Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels and Manga

 This TTT is all about visuals. I was thinking of doing my favorite picture books because of Baby Jay, but that may be a separate post. Here is all about my favorite graphic novels and manga!

1. Marvel 1602
from goodreads.com:
In Marvel 1602, award-winning writer Neil Gaiman presents a unique vision of the Marvel Universe set four hundred years in the past. Classic Marvel icons such as the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil appear in this intriguing world of 17th-century science and sorcery, instantly familiar to readers, yet subtly different in this new time. Marvel 1602 combines classic Marvel action and adventure with the historically accurate setting of Queen Elizabeth I's reign to create a unique series unlike any other published by Marvel Comics.

2. X-23: Innocence Lost 
X-23 is above and beyond my favorite comic book character of all time. I have the very first issue of her origin story and I loved her before it was cool lol. I have all issues and graphic novels about X-23 except for her All-New Wolverine series.
Innocence Lost collects her origin story (issues 1-6).

3. Itazura Na Kiss 
This is the story of Kotoko and Naoki. They met in high school and Kotoko was infatuated with Naoki from the start, but Naoki expressed that he doesn't like stupid girls. And then they were forced to live together after an unfortunate accident. Hilarity ensues.

4. Death: The Deluxe Edition
from goodreads.com:
From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN comes fan-favorite character Death in a new deluxe hardcover edition collecting her solo adventures!The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death.

In the second story, a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates "the miracle of death."

This new hardcover collects the DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING and DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE miniseries, a must have for any fan.

5. Orange
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?

6. Fushigi Yugi 
When best friends Miaka and Yui open the pages of an ancient Chinese book, they are transported into the Universe of the Four Gods, a parallel world to ancient China. Now, to escape schoolwork and family problems, Miaka flees to the parallel world, only to find a lot more danger and romance than she bargained for.

Monday, January 23, 2017

From the Library #9

Blurbs from goodreads.com

The Child Thief by Brom 
Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland. Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter's crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose?

There is always more to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he must learn to fight or die among the "Devils," Peter's savage tribe of lost and stolen children.

There, Peter's dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the "Flesh-eaters" and save the last, wild magic in this dying land.

I got the e-reader version of this to read on my rare downtime at work. It was recommended to me by a co-worker after our discussion of Peter Pan retellings. It seems creepy, so let's see how this goes.

K-Drama Review: Goodbye Mr. Black

title: Goodbye Mr. Black
genre: Action/Thriller, Romance, Melodrama
original run: March 16-May 19, 2016
network: MBC
number of episodes: 20
my rating: 3.5 stars

synopsis from viki.com
One man will go to any lengths to find his father’s killer. Cha Ji Won (Lee Jin Wook) is a highly trained Navy SEAL officer who is a member of the special Underwater Demolition Team. Ji Won and his best friend, Min Sun Jae (Kim Kang Woo), have done everything together since childhood, when Sun Jae was taken in by Ji Won’s father because Sun Jae wanted to get away from his deadbeat dad. But Sun Jae has always harbored a resentment against Ji Won for having a silver spoon in his mouth while he has had to struggle to get anything in life. While Ji Won’s younger sister, Cha Ji Soo (Im Se Mi), has always liked Sun Jae, Sun Jae has had a secret crush on Yoon Ma Ri (Yoo In Young), Ji Won’s fiancĂ©e. Sun Jae decides to leave the Navy to get out from under Ji Won’s shadow, but the only place he has to go is Ji Won’s father’s corporation. New on the job, Sun Jae becomes an easy target for the company’s enemies and he is framed to do a number of deeds that leads to the death of Ji Won’s father. When the devastated Ji Won learns that his father has been murdered in Thailand, he is determined to find the killer, only to find himself framed as the killer of a local man and becoming an outlaw. With the help of Korean ex-patriots Kaya (Moon Chae Won), a two-bit street hustler; Ko Sung Min (Lee Won Jong), an unlicensed doctor to local gangsters; and Kim Ji Ryoong (Kim Tae Woo), a humanitarian worker in Thailand, can Ji Won find his way back to Korea and find his father’s real killer? “Goodbye Mr. Black” is a 2016 South Korean drama series directed by Han Hee. It is based on a comic written by Hwang Mi Na that is loosely fashioned after “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas.

What I liked:
The overall premise- I chose to watch this drama because the synopsis said that it was based on the Count of Monte Cristo. The drama is definitely based on the book. The betrayal, the love triangle, the mystery, and revenge all close to the novel.

The first half of the drama- I felt like the first half of the drama was nail biting and completely had the at the edge of my seat. I loved it.

Kim Swan- I loved her character. From her back story to the ending of the drama. I thought the actress did a wonderful job. Kim Swan held the drama together for me.

What I didn't like:
The second half of the drama- OMGSH it dragged! I was skipping over so much dialog.

The melodrama- In the second half of the drama the classification of 'melodrama' definitely hit with a loud bang.


for example, when Black was reunited with his sister and saw her condition and held her in the street. that loud "NOOOO!!!" was very telenovela.


The drama scored a 3.5 for me. I loved the first half of the drama and Kim Swan. I found it so hard to get through the second half. At least the ending saved the day. Overall liked the drama, but not love for me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But Will TOTALLY Try To)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday again. This week is: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But Will TOTALLY Try To). I have a never ending TBR list and it's hard to read hard copies with my rambunctious toddler and with work, but I will definitely try.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake- I really liked Anna Dressed in Blood. I was going to read this one because of the author. I've seen on goodreads that it has mixed reviews, so this one I might get from the library first before purchasing.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer- I need this book in my life. I have not read it yet but I adore Marissa Meyer and stand alone novels. I NEED this one.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins- I started reading this in December and put it down to start Crimson Bound. I went back to kind of reading it this week but I'm having trouble getting through it. It might end up on my DNF list... we'll see.

Beast by Brie Spangler- Such an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. I'm going to end up purchasing this to read and then to add to my classroom library.

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge- Definitely judging a book by it's cover on this one. It's so pretty!

Orange the Complete Collection Volumes 1 and 2 by Ichigo Takano- I've heard great things about this series and recently found out that it was nominated for best graphic novel on goodreads.

Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Anderson- This was recommended to me by a coworker because of the memes on facebook. Seems like it will be a fun addition to my library.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton- I was drawn to this for the description of the main character and the mention of a foreigner love interest.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir- "It is in this brutal world inspired by ancient Rome..." that got me right there.

Friday, January 06, 2017

My Student's Book Club Picks

I never got around to posting about this but I have some time now.

In November, my students' English teacher decided to shake things up a little and create reading groups in the class, kind of like little book clubs. My students didn't get all of the picks they wanted, but they got some pretty nice ones. Here is a list of their picks. Later this month, I'll post their reviews of the books.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Jayden, Jason, and Ashley
Enrique's Journey  by Sonia Nazario

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Buried Onions by Gary Soto