Review: Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh


Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Title: Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Author: Ted Naifeh

Release Date: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Oni Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Courtney Crumrin’s adventures continue — this time in a newly remastered, full-color edition! Courtney and Uncle Aloysius’ European vacation has brought them into the heart of a country rich with mystical history and tradition. At first, eastern Europe seems like the perfect place for Courtney to strengthen her abilities, but just as Courtney begins to tap into the mystery of the old country, she comes face-to face-with overwhelming magic and even larger moral ambiguities.

4 out of 5 stars


Courtney Crumrin travels to Europe with her Uncle Aloysius and finds out more about paranormal beings. She gets wrapped up with werewolves, vampires and even more warlocks. Courtney feels lonely even though she’s traveling with her uncle, so she befriends a vampire boy. He makes her swoon and he whisks her away with his magical wings. So romantic. Courtney has to deal with her new sense of loneliness while away from home…

This book was a great continuation of the first three. I think this one has been my favorite so far because she gets into some trouble, but that causes some cool additions to the plot. It makes me sad that Courtney is lonely because she gets semi-depressed. I also must have missed something because I’m not really sure what the horrible thing her uncle did that made her not want to talk to him anymore. I thought they were friends. Idk.

I liked that this took place away from the mansion and her parents. I don’t like her parents because they’re too focused on being fancy in the rich neighborhood. They don’t seem to care about her, so it’s nice she got to spend some time away from them. I wish that she was still buddy-buddy with her uncle because that would have made this story so much cuter.

There was a lot more action throughout this graphic novel. There were some fights between a few different groups of people which added some suspense and mystery. I like that she befriended the vampire guy, but I wish he wouldn’t have turned on her. Sorry, not a huge spoiler. He seemed like a cool enough guy and it just made me sad that they couldn’t be friends. They both needed a friend.

I’m sad because I don’t know how I’m going to get ahold of 5, 6, and 7 in this series. My library doesn’t have them, but I don’t like buying graphic novels because I read them so fast ugh. It’s a struggle being a book worm let me tell ya.

Series:

The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

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)

Weekend Reads (1)


Weekends, the perfect time for reading!

This weekend I am going to continue with the book I’m currently reading: Quiet by Susan Cain.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

One of my dance teachers actually recommended this book to me because she said it helped her understand herself better. I’m on a self-discovery/self-love journey right now, so this has been very interesting to read. I find myself nodding along to pretty much everything in this book. I definitely identify myself as an introvert, but have never really realized it has been negatively stigmatized until starting this. After reading a few chapters of this it’s clear to me that people do see extrovertedness as the “ideal” personality type. I think this is going to continue to be a great read for me!

I’m currently sitting at my public library *go books* and was just in the mood to read a graphic novel, so I went to the lovely graphic novel section and found The Night Things by Ted Naifeh.

The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The art style looks super cute even thought there are some creepy elements to it. My library has the first four volumes, so if I like the first I’ll probably check out the other three! I am just so in the mood to finish a book. It has felt like a HOT MINUTE since I’ve started and finished something in a short amount of time, so I think I just need a light graphic novel.

Do I have quite a bit of reading homework? Yes. Am I going to do some pleasure reading instead? Yes.

What are your weekend reads for this weekend?

Review: River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) – John A. Heldt


River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1) – John A. Heldt

River Rising (Carson Chronicles, #1)

Title: River Rising (Carson Chronicles #1)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: September 20, 2017

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 661

Source: Author

Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.

While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.

In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.

2 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me an e-copy of this book!

River Rising follows a family of five siblings who try and find their lost parents after figuring out they were lost while traveling through time. Adam, Greg, Natalie, Cody, and Caitlin travel to 1889 by following the directions laid out by their father. Their trip is full of love, loss, and some gunslinging.

This book took me forever to read. It accounts to the fact that I have much more reading homework this semester than I did last, and that it was 661 pages. I feel like this was unnecessarily long, and found that my interest wasn’t hooked unless I had been reading for at least twenty pages at a time. Being the college student I am, I don’t have huge chunks of time to just sit and read for fun anymore, so I rarely read more than 10 pages in one sitting.

Just to put this into perspective, I was reading this book for 24 days. It usually takes me less than a week to finish a book, so this was exponentially more than normal. Again it was probably just because of my intense class-load, but damn.

I liked the idea of this book because time travel is so cool to me. I love that all of Heldt’s books follow a time travel theme because it ties everything together. I love me some historical fiction so it’s also fun to dive into the past and read about a different time period. This wasn’t my favorite time period to read about, but it was still interesting.

I always have trouble with multiple *more than 2* perspectives, and this had chapters from all the siblings and the parents. Seven points of view was a lot to concentrate on especially when you have to read in short bursts.

I feel like I didn’t really get to know all the characters too well because there were so many to think about. I did really enjoy the twins because they seemed pretty cool. I liked Caitlin because she was the only one without a love interest, and she figured out what to do at the end of the book.

I was waiting for the parents to meet up with the kids the whole time super randomly and be like “hey what are you guys doing here,” but sadly that didn’t happen. I would recommend this to people who enjoy time travel books because there is a heavy emphasis on that throughout! I think this would also be good for younger teen/middle grade readers!

Thanks again!

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 Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3) – Sarah J. Maas


The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3) – Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1, #0.2, #0.3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 438

Source: TBR Shelf

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes–and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches–and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling–and deadly–world.Included in this volume: “The Assassin and the Pirate Lord””The Assassin and the Healer””The Assassin and the Desert””The Assassin and the Underworld””The Assassin and the Empire”


The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1)

5 out of 5 stars

I love being back in this world and am so happy to be reading this series again. I have only read the first book, so it’s nice to see Celaena before the events of Throne of Glass. Sarah J. Maas has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I’m pumped to read everything she’s written so then I can be caught up for when she releases new books.

This novella followed Celaena and Sam, two assassins, when they go to visit the Pirate Lord. The sixteen year old Celaena becomes very passionate about the slave trade industry, and finds her own way to put a stop to it.

I really enjoyed this novella and loved Sam. I don’t know what happens to him or if he’s part of the full series, but I really hope he comes into the main story sometime soon. He’s so cute and sassy. I love that he’s sarcastic and sasses Celaena; I feel like she needs that sometimes. She needs some sense knocked into her.

Can’t wait to continue reading these novellas!


The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2)

4 out of 5 stars

This novella followed Celaena and a girl named Yrene Towers. This took place in a small town at a pub that Yrene worked at, and Celaena was there after the events of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. She was thrown out of the Assassin’s Guild, and her punishment wasn’t mentioned other than her being beat up and bruised all over.

Celaena sat in the back of the pub just looking for someone to fight, and the barmaid, Yrene, is just trying to make some extra money so she can go and train to be a healer.

I enjoyed this story, but it was a little slow. It was very short, so I don’t know why I felt like I was trudging through a little. I feel like Yrene is going to come up again in the future (if she hasn’t already) because her last name is Towers and that has to do with the title of book #6 (?).

I liked that Celaena showed Yrene how to fight by the end because now she can defend herself and it was a bonding experience. Yay friendships. Celaena needs some friends in her life because she’s always so serious. I mean she is an assassin, so she is supposed to be serious, but you know what I mean.


The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3)

5 out of 5 stars

This has been my favorite novella so far because I loved the characters and the atmosphere of the story! Celaena is sent to an assassin camp in the middle of the Red Desert as her punishment for disobeying Arobynn Hamel. She has to get a letter of recommendation from the Master by the end of one month to be sent back with her.

The setting for this was very cool and I was intrigued the whole time. I loved that it was set in the middle of a desert, and it was interesting that most of the assassins that were being trained there had taken a vow of silence. They just communicated with gestures and expressions rather than words. I found it to be a unique part of the story that I wasn’t expecting.

I loved the characters in this story because they were so fun to read about. I loved Ansel *at the beginning,* I LOVED Ilias, and Celaena grew so much throughout this novella.

I loved this so much. It gave me so much insight to Celaena’s life, and I can’t wait to read the last two novellas!!

Series:

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4)

The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.5)