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review 2017-11-12 01:42
Impatient to read the next one
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth - Judd Winick
Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World - Judd Winick
Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom - Judd Winick

In an effort to expand my repertoire of graphic novels and maybe be more helpful when recommending books to my library patrons I took a trip to the shelves. I came upon a set of 3 books in a series written by Judd Winick and their covers were so eye-catching that I decided to grab all of them to binge. I'm grateful that I did because I breezed right through them and it's left me impatient for book 4 which comes out at the beginning of next year. The series centers around a character called HiLo (arguments could be made that it's written Hilo or HILO) who crash lands onto earth (and into our hearts) with The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. The title pretty much says it, right? HiLo looks like your typical kid except that he's super strong and extremely weird. He doesn't get why clothes are mandatory or that not everyone has superpowers like he does. Luckily, he makes friends with D.J. who is more than happy to show him the ropes and to absolutely have his back...even if that means fighting robots from another dimension. By the second book, Saving the Whole Wide World, their duo has expanded to include Gina who used to be D.J.'s best friend before she moved away. She's struggling with her own identity so it's challenging to try and sort out just what kind of a creature HiLo actually is...and if he's a hero or a villain. The stakes are higher and the danger is 100% real but it doesn't seem like there's anything that HiLo can't defeat...which brings us to the third book titled The Great Big Boom. There are magical warrior cats in this book. I don't think I need to say anything else because MAGICAL WARRIOR CATS. HiLo and his friends are going up against the ultimate baddie and it's only going to get worse which is why I'm practically vibrating with excitement over Waking the Monsters which is set for release on 1/16/18.

 

These books are full of heart and what it means to be a loyal friend no matter what (even if there are killer robots). The illustrations are 99% of the reason why I love these books. The colors, characters, and layouts are perfectly married to the hilarious, heartwarming prose. This is a solid 10/10 for me and I have been recommending it so much that now we only have book 2 sitting lonely on our shelves (they're going like hotcakes is what I'm saying). So catch up so that like me you can sit in anticipation for the 4th book to hit the shelves!

 

What's Up Next: Matt Phelan Masterpost

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly & Zach Weinersmith & I'm rereading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie because I just saw the film :-D

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-10-21 16:24
Sorry, I'm confused by all the 5-Star Reviews for this...
Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing,Jennifer Fournier,Karissa Laurel
 
Book Title:  Midnight Burning 

Author:  Karissa Laurel

Narration:  Jennifer Fournier

Series:  Norse Chronicles #1

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Norse Mythology

Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC

Setting:  Mostly Alaska

Source:   I received audiobook via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  2/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  2/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.7/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  2/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  Yup!

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

This felt like a lot longer than 278 pages on audio.  This was over 10 hours long…10 hours of unlikable characters, lines delivered in the wrong context and an annoyingly done love triangle (or square). 

 

I don't usually get this upset with love triangle's, but this one really irked me.  Solina flip-flopped almost the entire book between Val and Thorin and ran hot and cold in her interactions with each, throughout.  She pushed away then pulled them in and pushed away again.  So much so, that I'm thinking she really likes Skyla instead.  Skyla accused her of having a girl crush, even.   I think the narrator is at fault for how cheesy the lines were delivered, she was not on her game at all.  This could have been a really good story, otherwise, because the Nordic element was an interesting one.  I just couldn't get past my dislike for these characters and the narrator to really listen to it.

 

Will I continue this series?  Nah…I'll pass.

 

 

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review 2017-10-06 18:16
Pink Ranger no more - and Kimberly's solo
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1 (of 6) - Brenden Fletcher,Kelly Thompson,Daniele Di Nicuolo

I'm not even sure what happened.   All I know is that she's one of my least favorite rangers - sorry?  Or I'm not? - but this had a color your own cover version, so, bam, snagged it. 

 

It's actually more fun, and made me care far more for the character; Kimberly, on her own, without her ranger powers, has to save her mother, father, and the town they're now living in - in France *swoon, yeah, that helped* - which has been apparently overrun by monsters. 

 

I found her less annoying on her own, and de-powered.   Also more down to Earth: she was taking care of herself, and doing her best not to worry about her friends, and former superhero partners, while also caring about what happened to everyone in this town. 

 

Fun, and I might just check out the rest of the series eventually.   When I have more time than I do now.

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review 2017-10-06 01:20
To be honest
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 2 - Corin Howell,Hendry Prasetya,Steve Orlando,Thony Silas,Kyle Higgins

I liked this less than volume three.   It isn't even that it's less well written.    Well, I do think volume three was a little tighter plot wise, so, yes, volume two was less well written - but not by much.   The characters were still incredibly richly, the plot was far from bad, and I overall enjoyed this.   Given that three gets darker, and this is what I truly like, however, I'm thinking of skipping volume one and moving right onto what comes after volume three, though. 

 

Short review because catching up and I still have looooads of school work.  I do have a light week next week - just some reading - but I want to get started on bigger projects that are due later next week, as well.  

 

So it'll be short reviews as I catch up.   

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review 2017-09-22 23:05
Well, shit...
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 3 - Kyle Higgins,Hendry Prasetya,Jon Lam

Talk about dark.   Someone gets decapitated in this.  As in the head is torn off and brought out as a 'hey, look what happened, and lose all hope,' type thing.   (I think it's clear that it's not the Rangers tearing off heads...)

 

When Tommy and Billy escape their enemies, they end up in a terrifying future in which Rita rules the Earth.   What's happened and can they make their way back to their timeline?   Can they change things so that Rita doesn't conquer the Earth? 

 

This is far darker than anything in the show, and it allows the writer, and artist, to explore a more complex world: solutions aren't so easy that they can be fixed in a short episode.   Things aren't merely fixed because people realize they're wrong.   Even with Tommy changing sides - he's given power by Rita Repulsa and later joins the Rangers - the show had a fairly cardboard good and evil dynamic: when you were evil, or a bully, you just were.   When you were good, you might make mistakes, but you tended to always have good intentions, and an apology would fix all.   

 

Not so here.   Tommy's more conflicted about his Power Ranger origin, and sees the other as good and himself as less good, even when there's fairly solid proof this isn't true.   No amounts of apologies will fix a decapitation.   (And even when Rita does evil, she tends to do so in ways that don't kill, or even maim in ways that do permanent damage.   But the ways that people rally, or don't, after such blows is a deeper, complex part of human nature; allowing Rita and her crew to go around ripping off heads allows the Rangers to rally - or not - in the face of such barbarism.   It was something they never had to face, or even think about, because it would never happen in a kids show.

 

Of course, violence doesn't automatically equate to complexity.   It can be for shock value or simply not show consequences that are realistic, or complex.   This comic doesn't stay true to much of the TV show: it's more violent, but it does stay true to much. The value of friendship, of sticking together, how good can overcome evil, about doing good, and the diverse cast of characters.   The changes, like the more violent nature of this comic, aren't added in place of what it keeps the same, nor are they gratuitously added.   They're added to build on that, but to place greater challenges in the way of the Rangers and showing that no matte what, they will continue to fight.   It's added to explore these characters more deeply in the face of these challenges.   

 

The cheese is gone, replaced by more character development than I would have expected.  

 

And I'm loving it all.   

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