Faerieground: Wish

by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser 

artwork by Odessa Sawyer

Published by Capstone Young Readers

Full Disclosure: I got it from NetGalley

My Review:This is something I thought I’d really enjoy, I’m sorry to say, that wasn’t the case… The concept was interesting and I really appreciated how they portrayed faeries as dark creatures. Why? Because in mythology they ARE dark creatures, we grew up with Disney’s Tinkerbell and I’m sorry but that is simply not the case. Faeries are little monsters. That being said I cannot recommend this book simply because of the English alone. I’m sorry but a 15 year old could have made fewer grammatical errors. Some sentences were really awkward and a few times I felt like there were words missing. Such as you know when you type a really quick email or a text and you thought you wrote a word and you didn’t? 

ex. “So I’ll see you later” but instead you actually wrote “So I’ll see later.” 

That’s what some sentences were like. 

Also I really didn’t connect with the story, everything felt too rushed so I didn’t really get involved with the characters. I didn’t like them, I didn’t hate them, I felt nothing for them.  

Odessa’s Artwork probably helped out the story a bit, it was visually stunning. 

2/7

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HIGH-RES Faerieground: Wishby Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser artwork by

 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowhere

story by Jim Zub

Art by Shun Hong Chan

Full Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley

Description from goodreads:

A young boy named Colby Reynolds searches for meaning in the world around him and discovers a place where dreams can come true – if he’s willing to pay the price! Along the way he’ll see sights he’s never fathomed and encounter hidden truths about himself he’ll wish he never knew. The hit online comic is now a beautiful, high-quality hardcover graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans with a durable, library-quality binding.

My Review: The art work is amazing

The plot is interesting but A) it’s hardly new and B) Colby and Iris fell a little flat. At first I really didn’t like Colby slowly he got more tolerable, but unfortunately Iris went in the opposite direction. We first meet Iris when she fell from the sky.

Iris lost her memories, so for me she gets a pass to be a little mary sue-ish and irritating, which actually she wasn’t, for the first half of the story. Then, she somehow managed to turn a person into tree? Or made a tree out of thin air in the middle of Colby’s Apartment. She acts like it’s nothing when Colby asks her about it. I don’t know about you but is I somehow grew a tree out of a person or nothing, I would be freaking out. I would probably call Colby while having a panic attack. She acts like a snotty jaded teenager which really turned me off of her unfortunately, and then only cries when Colby freaks out and asks her what happened. It seemed so fake, and completely lacked authentic human emotions that you would expect would arise in that particular situation.

Colby is at first annoyingly self involved and is completely overdramatic. I nearly put the book down because of his crappy attitude. Luckily the art work was so amazing that I felt compelled to at least see where it was going. It’s actually funny while Iris got seriously annoying he got more and more sympathetic. 

Overall I like the concept of this particular work and I would read the second volume to see if it got better. The start was slow but it got progressively better and even though Iris became annoying she can do pretty amazing things, and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt considering I thought she was awesome in the beginning of the book.

4/7 so far, but I really want to see volume 2 

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 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowherestory

Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing/ Published Independently

Description from Goodreads:

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known

My Review:

Sorry guys I meant to write this review so long ago >__<

So I wasn’t sure what to think about Solstice at first. The beginning was a little bit slower than I like, but steadily it reached a much better tempo, and plot got better and better. I was surprised I liked this so much,(but it’s a Hades and Persephone story so it won me over quickly.) Piper is a believable girl in this distopia, she has numerous problems and a complicated home life. Despite this she seldom plays the victim, she tries to discover herself and pushes her limits.

 I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, and I would definitely read a sequel if one came out. The author really did their research on greek myths and the greek underworld. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the attention to detail in this novel. All the characters are complex, however all of them aren’t perfect. There will be moments that will frustrate you, as they did with me. However it made me appreciate these characters so much more because let’s face it everyone does things the frustrate us on a day-to-day basis. 

I give this a 5.5/7 

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Title: SolsticeAuthor: P.J. HooverPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing/ Published

Title: August Moon
Author: Diana Thung
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

Description by Goodreads:

The townspeople of Calico believe in the legend of the Soul Fire – orbs of light dancing through the night sky, believed to be the souls of dead ancestors watching over the town. 

But when eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to town with her dad, she learns the amazing truth: these “fireballs” are actually the light from lanterns carried by mysterious rabbit-like creatures as they leap across rooftops! 

Leaping with them is the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But the games may be coming to an end, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico… when a creepy corporation starts bulldozing the nearby forests, she finds herself uncovering a whole world of secrets, and drawn into Jaden’s battle for the soul of a community.

My Review: 

The two main characters are Fiona aka Fi and Jaden. Jaden seems to be some sort of vagabond, and he’s always some form of trouble. Fi is the complete opposite, she came to town and stays with her Uncle while her Father researches the Totoro-like beings.  She and Jaden become fast-friends and discover suspicious people who look like they’re up to no good. 

This was cute. I didn’t really like the how the humans were drawn but the magical animals were really cute. They try to save their forests and the town, but this isn’t necessarily for young kids. There’s quite a bit of violence such as people and animals being shot. Um, yeah this was interesting. It was a little bit like Totoro on acid but it as a whole the novel was amusing.

At first it was a little hard to follow, but once Fi and Jaden investigate the suspicious new comers everything falls into place. The ending is actually a little sad surprisingly but that’s why I gave it a 4.5-5 rather than just a 4. The story had layers.

fun fact: the author actually credits Totoro as a source of inspiration.

4.5-5/7

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Title: August MoonAuthor: Diana ThungPublisher: Top Shelf ProductionsDescription by

Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen ChboskyPublisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books*full disclosure: bought from bookstoreDescription:(by goodreads.com)Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing Overall: 5/7

 Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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My Review: 

I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.

The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. 

All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.

I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.

WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing 

Overall: 5/7

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 Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen

Title: Aquatica, Tip of the SwordAuthor: Donna Danielle McartneyPublisher: Createspace*full disclosure: free from amazonDescription: (by goodreads.com)The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end. When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay. Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable.   Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ishWARNINGS: there is a deathOverall: 3/7

 

Title: Aquatica, Tip of the Sword

Author: Donna Danielle Mcartney

Publisher: Createspace

*full disclosure: free from amazon

Description: (by goodreads.com)

The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end. 

When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay. 

Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?

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My Review: 

I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.

Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable.   Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ish

WARNINGS: there is a death

Overall: 3/7

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 Title: Aquatica, Tip of the SwordAuthor: Donna Danielle

Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. Description:(by goodreads.com)In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts - never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals - the Juni Jinsho - stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space - to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City - and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!My Review: Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 5/7WARNINGS: violence… um I think that was it? … I may get rid of warnings all of you are smart enough to figure out if a book is appropriate or not

 Title: Deva Zan

Author: Yoshitaka Amano

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. 

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts – never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals – the Juni Jinsho – stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space – to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City – and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!

My Review: 

Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. 

The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 

5/7

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 Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: