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Summer is just beyond the rain clouds, and with the change of seasons, I’ve decided that it’s time to kick this blog into high gear again! While the weekly podcast and occasional post that gets folks in a huff have seemed to please enough of you, it’s about time I start using this domain proper, and what better way to do that then committing to a summer book review schedule?
That’s right – every other week starting in June, I’ll be reviewing books, comics, and graphic novels thanks to my membership at NetGalley (or my actual money, ha)! These will be honest reviews, and while not all of them may be popular opinion (I loved Lords of the Sith, but most everyone I know totally hated it) you’ll always get what I genuinely believe.
That said, I’ve already got a few reports cooking, so here’s a taste what you can expect this summer:
Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside
Brendan Fletcher, Cameron Aaron, Babs Tarr
RELEASE DATE: June 16th, 2015
I’ve been weary of Batgirl ever since her story left the hands of Gail Simone. Does this gorgeous new comic live up to the hype? (P.S. That’s two Brendan Fletcher titles for the summer! Whoo-hoo!)
Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2015
I’ve been excited about this title since it’s announcement, and now I’ve got my hands on Volume One in it’s entirety. This story focuses on a group of students at one of the most prestigious school in Gotham, and the tiny, unofficial detective agency that they form in reaction to a particularly weird summer vacation.
Star Wars: Dark Disciple
RELEASE DATE: July 7th, 2015
I am nervous and excited about this new novel! This new story will serve as official Star Wars canon, and is based around episodes of The Clone Wars that never made it past the drawing board. Ex-villain-turned-vigilante Asajj Ventress must team up with the Totally Adorable and Goofy Yet Dangerously Unpredictable Jedi Knight, Quinlan Vos, to take down a certain evil that threatens the galaxy. Will I gain a new OTP? We’ll see…!
A Whole New World
RELEASE DATE: September 1st, 2015
Disney’s brand new book series, A Twisted Tale, explores what would happen if one major detail was changed in the classic Disney movies that we know and love (which are almost all, technically, a spin on much older stories). This story explores the political strife and damning possibility of Aladdin’s greatest foe, Jafar, discovering the Genie’s lamp first. This particular line solidified my need to read this one: “A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.” … you know I’m a sucker for revolutionary princesses.
Right now, I have a fairly short reading list, but you can expect reviews for all of these titles throughout June.
What are you reading this summer? I’d love more recommendations – please leave them in the comments!