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September 6, 2017 • Cee • Comics

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson • September 5, 2017 • Dial Books (Penguin)
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Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind–she’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it’s not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don’t) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family’s unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.

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

First sentence: “Our story begins here…at the beginning.”

Never been to a Renaissance Faire? Impy (aka Imogene) and her family will welcome you with opened arms. You’re in for quite a treat. The Renaissance Faire is a delightful place where you will see the most interesting sights—both in people (who are all dressed up) and activities—and encounter out of this world things. You’ll find people speaking in olden day speech and jousting and whatnot. This is the place that Impy, the main character of All’s Faire in Middle School, loves in the entire world.

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August 30, 2017 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

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.

In August, you get roller derby girls, lots of volume threes of my beloved comics, precious Wirt and Greg on their adventure in the Unknown, an unstoppable wasp, and many more. This month, you need to put these on your TBR list.

Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!

SLAM • VOL. 1

In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.

When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit.

From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted to different teams, the pull of competition — and their increasingly messy personal lives — threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better lover, and a better friend. Derby can heal your heart . . . but it might break a bone or two in the process.

Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going In Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) joins artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Silk) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams. — Boom! Sudios

Publication date: August 2, 2017 by Boom! Studios

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Why I’m excited: Roller derby girls! I’ve waited months for this volume to come out because girls roller derbying and friendship!! And you have Veronica Fish as the artist. What a winning combination.

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July 30, 2017 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

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.

July, oh July, you have so many comics releasing, and I want it all. Badass Hulk. Fashionable aliens trying to be human. BTS for stage crew boys. Gotham Academy second semester. This month, you need to put these on your TBR list.

Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!

MONSTRESS • VOL. 2: THE BLOOD

The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past… and discover a new, terrible, threat.

Collects MONSTRESS #7-12 — Image Comics

Publication date: July 5, 2017 by Image Comics

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

Why I’m excited: OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS, MONSTRESS VOLUME 2 IS THE BEST EVER. You get Maika, loyal Kippa, Master Ren, more cats and other creatures. I have read it like multiple times, and I’m just so struck by the writing and the art. All the characters leave a heavy impression in my heart.

If you haven’t read Vol. 1, you must do it!!!
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July 5, 2017 • Cee • Comics

Twelve-year-old twin adventurers Cleopatra and Alexandra Dodge are reunited with their father and realize that two family heirlooms reveal the location of a treasure that is their birthright. When they set sail with Captain Tarboro on the Almira, they know they’re heading into danger—the ocean is filled with new and old enemies, including their nemesis, the infamous pirate Felix Worley. But like a coral reef that lurks below the surface of the waves, trouble is brewing between the siblings. Alex is determined to become a sailor and is happy with his role aboard the Almira, but Cleo—the only girl on the ship—is tired of washing dishes in the galley. In an effort to find her own purpose, she begins studying sword fighting with Tarboro, but neither Alex nor her father approves. Can the twins remain close as they pursue different goals and dreams, or will their growing differences tear the family apart before the treasure can be found?

In this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Compass South, Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock once again create an outstanding seafaring adventure.

DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU’VE READ COMPASS SOUTH.

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June 29, 2017 • Cee • Comics

from panel to panel

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.

Babes on bikes. Hot guys and their abs and their booty. Queens fighting World Wars and the Empire. June is filled with so many comics I’m obsessed with getting, and believe me, I bought six out of the 11. (I also bought five different covers of Motor Crush so….) This month, you need to put these on your TBR list.

Get your shopping carts loaded with all these comics!

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE • VOL. 5: IMPERIAL PHASE (I)

The gods are free to do whatever they want. Inevitably, they do.

Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #23-28, including the critically lauded KEVIN WADA magazine issue.  — Image Comics

Publication date: June 7, 2017 by Image Comics

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

Why I’m excited: The Wicked + The Divine is back! And ready to break hearts! YES. Imperial Phase is a…doozy. This comic never fails to make my mouth drop open because holy shit. Shit goes down. Chaos reigns. It’s amazing.
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June 28, 2017 • Cee • Lists

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I know it’s not Tuesday anymore, but it’s never to late to discuss books, especially when it’s the best books I’ve read in 2017!!!

There are twelve books here—six of them are the best books that were published in 2017 and the other six are the best books that weren’t published in 2017. I decided against including rereads because well, I reread them because they were the best books. In my list, there are a lot of comics. A LOT. It’s mainly what I’ve been reading, and I’m not about to stop the awesomeness.

Here are the books on my list.

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