Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo

I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo!I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo! by Charles M. Schulz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I own Peanuts collections, but I have never read any of the comics compiled in this book.

There is not a lot to say about Peanuts that is not already known. The characters are great, and I liked being able to see them in new situations. Anyone who enjoys Peanuts should read this collection. Most likely, you will read Peanuts comics you haven't read before, or at least, haven't read in a while.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Charles M. Schulz
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: 13 Mar 2018

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Monday, January 8, 2018

The Temptation of Adam

The Temptation of AdamThe Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Temptation of Adam was either going to be really good, or really bad. Dealing with topics like drug abuse and porn addictions, there isn't a middle ground. Luckily, even though I started this book feeling skeptical, it ended up being a good read.

This is a book that without a doubt is meant for mature readers. It is a YA book, but that doesn't mean that it is appropriate for anyone that reads at that level.

Adam is a teenager addicted to porn, and his actions reflect the affects of the addiction. Of course, most people can't see the damage they are doing, and have a hard time accepting help. When Adam is told he has to join the Knights of Vice in order to be able to return to school, he starts on a road to change that he never expected.

While dealing with the topic of porn is difficult, especially in a book geared towards teenagers, I feel that it is important to show how your life can be affected by it. The book also shows the struggles other have with their various vices. It's not just a one note warning. We all have our vices, and sometimes it takes a lot to admit to having them and start to move forward.

The Temptation of Adam shows addiction through the lens of someone who has an addiction, and someone who is watching someone else go through the struggle. Hopefully this book and other like it serve as a wake up call to anyone that might be struggling with something like that.

This is a recommended read, especially for those who may be struggling.

I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Dave Connis
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: 21 Nov 2017

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Little Carp (Marzi #1)

Little Carp (Marzi, #1)Little Carp by Marzena Sowa
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Little Carp is a comic about Marzi, a girl living in Poland in the 80s. The comic is an autobiographical account of the authors childhood. I think that choosing to write your biography in comics is a brave choice. It helps to bring everything to life, but it also limits the amount of detail that can be provided.

I struggled a little with this book, because Poland in the 80s was very different than the world I grew up in. There are cultural things mentioned in the book that I have no experience with. I don't think that can be avoided, it how it really was at the time, but it does make it harder to understand what is going on.

Although this is a comic, I would recommend this book for older kids to teens.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Marzena Sowa
Publisher: Europe Comics
Publication Date: 19 Jul 2017

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Big Foot and Little Foot

Big Foot and Little Foot (Book #1)Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Big Foot and Little Foot is a cute story for children showing the importance of not judging someone without actually getting to know them.

Hugo is a Sasquatch who has heard terrible things about humans, but when he finally has a chance to see one up close, he risks everything for that one peak. He is soon has a secret involving Boone, a child. As Hugo grows closer to Boone, the reader wonders what the rest of the Sasquatch will do if they see one of the humans they fear so much. Hugo and Boone have to work together to stop the stereotypes plaguing both sides.

Once you get to know someone, the differences don't seem as big, even if you are a Sasquatch and a human.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Ellen Potter
Publisher: ABRAMS Kids
Publication Date: 10 Apr 2018

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Death By Cliche

Death by ClichéDeath by Cliché by Bob Defendi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book had an interesting concept. I had a hard time understanding parts of it because I don't play the types of games the book mentions. I was able to understand the gist of it, but I'm sure there are finer details that I did not catch.

This is definitely a book for adults. Maybe older teenagers, but it is not YA. The beginning of the book was hilarious, but it didn't keep up for the whole story. I have the second book in the series to read. We will see if I understand more of what is going on once I start that book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Bob Defendi
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: 2008

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DragonWatch

Dragonwatch (Dragonwatch #1)Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm ready for the next book in this series. I'm excited to have the characters from the Fablehaven series back. I'm not sure how I feel about the new ones that have entered the story, but time will tell how I really feel about them.

I do wish that Seth had matured at least a little more. He is getting a little annoying. I keep getting the grandparents mixed up. I know they were in the other books, but I still can't remember which ones are which.

Author: Brandon Mull
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: 14 Mar 2017

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Zom-B Angels

Zom-B AngelsZom-B Angels by Darren Shan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series is completely unpredictable. It's hard to keep track of who is good and who is bad. I'm not sure how I feel about the Angels. I'm going to have to keep reading the series to decide. I kind of feel like each book by itself is hard to review. Once I finish reading the whole series, I will be able to do a better one.

The Angels are an interesting concept. I can't wait to see what role they play in the rest of the series.

Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2013

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