I have read many tall tale stories from the legendary Steven Kellogg, but this is honestly the first time that I had checked out Steven Kellogg’s wor...more
I have read many tall tale stories from the legendary Steven Kellogg, but this is honestly the first time that I had checked out Steven Kellogg’s work on an unknown tall tale hero, “Mike Fink!” I must say that this is definitely one tall tale story that you should check out!
Mike Fink was always born for adventure, especially during an incident when he was two days old and he ran away from home to join up with a group of acrobatic frogs! When Mike got older, he started wrestling with other boys twice his size and he always came out on top! One day, however when Mike was planning on becoming a Keel Boatman, he meets up with Jack Carpenter, the King of the keel boatmen and he wanted to wrestle with him. But, Jack proved to be much stronger than Mike and he ends up throwing Mike into the Rocky Mountains, where Mike ends up meeting a group of bears that are constantly shown wrestling each other. After Mike spends some time practicing wrestling with these bears, he goes back to Jack Carpenter and…
Does Mike end up winning his fight with Jack Carpenter and what other adventures will Mike Fink go on next?
Read this book to find out!
*Now, judging by that summary, you might think that the whole point of this book was Mike’s fight with Jack Carpenter, but oh no. That is not the end of Mike’s adventures! Just for the sake of not spoiling too much in this book, I just cut the summary off at Mike’s meeting with Jack Carpenter!*
Wow! I have read many tall tales during my time, but I had never read a tall tale story that stars Mike Fink before. I have heard of Mike Fink in other tall tales stories like “Davy Crockett” and “Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett,” but I have never read any stories that featured him as a solo character. Now, I finally got that chance with Steven Kellogg’s rendition of this larger than life tall tale hero! I honestly enjoyed this retelling of this unknown tall tale hero as before, I did not know much about Mike Fink until I read this book and now that I read this book, I am definitely looking forward to reading more stories about Mike Fink! I loved the way that Steven Kellogg brings humor and adventure to this tall tale as Mike Fink is constantly being shown taking down opponents that are much larger than him and yet, he is always determined to become the strongest Keel Boatman no matter what kind of odds are stacked against him. I also loved the exaggerated and hilarious adventures that Mike Fink has throughout his life such as playing around with acrobatic frogs and wrestling with grizzly bears as they bring so much creativity to this story! Steven Kellogg’s artwork was also beautiful and impressive to look at, especially during the scenes where Mike is doing various stunts that would make you scratch your head in confusion and yet be awed by the awesomeness of those stunts! I especially loved the artwork of the landscapes in the Rocky Mountains as they look realistic and beautiful and they give the story a sense of beauty while also providing an adventurous tone.
The only thing about this book that sort of rubbed me the wrong way was how the book ended. I mean, it is sort of a clean cut ending as in the story is wrapped up nicely, but at the same time I expected to see more from the final fight that Mike engages in. I would have loved to see more illustrations that detailed the final fight rather than just leaving it up to the audience’s imagination about what happened after that fight (by the way, I am not telling you what the final fight was all about so that way, I would not spoil too much about this book)!
Overall, “Mike Fink” is a fantastic story that really details the adventures of one of the lesser known tall tale heroes in a humorous and adventurous way. Anyone who wants to check out the fun adventures of Mike Fink or find a good book that is all about Mike Fink, you should definitely give this book a whirl!
I have read many comic books from different companies including Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, but this was honestly the first time...more
I have read many comic books from different companies including Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, but this was honestly the first time I had read a comic book series from Boom Studios! This comic book happens to be called “Irredeemable,” which is an Eisner Nominated Comic Book Series that is written by Mark Waid along with artwork by Peter Krause and man, was I in for one heck of a surprise when I started reading this comic book!
What is this story about?
In this volume, the Plutonian was once the World’s greatest superhero, but then one day, he suddenly went insane and started killing many innocent people. His former teammates then try to come up with a plan to find out about what made the Plutonian snap and try to learn more about who he really is and how to stop him before he destroys the world!
What I loved about this story:
Mark Waid’s writing: Now, I will admit that I have read many comic books where the superheroes go bad (some stories were good and some stories were bad and should have never been printed in the first place), but this was probably one of the most unique takes on the classic “superhero going rogue” story line that I have ever read. Mark Waid has done a great job at presenting the readers with a premise that would sound preposterous to some superhero fans, but ended up making this story pretty interesting to read! I liked the way that Mark Waid explored the idea of a superhero going rogue through the Plutonian and the affect it had on his former teammates and his loved ones. It is like seeing a close friend of yours suddenly going insane and you have no idea how or why your friend is going insane, which really makes this situation pretty personal for anyone who had to go through that in real life. I also loved the mystery that Mark Waid provided in this story such as trying to figure out why the Plutonian went insane and what could possibly stop his rampage across the world, which I figure might be the main plot of this whole series.
Peter Krause’s artwork: Peter Krause’s artwork was just amazing in this volume! I loved how realistic the characters look and I also loved how Peter Krause drew the scenes where the Plutonian caused mass destruction all over the world, which was both chilling and mesmerizing to watch! I also loved the way that the characters’ faces and bodies are shadowed whenever they are in the dark during the night scenes as they make the images much more effective to look at.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
The reason why I took off a star from this book was because while I enjoyed the story about a superhero suddenly going rogue, I would have liked to know more about the Plutonian as a character and about his teammates also. It felt like they just threw the characters into this situation without really explaining about why this is all happening. Maybe the plot about finding out more about the Plutonian as a character and why he went on a rampage is a part of the big mystery for this series, but I still would have liked to learn more about the Plutonian in this volume just so I could care more about his character when he did go rogue.
Overall, “Irredeemable Volume One” is an interesting comic book about what would happen if a superhero goes rogue and the lengths one must take to stop that superhero from destroying the world. I am definitely going to check out the next volume to see what happens next!
Now, I will be honest here. I knew that the “Hardy Boys” existed in various books for decades now, but I was never able to p...more
Now, I will be honest here. I knew that the “Hardy Boys” existed in various books for decades now, but I was never able to pick up the series until just recently (or at least pick up a more modern day take on the classic book series in graphic novel format). So, when I heard that Scott Lobdell, who was known for writing many superhero comic books in the past, was writing this series, I just had to see for myself what this series was all about!
What is this story about?
In this volume, Frank and Joe Hardy, along with their friends Callie and Iola try to find the stolen treasure from the Middle East called the Ocean of Osyria after their friend Chet Morton was framed of stealing this priceless treasure. It turns out that when Chet was doing an online bidding, he unknowingly came across the Ocean of Osyria, which was actually stolen and placed for bidding. Now Joe, Frank, Callie and Iola have to journey to the Middle East to find out who framed Chet and to also get the Ocean of Osyria back!
What I loved about this story:
The premise: When I heard that Scott Lobdell was writing a more modernized take on Franklin W. Dixon’s classic “Hardy Boys” series, I just had to check this series out and see how well Scott Lobdell was able to handle this series. I actually loved the way that Scott Lobdell characterized both Frank and Joe’s relationship with each other as it is clear that they truly care about each other and yet they are always being snarky with each other. I also loved their relationship with Chet Morton, his sister Iola and Callie as it shows that they have a close relationship with each other and that they will do anything to protect each other, especially in trying to get Chet out of jail after he was framed.
Some of Lea Hernandez’s artwork: I mentioned that I liked some of Lea Hernandez’s artwork because I thought that the characters looked cute and I did like how the action sequences were drawn as they were quite effective.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
The reason why I gave this volume a three and a half star rating was because I felt that the story was a bit too slow in many parts and as a newcomer to the “Hardy Boys” series, this volume did not explain much about how the Hardy Boys got into solving mysteries or giving us a case where the Hardy Boys start to realize that they were made for solving cases. Also, the artwork can be a little too scratchy in places to the point where you do not quite understand what kind of action is taking place at that time. Also, I felt that the artwork does not work for this type of story since I expected to see artwork that was a little more intense and realistic for a story that is all about solving crimes. The only thing that prevented me from giving this volume a complete three star rating was the relationships between the characters, which I really enjoyed.
Overall, “The Hardy Boys: The Ocean of Osyria” may have contained good chemistry between the characters and an interesting premise, but the story was just okay as the plot was a bit too slow for my tastes. Hopefully, this series will get better in the next set of volumes.
Alright, so I have been reading “Batman” and “Superman” comic books from DC Comics so far, but I have yet to read comic bo...more
Alright, so I have been reading “Batman” and “Superman” comic books from DC Comics so far, but I have yet to read comic books from other superheroes like “Flash,” “Green Lantern” and “Wonder Woman.” But now I finally got the chance to check out another DC superhero that I have not read about at all and that is “Green Arrow!” Now, I have been watching the “Arrow” TV series for a while now and I had always wanted to read more about “Green Arrow” as a character. So, when I heard so many good things about a comic book called “Green Arrow: Year One,” I just had to check it out and man, was I blown away by this awesome comic book!
What is this story about?
Oliver Queen was a rich playboy who was always spoiled and seemed to only care about what he wanted rather than what others wanted. But, when Oliver’s friend Hackett ended up betraying him and throwing him out of the boat to die, Oliver manages to survive by ending up on an abandoned island. It was there that Oliver starts to realize his true potential in life while slowly becoming the famous GREEN ARROW!
What I loved about this story:
Andy Diggle’s writing: Oh my goodness! I will be honest here, I have never read any of Andy Diggle’s works on comic books before, so this comic book is not only my first introduction to Green Arrow, but also my first introduction to Andy Diggle’s works and his writing on “Green Arrow: Year One” has definitely blown me away! I loved the way that Andy Diggle wrote the action sequences as they were truly intense and I was literally on the edge of my seat seeing if Oliver manages to survive against a group of violent and cruel drug lords who are trying to kill Oliver in order to keep their plans a secret. I also loved the way that Andy Diggle developed Oliver’s character as Oliver started out as a spoiled brat who did not care about anyone but himself. But when Oliver’s life is in great danger and he sees a group of people on the island being enslaved by the drug lords, it was then that we start seeing Oliver grow as a character and having him realize the true potential inside himself by becoming the hero for the people. I also loved the fact that Oliver was portrayed as being a laid back yet assertive and courageous character, especially during his time on the island and I really felt the growth that Oliver went through on his adventures. What was interesting to me about this comic book were the similarities with the “Arrow” TV series, as in both this comic book and the TV series had Oliver stranded on an island and trying to survive, while also training to use a bow and arrow which would benefit him GREATLY in the future.
Jock’s artwork: Just like his artwork in “Batman: The Black Mirror,” Jock has done an astonishing job with the artwork in this comic book! I just loved the way that Jock made all the characters look realistic while providing a scratchy look to the characters. I especially loved the way that action sequences were drawn as the explosions really glow off the pages and I loved the way that whenever the characters are standing underneath the sun or some kind of light, the lights literally glow off the characters, providing so much beauty to the image.
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
For anyone who does not like language and gory violence in a comic book, this comic book has some language (even though it is not as strong as some comic books I had read over the years) and some violence where some characters are shot with arrows and you can see the blood spurting out as the arrows hit the characters.
Overall, “Green Arrow: Year One” is POSITIVELY, ABSOLUTELY and SERIOUSLY one “Green Arrow” comic book you have to check out if you are a huge fan of everyone’s favorite arrow toting superhero and if you want to know the origin story of Oliver Queen!
I have been reading Joe Hill’s magnificent “Locke and Key” series for years and now we finally get the ultimate finale for this wonder...more
I have been reading Joe Hill’s magnificent “Locke and Key” series for years and now we finally get the ultimate finale for this wonderful series! I have been wondering for years about how this series was going to end and whether or not I would be impressed with the results. Well, I have to say that this is one volume that really defines the meaning of “DRAMA BOMB FINALE” and it has exceeded my expectations far more than I expected!
What is this story about?
In this volume, Lucas “Dodge” Caravaggio (who is now in Bode Locke’s body due to his own body getting destroyed in the previous volumes) has now obtained the very key he was looking for: the dreaded key that would open THE BLACK DOOR! Lucas then comes up with a dastardly plan to get most of the high school students to go to the Drowning Cave so he could summon up the demons on the other side of the door to overtake the Locke Kids’ world!
Can Tyler, Kinsey, Scot, Nina and Rufus stop Lucas from unleashing all the demons into their world before it is too late?
What I loved about this story:
Joe Hill’s writing: I have said it once and I will say it again, Joe Hill’s writing continues to amaze me as he brilliantly wove both horror and comedy into one volume! I really loved the way that Joe Hill developed the Locke Kids throughout this series as they went from being heartbroken about the death of their father to trying to save everyone from Lucas’ malicious plan while slowly getting over the death of their father. I really enjoyed the character interactions that the Locke Kids had with their classmates since we mostly saw the Locke Kids interacting with each other more often than they interacted with the other students and I loved the way that some of the relationships (especially between Kinsey and Jamal) had developed even further during these past few volumes. I also loved the way that Joe Hill had all the hanging plot threads established in the previous volumes come together in this volume. While I was reading this series, I had been wondering for so long about what Lucas was really looking for and what his true intentions are for using the missing keys and when I found out in this volume, I was absolutely blown away with terror and sadness. I especially loved the way that Joe Hill ended this book as it was pretty bittersweet and yet it fits perfectly with the sweet and horrific tone of this series.
Gabriel Rodriguez’s artwork: Gabriel Rodriguez’s artwork is as usual beautifully drawn as he does a brilliant job at drawing the expressions on the characters’ faces, especially whenever they are shocked or frightened which happens quite often in this volume! I also loved the images of the shadow creatures that attack the protagonists since they look truly frightening as they take forms of various creatures such as wolves and skeletons and they are probably the most realistic characters in this volume!
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
For anyone who does not like gory violence and strong language, this volume is filled to the brim with images of characters getting cut in half and blood spraying everywhere and that might be a bit too disturbing for anyone who does not like violence. Also, this volume has some strong language such as the constant use of the “f” word, even though the language in this volume is not as strong as the previous volumes.
Overall, “Locke and Key: Alpha and Omega” is a fantastic finale to an otherwise brilliant series and even though I am sad that this series has come to a close, I am glad that we got one awesome ending to a highly acclaimed series!
I have been reading many children’s books that deal with prejudice and racism, but out of all the children’s books I had read that dealt with that sub...more
I have been reading many children’s books that deal with prejudice and racism, but out of all the children’s books I had read that dealt with that subject; “The Other Side” which is written by Jacqueline Woodson along with illustrations by E. B. Lewis, is probably one of the most uplifting children’s books that deal with that subject ever!
Clover was a young black girl who always wondered about why her mother refused to let her go on the other side of the fence, where a white family lives at. It was then that Clover meets a young white girl named Annie, who was always seen sitting on the fence and Clover just keeps getting more curious about this young girl. Clover then decides to talk to Annie and…
Wow! This book was simply amazing! I have read many books that deal with the subject of racism and prejudice in a rather straight forward way, but I have never read a children’s book that actually has the main character question about why racism and prejudice should rule the lives of people. Jacqueline Woodson’s writing is extremely beautiful and heartwarming as it details a young girl’s curiosity about why she could not communicate with a young white girl and what kind of hold racism and prejudice has on society as a whole. I loved the way that Jacqueline Woodson really explored Clover’s innocent nature in trying to understand about how racism and prejudice can take its toll on society and how she still tries to have a conversation with Annie, despite her friends and her mother warning her to not talk to Annie because she is white. I really loved the fact that Clover does not show any prejudice against Annie because she is white and it shows that Clover is extremely open to meeting new people no matter what race they are. I also loved how much significance the fence has in this story as it shows how divided the blacks and whites are from each other and the fact that Annie is constantly sitting on the fence shows that even racism and prejudice cannot overcome the friendship between two people. E. B. Lewis’ artwork is drawn beautifully as the characters look so realistic and they really brought out the realism in the situation about racism and prejudice in society. I also loved the way that E. B. Lewis drew the countryside as it looks truly beautiful and it really captures the beauty of this story.
My only problem with this book was that Clover’s friends do not seem to care about Annie even towards the end. I would have liked to see Clover’s friends develop in this book like Clover and see them actually show some interest in Annie since that would have made their characters just as interesting as Clover’s characters.
Overall, “The Other Side” is a brilliant children’s book that helps show children how racism and prejudice cannot overcome a friendship between two people of different cultures. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the subject matter might confuse smaller children.
Man, how many “Pigeon” books are out there? It does not matter, because I have been enjoying almost all of the “Pigeon” books so far and I am so glad...more
Man, how many “Pigeon” books are out there? It does not matter, because I have been enjoying almost all of the “Pigeon” books so far and I am so glad to find another “Pigeon” book called “The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!” which happens to be in…BOARD BOOK FORMAT!
“Hey, Pigeon, why don’t you show everybody your HAPPY face?”
This is the opening statement of the book as it shows that the bus driver is trying to get the Pigeon to show his emotions to the readers. But, as usual, the Pigeon gives the readers reasons about why he refuses to show his emotions. But for anyone who has read the previous “Pigeon” series, we all know what is going to happen in the end…
Wow! Now, I will admit that when I picked up this book and it was in a board book format, I was a little surprised since this was the first time that I had read a “Pigeon” series in another format besides hardback. The board book format provided an interesting way to read this book as the story was much shorter than what your average “Pigeon” book usually is and it managed to convey some emotions that are felt by children and adults while providing some snarky humor to go along with it! Mo Willems has done a brilliant job at instilling humor in this book as the Pigeon is as funny as ever as he still tries to go against the bus driver’s wishes (despite the fact that it is quite obvious that he is showing many different emotions such as anger and happiness). Mo Willems’ artwork is as cute as ever, as we see images of the Pigeon showing various emotions throughout the book such as being sad and being angry. I especially love the images where the Pigeon waves his wings around frantically whenever he was angry since it was so hilarious to look at!
For anyone who is familiar with Mo Willems’ “Pigeon” series, you might be a bit disappointed that this book is extremely short compared to the other “Pigeon” books. It did seem like we were not getting enough story with this book as the pigeon only explored three emotions and I would have liked to see the Pigeon explore more emotions like “tired,” “excited” and “scared.”
Overall, “The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!” is a cute and short little book that details the emotions that both children and adults feel and it is definitely a hilarious classic for both children and adults!
I seriously have been enjoying Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series for years now and the fifteenth volume called “Black Cat Volume 15: Eve Attacks” ha...moreI seriously have been enjoying Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series for years now and the fifteenth volume called “Black Cat Volume 15: Eve Attacks” has really turned this series around for me as it concentrates more on how tough Eve can really be!
After the Sweeper Alliance got attacked by Creed’s Apostles of the Stars in the last volume, they ended up on the island where Creed’s secret hideout is at and they meet up with even more of Creed’s Apostles of the Stars members! While Train fights Maro and River fights Preta, whose power is to cause objects to melt whenever he touches them, Eve ends up confronting Leon, the young boy who can whip up powerful wind storms.
Can Eve win against Leon and can Train and River defeat the other Apostles of the Stars?
Kentaro Yabuki has done a brilliant job with this volume as while part of the story focuses on Train and River defeating some of the members of the Apostles of the Stars, the real focus in this volume was on Eve fighting Leon. I loved the way that Eve manages to show the readers that she is capable of handling herself in this situation as it shows a great growth in her character as she learns how to handle problems by herself without the help of Train or Sven. I also loved the fact that we finally get to see Train, Sven and Eve confront the Apostles of the Stars since in the previous volumes, we have seen Train, Sven and Eve talk about the Apostles of the Stars, but we never seen them interact with them before and it was great seeing the tension being built up between the Apostles of the Stars and Train, Eve and Sven as they fight each other to decide the fate of Creed. Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is, as always, gorgeous to look at and probably the best parts of the artwork were of the fighting scenes between the Sweeper Alliance and the Apostles of the Stars as the scenes were extremely well drawn and also intense to look at as we see Train and the others getting beaten up by the Apostles of the Stars even though they eventually beat the members of the Stars back.
For anyone who does not like reading much violence in manga, this volume does have a couple of violent scenes where the characters are constantly fighting each other and they would get hurt severely.
Overall, “Black Cat Volume 15: Eve Attacks” is a fantastic volume for fellow “Black Cat” fans and if you are a huge fan of Eve, then this is definitely the volume that you must pick up!
The fourteenth volume of “Black Cat” called “Black Cat: Alliance” really turns things around for all the characters in Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” se...moreThe fourteenth volume of “Black Cat” called “Black Cat: Alliance” really turns things around for all the characters in Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series as Train, Sven and Eve start to get really serious about taking down Creed in this shocking volume!
After Train finally explains to Sven and Eve about his history with Saya and about Creed’s betrayal in killing Saya, Train and Eve ended up going to a hideout called the Sweepers Café, where all the other Sweepers gathered at in order to gain information on Creed’s whereabouts. But, in order to get the information they need about Creed, Train has to first fight a talented young sweeper named River who is extremely confident in his boxing abilities. After Train and River’s fight, Glin, the man who wanted to recruit various sweepers to fight off Creed, sets a special task for all the sweepers (yes, it was a video game) and the sweepers have to pass this test in order to find Creed’s secret hideout! Meanwhile, Sven starts practicing the limits his psychic eye can take after his beating at Creed’s hands so that he could prepare himself for the upcoming battle with Creed.
Kentaro Yabuki has done it again in the stellar storytelling of this volume of “Black Cat!” I loved the way that Kentaro Yabuki managed to balance between humor and drama in this volume as the humor comes from Train and Eve trying to complete the video game that Glin had set upon them (as I really enjoyed the bantering between Train and Eve). I also loved the way that this volume dipped into drama and horror as Train, Eve, Sven and the Sweepers try to find Creed’s hideout, determined to take out Creed once and for all as it was interesting to see Train, Eve and Sven actually take Creed’s constant terror on the world much more seriously and I do wonder what Glin really has planned for the Sweepers who joined the team. Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is as always gorgeous to look at as the action sequences are extremely well stylized, especially during the scenes where Train and River fight each other and during the scenes where Train and Eve are playing the video games to beat the boss levels.
For anyone who does not like gory violence, there is some bloody violence that goes on in this volume, especially towards the end of the story. There are images of characters being sliced and shot at and that might be a bit disturbing for some readers who do not like that kind of violence.
Overall, “Black Cat Volume 14: Alliance” is a fantastic and humorous volume that many fans of “Black Cat” who enjoy good humor will definitely enjoy!
I have been reading Mo Willems’ famous “Pigeon” series for eons now and it is great that Mo Willems has now written another new book for the “Pigeon”...more
I have been reading Mo Willems’ famous “Pigeon” series for eons now and it is great that Mo Willems has now written another new book for the “Pigeon” series called “The Pigeon Needs a Bath!” I must say that this latest installment of the fantastic “Pigeon” series is just as brilliant as its previous installments!
The bus driver comes back in this book to tell the readers that the Pigeon needs a bath. The pigeon refuses to take a bath, even though he is extremely filthy and he keeps trying to convince the readers that he does not need a bath.
Will the Pigeon take a bath?
Read this book to find out!
I am going to say what I have been saying about Mo Willems’ work with the “Pigeon” series for the whole time and that is:
I have always loved the way that Mo Willems comes up with new ideas for the “Pigeon” series, such as whether or not the Pigeon should drive the bus or making sure that the Pigeon does not stay up too late. It was great seeing a new book centered on the Pigeon dealing with a new subject which in this case is taking a bath! I loved the way that the Pigeon tried to convince the readers that he does not need a bath as it was hilarious seeing the Pigeon trying to deny this fact even though there are so many clues that implies he needs a bath, such as the numerous flies swarming around him. I really enjoyed Mo Willems’ artwork as it is cute and hilarious as usual and I really loved the images of the Pigeon looking dirty as he has brown smudges all over his body. It was hilarious seeing the flies swarm around him because of his bad smell and it was made funnier when even the flies complained about the Pigeon’s bad hygiene! It was also creative in seeing the background colors of each page being colored in brown as it really signified the situation that the Pigeon is in, in regards to his bad hygiene.
Overall, “The Pigeon Needs a Bath!” is a truly fantastic continuation of the “Pigeon” series and anyone who is a huge fan of the “Pigeon” series and who has a child or younger sibling who refuses to take a bath, will definitely get a kick out of this book!
After reading the twelfth volume of “Black Cat,” I just had to pick up the thirteenth volume called “Black Cat Volume 13: Dear Friend” and find out ju...moreAfter reading the twelfth volume of “Black Cat,” I just had to pick up the thirteenth volume called “Black Cat Volume 13: Dear Friend” and find out just how Creed manage to kill Train’s friend Saya and how Train started hating Creed for this vicious act. Now, I finally find out the history between Saya, Creed and Train in the volume that revealed everything about Train’s past!
After the events in the previous volume, Train, Eve and Sven decided once and for all that Creed must be defeated before he hurts anymore people. It was then that Sven urged Train to explain about why he left the Chronos Numbers and why he hates Creed so much. Train then explains to Sven and Eve that he was good friends with a woman named Saya Minatsuki and that she was the one that convinced Train that he should follow his own path and leaves the Chronos numbers behind. Unfortunately, the Chronos numbers start to notice Train’s strange behavior and they ended up confining him for ten days due to his reckless behavior being a danger to Chronos. Meanwhile, Creed who has also noticed the change in Train’s nature, found out that Saya had something to do with the change and he decides to kill Saya!
This volume was awesome as it really explained about Train’s past history with Saya and how his relationship with Saya had ended in tragedy. Kentaro Yabuki did a brilliant job at portraying Train’s feelings towards Saya and the scene where he realized that Creed had killed her was a truly shocking and depressing scene as it was nice seeing Train make friends with someone outside of Chronos, only to lose her in a matter of seconds. It was also interesting and frightening in seeing Creed’s infatuation with Train, even though we still do not have a clear explanation about why Creed is so obsessed with Train in the first place. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat when I saw the scene where Creed was chasing Saya through the streets, determined to kill her as it made his character even more frightening than ever before! Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is as usual, dazzling to look at as the characters’ facial expressions during any kind of situation really came to life and I also loved the way that the characters’ hair styles reflect their emotions during each scene such as sticking out whenever they are shocked or angry.
For those of you who do not like bloody violence, this volume does contain some violence, especially regarding Saya’s death. The fact alone that Saya was stalked by Creed in the middle of the night might disturb some people who also fear about being stalked by a stranger in the middle of the night.
Overall, “Black Cat: Volume 13: Dear Friend” is a fantastic volume that really explains Train’s back story and his history with Saya that fans of the “Black Cat” series will enjoy for many years!
Man, I have loved Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series ever since I picked up the first volume and this series just continues to get better and better...moreMan, I have loved Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series ever since I picked up the first volume and this series just continues to get better and better with each passing volume! “Black Cat Volume 12: the New Weapon” is no exception to this as we finally learn more about Dr. Tearju and her relationship with her creation, Eve!
In order to change Train from his child form to his normal adult form, Train, Sven and Eve travel to find Dr. Tearju, who might be the only person who knows how to change Train back to normal due to her formally working on nanotechnology for Torneo in the past. Also, it turns out that Dr. Tearju was responsible for creating Eve and this may lead to Eve finding out more about her creation. Unfortunately, the Apostles of the Stars started attacking Sven, Eve and Dr. Tearju in order to force Dr. Tearju to join their team and create more nanotechnology for them.
Will the Apostles of the Stars finally get Dr. Tearju and will Train change back to normal?
Wow! This volume was just as exciting and interesting as the previous volume! I loved the way that Kentaro Yabuki explored Dr. Tearju’s character as I have been wondering ever since I read the first volume about Eve’s creator and what she was like as a character. I like the fact that Dr. Tearju is a kindhearted character who was willing to help Train through his predicament and it was also interesting in seeing her relationship with Eve. I also loved the side story about Kyoko trying to redeem herself in the eyes of Chronos since it showed how much her character is progressing and it would be interesting to see what direction Kentaro Yabuki will take Kyoko in the next few volumes. Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is as usual spectacular as the characters look realistic yet cute and I have always admired the way that Kentaro Yabuki drew their facial expressions as they really capture the emotions that the characters feel during certain situations such as showing fear when the Apostles of the Stars shows up and happiness when they reunited with each other.
Even though this volume is not as violent as the previous volumes, there are some intense moments in this volume such as the Apostles of the Stars trying to kidnap Dr. Tearju and threatening to kill Eve and Sven. These moments might worry some readers who do not like the idea about a beloved character getting threatened with death or the fact that some vicious strangers invade your house in the middle of the night.
Overall, “Black Cat Volume 12: The New Weapon” is a brilliant volume that really explored Eve’s back story while providing a satisfying conclusion to Train’s story arc of being trapped in a smaller body.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
And judging by this quote, we pretty much know how the tone of this book w...more
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
And judging by this quote, we pretty much know how the tone of this book will turn out.
Now, I have been hearing so many good things about Laini Taylor’s highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series and even though it took me forever to just check this series out because I was reading so many other books at the time it was released, I finally got around to reading the first book in the series and I was absolutely blown away!
Karou was an ordinary young teenager who attended an art school in Prague and is best friends with Zuzana who shares many secrets with her. However, there are a few things that are odd about Karou such as the fact that her hair is mysteriously blue, she constantly makes wishes that come true and she happens to live with a group of monsters known as chimeras! Karou was extremely happy with her life until one day, a terrible thing happened where a group of angels started putting black handprints on doorways that sealed the way to other worlds and caused Karou to be separated from her father figure, Brimstone. Now, not only does Karou have to find a way to get back to Brimstone, but she also ends up confronting a mysterious angel named Akiva who starts reawakening old memories that Karou has forgotten about and may be the key in revealing to Karou who she really is.
Wow…just wow…I never would have thought that I would enjoy this book as much as I had when I first heard about it! Laini Taylor has brilliantly created a story about a forbidden love between two enemies and the consequences that war has on all the characters involved. Laini Taylor’s writing was so beautiful and intense that I found myself mesmerized by the exotic and strange world that the characters inhabited, which is filled with angels and chimeras that are both beautiful and frightening. I really loved the characters themselves as they were extremely well written, especially Karou and Zuzana as they were interesting and brought so much humor and drama to the story. Karou was such an awesome character as she is shown to be an independent and strong heroine who has a positive outlook on life, despite the dangerous world she lives in. I also loved the fact that Karou has strange tendencies to her personality, such as having blue hair and being able to wish for anything she wants by using her necklace beads and that makes her an interesting character since I have always loved characters who are often bizarre. Zuzana was another great character in this book as she brings so much comic relief to the story and I really enjoyed her friendship with Karou as their conversations about dating boys and how they fare in the dangerous world they live in was really interesting to listen to! Probably one of the most controversial characters that had showed up in this book (controversial as in the character who really blown my mind in their actions) was Akiva who truly changed things up in the story once he arrived on the scene. When Akiva arrived, I was always wondering to myself about whether or not Akiva would reveal Karou’s true nature to her and what kind of consequences would arise from Akiva revealing Karou’s true identity. I was also interested in Akiva’s personality as he has a charming personality and yet, he can be just as dangerous and ruthless as a demon whenever he is fighting his foes.
For anyone who do not like scary moments in any book, this book has many moments where Karou and her friends are in real danger and there are many frightening monsters that chase after them.
Overall, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is an excellent book that anyone who loves paranormal romance should definitely get into! You will NOT regret this in the least!
ONE MORE THING…
Oh my goodness the ENDING! When I read the ending of this book, everything that I had come to know about these characters up until that point had changed everything about the story! I mean, I have never read an ending in a book that was so mind blowing since “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and because of this ending, I am definitely going to read the second book “Days of Blood and Starlight!”
After reading the NAIL-BITING, GRIPPING and SHOCKING tenth volume to Kentaro Yabuki’s famous “Black Cat” series, I just had to pick up the eleventh vo...moreAfter reading the NAIL-BITING, GRIPPING and SHOCKING tenth volume to Kentaro Yabuki’s famous “Black Cat” series, I just had to pick up the eleventh volume to this series called “Black Cat Volume 11: The Promise” and I was just as blown away by this volume as I was with the previous one!
When Creed accidentally shoots Train with a new nanotech bullet that would have transformed anyone into a monster, it turns out that the effects of the bullet transformed Train into a young child instead. So, in order to get Train back to normal, Sven, Eve and Rinslet would have to find the mysterious doctor, Dr. Tearju who was responsible for creating Creed’s nanotechnology, and convince her to change Train back. Unfortunately, since Kyoko and Charden have left Creed’s Apostles of the Stars and Charden decides to leave Kyoko in Train’s care, Chronos is more determined than ever to take down Kyoko and Charden and it is up to Train to protect Kyoko at all costs!
But, will this cost Train his only chance to get back to normal?
Kentaro Yabuki’s writing continues to amaze me as all of the characters are written extremely well and the character development done with Kyoko was done brilliantly! I have always loved Kyoko’s ditzy and carefree personality as it brings so much humor to an otherwise dark series. But in this volume, we get to see a side of Kyoko that we had never seen before as she is shown being determined in keeping her promise to Train to not hurt anyone out of anger, even though it is obvious that she is having a hard time with keeping this promise. I loved seeing this intense side to Kyoko as it made her into a fully dimensional character who was taught to unleash her anger through her powers, but with Train’s help, she was able to learn how to control her emotions without hurting anyone. It was also interesting in seeing that two of Chronos’ members, Number IV and Number VIII, were so bent on destroying Kyoko and Train, that they had no concerns about harming innocent people as it showed that even though the Chronos organization ruled over half the world and are trying to keep everything in line, they are possibly no better than Creed’s Apostles of the Stars who also want to shape the world into their own vision of a world with no corruption. Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is fantastic as all of the characters are drawn realistically and also glow off the pages, which brings life to the artwork. I especially loved the way that Kentaro Yabuki drew the characters’ facial expressions as they reflect the characters’ emotions extremely well, especially whenever the characters are being threatened or are being serious in a situation.
For those of you who do not like gory violence, there is some violence in this volume, especially when Train fights against the Chronos numbers IV and VIII. During that battle, there are many scenes where the Chronos numbers slash at Train with their daggers, cutting into his body and drawing lots of blood and that might disturb some readers who do not like seeing blood in books.
Overall, “Black Cat Volume 11: The Promise” is a brilliant volume about redemption that anyone who is a huge “Black Cat” fan will enjoy immensely!
Yes, yes I know. Even though I have been reading the “Black Cat” manga series since 2009, I had not really been keeping up with reviewing the series...more
Yes, yes I know. Even though I have been reading the “Black Cat” manga series since 2009, I had not really been keeping up with reviewing the series at the time. So, this volume will be the first time I had reviewed this series, but hopefully, I will go back and review the previous nine volumes in the future.
Man, I have been enjoying Kentaro Yabuki’s amazing “Black Cat” series ever since I picked up the first volume and to be honest, I had only just read the tenth volume of this series recently since the bookstore I usually got my “Black Cat” manga series from had closed down. So, I was forced to wait several years to figure out a way to read the rest of this series after the ninth volume ended on such a huge cliffhanger and I was desperate in trying to find out what happens next! Now, I finally got that chance with the tenth volume of the “Black Cat” series, “Black Cat: Big Changes!”
After the intense battle between Creed and the Cerberus Team in the last volume, it looked like no one survived the battle until it turns out that Creed is still alive (though he lost his arm) and he is now more than ever determined to make Train join his cause. This results in Creed kidnapping Eve and Sven so that he could get Train to join him by killing both Eve and Sven.
Will Train be able to rescue his friends in time?
Wow! This volume was absolutely amazing! I know that I had gushed over how much I have loved Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series before, but this volume was definitely something that was both exciting and shocking at the same time! I loved the way that Kentaro Yabuki wrote each character, especially Train Heartnet himself as Train is shown to be an extremely intense character who also has some comedic traits that I found endearing. I also loved the characters Sven Vollfied and Eve as I loved their relationship with Train, especially Train’s relationship with Sven as it is both hilarious and heartwarming, especially during the scenes where Sven beats up Train whenever he botches a chance for the group to earn money, which causes me to laugh out loud constantly! I also loved the way that Kentaro Yabuki explored the potential threat that Creed poses, as he is trying to kill both Sven and Eve and that showed just how dangerous and insane Creed really is (I mean, if you had read the previous nine volumes, then please tell me that Creed is mentally unstable in his pursuit of Train)! I also loved the fact that Train was willing to risk his own life to save both Eve and Sven since it proved how much Train really cared about Eve and Sven and what he was willing to put on the line in that situation. Kentaro Yabuki did a fantastic job at balancing the humor and the intensity in this volume as it made the story even more interesting to read and I always enjoyed the characters’ witty banter with each other while they are fighting for their lives! Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is truly gorgeous and creative as all the characters are drawn halfway realistically and I always loved the way that their hairs always glow on each page!
The only problem with this volume is that there is some gory violence in this volume, especially during Creed’s battle with Sven where Creed cuts into Sven’s body with his sword and you can see blood squirting out of the wounds. Anyone who does not like seeing gory violence in a manga series might want to skip over these scenes.
Overall, “Black Cat: Volume Ten: Big Changes” is definitely one volume that you have to check out in the famous “Black Cat” manga series and just as the title suggests, prepare for some huge changes to happen in this series yet to come!
I have read many children’s books that help children deal with solving math problems by presenting the concept in a creative and fun way. But, I will...more
I have read many children’s books that help children deal with solving math problems by presenting the concept in a creative and fun way. But, I will admit that I have not read any math book quite like this one! “One Hundred Hungry Ants” is a children’s book written by Elinor J. Pinczes along with illustrations by Bonnie MacKain that deals with solving division math problems and it is an excellent way to help children solve division problems in a fun and creative way!
The book starts off with one hundred hungry ants heading towards a picnic site, determined to fill their stomachs with the delicious food ahead of them. But, then the smallest ant kept asking the other ninety-nine ants to divide into several groups of one hundred such as dividing into two lines of fifty and four lines of twenty-five, while delaying their time in getting to the picnic site.
Will the one hundred ants make it to the picnic in time?
Read this book to find out!
Wow! Such a simple and innocent picture book and yet one that packs so much humor and clever rhyming schemes that I was totally blown away by this book! Elinor J. Pinczes’ writing is extremely creative and hilarious to read as I was laughing my head off with the small ant’s determination to help make the group of ants move much faster to get to the picnic area. I really loved the many different ways that the ants formed up into groups such as being into two lines of fifty or four lines of twenty-five as it makes it easier for smaller children to understand how to do division and it is also creative enough for children to participate in the fun of the ants’ determination to get to the picnic area. Bonnie MacKain’s artwork is creative and hilarious to look at as the artwork is scratchy and yet all of the ants (and the other animals) look so cute on each page. I especially loved the images of the other animals taking the food away from the picnic while the ants were too busy trying to organize themselves in lines to really notice this and it makes me laugh and feel a little sorry for the ants at the same time!
Overall, “One Hundred Hungry Ants” is a brilliant book that teaches children how to have fun with doing division problems and is hilarious enough to keep many children entertained for years!