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review 2017-08-06 05:45
The Arrival
The Arrival - Shaun Tan

This is a very emotional story told entirely through illustrations. I absolutely love this book. I have looked at it probably a thousand times and every time I flip through it find something new, more story, overlooked graphics.

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review 2017-08-05 03:47
A fast, fun fantasy for the MG crowd
Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith - Shaun Hume

Yeah, so this is a MG Fantasy about an orphan boy with horrible foster parents being recruited to go to a private school where he's trained in mystical arts and gets in all sorts of adventures. But it's totally not <b>Harry Potter</b>. Clearly inspired by that series by Rowling -- but others as well, don't get me wrong (Riordan and Mull leap to mind as examples) -- but <b>Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith</b> is its own thing. Every now and then its non-<b>Harry Potter</b>ness gets in your face and is a bit distracting. At the same time, focusing on how Hume zags when Rowling zigs, or how they approach the same convention differently displays the strengths of this project while making it appealing for the reader missing the Hogwarts crew.

 

Ewan and the others at his school have the rare ability to see all sorts of mythical Creatures, and as such, are trained to deal with them and other exotic threats. Classic boarding school-type hijinks ensue, Ewan makes a couple of really good friends, and a few others. He and Mathilde and Enid, his two best friends, come across some information which they believe indicates that graduates, officials and at least one student are involved in an attempt to kill the Queen. They bend, break, and ignore rules to investigate and try to stop this plot.

 

Meanwhile, they have all sorts of interesting studies -- there's a class involving swords, one hand-to-hand combat, one involving making potions (of sorts), one involving the Creatures (of course), and things of that nature. That's pretty fun.

 

The relationships between Ewan and his two closest friends, as well as those between the other students and some of the teachers are just great. I can easily see fan favorites emerging from among the student body as the series continues. There's a couple of kids in his class that have an irrational hatred of Ewan and his friends. Those two are a little too underdeveloped now, they might as well have mustaches to twirl. It won't take much in book 2 to develop them into something interesting.

 

On the whole, an entertaining, heartfelt, and quick fantasy novel that'll please the MG crowd. The plot is solid, ditto for the characters, and the world is both familiar and foreign. I'd like book 2 to deepened everything a little, but given the worldbuilding and plotting that one had to establish that it won't, that should be easy. Give this one a shot.

<em><strong>Disclaimer:</strong> This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for this post and my honest opinion.</em>

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/04/ewan-pendle-and-the-white-wraith-by-shaun-hume
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review 2017-05-05 03:13
MANIACS WITH KNIVES: UNAPOLOGETIC HORROR FROM SHAUN HUPP
Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror - Shaun Hupp

To a regular person, they’re just tools. . .
A chef uses them to prepare a meal.
A surgeon uses them to save lives.
To the maniacs in this story, however. . .
Theirs is a much darker purpose.
For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . .

 

This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series, from #MichiganMadman Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror line.
The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.

 

MEET YOUR MAIN MANIACS!

 

Jen & Troy – Jen’s parents are out of town, and she just wants to have a little fun with her boyfriend, Troy.  She hears noises and thinks that Troy, being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, has snuck inside while she was in the shower to fulfill one of her kinkier fantasies.  She finally finds him, but realizes that something is wrong when he turns around… Troy wouldn’t be wearing her dad’s face as a mask. Oh shit!

 

“Guys that wear other peoples faces don’t get scared.”

 

Kim & Rich have been married for 5 years. She loves him, and he beats her. But he always says he’s sorry, so it’s OK (I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain).  The past couple of days have been especially bad, though – so Kim ruining tonight’s dinner was the straw that broke Rich’s back.  What happened next was just a simple accident – one that could have been avoided if they had any ketchup in the house.

 

Alex & Owen begin as strangers in a bar, drinking & telling stories. The tales get taller as they tend to do when alcohol is involved, so can we believe Owen when he confesses that he’s the infamous Bay River Slasher – the most prolific serial killer to never get caught? Probably, because the ‘Holy Shit’ moment comes when Alex finally tells Owen who HE really is.

 

Ben & Erin are my absolute favorite characters! ‘Ben’ – The Artist, and Erin – The Masterpiece.  ‘Ben’ has been reading too many books by Matt Shaw, and wants to be Art when he grows up. Erin just wants these things taken off of her face!

 

Each story continues as the book progresses, meshing together here and there, and proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! ESPECIALLY ‘Ben’ & Erin’s parts. I have FIVE highlights showing where I busted out laughing, and exactly what I was thinking as I tried not to pee my pants.  I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I’ll refrain from sharing all my twisted, and hilarious thoughts. Just promise me two things… check out my full review to enjoy the full effect, and when you’re reading this book and you get to Loc 1443, play a ‘BOING!’ sound effect. Then finish up and come back here so we can chat and giggle!

 

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
 ~sg

 

You can find Maniacs with Knives on Amazon, and Goodreads

Stalk Shaun Hupp on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/maniacs-with-knives-unapologetic-horror-from-shaun-hupp
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review 2017-05-04 21:14
MANIACS WITH KNIVES: UNAPOLOGETIC HORROR FROM SHAUN HUPP
Maniacs with Knives: Unapologetic Horror - Shaun Hupp

To a regular person, they’re just tools. . .
A chef uses them to prepare a meal.
A surgeon uses them to save lives.
To the maniacs in this story, however. . .
Theirs is a much darker purpose.
For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . .

 

This is Book 1 in the Maniacs with Knives Series, from #MichiganMadman Shaun Hupp’s Unapologetic Horror line.
The author is NOT sorry this book contains: Gore, violence, dismemberment, rape, swearing, and a dozen other things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re a sensitive reader, this book is probably NOT for you.

 

MEET YOUR MAIN MANIACS!

 

Jen & Troy – Jen’s parents are out of town, and she just wants to have a little fun with her boyfriend, Troy.  She hears noises and thinks that Troy, being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, has snuck inside while she was in the shower to fulfill one of her kinkier fantasies.  She finally finds him, but realizes that something is wrong when he turns around… Troy wouldn’t be wearing her dad’s face as a mask. Oh shit!

 

“Guys that wear other peoples faces don’t get scared.”

 

Kim & Rich have been married for 5 years. She loves him, and he beats her. But he always says he’s sorry, so it’s OK (I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain).  The past couple of days have been especially bad, though – so Kim ruining tonight’s dinner was the straw that broke Rich’s back.  What happened next was just a simple accident – one that could have been avoided if they had any ketchup in the house.

 

Alex & Owen begin as strangers in a bar, drinking & telling stories. The tales get taller as they tend to do when alcohol is involved, so can we believe Owen when he confesses that he’s the infamous Bay River Slasher – the most prolific serial killer to never get caught? Probably, because the ‘Holy Shit’ moment comes when Alex finally tells Owen who HE really is.

 

Ben & Erin are my absolute favorite characters! ‘Ben’ – The Artist, and Erin – The Masterpiece.  ‘Ben’ has been reading too many books by Matt Shaw, and wants to be Art when he grows up. Erin just wants these things taken off of her face!

 

Each story continues as the book progresses, meshing together here and there, and proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! ESPECIALLY ‘Ben’ & Erin’s parts. I have FIVE highlights showing where I busted out laughing, and exactly what I was thinking as I tried not to pee my pants.  I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I’ll refrain from sharing all my twisted, and hilarious thoughts. Just promise me two things… check out my full review to enjoy the full effect, and when you’re reading this book and you get to Loc 1443, play a ‘BOING!’ sound effect. Then finish up and come back here so we can chat and giggle!

 

Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥
 ~sg

 

You can find Maniacs with Knives on Amazon, and Goodreads

Stalk Shaun Hupp on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/maniacs-with-knives-unapologetic-horror-from-shaun-hupp
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review 2017-04-14 16:28
We Are the Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson

This isn't even really a review, just a note to say that this book is PERFECT. Seriously, it is. I'm in awe that the author managed to fit so much in one story, and do it so expertly. It deals with love. With marriage. With loss. With friendship. With mental health. With harmful relationships. With self-worth. With rape, even. With everything, and it all just wraps up into this story that made me smile, giggle, tear up and full on sob.

 

My book hangover is MASSIVE right now. I'm going to need some time away to fully digest this even. All I know is I need a physical copy of this book, so I can mark it up and quote it, and love it forever.

 

Holy shit.

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