August 2021 Book Haul

 

August was a pretty good month for books.  I had quite a few preordered and went out shopping more than once.  So I ended up with some impulse purchases and I regret nothing.

 

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Review and Excerpt for Whistle by E. Lockhart (ebook)

 

 

Whistle by E. Lockhart illustrated by Manuel Preitano

From New York Times bestselling author E. Lockhart (Genuine FraudWe Were Liars) and artist Manuel Preitano (The Oracle Code) comes a new Gotham City superhero in this exciting YA graphic novel.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Zimmerman has something to say. When she’s not on the streets advocating for her community, she’s volunteering at the local pet shelter. She seeks to help all those in need, even the stray dog she’s named Lebowitz that follows her around. But as much as she does for the world around her, she struggles closer to home–taking care of her mother, recently diagnosed with cancer. Her job as an adjunct professor of Jewish studies does not provide adequate health insurance–and Willow can see that time is running out.

When in desperation she reconnects with her estranged “uncle” Edward, he opens the door to an easier life. Through simple jobs, such as hosting his private poker nights with Gotham City’s elites, she is able to keep her family afloat–and afford critical medical treatments for her mother.

Willow’s family life quickly improves through the income provided by these jobs, but it comes at the cost of distancing herself from the people she truly cares about. Her time is now spent on new connections, such as biologist and teacher Pammie Isley. And when Willow and Lebowitz collide with the monstrous Killer Croc outside the local synagogue, they are both injured, only to wake up being able to understand each other. And there are other developments, too…strange ways in which they’ve become stronger together. Willow’s activism kicks into high gear–with these powers, she can really save the world!

But when Willow discovers that Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.

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Review of Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera (ebook) Excerpt

 

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera and Steph C.

Acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera and artist Steph C. reimagine one of DC’s greatest Green Lanterns, Jessica Cruz, to tell a story about immigration, family, and overcoming fear to inspire hope.

Jessica Cruz has done everything right. She’s a dedicated student, popular among her classmates, and has a loving family that has done everything they can to give her a better life in the United States. While Jessica is a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allowing her to go to school and live in the U.S., her parents are undocumented. Jessica usually worries for her parents, but her fears and anxiety escalate as a mayoral candidate with a strong anti-immigration stance runs for office.

As the xenophobia in Coast City increases, Jessica begins to debate whether it’s worth renewing her status to stay in the U.S., or if her family would be safer and better off moving back to Mexico. And despite her attempts to lean on her friends and family, she finds herself constantly visited by visions of Aztec gods, one pulling her towards hope and the other towards anger.

But when her father is detained by I.C.E., Jessica finds herself being pulled into an abyss of fear. With her father gone and feeling helpless, Jessica must find her way out of her fears and ultimately become a voice for her community.

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Review of I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki (#inpartnershipwithDC) (ebook)

 

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I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki art by Yoshi Yoshitani

 

From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire, and her desperate attempts to get out from under her shadow.

Seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r is not her mother. Daughter of Starfire and high school outcast, Mandy is constantly trying to get out from under the shadow of her bright, bubbly, scantily clad, and famous mother. Dyeing her bright orange hair black and sticking close to her best friend, Lincoln, Mandy spends her days at school avoiding Teen Titans superfans and trying to hide her feelings for the gorgeous, popular, and perfect Claire. And while Mandy usually avoids spending too much time with her alien mother, she’s been particularly quiet as she’s keeping one major secret from her: Mandy walked out of her S.A.T.

While Mandy continues to tell Lincoln her plans of moving to France to escape the family spotlight and not go to college, she secretly hides a fear of not knowing her identity outside of just being the daughter of a superhero and who she will become. But when she is partnered with Claire to work on a school project, their friendship develops into something more and a self-confidence unknown to Mandy begins to bloom. Claire seems to like Mandy for being Mandy, not the daughter of Starfire.

But when someone from Starfire’s past comes to disrupt Mandy’s future, Mandy must finally make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything. I Am Not Starfire is a story about mother-daughter relationships, embracing where you come from while finding your own identity, and learning to be unafraid of failing, if it was even failing in the first place.

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Blog Tour for The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner (paperback review)

 

THE OKAY WITCH AND THE HUNGRY SHADOW

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE OKAY WITCH AND THE HUNGRY SHADOW by Emma Steinkellner Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: THE OKAY WITCH AND THE HUNGRY SHADOW (The Okay Witch #2)

Author: Emma Steinkellner

Pub. Date: July 6, 2019

Publisher: Aladdin

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Pages: 256

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

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Blog Tour for Shark Summer by Ira Marcks (promo)

 

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shark Summer by Ira Marcks.  This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.

 

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: May 25, 2021

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Review of Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger (ebook) #InPartnershipWithDC

 

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Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sarah Kipin

New York Times bestselling author of The DUFF Kody Keplinger and artist Sara Kipin reimagine an iconic DC antihero with a gothic-horror twist.

There’s something unusual about Pamela Isley–the girl who hides behind her bright red hair. The girl who won’t let anyone inside to see what’s lurking behind the curtains. The girl who goes to extreme lengths to care for a few plants. Pamela Isley doesn’t trust other people, especially men. They always want something from her. Something she’s not willing to give.

When cute goth girl Alice Oh comes into Pamela’s life after an accident at the local park, she makes her feel like pulling back the curtains and letting the sunshine in. But there are dark secrets deep within the Isley house. Secrets Pamela’s father has warned must remain hidden. Secrets that could turn deadly and destroy the one person who ever cared about Pamela, or as her mom preferred to call her…Ivy.

Will Pamela open herself up to the possibilities of love, or will she forever be transformed by the thorny vines of revenge?

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Championess by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (promo post)

 

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Championess is based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century  London. Elizabeth, reimagined as half-Indian, and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’s  debts. While Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, the only way she knows how to make enough  money to help them survive is her true passion, bareknuckle boxing. With Tess’s support, Elizabeth trains at the  boxing facility of one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety, James  Figg. As Elizabeth trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her  family and comes to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world.  

Writers: Kelly Zekas & Tarun Shanker 

Artist: Amanda Perez Puentes 

Editor: Legendary Comics’ Nikita Kannekanti 

Legendary Comics YA’s forthcoming graphic novel, Championess, is to be adapted into a television series by new  UK-based production company Watford & Essex. In November, the formation of Watford & Essex, the joint  venture between Legendary Entertainment and acclaimed showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew  Graham (“Life On Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “The White Queen,” “The Spanish Princess,” “Doctor Who” and “The  Man In The High Castle”) was announced. The company launched with a slate of ten projects in development  including Championess

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