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 So, I am totally not okay with this, because firstly, no one should be calling anyone a retard, because that is an outdated, not socially acceptable word.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)

Advertisements

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: Amulet Volume 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) – Kazu Kibuishi

Prince of the Elves (Amulet, #5)

Title: Amulet Volume 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: September 1, 2012

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 208

Source: Public Library

THE ENEMY GROWS STRONGER…

Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m so excited to be continuing on with this series! I completely forgot about it until I saw a Youtube video about them, then saw the next three at my library. It’s been a hot minute since I read the first four volumes, but I am so happy to be reading these!

This volume follows Emily and Trellis while they fight against Max who has taken the Mother Stone. The lives of many hang in the middle of all of this fighting, and Emily and Trellis are trying to figure out how to stop the deaths from happening.

This was a really good light-hearted read after Lord of Shadows. I needed something to not put me in a slump, and I always find that graphic novels are great for that. Not going to lie, this took me awhile to get back into the story, but I think I remember quite a bit from when I read them at the end of 2015.

The art style is beautiful; I love that there is so much color everywhere, and I love the different shades of blue in this book. The art is definitely a redeeming quality for this book.

There honestly isn’t much to say about this. It was okay, not my favorite of the series. I like that it is so fast paced, and I am so excited to read the rest of the series!

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein


Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Author: Shel Silverstein

Release Date: November 2002

Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

Source: TBR Shelf

Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine’s 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, “Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud.”

Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

2 out of 5 stars


This does not have any of the magic I remember it having when I was younger. I used to love Shel Silverstein’s books and poems because they were cute and funny, but I was very disappointed. I didn’t really see one poem that I liked from this book. I’m positive because I outgrew it, but it is very strange because I have so many fond memories of his books from when I was younger.

I don’t think that I will read any more of Silverstein’s books. Runny Babbit was my favorite poem/book, so maybe I’ll consider that one again.

I gave this two stars because I think it is a readable book. I didn’t hate it, but I was VERY underwhelmed. A lot of the poems didn’t even make any sense and didn’t rhyme like his usually do. I don’t know. I didn’t want to stop reading it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled to keep reading.

Review: Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi

6277410

Title: Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 224

Source: Library

In this thrilling sequel to AMULET #1: THE STONEKEEPER, Emily and her brother Navin head for Kanalis, a beautiful and mysterious city of waterfalls, where they hope to find the antidote for the poison that felled their mother. That cure lies in the eggs of a giant serpent atop Demon’s Head Mountain, but the kids’ archenemy, Trellis, is headed for the peak, too. A battle that will engulf all of Kanalis is looming. It’s up to Em to triumph over evil while controlling the amulet’s power . . . without losing herself!


4 out of 5 stars

Gosh, I’m really loving this series! It’s so much fun to read; it’s been a while since I’ve had a completely fun read. I liked this volume better than the first. Emily and Navin had to go underground with the animal people from a city with the best doctors. They went there in the first place to help their mother find a cure for the poison she got poisoned with in the first volume. Emily knows that the amulet’s power is growing, so she has to stay in control. The more she uses the power, the stronger the amulet gets, and the harder it is for her to control it. Her main struggle throughout this book deals with her ability to control the stone that she’s now cursed with. Emily had quite a bit of character development in this book compared to the first, so it was cool to see her growth through the book. I love Leon; he’s the fox/person who is the trainer for Emily. Both her and Navin learn so much from him and his abilities.

I’m very excited to continue on with this series; it’s been a lot of fun to read so far, and I am extremely excited to see what happens next. I also love the fact that this series is for middle grade. I love middle grade novels because of the simplicity in them; they don’t have romance, you don’t have to worry about reading something that makes you uncomfortable, you just get to have fun. It’s always nice to have a fun book to read.

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

May Book Haul


f4dY87xnY94LpuZGH9LABX6urkGoY4wxSXyzLWV87b4

  1. Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  3. An Off Year – Claire Zulkey
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
  5. Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis #1) – Allison Leotta
  6. Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee
  7. Covenant: A Novel (Ethan Warner #1) – Dean Crawford
  8. Paint it Black – Janet Fitch
  9. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet – Jennifer Homans
  10. The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1) – Stephen R. Lawhead

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM