Comic Review: Saga Issue #23

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Title: Saga #23
Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 24th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★

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Betrayal.
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Comic Review: Storm #1

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Title: Storm #1 (Storm (2014) #1)

Author: Greg Pak, Victor Ibáñez (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Men called STORM has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race’s continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything inbetween. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is STORM, a hero like no other….and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.


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Book Review: Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews

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Title: Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman's Story

Author: William Andrews
Release Date: January 8th 2014
Publisher: MADhouse Press 
Source: Sent for review 
Rating: ★★
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DURING WORLD WAR II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or “comfort women” for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage and promises kept. 


In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon… someone she abandoned years ago. 


Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm. 


Daughters of the Dragon is inspired by The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, the books of Amy Tan and Lisa See.


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Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #4

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #4 (The Wicked & The Divine #4)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: September 17th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★
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The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro”. If you think the answer rhymes with “Cow” I applaud you for your unconventional nature. It’s good to experiment. We’re experimenting with being Awesome for four issues in a row. JOIN US.

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Author Interview: Kailin Gow

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Here at Reads By Amanda, we love authors. How could you not? From our favorite series, books, moments, scenes and characters, there's a writer who created all those moments and decided it had to be written down and shared with the world.


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Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #3

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #3 (The Wicked & The Divine #3)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: August 20th 2014 
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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Laura has no choice. She has to go underground to find the goth-goth-gothity-goth of the Morrigan. Is this the most illadvised underworld-related decision since Orpheus decided to see how Eurydice was doing in the back seat? To find out, read the comic that people are literally calling "The one by GILLEN/MCKELVIE/WILSON with the very long title."


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Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Review!

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I still haven't had the best luck with BB Creams. So far, I've tried a few western brands and I'm intimidated to try some of the Korean ones since I would have to buy them online and I've heard horror stories of fakes being sold on there. 


Comic Review: Saga Issue #22

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Title: Saga #22
Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Release Date:  August 27th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★1/2

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The family is tested.
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Comic Review: The Wicked + The Divine #2

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Title: The Wicked + The Divine #2 (The Wicked & The Divine #2)

Author: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
Release Date: July 16th 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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Diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer is in trouble. She offers superfan Laura an unprecedented deal if she helps. It’s a bargain. A Faustian bargain, and they always turn out so well. Who knows who Laura will turn to fulfill it? We do. Clearly. It’s our comic. You can know too if you buy this fine pictorial narrative with your human money coins.


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