Mini Reviews: The Steel Prince, Burn Bright

Yeah, my June readings amounted to…four books. Oops?! That being said, I spent quite a bit of the last half of the month traveling, so that might explain much. Also, audiobook reading slowed because I didn’t often have access to Libby.

But in any case! Before I did go on my Moroccan trip, I polished off two books within the same day. I guess when there’s a will, there’s a way, right?

Or, you know, they were entertaining enough that I absolutely devoured them.

This is definitely the case for Schwab. Especially when it’s a Schwab graphic novel.

And yeah, Briggs is, I suppose, also one of those insta-loves, though again, I’m still more of a ride-or-die Mercy Thompson fan over the Alpha and Omega series.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

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Mini Reviews: Saga, Vol. 6 and Vol. 7

For those of you who’ve read my previous raves about this series, LET IT BE KNOWN IT HASN’T STOPPED.

I’ve fallen in and out of love of comic series, but there are just some I could read forevermore. Saga is one of them.

Seriously, though. Read this series.

Have you read this series? What do you think?

Mini Reviews: The Wicked + The Divine, Vols. 6 and 7

I had the fortune of having a friend who’s got many graphic novels handy, and so I get to read these babies all in one go! I am absolutely entertained by this series, even though half the time I still have no idea what’s going on. But onward and upward, they say!

Vol. 7 joins the ranks of one of my favorites in this series. I think most of my bias comes from the flashback that took over most of this volume. No complaints! I loved seeing things finally get clearer.

Have you read this series? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: Monstress Vol. 3, A Study in Charlotte

Reading may have been slowing down a bit, though it’s hardly surprising on my end. I get too distracted these days. Also, *coughNaNoWriMocough*.

That being said, I think I will hit my reading goal this year, so I’m not worried at all! In any case, here are some reviews.

I am still a huge fan of the Monstress series by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, and it’s still currently the only comic book series I’m faithfully collecting in volume form. The third volume was finally released in time for New York Comic Con, so of course I jumped at the chance to not only own a copy of the third volume, but to also have it signed by the lovely Liu herself! (A pity Takeda wasn’t around for signing…)

Volume 3: Haven was just as good as the first two, and I can’t wait for the next set of issues!

This second book I read was out of pure curiosity. In all honesty, I didn’t know much about A Study in Charlotte other than the fact that it played on the Sherlock Holmes title, A Study in Scarlet. So when I saw the title, I kind of thought the whole thing was going to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. I mean…this is a complete distance from its actual setting–Sherringford Prep in Connecticut–that I was surprised up until I realized the title was referring to CHARLOTTE Holmes. Meh. Would have been cool to have southern-twanged Holmes and Watson, but that’s another thing entirely.

I’m still on the fence with this book. On the one hand, I thought there were some nice moments between the friendship of Jamie and Charlotte. On the other, the story itself kind of just made me roll my eyes. Especially because of how dependent it is that Charlotte has the same exact personality as her ancestor. I mean, her being a girl doesn’t even give much of an impact on the plot itself, but eh, to each her own?

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Mini Reviews: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Rat Queens

Two totally completely reviews, but there it is! I’ve been waffling through my current read, but I think getting distracted by Octopath Traveler has something to do with this…or maybe it’s my dog-nephew, I’m not quite sure…

Anyway, I watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix and absolutely adored the movie. Peter Kavinsky was just…aww, and I totally dug his relationship with Lara Jean. The book was just as entertaining, though to be honest, this may have been one of the rare times I prefer the movie over the book in this case.

As for Rat Queens

I didn’t read the series until recently, so I skipped out on the Roc Upchurch drama that encompassed the beginnings of the series. That being said, I honestly thought the move from Upchurch to Sejic was a decent one; volume 2 was my favorite of the series, artwork and storyline both. This third volume changed it up again with Tess Fowler, and the later volumes have a different artist once again. Frankly, at this point, I think I’m good on stopping right at Volume 3.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?