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review 2018-07-10 17:41
Another fun issue!
I Hate Fairyland #10 - Skottie Young,Skottie Young,Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Love, love love.   Gert has to pick a door - one will take her to her dreams.  The other will destroy fairyland. 

 

This is Gert.   One hundred years in the future, on the eve of fairyland's destruction, Gert has to go back to the past, and tell her younger self what to do to avoid this. 

 

Gert totally doesn't have ADD, so this will all work out!

 

Another funny issue. 

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review 2018-07-10 00:22
Gert loses a bet
I Hate Fairyland #9 - Skottie Young,Skottie Young,Jean-Francois Beaulieu

When a dark wizard demands an extinct creature - one that her worm-friend, Larry - can't find immediately, Gert has to go into his hat and get it herself.   If only she hadn't kidnapped and then promptly forgotten a string of people. 

 

If only she didn't have to go through them to get her Catastrophon.   

 

Of course, she has to fight the Lynt first since Larry doesn't clean up his damn hat.  

 

Yeah, if she survives the Lynt and gets through the group of people who despise her, then maybe she can save her life. 

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review 2018-07-09 23:37
So much fun
I Hate Fairyland #8 - Skottie Young,Skottie Young,Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Gert has to live-play through a video game to try and find a way home.   She bets her dragon - aka a boy dressed up as a dragon - while she beats her way through way too many fatalities. 

 

But can she beat the boss, Purty Pretty Princess? 

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-07 03:47
On a roll but not the good kind
Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts) - Doug TenNapel

Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel is another summer reading selection for middle grade readers. This is the first in a series of graphic novels which follow the adventures of Herc, a Nnewt, who is on both a literal and figurative journey of self-discovery. From the beginning, the reader is launched into this fictional world of creatures called Nnewts and their enemies the Lizzarks. There was a sense that one should already be familiar with characters and backstory. The narrative seemed to be all over the place which compounded the issue. I feel like the author was trying to put a spin on the classic 'underdog who surprises everyone to come out on top' but it was all a bit rushed in my opinion. Also, if this is a series I see no reason why the pacing had to be so hurried.  I went into this one with fairly high hopes as the first couple of pages seemed quite interesting but this is one of those books that just didn't work for me. However, I'm betting it will appeal to a younger audience. (It is after all not marketed for me so this makes perfect sense.) It will probably come as no surprise to any of you that I have no plans to continue this series but I have recommended it to some of my younger readers who like a lot of blood, guts, and gore. No complaints thus far. :-) The best thing I can say about this particular book is that the color illustrations were very imaginative but the rest of it left quite a bit to desire. 2/10

 

Spoiler: Straight out of the gate most of the characters are killed off and I feel like this was a lazy way to move the hero's journey ahead. Also, because it happened so early on there was really no emotional attachment or buildup so it served very little purpose (at least from a reader's perspective).

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An example from the first couple of pages. [Source: Scholastic Canada]

 

 

What's Up Next: Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-07-06 12:12
Voting for this in the number four slot
Paper Girls Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan

I enjoyed this - I just enjoyed the other offerings more.   

 

Still a fun ride, but I missed enough without volume two that I felt a little bit lost.   Not sure how to talk about this without spoiling it, so I'll leave it here. 

 

 

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