Review: Bingo Love

Bingo Love

Written & Created by: Tee Franklin

Art by: Jenn St-Onge

Colors by: Joy San

Letters b: Cardinal Rae

Edited by: Erica Schultz

Cover by: Gisele Lagace

Logo by: Kevin Maher

*I backed this twice (one for me and one for my sis) on Kickstarter and just finished reading the PDF.*

When I first heard about this graphic novel on Twitter I knew that I wanted to get a copy. First of all the artwork caught my eye. Secondly the premise sounded great and intriguing. And finally because bingo is part of my childhood I played it first at church and then later on as a young adult at synagogue.

The writing is awesome. Ms. Franklin does an excellent job expressing the emotions and feelings of each character. After reading I know for certain that the characters in this book are just as real as anyone that I would meet in real life. Not only that, the author does and exceptional job of capturing the journey of Hazel and Mari’s quest for true love. As you read you feel the pain, anger, sadness and joy of the story.

The artwork is phenomenal and showcases the diverse and inclusive characters. So many black hairstyles, body types, ages, and skin colors! It put a smile on my face to see all of that showcased in this book.

What a beautiful book!

This is what I want to see and read about in comics. Bingo Love is an example of what-as Ms. Franklin has mentioned many times-seasoned comics looks like. I’m looking forward to more stories revolving around Hazel, Mari and their family and friends.

10/10

Preorder on Amazon or at your LCS code: DEC170648

Book Review: The Dark Mermaid by Christina L. Barr

*I received an ARC of the novel*

An intriguing twist on the tale of The Little Mermaid, author Christina L. Barr’s The Dark Mermaid delivers.

The setting of the story begins underwater and moves to land towards the latter part of the book. No matter the setting, the plot moves forward and keeps readers guessing till the end. While the book starts off strong its the latter half of the novel which is a bit weak in execution.

Though the story’s mostly dark, bits of light seep into the story. Readers will find the main character and the supporting cast relatable in various ways. The themes of loss and choosing to follow a path of darkness or light are emphasized throughout the story. Unlike the tale it’s based on, there’s no happy ending waiting at the end of the novel for the characters. The ending’s bittersweet forecasting dark days ahead while still clenching on to the little hope that remains.

Overall, The Dark Mermaid is an excellent novel and will keep readers invested not only till the book’s ending but also for future sequels that are to come.

4/5

Review: Kyoko M.’s Of Cinder & Bone

My apologies for the late review, but life has kept me busy these past few months.

I won a copy of the novel via the author’s GoodReads giveaway

Review:

The novel’s a great read, it has everything a reader can ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy book.

I applaud the author’s characters who are not only well-developed characters but are diverse and inclusive. It was great to see that one of the main characters is a WOC AND she’s not the only WOC present. Back ground characters are also not one dimensional and also given something to do which is a plus.

The thing that appealed to me the most was how much research the author did in their approach to bringing a dragon to life. The method used in the story has a realistic feel which piqued my curiosity.  Of Cinder & Bone also brought a sense of awe and wonderment, almost like the first time I watched Jurassic Park on the big screen.

The story features action, tension, drama, and comedy and goes at a decent pace. But I expect that from this author. It’s risky to end a novel with a cliffhanger, but the move pays off because I want to know what happens next.  Plus, it makes the book stand out in a good way.

Overall, Of Cinder & Bone is an excellent story. I look forward to the sequel.

5/5

Review: Phases of a Broken Sky

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Written by Christina Barr

Purchase your copy here.

5/5

Phases of a Broken Sky is an excellent read.

The novel tells the story of Jesse Holloway a young lady trying to break free from her over protective parents by starting her college years miles away from where she lives. At the start of her road trip she meets a stranger who changes her life forever.

Miss Barr’s writing continues to be superb and her characters fleshed out, flawed, complex individuals. The pacing of the story wasn’t slow or forced, nothing felt rushed and the plotting was well paced. I really enjoyed Jesse’s journey and the ending of the book reveals that her story is just beginning. The ending was really good and had me asking questions and wanting more. I look forward to reading the sequel.

Overall, Phases of a Broken Sky is a great addition to the paranormal genre.

Review: Dark Mists 2: Kurotobi Skies

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Writer: Annika Eade
Artist: Babisu Kourtis
Format: 132 pages Full Colour

Review:

Dark Mists: Kurotobi Skies is an epic tale that concludes the story of the leading Geisha Kimi and her Geisha sisters.

At the book begins with Kimi’s disappearance after the murder of her lover and her sisters’ struggling financially. The murder of Kimi’s lover also pays the way for corrupt government official Osamu to infiltrate the government with his Yakuza army and take control over the Gion the Geisha district.

With Kimi missing and most likely dead, her Geisha sisters try to move on an overcome their grief while they welcome a new Geisha Akane who’s true motivations will have dire consequences for Kimi’s sisters and the Gion. Meanwhile, Kimi lives after surviving a suicide attempt, but her memory and eye sight are not intact. Months pass and she regains both and a new resolve to return home and defend her sisters, the Gion, and save the government.

Having not read the first book, I had no trouble understanding what had previously taken place as I read. The story’s pacing is well paced and intriguing, and I didn’t want to stop reading till I got to the end. Writer Annika Eade scripted a great story that features complex characters. I also loved artist Babisu Kourtis’ beautiful and poignant artwork. The coloring of the illustrations fits the story’s tone extremely well.

Overall Dark Mists: Kurotobi Skies is an excellent story that readers will enjoy and want to read again.

5/5

Purchase your copy here. 

Book Review: Becoming Undone

becomingBecoming Undone is the sequel to Almost Alive and continues the story of two lovers who fight demons, Michelle and Julian.

Julian loses himself and it’s up to Michelle to save him and get him back and she does. But not before going through many hellish twists and turns. In fact Julian and Michelle both become undone in different ways, only to pick themselves up again at the end.

I truly enjoyed reading this book more than I did reading the first. What I loved about this book was that the plot moved steadily and had many twists and turns that I did not see coming. From the get-go the story is full of action packed movements as the series of events throughout the story build on one another.

In this story Michelle finds the hope and courage to believe, and that is one of the messages readers can take away from Becoming Undone. At the end of the book, I was left content but also wondering if Michelle and Julian’s story wasn’t over just yet.

Overall Becoming Undone is an excellent sequel and readers will not want to put the book down until they’ve reached the end.

5/5

Book Review: Almost Alive

22349283Let me just start by saying that I love the cover of the book. Miss Barr does an excellent job of creating covers for her stories and this cover definitely gets the attention of a would-be reader.

Almost Alive is a supernatural tale of epic proportions. Its theme of good vs. evil reminds me a little bit of the CW’s Supernatural and Buffy, but instead of vampires there are demons attached to the souls of humans, and witches. The novel’s protagonist Michelle is a person who survived a suicide attempt and has returned to the land of the living with no actual purpose in life.

Her parents are living a double life and she’s lost her friends and boyfriend. Michelle is truly alone, until she meets a young man named Julian at her new school. In meeting him, Michelle discovers that she has a demon attached to her soul and the rest of the book is about her struggling to deliver her soul from evil and finding a reason to live.

The Christian themes of good and evil, sin and temptation, demons, and prayer are heavily featured throughout the story and are at times delivered right on the nose. Some readers may find the exposition of them to be somewhat preachy. There’s also a bit of slut-shaming-in my opinion-in the early part of the story.

However the pacing of the story is well balanced and doesn’t stray from beginning to end. Readers will enjoy the character’s growth and development as they’ll sympathize and understand each of the characters’ motivations. The ending of the book is only the beginning of Michelle’s and Julian’s journey. I could see this book being a TV show and I think readers will definitely enjoy it.

Over all Almost Alive delivers and is a great addition to the paranormal, urban, horror, and supernatural genres.

4/5