The Serpent-Bearer And The Prince Of The Stars Blog Tour Spotlight

The Serpent-Bearer

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Welcome to The Sperpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars blog tour! Read on to learn more about this beautifully illustrated graphic novel by C.S. Johnson, and a chance to win a copy for yourself!

The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars

Publication Date: November 7th, 2018

Genre: Manga Style/ Graphic Novel

Length: 30 Pages

A tiresome task.
A deceptive dragon.
A prince that changes everything.

Ophiuchus is a celebrated warrior of the Celestial Kingdom and a warrior among the Stars. He has been always been a dutiful servant of the Prince of Stars. So when the prince asks him to watch over the crafty serpent, Naga, Ophiuchus agrees. But as time passes and discouragement—both from Naga and others—Ophiuchus wonders if the Prince of Stars was right in asking him to take on the burdens of his task.

Will Ophiuchus honor his duty, or give into his heart’s weariness?

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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July 22nd

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

I Smell Sheep (Review) http://www.ismellsheep.com/

Tsarina Press (Spotlight) https://www.tsarinapress.com

I Love Books and Stuff (Spotlight) https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com

Quirky Cats Fat Stacks (Review) https://quirkycatsfatstacks.com/

Perspective of a Writer (Review) http://perspectiveofawriter.com/

July 23rd

Breakeven Books (Review) https://breakevenbooks.com

Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Review) https://klling.wordpress.com/

B is for Book Review (Spotlight) https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

July 24th

Books Teacup and Reviews (Spotlight) https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/

Graphic Novelty2 (Review) https://graphicnovelty2.com/

Bri’s Book Nook (Review) https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

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My Comic Relief (Review) https://mycomicrelief.wordpress.com/

The Bibliophagist (Review) http://thebibliophagist.blog/

Adventures Thru Wonderland (Review) http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/

Where Dragons Reside (Review) https://kernerangelina.live/

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Triquetra Reviews (Spotlight) http://www.triquetrareviews.blogspot.com

J Bronder Book Reviews (Review) https://jbronderbookreviews.com/

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The Dyno Dinosaur Family Presents: Waves of Kindness Review

The Dyno Dinosaur Family Presents: Waves of Kindness

This picture book shows children the power of kindness. Sister Dyno wants to be able to spread kindness to others, but she doesn’t know how. She thinks that she is too young to be able to make a difference in the world. Mother Dyno shows Sister Dyno that every little action she does can make a difference in the world and make people happier. These waves of kindness spread from person to person until everyone is happy.

I loved this metaphor in this book and I think it could be useful for both children and adults. The illustrations were colorful and bright, and the story was educational for readers of all ages. I definitely think that you could use this book to teach your child about kindness and spreading generosity to others. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a picture book about family, kindness, and happiness.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books.

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Queen of the Sea Blog Tour Plus Review

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Walker Books US (June 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1536204986
ISBN-13: 978-1536204988



Praise for QUEEN OF THE SEA

The art, reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier’s style, creates levity during perilous situations. The book is dense with dialogue, often feeling more like a work of prose than a graphic novel. As a result, this complex work will be more accessible to those familiar with graphic novels…Certain to charm sophisticated graphic novel devotees. —School Library Journal (starred review)

Meconis offers an atmospheric alternate history inspired by the childhood and succession of Queen Elizabeth I in this quietly ambitious graphic novel…Art in soft, earthy colors brings this singular story to life in styles ranging from simple line drawings to elaborately styled text illuminations. The island world is richly developed, both in its physical particulars and its close-knit community (fascinating digressions into topics such as convent time, hand gestures used at table, and chess and embroidery flesh out daily life), and Margaret proves herself an endearing heroine with a strong voice full of humor and wonder. Her perspective transforms a storm-wracked rock into a vibrant world of hidden treasures. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meconis’ humor and storytelling gifts here wed seamlessly with her evocative pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations, which are rendered in warm earth and sea tones and brim with movement, expressively capturing even Margaret’s interior monologues. With its compelling, complex characters and intrigue-laden plot, this will have readers hoping it’s only the first of many adventures for Meconis’ savvy heroine. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Weaving faith, love, statecraft, and self-discovery into a tale of palace intrigue relocated to the halls of a convent on a remote island at sea, Dylan Meconis uses the trappings of the history we know to create a high-stakes adventure in an alternate past that feels so detailed and so familiar, you’ll find yourself wondering why you never read about it in school. This beautiful book swept me away from the first page.” —Kate Milford, author of the Greenglass House series

“Dylan Meconis is at the absolute top of her game. A gorgeously rendered, lovingly realized alternate history, full of personal revelations in the midst of political intrigue. A tale of growing up, and of understanding that the world is larger and stranger than it once seemed. (Plus it has a Terrible Recipe for Terrible Gruel.)” —Ben Hatke, author-illustrator of the Zita the Spacegirl series

“This is the book I was always trying to get my hands on in high school that never seemed to materialize. An adventure to lose yourself in, with an attention to historical detail to please the nerdiest among us. I fell easily and completely into this world and its characters, knowing I was safe in Dylan Meconis’s hands, and I’m really excited for more people to find out what I’ve known for a long time—that she is one of a kind.” —Kate Beaton, author-illustrator of Hark! A Vagrant

Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.

When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself.

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Margaret has lived on an island with nuns and servants her entire life. The nuns are of the Elysian order, and their job is to pray for the sailors that sail on the waters near their island. They also take in those that need shelter who come to the island, and help those who are washed ashore from a shipwreck. Margaret knows that she couldn’t have been born on the island, but none of the nuns are willing to tell her where she came from. She was also the only kid on the island, at least until William came. This book tells the story of her adventures on this island as she learns about her family, true family, and friendship.

I love graphic novels, but I have never read a historical fiction graphic novel. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but this book completely blew me away. Margaret was such a lively character, she reminded me of the girls that I grew up reading in the classic novels at the library like Pippi Longstocking and A Little Princess. She was full of life and lit up the rooms she was in, even on an island full of nuns and servants. She was imaginative, but she wanted to grow up to be a nun so she could help people. She never even thought of life off the island until more people from the mainland started coming to the island, but then she couldn’t stop thinking about it. Even when she thought about mainland life, she didn’t start to rebel against the people who had raised her. Which I took as a breath of fresh air. Not all preteen/teenaged girls are crazy and rebellious, some really enjoy their lives like Margaret did. You can be imaginative without trying to run away every 2 seconds.

This had to be one of the most fun yet even still historically accurate graphic novels I’ve read yet. I learned small things about living on an island full of nuns in the 16th century as I read about Margaret’s life there as an outsider. There were traditions that these nuns upheld, stories that these nuns told, that I had never even heard about as a non-Catholic Christian. Even so, the book wasn’t so forcibly religious that a non-Christian person would feel uncomfortable reading it. The historic religious events were woven in with brilliant storytelling and beautiful pictures.

I read this entire book in about 2-3 hours, while on buses and trains commuting to and from NYC. This book was so addictive that it took me out of that uncomfortable and annoying commute and made me think about a completely new world while I was reading it. I can say that I definitely have not had that experience while reading a graphic novel before.

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new historical fiction book or a new graphic novel to enjoy. I cannot wait to read more by this author!

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

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I’ve been writing and illustrating my own stories since the first grade, and I’ve been making comic books since middle school (no, really! Seventh grade was a tough year for me socially, so I had a lot of time to draw). I started my first book-length comic (graphic novel) in high school.

Unlike a lot of people who become professional artists and authors, I didn’t go to art school or a creative writing program in college. Instead, I mostly studied history, literature, philosophy, and French in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. This means I have a brain full of weird facts, old books, strange art, and the extremely useful ability to read The Tales of Canterbury in the original Middle English. Except for the Middle English bit, it’s all come in very handy for writing and drawing historical fiction and fantasy.

I first started to get paid for making comics when I was still in college, when my first graphic novel was published online. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and visual communications consultant (which means “person who helps teach adults complicated stuff in cool new ways using pictures”). I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies, global charities, technology companies, libraries, and a lot of other interesting organizations. I’ve made illustrations, animations, information graphics and cool presentations, explaining everything from how microchips work to the ways that clean drinking water can help communities in the third world.

For the last ten years, though, I mostly work as a writer, comic book creator and illustrator! Sometimes I make books totally by myself, and sometimes I get to team up with other writers or artists. It can be lots of fun, but it can also be very hard work. Luckily, I never get tired of making new stories.

 
       
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Daddy Dragon Saves The Day Picture Book Review

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Daddy Dragon Saves the DayThe dragons of Quace are a boisterous bunch, and this scaly family is home alone with Dad! How will he cope with the chaos? Will he ever work out how to un-singe a lawn? And hey! Is that a meteor on its way to ruin everything? He’s going to need all his mythical might to make sure that Mrs. Dragon doesn’t come home to a smoking crater instead of a house. Young readers will enjoy the ride as captivating colors and rip-roaring rhymes join forces in this playful tale of everyday domestic dragon life getting quite out of hand.

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This is the cutest picture book ever! I thought Bobby and the Monsters was cute, but this one definitely tops it.

Daddy Dragon is taking care of the kids as Mrs. Dragon is away at a meeting. He thinks that he is going to be able to handle taking care of the little ones, but they are definitely a handful. First, they tear up the house. Then, when Daddy Dragon tries to clean up the house, they destroy the yard. But soon, an asteroid is coming down from the sky towards the babies. They can’t destroy it, but Daddy Dragon swoops in, and saves the family. The children apologize for making such a mess, Mommy Dragon comes home, and everyone cleans together.

This book would be a perfect bedtime story. The moral of “no matter how “bad” you are, your parents will always be there for you” is an important one. It is also nice that the story didn’t just treat the children acting out and making a mess as “normal” or “cute” behavior. They apologized to their father in the end and realized that they shouldn’t have been acting out.

The art in this book is intricate yet simple. The dragons are all color-coded so kids would be able to draw them. Some of the pictures even look like they were drawn in a “crayon-ish” style. There were no super glossy-looking pages, even while reading the novel digitally. The pictures had duller colors and slightly rougher lines, looking like they were drawn with colored pencils or crayons. I am sure that any kid reading this book would be inspired to go draw themselves.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an adorable children’s book about a dragon father and his kids.

I received this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Bobby and the Monsters Review

“Bobby,” Mom said, “it’s time to sleep
and dream of things that are nice —
kittens and puppies, new toys, ice cream,
and pie, but just one slice!”

“But, Mom, I’m scared to go to sleep,
monsters are here every day.
One always makes a lot of noise
and never goes away.”

One evening Bobby confessed that he is afraid to sleep in his bed. It is a quite often situation for little kids. Their vivid imagination creates a genuine fear about what is waiting in the darkness of the room. Bobby’s Mom treats with understanding to his feelings and peculiarly calms him. She makes up a story that makes son smile and ready to sleep.

What is this story about? Just start to read, and you know it.

It is a cute little story will entertain children and make a good time with parents before sleep.

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This adorable picture book teaches children not to fear the monsters under the bed while still allowing their imaginations to grow. Rather than telling your child that there are no monsters under the bed, this book gives those monsters names! They don’t mean to trick you, they are just looking to play at night, and you can tell them that you are trying to sleep and they will go away. They are very playful creatures, not mean scary monsters trying to eat you.

I loved the illustrations in this short book. Even though the entire thing was only around 11 pages, I spent a lot of time looking at the detailed colorful monsters. Viktoriia Mykhalevych is the illustrator, and she did an amazing job. I felt the monsters come to life off the page from the cute rhymes and the unique drawings.

This book is just short enough that it could be a great bedtime story and is simple enough that a child learning to read would be able to read it on their own. Definitely a way to teach children to read while still allowing them to be entertained by the pictures. The pictures even fit perfectly onto my Kindle, meaning buying the book paperback or electronically will not change the overall experience.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cute and colorful picture book to read.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Review: 5 out of 5 books

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Justice Gone Book Blitz

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By N. Lombardi Jr

Genre: Legal Thriller

Justice Gone, a mystery/legal thriller which publishes February 22, 2019, touches upon many topical, controversial issues in today’s society as well as being a thrilling and engaging read. The story encapsulates current social issues: police brutality, homelessness, the plight of returning war veterans, the frenzy of the press, and the mechanics of the US judicial system.

“When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?”

Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr. Tessa Thorpe.

 

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Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Bruntfield, New Jersey, just another banal town in a part of the country that nobody thinks about, was about to become famous; or rather, more aptly put, infamous. People sauntered past lackluster shops unaware that in a few days, the lackadaisical streets would bear the rabid frustrations that divided the nation; a pus-like bitterness that was held in check by the demands of everyday survival and the distractions offered by obsessive consumerism and brazen media.

Some would inevitably blame the cascade of events on the weather, since the origins could be found on a hot summer day in 2006. Sure, just about all summer days are hot, but this one was close to the record, and humid to boot. By the end of July, the Northeast coast was suffering under a sweltering heat wave. Despite the humidity, no one could remember the last time it had rained. A hundred-year drought was predicted, they’d said.

Bruntfield, among the many places under this curse, had its water supply so severely depressed that the city authorities were forced to impose water rationing. As if that wasn’t enough, the excessive load on air conditioners led to incessant brownouts. With the weather nothing less than insufferable, suffocating, oppressive, even provoking, tempers flared along with the temperature. But the local situation, as bad as it was, was about to get worse.

In the heart of this small town, just a block up from the bus depot, sat Sliders, a rather successful drinking establishment catering to young adults, and noted for its ecstasy-fueled rave parties. At four in the afternoon, the owner, Joe Poppet, a burly man with a thick red beard and a well-developed beer belly, was staring out the large glass facade of his bar.

“Screw this heat, man.”

Joe was sweating because he didn’t want to turn on the air-conditioning; as a rule, he didn’t put it on until a half hour before opening. He possessed a rather cynical personality, considering himself continually persecuted by life’s little aggravations. Now it was the heat ramping up his electricity bill; soon it would be the freezing temperatures inflating his heating bill…always something. His worries constantly exceeded his hopes. He was sort of a “glass-half-empty” man.

Rudy Glum, the shaven-headed bartender, was an easygoing optimist, a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. He was whistling as he washed the glasses in the sink behind the bar. “Tell me about it,” he chuckled. “I hear ya, buddy.”

But Rudy’s sanguinity did not rub off on Joe. “There’s that guy again.”

“What guy?”

“That fucking guy we saw yesterday.”

“Oh, yeah, he’s probably from the bus depot. Lotta homeless hang out there.”

Joe continued to stare out the glass facade, feeling helpless. “For Chrissakes, why can’t the city do something and get rid of those bastards. They’re a fucking eyesore…it’s bad for business. Probably got diseases too.”

Rudy finished drying the glass in his hand and hung it up on the beer mug rack. “Yeah, it’s a goddamn shame,” he said noncommittally, trying to get these glasses done before the evening crowd surged in.

“He doesn’t have a shirt on.”

“Yeah, well it’s hot, ain’t it? Wish I could take mine off.”

“And we’re opening in an hour. Ladies Night tonight.”

Rudy said nothing while reaching for another glass from the sink behind the bar.

“Call the cops.”

The bartender froze with the glass still in his hand. “And tell them what?”

“I don’t know, tell ‘em there’s someone suspicious hangin out on the corner…trying to break into cars or something. That way they’ll come fast.”

Reluctantly, Rudy put down his dishrag, picked up the phone, and dialed 911, not feeling good about it at all.

Vincent Van Gogh Book Blitz

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Vincent Van Gogh – The Ambiguity of Insanity

By Giuseppe Cafiero

Genre: Meta Literature       

Format: Audiobook

 

My main interest in the life of Vincent Van Gogh is in his humanity. In attempting to understand the man and his art, I have focused on the women and the places which played an essential part in his development. In my opinion, no previous biography has concentrated so specifically on these two factors, which I have used to provide the framework for my account.  

The women are presented as women of flesh and blood, certainly, but also in the roles of spiritual guides (Mrs Jones), mother figures (Kee Voss, Sien Hornik, Margot Begemann), or subjects for portraits (Mme Roulin and Mme Ginoux). Places, too, played a decisive part in the development of his character and art. Isleworth, Amsterdam, the Borinange, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise witnessed and influenced Vincent’s attempts to capture colours, atmosphere and the effects of light.

Anyone interested in the tormented life of this extraordinary man is therefore bound to be fascinated by this account, which also draws out a further vital factor: Vincent’s obsessive determination to become a painter. It is impossible to understand the man without investigating the nature of his obessions.

Obsession was the subtle, tragic malady which slowly but inexorably consumed the man: the obsessive determination to express himself in colour and symbol; an obsession with redemption (seen in his mission to the Belgian miners of the Borinage and his relationship with Sien), an obsession with friendship (the failure of his relationship with Gauguin), his obsession with a self-tormenting spirituality (the relationship with his pastor father), with brotherly love (his relationship with Theo, which touches on the morbid), with the sun of the southern France (Arles and Auvers), and with death itself.

Powerless to intervene, we witness the long and painful progress towards his final suicide, heralded by the longing for extinction once madness (undoubtedly desired and loved as a means to silence his anguish) had proved a grievous companion and certainly not the source of hoped-for peace.

The work consists of ten chapters, each featuring a place and a woman who played an important part in Vincent’s life.

 

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About the Author

Giuseppe Cafiero lives in the Tuscan countryside, in Lucignano, in the province of Arezzo, Italy.

Born in Naples, he spent his childhood in several Italian cities. In Bologna he began to attend intellectual circles at Roberto Roversi ‘s renowned bookstore, “Palma Verde”.

It was in one of the magazines published by this cultural center, that the first part of “James Joyce – Rome and other stories” was first published.

He later worked for various radio producers, especially Radio Capodistria and the Italian Swiss Radio so he moved to Tuscany. Finally he was able to devote himself to reading and to pursue his literary work.

His main literary influence was Calvin, author of extraordinary literary intellectual subtlety and intelligence. Giuseppe Cafiero continuously reads Borges, another great sublime, inimitable author who also worshiped Joyce.

Giuseppe Cafiero has written renditions, free adaptations, reductions for the radio, translations from French. The spectrum of names is extensive, from Shakespeare to O’Neill, from Raspe to Daudet, from Toller to Brecht. He has written for thaetre and radio, collaborating also with the RAI, Radio Sveringes and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

But his strongest point is the “bio-fiction” as his book about Joyce in Rome, another published in 2008 about Vincent van Gogh, and one about Monsieur Gustave Flaubert in 2010. The three characters were revolutionary in their own field. Van Gogh, with his extraordinarily beautiful explosion of colors. Joyce, who broke with the literary realism of the 1800′s.

Due to his experience writing for radio, his books have a great handling of the language of his characters. This is the case of the program Giuseppe Cafiero wrote called ‘James Joyce in una notte in Valpurga’, in 1990, after which he ended the narrative fiction of Joyce’s stay in Rome in 1906 and 1907.

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Webtoon Wednesdays: Let’s Play Webtoon Review

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This Webtoon Wednesday is less of a review and more of me just talking about a Webtoon I started reading yesterday. I instantly fell in love with it, but I am only about 5 chapters in. Half of the characters in the picture above I haven’t even met in the Webtoon yet!

Sam is a game developer, and she was originally proud of her first puzzle-adventure game Ruminate. She spent hours and hours on it and was so happy when it had been given positive reviews on the indie game site she published it on. Then a Youtuber named Marshall gave her game a bad review online. He didn’t even read the instructions, got frustrated when he couldn’t get past the game, and ended the video trying to give “criticism” to the game’s developer. His fans then went and review-bombed Sam’s profile on the site until it was taken down for having such a high volume of negative reviews at one time. Then, Marshall moves in next door, and Sam has to figure out how she is going to deal with the neighbor that basically ruined her life.

I love how this comic represents people with social anxiety. Sam didn’t break down meeting Marshall, but then she had a panic/asthma attack with her friends when she was thinking about how to live next to him all the time.

This comic also talks about being a Youtuber or an indie game dev. Marshall had to be up all hours of the night, even when he was tired, just to make content for his viewers. Even when he was tired he would put on a happy face just to try to put out content on a regular basis. Sam put a lot of time and effort into her project, but one big Youtuber getting the wrong idea about her game, and her career was just about ruined in an instant. Review bombed and the original ratings might never return. I have never heard of this happening to someone who actually didn’t do something wrong in the gaming community (like a Youtuber calling out a developer for being a racist or bad to his employees or something), but I am sure that it has happened. I am glad that Mongie, the author, is bringing light to these important issues.

I am not going to give a rating as I am not very far in the episodes, but I will update you all on my final rating in a different post once I am completely caught up. Thanks for reading!

Rambling about Into the Spiderverse (With Spoilers!)

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This has honestly been the greatest animated film that I have ever seen. That’s the one thing that I want to make clear in this review. The art in this movie is absolutely stunning. Sometimes I had to remind myself that I was watching an animated film and not a live-action movie. The characters just seemed so alive. They all had their own personalities, their own personal quirks, and this was shown both through the voice acting and the animation. Each character had their own way of speaking, moving, and interacting with the other characters on screen.

To be honest, I haven’t read many of the comics, so I wasn’t sure how old Miles was supposed to be. When I found out after seeing the film that he was supposed to be 13 I thought that the age fit him, but to be honest, anywhere between 12 and 15 could have fit him. He goes to a private boarding middle school in NYC, away from all his friends, and he is extremely smart. One of my favorite parts of the movie was when he cheated his way into getting a failing grade by figuring out what the right answers were just so he could put the wrong ones down and try to fail out of the school. The teacher caught on and assured him that he would eventually fit in at his school and that he just needed to give it time.

What I thought was a little strange at first was how he didn’t talk to his roommate at all. We don’t even get the roommates name, they just completely avoid each other in the tiny dorm room. This didn’t seem realistic to me, especially for 13-year-old guys. From what I’ve seen, most 13-year-olds instantly make friends with each other at day camps and that sort of thing, and I’m sure that the school would have had icebreakers on the first day. Even my COLLEGE had icebreakers. I feel like there was originally going to be a scene about this that was deleted so I will be waiting for the deleted scenes to be released and see.

I LOVED Miles’ relationship with his uncle. His uncle was so cool and supported his art. He DID kinda bring a 13-year-old kid into some sort of abandoned subway service area to graffiti, which wasn’t the best idea, but he was supportive. He was like the cool older brother to Miles who only had his strict and not very emotionally available policeman father. I was absolutely CRUSHED when he turned out to be helping Kingpin. That scene where Miles was hiding in the apartment and listening to his uncle talk to Kingpin, I was just shocked. That scene had me nervous and I was just watching it! And then he found out that he had been fighting his nephew the whole time and got killed for it. I may have hated what the uncle was doing, but he didn’t deserve to die, and this hurt the family so much.

I also think that they did the romance well in this movie. Since Miles is supposed to be so young, he doesn’t have any relationship experience. He likes Gwen and his uncle tries to give him advice, but he ends up just ruining everything anyways. Then she turns out to be a Spider Person from another universe, and they decide to just stay friends. This was way better, as having a 13-year-old relationship scene would have just been awkward. They have future movies to start being romantic if they decide to be romantic at all.

I also loved that we got to see different Spiderpeople. Gwen was a female Spiderwoman, then we had a Spiderpig, and SpiderNoir from the 1920s, and a grown SpiderMan, and then a Japanese Spiderwoman. The movie wasn’t just about a “black Spiderman.” It was about everyone seeing themselves in the mask, saving their own communities and universes. And this was so cool!

The only thing I wish we had seen was more of Miles in action! He is just figuring himself out for most of the movie, so we only see a few of his Spidermanning skills put to good use. Most of the time he is accidentally getting stuck to buildings or to Gwen’s hair, rather than actually doing stuff “on command.” This is definitely a more realistic portrayal of a superhero, as it doesn’t make sense that you get powers and all of a sudden know how to make a suit and web-shooters and stuff. But I can’t wait for the sequel to see how he will be when he has full control over his powers.

I’ll admit, this movie is rather dark for a PG film. Yes, Into the Spiderverse is PG! I personally think it could have been PG13, as the scene with Peter Parker’s death is really dark. You literally see Peter on the ground, in pain, and then the giant KingPin just slams his fists down on his body, instantly killing him. I mean, there’s no blood, but that was still pretty intense. Plus Miles’ uncle is shot right in front of him. Comparing this to another PG film like Frozen or Finding Dory, and you see how this is a bit more intense. Parents still take their little kids to see PG13 Marvel movies, so nothing would change. But if you have a sensitive child, this might not be the movie for you. I cried for hours at Baloo’s death in Jungle Book when I was like 5 or 6, no way I would have been able to handle this one as a little kid.

The scene where they were transporting all the different Spiders back to their own universes was so intense. I felt as if I was in some sort of light show, there was just so much going on. The universes were colliding with each other so there were colors all over the place, and then there were different enemies that needed to be defeated. I don’t know how long it took to animate that one scene, but it was more intense than any other part of the film. And it came out beautifully. I can’t wait to rewatch the movie when it comes out on Netflix just to see that one scene!

I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for an amazing Marvel animated film.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes

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Webtoon Wednesdays: Age Matters Webtoon Review

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She’s a hopeless romantic who’s turning 30 – and is not super happy about it. He’s a reclusive billionaire who’s hired her to be his assistant – and he’s not too happy about that either. Together they rewrite the rules of friendship, love, work and the BEST way to clean someone’s apartment.

I have never, and I mean NEVER, read a Webtoon about a straight couple where the main female love interest was older than the male love interest. I have never read a book  where the main female love interest was older than the main male love interest, and their relationship wasn’t completely based around sex. This webtoon was so different.

Rose is 30, and she doesn’t know what she wants to do in life. She has seen many of her friends get married and have successful careers, but she hasn’t been able to stay and progress in a job since she graduated from college. She just works for a few months to a few years, and then has to move to the next one. After her relationship ends, she doesn’t want to have to return home to face her family, so she offers to housesit for a friend. The only catch is that she has to cook and clean for her friend’s boss who lives next door. Sort of a weird job, but it will keep her on her feet until she can find a different one.

When she meets Daniel, she doesn’t know what to think. They don’t instantly fall in love, but Rose takes care of him. He is a 21-year-old billionaire, but he is always busy and doesn’t bother to have any friends or even eat on a regular basis. Rose decides to become a sort of caregiver to him, and Daniel doesn’t know how to deal with this. No one ever really cared about HIM, they just cared about the rich CEO.

So far in the webtoon, or as far as I read at least, they aren’t together yet. It is a slow burn romance, so they are going to be friends for a while first and learn to trust each other before starting to date. Again, another thing I don’t see in romance novels with an older woman. I’m glad that this Webtoon is finally starting to paint these couples in a positive light! I know people who have been married for years where the woman was 5-10 years older than the man, and I know people that have been married for years where the man was 5-10 years older than the woman. It works both ways, but the media tends to portray the “older women” relationships as being some sort of sexual fantasy whereas the older men relationships are just normal. Both are perfectly fine, and people can find happiness together!

The only thing that I hope is that one of them breaks out of their shells soon. Cuz from what I’ve read, it seems more like Rose is just taking care of Daniel, and he is just trying to help her without getting involved too much. Rose seems like more of a big sister than a romantic interest, and I hope that the author makes this transition as smooth as possible.

The art is also beautiful and so smooth. I rarely see errors in spelling or grammar, and every drawing will just come to life off the page. My favorite part of the story was definitely when they went to karaoke. I won’t spoil anything, but it was hilarious!

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a slow-burn Webtoon romance.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 paintbrushes

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