Currently Reading will act as my check-in, letting you guys know what I’m forever reading at the moment, and what I’m enjoying about it. Today, I’m sharing with you three books I’m juggling/reading

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Why did I want to read Three Dark Crowns? When I read that Three Dark Crowns was about three triplets—all queens in their rights—I thought about the daughters of Shakespeare’s King Lear and this beautiful image of three ladies from Dinara Mirtalipova. Since then, I can’t stop thinking about these two things. I like reading stories about sisters, and you had a fantastical element with a power struggle? I’d want to experience the unexpectedness and weirdness.

What do I like about it so far? That I don’t know how to feel about it? I just started the book, but it really throws me into what’s happening, not giving you a clue what I’ve stepped into. I imagine I will get to know all these characters as I keep reading. But you guys, one queen ingesting poison? Another being able to bloom flowers? Another being able to control the elementals? I hope the ??? I feel about the book turns into a definite opinion of like.

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November 26, 2016 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

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US vs. UK: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera 

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November 25, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin Van Draanen • October 25, 2016 • Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
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My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin’ ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they’re nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he’s got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he’s writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

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

First sentence: “Ruby Hobbs came out of her room, dancing and singing, buck naked, again. “

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