Archive for July, 2016

 

July 31, 2016 • Cee • Monthly Recap

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I didn’t think anything can come close to topping last month when I met Sebastian Stan, but July was pretty up there with all of the awesome of my sister coming up to visit, the Monstress signing, Batgirl onesie + Dick Grayson booty print, and seeing Brand New play their music! It somehow worked so well, and I feel so blessed.

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July 30, 2016 • Cee • Discussion

The annual ARC August is finally heeerrrreeeeeee! Hosted by Octavia and Shelly of Read. Sleep. Repeat, ARC August is an event that helps readers and bloggers get their ARC pile down. The rules are simply:

  • You read how many ARCS you want. YOU get to decide.
  • The book must be an ARC—physical or electronic. The ARC can be old or new ones. As long as it’s an arc, it’s okay.
  • Have fun!

You have until July 31st to sign up! I urge you to, especially if you have ARCs you need to read! Also, there’s a lot of wonderful readers joining in. 

ARC AUGUST, HERE WE GO AGAIN.

My pile for this ARC August is lesser than the previous times, and that’s because I have finished review copies I gotta get through as well. It’s lookin’ to be a full month of reading, and let’s hope I get back on that reading horse!

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July 28, 2016 • Cee • Reviews

The Trouble with Twins

The Trouble with Twins by Kathryn Siebel • August 9, 2016 • Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
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Imagine two twin sisters, Arabella and Henrietta—nearly identical yet with nothing in common. They’re the best of friends . . . until one day they aren’t. Plain and quiet Henrietta has a secret plan to settle the score, and she does something outrageous and she can’t take it back.

When the deed is discovered, Henrietta is quickly banished—sent to live with her eccentric great-aunt Priscilla on Chillington Lane, where black cats roam the dark rooms and tonight’s menu is fish-head stew! Suddenly life with pretty, popular Arabella doesn’t seem so awful.

And, though she’s been grievously wronged, Arabella longs for her sister, too. So she hatches a plan of her own and embarks on an unexpected journey to reunite with her other half.

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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: “And so it begins in front of the fire, the story of two twin sisters.”

Identical, but opposites, that’s the type of twins Arabella and Henrietta are. While Arabella’s pretty, loved more, and is a social butterfly with a lot of friends, Henrietta’s not as pretty, ignored more, and is a loner who doesn’t have friends. Arabella is the “good” child, and Henrietta is the “bad” child by their parents. Because Henrietta has been treated awfully, she does something that sets all the craziness in The Trouble with Twins in motion.

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July 27, 2016 • Cee • Events

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Welcome to the Summer of Sailor Scouts! (Aka July!)

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Kristin of Super Space Chick, Sierra of SDavReads, and I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it, and that’s what’s happening this July! Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

Summer of Sailor Scouts comes to an end this week. I’ve been having a lot of fun talking about Sailor Moon and getting all nostalgic about it! I’ve found these awesome ladies (Alexa, Cristina, Kristin, & Sierra) who share my feelings on these fabulous ladies! It just gets me incredibly excited.

For our last week, each us will be talking about the Sailor Moon manga by Naoko Takeuchi. We’re each reading a different volume and talking about things that caught our attention. For me, I’m tackling volume three (which has the fabulous Mars cover), which covers five acts (#12-16), and kicks off with Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts dealing with a hypnotized Endymion and trying to defeat Queen Metallia. After that arc is finished, it introduces you to Chibiusa (aka Rini) and the Dark Moon kingdom.

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July 25, 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.

What a wonderful month of awesome comics. In June, you get graphic novels about a fat superhero, steampunk Asia + monsters, Korean food, and much more!

Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!

FAITH • VOL. 1: HOLLYWOOD & VINE

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off an full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

Rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and explosive artists Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells) pilot a new chapter for the high-flying hero that People Magazine calls “a superhero we can all admire.”

This volume collects issues #1-4. — Valiant Entertainment

Publication date: July 6, 2016 (for online retailers) by Valiant Entertainment

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

Why I’m excitedYou really do not see a fat superhero at all in comics. She isn’t defined by her body. She can do all the things that short, tall, big, small superheroes can do, and she does it fabulously! I know this comic will be absolutely cute and funny and so much fun.

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July 22, 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: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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