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: Dark Screams: Volume Seven

Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Brian James Freeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

Now, onto my review.

So, my reading diary on this collection of short stories went something like this:
23:35 28/07 Lizardman
23:45 28/07 A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest – Feat Christopher Robin
04:01 29/07 Furtherest
00:01 30/07 West of Matamoros, North of Hell
14:04 30/07 The Expedition
14:15 30/07 Snow Shadows

What did I like about this book? The majority of the stories were interesting. Only the West of Matamoros wasn’t really for me, the others were more my kind of thing.
I found all the stories were quite quick reads, which is what I expect from a book of short stories.

My favourite? A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest – feat Christoper Robin. Easily the best story in this collection in my opinion. Fans of Winnie The Pooh will never look at the stories in the same way again. I loved this twist on an age old children’s story. Absolutely fantastic.

I definitely recommend reading this if you get the chance.

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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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Netgalley and Me

I joined Netgalley a long time ago, around the time that I first got my Kindle (2012). Then, as I lost interest in reviewing, I stopped visiting the site. I signed up again in June 2017, and here is my story.

For those of you that don’t know, Netgalley is a read and review service offered to people by authors and publishers. The authors and publishers submit their books to Netgalley, usually pre-release, and in return Netgalley recruit people to read and review the books. There are different types of reviewer profiles that can be set up: Commercial reviewers are people who review on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads, Bloggers who review on their blog or vlog, then it moves onto more professional reviewers and librarians. I am registered as a blogger. Most of my reviews go on my blog, any reviews that I write on books that are pre-release get scheduled for posting after the book has been released.

Anyway, Netgalley has a section of books which are “Read Now” meaning that anyone can download the DRM-Protected PDF or ACSM file in order to read and review the book. Any other books need to be requested by the reviewer and then the publishers make a decision as to whether they are going to offer the book to that person. I currently have seven graphic novels waiting to be accepted or declined.

Netgalley has a preferred feedback ratio of 80%, meaning that you stand a better chance of being accepted for a review if your ratio is over that percentage. At present I am at 100%, 12 books offered and 12 books reviewed. You are expected to post your review on the Netgalley website, and you can pass comments to the publisher if you wish.

Upon joining, as well as selecting your reviewer “type” you are asked to fill in a profile page with details about you and the sites that you use.

You don’t need any special qualifications other than a love of reading and a willingness to review.


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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