Monday, May 27, 2013

Manga/Graphic Novel/Video Game Novel Challenge 2013

So this year since I said that I would try to get to Level 3 of the Challenge That means I need to have at least 25 books read before the end of the year. That's at least 2 books a month. (and one extra one in at least one of those 12 months)   As a change from last year I'm gonna be putting the reviews up here as I get them done and then linking them in the monthly round-up at Mother/Gamer/Writer.  I also plan to try to remember my update my Challenge page at the end of the month. Want to see what the other people in the challenge are reading this month? Click here!

After defeating the malevolent spirit of her long-dead brother and escaping the terror of a town possessed by the insanity of the Mad Hatter, Calie and her daughter, Violet, disappear into the city of Los Angeles hoping to evade Wonderland's ever-extending reach. But the duo is fast to learn that no matter where they run, or where they hide, Wonderland will find them! From the writers and creators who brought you Zenescope's original Wonderland trilogy comes the continuation of the adventure in a world of madness like you've never seen before. 

My Review:

I LOVED volume 1 and I have to say I LOVED volume 2 even more!
Again this is not a Wonderland for little kids.  I think there is even less clothing than in the first one, but there might be a tad less violence and gore…maybe, but just a tad.

Let’s start with the artwork. I LOVE the artwork. The colors are amazing. Then there are the details…I could get lost for hours in the details, especially on the full page portraits and covers.   I know there are going to be issues with how scantily clad most of the women are, but I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again,  if I could I’d dress like that too.   I mean it could be construed as degrading to women to let all their bits hang out, but considering the majority of main characters and villains in the books are women who lean to the sociopathic and are more than capable of taking care of themselves…um…yeah.  I don’t have any fear of them setting back the women’s rights movement.

As for the story….again this is not your grandmothers Wonderland.  Things have gone far beyond the looking glass.   As with the first one there are bits and pieces thrown in from other series in Grimm’s Fairy Tales Wonderland fold.  Little asterix abound referring back to other stories.  It doesn’t really take away from this volume; however it does make me want to pick up any and all of the series connected with this one and drool over the pretty pictures as I immerse myself in them.
The story also once again bounces back and forth between our world and Wonderland. In our world we follow Alice’s daughter and her granddaughter as they try to integrate back into life outside the looking glass. In Wonderland we follow the red king and queen as they search for the Temple of Purity. While I don’t think that you would need to read ALL the other series connected with Wonderland to make sense of the story, I do think that you should definitely pick up Volume 1 before reading Volume 2.
While the story is left open for more adventure, there are some strings from the first Volume that are tied up at the end of this one. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say my favorite character somehow always ends up being the Hatter no matter what incarnation of Wonderland I’m reading and this proves to be no different in this series.

Overall the book is twisted and crazy but absolutely amazing and I definitely recommend picking it up!

I was lucky enough to get a copy through Netgalley.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Firmoo Sunglasses GC Giveaway!

So a few weeks ago I posted about the awesome glasses that I got to try out from Firmoo. Have to say I'm still loving them! And considering how I beat up glasses these are holding up amazingly! (I once somehow broke my glasses within a month of getting them.)

Anyway Firmoo doesn't just do regular glasses they also have an AWESOME selection of sunglasses as well!

Some of the pairs I adore!:

These come in an all black version and a really fetching red version.

These come in an all Black and a Black/Rose option!

These come in two other color options as well. Burgundy
 and Burgundy/Ivory. (But I LOVE this version the most!)

These are just a few of the frames they have.  A lot of their frames come in multiple colors and you can see how they look on you using your own pics. I'm planning on ordering a couple different pairs for summer.  It's nice to think that I can actually put on a pair of sunglasses that are cute AND be able to see out of them!

So Firmoo's glasses and sunglasses are awesome, but Firmoo the company is awesome too! 


Because they are offering 6 of my lucky readers a $20 Sunglasses E-voucher! Not just 1 but 6!!! How cool is that?  As an added bonus if over 50 of my followers enter the contest one lucky winner will get a pair FREE!!

So enter using the Rafflecopter below. The first entry is MANDATORY.  All you have to do is go to Firmoo and check out their cool shades then come back here and leave in the comments which ones you LOVE! (Need to leave a link so I can check them out too!)
After the first entry there's LOTS of other ways to enter so be sure to check those out too! Be sure to share this giveaway with everybody, 'cause remember if I can get over 50 people to enter not only will there be 6 lucky winners of a $20 Sunglasses E-voucher but there will also be a Grand Prize winner of a free pair of Firmoo Sunglasses!  

**enter using Rafflecopter below.
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Find out more about Firmoo:

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013 ~ Reflections

*Phew*! I did it! I actually finished this year!  There were quite a few days that I didn't think I was gonna make it but somehow I pulled it off.  I had a lot of fun this year though.  Lot's of visitors and lots of comments on my posts. (For those of you who don't know I LOVE comments!)
Unlike last year, this year I actually had a theme and I think that helped me make it through a bit easier.  I think the only changes I would make for next year is to be even more prepared. Like start preparing sometime in January not March, lol.
I didn't get to visit as many of the other bloggers as I wanted to.  I did get to some and I started following quite a few, but there are still a whole bunch that I am going to try to visit now that the challenge is over. I just wish more blogs had the option of following by email.  It's my fave way to follow.  All posts get sent to my email so I don't miss anything.
In an effort to be more prepared for next year I've already decided I'm going to follow the same theme.  Next year each post again will be a review of a different book with the corresponding letter. If you are an author and interested in having your book be part of my A to Z Challenge next year be sure to email me and let me know.  Just put A to Z Challenge 2014 in the subject line.

Overall I had a lot of fun again this year.  I think having a theme really helped me to focus and in a way took a lot of the stress off of trying to think of a topic for the post. Thanks again to all the wonderful hosts of the challenge and can't wait to give it a go next year!

This post is part of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013.