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Between the Panels

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In the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should state that I received a copy of this book from my friend who knows the author. Neither asked for a review, but I offered anyway.

Between the Panels is a contemporary romance the takes place over some months between Emma, and Scott. Scott happens to work at the local comic store, and the majority of their interactions happen there, and seem to involve Scott trying to get Emma to buy certain titles/trades.

Other than being short, Emma is how I would love to come off to people, especially guys I’m interested in. She is sassy, sarcastic, and comes off as confidant-even when she is feeling unsure or uncertain. Sadly, that is not me.

Scott seems like a honest to goodness nice guy. He seems content to let Emma control the relationship, but he doesn’t hold back with his witty/snarky comments either. Where is a single guy like Scott for me?

Sadly, this about sums up the book. Throw in nasty commentary about working retail (numerous times), some not-quite conflict (more of a disagreement/disgruntlement) with a roommate and you have the book. It is basically their interactions over time that turn into a relationship.

There is not real conflict they have to overcome, no real misunderstanding (if you squint, one with the roommate, but there wasn’t any real meat to it), nothing. Which (while I have it with the negatives), isn’t that bad of a thing. I have a stack of books I read when I’m feeling down/off/blah. They are the books I don’t have to think to hard about that give me a good feeling. Between the Panels has been added to that pile.

To sum it up: Between the Panels is a book about a snarky girl & the guy who give as good as he gets. Fluff. Not for everyone, but I liked it.

3.75 stars.

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ARC: Wayward vol. 1: String Theory by Jim Zub

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I received a copy of Wayward from the publisher through Net Galley.  This had no bearing or influence on my review.

I LOVED Wayward vol. 1.  I am anxiously waiting for volume to be announced, so then I can get antsy waiting for it to be released.  I might just break my own rule and buy the individual issues.  It was that good!

The story starts with Rori, a half Japanese/Irish, arriving in Tokyo to start living with her mom.  This is also the first time we see her ‘strings’; glowing ribbons that lead her to here she needs to go/be.  Soon she runs into the crazy girl, the bad boy (who eats spirits), and another young boy with odd abilities.  There are some monsters and a mysterious figure that seems to have a connection to them.

As much as I find the story and the drop dead gorgeous artwork enthralling, I can’t describe the story.  I just can’t.  There is so much going on all at once; I’m not 100% what is taking place.  Except for the end, but that’s a spoiler.  *shh*  Hopefully the next collection will shed some light on some of the actions happening.

4.5 Stars

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ARC: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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I received a copy of of this book for review from the publisher. This in no way affected my review.

The blurb for this book hooked me, even if I was a tad leery about a fan ‘guide’. I have been a fan girl for so long, I’m not willing to date myself by giving examples of my first fandoms. So what could this guide give me that I didn’t already know?

Sam Maggs did a wonderful job including as many general fandoms as possible!  There are book-, TV-, comic-, game-, and even Disney-fans.  The only real disappointment I had in this regard is she tends to focus on the current, widely known books and TV shows. She didn’t talk about lesser known titles that could have become new favorites.  Understandable, but still slightly disappointing.

With sections on vocabulary, ways to find like-minded new friends, conventions, to name a few, a lot of ground gets covered. Thankfully the information provided doesn’t feel thrown together or missing key things the beginner should be aware of.

Saying that, there is one big problem I have with this.  And, not being sure how to word what I mean right, I’m sure I’ll make some people mad.  While the issue of safety is stressed (numerous times, which I an NOT complaining about), I get the vibe that it is more of an internet issue to worry about. I would’ve liked to see convention trolling/harassment covered better.  I don’t cosplay, but I have friends who do.  One was stuck in an elevator with a drunk man who made inappropriate comments, and made her feel unsafe getting off in her floor in case he followed her.  Another one got harassed and groped when she had a low-cut outfit on.   These things happen, and, sadly, most times Con security have other things to worry about verses some harassment.  It’s not ok, but anyone planning on cosplay should be aware this happens and there might not be any repercussions.

The only other issue I had is a small one.  In the beginning when she discusses the different types of fan girls, she has a ‘key accessories’ listing.  I am many of these fans, and don’t have any of the listed items.  And while it is not said,  but I feel implied, that to be a fan you should have these items or something like them.  Not a big deal, but something that has bugged me.

3.5 stars.

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ARC: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

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I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way affected/influenced my rating and review.

To start with, I need to confess that when I agreed to review this book, I was thinking it was a different author. When I got my copy and realized I was wrong, I was unaware of what I was getting into. Am I ever glad I made that mistake! If you haven’t read anything by Alice Hoffman, you need to. Now. Preferably with this book. It was that good!

Nightbird is told from Twig’s point of view. She lives in the small town of Sidwell, where her family is famous for their apples (and pink apple pies) and an old legend about the Sidwell Witch cursing her family. What the town doesn’t know is that the legend is true. New neighbors move in (descendants of the witch), things go missing by way of the Sidwell Monster, and Twig is hard pressed to discover who the monster is and how to break the curse before the town starts a hunt for the monster and discovers the secret her family has hidden for all these years.

Teresa, aka Twig, is a young girl who lives a lonely life. All she knows is that if you let someone close, they discover your secrets-secrets that could devastate her family. Having no friends, she spends a lot of her time walking in the woods, and wandering her families apple orchards. That all changes when she falls out of a tree and meets the Hall family. This starts her on her journey to find out why her family was cursed and how to break it…

I cannot say enough how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. It’s not quite the fluff read I expected, but it was even better. I want to rate this a 7 or 8, but I can only give it 5 stars. I recommend this to EVERYONE!!!

I’m not 100% happy with my review, I just can’t figure out what to write that would make me happy.  So even if my review doesn’t spark you, I still recommend you give Nightbird a try.

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