Monstress – Chapter 2

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 Goodreads Synopsis: Maika fights to cross the wall. Elsewhere, the Warlord makes her move.

This is the second chapter in the first volume of Monstress. Just a week ago I reviewed the first chapter here. 

The plot is definitely getting thicker in this chapter. Maika is on the move and is struggling with the consequences of opening something she shouldn’t have. This review won’t have spoilers, so I apologize if it’s a bit short.

I loved this next chapter for the most part. Maika is a great character, and we see more of her back story in this chapter.  We also have a cute kid that Maika has saved as well as a two tailed cat that are the main characters in this chapter.  And again the art is phenomenal. I think the colors for Monstress are really well done, the greys and blacks and browns seem like it would make for a darker world. But it’s really quite interesting how it’s not.

Monstress has magical creatures and witches in it, which seems like it could be cliche. But I’m really enjoying how well done the world is.  These witches are different than anything I’ve read before, and they’re really scary!  This comic definitely isn’t for the faint heart. Sometimes I find myself cringing just a little at the blood and intense scenes.

I’m super excited to read more in this comic book. I think it’s really well written and illustrated. I gave this book four stars on Goodreads, and I was given this copy of Monstress from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

 

If You Like Tea and Are a Fangirl Then this Post is For You

In case you don’t know I’m a big tea drinker.  Coffee has never really been my thing, though I do enjoy a very sweet cup now and again. I just prefer a good cup of tea over anything else. For me, tea, has always been the most delightful thing.  Boiling water, picking out a flavor and putting it in my cup and watching the water turn amber or brown.

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So anyway.  A few weeks ago I was apart of a secret sister mailing group. It was a ton of fun, and the last gift I received from my SS was a batch of loose leaf tea from Adagio.   Not only was I getting tea but these teas are all based off of fandoms!

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I had four cups of tea that day and each one was so good. And then I made the happy mistake of going to the website and finding out that they had so many more teas. My money is in so much danger now!😀   Anyway, the moral of the story is I had to do a blog post about these fantastic teas!

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Hard working and long suffering, this blend comes off a little strong at first, then mellows out with the taste of vanilla cookies and laced with almonds. Careful, could be arsenic*. (*it’s not)

This was the first tea I made a cup of. I really enjoyed the chocolate chai and vanilla mix. You can find this tea here.

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Lively but a bit vengeful like Morgana. This chai blend is filled with spice and apples mixed with black and green tea. The malty, brisk taste of Irish breakfast along with more apple pieces and a touch of cinnamon all add compliments to this tea.

Isn’t the cover on this tin super cool? I loved this tea. Out of the four it’s my second favorite. Chai has the best taste and I loved the hint of apple mixed in it. Find the tea here! 

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A tea to EXTERMINATE your thirst! A powerful punch of interesting spice and smokey mint that reduces to something softer at the end of each battle. Er. Each cup.

This mix of green and peppermint tea is an interesting one. I wasn’t sure how I would like it at first, but by the end of my cup I decided it was really good. It’s refreshing and is great for when you need something to wake you up in the morning.   Find the tea here! 

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Just be yourself and follow the Nargles. This rooibos blend has the fresh flavour of blueberry mixed with a light ‘fuzzy’ peach. Hints of green rooibos, strawberries and citrus compliment this tea.

My goodness. This tea blew me away.  I adore this fruity green tea so much I could probably drink it all day long. It’s sweet so you don’t need to add much sweetener and tastes like liquid summer. Find the tea here! 

I hope my fellow tea drinkers try out some of these teas and let me know what you think! Have a wonderful day lovelies.❤

Monstress – In Which I Desperately Need the Next Volume.

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Goodreads Synopsis: Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.

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I was not expecting to love this comic as much I as I did. Mostly just because I really didn’t know what to expect.   But let me just say. I freaking loved this comic.

Monstress is set in war torn fantasy steampunk world. Our main character Maika is bad ass lady on a mission of revenge.  There’s lots of mystery around her character and she’s very well written. I have so many questions! Like why does she only have one arm? What exactly happened to her mother? Basically I desperately need the next volume in this series.

The art work for this comic is phenomenal, and the writing just as good. There are so many unique art styles for comics and it’s so cool to see.  The story is a bit violent at times, so just be aware of that. There’s also nudity and use of the f word.  But please don’t let that turn you away from Monstress, as it’s truly a great story.

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads and was given a copy of Monstress by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

August Goals

Life: I don’t usually do these goals first but this month is going to be a bit different for me. Tomorrow Grant and I will be flying out to see my family for 9 days! I’m super excited about this trip but it will make writing/reading and blogging a bit difficult. And then once I get back Grant and I will be moving!  Because of these events I’m not really going to worry about getting a whole bunch done.  I’m going to have fun with my family and focus on them first.:)

Reading: I was behind on my reading goal by 11 books and it was overwhelming me so much I decided to lower my goal for now. I’m now trying to read 180 books for the year. Still with the tiny hope that I will go over that goal.

Writing: This month I’d like to do something a bit different. Instead of focusing just on writing stories or poetry, I’m going to focus on building a writing group. I would like to get together a group of friends who read each other’s writing and encourage each other. Thankfully I have a few sisters and friends who’ve already expressed interest in something like this.

What are your goals for August?

Nightlights – Read This Book ASAP

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Goodreads Synopsis: Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.

One day, Morpie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy’s drawings…

Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez.

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Publication Date: March 2017

It’s not often that I read books in Children’s Lit anymore, but this book’s cover was just too adorable.

Nightlights is a great story. Sandy is quite the little character, her drawings and cute pigtails won over my heart.  At 56 pages the story moves fairly quickly as we follow Sandy from school to meeting Morpie. Without giving away any big spoilers I’ll just say that Morpie is not exactly who she seems to be. Some small children might find this story a bit scary.

The art style for this book is amazing, I wish that they would turn Nightlights into a coloring book! The story was also really great, the climax of the story was just a bit confusing. I found myself having to go back and reread because I didn’t realize the problem had been solved.  But this is a kid’s book so I didn’t mind too much.

Nightlights reminded me that one is never too old for a kid’s story.  Go buy the book, read it, read it your kids or cousins or nieces and nephews. It’s a great story.

I gave Nightlights 4 stars on Goodreads and was given a copy of it from Edliwiess in exchange for a fair review.

Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel Of Egypt

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Goodreads Synopsis: Cairo, 1984. A blisteringly hot summer. A young girl in a sprawling family house. Her days pass quietly: listening to a mother’s phone conversations, looking at the Nile from a bedroom window, watching the three state-sanctioned TV stations with the volume off, daydreaming about other lives. Underlying this claustrophobic routine is mystery and loss. Relatives mutter darkly about the newly-appointed President Mubarak. Everyone talks with melancholy about the past. People disappear overnight. Her own father has left, too—why, or to where, no one will say. 

We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can’t ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak’s overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life.

At once a mapping of a city in transformation and a story about the shifting realities and fates of a single Egyptian family, Yasmine El Rashidi’s Chronicle of a Last Summer traces the fine line between survival and complicity, exploring the conscience of a generation raised in silence.

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I just finished this book a few minutes ago and decided it would be best to write my review while it is still fresh in my mind. Unfortunately it’s one of those fantastic books that takes awhile to digest, so this post is going to take me a few hours to write.:)

I love books like this one. Chronicle of A Last Summer has everything in it that keeps me interested.  Beautiful prose, compelling main character, and a true story.  Fiction is entertaining, and it can definitely tell great stories. But it’s the stories taken from real life that usually speak to me the most.

Chronicle of A Last Summer follows around a girl, nameless for the entire story, showing life through her eyes. Telling the story of political unrest in Egypt, telling the story of her father leaving, and the story of how she found her voice through writing.  This book is beautifully written, each scene described so well it feels like a movie playing in your head. It’s not hard to feel connected to our main character as she goes through confusing times of her father leaving and no one talking about it. The story follows in the summers when she’s older and watching her country be changed by riots and revolutions, as she visits family members in jail and when her father finally comes home again.

This book isn’t a fast read, I found myself wanting to read slower sometimes because there are so many thoughts on life and war and love. It’s a quiet book and a sometimes strangely quiet life.  This book isn’t an action story at all. It’s a life story.

I gave this book four stars on Goodreads and was given a copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair review.