Review: C.O.W.L Volume 1: Principles of Power, Kyle Higgins

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Welcome to the "Chicago Organized Workers League"- the world's first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable "brotherhood" of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet-a disillusioned public. In targeting the last of the great villains, C.O.W.L. attempts to prove its value to the world and to each other, while staving off villainy from both outside and inside its offices.

Kyle Higgins is an American comic book writer and film director. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

I loved the graphics of this book. Most of them are in black/white or sepia and colour is used to make certain parts stronger. The drawings are not very detailed but important things are lifted out with detail making the picture stronger most of the time.
The story is interesting, having all these superheroes who solved all the problems and are now without a job. Corruption, people loosing it and others still believing in the cause.
The book starts with a map of Chicago explaining the different district and a character list. This kind of gave me a scare as I had an ebook and it is not really convenient to flip back and forth in the book. For the characters this did bother me at points the map not so much. In the back are some files describing all characteristics and a biography of the main characters.

C.O.W.L Volume 1: Principles of Power
Author: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, Rod Reis, Trevor McCarthy
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages: 128
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 1632151111
ISBN-13: 9781632151117
Image Comics: Paperback
C.O.W.L Volume 1: Principles of Power
4 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: Smart, Kim Slater

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

Smart, Kim Slater
There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all.
Kieran cares. He’s made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you’re going to do it, for real. He’s going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It’s a good job Kieran’s a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade.
But being a detective is difficult when you’re Kieran Woods. When you’re amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.

I love the cover it looks so cute!!! I am curious about the abbilities of Kieran to solve this mystery.


It's Monday November 17, 2014! What are you reading?

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It's Monday! What are You Reading! is a weekly hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This weekly is meant to keep you people updated on what I read the last week and what I am planning to read the upcoming week.

I have been behind on my Goodreads challenge since June and decided to make a change there. I requested a few graphic novels for review and read those on the weekend to catch up. I finished The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton, De Gebroeders Leeuwenhart by Astrid Lindgren, The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Wicked & The Divine by Kieran Gillen, The Vampire Diaries by Colleen Doran and C.O.W.L. Principles of Power by Kyle Higgins.

The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton De Gebroeders Leeuwenhart by Astrid Lindgren The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruis Zafón

The Wicked & The Divine by Kieran Gillen The Vampire Diaries by Colleen Doran C.O.W.L. Principles of Power by Kyle Higgins

I am currently reading The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and am listening to A Good American by Alex George.

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón A Good American by Alex George

Next up are The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Horns by Joe Hill.

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Horns by Joe Hill


Review: The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall

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The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall
Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn't recognize, unable to remember who he is. Attacked by a force he cannot see and confronted with memories he cannot ignore, Eric discovers he is being hunted by a psychic predator, a shark. This creature may exist only in his mind, but it soon starts making some very real appearances in his world. Loaded with letters from his past self, each signed 'With regret and also hope, The First Eric Sanderson', Eric embarks on a quest to recover his life.
Steven Hall was born in 1975. After completing a fine arts degree, he became one of the founding members of Manchester's Wet Nana and has produced a number of plays, music videos, conceptual art pieces and short stories. He lives in Hull.

Go read this book! It is such a beautiful and vulnerable story about love and loss and what someone might want to do to set things straight. Erik Sanderson might have taken it a step to far getting himself involved in some serious trouble. With the possibility that his brain will shut down and he will forget everything again he tries to find a way to understand what has happened in the past. Getting the answers puts him back on the dangerous trail he was on before he lost his memory. His desperation jumps from the page straight into your brain and all I could do as a reader was hoping he would make it eventually.
I really loved Ian, Eric's cat, too. Despite the fact he cannot talk (thank you!!) he is really a part of the story giving his own swing to situations, often a hilarious one.

The Raw Shark Texts
Author: Steven Hall
Publisher: Canongate
Pages: 442
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1847670245
ISBN-13: 9781847670243
Canongate: eBook | Audiobook | Paperback
The Raw Shark Texts
4 stars

Wishlist Wednesday: An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears

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Wishlist Wednesday is a weeklies hosted by Pen to Paper. As I have enough wishes when it comes to books I decided to join this weekly and tell you about them. I am obviously curious about the books on your wishlist too so feel free to leave a message.

We are in Oxford in the 1660s - a time, and place, of great intellectual, scientific, religious and political ferment. Robert Grove, a fellow of New College is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A young woman is accused of his murder. We hear about the events surrounding his death from four witnesses: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; Jack Prescott, the son of a supposed traitor to the Royalist cause determined to vindicate his father; John Wallis, chief cryptographer to both Cromwell and Charles II, a mathematician, theologican and inveterate plotter; and Anthony Wood, the famous Oxford antiquary. Each witness tells their version of what happened. Only one reveals the extraordinary truth.
The title caught my eye and reading the synopsis I could feel the atmosphere immediately. 
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