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Book Review: Sorceline (Sorceline #1) – Sylvia Douyé, Paola Antista (Illustrations)

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Graphic Novels, Comic Books, Middle-Grade

Review:

I came across this book on NetGalley and I was at once fascinated by that cute cover. Plus I love fantastic creatures and stories so of course, this book was right up my alley. Sorceline is a young girl who wants to study cryptozoology and when she gets into Professor Archibald Balzar’s school, it’s a dream come true. Now, if she could only get chosen as his apprentice, it would be icing on the cake.

The storyline wasn’t as exciting as I’d expected it to be. Some of the plot twists were quite obvious and there were plot holes as well that needed to be dealt with. That said, this book has a lot of potential. As it’s the first book in the series, I sure hope the storyline gets better. The dialogues felt a bit stunted at first but it was a nice surprise when I did get some witticism.

Now, quality of drawings—Graphic novels are such a visual medium rather than imagining the scenes in your head like with the written word, so the quality of the drawings is a deal breaker for me. I’m glad to say I loved the graphics in Sorceline! The drawings were beautifully drawn and made this book well worth it.

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn

Synopsis:
Welcome to the Island of Vorn, where mythical creatures roam free and only the brightest students are invited to study them. In Book 1 of this riveting new middle grade graphic novel series, a gifted young cryptozoologist-in-training must learn to tame powerful beasts—including her own inner demons.
For as long as she can remember, Sorceline has had a knack for the study of mythical creatures. Now a student at Professor Archibald Balzar’s prestigious school of cryptozoology, she’s eager to test her skills and earn a spot as one of Balzar’s apprentices.
But for all her knowledge of gorgons, vampires, and griffins, Sorceline is mystified by her fellow humans. While she excels in her studies, she quickly clashes with her classmates, revealing her fiery temper.
When one of her rivals suddenly disappears, Sorceline must set aside her anger and join the quest to find her. But the mystery only deepens, leading Sorceline on a journey far darker and more personal than she expected . . .

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How To Review 101

Hola, Book Dragons. Today I’m playing Yoda to your Luke Skywalker. Okay, okay, I don’t claim to be a Jedi Master expert at reviewing but I do have a basic blueprint for review of different categories of media, which I use to plan a review. It’s come to my rescue even when I got stuck with reviewer writer’s block. I’m sharing my secrets with you guys today. 😉

Books
As a die-hard bibliophile, books are my favorite things in the world. So many times, they’ve helped me cope with depression, unhappiness and so many bad things that dragged me down. But I digress. This is my list of how I review books:
1 – Book Cover
2 – Main Characters and Side-Characters
3 – Plot-Line/Story
4 – World-building/Descriptions
5 – Author’s writing
Book covers are work of arts and I think they deserve recognition too, don’t you? So when doing a review, I do an analysis of Story development, Plotline/Storyline, Character growth, Writing Style and World-building, depending on their relevance to the story.

Graphic Novels/Comic Books/Mangas
Graphic Novels and Mangas are so much fun and they are fast reads. If you haven’t read them before, you really should give them a try.
1 – Book Cover
2 – Quality of drawings
3 – Storyline
4 – Dialogues
Graphic novels and mangas are more of a visual medium rather than imagining the scenes in your head like with the written word, so the quality of drawings is a deal breaker for me. Witty dialogues are the icing on the cake, but if the illustrations are poorly-done, they ruin a good story.

AudioBooks
Audiobooks are a recent venture for me. I prefer the written word but audiobooks have their own charm. Especially when you’re stuck with chores (which I hate).
1 – Narrators
2 – Main Characters
3 – Plot-Line/Story
4 – World-building/Descriptions
For audiobooks, narrators are the deal-breaker for me. Their voice and narrating style are what make the choice for me if I want to listen to the book or not. A good narrator can make me enjoy even the most boring story but if I don’t like the narrator, it can ruin the story for me. In cases like that, I usually give the story a second chance by reading it.

Movies/TV Shows/Kdramas
Like books, I’m pretty eclectic in my choice of movies, TV shows and Kdramas. I enjoy action where things blow up, superheroes, special effects, romance, comedies. 
1 – Storyline
2 – Characters
3 – Dialogues
4 – Action
5 – Special Effects
For Kdramas, I need my element of comedy in them and rom-coms are the best kinds.

Music
1 – Melody
2 – Lyrics
Do I need to elaborate this one? 😉 A good song can reach inside you with its melody, its lyrics and shake your heart.

Like your choice of books, your review is also subjective. Your emotions are your own, and your reviews reflect how something you read, watch and listen to will affect you. That said, the one rule of thumb I always try to stick to, is NO SPOILERS. There’s nothing like a spoiler to ruin an amazing experience for someone else.

Oh, I also try to take notes when I read or listen to audiobooks. It helps me get my thoughts in line for my review.

Well, guys, this my review process. It’s not a comprehensive list and not all the points in each list will be relevant for a review.

What about you, what’s your review process?

∼Lyn

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Comics Book Review: Fangs – Sarah Andersen

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Graphic novels, Comics

Review:

Fangs illustrates the story of a feisty vampire called, Vamp (Ikr! lol), who during her long life hasn’t met anyone whom she could call a soulmate, until one night at a bar, she comes across a werewolf who captures her attention. From their first encounter, both of them find a kinship with each other and so starts their hilarious relationship.

If I had to describe this book in two words, it would be “cute” and “sweet”. Funny as well, yes, but there was a sweetness to the scenes that charmed and endeared. The drawings were excellent, with fantastic facial expressions. The witty dialogues had me cracking up. I found myself chuckling and laughing out loud at some of the scenes.

This book didn’t have a long or complicated plot-line and it was quite a humorous and enjoyable read. It’s a short read but watching the vamp and werewolf fall for each other will leave you in smiles.⁣

I thought a #bookstagram photo in full sunshine with bright yellow flowers provided quite a load of irony for Fangs. Just my little joke. 😉⁣

*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing for a free copy of the book.

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Synopsis: A new gothic romance story from the creator of the enormously popular Sarah’s Scribbles comics. Vamp is three hundred years old but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets a charming werewolf. FANGS chronicles the humor, sweetness, and awkwardness of meeting someone perfectly suited to you but also vastly different.

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Comics Book Review: Happily Ever After & Everything In Between – Debbie Tung

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Graphic novels, Comics

Review:

I first came across Debbie Tung’s work on Book Love. Her drawings were so much fun and as an introvert, I could relate to a lot of them. I found a kinship to a lot of her scenes which depict introvert tendencies and bookish quirks.

Happily Ever After & Everything In Between illustrates the everyday scenes of introvert Debbie Tung’s married life with her extrovert husband. The drawings were excellent, with the facial expressions spot on. The dialogues and scenes were quirky and witty. I found myself chuckling and laughing out loud at some of the scenes. Continue reading “Comics Book Review: Happily Ever After & Everything In Between – Debbie Tung”

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Comics Book Review: Book Love – Debbie Tung

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Graphic novel

Review:

I love mangas so it wasn’t a surprise that I also gravitated towards graphic novels. I enjoy the comics posted on Instagram especially those by @loading.artist. So when a friend recommended Book Love to me, a graphic book dedicated to the idiosyncrasies of book dragons, how could I not read it?

If you haven’t read mangas or graphic novels before, the first thing you should know is they’re fast, enjoyable reads. As to how to rate them, I do so on the following three bases:
1 – Quality of drawings
2 – Storyline
3 – Dialogues
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