What am I Reading?

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March 2017

Books

Blink by K.L. Slater

#karllikes rating 3

I purchased this book through Kobo‘s Daily Deal, which has bitten me before. I found this book very thrilling and griping right up to the big reveal. In Blink, the main character’s daughter disappears without a trace. I was intrigued by the main character’s background story and how her struggles played into her daughters disappearance. This book also lacked any gruesome bits about things happening to abducted children, a welcome relief.

The Break by Katherena Vermette

#karllikes rating 4

The Break is set in Winnipeg’s north end, and big warning here, do not read this book if you are sensitive to abuse. The book surrounds a possible crime that a Metis mother witnesses from her window. Throughout the book we are introduced to various characters that are involved in the crime, and through their lenses we see how their lives have lead to this event. This book was on CBC’s 2017 Canada Reads List, and I really enjoyed this Canadian author’s writing.

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

#karllikes rating 3

This books surrounds what was thought to be a perfect marriage and a plane crash. I finished this book because the first half was really entertaining and made me want to know what possibly could be happening. The reveal of the mystery and the second half of the book I found less interesting, it was so strange it did not seem believable. Even with a rating of 3 this was a easy suspenseful read.

Snowy Child by Eowyn Ivey

#karllikes rating 5

I absolutely loved this book, and I have never read anything like it. Snowy Child is a new age telling of an old European tale. This book surrounds a couple in Alaska in the 1920’s who are unable to have children. While in Alaska they witness a little girl running around in the wilderness, however there is some speculation that what they are seeing is not actually real. This book is beautiful in every way, I highly recommend this read.

Voices by Arnaldur Indridason

#karllikes rating 4 *WBRL

Icelandic crime novel alert! Inspector Erlendur is investigating a Christmas crime at a popular Reykjavík hotel. It can be helpful to have read some of the Inspector Erlendur novels otherwise you may be a little lost with his personal story woven throughout. The crime in this book involves a man who is found dead in a very compromising situation, and who also has a very complicated and unexpected past. As in other Arnaldur Indridason books this story is intriguing from start to end.

Comics

Irresistible Issue #1-4 by Raven Gregory

#karllikes rating 1

Honestly, do not bother with this comic. I almost did not include this comic on the list, but for some reason I read it to the end, partially hoping the story line would improve, and partially because I was amazed something so ridiculous existed. This comic surrounds a male character who is given the opportunity to have a wish granted. In a very stereotypical way he is then suddenly desired by every woman who is in his presence. This comic contains a lot of nudity and sexual scenes. The base story line of this comic did not work for me, I feel like it was just an excuse to publish something with naked sex seeking women. #notthetargetaudience

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by various artists (30th Anniversary)

#karllikes rating 5

I have previously read parts of this comic, but The Labyrinth is one of my favourite movies of all time. I feel it would be beneficial to have watched the movie to truly appreciate the comic in detail. There are various artists involved in this special edition, where each story is a little snippet into the different characters.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons Issue #1 by Daniel Bayliss

#karllikes rating 4

The Storyteller is literally that, a story teller. In this collection about Dragons, the issues will feature various stories from talented creators and artists. In Issue 1, the story is the “Son of the Serpent,” inspired by aboriginal stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird. This story and illustrations are stunnung. I am excited to continue with this collection.

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches Issue #1 by S.M. Vidaurri

#karllikes rating 4

This is another of the Storyteller comic series. This may be one of the most beautiful and unique comics I have ever read. This issue features “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest”. The layout of this comic makes it very different, and while it is unusual it also is easy to read and follow. I loved how the young princess in this story is such a strong character. I full-heartedly recommend reading this issue. As with the Dragons series, I am also looking forward to reading more of the Witches series.

Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan

#karllikes rating 5

Hello Saga. Saga is the reason I got into comics. Saga surrounds a forbidden love story resulting in a child and their quest to keep the child safe. This is volume 6, you will need to catch up on volumes 1-5 to follow the story. I do not want to give much away, but you will have a little of all the characters you like, and maybe some of those you do not like in this volume. There is also a sneaky little surprise near the end. Ps. This comic should be enjoyed by mature audiences only.

Snot Girl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

#karllikes rating 4

Yes! I was purchasing some comics down at Nerdvana and in the new releases section I saw this title and I quickly added it to my purchase. The cover of this comic is really eye catching, and come on its Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim). Lottie Person is a fashion blogger who has a little, uh, snotty condition. The main character has some not too hot behaviour traits. Much to Lottie’s surprise some individuals start to mess with her to get her to see her ways. This comic is written very well and is accompanied by amazing illustations. I cannot wait for volume 2.

Trees Vol. 2 by Warren Ellis

#karllikes rating 2

Meh. Why did I try this one again? I read Trees Vol. 1, and I was really confused and not really into it. When I was browsing on Hoopla, I saw Trees Vol. 2 and felt compelled to give it another try. I can say that I actually enjoyed volume 2 more than volume 1, but I was equally confused and made a mental note to not look for volume 3. I am a forester so I think that is why I am attracted to the title Trees, and I do like the main character who is a botanist assisting with the identification of a lethal plant. The trees in this comic are not actual trees, more like a structure (again its difficult to explain in my own words). Unfortunately I do not think I will read volume 3.

Karllikes Littles Book Feature

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Dance by Matthew Van Fleet

We were lucky enough this month to visit our family for an extended amount of time in British Columbia. Conway was gifted this book while we were visiting, and it has been a hit since the first read. In this adorable, and interactive book Chickie Baby is worried about not knowing how to dance. Through the pull tabs various animals offer their dancing moves to Chickie Baby. I love how this book is encouraging and demonstrates teamwork to help a friend out. The pull tabs are extremely sturdy, so sturdy in fact that a 17 month old cannot destroy them. Apparently this book was available at Costco, and I also seen it at Walmart (for 40$ off).

Most if not all of these titles are available at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Membership is FREE! Wood Buffalo Regional Library has an amazing selection of books, magazines, audiobooks, children titles, and even comics. With your WBRL membership you also received a free subscription to Hoopla. I am happy to report that I have now checked out this new exciting addition to the library. Hoopla offers ebooks, audiobooks, music, and comics! You can ‘rent’ up to 12 titles a month, and I used all my titles on comics. They have an AMAZING selection. I find reading the comics on the Ipad very satisfying. I am still looking into how to possibly get the ebooks onto my Kobo.

We have an amazing local comic shop Nerdvana, if they do not have what you are looking for, they will special order it for you 🙂

#karllikes book rating is done on a 1-5 scale. The scale ranges from 1-I personally did not enjoy the book and see absolutely no chance of recommending it or re-reading it-to 5-I personally thoroughly enjoyed the book and see every chance of recommending it or re-reading the book.

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