Monday: What I’m Reading Now 1/8/18

First one of the new year!

33517044What I’m Reading Now:

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (248 pages)

Interested in reading this. I have read 0 of 248 pages so far.

What I Read Last Week:

17332251Tune: Still Life (Tune #2) by Derek Kim (208 pages)

Much more entertaining than the first, but a bit too crude for my taste…Too many poop jokes for me. :p Anyway, I did find Dash very fun with her childlike wonderment. I guess I’m stuck waiting for the third because these books never get to the meat of the story.

 

541094The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar (80 pages)

Beautiful artwork though the story jumps a bit sporadically. It has a sophisticated, quirky feel to it, and Imhotep’s father couldn’t have given a single care. He was also the highlight of the story if you ask me.

 

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Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks (112 pages)

The artwork is super cute and Mickey is kind of adorable. The story itself though just has no real purpose. The ending is majorly anti-climatic. I figured all of Mickey’s transgressions were building up to something but nah. I just… What was the point? I think this would work better as a webcomic.

Also, I am so tired of Mickey’s uncle’s constant “crook” spiel. Go shove it up your nose!

28116764The Sisters Vol. 2: Doing It Our Way! (Sisters #2) by Christophe Cazenove and William Maury (96 pages)

Very good! Cute comics with sister shenanigans.

 

 

32775823Stitch! Best Friends Forever! by Miho Asada (176 pages)

Ehh, the stories were pretty dry/not exciting, but maybe I’m biased because I always like Lilo best.

 

 

20613790Toto Trouble #2: A Deadly Jokester by Thierry Coppée (64 pages)

It’s good though I don’t care too much for Toto.

 

 

12075233NO! by Marta Altés (28 pages)

Super cute! I think even non-dog lovers will like this. I read this one in Spanish, but I’m sure the sentiment is the same in English.

 

 

 

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Kidlit version hosted by Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts; original version hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

 

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bOOKS! 2018 UPDATE

Yes, the lowercase ‘b’ was intentional. Why? I don’t know, man. It’s Friday, so who really cares? Spring semester starts this Monday for me, and I just want to read books until then. :p My goal this year is to read over 30 books.

I went to the library and racked up on graphic novels 😀

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Still working on self-publishing my first book. This isn’t really something you can do half-baked, so I’m really trying to research things. I wish marketing wasn’t such a big deal.

Also, my language-learning is going well. Puedo leer libros en español ahora.

 

 

 

Mini Review #9: Recess Warriors- Bad Guy is a Two-Word Word

Recess Warriors 2: Bad Guy Is a Two-Word Word by Marcus Emerson (160 pages) is even more fun than the first one!

I was concerned about sequel rot, but thankfully the humor and surprise character development has improved.

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I love how serious the book takes itself, and Clinton and Bryce’s strained friendship is my favorite part.

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It’s also nice how Yoshi and Jules subverted the “girls can’t get along” trope.

In addition, Recess Warriors has some nice foreshadowing. Little things you wouldn’t expect are actually important. *wink*

Overall:

Please read this and Marcus Emerson please write more! All of my sentiments from the review of the first book still stand for this one.

SN: Albert was awesome and the kiddy romances were too!

 

 

Mini Review: #8 Not Now, Not Ever

33602144It’s been a million years or at least a frozen period of time since a review.

College has really turned up (not turnt up; there’s a subtle difference :p) the difficulty level in some classes.

Anyway, this review is based on the ARC (Advance Reader Copy), which I won in a Goodreads giveaway. This book comes out November 21st!

Also, I have never seen/read Much Ado about Nothing so even though this is a retelling of it, I was new to it all… 😛

STORY:

“I took in a breath so deep that it burned the back of my throat, killing a sob before it could start. I could taste the eucalyptus baked into my sweater” (pg 90).

Perhaps, not the best quote to start a review with, but it embodies the wonderfully quirky vibe of this book well. Also, I really love the trivia/language/sci-fi bits that are constantly present.

The premise of  Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson (320 pages) is about a teen going to a genius camp with elimination games as a way to win a scholarship to her dream college. This college is important for Elliot Garboche to take control of her destiny instead of being pigeonholed into to enlisting in the army like her mother or becoming a lawyer like her father and step-mother desire her to be. Of course, Ever can’t let her overbearing family members know her true intentions to break away from the mold, so she lies and goes to the camp under the guise of Ever Lawrence. Getting into the camp was easy but staying is harder than ever!

The romance is in the background and any progress between Ever and Brandon is slow. Depending on who you are, that might be a great quality this story exhibits. For me, I don’t mind the slow start and the focus on the camp itself, but the romance isn’t aww-worthy (i.e. no fangirling moments).

Well… The first kiss scene was incredibly cheesy, but the line, “He smiled. ‘I really like you, Elliot” warmed my little young adult heart.

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CHARACTER:

This book has some nice diversity considering the genius camp has contestants from every race and background. For example, the main character Ever has significant Creole ancestry.

Eh, my first impression of Elliot (better known as Ever) was a bit prickly. I thought she was a little combative against a counselor named Cornell in their first meeting. Throughout the story, lowkey Ever needed to mind her own business. What’s it to you that someone didn’t solve a Rubik’s cube? Anyway, she was mad intrusive and a bit judgemental, though the latter is a very common realistic trait she wasn’t a character that I actually liked. I think the reason that particular personality trait turned me off is because I try my hardest not to assume things about people (despite it being a knee-jerk human behavior).

However, I like that Ever was very confident about herself especially being a tall girl who did martial arts and loved sci-fi books, especially Octavia Butler.

The rest of the cast never really stood out to me. I’m sure others will connect with the quirky, competitive array of characters, but I was not personally invested in them.

OVERALL:

“Do you ever miss things before they’re over?” (pg 174)

It’s certainly worth a read. Not Now, Not Ever is also a fun way to learn a bunch of cool trivia with a tiny bit of mystery and romance.

The ending also had a good dash of realism because sometimes YA-fiction, in general, can end either downright angsty or too fairytale happily-ever-after-ish.

 

Quick Nonessential Update

Hey, everyone!

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It’s been a good length of time since my last post. School and Irma took a lot of my time and mental energy, but I’m still reading. Actually, I won an ARC of Not Now, Not Ever that I’m currently reading (I’m on page 90).

Also, I’m getting for real, for real serious about publishing my first middle-grade children’s book, Dreaded Dinner Party. I am eyeing a November or December release date, but who knows I might have to push it back or forward.

Anyway, just a heads-up that I’m still active. I feel like I’ve used “I’m” too much in this post. Oh well…

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Book Review: #27 Reindeer Boy

Okay, this was silly but super cute. I believe it’s an OEL (Original English Language [manga]), and it read like a shoujo.

30621322STORY:

Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean (192 pages) is about Quincy, a normal girl who has nubs growing out of her head. The arrival of a mysterious boy, Cupid, who has full-blown antlers growing out of his head takes not only Quincy’s school by surprise, but Quincy herself begins to take an interest in him. Of course, Cupid’s had his eyes set on her for a while now, much longer than Quincy ever anticipated. She meets his array of fellow antlered-companions and learns something new.

I really liked the Christmas-y spin on this story because I’ve never read anything reindeer-centered before. But I don’t get the point of the story. Was it about Quincy’s heritage (which was never really explained) or the romance?

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CHARACTERS:

I have to say the characters are really flat even though Cupid’s pretty lovable in that celebrity I like but don’t know personally type of way. Okay, what was the deal with Conway, the childhood best friend (if you read shoujo, you know the childhood best friend almost never wins XD)? Why was Irena so flaky? Where was Quincy’s mom? Deceased? Divorced? Adopted?

Quincy is a cutie (especially, as a kid; yay, for her being a woc). I guess she was just a girl, curious and a lover of a photography. I couldn’t pinpoint her actual personality because I didn’t honestly see one. I supposed she was reserved.

Cupid, I liked the most. He was smug without being a flirty playboy. It’s really hard for some writers to have cocky characters that aren’t grating, and I’m glad Cupid’s one of the few likable ones.

I liked the Reindeer friends/family, but they weren’t too memorable though. Blitzen stood out to me since he so looked cool (reminded me of an action star).

Santa—Kris Kringle here— was very interesting, to say the least. He had like a one-page cameo.

ART:

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I adore the art! Everyone dresses like hipsters and the artwork’s done in the style of a generic shoujo manga or manwha. I think Cupid looks adorable and his hair is so fluffy.

Overall:

Yeah.

I would most definitely read a sequel. I enjoyed reading this a lot, and it’s sure to make someone smile. Give it a chance!