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

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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

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.