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: Gone Girl

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 475
Published by: Phoenix
First Published: 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: borrowed 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Who are you?
What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

Plot Overview:

Because of financial difficulties and the ailment of Nick’s mother, he and his wife Amy – who’s marriage has declined into friction and miscommunication – move to Missouri where the the tension between the couple only gets worse.
Then on their fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing.
The story told through Nick’s inner monologue and Amy’s Diary entries.

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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 297
Published by: Penguin
First Published: January 1st, 2007
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Purchase

Goodreads Synopsis:

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life… forever.

Plot Overview:

Trigger warning for suicide, depression, sexual assault. 

Basically, Hannah Baker committed suicide, but before that she arrange for a box of cassette tapes to be sent to thirteen people. Each person has cassette side dedicated to them where Hannah tells the story of how they tie in with her suicide. The tapes are to be passed on to those mentioned in the tapes or a second tape would be sent out to the public and with it their secrets.
Clay Jensen is on those tapes and he doesn’t know why.

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