The Princess Saves Herself in This One – By Amanda Lovelace

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

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repeat after me:
you owe
no one
your forgiveness.

– except maybe yourself.

Yes, this book did live up to every bit of the hype. The Princess Saves Herself in This One was an emotional read for me. I didn’t expect it to be so much about surviving abuse and death and grief.  At times it was hard to read, but I loved it from page one.  The rawness spoke to me so deeply.  Sick & Bone was one of my favorite of the poems in this collection.

I loved this book so much, and I’m not sure what else there is to say about it. It’s beautiful, it’s full of truth, it’s a roar of defiance and self-love.  Definitely read it, buy it, give it your best friends.  I gave this book four stars on Goodreads.

Song For A Funeral – By Abigail Pearson

Song For A Funeral

 

I know the song that I’ll play at your funeral

I heard it on my walk home today

It had the sounds of a simple guitar

The sort of thing I could play if I tried

But the words summed up everything I felt about you

The humdrum, the everyday, the sight of your hair askew in the morning

The nights of making love, the words we wrote together, the hands we held. 

 

We’ve been together for two years

And yesterday we went to my grandmother’s funeral

I wonder

Did you think of my death when we first fell in love?

I know I thought of your face

And what it would look like in forty years

Maybe it’s not romantic to say

But…

 

It’s hard to think of you growing old

Of your eyesight going – maybe I’ll make fun of you for that like I make fun of you now

Of your hands becoming soft and wrinkled – and I’ll play with the veins

Like I did to my parent’s older friends when I was a kid

Will you still touch me with those hands?

It’s hard to think of living on after you

Promise me

That you’ll let me go first.

More Comic Books Reads in 2017

Sex Criminals 2-3: 

Synopsis: Collecting 6-15 these two comics continue the story about two humans who can freeze time when they orgasm. 

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I was able to get these for a really great price at my local used bookstore, but I found that I was sort of disappointed in the continuation of the story.  The first volume was hilarious, it didn’t take itself seriously and it was just a really great read overall. I felt like these next two books didn’t have the same hilarity. Instead they took a more “realistic” turn. The second volume was a lot about depression and thus I found it very depressing. Which was not what I wanted to read about.  The third volume was very meta and I honestly found it more annoying that entertaining. Overall both volumes were a 2.5 read.

Nimona:

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Goodreads Synopsis: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

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My brother-in-law had a copy of this fantastic novel and lent it to me. I admit I read this in just a couple hours because it was so good. Nimona is everything you want in a fantasy adventure story for young adults. It’s fun, it’s magical and the art style is simply stunning.  I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that this was a five star read for me and I highly highly recommend it.

Low Vol 2:

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Goodreads Synopsis: Will Stel Caine rise from the depths to become first human in millennia to set foot on the surface of the Earth? Who is the relentless Minister of Thought on a quest to put an end to Stel’s attempt to restore the light to a dying world?

Collecting: Low 7-10

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This collection was three stars compared to the first one’s four star rating by me. Though the artwork is still lovely, and the characters are pretty great as well, I felt like the plot was a little slow.  It dragged in a few places, and thus the reason for the lower rating. I still think this series is still interesting though, and I plan on reading the third volume.

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Goodreads Synopsis: Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

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I had read this book back when I was younger, like 17-18, and liked it but hadn’t been super interested in the rest of the series.  Then just last year I watched the TV show and fell in love with the characters and the world,  and decided to go back and read all of the books.

A Game of Thrones is a fantastic first book, I loved all the world-building and the introductions to all the characters.  It’s interesting seeing the slight differences in the TV show, little things like the characters seem to be a few years younger than they are in the book.  Daenerys Targaryen is 13 years old!

Maybe it was just me, but seeing the TV show helped to give faces to a lot of the characters that weren’t main characters.  The first time I read the book I wasn’t confused, but I would forget about characters. This time round I didn’t have that problem.  I could tell who Little Finger was, as well as other more secondary characters. And let me tell you, A Game of Thrones has a ton of those.

It’s hard to know who to recommend this book too. I know some people are bothered by, or simply just don’t like sex in books. If you’re one of those people you probably want to steer clear of this series.   This is also a long book, at 835 pages the reading can be long, though never boring.  Martin’s characters are all different and have different motives and desires.   This is one of the things Grant and I love about the series.  Motives, character’s fears and wants are all very clear and Martin isn’t afraid to let bad things happen to his characters.   I hope to someday be half the writer he is.

My rating for A Game of Thrones on Goodreads is four stars.

 

Saga Vol. 7

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Goodreads Synopsis: From the worldwide bestselling team of Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained Saga event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience.

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I will warn you now this latest volume of Saga will crush your heart and feels.

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Saga Vol 7 brings you everything you’ve ever loved about this series and more. It’s fantastically told, it’s funny, it’s adorable, and heartbreaking.  Hazel is growing up and if you thought you couldn’t love her anymore, this volume will prove you wrong.

We get updates on Gwendolyn and Sophie and of course Lying Cat.  The Will is still having a rough time, I mean this poor guy just keeps having a shitty day.  Alana is pregnant again, and as always adorable af. Prince Robot is also going through some stuff. And we meet a whole host of new characters!

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As always this is a four star read. Saga is the best comic series ever. You all need to read it asap. 🙂

 

Bull By David Elliot

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Goodreads Synopsis: SEE THE STORY OF THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR
IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT

Minos thought he could
Pull a fast one
On me,
Poseidon!
God of the Sea!
But I’m the last one
On whom you
Should try such a thing.
The nerve of that guy.
The balls. The audacity.
I AM THE OCEAN!
I got capacity!
Depths! Darkness! Delphic power!
So his sweet little plan
Went big-time sour
And his wife had a son
Born with horns and a muzzle
Who ended up
In an underground puzzle.
What is it with you mortals?
You just can’t seem to learn:
If you play with fire, babies,
You’re gonna get burned.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology’s most infamous monsters.

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I’ve been trying to write reviews in the order that I read the books, but this book guys. This book was so good I had to review it now.Bull is the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, told in verse from the point of view of several characters.

I loved reading this book.  It’s beautifully told. Each character has a different type of verse for when they’re speaking which is brilliant and really imaginative. It also bring each character to life in a unique way, from the god Poseidon, to the arrogant Theseus, to the pitiful Minotaur.

Oh and the Minotaur or Asterion as his mother has named him, is the most moving character of all. Throughout the book you watch him grow up, you watch his father Midas ban him from the palace, and see in the end his downfall.  I was in tears by the end of this story.

Bull is a short story, only 200 pages but I promise it is well worth the read.   It’s available for preorder on Amazon now, and there’s also a giveaway on Goodreads for it. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Thank you NetGalley! I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.