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March 24, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris • March 28, 2017 • Quirk Books
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Meet the lesser of all evils!

Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous–some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird.

In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics.

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

First sentence: “What good is a superhero without a decent supervillain?”

We all remember villains like the Joker, Red Skull, Magneto, and Scarecrow. However, not all villains in superhero comics are gonna be a hit. Comics go through many villains—good and bad ones—and many of them have been forgotten or ignored. The League of Regrettable Supervillains showcases the D-list strangest super villains you have never heard of, and when you read about them, you’ll understand why they are rarely remembered.

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March 16, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Love, Ish by Karen Rivers • March 14, 2017 • Algonquin Young Readers
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Things Mischa “Ish” Love will miss when she goes to Mars: lying on the living room floor watching TV, ice cream, her parrot Buzz Aldrin. Things Ish Love will not miss when she goes to Mars: mosquitoes, heat waves, missing her former best friend Tig.

Ish is convinced that she’ll be one of the first settlers on Mars. She’s applied to—and been rejected from—the Mars Now project forty-seven times, but the mission won’t leave for ten years and Ish hasn’t given up hope. She also hasn’t given up hope that Tig will be her best friend again (not that she’d ever admit that to anyone, least of all herself). When Ish collapses on the first day of seventh grade, she gets a diagnosis that threatens all her future plans. As Ish fights cancer, she dreams in vivid detail about the Martian adventures she’s always known she’d have—and makes unexpected discoveries about love, fate, and her place in the vast universe.

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

First sentence: “As a planet, the Earth is mostly OK, I guess. “

All Mischa “Ish” Love has ever thought about is going to Mars. Sure, she’s gonna miss her family and her parrot Buzz Aldrin, but it’s Mars! Ish and her best friend, Tig, have discussed this Mars dream for years; she’s applied to the Mars Now project and rejected so many times she can’t count it on her hands. Despite the rejections and people’s non-believing reactions to her Mars dream, she’s not gonna give up. Ish will go to Mars.

But what happens when an unexpected diagnosis throws a wrench in her future plans?

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February 27, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Traveler by L.E. Delano • February 7, 2017 • Swoon Reads (Macmillan)
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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all cupcakes, pirates, and fantasy lifestyles – Jessa is dying over and over again in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… This Jessa is going to live.

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

First sentence: “There are few things in the world that I find more painful than being forced to sit on a cold metal folding chair in front of a home improvement store selling candy for the Spanish Club.”

DNF AT CHAPTER 14

If I had read Traveler a few years ago, I may have liked it. (Though, probably not.)

Like The Edge of Everything, Traveler promised me something I loved reading about—alternate realities—but it failed to wow me. You’d think people who can “slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities” to be exciting, but it just isn’t here.

The start of Traveler didn’t suck me in (it starts with Jessa being bored out of her mind waiting on the candy to arrive for her school’s Spanish club and writing stories about a mysterious dude who she can’t get out of her mind); the characters were bland (nothing truly memorable about them that I remember); it played on typical plots and tropes I see a lot in Young Adult (instalove, love triangles, Chosen One), and you know what? I find that so boring to read. I felt like I read this book already in All Our Yesterdays.

Should you read TravelerNah, go read All Our Yesterdays for something that’s similar but better.

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February 8, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles • January 31, 2017 • Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.

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

First sentence: “Zoe met X on a Sunday in February, when there was a storm on its way from Canada and the sky was so dark it looked like someone was closing a giant coffin lid over Montana.”

DNF-ed at Chapter 8

I should’ve known that anything that features a lot of snow will fill me up with boredom and lull me into a deep sleep. The Edge of Everything seemed promising—it had bounty hunters! I admit, I did not read this synopsis thoroughly. Any promise of bounty hunters, I’m immediately onboard, and boy, what a mistake to board this train towards the Lowlands. 

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January 22, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos • January 3, 2017 • Bloomsbury
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Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom’s attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister’s trust ever since she’s been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family’s dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.

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First sentence: “Jackie Stone loved her father.”

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January 19, 2017 • Cee • Reviews

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee • January 3, 2017 • Random House Books for Young Readers
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Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls™— the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman™, Supergirl™, Batgirl™, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows—but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?

Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara’s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She’s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she’ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!

Did I screech in excitement when I heard Batgirl was getting her own Super Hero High book? You bet I did. Did I refrain from scaring the Random House publicist when she asked if I want to take part in the Batgirl at Super Hero High blog tour? Yup.

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First sentence: “Oh, sure, there were injuries.”

Na na na na na na na na Batgirl! Batgirl!

In this third book in the Super Hero High series, Batgirl has decided that she doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore while her friends are out there saving people. She wants to attend Super Hero High, but her dad, Commissioner Gordon, absolutely refuses to allow her. With her superior reasoning skills, she manages to convince her reluctant dad to let her attend the school (but with a few set of rules she must abide by). In Batgirl at Super Hero High, Batgirl has to deal with her desire to save people like her dad, a worried dad who doesn’t want Batgirl to get hurt, stress from all the different work loads she’s juggling, a reality show about technologically savvy people, and much more!

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