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

The Serpent-Bearer

Serpent Bearer

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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Blog Tour Schedule

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

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

I’m All About the Books (Spotlight) https://imallaboutbooks.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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Sophril Reads (Spotlight) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com

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

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

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Review) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Spotlight) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

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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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Photo Content from Dylan Meconis

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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JUNE 24th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
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Mage & Demon Queen Review

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I love this little webtoon! Malori is a Mage, and she is one of the best. Rather than doing what most mages do and working on becoming stronger simply to gain power, she works towards getting stronger in order to defeat the Demon Queen. Well, not exactly defeat her, Malori wants to weaken her, and then date her.

Malori has to go to the tower all the time to try and work her way up to the Queen’s floor and has befriended all the demons below. The demons secretly want her to date the queen, so they just let her go by so she can save her strength and items for the real battle. Malori hasn’t succeeded yet, but she, unlike the other adventurers, wants her heart instead of her head.

I honestly need more gay fantasy comics in my life, they are so funny, and they are so well drawn! Malori has both demon and human friends, both of which have their own love lives. One of my favorite parts of the entire comic is Curik’s secret crush (not Malori, it’s not a love triangle thank goodness), and I hope that things work out for the two of them in the end!

At the beginning of the story she seems to be a bit of a weaker foolish girl, but as the story progresses, you see that that is very far from the truth. There are even hints throughout the story so far about a “dark past” for her character, and a few of the recent episodes have been completely based around her childhood memories, so I am excited to see what happens next.

Did I mention that the art is amazing! Honestly, all these webtoons seem as if they were made by a team of animators rather than just a single person and his or her talent. The only thing that the creator seems to be assisted with is the proofreading of the story. I can’t believe how talented she is. The comic is even updated every Tuesday and Thursday, like this is amazing dedication!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes LitRPG or fantasy books or webtoons/manga. The webtoon only has 39 episodes so far, so you would definitely be able to completely catch up over winter break.

Mage & Demon Queen

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 paintbrushes.

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Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

To be honest, horror/dark action manga are not really my thing. I much prefer romance manga or slice of life that might have a side action/adventure story. Nevertheless, an old friend recommended this manga to me about a year ago, so I decided that I might as well try it over the summer.

Within the first few pages of this story, I knew that it was going to be one of the darker stories that I might not like. I decided to finish the volume, and yes, it definitely was darker and gorier than I usually read. It was very interesting though.

Ken was not a ghoul. He was a normal human boy, until he went on a date with a mysterious girl and was almost turned into her food. When he is rescued, he needs an organ transplant, and the dead girl seems to be the most viable option. Now, he is both human and ghoul. He doesn’t want to eat humans, but if he doesn’t, then he will end up randomly attacking people.

I think that this manga does a good job of discussing the issue between good and evil. Ken always thought that the ghouls were the villains, but he never thought of things from their point of view. Sure, they have to eat human flesh, but no one truly desires to be a ghoul. I feel like the details of the ghoul world will also be expanded upon in future volumes, but this book does start to delve into some of the main issues.

Also, it was almost scary to see how many ghouls inhabited the human world. Some ghouls were too loud about their killings and made the news, but most ghouls live with humans in the normal world. They still eat human flesh, but they have learned how to control their other ghoul traits.

The one thing that I didn’t like in this story was the fact that the ghouls were not very welcoming to Ken. If they wanted to continue living in general secrecy and making peace with the humans, they should have explained to Ken the details of his new life. If Ken had just gone on a killing spree and revealed the ghouls that he had met in regular life, it could have been horrible for the ghouls who had been trying to live peaceful lives. Instead, most of the ghouls hated Ken, and then only a few helped him in small ways. I could understand that they don’t have pity on him because he got to be “partially” normal, he’s still stuck as a ghoul, and they needed to help him for their own safety.

Overall, even though this story was dark, I liked it. I think that I might even continue with this story, just to learn more about the other ghouls in Ken’s world. I think I could even get over the goriness if this story continues to be so interesting!

I would recommend this book to lovers of dark manga with strong stories.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

TBR Tuesday

What books have you read this week and haven’t gotten the chance to review?

A Thread in Time:: The Chronicles of Darius Book 14 (The Dagger of Destiny)TightNeon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 1Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)A Nanny For the Reclusive BillionaireThe Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 3

Books that I plan to read within the next week

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)The CurseThe Girl Who Knew Da Vinci (Out of Time Thriller, #1)Lies & Secrets (Boston Latte #1)Jilliand

What else do you have to review?

Citrus (Anime) – Legendado Online (Completo) [Novo ...

I’ll admit, I don’t watch much anime. However, I have been in a reading slump this week, so I binged all 12 episodes of this anime in 2 days because I didn’t feel like doing anything else. It has an…interesting storyline to say the least, and I plan to review the episodes individually sometime this month.

Any other news?

So, I didn’t quite succeed at my plan to finish every late review copy I had received by the end of the summer. I did get through a lot, and I have finished 214 books so far this year! That’s saying a lot! I just can’t say no to people, and I have had a lot of people ask me directly to review their stuff this summer. I am going to try to get through as much as I can this week, but I have already read myself into one slump, and I can’t afford to do that again with some of the fun tours that I have coming up. I will also probably take a little break next week and only post the reviews for books that I have already read, as I will be starting college! I probably won’t have my laptop yet, as I am still waiting for my honors program to give those out to us, but then once I have it, I will be able to write reviews and read books in between classes. Before then, I won’t have much time as most of my day will be spent on campus rather than in front of my computer at home.

That all being said, I hope you guys have a great week and take some time to read some of the awesome posts that I have scheduled!

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2 Review

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 2On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

This book focuses on the other aspects of the house and the different spirits within it. One spirit has a sister who took her own life and is on the lantern procession for the purification rite of souls that comes through the house every year. Himari learns about Aoi’s past and his role in the house. She even learns that the dangers of the demon world are not just confined to the Momochi house.

Let me just say that the scenes with the lanterns was beautiful. Even though I don’t believe in the whole “people who kill themselves go to hell/purgatory” thing, I believe that this was a beautiful way to represent that issue. The souls were able to walk peacefully through the Momochi house, and Aoi would make sure that they would make it to the next stop on their march safely.

By the time we get to the end of this novel, the intensity of the story-line increases. I won’t spoil anything, but the beginning of the next book was my favorite part of the entire story so far.

Even the entire novel wasn’t that intense, I did enjoy learning more about the Momochi house and the demons that pass through it. So far, we actually didn’t know that much about the house itself, but this book clears up some important little details. Again, I can’t spoil anything now, but I will definitely discuss them in my review of Volume 3 if you don’t mind spoilers.

I would recommend this series to lovers of romance stories with magical men, and lovers of manga.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 1 Review

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

I usually don’t read that much manga, but this one in particular caught my eye in the library. I am completely addicted!

Himari has never really known a family, so she was surprised when she randomly received an estate when she turned sixteen. Imagine her surprise when she finds that there are already people there! She decides that since the house is a mess, she will try to fix it up and run the people out. Nevertheless, the squatters are determined to stay, and one named Aoi claims that he is the protector of Momochi House.

Alright, I will admit, this one is pretty silly. Himari seems to lack some pretty common sense. If she is given a house and it is full of men, she should have called the police and had them moved out of the house. But this is not how things ever work in these books right? She is determined to move the out on her own, and then she sees that they are lonely and wants to join their little family. Not to mention the fact that her and Aoi seem to have some chemistry. Himari just has to learn how to be safe in this new house, which seems to have danger around every corner.

The art in this story is amazing. I’ll say it again. The Art. In This Story. Is. AMAZING! I loved reading it just because of how beautiful all the characters were. The only thing I really wish was that every time something evil happened that the text boxes wouldn’t turn to black. This automatically lets me know that Himari would be in trouble! It made her look even more foolish as she “walked” into danger. Making everything have the same color box, even though it would be breaking manga “rules”, would allow the story to be more suspenseful.

Even though this story has quite a bit of fluff, the main plot only starts in this novel. As I have read the next two volumes already as I am writing this review, it does get more intense as the series goes on. Believe me! I personally was shocked at how dark this series can get at times.

Also as a side note, this also reminds me a lot of the more mature visual novel “Seduce Me: The Otome.” In this novel, a girl who is a senior in high school inherits her grandfather’s estate, just to find out that 5 incubi live there. I personally loved this game, and even though it did have mature parts due to the men being incubi, it definitely had a lot of clean romantic portions.

If you like romantic stories with magical men, I would recommend both this manga and the game above.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Neighbor Seki Volume 3 Review

My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 3

Volume 3 continues the escapades of Yokoi and her desk neighbor Seki. These stories take place in and out of the classroom, but most are in the school. One of the stories took place in a pool, but this could have been in their school since they were in with their class, so I am going to say that there was only one story that took place out of school.

My favorite story-blurb of this volume was the first one with the snow rabbit because having Seki and Yokoi playing around in the snow together was so cute.

My second favorite story-blurb was with Seki and his sister in the park because I enjoy hearing about their family lives outside of school. I hope that the future volumes also talk about their families.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a funny school story about a creative classmate and his easily distracted neighboring classmate.

Overall Rating: 4/5

My Neighbor Seki Volume 2 Review

My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2

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In this volume, it is almost the same as the last. Seki schemes and fools around in class, and Yokoi is always distracted by him. However, this time, not all of their interactions occur in the classroom this book! Their class goes on a hiking trip and goes to the pool during their classtime. Yokoi also meets a new friend named Goto, and she believes that Yokoi and Seki are dating.

Goto made this entire book for me. I could relate so much to her shipping daydreams during class, and I loved the fact that there was a third character for some of the story.

Overall, this book kept its cute persona and the stories were never boring to me. I also was interested by Yokoi and Seki having more interaction, and less of Yokoi simply being a stalker in this book! I will keep reading this series, and I hope to be able to finish it very soon. It always cheers me up on a bad day, and I love all of the art throughout it.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Bleach Volume 2 Review

Bleach, Volume 02

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This volume consists of two main stories.

The first story is about Chad and his parakeet, yet he does not know the Parakeet houses the soul of a young boy whose mother was killed. Also, a strong Hollow spirit is terrorizing this young boy’s soul, which is causing Chad to be in danger. Now, Ichigo must save this boy and Chad simultaneously.

The second story is Ichigo’s body being taken over by a rogue soul. What is supposed to happen is that his soul leaves his body so Ichigo can act as a Soul Reaper, and his body is filled with a basic soul that can make it seem as if Ichigo never left. However, this soul is not supposed to be used, and now he struggles to regain control of his body.

I liked this volume even more than the first one. The first story was so beautifully sad, talking about a boy and how he was affected by the loss of his mother. The second story also very unique. I won’t spoil anything, but everything isn’t as simple as it seems, as you probably already know.

I can’t wait to read the next volume tomorrow!

Overall Rating: 6/5