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.

Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour – Smoke and Key Review and Favorite Quotes

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Fantasy Book Club. I am excited to share my review and favorite quotes today!

by Kelsey Sutton
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: April 2, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical, Fiction, Paranormal, Magic, Horror

Synopsis:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start; bodies that are burnt to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she becomes the next victim…

Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Book Depository, Kobo, Google Books

Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The book is about a young girl that had passed away and had fallen from grave to a world named Under. She does not her name or who she was in her past life and how she came to be decreased. The only thing that she had in possession when she fell was a key so she was named Key. Key met a young man named Smoke when she had fallen who help her around Under. She was introduce to other dead people in Under, whose names were possession that they had been buried with and fallen with. Their names were Journal, Ribbon, Doll, and Tintype and there were other dead who resided in Under. Majority of the dead were in some form decomposed states but Key was oddly preserved. Everyone who was there had no recollection of who they were before they had died.

Upon Key arrival, there started to be a series of murders among the dead. Yes, the dead can be killed via fire. When the first murdered happen, Key started to get memories back from her past life and she started to recognize some of the people who were in Under. This cause her dead life in jeopardy.

I found that I really enjoy the character of Key, she was portrayed really well and it was interesting to see how she reacted to the memories that she experiencing. It was nice to see how Smoke and Journal were connected to Key’s past and to be able to experience her relationship with Smoke. He was another character that was intriguing, I was left with wanting to know more about him.

The best part about this book is how the tension and mystery of the story was built throughout the book. I love books that have mystery and eeriness to them because I could imagine all of the characters in the book like I was watching a movie.

However, the one thing that I would have like to read more about was the magic that was mention. I felt like there wasn’t a backstory to how the magic really plan in the story, I would have like to have known more about it.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and love how unique the story was. I am big fan of dark fantasy and this book really gave me what I needed to get out of my reading slump. I am looking forward to reading more from Kelsey Sutton.

Favorite Quotes

“I’m drawn to him like stars to sky.”

“Just remember. You can’t kill what’s already dead.”

“I need not be full to be significant. I need not be whole to be beautiful.”

“No bits about how I was enchanted by the sound of your laugh or the secrets in your eyes. All I know is that I saw you and I had to know you.”

About the Author

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, napping with her rescue dogs, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at www.kelseysuttonbooks.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Reach her at: Website, Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookT

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April 11th

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April 12th

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review

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April 13th

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A Dream Within A Dream – Review

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April 14th

The YA Obsessed – Review

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Absolute Bookishness – Review

April 15th

Book Rambler Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

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