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ARC Review: House of El by Claudia Gray

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I only meant to download this today but I got completely sucked in and ended up devouring all of it in one sitting. I’m not super familiar with Superman lore beyond the basics, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story.

The characters are interesting and compelling and the stakes are high from the start – and really feel like it. I really enjoyed reading about Zahn and Sera and their friends, as well as their blossoming friendship and potential for more. Of course, it ended far sooner than I would have liked, but it was a great length to whet the appetite for the story while still leaving potential for more.

I’ve really enjoyed Claudia Gray’s work in the past, and this was no exception.

The art was really great, with easily distinguishable characters, tension and drama, great colors, and a throwback comic-book style. It definitely enhanced the reading experience.

I will definitely be picking up the next books in the series as soon as they’re available.

*Thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for providing me an e-arc to review.

**Some teaser images below:

ARC Review and Blog Tour: Swamp Thing Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really wasn’t sure about this at first, but I ended up really liking it. The plant-affected animals/people were rather creepy, which I’m sure was the point. I don’t know anything about Swamp Thing (I requested because I’m a longtime fan of Maggie Stiefvater and adore everything she’s written) so I don’t know how much of the backstory is new, but it was a compelling story and I really felt for Alec and his brother. I got Alec’s social isolation and how he understood the plants in his lab more than the people around him. And his jealousy/abandonment feelings toward his twin, who did seem to fit in with the cool kids.

Overall relatable, believable, and compelling. I love what Maggie did with the origin story here. Since it’s Maggie, it’s gorgeous and a little creepy, with just a touch of magic – and weird in the very best way.

Thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for providing an e-arc to review

Here are some teaser images:

Teaser Review 4: Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater, Illustrated by Morgan Beem

I’m celebrating the weekly countdown to publication by sharing a teaser review and the fourth excerpt (of 4) from  Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater, available now to preorder.

I adore everything Maggie Stiefvater has written, so of course I jumped at the chance to read Swamp Thing. The art isn’t the style I normally am drawn to but it’s beautiful and strange and really works for the story. I also didn’t have any prior knowledge of Swamp Thing but I love what Maggie did with the origin story here. Since it’s Maggie, it’s gorgeous and a little creepy, with just a touch of magic – and weird in the very best way.

*Thanks to NetGalley and DC entertainment for providing a review copy

EXCERPT #4 (of 4) BELOW:

I’ll be back next week with a full review!

Teaser Review 3: Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater, Illustrated by Morgan Beem

I’m celebrating the weekly countdown to publication by sharing a teaser review and the third excerpt (of 4) from  Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater, available now to preorder.

I adore everything Maggie Stiefvater has written, so of course I jumped at the chance to read Swamp Thing. The art isn’t the style I normally am drawn to but it’s beautiful and strange and really works for the story. I also didn’t have any prior knowledge of Swamp Thing but I love what Maggie did with the origin story here. Since it’s Maggie, it’s gorgeous and a little creepy, with just a touch of magic – and weird in the very best way.

*Thanks to NetGalley and DC entertainment for providing a review copy

EXCERPT #3 (of 4) BELOW:

I’ll be back tomorrow with the third excerpt!

Teaser Review 2: Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater, Illustrated by Morgan Beem

I’m celebrating the weekly countdown to publication by sharing a teaser review and the second excerpt (of 4) from  Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater, available now to preorder.

I adore everything Maggie Stiefvater has written, so of course I jumped at the chance to read Swamp Thing. The art isn’t the style I normally am drawn to but it’s beautiful and strange and really works for the story. I also didn’t have any prior knowledge of Swamp Thing but I love what Maggie did with the origin story here. Since it’s Maggie, it’s gorgeous and a little creepy, with just a touch of magic – and weird in the very best way.

*Thanks to NetGalley and DC entertainment for providing a review copy

EXCERPT #2 (of 4) BELOW:

I’ll be back tomorrow with the third excerpt!

Teaser Review: Swamp Thing by Maggie Stiefvater, illustrated by Morgan Beem

I’m celebrating the weekly countdown to publication by sharing a teaser review and the first excerpt (of 4) from  Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater, available now to preorder. (I posted the first three teasers on my tumblr blog already, so I’m posting them here daily for the next few days now.)

I adore everything Maggie Stiefvater has written, so of course I jumped at the chance to read Swamp Thing. The art isn’t the style I normally am drawn to but it’s beautiful and strange and really works for the story. I also didn’t have any prior knowledge of Swamp Thing but I love what Maggie did with the origin story here. Since it’s Maggie, it’s gorgeous and a little creepy, with just a touch of magic – and weird in the very best way.

*Thanks to NetGalley and DC entertainment for providing a review copy

EXCERPT #1 (of 4) BELOW:

I’ll be back tomorrow with the second excerpt!