Review: Spencer & Locke

Spencer & LockeSpencer & Locke by David Pepose

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Combining four individual issues into one book, this is the story of a detective called Locke and his imaginary partner, Spencer, a talking blue panther.

The illustrations start off really well with a palette of blues and blacks mostly. Presumably to fit with one of the main characters being blue. Then in the third issue, we have this amazing splash of neon and bright colours, it really makes the pictures pop. Very cleverly done and placed within the story. Well done.
I would say, that apart from a few flashback scenes, we don’t get much background on the character in this particular book so I would love to see Locke fleshed out a little more.

Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced reading copy

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Review: Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back

Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back
Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back by Brenden Fletcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had the Gotham Academy series saved in my wishlist for a long while but wasn’t 100% sure whether it was for me or not.
When I got the chance on Netgalley (Thanks for the ARC copy) to read this one, I jumped at it.

Yes, I jumped into a series that has already been established without reading anything prior so I knew nothing about it but I loved it. I had no issues with the characters or figuring out the basics.

The illustrations are fantastic in this book.

An excellent read, thanks again Netgalley.

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Review: Manga Classics: The Jungle Book

Manga Classics: The Jungle Book
Manga Classics: The Jungle Book by Crystal S. Chan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have seen the film, I think most people my age have. I have never read the book, although it has been on my list of books I want to read for a while now. However, after reading the Manga Version I have realised that the two are really rather different.
Consisting of short stories, poems and songs I found that whilst different to what I expected, I really enjoyed reading it. The first few stories relate to the film or what was the basis for the film.
My favourite story though, is not from the “Jungle Book” stories, but a story about an adorable Mongoose and his adoption by a family. I really enjoyed this story.
The illustrations are fantastic and are in keeping with the story.

Copy received via Netgalley. Thank you

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Review: Manga Classics: Great Expectations

Manga Classics: Great Expectations
Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Manga Classics: Great Expectations is the graphic novel retelling of the classic Great Expectations.
Pip is a lowly orphaned boy, raised by his sister and her Blacksmith husband. One day Pip is called upon to move to London for an education and we follow him on his journey to becoming a true gentleman.

I have always wanted to read Great Expectations but never really found the inclination to start working on such a large tome. This book was the perfect way for me to read it but at a level I am comfortable with.

The illustrations in this book are fantastic. They manage to perfectly encapsulate the time period but with a manga twist.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley

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Review: The Baker Street Four, Vol. 1

The Baker Street Four, Vol. 1
The Baker Street Four, Vol. 1 by Olivier Legrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Baker Street Irregulars are back in The Baker Street Four.

The illustrations in this graphic novel are fantastic. The artist manages to encapsulate Victorian England perfectly with the styling of the buildings and backdrops right through to the colours used to set off the tone. It is absolutely perfect as far as the art work goes.

As for the story, I love all things Sherlock Holmes and am quite familiar with the BSIs from when they have helped him out in the past. In this book, the four (three kids and a cat) launch their own investigation when the love interest of one of the gang is abducted – amongst other things.
All in all this was cute and well thought out book, the stories were good and kept me interested to the end.

Copy received via Netgalley

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