Monday, 27 January 2020

Review: Wonderment in Death - J.D. Robb

New York, 2061. Darlene Fitzwilliams - a young heiress - kills her brother then jumps from a tall building. All the evidence suggests a tragic but familiar murder/suicide case for Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

But when Eve discovers that Darlene has been visiting psychics and spiritual healers, things take a dark and unsettling turn. Someone has been meddling with Darlene Fitzwilliams' subconscious - someone with a gift for hypnosis and a disturbing obsession with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

With husband Roarke and partner Peabody at her side, Eve finds herself falling down the rabbit hole into one of the strangest investigations of her career. One that threatens not just her body, but her mind...

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

Visit J.D. Robb's website for more information.

Review:
Eve's latest case appears to be open and shut murder suicide, a young woman stabbed her brother to death and then immediately jumped off of the balcony killing herself too. However Louise and Charles were friends with the siblings and they're both convinced that there is no way Darlene would do this so Eve decides to take a closer look. It turns out that Darlene has been visiting psychics to try and cope with the deaths of both her parents and it looks like someone has been messing with both her mind and her body by administering psychotropic drugs. Eve has a killer on her hands and she's not going to let them get away with it.

What I love about the In Death novellas is that they're always a little creepier than the main novels and tend to edge into supernatural territory. Not only do we have a psychic who actually has some real kind of ability to brainwash his victims but he's also obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and determined to take Eve on a trip down the rabbit hole. I'm a huge Alice fan so I loved those elements to the story and I particularly enjoyed it when Eve and Peabody accidentally expose themselves to the same drugs that were used to control Darlene. Luckily they knew what to expect and had backup on hand to make sure they were okay but it didn't make their reactions any less funny.

Wonderment in Death was another fun instalment to the series.

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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Review: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide

The official paperback souvenir guide of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter™. Discover behind-the scenes stories about the authentic sets, props and costumes from the Harry Potter™ film series you can discover at the tour. 

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Incredibuilds:
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Erumpent (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Express (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Thestral (Deluxe Book and Model Set)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Funko Pop 2019 Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart
Harry Potter - Creatures: A Paper Scene Book
Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Kit and Sticker Book (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter Talking Sorting Hat and Sticker Book: Which House Are You? (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
Harry Potter: The Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts - Erinn Pascal (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

Review:
I've actually visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour twice now but it was only on my second visit that we paid extra to include the digital tour guide and a souvenir guide book. If you've never been before (or even if you have!) then the digital guide is well worth it as you can listen to in depth extra information at each section of the tour, watch video interviews with cast and crew members, see insider info on how they designed sets and also there's a whole gallery of extra photos to look through.

I also absolutely love this souvenir tour guide. I don't think it actually contains any information that I didn't already pick up from reading signs around the studio or listening to the audio guide and of course the pictures included are all things you've already seen for yourself and probably taken photos of too but there is just SO MUCH to see on the tour that it can be hard to take everything in. The book has loads of interesting facts that you may have missed during your visit and close up photos of some of the props that you can't get close to during the tour.

My second visit was years after the first so they'd added whole new sections like the Hogwarts Express, the Forbidden Forrest and Gringotts Wizarding Bank but all of the sets like Dumbledore's Office, The Burrow and Snape's Potion Room have so much detail that I spotted loads more this time around. I love that they've added so many interactive sections where staff members will teach you different wand movements or take photos of you magically calling up your broom just like you're taking part in a flying lesson.

What's great about this guide book is you can look at it years down the line and remember things you've completely forgotten. My visit was in September last year but rereading the guide book now, four months later, already brought back loads of memories and made me want to book another visit immediately.

The photos below are all ones I took myself during the tour but they'll show you the kinds of images you'll see in the guide book, or more importantly just a tiny fraction of what you'll experience if you decide to visit the studios for yourself. It really is an amazing experience for any Potterhead and this is the perfect souvenir to remember your visit by.





















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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Product Review: Funko Pop 2019 Harry Potter Advent Calendar

ADVENT CALENDAR: HARRY POTTER 24-PIECE POCKET POP!
ITEM NO: 42753

Bring a touch of magic to your holidays with your favorite witches, wizards and magical creatures straight out of J.K. Rowling’s imagination. This 24-piece advent calendar contains a different Pocket Pop! character surprise for every day of December. Whether you take your new wizard and witch companions for a mug of hot butterbeer or sledding past the Whomping Willow is entirely up to you.

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Incredibuilds:
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Erumpent (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Express (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Thestral (Deluxe Book and Model Set)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Funko Pop 2019 Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart
Harry Potter - Creatures: A Paper Scene Book
Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Kit and Sticker Book (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter Talking Sorting Hat and Sticker Book: Which House Are You? (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
Harry Potter: The Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts - Erinn Pascal (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

Review:
As a total Potterhead I couldn't resist this Funko Pop Advent Calendar and I really enjoyed opening a door each day and seeing which character was revealed. Overall I was impressed with the design of most of the characters and I loved that we got some that I've not seen as larger pops before. I think at full recommended retail price it's a little on the high side but luckily I was able to pick it up for half price at the end of November so I think I got quite a bargain.

I've seen several reviewers mention duplicates or missing pops but I was one of the lucky ones who didn't have that issue. Now we're well past December I feel happy to post pictures of each of the pops received but if you don't want spoilers then you should probably avoid reading anymore of this review!


If you want to know how big the pops are I took this pic of the full sized Harry Funko, next to the calendar one and a Funko Mini. It's a little smaller than I was expecting but they've still managed to include all the details you'd expect. I think they're probably closest in size to the Funko keyrings that you can buy but I don't have one of those on hand to show a comparison.

So lets talk about the pops included:


I was surprised that the calendar didn't start with Harry, Hermione and Ron but I think all four of these pops are cute. The only one I didn't immediately recognise is Fleur but all of the others are obvious at first glance. Harry has a weird shaped hand but Ginny's freckles are adorable, I think Fleur's her dress is a little on the plain side but she has pretty flowers in her hair that make up for it and I think they did a good job with Viktor's uniform.


I was happy to see Professors McGonagall and Snape but I wasn't that fussed about getting Igor Karkaroff, it's not a bad pop, just not one I was excited to open. I love the Fred & George (see next picture) pops, at first I thought they were completely identical (I mean they are identical twins!) but noticing the slightly different hair styles made me like them even more.


I've not seen pops for Padma, Parvati or Cho before so I thought they were nice additions to the collection.


The attention to detail really shows with Madame Maxime who is taller than all of the other pops in the calendar and I really love that Filch is holding a teeny Mrs Norris! We have Ron in his ugly hand-me-down robes and a brilliant version of Mad-Eye Moody too.


Dumbledore looks very snazzy in his purple dress robes and I really like the faces of Cedric, Neville & Draco who were again easy to recognise. I was disappointed that the last 3 had identical bodies though, all with a stupid fat hand that has no fingers (if you look at the other pics you'll see this is the same body used for the first Harry pop too!).


I was so happy to find Hagrid but I was getting annoyed that I was on day 21 with no sign of Hermione, especially when I opened day 22 and found a second Ron! It's not a duplicate, if you look at them together he's removed his jacket in the second version but why do we need two of him? FINALLY Hermione is behind door 23 and I couldn't be happier because she is so pretty in her Yule Ball dress. The final door was a second version of Harry, again without his jacket. Why? Why would they do that?


So we get 2 versions of both Harry and Ron but only one Hermione?! To be honest I'm disappointed there were any duplicated characters at all and I really don't think there was any need for it. I can think of so many other characters that they could have used for those 2 extra pops. What about Luna and Dobby? Those would be my top pics but if not them there's still lots of teachers to choose from, Professors Flitwick or Sprout, Madam Hooch, they could have even gone a different route and added Voldemort. ANY of those options would have been better than duplicates in my mind and that's what knocked a star off of my rating.


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Friday, 24 January 2020

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling & Jim Kaye

An extraordinary creative achievement by two extraordinary talents, Jim Kay's inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling's classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life - including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finds himself competing in the legendary Triwizard Tournament and facing death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards.

Harry Potter Series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: 20th Anniversary House Editions
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition (Illustrated by Jim Kay)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Play Script written with John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

Pottermore Presents:
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Short Story Collection)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Short Story Collection)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Short Story Collection)

Incredibuilds:
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Erumpent (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Buckbeak (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Express (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: House-Elves (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Quidditch (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
Incredibuilds: Harry Potter: Thestral (Deluxe Book and Model Set)

Other Harry Potter Books & Products:
Funko Pop 2019 Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts - Matthew Reinhart
Harry Potter - Creatures: A Paper Scene Book
Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Kit and Sticker Book (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections: Patronus Charm (Activity Book)
Harry Potter Talking Sorting Hat and Sticker Book: Which House Are You? (Model & Sticker Book)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault - Jody Revenson
Harry Potter: The Marauder's Map Guide to Hogwarts - Erinn Pascal (Activity Book)
Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set (Colouring Book, Gift Tags & a build your own 3D Firebolt in a Keepsake Box)
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures (Activity Book)
Metal Earth: Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon (3D Puzzle)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide

Visit J.K. Rowling's website or the Pottermore website for more information

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Review:
I'm still absolutely loving these illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series. There is just something so beautiful about these hardbacks and I can't wait to have the entire set on my shelves. I've seen some reviewers complaining that this book had less illustrations than the previous ones but I think that was bound to happen now that we're getting to the longer books in the series. I don't think the goal was ever to turn these into picture books, the idea is to add to the story with complimentary artwork so unless we want these hardbacks to be doorstops (or to have the remaining books split into two parts) then we're going to have to accept that not every page will have a picture.

We're all so used to visuals of the actors from the movies that they've pretty much become the characters in my head so I really enjoyed seeing Jim Kay's versions and the changes he's made. I'm just enjoying seeing the story with fresh eyes and could spend ages just looking at the illustrations as there is so much detail. You really do spot something different every time you flip through the book.

I've already reviewed the story of Goblet of Fire (you can read that review HERE) so I'm not going to go into detail again but this is still one of my favourite series and Jim Kay's illustrations have only added to that love.

I could have included hundreds of pictures with this review but I've tried to narrow it down to just a few favourites, you'll just have to buy the book if you want to see the rest!









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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Review: Devoted in Death - J.D. Robb

It's a new year in New York city, and two star-crossed lovers have just discovered an insatiable appetite...for murder.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has witnessed some grisly crimes in her career and she knows just how dark things can get on the streets. But when a much-loved musician is found dead, Eve soon realises that his murder is part of a horrifying killing spree, stretching right across the country.

Now the killers have reached New York, and they've found themselves another victim. Eve knows she only has a couple of days to save a young girl's life, and to stop the killers before their sadistic games escalate. Eve's husband Roarke is ready to put his brains and his considerable resources behind the search. But even as the couple works closely together, time is running out...

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

Visit J.D. Robb's website for more information.

Review:
Eve isn't usually involved in missing people cases but after her latest victim is linked to a pair of serial killers who seem to have murdered their way across the country she quickly realises that they've already moved on to their next target. Considering these killers like to take their time torturing their victims before they kill them there is a chance that Eve can save their most recent target, if only she can find them in time. With the help of Deputy Banner, a local who has been following them since they murdered one of his friends, Eve is determined to put a stop to the killing spree once and for all. They made a huge mistake by coming to her city and it'll be the last mistake they make.

Having read over 30 of the books and novellas in the In Death series in the last year alone I think it's fairly obvious to say that I've become a huge fan of Eve, Roarke and their friends. We actually saw less of the side characters in this book than most of the previous ones but that really didn't bother me. Instead we focused more on the killers and their cross country murder spree and I found the case really interesting. I loved Deputy Banner, he's been trying to get someone to listen to him about this case for weeks and has given up his own time to pursue the murderers across the country so he definitely has a vested interest in getting the case solved. He was more than happy to share info with Eve and they worked really well together to put everything together, she definitely wouldn't have solved this quite so fast without his help.

This is one of the books where we get to see parts of the story from the killer's point of view. Ella-Lou and Daryl definitely see themselves as some kind of modern day Bonnie and Clyde and they get off on causing as much pain and humiliation to their victims as possible. This made for some really uncomfortable reading, particularly as we see some of the story from their victim's point of view too. To be honest I could have done without quite so much detail when it came to the torture but I did really like the way the two victims worked together to try and stay alive no matter how much they were suffering. I'm still really loving this series and won't know what to do with myself when I catch up!

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Review: Wires and Nerve Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer

The first graphic novel from #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer!

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

Lunar Chronicles Series:
Glitches (free prequel short story can be read online here)
The Little Android (free short story can be read online here)
Cinder
The Queen's Army (free short story can be read online here)
Scarlet
Cress
Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky (free short story can be read by signing up for Marissa Meyer's newsletter)
Fairest
Winter

Wires and Nerve:
(Graphic novel series staring Iko set after the events in the Lunar Chronicles books)
Wires and Nerve Volume 1
Wires and Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue

Visit Marissa Meyer's website for more information

Review:
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading this graphic novel (especially considering I bought my copy back in 2017!) but I'm so glad I finally gave it a chance. I love Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series and Iko was such a fantastic character all the way through so I was really excited when it was announced that she was getting her own spin off duology. I wasn't sure how it would work as graphic novels compared to the rest of the series but I actually liked getting to see drawn representations of each of the characters we've come to know and love. I will warn you now that this graphic novel contains HUGE spoilers for the main series so if you've not read the previous books I wouldn't advice starting with this graphic novel but for fans of the originals I'm sure you'll enjoy being back in this world.

Iko's story starts not long after the events in Winter and gives us the chance to see how each of the previous couples are getting along now. Some have been able to happily return to their old lives but others, like Cinder, have a lot more work to do to prove themselves. Iko is loyal to her friends above anything else and is like a protective older sister when it comes to Cinder but helping her settle into her role as queen isn't something she is really able to do. What Iko can do to help is deal with the wolf-hybrids created by Levana, the hybrids have been asked to return to the moon for retraining but a group of rogues remain on earth and are currently causing all kinds of trouble. As an android Iko is uniquely qualified to go after these super soldiers but even with her extra skills it's not going to be an easy task.

I really enjoyed being back in this world, Iko is just as much fun as I remember her being and I love the sense of humour she brings to the series. Although my personal preference is usually for more colourful artwork I thought the blue, white and black palette used for this novel worked really well. I liked the artist's vision of each of the main characters and didn't have any problems telling who was who just by looking at them. It was fun seeing where everyone's life is at right now but I'm really hoping to seem them all reunited in the next graphic novel.

I'm including pictures of the first couple of pages so that you can see each of the main characters for yourself:


Cinder, Kai, Thorne, Scarlet & Wolf

Cress, Jacin, Winter & Iko

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Review: Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick - Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5

Suzie's just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we'd ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

Sex Criminals Series:
Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick
Sex Criminals Volume 2: Two Worlds One Cup
Sex Criminals Volume 3: Three the Hard Way
Sex Criminals Volume 4: Fourgy
Sex Criminals Volume 5: Five-Fingered Discount
Sex Criminals Volume 6: Six Criminals

Visit Matt Fraction's website or Chip Zdarsky's website for more information

Review:
Sex Criminals is a comic that is completely bonkers but in the best possible way. Just imagine as a teenager that you discovered that every time you had an orgasm you were able to stop time, what would you do with that power? Well, Suzie and Jon go down very different roads after discovering their ability but once the two of them find each other it's not a big leap for them to decide to become criminal masterminds and start plotting to rob a bank. They're not even doing it for their own gain, they actually want to use the money to save the library that Suzie works at, they're just doing charity work really!

I don't want to say too much about the plot for this so I'm just going to tell you that the story was full of humour (you probably want to skip this if you don't like dirty jokes!) but also some surprisingly cute moments between Suzie and Jon when they're not busy trying to stop time. I loved the artwork, especially when they're in The Quiet (that moment of postcoital bliss) the colours become really vibrant with a dreamy kind of quality to them but the whole comic was great. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series.




Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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