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review 2018-12-13 00:02
Which would you choose: Mortal or magic?
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 - Jack Morelli,Robert Hack,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa came onto my radar because I saw the super edgy trailer for the Netflix show and of course I felt I needed to at least read the first volume (containing the first 6 issues) before I started in on the show. :-P [A/N: For those unaware, this alternate reality version of Sabrina exists in the same realm as Archie and his pals over in Riverdale and you can keep your eyes peeled for my review of that too.] This is a comic book series that takes the familiar character of Sabrina Spellman (Remember that cute show about witchy magic with that super sarcastic talking cat named Salem?) and turns it onto its head. This is Dark Stuff and trust me the capitalization is warranted. The story starts out with Sabrina's parents, Warlock Dad and Mortal Mom, who disagree on how to raise their newborn daughter. According to coven law, Sabrina should be blessed by Satan so that when she comes of age she can formally sign Satan's book and give her soul over to him. (Did I mention this was dark?) These parental disagreements result in the mother being driven insane and Sabrina being entrusted to her witchy aunts to be raised 'properly'. So now Sabrina walks in two worlds (witch at home and mortal at school) and by the time she is 16 (present day in the comics where it's the 1960s) she is thoroughly confused about where she fits in which is par for the course with most teenagers if we're completely honest. Gore, violence, Satanism, cannibalism, necromancy, first love...your standard high school experience. The artwork was unlike anything I'd ever consumed in a comic or graphic novel medium before with bold colors and almost grotesque characterizations. I dug it. Horror fans and those that like re-imaginings of familiar tales will enjoy the world that Aguirre-Sacasa has crafted immensely. Yes, it's Dark Stuff but it's also boldly imaginative and well-formed. He's not only crafted this but another series called Afterlife with Archie (not to mention the tv series Riverdale). This is an author to watch! 10/10

 

PS Salem the cat is in this version as well!

 

PPS I started the series and I'm digging that too!

 

Not too spoiler-y since it's from the beginning. [Source: The Mary Sue]

 

What's Up Next: Star Trek Destiny #2: Mere Mortals by David Mack

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and The Science of Supervillains by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-10-09 03:14
‘Chilling Adventures’ of Sabrina’ is the perfect graphic novel read for Halloween; this is full-on retro HORROR with a capital H
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 - Jack Morelli,Robert Hack,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

I fancied some ‘light’ horror and since a whole bunch of my pals on Litsy have been reaching for graphic novels this Halloween season, I thought I’d try this. And don’t be fooled: this version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ is most definitely HORROR with a capital H. If you are looking for something along the lines of what you would find on the CW when Sabrina was a sitcom, this is NOT it. Forget PG-spooky, it’s definitely the other end of the horror spectrum: S for Sabrina is now Scary. 

 

Set back in the 1960’s, Sabrina is the illicit lovechild of a warlock called Edward Spellman, and a mortal named Diana, and she is raised by her aunts Zelda and Hilda (no news there). Sabrina is approaching her 16th birthday, which means she can become a fully-fledged witch, and pledge herself to the Dark Lord*. Complicating things are having a mortal boyfriend, and deciding if she can kill living animals on the spot. More fun ensues when Madam Satan shows up in town, and she is none too happy about having been sidelined by Edward for Sabrina’s mom. Enough said.

 

There are all sorts of horror goodies in this jumbo comic edition (it contains comics 1-5 of the ‘Chilling Adventures’, and in the back, has the variants that were printed with the different covers). The fabulous intro by the author Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa lays it all out for the reader, pointing out that the adventures are like ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, plus ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Omen’, and Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ all rolled together. It’s ALL in here. As well as Ray Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, zombies, and vengeance against men who have picked up innocent hitchhiking women. 

 

The retro style of illustration harks back to comics of decades ago, and Roberto explains it’s because he wanted them to have the feel of a ‘period piece’, and it all works flawlessly. There’s plenty of dark humor (very dark), a definite feel of classic horror influencing every frame, and it’s actually no wonder that it’s being adapted into a show on Netflix. I hope they keep it just as gory, retro, and bloody though...

I’ll be continuing the series!

 

*To any heathens asking: no, REAL witches do NOT pledge themselves to ‘Satan’ or the ‘Dark Lord’.

 

**You can find this omnibus edition on hoopla!

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text 2018-09-01 19:05
August Re-Cap
Away from the Dark (The Light Series) - Aleatha Romig
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward
Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton
Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre
The Empress - S.J. Kincaid
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Paradox (An FBI Thriller) - Catherine Coulter
All Your Perfects - Colleen Hoover

 

 

What a crazy month, but I did read some good books.  Well, mostly I listened, because, wow, 13 Audio's for this month. 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Away From The Light by Aleatha Romig

Finish Date:  08/01

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Gentlemen Nine by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  08/02

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Finish Date:  08/06

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Finish Date:  08/07

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Like Never And Always by Ann Agguire

Finish Date:  08/09

☆2.8☆STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

Finish Date:  08/13

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Finish Date:  08/15

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Finish Date:  08/19

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley e-ARC) Paradox by Catherine Coulter

Finish Date:  08/19

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Finish Date:  08/21

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

Finish Date:  08/23

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Warcross by Marie Lu

Finish Date:  08/27

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Swan & The Jackal by JA Redmerski

Finish Date:  08/29

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  08/31

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+ 

 

(Kindle eBook) Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Finish Date:  08/31

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

13 Audiobooks, 1 Kindle eBook, and 1 Netgalley eARC, for a total of 5,510 pages.  That's my most read pages in one month, ever.

 

and since I tend to pick books based on there covers...best cover of the month goes to:

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-13 21:38
2.8 Out Of 5 "what the what and who the who" STARS
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre

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~BOOK BLURB~

Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

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On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn't get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever.

 

Liv wakes in the hospital. At first, she's confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it's a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it's not her face in the mirror anymore. It's Morgan's.

 

Morgan always seemed to have a perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan's world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish...if she doesn't lose her mind first.

 

Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The cover is brilliant, and the blurb for it seems like a fantastic idea, but the execution…was off.  I wanted this perfect explanation for what was going on, even if it was something that dipped into the supernatural, but it just kind of fizzled. Also, sometimes the odd love triangle this had going on felt seriously awkward.  While it had its suspenseful moments, and the characters were mostly likable (especially Clay), the story ultimately left me confused and let down.  There was this tidbit of a plot twist thrown in at the end of the story that just leaves you feeling like…wtf was that all about?

 

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~MY RATING~

2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 3.5/5

Ending~2.5/5

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Book Cover~ Very Cool…way cooler than the story.

Narration~4.5 for Emily Bauer, her pleasant voice may have influenced the overall rating of this book.

Setting~ Renton (not sure of the spelling because I only had audio version)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-07-24 22:50
Like Never and Always
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre

Two best friends are dating brothers. They're all hanging out together, driving around on a hot summer night when things go horribly wrong. Liv wakes in the hospital, but everyone is calling her Morgan. She's hoping things will get cleared up when the bandages come off, but sadly that's not what happens. Liv has become her best friend Morgan. Morgan is a beautiful rich girl who seemed to have the perfect life, but as Liv finds out it's anything but. She uncovers one dark secret after the other until she fulfills Morgan's last request.

This book immediately had me hooked. What is going on?! Liv died but now she's in Morgan's body? And all these secrets Morgan had - wow. This book can serve as a reminder that everyone has their own story, we shouldn't judge or jump to conclusions. I liked the characters. The story was never boring - one thing snowballed into a lot of dirty secrets coming out and Morgan/Liv found strength and courage to keep her head held high. I liked how she no longer took the little things for granted and that she also found out who her true friends were. A compulsive and interesting read for me.

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for a copy of this book
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