Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson | REVIEW


Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2012
Genre: Young Adult- Fairytale Retelling
Page Count: 292
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

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The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen | Review


Title: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act
Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Matt Wilson (Colorist)
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel
Page Count: 144
My Rating: 5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

Summary (From goodreads):

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

My thoughts:

I LOVED THIS! I haven’t instantly loved a series like this since I started Saga by Brian K. Vaughn. Firstly, the art is stunning. More importantly though, the storyline instantly had me hooked. Many people have said they found it confusing, but I disagree. It’s the beginning of a series and it’s intentionally vague. This volume sets up a lot of things going on in this world and with the dynamics between the gods, and I am so ready for the next volume. There are so many rich, diverse, complex characters and I cannot wait to see more of them. If you enjoy Saga or other Image productions, you will most likely enjoy this. I cannot recommend it enough.

Did you love The Wicked + The Divine as much as I did?

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Review


Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult –  Contemporary
Page Count:464
My Rating: 5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

Summary (From goodreads):

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.

Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a Stranger? Um…

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Wait … what?

My thoughts:

I loved this book! It was the perfect Sping/Summer read. I previously read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and enjoyed that one so much that I predicted I’d love this one as well. This entire book takes place over a summer break and gives you a summer vibe the whole way through.

I really enjoyed the cast of characters we had. This is a book about friendship at its core. The friendship between Emily and Sloane, and the friendships Emily is building in Sloane’s absence take center stage. They are realistic and complex. Additionally, the romance takes a back seat to all of this. Although the romance is adorable, it is also a relationship built on a friendship, which I really enjoyed.

Ultimately, this book is about Emily finding herself, discovering who she is as a person without Sloane, coming out of her shell, and finding the meaning of friendship. I adored this, and Morgan Matson has officially become an auto-buy author for me.

This was also our first book for the Random Readalongs group that I run with Sarah Jane (TheBookLife) and Kristin (kap89x), a readalong group in which we randomly decided during random months to read a book together! We did a live show to discuss the book, so please check that out if you HAVE read the book and would like to hear our thoughts.

Let me know what you thought of Since You’ve Been Gone!

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