Review: The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) – Ted Naifeh


The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2) – Ted Naifeh

The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

Title: The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

Author: Ted Naifeh

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Oni Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 133

Source: Public Library

Fan-favorite and critical darling Courtney Crumrin is back in a series of newly remastered, full-color hardcover editions! When the night things of Courtney’s community start causing trouble, it’s up to the girl to find out why. The town’s powerful coven of mystics thinks it knows who to blame, but Uncle Aloysius doesn’t believe their simple explanation. His misgivings start Courtney down a twisted path that leads to the true mastermind behind all the horror! But does Courtney stand a chance against a being that powerful and manipulative?

3 out of 5 stars


Book two of this dark fantasy graphic novel series.

The Coven of Mysics follows Courtney Crumrin and her adventures with her Uncle Aloysius. This installment of the series shows Courtney being turned into a cute kitten, capturing an evil monster, and helping her Uncle through some scary events. The creature called Skarrow has been caught and is being hunted for cursing a local witch, but is he responsible? Why are the townspeople after him?

Although I didn’t like her parents in the first book I think it’s a little unrealistic that they’re not even in this book now. You can’t just have side characters completely disappear without any explanation. Her parents were the whole reason she even moved in with her Uncle in the first place, so I think their disappearance should have been explained a little bit.

I enjoyed this one less than the first because less happened in this book. There wasn’t as much plot or adventure in this one as compared to the first.

I still think it’s very strange that she isn’t drawn with a nose. I just want to know why if there is a reason. lol why does everyone else have a nose, but the main character doesn’t? hmm.

The whole story followed Courtney trying to help this creature called a Skarrow. He has been wrongly accused of cursing the most beautiful witch in the town, but he didn’t do it. Courtney is trying to help him and prove to the town that he’s innocent, but then the woman who was cursed doesn’t turn out to be on her side even though she loved the Skarrow. Triggered. How is that okay? You can’t just leave a helpless creature to get attacked and die just because you’re not willing to speak up.

I have a question. Why are there so many witches and warlocks in this town, and how do the non-magical people not know about them. If there are so many there has to be a specific reason. Is it because of the Coven that’s in the town? Even though I didn’t like this one as much as the first I am still looking forward to reading the next ones!

Series:

The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Review: Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson


Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson

Never Mind My Thigh Gap

Title: Never Mind My Thigh Gap

Author: Sarah Newton and Bronte Huskinson

Release Date: January 21, 2016

Publisher: Createspace

Format: eBook

Page Number: 198

Source: Shannon A. Thompson

“One ordinary girl, one extraordinary moment” There are three things everyone notices about Alice. 1. Her super-hot rugby boyfriend. 2. Her sophisticated, totally gorgeous best friend. 3. Her very noticeable 38-inch long legs.

Alice is tall – just under six feet to be exact – but her self-esteem couldn’t be smaller. When her relationship starts wavering, Alice’s perfectly beautiful best friend somehow convinces her to join a modelling competition, “for a confidence boost.” But Alice is just a normal girl; she loves ice cream too much, has an unhealthy addiction to American TV and lusts after the elusive thigh gap. She can’t even walk in heels, let alone in a bikini, but she finds herself joining Runway Models anyway.

The finale is only a few months away.

Will Alice catwalk her way to self-confidence or fail, proving everyone right? People can surprise you.


2 out of 5 stars

Shannon A. Thompson sent me this book because she thought I would enjoy reading it, so huge thank you! I have to say, though, that I really didn’t like this book that much. The specific thing that made me not like it was the unrealistic friendships and relationships. Alice is a pretty sweet girl who has some self-esteem issues, but that’s only because she has a bitchy friend and an awful boyfriend. Her friend wanted her to do this catwalk show thing and the only reason she did it was because her boyfriend didn’t want her to. He was rude and didn’t help her with her self-esteem. He was always tearing her down and making fun of her for wanting to do things because they were things she “wouldn’t normally do

Alice meets some new friends whom she becomes close with after everyone at school makes fun of her for trying out for this modeling gig. Oscar and Maddie become her best friends, and eventually she falls for Oscar. A lot of this book is misinterpretation and miscommunication. Oscar freaked out in the end because he saw Alice hugging her ex. Ugh.

The only way the “thigh gap” ties into this book is at the beginning when Alice wants a thigh gap. It talked about how much she ate, but she was still super skinny. Um. So the whole thigh gap idea that the book was named after didn’t even play a part in the story. I don’t understand why there was even mention of it in the title.

Overall, I don’t really understand the plot of this story. There wasn’t much of an actual story beside the fact that she broke up with her boyfriend and best friend and found some real friends.

Thank you for sending me this book, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea!

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Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan


Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

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Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green and David Levithan

Release Date: April 6, 2010

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 310

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.


4 out of 5 stars

Again with not knowing why I like a book so much, but still loving it! I think it is just John Green’s writing style, because I really enjoyed this book. This is the first thing that I’ve read from David Levithan, and I really enjoy his writing style as well.

There were quite a few moments in this book where I was hoping for things to happen, and being sad when other things happened. I experienced quite a few emotions throughout the course of this book. I loved the aspect of there being two people with very different lives that have the same name and are connected in a really random way. I can honestly say I was not expecting what happened to actually happen.

(will grayson is the emo and somewhat sketchy one.)

(Will Grayson is the one who is best friends with Tiny and Jane.)

Will Grayson and will grayson meet in the unlikely place of a porn store because will was meeting a boy there, and Will was waiting there after getting ditched for a concert. The two are both extremely uncomfortable in this store, and both feel out of place. The cashier says the name Will Grayson, and both of them look (obviously) and become unlikely friends. The story really takes off from here.

Both the Wills have been seen throughout the beginning of the book and their separate stories were told so you knew a little about them, but the whole story just starts making sense and getting put together perfectly when the boys first meet.

The relationships in this book were just so…. real. I felt connected to them in a way that I haven’t felt connected to any characters in quite awhile (other than Lady Midnight because….. duh). will grayson was broken throughout the book, but ended up being less broken in the end. Will Grayson finds a new purpose for life, and it was really nice to see that.

Now. This is definitely not my favorite book that I’ve ever read, but I still really liked it. I highly suggest reading something from John Green. If you haven’t, get out from under that rock that you’re living under, and pick one of his books up!