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Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 3

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 12, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 136

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot. Alex takes a huge risk to unlock Ada so she can think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on artificial intelligence, Ada feels unsure about her place in the world, and Alex questions being with an android.

In this final arc, Alex and Ada struggle against the growing hatred for sentient robots and their human allies. Can they survive what’s around the corner?

3 out of 5 stars


The final installment to the Alex + Ada graphic novel series… I liked this one more than the others because it felt like there was a little more plot, but I still didn’t love it. I wanted to be blown away, and I was slightly disappointed.

Alex and Ada have to run away in order to be safe, then Ada gets hurt, and Alex goes to jail for 25 years.

The thing with graphic novels, for me, is that there’s not a ton of plot! Maybe it’s just these, but I wasn’t blown away. I didn’t feel like there was anything spectacularly special about this series. The art style was, again, very strange, and there wasn’t a ton of character development throughout the series.

I would consider reading some of the graphic novels that are published by this same publisher, but I probably wouldn’t read any more by these authors specifically. It was hard to get really connected to because there wasn’t much going on.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 2

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: March 18, 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Tensions rise between humans and robots in this sci-fi/drama set in the near future. Alex took a huge risk to unlock Ada and it seems to have paid off – Ada can now think for herself and explore life as a sentient android. As Alex and Ada spend more time together, they become closer. But as restrictions tighten on androids, Ada feels unsure about her place in Alex’s life and the world.

3 out of 5 stars


Alex and Ada deal with some stuff that happened after volume 1 ended. Alex realizes that maybe it’s a little weird that he’s falling in love with an android, Ada leaves, gets in trouble, then everything is fine again.

I liked this second volume better than the first, but it’s still so strange. I’m excited to read the final volume because I think it’ll be a good ending, but it seems so rushed. Again, I don’t know exactly how I feel about this because it’s so different. The art style is very different than any graphic novel I’ve read before. It’s very simplistic, but also a little creepy. I don’t know.

There has been some sexual humor that I didn’t expect, honestly. Pretty much the only reason for getting one of these androids is to have sex because you can’t find an actual person, so you buy one instead.

Ummmm. Yeah. I’m not in love with the series, but it’s not horrible.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

3 out of 5 stars


I went to my new public library in the city I just moved to for college, and they have a HUGE selection of comics and graphic novels. My roommate loves this series, so I decided to give it a try.

I like the idea of this; I love sci-fi, but the art style is very strange and it’s going to take some getting used to. The concept and plot is quite interesting, but there’s just something about it that is strange to me.

Graphic novels have always been hard for me to review because they’re a completely different format than I’m used to, but I’m excited to read the second and third books in this series. I think I’m giving this 3 stars because I’m a little iffy about it right now. I think it could be really good, but I don’t know yet.

This is about a guy named Alex. He talks to his grandma a lot, and she has an android who she loves. She decides to get him one for his birthday so then he can be happy, but Alex feels guilty about getting one. He goes and gets it to be more like a human. He names her Ada, and he starts to have feelings for her. I’m not sure about it yet, but I am anxious to see what happens next…

Kinda confused, but also realizing it’s happily confused.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Review: Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7) – Kazu Kibuishi

Firelight (Amulet, #7)

Title: Amulet Volume 7: Firelight (Amulet #7)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 200

Source: Public Library

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

3 out of 5 stars


The main part of this story was the Trellis and Emily travel under the sea to where an elf man has been hiding stolen memories. They travel there in a high powered submarine, and when they get there Emily and Trellis go into one of Trellis’ memories. They then find themselves in one of Emily’s memories, and then it goes down.

This had quite an intense ending. I was not expecting that to happen.

So, in the end Emily goes kind of crazy with different emotions, and can’t get out of the memories as herself. Trellis has to leave in order to save himself, and he abandons Emily. I don’t know how I feel about this. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next books because they don’t even have publication dates or covers yet… I don’t want to be reading these halfway through college, so I will be DNFing this series from this point on.

I do think that it was interesting, and I liked the concept, but some of the execution was lacking. I really enjoyed the first volume of this graphic novel series, and wish it would have stayed more like that one rather than becoming what it did. I don’t regret reading these, but I do not believe I will be picking up the rest, unfortunately. Just due to time restraints.

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Review: Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6) – Kazu Kibuishi

Escape from Lucien (Amulet, #6)

Title: Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 224

Source: Public Library

A worthy mission…or a trap?

Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King’s loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

3 out of 5 stars


Emily goes into the Void with Trellis in order to try and save Max from destroying himself and his different memories. They enter the Void with Max, and end up leaving him there. Meanwhile, Navin is fighting against the dark shadows that are consuming the minds of the people in Lucien, the underground city. He has to escape with the aid of his friends and his robots.

Again, because this is a children’s graphic novel there isn’t much to the story. I remember reading the first one when I was a kid and loving it because it was the first graphic novel I had ever read. My younger brother and I read it together and we thought it was the coolest thing. I definitely think that a younger audience would appreciate this much more.

I love the friendships in this book. Because it was written for children there is no romance which is quite refreshing. I love that you get strong friendships because they’re always so nice to read. I am excited to see where Trellis ends up being the new Elf King, and how the new girl of the story ties into the next one.

I know it’s just because my favorite color is blue, but the art that is all in different shades of blue makes me so happy. I love the simplistic art style, and I love that the artist and author weren’t afraid to leave strips of just art without having a narration. I think it added to the story quite nicely.

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

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: Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) – Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: January 1, 2008

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 192

Source: Library

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.


4 out of 5 stars

The first thing I want to say is that this book was super fun. I love reading graphic novels because they’re easy to read, they have color, and have beautiful artwork. My younger brother read these books a couple years ago, and I just never got around to reading them. I went to the library before going to work this morning, and picked up the first four volumes in this graphic novel series. I started and finished this first one within the span of half an hour total. The story was cool, and the artwork was gorgeous. I love this art style; the colors are really nice to look at.

The whole idea behind the books is that Emily and her brother Navin have to live in an old house that they just move into. Their mom decides to take them to this new/old house because their dad died, but anyway… Emily and Navin find out that it is their great grandfather’s house, and find a lot of his old things. Emily starts reading a book on a pedestal, and when she closes the book there is a spot perfect for her hand. Of course she presses her hand into this imprint, and then a magical necklace flips out at her; the amulet is what the series is about. They start hearing noises in the basement, so naturally they go and look to see what it is, and then they get taken into this other world that her grandfather took part in creating. They make friends with some of the creatures of this new world, and go on trips to help their mother, who had an unfortunate event happen to her.

The concept is really awesome, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I plan on finishing the next three tonight and tomorrow :)

Series:

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

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