Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review--Secret Coders (Secret Coders Bk 1) by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes/The Magic Flute by P. Craig Russell



I interrupt my usual reviews to bring some kid-lit graphic novel reviews. I work in a library (if you haven't read before) and I'm always trying to expand my understanding of the children's department since it is my weak spot. I've started picking up graphic novels and new releases over there to stay current. The first review is of a newbie and the other...not-so-much.

Secret Coders (Secret Coders Bk 1) by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Nikhil are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes! 

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

I'm not a coder. Let me just put that out there. I have no prior knowledge or education on this topic so I figured if I could figure it out then surely other people could too. This book is a great educational graphic novel that introduces younger kids to the concepts of coding in an easy-to-understand format.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Review--Dictatorship of the Dress (Much I Do About Nothing Bk 1) by Jessica Topper

As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love. 

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess. 

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather. 

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love.


I'm always looking for something new and interesting in romance. I tend to haunt the new releases at the library and look for brand new stuff that I haven't heard of (or have). This month I stumbled upon the two book series (thus far) by Jessica Topper which rotate around weddings.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves--February 5/Weekly Wrap-Up



Library


1. Aquaman Vol. 1 The Trench by Geoff Johns/Ivan Reis/Joe Prado

2. Claudia and Mean Janine (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Bk 4) by Raina Telgemeier/Ann M. Martin


3. Courtship of the Cake (Much I Do About Nothing Bk 2) by Jessica Topper

4. Cruel Crown (Red Queen Bk .5) by Victoria Aveyard


5. Dictatorship of the Dress (Much I Do About Nothing Bk 1) by Jessica Topper

6. The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man Vol. 1 God Particle by Ethan Van Scriver/Gail Simone/Yildiray Cinar



7. Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt

8. Headed for Trouble (McKays Bk 1) by Shiloh Walker


9. Naruto Vol. 21, 23-30, 32-40 by Masashi Kishimoto

10. Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 2) by Catherine Anderson


11. Red Lanterns Vol. 1 Blood and Rage by Peter Milligan/Ed Benes/Rob Hunter

12. Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan Bk 1) by Carla Neggers

13. Studio Ghibli by Colin Odell/Michelle Le Blanc

14. Suicide Squad Vol. 1 Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass/Ryan Benjamin






15. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

16. The Siren by Kiera Cass

17. Under the Lights (Boys of Fall Bk 1) by Shannon Stacey

Review--For Work



1. School Judgment Vol. 1 Gakkyu Hotei by Nobuaki Enoki/Takeshi Obata








Weekly Wrap-Up

Reviews

1. Knightley and Son (Knightley and Son Bk 1) by Rohan Gavin [4 Stars]
2. Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 2) by Catherine Anderson [3 Stars]

Books Read

1. Harley Quinn Vol. 1 Hot in the City by Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti/Chad Hardin
2. Secrets of the Lost Summer (Swift River Valley Bk 1) by Carla Neggers
3. Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1 Hostile World by Paul Levitz/Francis Portela/Walter Simonson
4. Naruto Vol. 13 The Chunin Exam Concluded... by Masashi Kishimoto
5. Midnighter Vol. 1 Out by Steve Orlando/ACO
6. Naruto Vol. 14 Hokage vs. Hokage by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Naruto Vol. 15 Naruto's Ninja Handbook by Masashi Kishimoto
8. Naruto Vol. 16 Eulogy by Masashi Kishimoto
9. Naruto Vol. 17 Itachi's Power by Masashi Kishimoto
10. Naruto Vol. 18 Tsunade's Choice by Masashi Kishimoto
11. Naruto Vol. 19 Successor by Masashi Kishimoto
12. Naruto Vol. 20 Naruto vs. Sasuke by Masashi Kishimoto
13. Grifter Vol. 1 Most Wanted by Nathan Edmondson/Cafu/Scott Clark/Jason Gorder/Dave Beaty
14. Mister Terrific Vol. 1 Mind Games by Eric Wallace/Gianluca Gugliotta/Wayne Faucher/J.G. Jones
15. Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 2) by Catherine Anderson
16. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 Commercial Suicide
17. Claudia and Mean Janine (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Bk 4) by Raina Telgemeier/Ann M. Martin

Currently

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review--Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 2) by Catherine Anderson

With one glance, wealthy Crystal Falls, Oregon rancher, Ryan Kendrick falls hard -- and fast -- for lovely Bethany Coulter. A beguiling mix of sass and shyness, naivete and maturity, she shares his passion for horses, has a great sense of humor and can light up a room with her beautiful smile. She is absolutely perfect -- in every way but one. A long ago barrel-racing accident has left Bethany confined to a wheelchair. In the years since, she has known both betrayal and heartbreak -- and vowed never to open her heart to a man again. She has even accepted the possibility that she'll never be able to enjoy a healthy intimate relationship or have children of her own. But there's something about handsome Ryan Kendrick. Something that makes her believe she can overcome every obstacle. Something that makes her believe in lifelong, lasting love . . .


I've been on a bit of a Catherine Anderson kick recently and I intend to continue with this series. I'm all caught up on Mystic Creek right now so I'm working my way through her backlist when I should be reading review copies or other more time-sensitive library books. Clearly my priorities are straight.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review--Knightley and Son (Knightley and Son Bk 1) by Rohan Gavin

The once highly in-demand detective Alan Knightley has just woken up after an unexplained incident kept him asleep for four years. While he was out cold, his son, Darkus, took it upon himself to read of all his dad's old cases, and he's learned a lot about the art of detection. It's a good thing too—because suddenly the duo find themselves caught up in a crazy conspiracy that involves a group of villainous masterminds (who keep appearing and then vanishing), some high-speed car chases (that will have everyone fastening their seat belts), and a national, bestselling book with the power to make people do terrible, terrible things. But because Alan is still suffering the effects of his coma, he tends to, well, fall asleep at the worst possible moments, Meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery . . . by himself.


In the midst of my ridiculous TBR list and library check-outs I sometimes stumble upon something I have to read right now. I was looking for something digital to take with me from place to place at one point and I picked up this YA mystery book because it sounded a lot like the mysteries I loved as a kid. Well...yes and no.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves--January 30/Weekly Wrap-Up




Library



 1. Grifter Vol. 1 Most Wanted by Nathan Edmondson/CAFU/Scott Clark/Jason Gorder/Dave Beaty

2. Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 1 The Choice by Paul Levitz/Yidray Cinar/Francis Portela

 3. Mister Terrific Vol. 1 Mind Games by Eric Wallace/Gianluca Gugliotta/Wayne Faucher

4. Naruto Vol. 31 Final Battle by Masashi Kishimoto

5. Secrets of the Lost Summer (Swift River Valley Bk 1) by Carla Neggers

6. Sweet Nothings (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 3) by Catherine Anderson






Review--For Library Job

 1. Arena by Holly Jennings

2. Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder/Tim Seeley

3. Bizarro by Heath Corson/Gustavo Duarte [DNF]

4. Black Canary Vol. 1 Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher


5. Bookishly Ever After (Ever After Bk 1) by Isabel Bandeira

6. Constantine the Hellblazer Vol. 1 Going Down by Ming Doyle/James Tynion IV/Riley Rossmo/Ivan Plascencia [4 Stars]


 7. Firstlife (Everlife Bk 1) by Gena Showalter

8. JLA: Gods and Monsters by Paul Dini [3 Stars]

 9. Martian Manhunter Vol. 1 The Epiphany by Rob Williams/Eddy Barrows [3.5 Stars]

10. Midnighter Vol. 1 Out by Steve Orlando/ACO

 11. Prez Vol. 1 Corndog in Chief by Mark Russell/Ben Caldwell/Mark Morales [5 Stars]

12. 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

13. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie


Pre-Ordered

1. Bounty (Colorado Mountain Bk 7) by Kristen Ashley [3.99]


2. One With You (Crossfire Bk 5) by Sylvia Day [9.99]






Weekly Wrap-Up

Reviews

1. The One You Want (Original Heartbreakers Bk .5) by Gena Showalter [3 Stars]
2. A Knights Bridge Christmas (Swift River Valley Bk 5) by Carla Neggers [3.5 Stars]
3. Baby Love (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 1) by Catherine Anderson [3 Stars]

Books Read

1. DC Universe Presents Vol. 1 Deadman/Challengers of the Unknown by Paul Jenkins/Dan DiDio/Bernard Chang/Jerry Ordway
2. I, Vampire Vol. 1 Tainted Love by Joshua Hale Fialkov/Andrea Sorrentino
3. Naruto Vol. 7 Orochimaru's Curse by Masashi Kishimoto
4. Naruto Vol. 8 Life and Death Battles by Masashi Kishimoto
5. Deathstroke Vol. 1 Legacy by Kyle Higgins/Joe Bennett/Art Thibert
6. Naruto Vol. 9 Turning the Tables by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Naruto Vol. 10 A Splendid Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto
8. Knightley and Son (Knightley and Son Bk 1) by Rohan Gavin
9. Constantine the Hellblazer Vol. 1 Going Down by Ming Doyle/James Tynion IV/Riley Rossmo/Ivan Placencia
10. Naruto Vol. 11 Impassioned Efforts by Masashi Kishimoto
11. Prez Vol. 1 Corndog in Chief by Mark Russell/Ben Caldwell/Mark Morales
12. Naruto Vol. 12 the Great Flight by Masashi Kishimoto

Currently Reading

Naruto, Vol. 13: The Chunin Exam, Concluded...!! (Naruto, #13)Seeker (Seeker, #1)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Review--Baby Love (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Bk 1) by Catherine Anderson

Desperate and determined, Maggie Stanley grabs her small baby and runs into the snowy Idaho night. In her loneliest, blackest hour, she unexpectedly finds a warmth and comfort she has never known in the tender compassion of a handsome, down-and-out stranger. In Rafe Kendrick, Maggie recognizes a soul wounded like her own—though she knows she must never trust any man ever again. 

Rafe is more than he seems—an enigmatic man of secrets who could give Maggie the moon, had he not vowed to spend his life alone. But sometimes love's flames can transform a cold world into paradise—and a man who's lost nearly everything, a woman who's forgotten how to dream, and the helpless child who needs them both can become that most wondrous creation: a family.


A few weeks ago I could not get into any of the books I had out from the library and decided to pick up something random. I ended up picking up a Catherine Anderson book because it looked interesting (imagine that). I read the first two books in the Mystic Creek series and decided to explore some of her backlist. I actually read book 7 first but worked my way back to book 1 because well...I wanted to do so.