Monthly Archives: September 2017

ARC Review – Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack #2) by Ben Hatke

Title: Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Author: Ben Hatke

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Synopsis: Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.

Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters—as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.

But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

Huge thank you to First Second & Raincoast for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

Mighty Jack was one of my favourite graphic novels from last year. This is a series full of heart, compassion, humour and action. This book immediately picks up where the previous left off with Jack trying to save his autistic sister, Maddy, and coming to terms with the fact that Lily… Lily might be the love of his life!

Ben Hatke is such a talented artist and writer. I always find when I read one of his stories I get completely sucked in, needing to know every detail regardless of how big or small it is. I also love how he fleshes out his character, each one feeling so believable. I also love inMighty Jack how fearless and true-to-themselves both Jack and Lily are. Maddy is easily a favourite and I think she is written with such love and care. Mighty Jack also sports such vibrant and colourful the artwork. If there is one thing I love about Hatke’s art, it’s that his worlds and characters always look and feel well-realized.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is such an action-packed adventure for readers of all ages. It’s accessible, adventurous, heart-warming and just pure fun. The ending of this installment was also epic, and I NEED that crossover to be real, because if it isn’t I feel like my heart is going to be toyed with.

Frankly, I just want more in this series. While the ending is very solid, I feel like I’d tune in no matter how many volumes Ben Hatke creates.

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Book Riot’s Read Harder 2017 Challenge – August Reads

August was a slow month for this challenge as I only knocked out one book. I read A LOT in August, but clearly I need to focus on getting this challenge completed. I think I’ve got a sense of what I want to read for the rest of the year, but it definitely requires me to just get those books either from my work or check my own personal shelves. Hopefully in September I can get my crap together and work on this challenge some more!


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Completes Challenge #3: Read a book about books.

Thoughts: This book. This book was an emotional ride through someone else’s life. A.J Fikry’s life is transformed when a child is dropped off in the middle of his book store, this is after his rare Edgar Allen Poe book is stolen from the shop, and he has just shooed away the possible love of his life. This is a book for book lovers, as Fikry is the kind of snobbish bookseller who wants to share with the world his taste. But it becomes so much more than that — I found myself so invested in everything that happens in this story, and it’s wonderful and just, ugh, feelings.