Sep 12, 2019

Blog Tour w/ Giveaway! Harley Quinn Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki

Source: From DC Ink in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Harley Quinn: Breaking GlassHarley Quinn Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki, Art by Steve Pugh
Series: HARLEY 
Publisher: Books for Young Readers, DC Young Adult (YA) Graphic Novel
Publication Date:  September 3, 2019

Format: Paperback ARC

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a coming-of-age story about choices, consequences, justice, fairness, and progress and how a weird kid from Gotham's poorest part of town goes about defining her world for herself. From Eisner Award and Caldecott Honor-winning author Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Supergirl: Being Super).

Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen's parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.

When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who's campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time. 

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define--or destroy--their lives.

I am honored to have received a copy of Harley Quinn Breaking Glass for review. I love Harley Quinn and all the variations of her story, in this version Harleen is headed to live with her grandmother in the city. When she arrives she realizes that things are not always as they seems, and not everyone is as accepting as she is. 

This graphic novel did a lot of things wonderfully. It showcased what it is like to feel like and be an outsider and it hosts so much diversity. Themes of acceptance and the anger that happens when someone you love is being discriminated against for their diversity permeate the story and lend to Harleen's character growth. 

Another wonderful thing this graphic novel did was introduce Joker in a way that was interesting and true to the malice that he brings to many stories. You can see why Harleen would be both drawn toward him and appealed by him at the same time. I think that for characters that are normally not PG, the authors did a really good job adapting them for a YA audience but still kept them true to their overall themes. 

I really like Harley Quinn, she is seen as a character that is good for a laugh, but I also love that she is on the cusp of both good and evil, depending on her mood. Often her anger and violence are not focused in a productive way but she shows love and concern for the causes she is behind with all the ire she can muster. She focuses her rage in ways that we cannot, but sometimes really want to and I think that is what makes her such a great character.


Overall I think this is a great addition to the Harley Quinn stories. I think YA readers will really enjoy this book and re-imagining of Harley's origins.

2 Winners will receive copies of Harley Quinn Breaking Glass from the publisher.

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About the Authors

Mariko Tamaki
Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian writer living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Saving Montgomery Sole and the co-creator, with Jillian Tamaki, of This One Summer, which received the prestigious Eisner and Ignatz awards as well as Caldecott and Printz honors. her growing slate of critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tomb Raider, Adventure Time, She-Hulk, Lumberjanes, Supergirl: Being Super and New Super-man.
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Steve Pugh is a British writer and artist, born and based in the Midlands of England. recruited for DC's Vertigo imprint at its inception, he worked on both Hellblazer and Animal Man, and then the Preacher spin-off Saint of Killers. He co-created, wrote, and drew Hotwire for Radical. He has illustrated dozens of series for Dark Horse, DC and Marvel, as well as drawn the critically acclaimed, Eisner-nominated reinvention of The Flintstones.

Sep 11, 2019

Audible Audiobook Reviews - June and July MG Freebies

Jukebox JoyrideJukebox Joyride: A Time Traveling Adventure by the Pop Ups
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date:  June 6, 2019  audible, an amazon company

Format:  Audiobook
June Audible Freebie for Subscribers


Goodreads Synopsis: 
If you could go back in time to witness any concert from all of history, what would it be? Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock? Mozart in the Salzburg court? The Beatles’ rooftop farewell? 
Jukebox Joyride follows 12-year-old twins Jules and George on a wild adventure through time. Their Uncle Bob, a renowned ethnomusicologist (he studies music!), has discovered the secret to time travel and is having a ball joyriding through history checking out the best concerts ever...but something’s gone wrong! A sinister force has been unleashed, someone is chasing after Uncle Bob, and the fate of all music hangs in the balance! 
Now, it’s up to Jules and George to find their uncle before their new rival does! It’s a musical adventure that brings the twins from the birth of jazz in New Orleans to a performance by an 11- year-old Mozart in Vienna, all while trying to make it back to the present day to pass their history test! 

If you are looking for a wonderful youth-friendly car ride book, this one is wonderful. Jukebox Joyride is about Jules and George ending up time-traveling to find their lost uncle. The meet famous musicians and get chased by evil men and it was a wonderful story. 

This is only available as an audiobook, but that experience is worth it, the production on this one was wonderful, with sound effects, and characters voices. It was magical. 

I really liked the story itself and it kept me wanting to listen as the plot thickened and got more and more dangerous and exciting throughout the book, it is a race for them to save their uncle and music all together. I think there could  have been more character development but overall this was a great book. 

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Rivals! Fremenies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date:  May 29, 2019  audible, an amazon company

Format:  Audiobook
July Audible Freebie for Subscribers


Goodreads Synopsis: 
"Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world's greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor."

Did you know that most of our dinosaur fossils were discovered because two grown men absolutely hated each other? It’s true!

Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World is a riotous audio exclusive, like if Monty Python taught your history class. Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world’s greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor.

Choose sides: Cope or Marsh, the jerks who discovered so many dinosaurs; Hamilton or Burr, whose rivalry fueled American politics; Queen Elizabeth or Mary Queen of Scots, who fought to rule England; Adidas or Puma, whose rivalry changed the world of sports and fashion.

Kidnappings, rock fights, duels, and explosions, Rivals! shows world leaders at their absolute best and their worst, often at the same time.
This audiobook is for anyone interested in learning really weird and fun facts about rivalries. This edition talked about queens and shoe companies. It was so interesting. I had no idea that Puma and Adidas were to fraught with rivalry, and who knew so much about the chaos that came from finding dinosaur bones. 

This was a book about nonfiction topics that had silly voices and told the tales of rivalry like it was a story, it was wonderful to listen to and I am so happy to have grabbed it.

Sep 10, 2019

Early Reader Review: Who Stole my Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfister

Source: From Netgalley and NorthSouth Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Who Stole the Hazelnuts?Who Stole my Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfister
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Publication Date:  September 3, 2019

Format: Ebook


Goodreads Synopsis: 
A new book from the author of the bestselling Rainbow Fish series!
The peace and quiet of the forest are shattered by a scream. Someone has stolen the squirrel’s three hazelnuts! Who could have committed such a terrible crime? The squirrel begins his investigation, and no one is above suspicion. 

This book was hilarious! Squirrel has lost his hazelnuts and he is very upset about it. He is trying to figure out who stole them, but is probably going about it in the worst possible way. He is running around accusing all of his forest friends, and it not a good sight. 

This book was so much fun. The illustration throughout was lovely and vivid and wonderful to look at, I think young readers will really enjoy them. The story itself, while hilarious, has a great conclusion and while it might be easy to figure out, it is still funny. 

The most fun was reading this aloud to people, being about to be the very upset squirrel yelling about his nuts was absolutely laugh-out-loud funny... but that being said it might also seem a bit crude. Either way, I loved this book and will be buying for friends with kids.

Sep 9, 2019

Recent Reads: The Little Grey Girl by Celine Kiernan

Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

The Little Grey Girl (the Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)The Little Grey Girl by Celine Kiernan
Series: The Wild Magic Trilogy #2
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Publication Date:  Sept. 3, 2019

Format: Paperback ARC


Goodreads Synopsis: 
In the second book of the Wild Magic trilogy, courageous young Mup and her family are trying to heal and restore the kingdom when they uncover an ancient and powerful anger.
The old queen and her raggedy witches have fled Witches Borough, and Mup’s family has moved into the cold, newly empty castle. But the queen’s legacy lingers in the fear and mistrust of her former subjects and in the memories that live in the castle’s very walls. While Mup’s mam tries to restore balance to a formerly oppressed world, Mup herself tries to settle into her strange new home with her dad, Tipper, and Crow. When an enchanted snow blankets the castle, Mup’s family is cut off from the rest of the kingdom, and the painful memories of the old queen’s victims begin to take form, thanks to a ghost whose power may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle. Celine Kiernan weaves a timely and essential truth into the second book of her trilogy: that dismantling oppression means honoring the pains of the past, and perhaps the most potent magic of all is encouraging joy and hope wherever possible. 
The Little Grey Girl is the second book in The Wild Magic trilogy. It follows a girl named Mup as her family is moving from the normal realm to the magical realm. 

This book seemed much darker than the first in the series and it was pretty spooky. Mup and her friend Crow are trying to figure out what is happening at the castle - there is a weird presence and it has people acting funny. I really liked the world building in the first book, this book does not have too much of that, but it worked more on the character development of Crow and some other characters which was nice.

The story, like I mentioned, was a bit spooky and dark, but very interesting and the pace was good. I really liked how it all wrapped up and am excited for the final book in the series.

Sep 8, 2019

Building the Book Pile #312

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Hi. So much has happened in the last few weeks, I feel like I have been a bit MIA. 
It has been many...many weeks since my last book pile so I am trying my best to think about everything that has come in and out.

But, it is busy time at work, I am halfway through another course,it is time for all the Fall activities... and we adopted another dog :)

His name is Gus and he is a 2 year old French Bulldog. He joins our 10 year old Frenchie/Boston mix and our cat who hates this plan. 
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More soon!!

Coming up on the Blog

Early Reader Review: The Little Grey Girl by Celine Kiernan (MG)
Early Reader Review: Who Stole My Hazelnuts? by Marcus Pfiser (Youth)
Audible Originals Freebies Review
Blog Tour: Harley Quinn Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (YA, GN)
Recent Reads: The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander (MG)

Books Received Recently...
For Review

  Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass  Red Yellow Blue  Snitchy Witch  A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes: 365 Truly Terrible Wisecracks (You've Been Warned)  

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (GN) - from DC Ink for review and blog tour
Red Yellow Blue by Lysa Mullady (Youth) - from Netgalley and Magination Press for review.
Snitchy Witch  by Frank Sileo (Youth) - from Netgalley and Magination Press for review.
A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes: 365 Truly Terrible Wisecracks (You've Been Warned) by Taylor Calmus and Peter Harmon (Adult, Humor) - from Callisto Publishers Club for review
Thorn by Intisar Khanani (YA) - from Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for review.

Have you missed anything lately?

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Sep 6, 2019

Early Reader Review: The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle

The UnadjustedsThe Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle
Publisher:  Write Plan
Publication Date:  November 1, 2019

Format: Ebook
Source: From the Author in exchange for review. This in no way alters my opinion or review. 


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.
However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.
With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost. 

The Unadjusted is a book about a teen girl living in a world where you can take a pill and it alters your DNA so that you essentially become superhuman. Her parents are the inventors of this miraculous science but she is very against it, especially now that taking too many of the altering pills can kill a person. Sadly not everyone thinks this is bad and the current president has just instated a law saying that everyone has to take one and be an adjusted human, splitting the population and creating all out war. Silver is now on the run from this fate and hoping to stay an unadjusted. 

This was an action-packed novel. Silver is on the run from the very beginning and people are dying and there are crazy monsters everywhere. The paces is set pretty well in the beginning and then in the middle kind of lags a bit, there is less action and a lot of planning and reflection, which is great for the plot, but I found it a bit slow-going. In the end though it is just as intense as before. 

This book had quite a few plot twists that kept me on my toes and there was also a bit of romance in the drama filled plot, but it wasn't super heavy. It kind of felt like an afterthought to be honest. 

Overall, I liked the novel. Silver seemed real, although a bit whiny at times but she was trying to survive so some whine is acceptable in her visitation.. If you like books about dystonian society, superheros, and a lot of trying to survive the crazy, this book is exactly for you.

Sep 5, 2019

Early Reader Review: The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones

Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers Program and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review. 

The Starlight ClaimThe Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Publication Date:  September 10, 2019

Format: Paperback ARC


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Fast-paced, evocative, and intensely suspenseful, Tim Wynne-Jones's latest psychological thriller finds a teenager setting his wits against the frigid wilderness and a menacing crew of escapees.
Four months after his best friend, Dodge, disappeared near their families' camp in a boat accident, Nate is still haunted by nightmares. He'd been planning to make the treacherous trek to the remote campsite with a friend -- his first time in winter without his survival-savvy father, Burt. But when his friend gets grounded, Nate secretly decides to brave the trip solo in a journey that's half pilgrimage, half desperate hope he will find his missing friend when no one else could. What he doesn't expect to find is the door to the cabin flung open and the camp occupied by strangers: three men he's horrified to realize have escaped from a maximum-security prison. Snowed in by a blizzard and with no cell signal, Nate is confronted with troubling memories of Dodge and a stunning family secret, and realizes that his survival now depends on his wits as much as his wilderness skills. As things spiral out of control, Nate finds himself dealing with questions even bigger than who gets to leave the camp alive.
Nate and his best friends have been planning a trip up to the cabin for months, but not one of them is dead and the other cannot come. Nate decides to go it alone, and in the process finds himself in the middle of a prison escape. When he arrives at the cabin, there are men already there and he is now in danger. Nate must fight for his survival in the cold months and try not to be found.

This was a very interesting book. Nate is still tormented by losing his best friend in a horrible boating accident and sees him in nightmares and hallucinations pretty often. He feels somewhat responsible for his friends death and cannot shake that feeling. There was a lot of these hallucinations -come to life in the story and it was a bit weird but it put some things into perspective I guess.  I found the survival of Nate through this ordeal with the prison escapees to be a pretty good story but the addition of the PTSD over the friend was a bit much. It feels overly sophisticated for what it needs to be, then again I have not read anything else by this author and that might just be his style. 

Final thoughts - I think this was a good adventure, a bit of a coming of age tale, of a boy in the wilderness trying to survive, but done in a way that is a bit more complex. I think Young Adult readers will be the right age group for this one, especially those that like books about the outdoors.

Sep 4, 2019

Early Reader Review: Texts from Mittens by Angie Bailey

Texts from Mittens: The Friends and Family Edition
Texts from Mittens by Angie Bailey
Series: The Friends and Family Edition
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date:  September 3, 2019

Format: Ebook
Source: From Netalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.


Goodreads Synopsis: 

The Internet’s favorite text-happy cat is back at it—with a little help from his friends. 
Follow along with Mittens as he enjoys hilarious, snark-filled text volleys with his cast of quirky friends and family: Earl (the “filthy hound”), Stumpy (the best friend), Drunky Patty (the usually tipsy next-door neighbor), Grandma (giver of treats), and Fiona (Mitty’s girlfriend). Based on Angie Bailey’s virally popular blog, Texts from Mittens: The Friends and Family Edition is feline humor at its finest.
This edition of Texts from Mittens is a book collection of text message from Mittens the cat to and from friends and family. Just to be clear, this is a sequential art book for more mature audiences because Mittens is not the nicest cat and he tends to be very snarky ...all of the time. 

I really enjoyed this book. I mostly picked it up because of the cover, but I was pleasantly surprised. I not only laughed a lot over theses messages, I also read a few aloud to colleagues and my husband, and they too got a kick out of Mitten's craziness. This is a fun book if you are looking to just pick up and put down something easy to read. The sequences are only a few pages at most, and most end with some funny reaction from Mittens. I really enjoyed how snarky he was and then the love that sh tried to show to his girlfriend, a cat named Fiona. It was all a lot of fun and if you like comics like this - note it is all text - then I think you will enjoy this compilation. 

Sep 3, 2019

TBR Pile - September 2019

I need to get organized again now that the busy season at work is about to hit me, so here is my TBR for this month. I am still taking classes and I will probably be working a lot of overtime this month so hopefully I can push through.

The Brilliant Dark: The Realms of Ancient, Book 3  The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1)

What do you want to read this month?
Have you read any of these yet? 
If so, let me know what you thought!