Comic Review: Tabatha by Neil Gibson

Never did I think I’d find myself rooting for a thief. Thanks, Tabatha.

Disclaimer: I was given a galley of this comic thanks to Diamond Book Distributors (who also own Image Comics!) on Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.

Tabatha cover image courtesy of Netgalley

Tabatha cover image courtesy of Netgalley

Publisher: TPub, Diamond Book Distributors

Publication date: November 3rd, 2015

Type of Book: Comic/ Graphic Novel

Official Book Description

Luke works as a mailman in Los Angeles and moonlights as a thief – the empty houses on his postal route are rich, easy pickings for him and his friends. Everything goes as planned until one house turns out to not quite be so empty. The situation spirals out of control, leaving the happy-go-lucky thieves battling for their lives. And all because of Tabatha.

My Thoughts

Before Tabatha, my comic reading endeavors had been pretty much limited to reading superhero comic trades from my local library, with a few exceptions, like Saga and Kinski. Tabatha was a nice change that still delivered all the action I’d expect from reading a comic book, with an eerie twist. I loved how it started out almost normal; we follow your average mail delivery guy, and then as you read, the story unfolds and the action builds up. Suddenly, this isn’t just a guy delivering mail and robbing rich houses with his friends. Luke picks the WRONG house. And then you meet Tabatha.

The tale has your fair shares of creepiness and humor. There were times where I laughed at moments on every single page, and times where I had to recollect for a moment before moving on. (I will never become a mail delivery person. Not happening.) But besides the awesome story itself, the artwork is drawn beautifully. I cannot stress that enough. The the panels are drawn with such attention to color and vibrancy that you’ll find it hard to look away.

I can’t believe I’m that person who’s about to talk about a holiday that isn’t for another three months BUT seeing as this comic releases November 3rd, you’ll want to round up your leftover Halloween candy and pick up this creepy and entertaining start to the comic series when it hits the public! (Not literally, of course. I don’t think comics are allowed to do that nowadays. Although, I’d totally watch that happen.)

I’m giving Tabatha 3.75 stars, for being entertaining and beautifully drawn. If you can take creepiness, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re someone like me, it’s definitely entertaining, but I think I’ll stick to my usual Ms. Marvel for now.

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Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Ah yes, another YA recent release with a boatload of hype and plenty of raving fans. To put it in perspective, The Winner’s Curse has garnered an impressive 4.07 star /5 star rating on Goodreads, the average of 25,779 reviews. It’s … Continue reading

Review: Prelude (Book One of the Nocturne’s Reaping series) by Jennifer Alice Chandler

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this novel in exchange for a review. As always, all of my opinions are 100% honest!

Before I get into my review, I want to mention that I’m also going to post an interview I did with Jennifer. She’s very sweet and while she may not be the most famous author in the world, she has some insight into the genre and in publishing. I think you’ll enjoy it, so stay tuned!

Official Book Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Lark Tampy was falsely convicted of a crime and sent to an adult prison colony as a child. She soon comes under the thumb of the ruthless leader of a syndicate of outlaws. This man is known by the name Leader Monrage. Still, as bad as being Leader Monrage’s pawn can be, it pales in comparison to the secret plan he has in store. It is a plan that could take countless lives throughout the universe.

Nocturne's Reaping Cover

Can you sense the drama yet? Can you feel it? *looks into camera while dramatic music plays*

I’m going to start with Lark. Lark is pretty commendable, considering she did not do the crime (won’t tell you what it is or who actually did it of course) and yet is serving the time. (Whenever I rhyme by accident I get pretty darn happy with myself. “She didn’t do the crime but still did the time HA!) But Lark isn’t in just any sort of prison. She’s in a prison COLONY, meant for adults, as a child. And then there’s Leader Monrage. Let me tell you one thing; he’s creepy. But he also seems so…human. He is human, but he didn’t seem that ruthless or vile to me. I don’t know if he was intended to be, but this made it more interesting. He seemed more like a crazy guy with big ideas and an evil mindset. Still, don’t mess with him if you ever meet him. Just don’t.

I’ve also gotta give this novel points for such an interesting array of names. No John Smith’s here. Lark, for example, is such a cool name.

I can’t say much else without giving anything away, so I’ll leave you with that. I’m going to give Prelude 3.5 stars, because it was fast-paced and enjoyable, and had interesting characters. There were also a couple twists along the way that made it even easier to keep reading. Overall, a good sci-fi novel that will especially please sci-fi connoisseurs more than those who just dabble in the genre. Not my favorite sci-fi novel, but still something I don’t regret reading.

You can pick up Prelude on Amazon for your kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Prelude-First-Book-Nocturnes-ReapingTM-ebook/dp/B00TYVROKK

or you can snag yourself a nice print copy here:

http://www.amazon.com/Prelude-First-Book-Nocturnes-Reaping/dp/1507537980/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Happy reading! 🙂

Library Haul!!

Hallelujah it’s haul time!! I was working and I kept passing the YA section and thinking, dang I want to look at books so badly. So as a reward, I let myself go nuts looking through books in the last few minutes before closing. Here’s what I picked up..

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Yes, I know I’ve hauled These Broken Stars before, but I didn’t actually finish it last time before it was due! So I returned it and now it is back in my hands.

When I’m in between books, I like to read something light or fun. I saw William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and thought, huh, that’s an interesting mix. It is a retelling of the classic Star Wars story…in iambic pentameter.

I checked out Life as We Knew It in the hopes of it being like The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I doubt it will be as good, but I can hope.

Lastly, by the time you see this, I will have already finished The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Expect a review this Wednesday! 😀

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Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

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Description from Goodreads

My Thoughts
First off, I’ll tell you that I am no expert on graphic novels and I do not claim to be. I haven’t read a graphic novel in a couple years. But when I saw this at the library, something pulled me to it. I felt that for a minute I was a graphic-novel lover and I NEEDED that book right now.

The next thing that you should know about this graphic novel is that is an extremely quick read, especially since not all the pages have text. It is a hundred and seventy five pages, yes, but I read it in about 15 minutes, if even that. But since reading speeds vary from person to person, I’d say it’ll probably take you from 15-30 minutes.

I enjoyed it but I felt it went a little too fast. The book takes place over a couple of weeks, but it felt like maybe one or two days had passed. Again the entire book can be ready in 15 to 20 minutes depending on your reading speed. I wanted more! It was awesome to see a video game come in book form, and I didn’t understand why it had to be so short! I would’ve loved to meet the teacher in-game, for example.

One note critique; it says on the top of the front cover (cut off above), that it’s a “graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages.” However, that very statement, though meant to be a complement, probably turns off a lot of guys who may have thought of reading it. Boys and girls can and should totally read the same books, but what guy wants to walk around with a book that basically has a “girl alert” label on it?

The Verdict
– Awesome idea and illustrations from an amazing author and illustrator, but it left me wanting more. The story was good, so why limit it? I hope Doctorow will write more graphic novels in the future.

– This is a nice read for boring car rides or to cure any “book hangovers” you may have!

I give this one 3/5 stars!

P.S You may have noticed I have switched to a different uploading schedule. Before, I was posting every day, or as many days a week as possible. However, most posts were not reviews. I am trying to strike a balance between reviews and posts where you can get to know me better as a blogger and a person! Thanks for your patience and understanding! Blogging can be difficult; sometimes you feel like you are talking to a wall! Please don’t be a wall! 🙂