Comic Book Review: Gotham Academy

Title: Gotham Academy
Author: Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:  Karl Kerschl
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Comic
Pages: 160
Published by: DC Comics
Publication Date: June 17th, 2015
Format: E-Book
Source: Borrowed


Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Only the best and brightest students may enter its halls, study in its classrooms, explore its secret passages, summon its terrifying spirits…

Okay, so Gotham Academy isn’t like other schools. But Olive Silverlock isn’t like other students. After a mysterious incident over summer break, she’s back at school with a bad case of amnesia, an even worse attitude…and an unexplained fear of bats.

Olive’s supposed to show new student Maps Mizoguchi the ropes. Problem: Maps is the kid sister of Kyle, Olive’s ex. Then there’s the ghost haunting the campus…and the secret society conducting bizarre rituals.

Can Olive and Maps ace the biggest challenge of their lives? Or are they about to get schooled?

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Book Review: All the Bright Places

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genre: Contemporary, (Young Adult)
Pages: 388
Published by: Penguin
First Published: January 6th, 2015
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Perchace

Goodreads Synopsis:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Plot Overview:

There isn’t much to say that wasn’t said in the synopsis so I’ll keep it short.

After Finch and Violet meet they become unlikely friends and find that they can be themselves around the other. Violet doesn’t  have to try hard to have a good time and Finch can be completely comfortable being himself. They both go through a lot of internal struggle and they both, knowingly and unknowingly, aid each other through it.

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Book Review: Looking for Alaska

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Rating:  five_stars2

Genre: Contemporary, (Young-Adult)

Pages: 221

Published by: Speak

First Published: March 3rd 2005

Format: Paperback

Source: Personal Purchase

Goodreads Synopsis:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Plot Overview:

Nerdy, not-very-social 16 year-old Miles Halter decides to go to a boarding school in pursue something more. In pursue of the Great Perhaps.

“So this guy,” I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. “François Rabelais. He was this poet. And his last words were ‘I go to seek a Great Perhaps.’ That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

At the Culver Creek, the boarding school, Mile’s is introduced to a whole new life: friends, love, loyalty, booze, and cigarettes.  He learns and does so many foreign things to him all while searching for this Great Perhaps. His life will never be the same.

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