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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Book review: Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Source: Borrowed
From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private EyeY: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

Can I just say that I really love this series? I don’t even know what I’m going to do with myself once I’m caught up. I think that I pretty much loved everything about this book, but my favorite scene was between Sophie and Lying Cat. I just about cried when I got to that part.

In addition to that, I felt like this book got a little deeper than the last two, not only touching on Sophie’s past but also on homophobia and grief. There’s a whole section on the importance of reading to children (and on books in general), which I loved. There’s also a little bit about following your dreams, which made me smile so much. I love how supportive Marko is of Alana.

It’s a good thing that I went to the library today and got the next four volumes because I need to know what happens next.

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Book review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Source: Purchased

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.

I bought Lifel1k3 in one of my many book-buying binges of the summer. It sat on my desk for a good few months before I finally picked it up. I was in a little bit of a slump when I started reading it. I’ve been having trouble focusing on novels recently, hence the reviews of other things, like graphic novels. This book might have just pulled me out that slump.

I kind of expected to love Lifel1k3 since I loved Nevernight and Godsgrave so much. It’s a very different type of story, but it’s still so good.

The biggest thing for me was probably that I loved the characters so much! Eve was great, but Lemon Fresh and Cricket really stole the show. I have a soft spot for sassy robots, and Lifel1k3 has so many sassy robots. It’s no wonder I liked it so much. I also really liked the whole concept of Lifelikes and I really can’t wait to read more about them in the next book. (Whenever that will be.)

This book was just so great and now I think I need to go read the rest of Jay Kristoff’s books because he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

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Book review: Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Source: Borrowed
The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!

I’m not really clear on why I waited so long to read this series, other than mistakenly thinking that I didn’t really like graphic novels. Let me tell you, I was wrong. I’m enjoying this series so much and I don’t even know what I’m going to do with myself once I’m caught up.

Volume 2 of Saga was even better than Volume 1. I love all of the main characters, but I have a soft spot for Alana. She’s just… so funny. And she loves books. And amid all the fighting and the crazy things that happen to her, she’s really just trying to be a great mom.

I thought that the introduction of Marko’s parents was great and I’m also really enjoying the Slave Girl/The Will/Lying Cat storyline. I may have actually screamed at one point when a certain thing happened to Lying Cat. Also, the walrus and the seal on Quietus are perfect and I love them.

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