Book Giveaway: Crossing the Line

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Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers, I have a copy of Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers for one (1) lucky winner!

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Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth



Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth
by Gene Luen Yang (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Superman is going through some changes. First, there’s his new “solar flare” power, which releases tremendous amounts of energy but leaves him functionally human—fragile, vulnerable, prone to hangovers—for 24 hours.

But an even bigger change is coming. A new company called Hordr has sprung up, and its business is secrets. If you have one that you want to keep hidden, Hordr can control you—and no one has a bigger secret than Clark Kent.

Now, Hordr is threatening to expose Clark’s alter ego unless he does everything they command. Will Superman play into the hands of blackmailers to keep his loved ones out of danger? And if the truth that Superman has been hiding is exposed, will it set him free—or ruin his life?

Review:
Since I jumped into this series with this graphic novel, I’m not sure why Superman was drained of his powers and why they’re different now. This, unfortunately, is not explained. For a first volume, it’s really strange. It collects issues #40-44, so it was a deliberate choice. Altered powers aside, this was a really good story.

A confused and depleted Superman leads to more suspense, when he’s not all-powerful. Hordr is an intriguing new villain. And there are quite a few surprises within the story. In this multiverse, Superman is dating Wonder Woman, but his interactions with Lois Lane are great – she’s still the same person. And I’ll always be team Lois and Clark, so I’m hoping his thing with Wonder Woman fails soon. The story and solid artwork will keep me coming back for more in this series.

Collects issues #40-44 and the 8-page Superman story from DIVERGENCE: FCBD SPECIAL EDITION #1.

SciFi Book Review: Railhead

Railhead by Philip Reeve

Synopsis:
The Great Network is an ancient web of routes and gates, where sentient trains can take you anywhere in the galaxy in the blink of an eye. Zen Starling is a nobody. A petty thief from the filthy streets of Thunder City who aimlessly rides the rails of the Network. So when the mysterious stranger Raven offers Zen a chance to escape the squalor of the city and live the rest of his days in luxury, Zen cant believe his luck. All he has to do is steal one small box from the Emperors train with the help of Nova, an android girl. But the Great Network is a hazardous mess of twists and turns, and that little box just might bring everything in this galaxy and the next to the end of the line.

Review:
I’m a fan of Reeve’s steampunk series, so I was excited to check out this standalone science fiction novel. Like Reeve’s other series, this new world/universe is well-developed and unique. Instead of spaceships, people travel by trains to other worlds. With sentient A.I. and mysterious Guardians who govern humans, this galaxy is full of interesting characters.

The story is fast-paced and full of drama and intrigue. While Zen is a thief, he’s likable and relatable. Science fiction fans from teens to adults will enjoy this fantastic adventure.

Book Giveaway: Wandmaker

Courtesy of Scholastic, I have a copy of Wandmaker by Ed Masessa for one (1) lucky winner!

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Coloring Book Review: Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book



Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book

This latest coloring book in the Harry Potter series from Scholastic is fantastic. The artwork is incredible and ornately detailed. This is definitely one of my new favorite coloring books. A lot of the pages will require colored pencils as the details are so tiny. There aren’t a lot of pages with much white space, which I appreciate. And the back pages of the book are full color images from the films – nice for collectors, but kind of pointless for those of us who won’t hold onto our coloring books once they’re completed. I would prefer more pages for coloring.

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