Book Review: Ghosts

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I saw on quite a few blogs a while back, and I’ll admit, I was intrigued by it. My son also showed interest in this book, so we decided to get it in order to read it.

I didn’t really know what to expect with this one. I decided to go in as blind as possible, knowing only that it involved sisters and ghosts. I have to say, this was the first book that I have read that had a character with cystic fibrosis. I know very little about the disease, besides what the book told me, so it was kind of refreshing to get to see a character affected by it. I do feel that not enough books have characters who are affected by diseases and disabilities. This is also the first book that I have read that had the Day of The Dead as a part of the story. So those two aspects along made me enjoy it.

The sisters relationship reminded me a lot of the one I had with my sister. We fought at times, got along at others and were even inconvenienced by each others presence from time to time. All in all, it was a great representation of how siblings act around one another.

The art in this book was also very enjoyable. And the overall flow of the story was pretty good, a little slow at times, but not too bad.

One thing that I didn’t understand, and it wasn’t explained in the book, was why the ghosts were offered orange soda. I get that it is some sort of offering, but it seemed to be a key component to the Day of The Dead celebration, but there was no explanation as to why it was that particular item and not something else offered to the ghosts. Honestly, for someone who knows next to nothing about Day of the Dead, I was left wanting to know more about it and I do feel like there should have been a bit more information put in the book about it and cystic fibrosis as a whole. I understand you can only put so much in a book, especially one meant for middle grade kids, but I feel like it left me with more questions than it answered.

My son also read this one, and while he liked, he said he didn’t really understand the story completely.

Overall, this was a good book. I’d recommend it to other to read and I’m sure there are many people out there who would enjoy this one.

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Book Review: Warcraft Bonds of Brotherhood

My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Oh boy, what can I say about this one?

I had been excited to read this book, because I loved the Orc prequel novel, Durotan, and figured that this one would be good as well. But, I was wrong.

The art is this book was really the only good thing. Though I will admit that I wish the main characters, Llane, Lothar and Medivh, had a bit more distinguishing features, because honestly they often looked too similar on most pages. Otherwise, the art was enjoyable.

The story however, was both terrible and lacking.

I want to say that this might have been more enjoyable had it been written as an actual novel, instead of a graphic novel, but I’m not sure adding length and those written details would have been enough to salvage it. I’m still gad I read it, but this is one that will now forever sit on my shelf collecting dust – I would get rid of it, but when it comes to Warcraft books, I keep them all, whether I liked them or not.

Book Review: Warcraft Legends Volume 3

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Much like the first two volumes, this one has four stories within.

One of those stories is a continuation of Trag Highmountain, which started in the first volume. I will admit, I haven’t been much of a fan of Trag’s story. I think my biggest problem is that the font used for this story is so awkward that it makes reading it next to impossible. It’s hard to really get into a story when it’s difficult to read what is being said. Sometimes, with graphic novels, you can figure out a good chunk of what is going on based upon the images, but that little bit of dialogue and descriptive text is also very important to the story. If I have to hold the book an inch from my face and squint in order to read the text, then it’s hard to get into, let along enjoy, the story.

The second story, Crusader’s Blood, was pretty enjoyable. I’m a big fan of the Undead race in the game, so any story that involves them tends to grab my attention. Throw in some Blood Elves and it’s even better. This story has quite a good arc to it, bringing things full circle and had very good art to go along with it.

The third story was I Got What Yule Need. Let’s just pretend this one didn’t happen. Goblins are just wrong. Moving on.

The final story, The Thrill Of The Hunt, was my probably my favorite, along with the second story. This is the story of Hemet Nesingwary. Anyone who has played World of Warcraft knows who this character is and the annoyance of his quests. However, this story goes beyond his love of the hunt and shows a different side of Nesingwary. Honestly, I never thought I would want to know more about Nesingwary until I started this story, and now I wish there was more.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book. Some stories I liked more than others, but that is to be expected when several authors and artists are involved. It was a quick read and definitely something many World of Warcraft fans are bound to enjoy. I will be continuing on with this series to see what other stories happen in future volumes.

Book Review: Nimona

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Nimona is one of those books that I knew nothing about, but kept seeing it on so many blogs. It seemed like everyone loved this book and couldn’t stop recommending it. I’m normally leery of books that get too many recommendations, but I was also curious. So after months and months of debating on whether or not I should read this one, I decided to give it a chance.

I feel like I missed something. I liked the book, I really did. I just didn’t feel that love that everyone else seemed to feel when reading this book.

It was a quick read, and the characters were enjoyable enough. The story was…I don’t know, maybe this is where I only liked it and didn’t love it. This is really one of those ones that I can’t explain myself. Perhaps someone who did read this and love it can help me out here. Why did you love the book?

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who haven’t read this book yet and will enjoyed it. Others may be like me and simply like it. I’m not sure if I would recommend it or not, but hey if you want to read it, do so, since you will never know if you will like, love or hate a book until you give it a try.

Book Review: Warcraft: Legends Volume 2

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If it’s set in the Warcraft/World of Warcraft world, I will read it. A while back I read Volume 1 of the Legends series and enjoyed it enough. So I was eager to read the next one.

Much like the first volume, this one contains four different stories, one of which is a continuation, while the others are one-shot stories. I enjoyed each story in it’s own way, but for some reason, the story involving Trag Highmountain, the continuation story, just didn’t interest me as much as the others. The art for this story was certainly superior to that of the other three stories, yetthe story itself felt a bit flat. I would almost have rather had a different story or the others being longer than this continuation.

One issue I did have, was that there was bit of dialogue that was missing. This was an issue with the first volume as well. I know it was missing because the dialogue bubbles were large and half empty. Artists don’t make dialogue bubbles any larger than needed, so I’m guessing this was a printing issues, but it was annoying. Yes, I could pretty much figure out what that character was saying, but I still felt it took away from the stories as a whole to have missing pieces.

Overall, this was an okay read. I would recommend it to fans of Warcraft and World of Warcraft, and even those who may be new to the series. I will be continuing on with this series at some point and look forward to seeing what new stories I will find within the future volumes.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about recommendations. So I am going to go with my Ten Graphic Novel And Manga Recommendations.

I’ve been reading more and more manga and graphic novels lately, and I’ve really been enjoying them (perhaps too much because I keep ignoring my older books in favor of manga I have recently bought). So I’d like to highly some of the ones I have read recently and really enjoyed.

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. Is this a surprise to anyone? This series is amazing and if you haven’t started it yet, you need to. Cannot wait for the next volume to come out.
  2. Erased by Kei Sanbe. I’m only two volumes in, because that’s all that’s released so far, but man, talk about a story that sucks you in.
  3. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. This was such a wonderful and unique story. I loved it, my son enjoyed it, now I just need to get hubby to read it.
  4. A Silent Voice Yoshitoki Oima. A story about a deaf girl who got bullied, her bully and their growth from that moment on.
  5. A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori. This series is filled with rich art and a wonderful story to boot. It’s not something I thought I would enjoy, but I’m loving this one.
  6. Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda. I didn’t absolutely love this one, but the more I think about it, the more I appreciate the story. The anime was good as well.
  7. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. I haven’t read all of these yet, but I’ve really enjoyed what I have read and will be finishing this series soon.

And now some honorable mention for series that have been recommended to be, both directly and indirectly, but I haven’t read yet.

  1. Orange by Ichigo Takano.
  2. The Ancient Magnus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki.
  3. Nausicca of The Valley of The Wind by Hayao Miyazaki.
  4. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya.

Series Review: .hack// Legend of The Twilight

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About ten years ago, my husband bought me this trilogy after I had showed interest in the .hack video games. Since then, the books, along with the games, sat on my shelves severely neglected. Finally, I decided it was time to read this trilogy.

I realized very quickly that this wasn’t the best starting point for me. After a quick internet search, I found out that there are many different .hack series, inlcuding the games, other manga and anime series and this was not the first of them. Even so, I decided to keep reading and hoped it would all make sense in the end.

Despite not having read, watched or played any of the previous series, I came to enjoy this trilogy. It does vaguely reference things that happened in the previous series, but you certainly don’t need to have read or watched the other series to get through this one, it just helps.

These books were pretty quick reads. I got through all three in one day. Really my only big complaint is that sometime I could tell which character was talking. They all look vaguely similar, especially the hair styles, so when it’s a close up of their face, I didn’t always know who was talking. Also, there were times when I wasn’t sure if a character was thinking something, saying something or if it was some other external dialog going on.

Overall, I liked these books, but I felt that I would have enjoyed them much more had I read the series in order, and of course watched the appropriate anime and played the right games before diving into this one. That being said, you certainly don’t need to do that. If you want to read this trilogy and not touch the other .hack series, then you can do so without being lost.