Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Expo 2015!

Dear Restless Readers,

It's been a nice longggggg while since I've posted on my site, and it's not because my love of books has lessened but I've been pursuing a full-time job as a Social Director. If you're wondering what that is, well, I'm one of two entertainment coordinators at a resort. It's the most responsibility I've ever been given in my entire life, and I've recently realized it's not just a random job but a career! It's crazy how exactly one year ago I couldn't even see or predict where my life was headed but now it seems like it was always destined towards a life of providing excitement for others. I love it more than any position I've ever held, and I'm so grateful for it. It has given me a sense of accomplishment in a whole new way. It's a new chapter for me, but, before my job there was books, stories, and a world of imagination. I've missed it, and I'm returning to my site and bringing with me a whole new outlook on creativity and entertainment. I'm a writer, blogger, and a voracious reader that can't hold back written expression, and my need to help others discover what I've found in novels. So, this my fellow bloggers, is my letter of entry back into the blogging community. It is with great happiness to begin publishing new reviews, and articles, and other book-related opinions back here to the site that I started when I was 19.

I've updated sections within my site to further advance this development - so please check out my About Me, and Review Policy updates! 

I will be in NYC attending the Book Expo of America to reconnect with old friends, contacts, check out the new titles I've been missing out on. I'm wonderfully excited to do so, I'll be posting here about my third year at Book Expo, documenting the experience with photos and a journalistic account.

If you're attending the Expo, I'd love to say hi, and I'll see you all there!!

TTYL for now ;)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Chew Volume 1: Taster's Choice (Review)

Chew, Volume 1: Taster's Choice (Chew, #1-5)

By: John Layman & Rob Guillory (Illustrator)
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: December 8th, 2009
Genres: Mature Mystery Fiction

My Review: (5/5 stars*)

 Chew, Volume 1 gives you a taste of exciting proportions. Here's a comic that serves up a diversity of flavors. Layman takes criminal solving in a new direction with the main protagonist's special talent for solving cases and catching the bad guys. Matching an equally unique story Guillory's presentation of illustrations is a feast for the eyes. Brought together is a savory story and artwork that pairs well together.

Image Comics publishes yet another winner with Chew. Chew is a graphic novel that takes cannibalism and investigating down an unusual path. Set in a world where the bird flu is prevalent and has killed 23 million people, the F.D.A. is the highest form of law enforcement and Tony Chu is the detective following up.

Detective Tony Chu has an advantage most investigators would simultaneously crave and be repulsed by. He can ascertain information through ingesting foods or other edible materials. In his line of work that means sometimes—or more often than not—taking a bite out of a corpse to find out the details of their murder to crack cases. They call what he can do Cibopathic: the ability to get physic impressions from whatever he consumes. As a new addition to the Special Crimes Division—the most powerful enforcement agency there is—he investigates even the most dead-end of mysteries.

I could barely stomach my enjoyment of this series, it's just that damn good! Although, it's probably NOT a good idea to eat food while reading because it holds back nothing when it comes to describing its contents—literally. You can expect a considerable amount of violence, action, mystery, with a splash of horror decorating each page with graphic imagery of all of the above. Cleverly concise dialogue, and truly out there characters lends itself to a ridiculously intriguing, and strangely addicting story not to be missed out on. No need to Chew it over just pick up these comics and enjoy!


Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.


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