Review: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2) – Rick Riordan


The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2) – Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Title: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Seventh grade has been surprisingly quiet for Percy Jackson. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In the follow-up to the wildly popular The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

3 out of 5 stars


This is the second installment of the Percy Jackson Graphic Novel series, and I quite enjoyed it except for one part, which is why I gave 3, instead of 4 stars.

So, we all know that in the Percy Jackson series, Percy has a cyclops brother. In this graphic novel, he goes to school with Percy, and get bullied because he’s a little slower than the other kids. The part that I HATED of this book was that some of the bullies from the school said, “You’re such a loser, Jackson. You might actually have friends if you didn’t hang out with this retard.” *notice that one word is bolded…..* Percy replies with, “He’s not retarded!”

Okay. So, I am totally not okay with this, because firstly, no one should be calling anyone a retard, because that is an outdated, not socially acceptable word. Secondly, Percy should have said something to the extent of ‘that’s not right to say’ or ‘don’t call anyone a retard.’ I hate when books or graphic novels, especially those geared towards a younger audience, use derogatory terms toward people who are slower mentally than others.

Everyone is still a person, no matter their mental capabilities, so I don’t understand why anyone would be so insulting to another person.

Ugh at that.

This scene happened at the beginning, so after I read it I just filed it away to talk about later, but the rest of this graphic novel was good.

Like I said in the last review, I love Percy Jackson. I love getting thrown back into this world, and it’s different to digest in graphic novel form than in full length novel. They still look MUCH older than thirteen years old… Anyway, I look forward to reading the next one!

Series:

The Lighting Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

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Review: The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) – Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

Title: The Lighting Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: October 12, 2010

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

4 out of 5 stars


I picked this up because I was in the mood for something light and short, and it did not disappoint! I love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, and this was just a graphic novel version of the first book.

I feel like this graphic novel was more based on the movie than on the actual book. It seemed to me like some of the plot points were different than the book, but I also did read that book a long time ago.

This graphic novel followed Percy, Annabeth, and Grover through their quest to retrieve Zeus’ lighting bolt from the Underworld. It happened similarly to how it happened in the original book, but was made more brief, as it was a concise version of the story.

I look forward to reading the second one of this series because I got it from the public library at the same time as this one! I think it will be interesting, because Sea of Monsters is one of my favorites of the series as a whole. I love getting back into this world that Rick Riordan has created, and I’ve missed his easy-going writing style.

I would recommend this to middle-school aged kids. I think that it would be interesting to read this graphic novel right after finishing the first book, and comparing it. I feel as though it would be an interesting way to take in the story. The characters also did not look like sixth graders, but that’s just me. They looked hecking old, but whatever. You do you, Rick Riordan.

Series:

The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)

Review: In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang


In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

In Real Life

Title: In Real Life

Author: Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: First Second

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 175

Source: Public Library

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

4 out of 5 stars


Anda is a gamer, and she gets invited to join a game called Coarsegold Online by a woman who comes to talk to her computer class at school. She gets told that she won’t have to pretend to be a boy in the game because there is an all girl group in this game. Everything is great, until she’s told she needs to go and kill some gold-farmers, because they’re just mooching off the system.

So she goes, but she finds that they don’t fight back, but she goes through with the orders anyway. Later, she meets a gold-farmer who speaks English and talks back to her about what’s happening. She befriends him against her leader’s wishes.

She finds times to talk to him and finds out he lives in China and doesn’t make much money, so he has to work a lot. She decides to try and help him…

The artwork is literally everything I’ve ever wanted from a graphic novel. It’s kind of like watercolor, and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. It’s pretty much all pastels and very saturated color; I highly recommend reading it just for the fact that the art is GORGEOUS.

I’d say that the story is a pretty solid 3/5 stars, but the artwork sold me. Oh my gosh I’m in love. I think the message was good, and this would be good for any gamer girls who just feel out of place in the male dominated gaming world. I am personally not a gamer, but I could still relate to this.

I’ve been really getting into graphic novels/comics recently and would LOVE some recommendations. The library in my town for college is amazing and has tons of different options. Please, please, please give me some graphic novel/comic/manga recs!

Review: Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

Title: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 266

Source: Public Library

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m just on a graphic novel kick, and I’m loving it :)

This book follows a girl named Nimona who is a shapeshifter. She wants to be a villain just like her idol, Ballister Blackheart. She finds him, and convinces him to let her be his sidekick and the story takes off from there.

Nimona is different from a lot of people her age because she’s constantly dealing with issues from her childhood, and finding out who she wants to be. Ballister Blackheart holds a grudge that’s so deep to him that he blocks everything else out. They end up making the perfect team.

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t give it higher than 3 stars just because the writing seemed very childish. I understand that Nimona is a kid, but it was very immature sounding. I liked the idea of the story, that the villain becomes someone he wants to be not what society has been telling him to be. I enjoyed that, and I also really liked the artwork. It was interesting to look at and easy to understand. The colors were beautiful, and I would recommend this book to a younger audience.

There wasn’t much plot, so again, I find it a little hard to review, but I did enjoy it. I liked the little adventures that Nimona and Ballister went on. I liked that Nimona called Ballister, “Boss.” It was cute. They became close friends, and I thought that was an important element to the story.

This hinted at Ballister being gay, and I was all for that. I really liked this because it wasn’t obnoxiously stating that he was gay; it was subtle and I don’t know if a lot of people would have caught that. I really loved the little story at the end with Ballister and Goldenloin. It was so cute. Aww.

Overall, I think this is targeted towards middle grade readers, and I think if I would have been exposed to books like this when I was the right age it would have changed my reading experiences.

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 3

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 12, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 136

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot. Alex takes a huge risk to unlock Ada so she can think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on artificial intelligence, Ada feels unsure about her place in the world, and Alex questions being with an android.

In this final arc, Alex and Ada struggle against the growing hatred for sentient robots and their human allies. Can they survive what’s around the corner?

3 out of 5 stars


The final installment to the Alex + Ada graphic novel series… I liked this one more than the others because it felt like there was a little more plot, but I still didn’t love it. I wanted to be blown away, and I was slightly disappointed.

Alex and Ada have to run away in order to be safe, then Ada gets hurt, and Alex goes to jail for 25 years.

The thing with graphic novels, for me, is that there’s not a ton of plot! Maybe it’s just these, but I wasn’t blown away. I didn’t feel like there was anything spectacularly special about this series. The art style was, again, very strange, and there wasn’t a ton of character development throughout the series.

I would consider reading some of the graphic novels that are published by this same publisher, but I probably wouldn’t read any more by these authors specifically. It was hard to get really connected to because there wasn’t much going on.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 2

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: March 18, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Tensions rise between humans and robots in this sci-fi/drama set in the near future. Alex took a huge risk to unlock Ada and it seems to have paid off – Ada can now think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on androids, Ada feels unsure about her place in Alex’s life and the world.

3 out of 5 stars


Alex and Ada deal with some stuff that happened after volume 1 ended. Alex realizes that maybe it’s a little weird that he’s falling in love with an android, Ada leaves, gets in trouble, then everything is fine again.

I liked this second volume better than the first, but it’s still so strange. I’m excited to read the final volume because I think it’ll be a good ending, but it seems so rushed. Again, I don’t know exactly how I feel about this because it’s so different. The art style is very different than any graphic novel I’ve read before. It’s very simplistic, but also a little creepy. I don’t know.

There has been some sexual humor that I didn’t expect, honestly. Pretty much the only reason for getting one of these androids is to have sex because you can’t find an actual person, so you buy one instead.

Ummmm. Yeah. I’m not in love with the series, but it’s not horrible.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

3 out of 5 stars


I went to my new public library in the city I just moved to for college, and they have a HUGE selection of comics and graphic novels. My roommate loves this series, so I decided to give it a try.

I like the idea of this; I love sci-fi, but the art style is very strange and it’s going to take some getting used to. The concept and plot is quite interesting, but there’s just something about it that is strange to me.

Graphic novels have always been hard for me to review because they’re a completely different format than I’m used to, but I’m excited to read the second and third books in this series. I think I’m giving this 3 stars because I’m a little iffy about it right now. I think it could be really good, but I don’t know yet.

This is about a guy named Alex. He talks to his grandma a lot, and she has an android who she loves. She decides to get him one for his birthday so then he can be happy, but Alex feels guilty about getting one. He goes and gets it to be more like a human. He names her Ada, and he starts to have feelings for her. I’m not sure about it yet, but I am anxious to see what happens next…

Kinda confused, but also realizing it’s happily confused.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)