Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Source: Borrowed

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.

I think that Lumberjanes is one of those series that’s hard to miss when you’re in the book blogging world, but I never really had any intention of reading it. Or, I guess I should say, I never really had any intention of reading it until I was reading The Backstagers and saw that it was listed as a similar title. For once, I think that’s a really valid comparison!

There are a lot of things to love about Lumberjanes. It was cute. It was fun. It’s full of friendship and puns and strange creatures. There are cats. Anagrams play a pretty big role. It’s a super quick read. Things I liked a little less were some of the dialogue (it felt a little forced at times) and the fact that this seems to be written for a younger audience than I’m used to, even compared with some of the other YA graphic novels I’ve read. Those are kind of me problems and not overall problems, though.

All in all, this was a really fun graphic novel! It wasn’t really what I expected, but in a really good way. I’ll have to check out Noelle Stevenson’s other work.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my fall TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books on my fall TBR, and you know what? I have no idea. Good thing we had this topic so I can think about it.


THE LAST HOPE

In light of recent drama in the KB Ritchie fandom, I’ve kind of lost all interest in reading this book. That said, it’s an ARC and I will get around to it… eventually. Someday. Hopefully rather soon, so I can just cross it off my list.


WHO PUT THIS SONG ON?

I impulsively requested this ARC a while back and now I need to actually read it. Very soon.


AFTER WE FALL

I put this book on my 2019 Ultimate TBR and I still haven’t gotten around to it. (But, to be honest, I haven’t gotten around to nearly all of the books on that list.) I find Melanie Harlow’s books to be really good for distracting me, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.


BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU

This book has been on my fall TBR for, what, two years now? It’s the perfect spooky vibe for Halloween season, and it’ll fit the October prompt for Monthly Motif. Hopefully that combination means that I’ll be crossing it off my list soon.


THE BOOK OF ESSIE

The Book of Essie is one of those books that I’ve been saying I’m going to read next for a very, very long time. It sounds so good! I need to just do it!


RELEASE

The Rest of Us Just Live Here was so, so good. I bought a bunch more of Ness’ books, but I haven’t picked up a single one yet.


TOP TEN

This book would work for September’s Monthly Motif theme (animal, number, color, name) but I’m not sure that I’ll have time to read it before the end of the month! Even if I don’t, though, I’d like to cross this one off by the end of the year.


MOXIE

I just talked in a different TTT post about how Moxie is one of those books that I’ve owned for a while but have been avoiding reading. I already know I’m going to love it, so I guess it’s time to just pick it up.


WAYWARD SON

I preordered this at BookCon and I will be very happy when it finally arrives at my door. I have been looking forward to this one for what feels like forever.


SHIVER

The last book on this list is one of the books that’s been on my TBR the longest. I bought it earlier this year, and I already know that I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I just bang this one out over a relaxing weekend.


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 are you planning to read this fall? Have you read any of these books? Let’s talk in the comments!

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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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