Geekin’ Rewind

Geekin’ Rewind

August 23, 2014 Geekin Rewind 0

Geekin’ Rewind is a new feature on The Book Monsters, where we get to share our geeky loves outside of books that we feature on our blog, including manga, anime, and much more. We hope you enjoy and share some of our geeky loves! I had an AMAZING time at GenCon Indy – the four best days in gaming! I’m not much of a gamer, but love this conference, I met some great people and had a blast. I only went to one anime event, a late night adult show that consisted of Dub that Hentai, Cosplay Deviants and a play off of Cards Against Humanity. The costumes this year were awesome and I found way too many things to buy. I ended up buying 5 graphic novels and an assortment of other things which I have yet to gather up for a decent picture.   I also made it my goal to try out a new cupcake every day, they even had some fantasy themed ones that were delicious. A lot of the food trucks themed different food to different geekdoms like Star Wars. Best of all was hanging out with friends, old and new, and playing some new… Read more »

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Graphic Novel Review: The Wrenchies

Graphic Novel Review: The Wrenchies

August 22, 2014 Book Review, Graphic Novel Review 0

The Wrenchies was a beautiful read, if not a bit confusing. I loved the artwork, I loved the settings and the colors used to portray a post-apocalyptic world where only children survive. Once you close in on adulthood, the Shadowmen come for you. These kids form gangs and this one follows the Wrenchies, a group that is filled with interesting characters. Unfortunately, after killing some Shadowmen, they find their name written on a paper and know that they are after their gang, who seem too good at killing off the wretched, freaky creatures that look like warped men in suits. Then it gets even trippier as multiple dimensions are introduced. The basic premise being that the creator of this world and the Shadowmen is a comic book artist, who has been captured and needs to be rescued. The scientist, a large towering man that is somewhat of a legend is supposed to guide them and brings in characters from other worlds – include a set of grown Wrenchies from the comic series and a boy named Hollis, a chubby boy who wears a superhero costume everywhere. As much as the plot got a bit messy and at times, I reread… Read more »

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Book Review: Monsters

Book Review: Monsters

August 21, 2014 Book Review 0

I adored Ashes. Left Shadows feeling a little confused. With Monsters, the confusion was back a hundred fold. While I love that I finally got the conclusion that I had been waiting for, part of me wishes that it had been simpler. Monsters is a monster of a book. Clocking in at almost 700 pages, Monsters often felt and read like multiple reads crammed into one. Many details of the numerous plot lines have been waiting it seems till Monsters to finally come together. Leaving the reader to jump from resolution to another. While this may work at times, it is the finale of a series after all, it can also be overwhelming. There was so much to finally uncover that I often felt like like too much was being thrown at me. I cannot say that Monsters was the series finale that I was hoping it would be. A lot of Monsters‘ problem was that it was just too much at the last moment. There were definitely some elements that could have been left out or resolved in earlier installment, which would have made Monsters less bulky. I am glad that I stuck it out with this series. It… Read more »

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Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Book Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

August 20, 2014 Book Review 0

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book about Mara Dyer, supposed crazy teenager, only she’s not. For some reason she has these powers, although admittedly she seems to have killed a few of her friends and several animals. So of course, she’s a little crazy even though the reason people think she is such is somewhat accounted for. Following the first book, Mara wakes up in the hospital and seems to be on track to a residential home. She tries to keep herself calm and figure out a way to get home sooner than later. She manages to convince her mother into outpatient day school. Noah tries to keep her grounded as they figure out what her ex-non-dead-boyfriend is doing and wants from Mara. So, there were some problems with this second book. Out of left field Mara starts having these flashback visions, taking her back in time. I’m not sure where this is leading yet, but there’s another book yet to come. It fits but it seems sort of dramatic since there was nothing of this nature in the first book. Of course, I listened to them back to back, so maybe I’m forgetting something. I found… Read more »

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Author Interview: Maria T. Lennon + Giveaway

Author Interview: Maria T. Lennon + Giveaway

August 19, 2014 Author Interview, Giveaway 0

Today I have Maria T. Lennon, author of Watch Out Hollywood and Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child here to answer some of my questions! Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway at the end of the post. Do you have a favorite theme or genre that you like to write about? Is there a genre that you’ll probably stay away from and why? I really like realistic fiction. The real world. Dystopian stuff has never been for me. Sadly, my brain is firmly rooted on this planet so I could never write something like that, though I wish I could. What was the most challenging aspect of writing Watch Out Hollywood? Trying to show growth in a kid that feels real. It’s two steps forward and one step back. I wanted Charlie to feel like someone kids could relate to. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Are there daily writing goals you set? I write when the kids are in school—from 9-2 then hit the market so the fridge is full when they come home and attack it. Do you have any writing “must haves”? Just my laptop and a small, relatively… Read more »

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