Book review: Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Get ready for the most shocking, most impactful SAGA storyline yet.

Well, I am officially caught up on Saga and I’ve joined the group of people crying over the year-long hiatus the authors are taking before releasing the next volume.

I’m not sure what I can really say about this one without getting into some serious spoilers, but let me just say that the ending killed me. I’m hoping that it won’t, um, actually be true? I don’t even know how to say this without giving away the ending. That was vague but I think you’ll know what I mean if you read it.

I don’t know what to do with myself for the next year, so I guess I’m just going to read Paper Girls while I wait.

#ps19: a book about a family


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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors of 2018

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is new-to-me authors of 2018 and I have to say, I think it’s going to be a little difficult to narrow this down to ten.


Shaun David Hutchinson

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Alice Clayton

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Jenn Bennett

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Sarah J. Maas

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Emma Hart

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Jay Kristoff

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Tara Sivec

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Maggie Stiefvater

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Brian K. Vaughan

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Erin Hahn

★★★★☆

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Book review: Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 27, 2017
Source: Borrowed

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

Oh my goodness, this book. After the way that volume 7 ended, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on volume 8. I waited seemingly forever for my hold to come in from the library. Coincidentally, it came in while I was 950 miles from home and I was just crossing my fingers that it would still be waiting for me when I got back. It was.

When I first picked it up, I wasn’t sure that I’d like it. It opens in a bit of a… controversial manner, which shouldn’t surprise me, since this is Saga, after all. But it did. But everything is explained and everything makes sense, especially given (again!) that heartbreaking ending of volume 7.

Overall, I don’t know that I liked this volume as much as I’ve liked the others in the series, but it was still very good. I requested that my library purchase volume 9, so hopefully I’ll be able to read it soon. But, then again, after reading some reviews of it on Goodreads, I’m not sure that I’m prepared for the heartbreak (or the year-long hiatus) that will follow.


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Book review: Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Source: Borrowed

From the worldwide bestselling team of Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained Saga event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience.

I thought that Volume 5 was my favorite, and then I thought that Volume 6 was my favorite, but it’s official. Volume 7 is the best of Saga so far. So much happened. I loved this volume but also hated it, because what was that ending. I don’t think a graphic novel has ever made me cry before, but here we are. My heart is absolutely shattered and I have no idea how I’m supposed to wait until my hold on Volume 8 comes in.

If you’re not already reading this series, please do yourself a favor and pick it up. I can’t imagine you’ll regret it.

#mm18: family


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Book review: Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Source: Borrowed

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

I think Volume 6 of Saga might be my favorite so far. I liked the introduction of Petrichor, I liked how Hazel is growing up and playing a bigger role in the story, and I liked that plot twist at the end. I still love my buddy Ghüs and I wish Lying Cat was currently playing a bigger role, but I can deal with it.

Mostly I’m just amazed at how much I’m enjoying this graphic novel series.

#mm18: family


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Book review: Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 9, 2015
Source: Borrowed

Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.

Okay, so here’s the thing: Volume 5 of Saga was good, but it was probably my least favorite of the series. It’s still four stars, just… a lower four stars than the previous four volumes. (If that makes sense.)

I don’t have a lot of words to say about this one, but I love Ghüs so much. He’s maybe taken over Lying Cat’s place as my favorite character. He’s just so adorable and perfect.

#mm18: family


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Book review: Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 17, 2014
Source: Borrowed

Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

The fourth volume of Saga is less action and adventure and more family/relationship drama. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it is very different from the previous three volumes.

I thought that the emotions in this volume were handled really well and while I’ve never been married or had a child, I have been in a ten-year relationship and experienced a lot of these feelings. One of the things I really like about Saga is that it’s this crazy sci-fi story about robot princes and lie-detector cats, but it’s filled with real things.

This wasn’t necessarily my favorite volume of the series, but it was still so good.

#mm18: family


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