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Spooky October Graphic Novels: Megahex & and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hello everybody,
I can’t believe that this is my first post in October because I planned to post almost every other day in this month. However, so many things happened recently and I didn’t have free time to post anything. The only good thing is that I read two books last week. Yay! I will tell you about these two books in my mini-reviews because there are just too many details and it would take me forever to put everything into my words.

Book Review #1 MEGAHEX by SIMON HANSELMANN

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an antropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to crips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and the complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s GirlMountain tumblr.
This is the first collection of Hanselmann’s work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels in 2014, featuring all of the ‘classic’ Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Well, I had to think about my words here.. I kind of have some mixed feelings about this one. In the beginning of the book, I found some things funny and interesting. However, as I was reading on, I found some things weird and to be honest, I felt uncomfortable reading about it.
The book is all about alcoholism, drugs, and rape and I don’t think that it’s something that we should make fun of. We shouldn’t joke about it.
Those are serious things that require serious talks and solutions. It is clear that this is a very sad story and I really liked the concept of it, but I didn’t like how the author represented all the things in the book. My favorite character is definitely Mogg, the cat. However, I had a good laugh several times while I was reading this book and I think it’s fair enough to give it a three stars.

My rating: 3/5 ⭐

Book Review #2: CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first five issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
I really had to read this comic/graphic novel because I just love Sabrina. I’m a huge fan of the show and I knew I was going to like this one. What caught my attention was this dark, creepy story. Seriously, it gave me the chills and I think that October is definitely the best time to pick it up .
Also, I liked that the story revolves around villains and how does it feel to live on the dark/night side. I loved its dark elements such as killing and praising Satan. Its art is everything! I adore the pictures inside and I think my all time favorite character is and will always be Salem. It was really enjoyable to read this book and can’t wait to check out everything by R. Aguirre-Sacasa. 

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

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Reading Update: Commute by E. Williams and The Art of Breaking Things by L. Sibson

Hello bookworms,
It is Thursday and I felt like I need to write something here, so I decided to do the update on reading. As you probably know, last week I created an August TBR list and decided to stick with it. So far I have finished Commute by Erin Williams and I enjoyed reading it. While I was reading the book, I had the feeling that every woman needs to read this book. It is about women – learning that their voice is equally important and how it should be heard. It is full of feminism and I liked how the author carefully chose her words.

Commute contains some brilliant illustrations and you cannot run away from this book – it grabs your attention the moment you open it. The illustrations are personalized as the woman portrayed in the book looks very much like the author herself. I think it’s beautiful! Speaking of the illustrations – there’s some exciting news: the final version will be printed in colour. Yay! I will have to order it. I must have it.

Also, Commute is definitely something written for the adult reader because it contains some explicit content. You might not want to recommend it to the young readers. This book deals with some serious issues such as alcoholism, recovery, and addiction. We learn about the author’s battles and the ending carries such a strong message. I know I said that I wanted some light reads this summer, but from time to time we must read something that will rack our brains, right?

The second part of this post I wanted to dedicate to the book I’m currently reading. It is called The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson. I’m halfway through it and I just love it. It’s a moving story about the young girl Skye who goes through so much trouble. It breaks my heart!It is a really sad story and it also deals with some dark stuff like family abuse, drugs, and alcoholism. From the beginning of the book, I suspected that something is terribly wrong with Skye’s relationship with her mother’s boyfriend. And I was right!

All I want is to hug Skye and tell her that she’s not alone in this world. She puts on her brave smile every day, but I know that she needs somebody who will tell her that it is going to be alright. In this moment, I hate her Mother because she simply doesn’t care about Skye and her sister Emma. The only important thing for Skye’s Mother is to have a full bottle of vine. It’s just so, so wrong… I hope she will open her eyes and finally see the truth.

And that’s it. I hope to finish The Art of Breaking Things by the end of this week. Also, I will write the book review on Commute but it will probably happen sometime later in this month because I want to read the rest of my August TBR list, and then I will decide about my opinion and ratings.

What are you reading this week?

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Book Review: Dark Soul Experiments by Bre Hall

What if you could relive a past life by touching a piece of it?

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Ren Morris is a snarky, sixteen-year-old girl living in the middle of nowhere. When she meets cute and mysterious Peter in the local antique shop one day, he buys her the most unique charm bracelet she’s ever seen. Soon, she discovers an object hidden inside one of the charms and is transported to Civil War-era South Carolina, where she lands in the body of Southern Belle, Charlotte, one of her past lives, just days before Charlotte’s death.

When Ren returns to the present, Peter explains that her soul has been cursed. Splintered. She has been forced to die tragically, and far too young, in each lifetime. It will happen again – soon – unless Ren can trust Peter and his unconventional experiments to help stitch her soul back together and stop the curse once and for all.

As Ren begins to discover her past lives, she also realizes just what’s worth living for in her present one. But when she uncovers a secret, Ren starts to question the outcome of the experiments and whether or not falling into the past will in fact save her from a doomed future or if it will be her final undoing.

✦ CHARACTERS ✦
I think that Ren is a brilliant character and, in this story, she is a heroine. I love her so much! She is curious and energetic, but aren’t all teenagers like that? She is so caring and kind! I liked the way she treats her Father and Gran . Huh, her grandma is annoying, but I still found her funny, she always makes that special kind of orders like putting Whiskey in her tea, she is hillarious.

Also, I really liked Alfie, especially in the first half of the book. He is protective, brave and clever. He is a real gentleman and I think he was ready to die for Ren. However, the author had something different in their mind.. *no spoiler*

Am I allowed to say that I have some feelings for Peter? I know that I am not supossed to like him or anything, but I fell for him from the beginning. Is it possible to like someone who is not a good person? Yes, it is definitely possible. He is selfish, arrogant, but oh how handsome and intelligent! I want to read the story from Peter’s point of view, please.

The guy we’re actually looking for is about five-foot-ten, curly black hair, jawline models envy. He also has a tattoo of a bird’s wing on one of his fingers.

Dark Soul Experiments, Bre Hall

✦ RELATIONSHIPS ✦
My favourite relationship was that between Ren and Alfie. Their friendship is everything. Alfie is so understanding and protective and he is just amazing. Everyone needs one Alfie in their life.

How long have we been friends?
What does this have to do with anything?
Just answer the question, will you?
She shrugged. I don’t know. Forever?
Exactly. ,he said. I’ve put up with your wild antics forever and I’m going to keep putting up with them, I’m going to keep being here. Forever.

Dark Soul Experiments, Bre Hall

✦ MAGIC ✦
Another important factor is definitely magic. Beside humans, we learn about Discentem and Auxilium, whose brains are structured to function on a larger scale than humans. I loved how Ren learns to levitate it was so magical. My favourite was the ability to move the objects around her, it is amazing.

✦ OVERALL ✦
I loved this book so much. I cried, I laughed, and I enjoyed. And I would do it again, it’s worth it. Everything in this book was perfect for me! The plot is very unique and interesting. I also loved the concept of story within a story.
My favourite thing about the book is the character development. They are wonderful and so realistic that they made me feel like I am a part of their story.

The book will be available on 8/6/2019
It is definitely a five-star read for me, I highly recommend this book.