The Kid Travels to NYC

If you read my review of Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan, you’ll know that I recently went to New York City and with that came some bookish adventures!

Besides some generic sight seeing I ended up FINALLY getting a chance to visit Strand Bookstore! 18 Miles of Books, as well as The Stephen A. Schwarzian Building at the New York Public Library main branch on 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave) the big one with the lions in front, guarding all the books obviously.🦁

I was sad to learn that their Rose Main Reading Room was closed for renovations, you might not know the name but it’s used in the beginning of the first Ghostbusters film in 1984. Besides being very hot in the building, when we went there was a Hamilton exhibit! Seeing old documents, maps, books, and learning a bit more about Alexander Hamilton was awesome.

My favorite part was to see all of the bookish gifts to buy for that special reader in the family. Items ranging from totes to socks to pins and poster sheets from stores like Out of Print as well as the Library’s own resources. Traveling to the gift shop where you stared at the walls of all the novel associated presents you’d like to buy, you now can hear the Hamilton Broadway soundtrack filtering through the speakers. My eyes wandered over everything as I was rapping along with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. Absolute heaven.

The Strand was again another bookish dream come true. The gifts and tote bags I wanted to buy along with every book ever. Downstairs in their basement the shelves of books continued as well as a vinyl section that I was dying to purchase!

The floors were filled with every and any title you could think of. I had a blast in the Comic and Graphic Novel section as part of the wall had a section devoted to employees favorites to read. Shout out to the worker who loves Saga! Hey now 💁 psst…this employee clearly knows what he’s talking about because it’s one of my favorite comics I’ve discovered since reading☺️

Just walking through the aisles and looking at the vast amount of reading material was awesome and even though we were on a bit of a time restraint that afternoon, it was a really great time! It’s close to Union Square which looked like such a blast and I’m sad I didn’t get to spend more time there but… I mean, I did get to gawk at books so it wasn’t too bad of a deal.

I sadly ended my trip back home on a train that was a half hour late, my feet were killing me from walking with no socks on and a shoulder that had a heavy bag I’d been carrying around and hadn’t been able to put down yet. Mix that in with an old train and I end up getting to share a seat with one of the worst passengers ever. UGH. I can’t even think about the torturous trip without getting all ragey again.

Full details here:

 

Hopefully I can get back to the city soon enough! I always enjoy going and feel very at home there 💕

Mini Review Recap 2016 (1)

I’ve been on a bit of a reading hiatus–more like I’ve started three or four books and can’t seem to finish a single one of them–so it’s been super hard for me to post. I also tried to look at this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic which involved “funny reads” annnnnnnd apparently I read the most depressing books ever! I kid you not, I could barely find enough for a top ten list…TEN! That’s not very many at all. Lovely.

SO.

I did realize I’ve read a few comics in the meantime so I wanted to give a review recap of those👍

Poe Dameron #1
Charles Soule, Phil Noto (Illustrator) 

If you saw my post earlier that was a Waiting on Wednesday edition, you’d see that I was really anticipating this comic to start. I pre-ordered the first three issues so far but the first issue really wasn’t as impressive as I had hoped. It *is* just a first issue so I’m willing to give until Issue #3 and determine whether to stick to volumes or maybe just stop until a better arc is created. The story opens before The Force Awakens starts, Poe getting word from General (Princess) Leia Organa that Poe might be able to find out more info on where Luke Skywalker is. He is to assemble a team and search for Lor San Tekka, aka Max von Sydow in the film, and then they can hopefully put the pieces together and help fight against the First Order. There’s a good mix of BB-8 and his team which were mostly flying around during the movie so this was cool to see the makings of the characters, but overall nothing that was super exciting.

*ALSO* I don’t read a lot of Marvel so I’m not sure if this is just their comic format/style, but I really despised an advertisement every like eight pages–so, SO distracting from Poe’s story. I do read Ms. Marvel but I read in volumes–even still, I don’t recall many ads until the end. I also don’t know if this wasn’t like a Star Wars issue too, not just a Marvel format. As someone who reads 98% Image Comics storylines I don’t really know how to tell. And I’ve read a good chunk of volumes and single issues but any kind of promotion for other comics are done at the end, they just jump right into the story.

Wicked + the Divine #18
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson 

A really good issue to come back to! The series took a little break, I think right before/after Christmas in 2015, so it was very fun to get back to things in this universe of Gods as pop stars. The illustrations continue to be flawless and I think with as many issues as released (currently I own all A-covers, I believe) I might want to re-read and consume it all again. Sometimes the waiting periods can take you out of the game–that’s why I really enjoy reading volumes but this series is my first so I’m more sentimental to what versions I own. So excited to see where things go because certain characters are back and there’s some mayhem that’s been started. Woohoo!

In the meantime….here are a few things I’m working on reading in between:

  • Star Wars: Before the Awakening . . . . semi-struggle maybe because I’m so used to the visuals of these stories but still REALLY interested on what happened pre-film timeline!
  • The Walking Dead season 6 ended a few weeks ago and I started having withdrawals and sorrow that I had never picked up the comics. Well there’s like a thousand to catch up on, so I ended up finding the first Compendium and read a good chunk read–about 12% which was a good start. Will try and own soon!
  • The Wrath & the Dawn . . . . . I recently just went back to this story and am now really hooked! I think I didn’t read far enough before I let my reading slump get the best of me. Review soon👍

  

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know that my obsession with Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens aka most-beautiful-man-ever Oscar Isaac is very… um… enthusiastic. When news of Poe getting his own comic hit the Internet I was so stoked!! Star Wars: Poe Dameron  by Charles Soule (author) and Phil Noto (illustrator) will be diving into Poe’s background and his secret mission given to him by General Leia Organa. This also will involve some crossover with Star Wars: Before the Awakening which was released mid-December 2015. Very excited and looking forward to delving into this world and the Star Wars character’s storylines! The series is in stores April 6, 2016.

Synopsis: (via Goodreads)

Star Wars: Poe Dameron will show how Poe became to be known as the greatest pilot in the Resistance. Handpicked by General Leia, Poe Dameron and a squadron of pilots fly the most dangerous and top secret missions against the First Order.


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Last Minute Reads -Mini Review Roundup

We’re nearing the end of 2015, getting ready for a new year meaning things are coming to a close, and I’m desperately trying to tie all my reading- figuratively- loose ends. 

For 2015 I decided since I read beyond my last two challenges I figured I’ll be on track to deliver the same results so I should give myself a bigger goal. That was an adorable thought but I find myself, in this last month of the year, seriously scrambling to read a lot in a short amount of time. 😉 It’s just a small challenge, and no one but myself will care if I can or cannot surpass it. The fact is it really has been bothering me, haha, so I’m trying to do all of the reading! Big books, small books, comics and graphic novels of all kinds will help me just reach that 75 Reading Challenge goal.

Yes, if you look at the last handful of books I’ve read, they’re mainly comics and they’re like the shortest ever 😉 but this year I’ve been in a huge slump so at least I’m still reading which is important. I’ll be doing a yearly recap towards the end of the month which I’ll address that diving into comics was on my list of things to read for 2015, so all the more reason why I have more listed within my challenge. With that, I give you my mini review update:

Mini Review #1:
The Hogwarts Library (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard)
J.K. Rowling – Newt Scamander, Kennilworthy Whisp


J.K. Rowling, again, delivers such a treat for Harry Potter fans to read. She continues to deliver creative realms throughout her magical world that make you feel like you’re reading real history. Quidditch Through the Ages is so fun and is a sports history guide that you’d find for American baseball or English football which is fascinating. The revolution of the sport, the description of teams and regions where reigning champions are from will bring back Goblet of Fire memories. Tales of Beedle the Bard was really enjoyable to read as a magical Hans Christian Andersen’s lore of sorts. Obviously channeling Deathly Hallows, hearing Hermione’s voice as she narrated the Three Brothers tale which was a real treat to finally see on paper. What’s interesting is that Fantastic Beasts is the latest Harry Potter book to film and it was my least favorite. There wasn’t anything fun about some of the terrifying creatures I know from real life, reimagined worse than my actual, literal nightmares. I’ll still see the film, duh, and Newt’s journey will be exciting I just have to make sure I close my eyes if he finds every single creature. Although let’s be clear–I’m here for the Phoenixes, Hippogriffs, and Dragons. Yes please.

Mini Review #2:
Saga #31
Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)


As a new fan of this series AND as a reader who started with volumes–that they flew through reading– the individual issues are a bittersweet torture I’m bestowing upon my soul. I liked this issue, I saw on Goodreads it had some mixed reviews like “that’s it?!” but issues are small, there’s a certain amount of progression, so to me it’s understandable if nothing was extremely groundbreaking in the return of this story. Maybe in previous issues more went on but I still loved reading about Hazel and her journey and I’m back to panicking again about where the characters are in the series. Cannot wait for more!
PSA: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SAGA WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!

Mini Review #3:
Truly, Madly, Famously (Famous in Love #2)
Rebecca Serle

We’re back in the Locked universe where the first film in the franchise seems to be a success but MC Paige is channeling her character’s August storyline in having feelings for both of her co-stars, Rainer and Jordan. It was a decent follow-up, quick read and the movie magic, or rather celebrity drama is always interesting to read. Behind-the-scenes continues and Paige is struggling to keep up with her work life, home life, and personal life while not to create unflattering headline news. I continue to be Team Jordan and got a few treats within the pages of Serle’s book two of the series. Can’t wait for the next!

Mini Review #4:
The Boy Most Likely To
Huntley Fitzpatrick

A companion of sorts to My Life Next Door, we’re back with the Garrett’s but this time we’re on a journey with Tim who was a fun, hot mess side character and friend of Sam from the original story. We’re seeing post-accident where Tim Mason is at, now that he’s trying to stay sober and out of the political realm. Alice Garrett, the eldest of the female Garrett siblings, is dealing with a lot of stress the family is now going through. The attraction at first seemed to come out of nowhere and developed into something deeper but Tim gets an unexpected surprise on his doorstep one day which in the long run helps him become the man he should have if he didn’t get mixed up in a crazy social life and an uncomfortable home life. I loved going back into this storyline though! The characters are all so fun to read, especially the Garrett kids, and in a way My Life Next Door carries on which is delightful to read!

Mini Review #5:
Paper Girls #3
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)

The twists and turns in this new series from Vaughan and Chiang are really good–of course you’re always left at such a cliffhanger! The art continues to be awesome, you get some childhood throwbacks, and you have tons of drama! The group of girls continue to be badass and band together when most needed. Very interested to see where the story goes next.

 

If you want to catch up on more of what I’m reading, I’m on Goodreads! Feel free to add 😀

Mini Review Roundup Time – November Reads

This year I’m just in an overall struggle to keep focused and read. I have ample time but something’s just not there, but I’m trying I promise. Recently I checked how behind I was on my Goodreads challenge annnnnnnd, well it’s kinda bad considering it’s like a little over a month until Christmas…which is basically the end of the year which means I need to read 15 books in the meantime. HA! No big for someone who hasn’t been frustrated finding novels to keep my interest.

In the meantime, I posted an Instagram photo where I focused on three reads I wanted to push through so I could add them to my challenge total and I did it! WOOHOO! Let’s forget one was a comic volume, two comics, but one WAS a novel! And I started another novel, but I just can’t read fast enough. Anyway, here’s my progress and some mini reviews:

  • Earlier in the month I finished the YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, which you can read my review and breakdown of the stories in the link: here.

Mini Review #1:
Paper Girls #2
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)


The comic series is so new that there’s not much to tell but it’s definitely interesting and I’m absolutely in love with the artwork. I’m familiar and love Matt Wilson’s work on my fav The Wicked + The Divine so it’s a no-brainer that I still am drawn to it (no pun intended). This issue ends on a cliffhanger but I expect good things from it. Lots of mystery surrounding who these alien creatures are and where people in their town have disappeared to. Looking forward to seeing who else is still around and what the newspaper gals will do next.


Mini Review #2:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed (Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #3)
G. Willow Wilson


Once again I love the direction this storyline is going. Kamala’s religion and growing up are on the forefront as opposed to just straight up superhero and superpowers that are typically shown in comics. Kamala has a boy in her life, one that seems too good to be true…enough she might want to spill the beans for. Her BFF, Bruno, continues to pine for Kamala and it’s so cute…friendzones suck, dude. And another appearance by a Marvel favorite, this time it’s Loki! Wish he had showed up to my high school when I was fighting crime back in the day 😉 The end of this volume had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. issue and I was a bit confused because I hadn’t remembered in the previous volume if they had included something like this. Threw me for a loop but overall loving the storyline and where things are going.

Mini Review #3:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Sabaa Tahir


Like I’ve stated earlier, I’m in such a slump when it comes to reading these days but somehow after I picked this one up I was sucked right in. The novel is a dual-POV with alternating chapters, between main characters Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar that is fighting to save her brother–the last bit of family she has from the Empire which has terrorized their land, by going undercover as a slave for the Resistance. Elias is the bastard son of the Commandant who raises the soldiers to help run and dominate the Empire. He is ready to desert but legends become real and Elias is faced to compete with friends and enemies to become the new Emperor and defeat one another in a series of trials as Aspirants. There’s some hardcore themes in this book for a YA level such as slave abuse, talk of raping, etc. which can set up a gruesome fantasy storyline like Game of Thrones-esque. Good backstory for each Elias and Laia, Elias already had a good set of morals on his shoulders so I didn’t feel there was a lot of development there but Laia really came through right up until the very last page.

Definitely worth checking out–so happy to learn there will be a book 2! I also wanted to leave my favorite quote from the novel that really hit home for what’s going on with me and my life:


Mini Review #4:
The Wicked + The Divine #16 (The Wicked + The Divine)
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson


Once more the WicDiv team brings it, getting some backstory on the Morrigan, and looking at what Baal decides to do. The Morrigan has such different sides of her that come out, such as split personality, which are beautifully drawn. Every issue I gobble up and can’t wait for the next. I think soon I’m going to re-read them all so I can go back and relive and refresh everyone.

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As someone who’s looking for a confidence boost not only as a female but also as a working professional, I’m 20% in to this book and really enjoying it. I understood some of these ideas and practices before because I’m very in-tune with reading headline stories about how as women, we think we’ve gotten so far, but it’s still just not enough. It’s definitely interesting and gives good insight to Sheryl’s life and struggles within the corporate world, getting herself to be successful not only with going up against females but the males who dominate it all.

NYCC 2015 – Official Con girl status👌

Oh my god it’s been FOR-EVERRRRR but finally have put together my post-NYCC thoughts and I’m ready to report on my first comic con experience!


Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Captain America-stars

  

Okay, so let it be known this is an image heavy post and I’m going to review as best to my experience/knowledge as I can.

Let me start by saying that this is my first comic con of ANY kind and I had seriously high expectations. I mean I was expecting levels of this:

I’ve followed SDCC religiously for like five years now, which amateur by most, but to me who lives on the east coast, never tried to attend, never had anyone to go, non-existent funds–this was probably never going to happen which was why I usually lived vicariously through others who I have online friendships with and most media sites that cover the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con.

Earlier this year I did try and score passes but wasn’t able to, not that I thought I had much of a shot anyway. Personally as someone who would love to experience it, I think it’s kinda shady that people who attend the year before get an early-bird chance to go the following year. It doesn’t free up space for newbies, like myself, to get the chance to. Not everyone can afford every year and, yes, this particular Con is like thee Mecca of Cons but I still hope for one day it happening. The thing that was super disheartening was it was in New York City and this specific city usually has ALL the goods and there weren’t as many popular fandoms I was hoping to have panels or discussions about focused here.

  

Hunger Games – Mockingjay Pt. 2 November release date …where were they?
Star Wars: the Force Awakens December release date …where were they?
The Walking Dead ACTUALLY premiered in MSG, just a mile or so away from the Javits Convention Center…yet no Walking Dead panel
Sherlock Christmas Special has a December release date …where were they?
Victor Frankenstein has a November release date …where were they?
Spectre (not sure if Bond falls into Comic Con…but I wouldn’t say Pretty Little Liars does either, which was DEFINITELY there, so idk, but I’d rather that represented than PLL) has a November release date …where were they?
The 5th Wave has a January release date …where were they?
Deadpool has a February release …where were they?
Batman vs. Superman and Allegiant have March release dates and where were these early promotions?

  

Pretty much all of these mentioned were at SDCC in July of 2015, but they have upcoming release dates a couple of months after NYCC and you’re telling me none of these were apparently not available? That’s where I got my hopes up and was severely let down. New York City is an epic city that usually gets the hookup and it was clearly missing during their Comic Con.

I’m not completely bashing it because I definitely got to see some really cool stuff. I’ve expanded into the comic world more, so I ended up getting more excited to see my favorite comic and graphic novel artists and authors I’m currently reading than anything film/TV-wise. For all the geekdom I have immersed myself into all these years there’s still a bunch I have not gotten into so certain things were out based on that alone.

my boyfriend Sean Bean – Legends panel

my boyfriend Sean Bean – Legends panel

authors and artists for Image Comics' Paper Girls

Paper Girls – Image Comics

Chad Coleman aka Tyreese – The Walking Dead

Chad Coleman aka Tyreese – The Walking Dead

The Wicked + the Divine

The Wicked + the Divine – Image Comics

Emma Swan – Once Upon a Time panel

Emma Swan – Once Upon a Time panel

Agent Coulson & Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson & Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 



Overall it was pretty decent for my first go at a Con. Definitely wished there was more stuff I was into and more I had been looking forward to attending, but it is what it is. Who knows what 2016 has in store for me but I’m ready for all the fandom things!

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

I’m back with a new edition of a Waiting on Wednesday post! There are a bunch of October releases I’m looking forward to but I’m especially ready for this one!

Black Widow: Forever Red | Margaret Stohl
Available for purchase on October 13, 2015 at: Amazon « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository

I’m addicted to the comic world and superheroes these days and I’m all about Girl Power! What better way than Marvel releasing a novel about one of Avengers’ most bad-ass chicks than Natasha Romanoff’s story. Seriously she’s who I want to be when I grow up and I think Scarlett Johansson does a really great job being that heroic female in a powerhouse full of men. She brings it. Always. I’m ready to read her story.

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy 

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .



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