Apr 27, 2017

Early Reader Review: Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Real FriendsReal Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Publisher:  First Second
Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook
Source: From Netgalley and First Second in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey.
This middle grade graphic novel was an earnest depiction of how friendships change and grow as we get older. Told from the point of view of Shannon, we encounter her friends as she progresses through school. There is bullying and transformation of people throughout this novel and it is very honest. 

The story is about friendship but also about learning to adapt and stand up for yourself and do what you think is right for you but also for those around you. It was a realistic account told in wonderful images of Shannon and her life. 

I think that this book will be enjoyed by both girls and boys because of how engaging it is, there is something for everyone here.  A wonderful read!

Apr 26, 2017

Mini Reivew: Rebirth Harley Quinn #14 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn (2016-) #14Nether Regions Part 1: Ants and the Pantsless
Series: Rebirth Harley Quinn #14
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  February 15, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/ Own



Goodreads Synopsis: 
“RED MEAT”! Red Tool lives up to his name and Poison Ivy drops by as Harley investigates what is happening to New York’s disappearing homeless population!

Mini Review: 
This issue was the beginning to a new story line in the Harley comics, those doors in the basement from a few issues back - they are coming into play now that the Joker is out of the picture again. Harley has to deal with a new crazy trying to take over the world, it is her fault he is out, and all the while something is happening in the city to the homeless populations. 

While trying to save the planet we meet a new hero, even if briefly, and we also see that Harley Sinn is somehow coming back into the fold. This was a good issue, there were a lot of starting points for various things and it was good to see something come out of those creepy doors (finally, and literally - haha).

FYI: The above synopsis is the only one I can find, but it is actually a bit off and I feel like there was a slight error there.

Apr 25, 2017

Mini Review: Rebirth Harely Quinn #13 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn (2016-) #13
Joker Loves Harley: Reality Slapoown!
Series: Rebirth Harley Quinn #13
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  February 1, 2017

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Comic
Source: Bought/ Own



Goodreads Synopsis: 
“Joker Loves Harley” finale! Just how did a gentle, “reformed” Joker come to arrive at Harley’s doorstep when everyone believed him dead and gone? The answer’s in this issue-and it’ll shock you!
Mini Review: 
Craziest twist ever! I don't want to say any more than that but WOW this was a ridiculous issue. I have had this one for a while and forgotten to read it so when I went to pick up the rest of my comics I had to track it down. I am glad that I did too! I like the way that Harley handles herself and the situation and the overall theme is pulled together really well and even pulls from previous issues from before the Rebirth series.

This was a great finale for this storyline and it was SO surprising!

Apr 24, 2017

Recent Reads: Another Me by Eva Wiseman

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

Another MeAnother Me by Eva Wiseman
Publisher:  Tundra Books
Publication Date:  September 13, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format:  Hardback


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Set against the backdrop of plague-ravaged Europe, this spellbinding new novel from one of Canada's foremost writers of historical fiction for young people will have readers racing to the electrifying climax.

Seventeen-year-old Natan has a safe and happy life in fourteenth-century Strasbourg, France. He works with his father in his rag trade, helps his mother around the house, and studies the Torah at night with his young brother, Shmuli. He's even feeling the first stirrings of love with Elena, the daughter of the master draper who is his father's best customer.

But something is rotten in the streets of Strasbourg. There is tension between the Jewish community and the rest of the citizens, and there is fear as the deadly plague sweeps through towns and cities nearby. When rumors begin to circulate that Jewish residents are contaminating the town's well water to try to hasten the plague's arrival in their city, Natan knows that there are dangerous days ahead. When he sees who really poisoned Strasbourg's water, he is determined to speak the truth and save his people from the false accusations being made against them. But a moment of violence threatens to derail his plans and change his life in ways he could never have imagined."
This book was not what I expected in a wonderful way. It is about a Jewish boy in France who falls in love with a non-Jewish girl and then finds out something that gets him killed. The story overall is about the persecution of the Jewish population during the plagues. Many Jewish people were thought to have brought the plague to others since less Jewish people were dying from it, that is not to say that none died, but in a time when people had no idea about disease and how it spread if a population was doing better than others - it was their fault.

Another Me follows Natan as he works with his father and meets a young girl, they are drawn together and while out late one night visiting her he notices some people poisoning the community well - they are dropping in rotting food, feces and even killing a cat. Knowing that this cannot be helping the plague that is ruining other cities, Natan tries to do something about it. In the process, he dies, BUT his spirit is still around trying to tell someone what has happened and who should be blamed.

The story has a lot of sadness and the unfair treatment of many people, but there is also bravery and love and some hope through it all. It was a very good read. It is fiction but everything seemed like it could/would happen during this period in history. 

Apr 23, 2017

Building the Book Pile #141

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Still reading lots, which is wonderful! It is spring and warm/ rainy which means ALL the projects still too. My husband has started to build this "BBQ Barn" it's a shed/ lean-to for the grill and our lawn mower... he is very excited about it. I am too but I will be most excited when it is done :) BUT I got a hammock on it already and that makes me happy! Lounging in the sun with a book-- YESSSSSS!

How has your week been?

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Coming up on the Blog...

Recent Reads: Another Me by Eva Wiseman (YA) 
Mini Review: Harley Quinn #13 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Mini Review: Harley Quinn #14 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)
Early Reader Review: Real Friends by Shannon Hale (MG/ GN) 
Release Blitz: Silver Screen by Sheritta Bitikofer 

Books Received this Week

Grandpa Hugs  Harley Quinn (2016-) #14  Harley Quinn (2016-) #15  Harley Quinn (2016-) #16  Harley Quinn (2016-) #17  Monstress #10
Grandpa Hugs by Laura Beutzling from Booklook Bloggers for review

Bought: Harley Quinn by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner #14, #15, #16, #17 and Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda #10
Have you missed anything lately?

Week of April 16 - April 22

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!

Apr 21, 2017

Let's Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Wide Window by Lemony Snickett

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #3
Publisher:  Harper Colins Publishers
Publication Date:  February 25, 2000
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted; but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all. If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events Poster
The Wide Window Part 1 and Part 2 Episodes 5 & 6
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Network: Netflix
Publication Date:  January 13, 2017- present

In the 5th and 6th episodes of the Series, the show seemed to take a few more liberties than in previous ones. There were a lot of little things left out to help the story flow a little more - mostly when it came to the story of the parents.

In the book, The Wide Window follows the siblings to their Aunt Josephine's home. Their aunt once a "force and formidable" woman is now frightened of everything, the children can't eat a hot meal - the stove is too dangerous and may burst into flames, they can't use the phone for fear of electrocution - you get the point, right? All the things equal danger. At least they have a home, that is, until Count Olaf pops in again disguised as someone else (as is his specialty). I can only imagine that other readers, like myself are getting very upset and frustrated with the dumb adults in these books - especially Mr. Poe... ARG so obnoxious! The book was a quick read and the orphans are growing on me more and more as they try to figure out what is going on.

In the show there were a few differences, the biggest is that the parents appear, we don't know anything about the parents in the books yet. Also in the show, there was someone around trying to help them, whereas in the books they were on their own. Some other differences include how Olaf comes into the story, in the book the kids are there when their Aunt meets him, in the show, they were at home and then also how they eventually steal something later in the story. Little things like that have been altered in the show, it also took the children less time to figure out what happened to their aunt, I guess that it makes for better TV that way. I am trying not to give too much away but also kind of describe the differences (that is getting harder, since I don't want to spoil anything)

Overall this book and these episodes were decent ones but I would really like for the series to pick up and finally give me something about the parents/the secrets etc...