Aug 25, 2016

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #2 (Rebirth) by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

Harley Quinn (2016-) #2
Harley Quinn: The Coney Island of the Damned by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Series: DC Univese Rebirth: Harley Quinn #2
Publisher:  DC Comics
Publication Date:  August 17, 2016

Format:  Comic
Source: Bought



DC Comics Synopsis:
"Die Laughing” part two! As the plague of zombies on Coney Island continues to spread, Harley must rescue one of her own from the undead hordes…and try to uncover the cause of this corpse-y catastrophe!
Mini Review: 
Wowza Zombie apocalypse! The plot from the last book escalated very quickly continuing into this one and Harley is just trying to help her area neighbors - too bad they are all zombies and he likes to attack things. This installment was very violent, Harley had to defend herself  and maybe had to much fun doing do. It was gritty and bloody and Harley kicks zombie butt (literally). I like this plot because it is funny but I think it is moving very quickly and I am not sure where they are going to go after the zombie situation has passed. BUT as is the norm, I will stick with it.

Aug 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  August 30, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:  
The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Why I Am Waiting:
This cover is absolutely gorgeous! and the synopsis sounds very interesting. I very interested in this because it seems like it will be some type of play on Alice in Wonderland but I am not sure...

Aug 23, 2016

Recent Reads: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

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

A Fierce and Subtle PoisonA Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Publisher:  Recorded Books
Publication Date:  April 22, 2016

Format:  Audiobook CDs



Goodreads Synopsis: 
In this stunning debut, legends collide with reality when a boy is swept into the magical, dangerous world of a girl filled with poison.

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers--and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison beautifully blends magical realism with a page-turning mystery and a dark,  starcrossed romance--all delivered in lush, urgent prose.
I finished this audiobook but I was not very impressed with it. The overall plot was very slow-going and the main character was not very likable - he really got on my nerves actually. 

The plot follows a young boy during the summer months, he is living with his dad in Puerto Rico and pretty much has free reign to do anything because his dad is traveling. The boy, Lucas, gets involved with a young girl and a string of murders/appearances and finds himself the main suspect in the investigation. Now, normally I would feel sorry for any teen in this situation - wrong place, wrong time, but Lucas meddles through the whole thing even after being accused, you would think at that point he would straighten up and ask for help not dig the hole deeper. But that is what he does. He is also felt very arrogant and he seemed very un-emotional. While his is upset about the murders he also moves on from them very was strange.

I guess I just felt no real connection with him so it took what felt like forever to get through listening to this audiobook. The plot was interesting but very slow moving, there is a lot of information about the cursed girl and all that before it got into the real tale about her/ why she is important and how it all fits but it was done in a way that made the narrative drag on. I was just not feeling this one, it wasn't what I expected based on the synopsis, this one was not for me.


Aug 22, 2016

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #1 (Rebirth) by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn (2016-) #1Harley Quinn: Afterbirth Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Series: DC Universe Rebirth, Harley Quinn #1
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date:  August 3, 2016

Format: Comic
Source: Bought



DC Comics Synopsis: 
“Die Laughing” part one! Welcome back to Harley Quinn’s crazy world on Coney Island…now get ready to wave goodbye, because everyone there just might get eaten alive! Harley’s gotta protect her neighborhood against an all-out zombie apocalypse! Break out the chainsaws, everybody! 
Mini Review: 
Another Harley #1 - this is the revamp - the DC Universe Rebirth series so we are starting again. Luckily, Harley herself does a quick recap of all of her sidekicks in the beginning of this series for those people that have missed the last 30 issues of the 2013 series. 

In this comic, Harley has a new threat to take care of - Zombies (and who doesn't love Harley AND zombies?!) This was a fun comic overall. The re-cap is pretty great and Harley is still her charming funny self even when things get violent. I really enjoyed this re-start and as always will be reading these as they are available.


Aug 21, 2016

Building the Book Pile #199

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Wow what a week... I am actually preparing this post a little early this week because my sister and her boyfriend are going to be here visiting when this normally goes live on the blog😀

So this week I worked Mon-Wed and then had off for time with my sister we have plans to be all over NH and VT while they are here. We want to go camping but I don't know if that is going to happen. We would also like to take them up the Auto Road at Mt. Washington (so excited).

In other news this week, I have been reading some graphic novels and I finished a Memoir as well, still trying to read books from my TBR but it is slow-going. I also knitted a bunch of scarves for this fall - I am SO ready for it to be autumn already! - and I opened an Etsy store for some of them. Since it is hot I am not making a lot right now but trying to get some up there. If you like scarves please visit - if you would prefer other colors just send a message and I may be able to help 😁


 I  hope that all of YOU had a wonderful week!
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Coming up on the Blog... 

Recent Reads: DC Universe Rebirth Harley Quinn #1 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (Comic)
Recent Reads: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (YA) - Sorry I did not get to post this review last week, so I will post it THIS week :)
Waiting on Wednesday
Recent Reads: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (Adult)
Recent Reads: DC Universe Rebirth Harley Quinn #2 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)


     Books Received this Week

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things   Harley Quinn (2016-) #1 (NOOK Comics with Zoom View) 

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson- Bought to read for Book Club but I also love Jenny and her blog.
DC Universe Rebirth: Harley Quinn #1 and #2 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner - Bought (Not on Goodreads yet) 

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Week of August 14 - August 20