Book Review: Captain America The Man with No Face by Ed Brubaker

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Bucky has survived his first major trial as the new Captain America, but now a villain from his past – both as Bucky in WW2 and as the Winter Soldier during the Cold War – has come to the U.S., and he’ll have to face his history just as he’s finding his feet in the present. The beginning of a gripping war and espionage tale, with some familiar faces for long-term Cap readers, as the New Captain America moves further into the Marvel Universe.

 

About the Author:

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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles for Image Comics, such as Fatale, Criminal, Velvet and Kill or Be Killed.

In 2016, Brubaker ventured into television, joining the writing staff of the HBO series Westworld.

 

My Review:

Brubaker did an amazing job with this story. I really loved it and I have a feeling that Steve Rogers wouldn’t mind his best friend taking up the mantle of Captain America.  This is one of the books that I will have to buy.

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Book Review: Captain America vs Red Skull by Stan Lee

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Captain America vs. The Red Skull

 

About the Author:

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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

 

My Review:

Really loved all the story lines in this book.  Again I especially love Captain America, he is my favorite Avenger and I have a feeling that Captain America will approve of this collection.

 

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Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys, it’s me (Sierra Harper) again.  I was just nominated for the Mystery Blogger award and so here we go (BTW I am treating this like a book tag).

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Rules:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

Who Nominated Me?

I would like to say thank you to Abigail Carter of What Makes a Good Book blog (http://whatmakesagoodbook.blogspot.com/).

I better not forget to thank the creator of this award, Okoto Engima, and here is the link to her blog (https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com/)

3 Things about Me:

  1. I want to earn my Masters Degree in Library Science and become a Librarian
  2. I love the Legend of Zelda gaming Franchise
  3. I love watching DIY youtube videos and trying to recreate those ideas for around my house.

Question and Answers:

Q:  If you could meet one character, who would it be and why?

A:  I would want to meet Isabell Lightwood because I would love to learn some of her moves and I think that it would be really fun to hang out with her.

Q:  What book is currently at the top of the pile to read next?

A:  Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Q:  Which book would you want to make into a film?

A:  The Selection by Kiera Cass

Q:  Which character do you love to hate?

A:  Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Q:  And which character do you actually hate?

A:  King Maven from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Random Q:  What’s your absolute favourite Disney film? Ever?

A:  Cinderella

My Nominations:

  1. Samantha:  https://bookishvillainy.wordpress.com/
  2. Flavia:  https://flaviathebibliophileblog.wordpress.com/
  3. Amanda:  https://stardustpandablog.wordpress.com/
  4. Karina:  https://afirepages.wordpress.com/
  5. Beatrice:  https://dreamlandbookblog.wordpress.com/
  6. Sonali Agarwal:  https://sonalify.com/
  7. Ashley:  https://thebookswag.wordpress.com/
  8. Debbie:  http://debbiesbooknook.com/index.html
  9. Ashley:  http://bookishcreature.com/
  10. Painfully Fictional:  https://painfullyfictional.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book series of all time and why?
  2. What book in your favorite series is your favorite?
  3. Who is your most owned Author?
  4. What book cover is your ultimate favorite and why?
  5. Who is your favorite character and why?
  6. Random:  What is your favorite TV Show?

Book Review: Doctor Strange #12

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“BLOOD IN THE AETHER” STARTS NOW! After the Empirikul destroyed almost all the world’s magic and nearly killed Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme must try and build himself back up. Witness the return of BARON MORDO! But what effect did the Empirikul attack have on him?!

About the Author:

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Jason Aaron grew up in a small town in Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase books from spinner racks, some of which he still owns today.

Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC/Vertigo, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and which Aaron regards as the “second time” he broke into the industry.

Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation and published by DC/Vertigo.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide crossover storyline along with a “Secret Invasion” with David Lapham in 2009.

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. Later that July, he wrote the Penguin issue of The Joker’s Asylum.

After a 4-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre,” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with his current run on Thor: God of Thunder.

My Review:

Again loved the story line.  This makes me want to find the next one after this one and read it as well as the others.

Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide by Rick Riordan

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy. This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-color diagrams, and maps, all packaged in a handy, “manual-size” POB with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

 

About the Author:

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

My Review:

This book is amazing.  Rick Riordan has done it again for me.  This book is very informative and really has carved its place in my heart.

 

Book Review: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

 

About the Author:

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

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My Review:

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I love just about everything that has to deal with Disney Channel.  I loved the movie Descendants and would recommend that movie to anyone who loves Disney Channel movies or loves the villains in the different Disney movies.  This book is so cute, I love the fact that we get to see how Mal, Jay, Carlos, and Evie get to become friends.

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Book Review: Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.

But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life.

As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.

But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary-Claire Helldorfer. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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My Review:

This book was amazing.  I loved it so much that I made a prediction in the middle of the story and towards the end, she threw in a twist that mad me doubt my prediction.  I won’t tell you the last part of the twist because I don’t want to spoil the book for anybody.  I really hope that if you read this book that you will love it as much as I do.  If you read it I really would love to see what you thought of the book in the comments section of this post.

Buying Books

I really do love it when I am able to find the book that I am currently reading from the library at a store.  The reason that I am saying this is that I found A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas at Walmart this morning and I just laughed about.  I really did buy it so that way I could turn the library’s book back in to give other people a chance to read it.   Don’t get me wrong, I do love getting books from the library because it gives me a chance to find out if I would like the book or not.  It’s like renting a movie that you are not sure you are going to like or not because you don’t want to buy it, watch it, and then realize you don’t like it as well as realizing that you just wasted $20 on a DVD of a movie that you probably will never watch again.  I know that some people will never read the same book more than once, but I do sometimes.  I know that if I buy the books, I will always have them to read whenever I want to, but with the library, that same book might not always be there when you want to read it and you have to wait a few days or weeks just to read that book and the feeling of wanting to read it may pass and you read something else.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Magic Treehouse

Definition of Throwback Thursday:   When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites

Instead of doing posting a picture I decided to highlight some of my favorite series I read as a child.  One of those series is the Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca.

 

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I loved this series from the very first sentence that my mom read to me.  I really think that the story of Jack and Annie and all those books in the treehouse helped ignite the fire in me that is the love of reading.