Book Review: MCMLXXV by Joe Casey

MCMLXXV by Joe Casey
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 15, 2019
Source: Borrowed

Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Yeah, that’s right. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

MCMLXXV is modern mythology for a new generation, from JOE CASEY (NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL, JESUSFREAK) and IAN MacEWAN (PROPHET: EARTH WAR, SEX).

Collects MCMLXXV #1-3

This is going to be a pretty short review because I did not enjoy this one very much. Pretty much the only reason I read this was because of the title, which doesn’t even figure into the story at all.

Let me start with the positive. It starts off well enough. I’d probably give it four stars for the first issue. I appreciate that it features a strong female lead. I appreciate the premise of the story. The art is fine. Unfortunately, that’s about all I can say.

Some bullet points, because I don’t really want to devote too much more time to this graphic novel:

  • If you like random words being emphasized for no reason, you might enjoy this graphic novel.
  • Aside from a taxi driver fighting demons, there’s not too terribly much of a plot, and the world-building is basically non-existent.
  • I cared about literally none of the characters. I didn’t dislike them or anything, but I just didn’t feel anything for them. Even when some pretty major characters died, I was just like, “oh… alright then.”
  • Please explain to me how Pamela destroys her cabs on a nightly basis and still has a job??

I’m not mad that I took the time to read this, but I can’t really recommend it either.

#mm19: animal, number, color, name


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Tag: Not-So-Perfect Book Tag

A long, long time ago, I did the Perfect Book Tag. Using that as inspiration, Alex made her own Not-So-Perfect Book Tag! As always, it took me a little while to get there, but I’m finally doing it! Thank you for tagging me, Alex! ❤


Rules

  1. If possible try to not mention the same book twice, it’s more fun that way
  2. It’s a funny tag where you can rant about terrible (or just meh) books so have FUN!
  3. Just do whatever you want ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Tag me if you decide to do it, I would love to see your answers

the not-so-perfect genre

pick a book that undermines the genre as a whole

I’m sorry, but City of Fallen Angels is not a good book. It undermines the entire YA fantasy/paranormal genre because nothing the characters do even makes sense. Everyone’s really out of character and it’s just boring. It’s just 425 pages of everybody whining and complaining.

the not-so-perfect dialogue

pick a book with dialogue written so poorly that it made you cringe

I will leave you with one examples of cringey dialogue from Smart Tass:

“But Hunter, did your concussion-warped mind forget? You already fucked me. You did it to me in kindergarten and every year of my life since.”

the not-so-perfect setting

pick a book that takes place in a location that you wish hadn’t been picked

Distrust is set in some weird, alternate version of Brooklyn where people are regularly gunned down on the street, and it’s just not realistic. I lived about an hour away from Brooklyn for seven years. I have been there many, many, many times, and in many different neighborhoods. I have walked around poorly lit areas at like 2am. I have never once been scared for my safety. This book could have realistically been set in many other places, but Brooklyn makes no sense.

the not-so-perfect main character

pick the most annoying main character

The first character that came to mind was Sari from Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over. I don’t even remember why I disliked her so much, but I was happier when literally any other character (including random side characters, Sari’s love interest, her grandmother… literally anybody) was on the page without her.

the not-so-perfect blurb

a blurb that was so far from the truth that it made you do a double-take and check you had read the right book

According to Megan Abbott, Luckiest Girl Alive has “the cunning and verve of Gillian Flynn but with an intensity all its own.” I don’t know what book she read, but it wasn’t this one.

the not-so-perfect friend

from whiny attention-seeker to full-on traitor, pick a character that you think is the worst friend ever

Basically everyone in All of This Is True.

the not-so-perfect love interest

pick a character you think would be an awful romantic partner

Axl is already cheating on the love interest within the first 25 pages of the book (and, by the way, it’s never even challenged!), so forgive me if I think he’d be the worst partner ever.

the not-so-perfect villain

pick a character that you thought would have amazing evil plans but fell short and disappointed you

In The Pawn, Avery’s uncle is set up to be this really gross, horrible old man. As I was reading, I expected that he’d actually do something villainous, and I guess he does, but nothing that shocked me, and nothing more than really just being gross and horrible.

the not-so-perfect family

pick a horrible bookish family

Oh, lord. Julian’s family in A List of Cages is awful.

the not-so-perfect plot twist

pick a book with the worst plot twist

The award for most predictable plot twist goes to Kiss Between My Lines.

the not-so-perfect trope

pick a trope you wish would be avoided in all future publications

NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS. Please, be more creative than that. Being “not like other girls” is not a personality trait. It plays into stereotypes and it’s lazy and it feeds into the idea that being classically feminine is somehow a bad thing. There’s also no one standard for what a girl should be, so how can someone even be not like other girls?

the not-so-perfect cover

pick that awful cover that almost made you miss a great book

Between the title and the cover, I almost didn’t read The Hook-Up Experiment. It turned out to be a really great book, though!

the not-so-perfect ending

pick a book that has the most disappointing ending

I had really hoped that Follow Me Back would end in some way other than how I predicted, but nope. It has the most predictable ending… and then the audacity to act like it’s a cliffhanger.

the not-so-perfect expectations

pick a book that was so hyped that it disappointed you, and you can’t understand why everyone loves it so much

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. I like it less and less as time goes on.


Do you feel like venting about books that you haven’t liked? Then I tag you! Please link back to me so that I can see your answers. 🙂 What’s your least favorite trope? Who do you think would be the worst love interest? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Tag: Taylor Swift Book Tag
  • Tag: Game of Thrones Book Tag
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite things to eat or drink while reading
  • Review: The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD
  • Tag: Brave Book Tag
  • Review: Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • Concert season is officially on! I saw Sigrid on Sunday and Dodie last night. Chelsea Jade is in two weeks!!

Song of the week:

Raffaella opened for Sigrid and oh my goodness, it’s been a long time since an opening band was that good.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book Review: Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 12, 2012
Source: Borrowed

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect.

One day over the summer, I went into a comic book shop looking for some specific single issues of Saga. I flipped through the Image section and didn’t find the Saga issues I was looking for, but I did find an issue of Revival that featured my hometown inside the mouth of a skull.

It’s a little spooky, but I’ve never seen Wausau, Wisconsin featured in anything, so I had to read it. You know how sometimes, a book will be set somewhere, but only technically? Like, the characters say they’re in a specific place, but there’s nothing to indicate that they actually are? Not the case with Revival. I may have said, “OH MY GOD, THEY’RE ACTUALLY IN WAUSAU” out loud while I was reading this.

These characters go places I know. They drive down streets that are very close to the house I grew up in. They mention restaurants I’ve been to. I didn’t expect that at all and it made me love this graphic novel so much.

As for the actual story, it’s pretty spooky!! People are dying but they’re not staying dead. Sometimes they’re fine, but sometimes they revive with a thirst for blood. There’s a creepy white demon hiding in the woods and we don’t know much about it. The first volume of this graphic novel really just sets up the whole series, but I’m intrigued and I’m ready to jump into the next one.


Have you read Revival? Have you read any books set in your hometown?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Tag: Brave Book Tag

So, approximately FOUR MONTHS AGO, Mandy and Sha tagged me to do their original Brave Book Tag! I honestly don’t even know where this year has gone, but here I am, finally doing it.


Scotland: Land of Magic, Castles, and will-o’-the-wisps

Name a magical book setting 

I’m going to go with the weird, spooky 1920s New York City of Libba Bray’s Diviners series.

Clan Dunbroch: Merida’s family clan

Name your favorite bookish family/gang

I love the Kotova family from Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Aerial Ethereal series! Luka is, of course, my favorite, but they’re honestly all so great. I hope they write more books in that series. Someone please tell me why the Addicted series got 10 books and a spin off series (that’s up to book 5 now) and a spin off webseries, and the Kotovas only got two books.

Merida: princess, brilliant archer, and doesn’t need any man

Name a heroine who doesn’t accept her fate

Blue from The Raven Cycle! As the series begins, she’s told that her kiss will kill her true love. She’s cautious, sure, but she doesn’t let that define her life, and she becomes a really strong heroine as the series continues.

The Highland Games: Eligible Fight for Merida’s Hand in Marriage

Name a book where the stakes are high

Nevernight! And Godsgrave! Probably Darkdawn, too, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

Changing Fate: Merida Eats Some Enchanted Cake

Name a book where you thought it was going one way, but turned out to be a whole different way

I feel like I’m always choosing the same books for answers in tags, so I’m going to go with something totally different here — The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain. The whole premise of the book is that a young woman is raped and it completely derails the life she had planned for herself. While the book plays out fairly realistically given the time period (it takes place in the 1940s), I really thought that the whole situation would have been handled differently.

Elinor: Mama Turned Mama Bear

Name a character that goes through a big transformation

When The Brightsiders begins, Emmy is a rebellious teenage girl who has let fame go to her head. All she wants is to go out and party and get in a lot of trouble. As the book goes on, though, she learns a lot and really thinks about what she’s doing with her life.

Bear Brothers: Adorable, Mischievous Baby Bears

Name some of your favorite scene-stealing characters

While I loved the overall story of The One Hundred Nights of Hero, I also really loved the characters that Hero featured in her stories! Every one of them stole the show for me.

Mor’du: Demon Bear, Secret Prince

A Villain With a Complex Backstory 

HOLLAND VOSIJK, OKAY. Will I ever be over how the Shades of Magic trilogy ends? Probably not.


Do you think this tag looks fun? Please feel free to steal it, and link back to me so I can see your answers! Which side characters stole the show for you? Which book turned out differently than you expected? Let’s talk in the comments!

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ARC Review: The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD

The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Source: ARC via Netgalley

OB/GYN, writer for The New York TimesUSA Today, and Self, and host of the show Jensplaining, Dr. Jen Gunter now delivers the definitive book on vaginal health, answering the questions you’ve always had but were afraid to ask–or couldn’t find the right answers to. She has been called Twitter’s resident gynecologist, the Internet’s OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health…and she’s here to give you the straight talk on the topics she knows best.

Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? Does pubic hair have a function? Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen? Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex? What’s the truth about the HPV vaccine?

So many important questions, so much convincing, confusing, contradictory misinformation! In this age of click bait, pseudoscience, and celebrity-endorsed products, it’s easy to be overwhelmed–whether it’s websites, advice from well-meaning friends, uneducated partners, and even healthcare providers. So how do you separate facts from fiction? OB-GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women’s health–and the internet’s most popular go-to doccomes to the rescue with a book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers women. From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal marijuana products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun-filled journey. Discover the truth about:

– The vaginal microbiome 
– Genital hygiene, lubricants, and hormone myths and fallacies 
– How diet impacts vaginal health 
– Stem cells and the vagina 
– Cosmetic vaginal surgery
– What changes to expect during pregnancy, after childbirth, and through menopause
– How medicine fails women by dismissing symptoms
Plus: 
– Thongs vs. lace: the best underwear for vaginal health
– How to select a tampon 
– The full glory of the clitoris and the myth of the G Spot

… And so much more. Whether you’re a twenty-six-year-old worried that her labia are “uncool” or a sixty-six-year-old dealing with painful sex, this comprehensive guide is sure to become a lifelong trusted resource

This was kind of an impulse request on Netgalley. As someone who worked in a hospital for seven years, I am always curious about medical texts written for the average, non-medical person. As a woman, I don’t think I can ever be too educated about my own reproductive system. Although I’d never heard of Dr. Gunter before, I liked the synopsis of this book.

Reading it turned out to be a very good decision. This book covers pretty much everything you could ever want to know about vaginas and reproductive health. It’s written in a very easy-to-read, engaging way. Although some of the chapters could be pretty terrifying (I could have lived my whole life without knowing that it’s possible to tear the rectum open during childbirth and without knowing that the cervix can literally fall out through the vagina), they were definitely educational.

Probably the best thing about this book is the constant debunking of myths about vaginal health, feminine cleaning products, and STDs. Dr. Gunter takes a no-nonsense approach to everything from Goop’s jade egg to self-diagnosing various conditions.

The only negative thing I can really say about this book is that it could be very repetitive. Dr. Gunter addresses different pieces of the same conditions pretty frequently, so there can be some overlap. All in all, though, this is a great reference for pretty much anyone and I’m glad I took the time to read it.


Have you read The Vagina Bible? Is it on your TBR?
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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite things to eat or drink while reading

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is favorite things to eat or drink while reading, and since I make it a point to not eat while I’m reading (I would do way too much mindless snacking), I decided to go with my favorite teas.


ginger tea

This is probably going to be a shock, but my favorite kind of tea on a normal, day-to-day basis is straight up ginger tea. You have to REALLY like ginger to like this tea… but I REALLY like ginger.


minty tea

My second favorite kind of tea is minty. My favorite brand of minty tea is Tazo, but I’m not really that particular about it.


hot cinnamon spice tea

This is possibly my favorite tea in recent memory. It tastes so indulgent and amazing even though it’s just tea. I don’t know how they do it.


this italian tea from my boyfriend

This is probably the most fun tea I’ve ever had. It has little butterflies in it! My boyfriend picked this up for me when he was in Italy earlier this year and I love that it has a really light flavor.


blueberry tea

Before I really enjoyed tea, the only one I’d really ever drink was this blueberry tea.


this matcha latte

I have had exactly one matcha latte in my life, and it was this one. It came from Grace Coffee Co. in Madison, WI and it was great.


chai

While I don’t drink a ton of chai anymore, it was my drink of choice in college. Way back in the day, I worked in one of the campus cafeterias as an assistant to the pastry chef. On my last break of my last shift, he brought me a cup of chai and that was that.


pomegranate green tea

One of the good things about working in an office with waiting room snacks was that I got to sample pretty much anything whenever I wanted. I don’t think I would have bought pomegranate green tea for myself, but it turns out that I really like it!


lemon ginger tea

It’s probably not surprising, given that my #1 tea choice is ginger tea, that I love lemon ginger tea. I don’t drink this one particularly often, but it’s great for if you’re feeling kind of gross.


mint lemonade kombucha

The last tea on my list is kombucha! I love most kombucha, but I think my favorite is this Brew Dr. mint lemonade.


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What do you like to eat or drink while reading? Let’s talk in the comments!

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