New Releases, Reviews

Review e-Arc: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle

***Received the e-ARC from the publisher DC Link via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Published Date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: DC Link

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, Indigo

Synopsis:

You’ve never heard this Catwoman tale. There are no leather cat-suits, whips or cat puns. Instead, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is an original story about a young, lonely girl named Selina Kyle. Selina’s not the prom queen or cheerleading captain – she’s the other girl. The girl who eats alone at lunchtime and the girl whose home is filled with endless emotional and physical abuse.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart, comes a poignant coming of age graphic novel about a troubled teen who leaves her turbulent home life behind for a new start on the dangerous streets of Gotham City. A powerful story about domestic abuse, survival and self-discovery, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is an important read for today’s teen (ages 13-17), and will hit stores everywhere books are sold on May 7, 2019.

Selina Kyle is fiercer than she knows. For 14 years she’s put up with her mother’s endless string of bad boyfriends, burying her resentment just below the surface. But when Dernell, her mom’s current boyfriend, proves crueler than all the others combined, Selina reevaluates her dismal life. There’s no way Selina and Dernell can live under the same roof, and since Dernell won’ leave, Selina must.

Life on the streets is rougher than Selina expects. In fact, it pretty much sucks – until by chance (or fate?), she falls in with a heist-happy gang of street kids like herself. What Selena doesn’t see coming is how appealing life in a pack can be, and how tempting it is to accept the comfort that comes from trusting others. But trust leads to vulnerability, and vulnerability leads to weakness – and Selina Kyle refuses to be weak. Selina soon learns that figuring out how to survive is simple compared to figuring out how to be.

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale marks Myracle’s first graphic novel and will be published under DC Ink, DC’s new young adult publishing imprint.

Review:

Rating: 💜💜💜💜

I have always been fascinated by the story of Selina Kyle. I see her as being a complex and interesting character that I am always looking for stories that gives more of backstory about how she became Catwoman. This is the first graphic novel that I read which focus solely on Selina and how she slowly becomes into Catwoman. This was an interesting origin tale of Catwoman. The story is told when Selina is 14 years old and is going through many obstacles such as issues with her mother and her violent boyfriend.

If you are looking for a sweet story of Catwoman, then this would not be story for you because it is actually telling the story of all of the intense and abusive moments that molded Selina into becoming Catwoman. This story does have subject matter that can be triggering such as cutting, bullying and verbal/physical abuse. The author did a great job with writing about the triggering subjects in the comic.

I have enjoyed this telling of Selina aka Catwoman because the characters were well developed, the writing, and story was done very well. The best part of the whole comic is the artwork is amazing because you didn’t need a lot dialogue to follow the story and to know what was happening in the scenes. It was nice to see diverse characters in the comic but I would have like to seen more of some those characters. I thought it was great to see all of the stray cats following Selina around because it was showing her connection with them.

The backstory between Selina and Bruce was interesting part of the comic. It showed how Selina became friends with Bruce when they were small children and how they friendship change when they became teenagers. They do reconnect in the story and shows how much they both care about each other. I thought it was a nice touch to the story between Batman and Catwoman instead of them meeting as adults but as teens.

The other part of the story I thought was interesting was Selina’s “friendships” with the group of runaways who live in a warehouse and doing “jobs” for money. She finds the group when she befriend Ojo who teaches her how to scale/climb walls and building. After living on the streets was not working for her, she decides to take up Ojo offer to stay with the group and work with them. She meets a young girl name Rosie, who does not speak because of tragic event that happens to her and her family. It was nice to see how Selina’s personality changes from hard-ass don’t care person to someone who is kind and taking care of someone else that needs her help. This group becomes Selina’s family more than her mother was because they all look out for each other.

Overall, I enjoyed the comic and the only things that I would have like to have seen was more development of the other characters with a little bit of background story and have a trigger warning in the comic so that teens are aware of the subject matter.

Even though this might not be the type of Catwoman story you are looking for and you might have seen some not so good reviews, don’t let those things from stopping you from reading it and make your owe opinion on the story. I hope we get continuation graphic novel to see what other adventures the teenage Selina takes.

I would like to thank DC Link and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale.

New Releases

Most Anticipated New Releases – May 2019

May is almost here and there are exciting new releases coming out! Here are some my most anticiapted new releases for May.

Release Date: May 7, 2019

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm. A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates. A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder.
An alien warrior with anger management issues. A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering.

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic. 

I have pre-order Aurora Rising through GC Reading. Purchasing closes on April 26 and it comes with a sign copy and the novella Memento.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

I purchased the Owlcrate Exclusive book for Finale. Can’t wait for it to come.

The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . . That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

Release Date: May 14, 2019

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.


Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both. 

What May new release book are you looking forward too? Have you pre-ordered any of these?

New Releases

ARC Review: When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

***e-ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Publisher: Tor Teen/Macmillan
Published Date: April 9, 2019
Rating: 5 out 5 Stars


Synopsis:

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.


Review:

I was given the opportunity by the author and NetGalley to read and review When Summer Ends. Normally, I do not read a lot of contemporary books but reading the synopsis I thought and was hoping that I would like it. Honestly, I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the book but I was pleasantly surprised that I really love it and I adored this book! Jessica’s writing style is amazing and the story flows great between the two POVs.

I love Olivia and Aiden, their friendship/turn into a relationship was done nicely because the reader was able to see the way their relationship developed and them taking chances that they would have never have done before. The story did not shy away with showing the struggles that Aiden and Olivia had in their personal life and how it affected their relationship. The setting of the book was perfect, it brought back memories of when I was younger and had the time of my life during the summertime. When I reach the end of the story, I was sad that their story ended because I wanted to read more about Aiden and Olivia and found out what happen with them afterwards.

There were a couple of things that I would have wish to have seen in the book. I would have love to see more of Ellis and Emma, they both brought a lot to the story and I would like have known more about them.

I really loved this book and I need to pick up Love Songs & Other Lies and I can’t wait to see more beautiful written stories from Jessica.

If you love YA contemporary romance novels, then you need to go out buy When Summer Ends!

If you have read the book, what did you think?


About the Author:

Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in a Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.