Arc Review | Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone! Today is an Arc review post!, which I am very proud of since I am starting to actually try and read some Arc’s. I love comics, I love graphic novels, but guys this just wasn’t it for me. Let’s get into the post and see why.


Black Canary: Ignite

Title: Black Canary: Ignite

Author: Meg Cabot, Cara McGee (Illustrator)

Pages: 144

Format: paperback

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Superhero Comic

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

*Thank you to DC Comics for sending me a copy of Black Canary: Ignite in exchange for an honest review*

Meg Cabot’s first graphic novel!

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.

When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

  • Black Canary story – This is a different superhero I have honestly never even heard of, and come to find out, the Black Canary has been around for a long time. I was glad I got to meet this villain for the first time in junior high school form I guess.
  • Rare Superpower – The superpower Black Canary has, which is like this screech call thing that breaks glass and a whole bunch of other stuff, is pretty cool and also not really popular in books/movies dealing with superheros, so I liked that a lot.
  • The artwork
  • Dinah was so whiny– One of my biggest problems with this book was the fact that Dinah was just so… annoying. It got to the point where I just couldn’t stand her in the end. She was way over the top emotional, complained about having a freaking superpower!, and was too much for me. I get it, it’s supposed to go for a middle grade audience, but should we really be teaching kids it’s okay to basically complain about everything and anything? No.
  • Story was boring – There was nothing really going on in this story. We get the smallest littlest bit of the ‘Black Canary’ origin story, and then we just know how to fight crime now and defeat a villain and it’s just all fun and games with the very predictable ‘I can’t be with my friends so now my friends are mad at me’ stunt.
  • The ‘joker’– The joker is mentioned like 3 times in this book, and so is Bruce Wayne’s manor, and that’s really the only connection to Gotham City that there is. I thought the lines about the Joker were cheesy and was just used to give the book a little bit more umph.
  • Middle Grade book – I think this was kind of my fault, I honestly thought this book was going to be a YA Comic… BUT I was wrong lmao. I think it makes more sense now when I realized at the end she’s only in middle school, but it definitely threw me off because literally the whole time I was like ‘what the hell, this girl is really a teenager in high school?? She’s acting like a baby!”…. Makes sense now guys.

⭐⭐/5

I feel like if you are the intended audience (Middle Grade), then possibly you might enjoy this. Other than that? I don’t really think so.


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My Christmas Wish List!

Good morning everyone! Today I decided to start making my list for ‘Santaaaa’. It may seem a little late to do this, but I have many things on my list that I want for Christmas. I don’t really think I have any big ticket items on my list, which to me are like gaming systems, a new phone, tv’s…. basically big electronic items. I think my biggest item on here that’s technology wise is my Playstation 4 controller.

Anyways, let’s get onto the list! ALSO, feel free to share what you may be asking for this Christmas.


(1) Apex Pop! Figures

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(2) Playstation 4 skin/wrap

(3) New Purple Controller

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(4) Harry Potter book set

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(5) Black Leggings

(6) Nike Sneakers

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(7) Disney Gift Cards

(8) Disney Pop! Figures

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(9) Stuff for New Car

(10) Disney Keychains

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(11) Box Lunch Gift Cards

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(12) Cute Sweatshirts

(13) Scrunchies

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(14) Charging Station for Controllers

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Book Review: This Book Loves You by Pewdiepie

I just want to get this out there first guys, that I really do love Pewdiepie and his videos. I think he is funny and I’ve been watching him for years. Although I really like Pewdiepie, this book was just not it folks! I understand this book was kind of meant the be a coffee table book, but honestly who would even put this on their coffee table for people to see?


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This Book Loves You

Pewdiepie

Pages: 256

Format: ebook

Genre(s): Nonfiction, Humor

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

This Book Loves You by PewDiePie is a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational sayings by which you should live your life. If you follow each and every one, your life will become easier, more fabulous, more rewarding.

Imagine what a chilled-out and wonderful human being people would think you were if you lived by the simple principle “You can never fail if you never try.” Your wasted life would be an inspiration to others. Think of all the pointless, unhappy striving you could simply give up. Throw away that guitar! Give up on your dreams! Embrace your astounding mediocrity.

This Book Loves You has something for everyone–or at least everyone willing to give up and stop caring. If all else fails, remember: “Don’t be yourself. Be a pizza. Everyone loves pizza.”

  • ‘ghostwritten by Edgar’ – I love Edgar in all of his videos so I just thought that one little line was cute and funny.
  • Maybe only a handful of quotes – There were only a few that I found to actually be funny
  • Money grab – Honestly, it seemed like a HUGE money grab to me. I just have a hunch he had no input into this and just found a couple of quotes on the internet and told someone to put them in this book. He spent one afternoon taking silly pictures of himself to include in it and then bam, make millions off of it.
  • Some quotes were distasteful – Some quotes I honestly couldn’t believe he had in there. If you have kids that enjoy watching Pewdiepie, do not let them read this.
  • Nothing regarding Pewdiepie at all – It had nothing to do with him! I couldn’t get past the fact that this was all for a money grab.

⭐/5


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Book Journaling 101: Layout Ideas

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to post this second part to my Book Journaling series! This time we are going to be talking about some layout ideas for your book journal. Now, I understand, a lot of us aren’t that crafty (including myself), but I do love art and doodling. It’s a easy way to incorporate a side hobby of mine with my pretty much major hobby lol. But, some of us don’t care to doodle and that’s okay! I am going to show you guys some of the layouts I use to keep track of my reading, how it helps me, and maybe some other ideas for you guys as well. All of the images you see are images from Pinterest that I used to incorporate into my book journal.

Yearly Layouts

These layouts are meant to keep track of your entire year of reading, and I place these sheets at the front of my binder. I’ll go through each one in depth, but the main point to each is to keep track of the entire year of reading.

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A Books To Read spread is really helpful to keep in your journal because let’s be honest… every Tuesday books are released and there’s really only so many you can keep track in your head. You can highlight or check off the boxes as you go.

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Now this is an extremely popular layout… I see this one all the time and honestly I love using this as an idea to keep track of books I read throughout my year. It’s a lot easier than it looks to draw a bookshelf and just draw rectangles that look like books. Then on the spine you write the title of the books. It’s a nice alternative if you’re not really into making a bunch of lists all the time.

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A Page Tracker is honestly one of the greatest ideas if you really like to keep track of the amount of pages you read or the amount of time you read. I love tracking pages more than I do amounts of time that I read, but you could easily change the key from like 50 pages to maybe 30 minutes? That’s another thing that is great about book journaling, you pick what you decide to put in!

Monthly Layouts

So monthly layouts are for obviously, your reading you do within a month. I use these layouts the most in my journal. These are the pages that can tend to get accidentally torn, have a lot of smudges all over them in my case because I just use them everyday.

For the monthly layouts, if you use a binder like I do, I buy tabs at the beginning of the year that have 12 tabs, one for every month that are already pre-labeled with the month on them. If you’re using an actual bullet journal, I would really use that index in the beginning of your journal so it’s easy to find your spots. Tabs are also really easy to make and use for your bullet journal using these sticky tabs. Then I use the same trackers/layouts for each month. A monthly calendar, a monthly layout spread, a habit tracker, a mood tracker, and a music/movies tracker. So let’s dive into each.

Rainbow Monthly Log Bullet Journal

So first the monthly calendar, really really simple of an idea to use in a monthly layout, but really helpful! If you’re also a book blogger, I 100% would recommend having a calendar in your reading journal to help you schedule posts. I schedule my posts, so although you may see my post come out in the middle of September, most likely I wrote that post in August. Same with book reviews, monthly new releases, top ten tuesdays, everything is in advance so I basically don’t have to end up rushing at the end of the day. Using the calendar spread is awesome so I can just write down when I’m posting something, and when I’m scheduling I already know what days already have a post and what days don’t.

The monthly reading layouts are kind of my own thing, but again really helpful. On these spreads I just make 3 sections, I title them ‘Books I’ve Read’, ‘Books I Borrowed’, and ‘Books I Bought’. And I just keep track of everything in these layouts. Again, really simple but it holds a lot of information.

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The lovely habit tracker. I love using my habit tracker, it’s fun to fill out and it’s really great to reflect on what you did each day and track healthy habits! You just write down a habit you want to track, then going across you mark off what days you did what. Here are some of the things I track in mine just to give you an idea of what you can track, but this is totally personal and up to you what you guys decide to track!

  • 7 Hours of Sleep
  • Hydrate
  • No Anxiety
  • Read 50 or more Pages
  • Journal
  • Write Book Review
  • Blog Post
  • Draw
Need some ideas to get the creative juices flowing for your next mood tracker?! This list of adorable examples will give you the inspiration you need!

Next is the mood tracker, and this is nice to have in your reading journals if you’re a total mood reader like I happen to be! I love tracking my mood to reflect on what happened in the day, and I find myself wanting to continue to see that happy color I use to color in on my tracker, so I tend to just try and be more happier throughout the day. It definitely motivates me to be in a good mood! Another way you could use this is by tracking your reading mood… One color could show you were in a really big reading mood, then at the other end of the scale a color could mean you just weren’t in the mood to read at all. There are some different ways to use this so definitely try it out!

Last but not least is my music/movie tracker. Just like the monthly reading layout/log, I divide into two sections, one for music and one for movies, and I just like to keep track of new songs I find, and movies I watched. I always include music I listened to and movies I watched in my monthly wrap-up posts.

Reading Notes

The whole point of my reading binder is to hold all of the notes I take while reading. I always, always take notes for every book I read. It’s easier for me to write reviews, look back at previous books I’ve read in a series, or refresh my mind of what may have happened in a book I read months prior. I have a simple layout for every single book review, and it’s formatted like this on a piece of lined, college ruled paper:

Title

Author

Pages:

Format:

Genre:

Publication Date:

Start/End Date:

And then under all of this information, I just start writing all the notes I take. I like to make a line at the end of each day that I take notes/read to mark what I read on each day.


I really hope you guys enjoyed this very long post haha! I had so much fun making it and I’m really starting to love this little series I have going on here. I would love it if you guys could tag me or leave links down in the comments if you guys also have posts about book journaling/bullet journaling etc. 🙂


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Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

Welp, I did it. I finished this series and let me just say, it took a lot out of me to finish it. Book one was great, absolutely loved it. Book 2&3? I honestly don’t know what happened. Book 3 had to be my least favorite. I’m sad this series didn’t end up being as great as I hoped, but I bet the movies will be fantastic.


Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

Author: Jenny Han

Pages: 325

Format: paperback

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Publication Date: May 2, 2017

⭐⭐/5

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? 

  • Trina – Trina really put a nice perspective into the story. In my opinion, Margot, Lara Jean, and her dad are basic characters with just plain happy attitudes. I like Kitty, but even in this book she was a little ehh. Trina though? Her character brought in imperfection. Brought in humor, light heartedness that this story needed badly!
  • The dad gets married – Finally! I’ve been waiting 3 whole books for this guy to get married and move on! I honestly would’ve DNF’d this one if it wasn’t for the fact I knew he was going to get married.
  • Peter – Honestly, the relationship as a whole is horrible, but I really don’t like Peter. He’s a jerk! Like I’m sorry, when I see Peter I see Noah Centineo now, and although you’re cute and I love you Noah, you play a horrible, bratty little character. He’s so inconsiderate, emotional, and not a good boyfriend! I was kind of hoping she’d end up going to college without a boyfriend! It’s like… he’s rude and he’s only really thinking about himself until they fight and then he does something really sweet. That’s just my little rant on Peter lol.
  • The writing – I felt like the writing just dragged on… and on… and on. I found myself skimming entire pages of writing just because it was unnecessary information that I neither cared about nor wanted to read.
  • CHRIS – I really, really wanted Lara Jean to stand up to Chris. I hated Chris the entire series. I think I liked Gen better than Chris! GEN! She’s I think the worst bff character I’ve ever seen written in a book.
  • There was no need for this book – I read the acknowledgements in the back and I realized that Jenny Han didn’t even really want to write this book! I think ending it at book 2 would have been plenty and it would’ve been a great series for me. But this book was just not needed. Not in the slightest.

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WWW Wednesday #15- 8/21/19

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This book meme is hosted over at Sam’s Taking On A World of Words page! Just answer the 3 questions below every Wednesday, and feel free to post your answers in the comments and of course check out the other participants and see what else they are reading for the week. The questions are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you finished reading?
  3. What will you read next?

So let’s get onto the post!


(1) What are you currently reading?

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Welp, it’s time to read a brand new Shari Lapena book! Really excited for this one even though the plot isn’t something I’d pick up immediately. Fingers crossed it’s a great story!

(2) What have you finished reading?

Sadly, nothing. After my great reading month last month I haven’t really gotten into any reading, but this week I will change that due to my big purchase this week :).

(3) What will you read next?

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I’m pretty excited for this one since I hear it’s basically like The Bachelor, it’s a really cool plot and I’m very curious to see if I’ll actually enjoy it or not.


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