Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

I got a digital copy of Sheets by Brenna Thummler from NetGalley without knowing Sheets Covermuch about it.  I had seen the cover and heard little snippets, but I didn’t know what the themes or story really were.  Overall I felt this graphic novel was good, but could have benefited from refining.

Sheets follows a ghost named Wendell and a girl named Marjorie. Both are dealing with their own respective issues that in some ways draw them together.  They both struggle with being accepted by their peers and are often faced by misunderstandings.

There were aspects of the story that I felt could have been fleshed out more.  You would get a little tidbit but not the whole story, which I know can be hard in this type of format. Also, the pacing did seem to fluctuate quite a bit, which could make it a little more difficult to read at time.

The art was a unique style that had a number of bright pops and great moments.  I would definitely read more by this author based on the art alone. There were some wonderful moments of whimsy in the art that I really enjoyed.

If you want to pick up your own copy of Sheets, it comes out today, August 28th. You can find out more on Goodreads, or order your own on Amazon.

Happy reading!

Review: Open Earth by Sarah Mirk

Open Earth CoverI was very excited to get approved for this title on NetGalley as I had heard a ton of positive hype about it.  Thanks to Oni Press for approving me.  This graphic novel, written by Sarah Mirk and illustrated by Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aquirre, explores relationships and emotions aboard a space station.  It centers around a young woman who is learning how to navigate her love life and what love and physical relationships really are in her life.

Be warned, there are plenty of references to sex and visuals of sex, so if that isn’t your thing then this graphic novel will not be for you.  There are many discussions about different types of relationships.  The teenagers on this space station are very open and accepting with their sexuality, which was refreshing to see.  At the same time, this book has some deeper commentary in it that were welcome and great discussion points.

The art style was rich and vibrant.  It draws you in with the detail and saturated colors while still being fun and easy on the eyes. Settings and characters were instantly recognizable and unique.

I would definitely read more from this team, whether in the same series or with different stories.  This graphic novel comes out on September 25th and would be a great addition to anyone’s library or collection. You can check it out on Goodreads or order your own copy on Amazon.

Happy reading!

Starting the journey…

For as long as I’ve been able to, I’ve devoured books. Every story is a journey, an adventure.  Some are amazing and can make you forget the toils of everyday life. Books are an escape.  The art of writing and the pleasure of reading are some of the things that have kept me going in dark or difficult times, and much of my free time is consumed by those two things (and my cat).

I’m a self confessed bibliophile, enjoying most genres – but some of my favorites are young adult, romance, fantasy, mystery and multiple sub-genres therein. I will usually try any genre if it intrigues me enough.  I’m a firm believer in the fact that there is no such thing as too many books, only too few shelves to hold them (my significant other I’m sure would disagree, but I get away with it because he has a fondness for me 😛 ).

Here’s to starting a new way of documenting and consuming books, because really, if I could read books for a living I would.  Sharing my experiences with books and giving opinions/commentary on them is a natural progression. Plus, my life has always found its way back to the written word, so this seems fitting.

What to expect? Reviews, talks about my favorites, exploring new genres and authors. That’s just a little, we’ll see where this whole thing goes.

Happy reading!