Review: The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3) – Ted Naifeh


The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3) – Ted Naifeh

The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

Title: The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

Author: Ted Naifeh

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Publisher: Oni Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 134

Source: Public Library

Courtney Crumrin returns in a series of newly remastered, full-color hardcover editions! To her new classmates, Courtney is merely the grim, quiet girl in the back row. But when a group of students accidentally turns a young boy into a goblin, Courtney must lead the children into Goblin Town to find a cure. Unfortunately, misfortune seems to follow the group straight to the Twilight Kingdom – misfortune and a misguided lawkeeper who has it out for Courtney!

4 out of 5 stars


Courtney gets some new friends from her school filled with witches and magic and takes a trip to Goblin Town to try and change a classmate back into a human. The newly-founded friend group has to venture far into the forest in order to save the boy who has gotten turned into a goblin. They eventually find themselves in Twilight Kingdom where they end up in trouble with the law and have to fight there way back to their town.

This one was just as good as the first one! There was action and an actual plot. Yay for plot-driven stories.

I am really starting to enjoy Courtney more as a character. She’s spunky and sassy and a little mean, but I think she’s a solid character to have a series about. I’m so excited that she finally has a group of friends because now I don’t think she’s going to be so sad. She’s been so sad and lonely, so it’s nice to see her be a little happier.

My favorite part of this book was right at the end when her uncle offered for her to travel with him this summer. Aww cute.

Yay the horrible parents are back. Not yay in the sense that I like them in the story, but yay in the sense that they haven’t just randomly disappeared. In the last book they just were randomly gone, so I think it makes sense that they were back in the story this time.

I didn’t like her friend Malcom from the beginning, I don’t really think he had anything important to do with the storyline so idk why he was even there. I’m sure that he’ll come up somehow in the rest of the series, but he just seemed like a very stagnant character.

I really appreciate the art style because it’s so unique and the color scheme is so pretty. I love when the colors are more neutral but still fall into the darker side of cool colors. Theres a lot of green, purple, and blue so it feels very… cold and mysterious maybe? I’m not really sure but I think it complements the storyline nicely.

I’m sad because my library only has the first four volumes of this series so I don’t know how I’m going to read 5, 6, and 7 :( #tragic. I’ll have to find them somewhere because I think I’m really going to want to finish this series!

Series:

The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

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: The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1) – Ted Naifeh


The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1) – Ted Naifeh

The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

Title: The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

Author: Ted Naifeh

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Publisher: Oni Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 137

Source: Public Library

Fan-favorite and critical darling Courtney Crumrin is back in a series of newly remastered, full-color hardcover editions! Courtney’s parents have dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. She’s not only the new kid in school, but also discovers strange things lurking under her bed!

4 out of 5 stars


I went to my public library to do some studying for class and of course couldn’t leave without perusing the shelves… I wanted something fast and fun, so I chose this graphic novel. I thought the art style would be super cute and it looked a little creepy, so I decided to go for it, and I was not disappointed!

This graphic novel follows a girl named Courtney Crumrin moves into her great-uncle’s house with her parents in order to take care of him. Her parents are obsessed with the idea of moving up in society and being part of the popular crowd, so she starts to connect with her “creepy” uncle Aloysius instead of fostering a relationship with her parents. She now lives in the only creepy house in the whole neighborhood of rich mansions, so when she gets to school it’s hard for her to make friends. She finds out that her uncle has books about things she didn’t even know were real. Faeries, magic witches?! Who is her uncle?

This was just as cute as I had hoped it would be with just enough creepiness slipped in. I found this to be just what I needed because it was fast and easy to read. I have always been a fan of things that are a little creepy and spooky, so this was perfect for me. I loved the art style of this graphic novel because it focused on the cool colors. There were lots of purples and blues which made it seem quite eerie.

One thing that I don’t quite understand is the fact that Courtney doesn’t have a nose… Literally every other person in the book has a nose drawn on them, but Courtney has nothing. She’s a little Voldemort-esque…

Her parents annoy me to no end because they don’t seem to care about her. What is the point of even having a kid if you’re just going to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist? Ugh. Come on, having money is NOT that important in your life.

One of my favorite scenes was when Courtney went to see her uncle after she was having nightmares and couldn’t fall asleep. It was the first time that you saw an emotion from him and I thought it was really cute because he walked her back to her room. Aww. That’s so cute.

One thing that made me laugh was the fact that kids would randomly get eaten by things that were just chilling in the forest, but nothing gets said about them again. Like okay, this kid was just eaten by a monster, but no worries they’re probably fine…. Right.

I’m not really sure how old Courtney is supposed to be, but I would guess late middle school or early high school. She goes on a date, so I would assume she would be about 8th grade, maybe? I’m not sure, but I think any age would enjoy reading this graphic novel. I can’t wait to read the next three novels in this series because I already picked them up from my library :)

I THINK I’M GETTING OUT OF MY READING SLUMP YAYAYYAYAYAYY!

Series:

The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Review: Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler


Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up

Title: Why We Broke Up

Author: Daniel Handler

Release Date: December 4, 200827, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 354

Source: Library

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

2 out of 5 stars


Let me preface this review by saying that this was not really what I was expecting.

This story follows Min Green who is writing a letter describing the reasons that she broke up with her boyfriend Ed Slaterton. She gives him trinkets back that remind her of him or things that he gave to her with explanations of why the thing reminded her of him.

The concept for this book was very cool, but I think it was executed poorly.

I love that there were pictures/illustrations throughout this book. It was partly the main reason that I picked it up, but I honestly didn’t like much more than that. Sad but true.

I didn’t enjoy the characters, and I thought the fact that Min was so obsessed with Ed was hella annoying. I also don’t really get why Min liked him so much. He was so rude and was just so immature about some things.

Al, Min’s best friend, was there the whole time! Why not choose him? He was so obviously in love with her. Ugh. Come on.

The formatting of this book really annoyed me. There were SO MANY RUN-ON SENTENCES. I am not here for that. Come on, I do not need a full page paragraph that consists of three sentences. *might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the gist* The hardcover version also has the shiny magazine pages which are annoying to read, and as petty as that sounds, it did inhibit my reading experience with it.

I got quite annoyed with how much name dropping there was in this. Min loved movies and wanted to be a director. Great, good for you, but I don’t know all these silent films and indie actors and movies. I don’t want to see the names in quotations and italics because I just feel like I’m missing out.

The fact that Ed said ‘gay’ in rude terms made me angsty, also. Min calls him out, but he doesn’t even try and fix it at all. That should have been the first indicator that he didn’t really love her, but she was just blinded by wanting the idea of him.

There wasn’t really a plot to this, either. I get that it’s a letter to her ex, but why isn’t there a real story? It makes me so sad that she was so controlled in this relationship, but she didn’t realize it at the time.

All in all I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. Fun fact, though. Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket from The Series of Unfortunate Events. Crazy stuff.

Down the Read-A-Thon Hole!


Hello! It has been a hot minute since I last did a non-review post, but it’s my goal to make it more of a thing this year!!

I found the Down the Read-A-Thon Hole from Falling Down the Book Hole and just really wanted to participate. I LOVE readathons and they push me to read more throughout the time. I’m excited because this readathon is based off a bingo card and there are challenges for each square :)


WHAT IS THE DOWN THE READ-A-THON HOLE CHALLENGE  ?

The  Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge runs from Thursday, February 1 to Thursday, February 15. During this read-a-thon you will select books to complete a bingo card, with each box earning you points as well as a bingo. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges using a blog/twitter/instagram.

Read a book that completes the reading challenges to earn an “Alice” bingo. That means 5 in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Additionally there will be other challenges posted throughout the 2 weeks that will earn you more points.
Each Box: 10pts
Bingo: 50pts
Blog Challenges: 20pts


CHALLENGE EVENTS

February 2nd- Alice in Wonderland DIY – Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole 

February 4th- Alice in Wonderland Picture Challenge @ Falling Down The Book Hole

February 6th- Alice’s Adventures Down The Book Hole Book Tag- Two Book Minimum 

February 9th- Alice Themed Discussion- Alex @ Booksy Daisy

February 12th- Mad Hatter Tea Party Book Tag- Liam @ Book Worm Hole 

(You have until February 15th to complete and post this challenges to receive the points)


Okay. I just wanted to give some of the information I knew *from the blog post* in order to persuade you to join me! I think this will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to participate.

MY TBR

‘Eat Me’ Cakes – read a book with a magical element

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

White Rabbit – read a popular book you are late to the party for

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

Tea Party – read a book based in England/UK

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

Dinah – read a book that focuses on friendship

Everything, Everything


SO EXCITED FOR THIS READATHON!

Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling


The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 111

Source: Library

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

5 out of 5 stars


This was just the book I needed right now. I hadn’t finished a book in quite awhile, and felt like I was reading every-so-slowly, but this picked it right back up!

I love Harry Potter (Gryffindor power) and am co-hosting Randomathon Round 2 on my YouTube channel. One of the challenges was to read a Harry Potter book, so that’s why I picked this up from my library.

I’m so glad I read this because it was so fast paced and it was perfect for a readathon!

This book included five Wizarding World fairy tales that are told to wizard children while they’re growing up. These stories are just as well known as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. I honestly really enjoyed every single story, but I think my favorite was “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Even though I knew this story through watching the Harry Potter movies it was nice to read it in a book :)

Also, this cover is really cool. You should definitely study the cover a little bit after reading this, because you can tie each of the stories to one of the illustrations!

I think this was a great addition to the Harry Potter world, and if you get the chance you should totally pick it up! It was short and a very fast read :)

Review: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle


A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In Edition

Title: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Release Date: 1962

Publisher: Square Fish

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 256

Source: The Country Bookshop

Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (one of the most popular boys in school) journey through time and space in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. What’s a tesseract? It’s a wrinkle in time–but to say any more about the subject would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Madeleine L’Engle’s unusual and enchanting book.

4 out of 5 stars


Middle grade!

Almost every single time I read a middle grade book it makes me question why I don’t read them more often. I love the innocence and fun that happen in books written for younger readers, and this was the PERFECT book to read after ACOWAR.

This book follows Meg Murry who has a family that is a little different than most. She isn’t very academically inclined, her younger brother is too smart for his own good, her twin brothers are kind of rude, her mother is a scientist, and her father has been gone on a government trip for more than 4 years. Meg’s mother starts to explain about tesseracts to her after she finds out about them. Why are they so important, and why is her little brother friends with three old women?

This book was very cute, but I gave this 4/5 stars because there wasn’t very much description. I don’t know if this is just because L’Engle didn’t want to explain too much about the world or if it is just normal for middle grade books to not have much description because kids are more imaginative, but I found it to be the bare minimum of description sometimes. I found it quite annoying because I just wanted to know what everything was like.

I look forward to seeing how the relationship between Calvin and Meg grows, and I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE.

There are so many great actors in this movie, and I love that it’s a mixed race family. I think we need more of that in movies and books. I liked that they didn’t really mention race in this book because it allowed you to imagine who you wanted.

This had many more Christian ideals that I thought would be in it. I didn’t even know this was a Christian book, but I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The fact that the Mrs. Ws were the guardian angels was a nice addition to the story.

Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!