Thursday, November 14, 2019

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki | Graphic Novel Review

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Title: Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

Author: Mariko Tamaki
Illustrator: Steve Pugh

Published: September 3rd, 2019

Genre: Comic, Graphic Novel, Teen, Superheroes, and villains


  Synopsis: Harleen is a tough, outspoken, rebellious kid who lives in a ramshackle apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. Ever since Harleen's parents split, MAMA has been her only family. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that's taking over the neighborhood, Harleen gets mad.

When Harleen decides to turn her anger into action, she is faced with two choices: join Ivy, who's campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is at once a tale of the classic Harley readers know and love, and a heartfelt story about the choices teenagers make and how they can define—or destroy—their lives. This is the first title in DC's new line of original graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers.

A peak at the graphic novel!

  The dialogue in this graphic novel was spot on, Tamaki did a great job at capturing Harley's personality and voice- I even read it in her accent in some parts!
This Harley Quinn was more quirky and fun-loving, though clearly wanted to stick up and defend people close to her.

It was exciting to see who all showed up at Gotham High: Poison Ivy, the Joker, and a more dark and brooding character as well! ;)

  Ivy was the confident and courageous friend that worked just great with Harley, she was angrier but also very active and encouraging Harley to take a stand as well.

 When Joker showed up, I liked the parts with him and was eagerly turning pages to find out if he would ever take that mask off. This joker was more of a trouble-maker and had a mask over his face, he runs into Harley and they form a kind of alliance if you want to call it that.

  Harley was torn in this graphic novel, and I think Tamaki did a great job of showing this in her decisions and expressions. Harley was very much breaking glass in this story! :D

 This graphic novel I think is more teen, not middle-grade, but not really adult either. The plot progressed nicely and was narrated by our very own Harley Quinn, which made it all the more funny and unique.
 'Cause, of course, Harley explains things in her own kind of way.

 There was a huge plot twist in the last several pages that really caught me by surprise. It made it even more interesting of a read, especially everything that happened afterward! There was a lot intertwined in the last few pages, a lot explained, and even more hinted at!
 I'm really looking forward to the next installment, so I can find out what happens next!

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐][3.5 stars!]

Have any of you heard of this read yet??
Who's your favorite DC character??

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Kindred Woods by Erin Forbes | Foxes, Ice, Fire & More!

*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, my thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Title: Fire and Ice Book 3: The Kindred Woods

Author: Erin Forbes
Website | Instagram | Goodreads

Series: Fire and Ice series 

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic

Published: May 1st, 2019


   Synopsis:  “Doubt and fear are enemies of the strongest warriors and queens, and only the foolish are immune. When there is nowhere else to turn, these demons must be faced with a lethal sword.”

The return of the Lost Dreamer brings change to the lives of the Elementals. His reappearance sends a shockwave across the Gifted realm.

How can a child vanish without a trace, and return after the passing of a decade?

The Hanley twins are crowned with the full attention of their peers. The end of summer brings the beginning of their second year at the Academy for Gifted Youth. Nothing remains simple; life will never be the same.

Mysteries unfold and questions are answered. The Lennox clan must conceal the dark truth of their past. Alice soon discovers a secret. Her knowledge holds power—and danger, too.

 I really wish I'd gotten ahold of this book when I was younger, it's just one of those books that leave you with an impression. And I know it's one that while I enjoy it now I would've loved it immensely if I'd found it even sooner!

 In this third installment, we follow the Hanley sisters with their close friends as they try to uncover sinister plots against the Realm of Aisling and their school for the Gifted. The girls have grown up a bit, but are still very curious and noble in wanting to help everyone.
 Alice has more control over her flames, Emery seems to not have as much control over the ice, and their little fox guardian and friend makes multiple appearances to help them out! (My favorite parts usually had an appearance with him!)

 I also really enjoyed seeing how the relationships had developed between the four Elementals and the other side characters. Especially someone who starts getting rather close to Alice ;)
As well as some new interesting side characters.

  Forbes' writing is so very whimsical it's almost like lyrics in some parts, it gives the fantasy a new depth in her world as well as her characters.

I'll definitely be giving a copy of this series to some younger friends of mine for Christmas!! 😀

[⭐⭐⭐][3.5 stars!]

Is there a series that you enjoy, but wish you'd fallen in love with sooner?? When you were at a different point in your life maybe??

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Noel Apolozies

Hey loves!!

I wanted to just apologize to you all for the inactivity the past few months.

 I haven't quite mentioned it- but I finally gave college a try and loved it! Due to financial reasons, I'll only be doing one semester at a time with large gaps between though.

I was trying to get all my core subjects out of the way, however, so I was way more busy than my fellow students. And I apologize for not updating or responding to comments much during this time!!

Sometimes I may just hop around and visit you guys instead of posting over here though, just to let you know!!

Thank you guys for reading, and I've missed y'all quite a bit! :)

~Noel <3