Top Social



Polarity is a pretty awesome story with a unique point of view. It follows Tim Woods, a guy in his 20's living in NYC who is struggling with staying on his bipolar medication. After a few cycles of taking his meds then not, he realizes that when he's not on his medicine he has actual superpowers. There are plenty of other real-life issues that Tim deals with: girlfriends, friends, hipsters, and how to handle yourself in public. All of these things are approached from a humorous angle that may hold a little too much truth for some. There's a pretty exciting twist at the end that makes the story even more fun. I loved it and look forward to reading it again!

4/5 Stars

Bodies Vol.1


Bodies sounded awesome; a twist on the classic Jack the Ripper tale spanning four different eras: 1890, 1940, 2014, and 2050. However, it was very hard for me to follow. There are word and thought bubbles in almost every box, making it hard to follow two lines of thought at the same time.

I found the 2050 storyline the most interesting and having the coolest twist at the end. Everyone but one woman has lost their memory and she only remembers a few things every once in a while. It seems that some people have turned into a type of zombie, who sometimes eat people and sometimes they don't. These stories would probably work better focused on one at a time rather than switching back and forth every few pages.

2/5 Stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.

Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown


Written by Kate Leth, Art by Drew Rausch. 

This is such a great read! Drew Rausch did such an amazing job on the artwork- I can't stop gushing about it and it is so, so perfect for Edward Scissorhands.

This story takes place two generations after where the movie leaves off. Meg, Kim's granddaughter, is struggling to believe that Edward is not real and that her grandmother was lying about him (her mother is adamant about this). She decides to go looking for him to find out once and for all... and of course she finds him! Unfortunately, Edward has just woken Eli, another creation similar to himself but missing a vital part of humanity. Eli kidnaps a boy, causing Meg and Edward to work together to find him before it's too late, all while trying to convince everyone in town that Edward isn't the monster that everyone thinks he is.

This comic definitely leans more towards a kid's read but I wouldn't say that it takes away from any of the enjoyment for adults. I love love loved reading it and even though I have a digital copy I got for this review, I will probably be picking up the book because it's just so awesome. You can find it in comic shops this coming Wednesday, May 27th.

5/5 Stars

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley. In stores May 27th, 2015.

May Update

Some Wednesday in May

Yes, yes, I skipped a week. Whoopsie! I seem to have been reading things that I didn't want to/feel like review(ing) here and have been slacking on completing posts. Either I have written the review or taken the pictures but not both. As their summer intern, I have been working on the Urban Craft Uprising blog publishing vendor interviews and organizing giveaways. While I usually only touch those posts once a week, that's about how often I usually sit down to get things typed up here so I need to find a new balance until my internship is over.

Cartel, please come back.

I've also been busy getting ready for a trip back to North Carolina next week for my sister-in-law's wedding (that I am also photographing. My first wedding. Yikes), missing three days of work with a nasty cold, and organizing Seattle's first monthly ladies comic book club! I am very, very, very excited about this last thing. I've been working for about a month finding people who are interested, working out a schedule, and finding a meeting space. It turns out I will be working with Phoenix Comics & Games (on Capitol Hill here in Seattle) to get this off the ground, and they seem just as excited as I am! They have a lot of game nights going on but no regular events for comics yet. We will be meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. I'm hoping to start next month and we're planning to discuss Rat Queens Volume 1 as the first book.

My nurses

So, why start a comic club? First, I wanted some lady friends to talk about comics with. I've tried to get several of my current friends to read some but it's been a hard sell (what?! I know). Second, and probably mostly, Emerald City Comic Con was so great and had such an impact on me. I met so many awesome people, learned so much about comics and the industry, and spend so much money. It was the happiest money I have ever spent. It was three days of a wild comic ride that I have yet to get off of. Maybe one day I can find a way to make some money through it, but for now I'm really enjoying being able to put energy into comic-related (and book related!) things. Three cheers for drive and motivation!

Deception Pass on Whidbey Island

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel


For those who enjoyed (or loved, like me) the Kite Runner novel or movie, this is for you! Ever since I read it in college I have loved it, Khaled Hosseini, and learning about the middle east. It even was part of my decision to focus the minor for my BA in middle east studies.

This story is about Amir, a boy growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, and how he and his family are affected by political turmoil in the 70's. The political aspects largely direct the physical settings for the story, but it's really about Amir deciding what is right and wrong for him and the way he wants to live his life. This is such an amazing story in a moving, thought-provoking, and painful way. As always I love visual takes on my favorite books and this one didn't let me down. Even if you haven't read the book or watched the movie, I think think graphic novel version covers enough that you can get a good feel for the story.

5/5 Stars



I fell in love with children's books as an adult in a Children's Lit class I took in college. The professor was so enthusiastic about the stories we studied that it was hard not to get excited too (My art history teacher was the same, plus some. I wish I could attend a class of hers every day for the rest of my life). We read fairy tales, Harriet the Spy, Alice in Wonderland, several others, and James and the Giant Peach. I hadn't read Roald Dahl in my childhood and ended up really enjoying it.

I picked up my very loved and very used copy of the BFG at a library sale back in North Carolina and it has taken several years for me to get around to reading it. This book is about the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and Sophie, a girl he kidnaps when she spots him in the middle of the night. The BGF is the only giant that doesn't eat people, so Sophie is relatively safe with him.

The hilarious thing about this book is the way the giants talk. They never went to school and they know what they want to say but often switch words or mash them together. A few of my favorites:

  • Human "beans" instead of "beings."
  • "Bellypoppers" for "helicopters."
  • Instead of saying, "Am I right?" he says, "Right or left?"
Sophie ends up taking the BFG into helping her save humans from the other hungry giants that eat people and their plan involves a humorous interaction with the Queen. This is a fun, quick read I really recommend!

4/5 Stars

Trees Volume 1


Trees Vol.1 is a slow-moving story in a world similar to ours where “trees” have been put on earth, presumably by extraterrestrial beings. They haven’t done anything or had an effect since landing.
Throughout this arc we learn the stories of three different groups of people and how the trees directly or indirectly affect their lives. Relationships develop, people change, discoveries are made. At the end, we finally start to see some action and a good set-up is left to make the reader interested in upcoming issues.
Overall, this is a pretty good comic/graphic novel. I wouldn’t rush out to buy it, and I put it down and picked it up several times, but if it’s available at your local library it’s worth a shot.

3/5 Stars

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker


A witch hunter is exactly what it sounds like; a member of a special force for the king who hunts and captures witches, wizards, demons, and the like. Elizabeth Grey is the only female witch hunter and one of, if not the, best. At sixteen and already having served for a few years, she is found with a pouch of herbs on her and accused of being a witch. She is jailed and awaiting her fate (a public burning) when she is rescued by the very wizard leading the reform against the ban of magic, Nicholas Perevil. The force driving much of this novel is Elizabeth trying to decide which side is right and which side she wants to be a part of.

I had a few issues with this book but first it is important to know that I couldn't put it down. When I had to put it down (work. food. ugh.), I couldn't stop thinking about it. Thankfully it only took me a few days to read so it didn't interfere with life too much.

I read a lot of YA books but this one seemed to have a noticeable amount of simplified material. A lot of telling a not showing, as if the author didn't trust her readers to pick up foreshadowing and hints throughout the book. Also, when we would get a glimpse into Elizabeth's thoughts and feelings, those would be overly stated, the one sentence too much making me feel like it was being repetitive and obvious.

The other thing I would have liked to see in The Witch Hunter is more world building. This book is supposed to take place in the year 1558 but honestly there isn't much to suggest or even support that. The dialogue could easily be taking place in present day, the characters all act and react as they would today, and the lack of technology is made up with magic. With what little mention there is of the world itself, this could have been set in some sort of alternate universe and saved the criticism. I would have liked to have seen more nerdy middle age/renaissance happenings though.

World building aside, the story itself is fun and unique. I like the movement of thinking one side is the good/bad guy then being persuaded otherwise.

3/5 Stars

I was given an advanced copy of The Witch Hunter by NOVL in exchange for an honest review.