Book Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Castaways

guardiansA thoroughly enjoyable Guardians of the Galaxy novel!

I thought the characterizations were well done. I’m not always as big of a fan of stories when teams split up, especially when I like how they work together, but that doesn’t take away too much from the story in this book.

Just keep in mind, this is a light, easy read – and there’s the biggest focus on Peter Quill. Though the other characters have their scenes and contribute to the fun.

Recommended for Guardians fans. If you’re not…what’s wrong with you?

Thanks to Netgalley, Diamond Distributors, and Joe Books for a copy in return for an honest review.


Comic Book Review: Black Magick: Awakening by Greg Rucka

blackI really got sucked into this comic. I enjoyed the concept and the story and the writing.

And the art was excellent.

It really speaks to a story, when you’re truly disappointed when you come to the end of the book. Looking forward to more of this.

Thanks to Netgalley, Diamond Distributors, and Image Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.

Comic Book Review: Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

ovenA cute story! Because the writing can be overly silly, I think this will appeal more to kids than to adults – but there were several times that I laughed.

And the message was good – if a bit obvious.

Recommended for reminding kids the importance of eating food that’s good for us.

Thanks to Netgalley and Rosarium Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.

Book Review: You Had One Job! By Beverly L. Jenkins

jobI’ve seen #You HadOneJob on Twitter, so I requested this thinking it would be really funny.

It just wasn’t. More than ½ of the pictures are just misspellings. Yeah, that can be funny, but looking at words spelled wrong over and over on signs gets boring.

Then there’s the items mis-labeled at the grocery store. That gets boring really quickly when it’s not ironic. And there are quite a few of these, too.

About the only thing that I found funny was the ad saying “the pen is mightier than the sword” because there was no space between the word “pen” and “is”.

Yup. That’s what I’ve sunk to.

Not recommended.

<i>Thanks to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.</i>

Comic Book Review: Heroes Haven by Mario Simone

havenI just finished season 1 of Daredevil on Netflix, so the play of light versus dark is heavily on my mind.

And this comic waxes poetic about that interplay.

I liked that about it.

The art was interesting. Dark, and different. I liked the lettering, too.

But it was a bit hard to follow. I want to say discordant…but maybe disconnected is better. I’m guessing that the chapters were published separately with quite a bit of time between them. It sometimes difficult to jump from one to another.

The art and the writing aren’t always perfect. But I think that’s ok in an indie comic.

Because it was also refreshing – a different kind of comic.

Recommended if you want something different or new.

Thanks to Gotham City Films and Smith Publicity for providing a physical copy of the book.

Comic Book Review: Pop Gun War by Farel Dalrymple

popI liked it.

But I just didn’t get it.

I hate it when I don’t get something.

Maybe it bears further reading.

But the art is good.

And the narrative is intriguing.

Except, it’s not a narrative.

Was it a metaphor?

Was it intended to be surreal?

Does the Rich Kid really exist?

I don’t know!

Thanks to NetGalley, Diamond Distributors, and Image Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.

Book Review: Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond

loisGwenda Bond is doing a fantastic job with these books.

I can’t believe I just sailed through this book without writing down a single note. I don’t do that unless I just get caught up in a story and really enjoy it.

It’s a fantastic YA read with a strong female protagonist. Lois doesn’t take any crap.

And the blossoming romance? Yes, I even enjoyed that 🙂


Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone for a copy in return for an honest review.