Book Review: Stitched #1 by Mariah McCourt

31451222Title: Stitched #1

Author: Mariah McCourt

Illustrator: Aaron Alexovich

Genre: Children’s, Comics, Fantasy

Number of Pages (Paperback): 96

Date Published: May 2nd of 2017

Publisher: Charmz


Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage.

Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real “mother” is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

I want to thank the publisher for making it possible for me to have an access to the book in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

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Before I start with my review, I just want to tell you all that today marks my one year anniversary with this blog! My blog is one year old! Time blows by so fast and I cannot believe it has been a year since I actually decided to make these little notes on all the books that I read! What a year! Anyway, here goes my review for Stitched #1!

This might have been the cutest thing I have read in a while. Though the fact that I am still fond of children’s books still holds, I am also feeling that I’m shifting quite a bit into the Young Adult genre as of late. So, what I’m saying is, I may be veering away from children’s books as much as I can because I feel like I’m already too old for the genre. Crazy, I know but I’m glad my reading taste is also evolving.

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REVIEW // Mer by Joelle Sellner

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33825562Title: Mer

Author: Joelle Sellner

Genre: Graphic Novel (Comics), Fantasy, Young Adult

Date Published: April 19th of 2017

Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors

Number of Pages: 128

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Twilight meets the legend of Atlantis in this gripping graphic novel from writer Joelle Sellner and artist Abby Boeh. After the death of her beloved mother, Aryn’s father has moved her family to a new town hoping for a fresh start. At first things seem to be going well—Aryn is making friends and has even caught the eye of one of the hottest guys in school. But there are dark forces moving under the surface that Aryn cannot see; and her new crush may not be … human.

Rate: 3 of 5

Thoughts bannerAs a reader, I haven’t really been exposed to much graphic novels that I really am not sure where to classify such type of books, ergo, I all flag them down as “comics”. Which is really weird. So, please, forgive me if iI flag a graphic novel as “comics” the next time–I’m still wading my way in through the genre. 🙂

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Lunarbaboon Presents: We All Have Powers: And Other Things You Learn as a Parent by Christopher Grady

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30754981Title: Lunarbaboon Presents: We All Have Powers: And Other Things You Learn as a Parent

Author: Christopher Grady

Series: None

Genre: Comics, Humor

Number of Pages (Paperback): 128

(Expected) Date of Publishing: April 4th of 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Explore the daily struggles and humor of family life with Lunarbaboon. He’s just like any other dad–but vaguely hairier because he’s half man/half moon monkey.

We All Have Powers shares life’s parenting moments from the perspective of a 30-something man/father/husband/chaos survivor. Together with the savvy, laid back Mom, wild child Moishe, baby Matilda, and a former Julliard student (their cat), Lunarbaboon must navigate the family and social dynamics of everyday life. Ranging from the hilarious (defeating closet monsters with a “stun” blaster that offers surprising facts about bears, Mars, and cats) to the sweet (the gray scale-to color transition out of depression at the touch of a loved one), this collection explores the bonds within a family and all the characters who bring both order and chaos to life.

Lunarbaboon’s perfect meld of crabby humor and moments of impactful honesty give these comics a wide range and distinctive voice that’s both comical and sincere.

Rate: 4 of 5

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Okay, first off, I’m sorry if this has been the third comic book I have posted in a row but I just went ham on comic books lately! Haha.

Ah, another webcomic that I’m particularly fond of. What strikes me everytime I read Lunarbaboon is to how practical and deep it’s portrayed meanings are. It’s one of those comics that taps into the realness of life but with a pinch of humor added in–another attribute that I’m particularly keen on. As much as I am familiar with the webcomics, this is the first book I have read of the said webcomics. There are two previous works by Grady under the Lunarbaboon titles, as well.

Delving into this has been a breeze. Certainly the perk of reading comics is the ability to finish it in one sitting. The cover wisely summarizes the tale that this book is trying to portray. It’s delightful as to how this showcased the innocence of children that it’s quite funny and thought-provoking at the same time. Straight-up, I’m not a parent but I still enjoyed this as much.

Lunarbaboon leaves me the impression as one of those comic striips that are too true that it’s funny–it also reminds me of Deep Dark Fears. It has these momentary deep thoughts and I’m all for it!

P.S. If you’ve read this, please tell me I am not the only one still reeling from laughter with the butt daddy bit.

Do I recommend it? Yes

*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads

**Thank you to the publisher (via Netgalley) for kindly giving me access to an advanced reader copy for an honest review.

The Loud House #1: “Fullest House” by Chris Savino

General Info


Title: The Loud House #1: “Fullest House”

Author: Chris Savino

Series: The Loud House

Genre: Comics, Children’s, Humor

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 56 pages

(Expected) Date of Publishing: May 9th of 2017

Publisher: Papercutz

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Ever wonder what it’s like having a big family? 11-year-old Lincoln Loud lives with his 10 sisters. The trick to surviving the chaos is to remain calm, cool, and collected. But most importantly for Lincoln, you’ve got to have a plan. With all the chaos, and craziness, one thing is always for sure: there is never a dull moment in the Loud house!
All-new stories from Nickelodeon’s newest hit-series, created by Chris Savino.

Rate: 3 of 5

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Upon reading the book, I didn’t know that this is an existing TV show. And since I’m really a child inside person fond of cartoons, I’m going to tell you that yep, I’m going to start watching it haha.

This makes me wonder about the knick-knacks of having such a large family! I imagine I won’t be able to walk around for five minutes without bumping to another person (which is kinda well erm, disconcerting)–I mean, I am in a house of four and I hardly get around without seeing or hearing another person. 😛

This made me feel a little nostalgic of the time when I used to read Archie comics. I was so fond of those, I still am. There really were funny story instances and this would be perfect for children. It’s also ideal because it’s a very thin read and can be finished in a short while. Of course, I won’t forget to remark on the illustrations, the life of the comics! Very beautiful illustrations! It’s also beautiful how every character in the Loud family has their own depth and branding/quality–it’s such a diverse household and oh boy I want to say kudos to their parents! Haha.

This reminded me of the novel Jacky Ha-Ha, which is also a children’s book but around middle-grade level.

Do I recommend it? Yup!

*Cover image via Netgalley; Synopsis via Goodreads

*Thanks to the publisher for giving me a copy of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles, #2) by Sarah Andersen


30754980Title: Big Mushy Happy Lump

Author: Sarah Andersen

Genre: Comics, Humor, Nonfiction

Series: Sarah’s Scribblesno. 2

Number of Pages (Paperback): 128

(Expected) Date of Publishing: March 7th of 2017

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Swimsuit season is coming up! Better get beach-body ready! Work on those abs! Lift those butts!

…Um, or how about never mind to all that and just be a lump. Big Mushy Happy Lump!

Sarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.

In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

Rate: 4 of 5

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I am one of the thousands of Andersen’s fans with her webcomics, Sarah’s Scribbles. I often found it realistic, relatable and really funny. It’s also one of the first to get me to read more webcomics.

The first book of her comics compilations left me crying of laughter so by all means, I’m gonna tell you that when I had this advanced reader copy on my dashboard I was beyond happy. I was so ecstatic to pick it up and it didn’t fail since it is very funny still! Perhaps what I liked more about this when compared to her first one is the fact that this has several essays sprinkled all over it so that it’s not just a compilation of her art. I did thoroughly enjoy this and I literally finished this in less than an hour.

It’s a super, super light-hearted read but I’m quite pleased that she tackled something deeper in here. I found it endearing that she’s not all humor in this one rather she talked about depression, anxiety, overthinking, etc. in a new light. Once again, it’s nothing but starkly remarkably something you relate with on a spiritual level (lol not really but still.) To find yourself in between pages of a book is very comforting and there are very few comic books (that I have read, that is) that discusses these subjects. I liked that she gets to open up herself to her readers and also let us not forget her cartoons! It’s so beautiful…Kinda makes me wish I could draw like that. I tried…it’s just not for me hahahaha.

This was certainly a nice break from reading the intense and action-packed Queen of Shadows and this made me take ahold of my surroundings once again. Overall, this is a very light-hearted comic book compilation which has certainly deviated from the general format of the first book.

Do I recommend it? Yep.
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*Thanks for the advanced reader copy made accessible to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

**Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads.