Comic books/mangas review

Hello everyone and happy New Year!

How are you all? I am fine! Better than in december! For those who are on Instagram you already know that I started a new job in January (it’s only for a month but it’s paid so I’m happy lol) I’m in charge of an exhibition on Notre Dame de Paris.

I will have a review for all the books I read in December but for now I want to share all the comic books and Manga I read in December and early January (and there was a lot!

Let’s start off with the mangas:

For the kid I saw in my dreams (Vol 1-3) by Sanbe Kei

40944227 43252172  45731761Rating: 4 stars

I am rating all three books together here because I don’t think I will read the rest. This manga series tells the tale of Senri whose parents and twin brother were murdered when he was a child. Senri wants to avenge his brother but things are not that easy. It is pretty dark and gory, this mangaka is well known for this style.

 

Zenkamono by Masahito Kagawa

50400229 rating: 5 stars

Agawa is a probation officer we follow her hardship through her different cases. I was not expecting to like this manga as much as I did. Honestly, what really drew me in is the reality of an ex-prisoner who tries to get back to a normal life and also the life of Agawa and how her work can help them. It is always very interesting to see how different countries deal with such situations.

And now the comic books (buckle up there’s a lot!)

Apollo and Midnighter by Steve Orlando and Fernando Blanco

33232963. sy475 Rating: 5 stars

I loved it. Nothing else to say really lol. Midnighter and Apollo are sort of alter egoes of Batman and Superman but they are different. Midnighter is not afraid to kill (he is more cruel than Batman in a sense with an even more acute sense of justice) and Apollo is so much better than Kon-El. I love their dynamic and how they keep each other in check. It is the first new comic of Midnighter I read and I will definitively check the other issues out.

Supergirl vol 1 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson and Mahmud Asrar

18936487 Rating: 2 stars

Sigh… Let’s say I tried. I don’t like Supergirl. In fact I don’t like Superman. The only characters that I like in the Supes family are Kon and Krypto, the rest I couldn’t care less.

Catwoman vol 1 by Judd Winick and many others

13227873 Rating: 5 stars

Okay, Catwoman has always been a hero of mine as a kid. I mean a crazy cat lady with her own sense of what is right? What is not to love! Now I have mixed feelings about this entire series because part of the focus is her relationship with Batman, and in my opinion Batman is better alone. I still really like it and the art is amazing.

Harley Queen: Preludes and Knock-knock Jokes (vol 1) by Karl Kesel, Rachel Dosdon and Terry Dosdon

5544534Rating: 4 stars

An old comic book that I retrieved at my Grandma’s house. It is set after Harley Quinn leaves the Joker (which time I forgot lol). What I like about Harley Quinn is that she is both childish but very mature in her own way and I was so happy that she finally got out of Puddin’s shadow!

Gotham’s Sirens (Book1) by Paul Dini (and many others)

21556030. sy475 Rating: 5 stars

My younger self collected the Gotham Sirens issues but I only had the first 4 so when I saw this volume compiling issue 1-14 I had to get it. Honestly I am not very objective for this comic because it holds a sentimental value and I am a huge fan of the sirens (especially Poison Ivy). All I can say is that if you like to see Ivy and Harley together (in the new comic that started in 2019) you will love to see those three crime ladies getting together.

Fray by Joss Whedon, Karl Moline and Andy Owens

195806. sy475 Rating: 4 stars

It should come as no surprise that I am a huge Buffy fan. Fray is a comic book about a faraway future in the Buffy universe and Fray is to be a slayer. I loved this comic as a child mainly because Fray didn’t let anything get in her way of revenge and justice. She follows her own path and she is not scared of getting bloody. Re reading it now, I still really enjoys it, especially since Fray appeared in a Buffy issue (the one where Buffy and Willow are sent to the future). I do feel sad that we didn’t get more of Fray because the story was not really finished with this single volume…

That’s all for today folks! I hope you will all have a great week and see you next time!

November and October wrap up

 

Hello everyone ! Here are all the books I read over November (the one I have not reviewed yet). November was pretty good reading month but I had a huge reading slump in October probably because I was so tired…

 

The Witch the bear and the nightingale (book 1) by Katherine Arden

25489134. sx318 Rating: 5 stars

Ho my I was so baffled by this book. The religious elements, folklore and the story were just awesome. I read it in a day and couldn’t stop, that’s how good it is. The characters are so well drawn that you understand every action they take. The biggest point was definitively the folklore and how it was used in the story. I loved how they opposed a religion to popular beliefs and how it changes the world. It is not new, it’s something you can see in medieval Europe but I felt it interesting to see in a fantasy series.

 

The Briar King(Kingdoms of thorn and Bone book 1) by Greg Keyes

6609185Rating: 5 stars

This is a series I had never heard about, so when I found it in the secondhand box at my bookstore I thought why not! And I was not disappointed. It is an epic fantasy with everything to love and on the plus side there is a monk. I mean we never talk how monks are important figures of the fantasy genre that are disappearing in recent years. I loved all the characters and that is something that rarely happens. The only negative point I have is that the characters in the first chapters are not used after and I got attached to these characters (yes I know in one chapter that is pretty dumb but it was a damn good chapter). The fight scenes were awesome and especially the war battle in the first chapter.

 

Wildwood dancing (Wildwood series book 1) by Juliet Marillier

13929Rating: 3 stars

Okay this book was a disappointment. I don’t mean it was bad, because it was not but after the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy this book was definitively not as good. It felt rushed and for a younger audience (which is not a critic). I mean the story telling was pretty good but not as good as the other series.

 

Asunder (Dragon Age book 3) by David Gaider

11738736Rating: 4 stars

You guys know by now (especially if you follow my Instagram) that I am a huge fan of Dragon Age games. I believe you can read this book without having played to the games but you will miss some references. It was pretty good and linked DA 2 and Inquisition and gives more context to the explosion of the Chantry. It was good to see more of Cole’s backstory (I will like it if they do it with some other characters too).

 

Ill Met in Lankmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books 1-2) by Fritz Leiber

1090871Rating: 2 stars

Now see I have a problem with this book, it was very slow and especially at the beginning. It does pick up at the end of book 1 but it was not enough for me to be super into it. I mean the character of Mouser was interesting but I don’t know it was just really slow. I kept putting it down and trying to pick it back up and I really wanted to give it a chance because it is supposed to be a classic in fantasy but that doesn’t mean you have to like it (I mean Terry Goodkind is also a classic and I really dislike his series).

 

The White Road (Nightrunner book 5) by Lynn Flewelling

6290240. sy475 Rating: 4 stars

I remember stopping this series because book 4 frustrated me. Seregil’s character just got on my nerves in a way that I thought there was a serious problem with it (I ranted enough about it on Instagram so I won’t bore you with it). The fifth book was definitively better than the forth, everything I had to criticized in the last book was resolved in this one. It was interesting to see there interactions with Sioban and how they saw him (it?). I was convinced to continue this series by @critiquingreads on Instagram and we buddy read it. It was my first experience at buddy reading and I must admit it was pretty cool!

 

Casket of Souls (Nightrunner book 6) by Lynn Flewelling

10184855Rating: 4 stars

Continuing with the Nightrunner series with the sixth book, in this one we go back to the “normal” adventures of Alec and Seregil where they are paid to do certain things in Rheminie. It was a good change to come back to this plot while the fourth and fifth books were concentrated in a bigger plot. This book felt like a detective novel which I was all for! It was pretty good overall.

 

Shards of Time (Nightrunner book 7) by Lynn Flewelling

18006456Rating: 4 stars

Well I was sad to end this series. I loved Seregil and Alec’s adventures.  This last book was a good way to end it, the plot was pretty intricate and pretty sad and felt like a page turning. But you have to end a series somehow! I am not sure if I will try the other books from the author, I heard a lot of mixed reviews so we’ll see.

Well here are the last reviews I wanted to post before the end of the year. I am a bit depressed recently mainly because of the strike going on in France… Because of them I’m not sure I’ll be able to go see my family for Christmas. I mean it’s not so bad, there are worst things in life but the strikes are really growing old, I’m not able to go to Paris and do my research for work because there are no trains and if there are some they are overflowing with people…  Well! Aside from that life is pretty good, I hope everybody has a great week and I will see you next time! Stay safe and happy everyone!

Den of wolves review

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Den of wolves (Blackthorn & Grim book 3) by Juliet Marillier

22567184Rating : Five stars

This is the last book in the Blackthorn and Grim series and I have to say I was a bit sad when it ended but that is just how you know a series was good. The last book precipitates all the elements that were introduced and hinted at in the first two. It was clearly more paced than the last which was a bit slow, in my opinion.

The characters have grown and evolved a lot since the first book and the funny thing is that I only realized it in the last one. I guess since you follow their point of view there is no drastic change of behaviour or as people like to call them “OOC”.

I think that it is not necessary for me to stress how much I loved this series. It had every element to be great : fae, intrigues, plot twist, magic (but not too much) and an atmosphere that reminded me of King Arthur’s kingdom (well how I imagine it was).

Actually I have tried several books and series from the author and I have to say that this one is the best I’ve read. I tried her Sevenwaters series which was much slower and her Wildwood series was a good but I felt it was more a YA than a fantasy book and you guys already know what I feel about Heart’s of blood since I have a review on here somewhere.

Thank you guys for reading! See you next time!

YA authors vs a college student

Hello everyone (sorry it’s been a while but my internet service crashed and it is still not repaired…)
Today I want to address something that happened on Twitter. I really wanted to react and see what you guys think about it.

For those who don’t know this week a famous author, Sarah Dessen, reacted to a college student’s , Brooke Nelson, opinion on her books. It was taken out of context and blown into proportion.

If you want to learn about the entire drama check out this article: https://slate.com/culture/2019/11/sarah-dessen-ya-books-authors-brooke-nelson-social-media-attack.html

I have never read any of Sarah Dessen’s books but yes they are YA and yes therefore addressed to teenage girls. And if you read the article Nelson was not criticizing the YA genre she was just voicing her opinion upon choosing Sarah Dessen book for the curriculum of her university. Her comment was totally taken out of context by the author who in my opinion replied in a very immature way.

It could have stopped there but no, other YA authors reacted in similar immature ways and fans of Dessen harassed Nelson on social media leading to her deleting all her social media account. This is the first thing I want to say, if you are an author you are bound to be criticized that’s the point of art everyone has a different opinion on it.

The second thing I want to address is how these authors reacted. When you are a public figure followed by people who are you fans (and let’s appreciate how fan is semantically coming from fanatical) you have to take that into consideration before putting someone into the light. You have to know how your actions are going to fuel the fire to your own community’s actions. I mean if even YouTubers are aware of that authors must be as well!

Also, authors ganging up against a college student who just had an opinion is just wrong. And it is even more wrong because it gives a bad image of the YA community.

I am sorry to say that it shows the toxic part of this community and I am aware that every communites has there own dark side. Look at the Harry Potter community who cannot even accept criticism on the books ( I don’t say it’s the entire community just some fans). I talked about that phenomenon with fellow reviewers on Goodreads and they were sometimes faced with serious backlash from fans. I mean there is no need to harassed someone because they didn’t like your favorite author!

My problem is how the situation was blown into proportions, how is it that in 2019 you cannot express your opinion? And it was not even a critic! Nelson just thought other books were more poignant that Dessen’s and she wanted to share them. Isn’t that what the book community is about? Sharing your own thoughts so that you get out of your bubble and read something new.

And how several authors participate in cyber bullying while some of there books are specifically on that subject. I mean you write YA, so yes your audience is teenagers I don’t see why Dessen got mad. IT’S A FACT! These bunch of YA authors acted like victims and even went as far as to categorize Neslon as a women with « internalized misogyny », I am sorry but stating that your audience is teenage girls it’s not misogynistic but realistic.

I saw that Dessen apologized as well as some other authors yet I still feel it is not enough…

What are your opinions on this affair?

A monologue

Hello guys it’s been a while….

So as you may have seen I have not been active on the blog for a long time and I wanted to talk about the reasons I had to put the reviews on hold.

I’m currently finishing my second master’s degree in heritage studies and I’m working to become a national curator.

In France you can only become a curator through a national competitive exam which takes place in August (there is also another one in May that I also tried ). Basically you are parked in a giant room with all the competitors during three exams that are roughly five hours long.

Because I had to intensively study I put all my social medias on hold.

At the same time I was finishing my dissertation for my master’s degree and trust me I had a lot of sleepless nights….Because during the day I work as an intern.

In other words I didn’t had a lot of time for myself during these past two months (if I am honest during this past year…) And my reading slowly decreased.

I mean I did read but it was books for my dissertation or for the exams therefore nothing really interesting for this blog to put it out here.

As readers you know how frustrating you can be when you just want to read a book and you don’t have the time for it. Even during my morning and nightly commute I couldn’t read because I was always dropping asleep.

I am not complaining at all I just wanted to share what I have been up to 😉 anyways it is getting better now that we hit September, the exams are done (I pray for the results but since there is only two spots in my specialty I won’t be surprised if I don’t get it this year) I handed back my dissertation and I started a new book.

In other words : I am back 😀 (from the very depths of hell)

Tower of thorns review

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Tower of thorns (Blackthorn and Grim Book 2) by Juliet Marillier

22567177Rating : Four stars

Blackthorn and Grim are back to uncover another fey mystery. This time it is about an ancient curse, a weird tower surrounded by water, little fey and a mysterious monster.

Seriously I ate it up as fast as the last one…

It was perhaps a bit slower and I already had most of the clues by the middle of the book. BUT! This is where Juliet Marillier is pretty interesting as an author because she always add something that you never thought about in the resolution.

I also love the dynamic between Blackthorn and Grim, I know they are going to end up together, but somehow it doesn’t bother me. I mean in some fantasy series, relationships feel kind of forced, as in every time there is a female character that suddenly appears in the plot, she will end up with the male hero… Or if it is a book about a female protagonist she will fell in love eventually…. Yet, in this series it seems like the logical path for them, I mean the development lead to it, they only trust each other and they know so much more about each other than anyone else in the world.

I am not saying that they will be lover, I think they will be something more. And I am not mushy enough to say soulmates… (because somehow bit-lit ruined the soulmate trope for me…)

Dreamer’s pool review

 

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(As you can tell I had a problem with my ink pen…. But it turned out okay…)

Dreamer’s pool  (Blackthorn and Grim Book 1) by Juliet Marillier

17305016Rating : five stars

What can I say ? I loved everything about it. From the Celtic atmosphere to the fey surroundings this was perfect.

The characters were most interesting Blackthorn and Grim have the best companionship ever.

Juliet Marillier is also the best at making me hate a character.

You can read this book like a detective novel even if you get hints of what happens and you can foresee what happened but you always get a surprise at the end, and that is also true for the two next books in the series.

I mean, I read the three books in two weeks… Yes I liked it that much and I will probably read more boks by Juliet Marillier by the end of the year ^^

Have you read any books by this author? Did you enjoy Blackthorn and Grim?