Monday, June 26, 2017

Snotgirl - At Least I Liked Her Hair (review)

TITLE: Snotgirl
AUTHOR: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Leslie Hung
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLISHING DATE: February 28, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Who is Lottie Person?
Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds) and dazzling newcomer Leslie Hung!

I'd heard a few good things about this on Booktube and was thrilled to see it at my local library recently so of course I grabbed it. Now, even after I've finished it, I'm still not sure what I read. Lottie is a fashion blogger whose life revolves around the latest styles, being popular and trying to find a friend who is as perfect as her. She just lost her boyfriend who is now dating her ex-intern, (whom she really doesn't remember) when she meets the girl she thinks is her perfect friend. This girl is beautiful and also has a fashion blog. Lottie has severe allergies (thus the Snotgirl nickname) and a new doctor puts her on experimental drugs. Early on, something happens and Lottie believes she has accidentally killed her new best friend and I'll be honest, I can't tell if she did or not. Yet even dead, this new girl is a better person than Lottie will ever be.

I know graphic novels are often the compilations of the several comic book issues so they may switch gears between issues. However, this one randomly switched gears throughout the entire book which made things extra confusing. Also, I didn't like Snotgirl. She does have really gorgeous green hair but that's about it. She insists on nicknaming everyone and I pretty much think her real nickname should be "bitchgirl" because she is mean, self-centered and superficial.

I might pick up the next volume if my library decides to get it just to see what happens to the perfect friend or perhaps to see what horrible things happen to Snotgirl. Personally I'm wishing for "Snotgirl Goes to Prison."


Friday, June 23, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (116) / Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book ReviewerI'm hoping to discover some new blogs to love.

First up this week is a physical book I ordered as a "reward" for my first week without soda.  I found it at Abe Books for $3.00 and free shipping so I'm thinking that may say something about how good/bad this book is. I have heard mixed reviews but my library hasn't gotten it yet and I'm pretty curious.  It even arrived in good shape,

Next I grabbed some freebies and a few paid for books from Amazon. "Girl with the Clockwork Cat," "Mutts Like Me," "Wicker Hollow," and "Paper Scissors Death" were all free. I pre-ordered "Asylum" for $2.99 and it finally arrived and another blogger recommended "Good Guys Love Dogs" and it must have been at a weak moment because I immediately went and purchased it.

Finally I received the following for review.  I loved "The Demonists" and am thrilled to have the second in that series, "Dark Exodus."  I honestly don't remember requested "Reincarnation Blues" but apparently I did.  Finally, I couldn't resist "Little One" - bring on the horror!  Plus it's a WV writer and the book includes a WV location.

What did you add to your shelves this week and have you read any of these?  Which ones should I read first???

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weekly Reads (06/22/2017)

Nothing really outstanding has happened at The Farm this week and I guess that's a good thing.  Mr. Barb was off three days because he had to work the weekend and then he got some obscure holiday on Tuesday that most others didn't so it was nice having him at home even though I had to work - the boys sure loved it.  I planted the flower garden/dog memorial on Sunday while he was working and about did myself in with the heat.  I survive though and it's almost done so I'll try to post pics soon.

We watched a few movies.  First up was "LIFE,"  I actually thought it was pretty good even if it did give me an Alien vibe.  It had some good stars and it's worth watching just to see what havoc Calvin the alien wrecks.  Then we watched "Man Vs." on Prime.  It didn't cost us anything extra so the fact that it was watchable was a good thing in and of itself (I never have much luck with Prime movies). It's a horror/alien take on the who survival show fad.

Guess what we found at the store Tuesday????  ZIMA!  Does anyone else remember this from the 90's?  I'd heard they were bringing it back for a limited run and since I always loved it and have admittedly said a few times I wish it was still around, I'm thrilled to be able to find it again.

I managed to start a few books this week and I hope to get some quality reading time in over the weekend.  Here's what's up on the stack.  I've just stared "Unsub" but as you can see, I have lofty plans for the next seven days.

Finally, as you read this, hopefully my pre-order will arrive as expected and I will be jamming out on this all day and evening.  There's even a concert DVD for when I want to wind down.


Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead of them and those in the path of this weekend's storms - stay safe!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rise of the Sea Witch Blog Tour

Rise of the Sea Witch
Stacey Rourke
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.
Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people.
When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, darkfamily secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.
Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.

I need to start out by saying that I've never watched Disney's "Little Mermaid" so while the book is a retelling it was somewhat more original to me. However, I can appreciate the hard work Rourke out into fleshing out the origins of this popular tale and it's one I thoroughly enjoyed and which will be counted among my favorites for some time to come.

Princess Vanessa (who eventually morphs into the Ursula people either love or hate) has spent her whole life wanting to be named as father Poseidon's successor to the land of Atlantica. Her mother died when she was fairly young and try as she might, Nessa has never been able to obtain the love and respect from her father. She feels like an outsider in her own family all except for her brother Triton. Their relationship is like many other siblings where they jab at each other from time to time but ultimately love each other and would do anything which is possible for each other. Throughout the course of the book Nessa makes attempt after attempt to do the right thing in the kingdom and is basically let down by everyone around her. This leads to her transformation into Ursula the sea witch and all I can say is I can't really blame her.

Rourke weaves a thrilling tale within a beautiful setting. The vivid descriptions of Atlantica and its inhabitants are an added bonus to the tale of love, loyalty and deception told on the pages. For any clue on what you might be in store for, just look at the lovely cover! The story is told from Nessa's POV and let me add that girl has lots of spunk and a beautifully snarky attitude. My favorite characters in the whole book though were Nessa's pet zebra sharks, Flotteson and Jetteson. These vicious creatures were the perfect loyal companion to Nessa and stand beside her through thick and thin. Heck, Rourke even made me feel sorry for the Kraken (of course I tend to love anything with tentacles anyway).

If you like books about villains or mermaid tales, this one definitely has to go on your TRB. I received this book from XPresso book tours in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves totravel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a careerout of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.


Two Bloggers One Book - Just Add Water (and a special guest to boot!)

This past month Stormi and I chose to buddy read the new book by Hunter Shea "Just Add Water."  It was pretty much a no-brainer since our very first buddy read was Shea's "The Jersey Devil."  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm pretty sure Stormi did as well.  So after you read my review, make sure to hop over to her blog Books Movies Reviews, Oh My! and check out her thoughts.  And as a special treat, we are both welcoming Hunter Shea to our blogs today so make sure you check out his fun-filled interview.

TITLE: Just Add Water (Mail Order Massacres #1)
AUTHOR: Hunter Shea
PUBLISHER: Lyrical Underground
PUBLISHING DATE: June 13, 2017


It’s fun! It’s easy! They only cost a measly dollar. Just clip out the ad in your comic book. Then ask Mom to mail it in. A few weeks later, receive a packet of instant Sea Serpent dust. Then:

Just add water . . . and watch them grow!


Just ask David and Patrick. Their “instant pets” are instant duds. They don’t hatch, they don’t grow, they don’t do anything. So they dump them into the sewer where Dad pours toxic chemicals . . .


It’s been years since David and Patrick thought about those Sea Serpents. But now, small animals are disappearing in the neighborhood. Strange slimy creatures are rising from the sewers. And once the screaming starts, David and Patrick realize that their childhood pets really did come to life. With a vengeance. They’re enormous . . . and have a ravenous hunger for human flesh . . .

Hunter Shea is quickly becoming one of my "must read everything he writes" authors which is saying a lot because he is sharing space with some of my favorites such as Stephen King, Joe Hill and Stuart West. I feel "Just Add Water" is best compared to a B-movie horror-fest and I mean that in the best way possible. It's the kind of book you should grab up when you want to escape reality for a while and enjoy some blood, gore and a tad bit of humor all at the same time.

David and Patrick are two comic-obsessed kids who place an order out of an ad in the back of a "Wonder Woman" comic for some amazing sea monkeys. When they arrive, they secretly house them in a garage but when they don't start growing as expected and smell horrific to boot, they flush them down the commode. Flash forward a few years and pets are mysteriously turning up all over the city and in an attempt to help locate them, and maybe more importantly earn some reward money for more comic books, the two discover they may not have seen the last of the nasty smelling sea monkey goo.

The action in "Just Add Water" is pretty much non-stop and it's a book I devoured within the course of 24 hours. I hated to put it down and only did so because life got in the way. I loved the group of kids who work together to take down the sea monkeys and I even loved the gore Shea infused into the tale. And while not a children's book in any fashion, these kids actually have parents - although in some cases I use that term loosely. Oh and I can't forget - let's say I'll never look at wasabi the same way again. If you are a fan of Shea's or just looking for some new horror to try out, I can't stress enough that you should immediately seek out a copy of "Just Add Water" and settle in for some good old-fashioned, gory fun. The next in this series, "Optical Delusion" comes out in August and a wonderful glorious ARC is already waiting for me on my Kindle.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of over 13 (lucky number!) books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

STORMI: What made you decide to do a series based on the wall ads in comic books? And speaking of comic books, are you a big fan.  What is your favorite?

HUNTER: My editor came to me one day with this idea about killer sea monkeys.  I thought he was drunk or kidding or both.  Since we're both slightly insane, we kept talking about it until we had the arc for a full story.  I then suggested that we do at least three so we could cover a few of our favorite mail order ripoffs that we wanted as kids.  We were both huge comic book geeks...and still are, to some degree.  My favorite is Captain America.  So much so, that I have a tattoo of his shield on my arm.  I got it many years ago, before Cap was suddenly so damn cool.

BARB: Stormi and I both loved "Just Add Water" and know a second book is in the works.  What are your plans for this series and will there be more than two?

HUNTER: Oh, thank you so much.  Yes, there are three in the series.  The second is called "Optical Delusion" about a pair of X-ray specs gone horribly wrong.  The last, "Money Back Guarantee" is about those cardboard nuclear subs you could order from the comics.  This time around, mom isn't happy at all that she was ripped off.  Someone's gonna pay...big time!
STORMI: You tend to favor the horror genre.  What is that and who are some of your favorite authors and books in the genre?

HUNTER:  I grew up as a horror kid, thanks to my father.  He took me to every horror movie that came out in the 70s when I was just a wee tyke.  The reason he did it is because I wasn't scared.  I loved them all, even The Exorcist!  I started reading Stephen King and HP Lovecraft when I was about 9 and haven't stopped.  Robert McCammon is one of my favorite all time writers.  I worship Boy's Life and Swan Song.  There are so many authors I devour.  It would take all day to name them all.

BARB: What question have you always wanted someone to ask you and of course, please provide the answer.

HUNTER: Hmmm.  How about, do you think Shania Twain will ever fall in love with you? Now, I understand that we're both happily married, but given the chance, I could charm my way into her heart.  At least that's what I tell myself.  And yes, some horror writers like to rock out to Man, I Feel Like a Woman.

BARB: Booker T, my co-blogger, always likes to ask a question of visiting authors so here goes.

BOOKER T: There's a German Shepard in the book and all I'll say is that if it had been a boxer, totally different outcome.  Do you have any 4-legged friend that help (or hinder) your writing process?  Also, and here's a serious president - Cat or Dog?

HUNTER: I have two cats, Iris and Salem.  Iris is 9 and a typical lazy cat who will scratch your ankles every chance she gets.  Salem is a 3 year old black cat that is more like a big lovable dog.  He's my favorite and can be a hindrance to writing because he likes to walk on the keyboard until I rub his Buddha belly.  I hope the next president is a husky.  He'll settle the world's problems with a simple glance from those ice blue eyes.

Thanks for visiting with us Hunter and good luck on all your future endeavors!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (111) - The One Where Booker T Teaches Mom a Lesson

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. 

Mom can't come to the blog right now - she's in time out.  I can't believe she featured another darn cat book last week.  I don't care if it was a vampire cat.  One of her blogger friends made a very good point about all cats being vampires and I would have to agree.  Anyway. I have found not one, not two, but THREE dog books to share with you guys.  TAKE THAT MOMMY DEAREST!  And to prove how mad I am, I even messed up her font!

FROM GOODREADS: Joal Derse Dauer was just donating blankets at a local no-kill shelter when a disabled and despondent dog caught her eye. With three "fur babies" already at home, Joal wasn't looking to adopt another dog. But there was something special about Sadie, a shepherd mix who had been shot in the head and in the back and left for dead in the hills of Kentucky after giving birth. One gaze into those sorrowful eyes and Joal vowed to do everything possible to get the pitiful creature walking again. 
The first three vets offered little hope for Sadie and two even recommended euthanasia. But with patience, hope, and plenty of love, Joal noticed a change in her canine companion. And somewhere along the difficult journey, she discovered that sweet Sadie had transformed her life in ways she never could have imagined. 

FROM GOODREADS: Richmond Rogues’ left-fielder Joe “Zoo” Zooker has his own ritual for the start of spring training—a weekend of pure pleasure, including as many pretty faces and curvaceous bodies as he can charm into his bed. After that, he’s all about baseball, especially with hungry minor leaguers eager for their own shot at the majors, just waiting for him to strike out. But when a beautiful woman with a smart mouth brushes off his flirting, he’s determined to go to bat as often as it takes to win a smile aimed only at him.  

Stevie may be new to the beach town of Barefoot William, but she’s seen plenty of charmers like hot and hunky Zoo before. Managing her aunt’s doggie daycare business, she’s up to her ears in rowdy puppies—and she doesn’t need a lifelong hound like Zoo breaking her heart. Still, there’s no denying the attraction between them, and as spring training heats up, lust suddenly begins to look a lot like love . . .

FROM GOODREADS: Eric met Peety when he was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of serious diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: a middle-aged and forgotten shelter dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, and the bond of unconditional love they formed forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together and eating plant-based food, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his type 2 diabetes, got off all medication, became happy and healthy for the first time in his life, and even reconnected with and married his high school sweetheart. WALKING WITH PEETY is perfect for anyone who is ready to make a change in their life and for everyone who knows the joy, love and hope that dogs can bring to human lives. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue, this is an epic story of friendship and strength.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Because I don't see a single mention of a cat in any of these books!  

PS - I'm even encouraging Cassius to take over next week and leave her in time out again.

Monday, June 19, 2017

TTT - Series I've Been Meaning to Start But Haven't Yet

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

Today I'm sharing with you series I keep meaning to start but haven't yet - aka, the story of my life :) And you're actually getting a bonus pick too!

So if I was to start all of these series, that would be 68 books on a TBR.  How sad!  Oh well, guess that's why I love to read.  What series haven't you started and can you recommend any of these.  I know Chuckles has read the Remy Chandler ones but how about anyone else???

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

A few weeks ago I was tagged by Ann and Clare at Dual Reads to do this tag.  I knew I wanted to get around to it, but was waiting until it was closer to mid-year.  Bet that pug is freaking out too!  Anyway, here we go.

1.  Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017

I'd say it's a close tie between these two but "Certain Dark Things" probably has a tad bit of an edge.  If you haven't read either of these, do so now and then send me a link to your gushing reviews (I'm THAT sure you'll like them).

2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017

I love the Veronica Speedwell mysteries and already can't wait for the next one (which I don't think even has a cover or a title yet but I may be wrong).

3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To

I can't wait to see what Dru and her friends are up to next.

4.  Most Anticipated Release for Second Half of 2017

It's Stephen King...need I say more?

5. Biggest Disappointment

This book created a phenomenon I now call "The Little Heaven" effect - when you are anxious to read a book, want to love it, but find it boring as hell and it triggers a massive reading slump.

6. Biggest Surprise

I figured the odds were good I'd like this one but I had no idea how much.

7. Favorite New Author

I liked "The Jersey Devil" when I read it last year but "Just Add Water" cemented Shea in the "have to read everything he writes" category.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

Definitely Martin the dog!

9. Newest Favorite Character

Not really a NEW favorite, but definitely one worth mentioning!

10. Book That Made You Cry

Still a huge loss and so sad that such a talented man is gone.

11. Book That Made You Happy

How can a book which feature a dog who thinks he's Elvis reincarnated AND who writes his own chapters NOT make me happy???

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You've Seen So Far in 2017

They are supposedly making a movie adaptation of this graphic novel series so does that count?

13. Favorite Review You've Written So Far in 2017

It's also gotten the most "likes" on Goodreads.

14. Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far This Year

It's hard to tell from the picture but the cover is a collage of all things Prince (pictures, album covers, people in his life, etc) put together to make his picture.

So I'm not really going to tag anyone but if you are interested in doing this, please leave me a link so I can check out your post!