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Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“The Stereotypical Freaks” by Howard Shapiro is a graphic novel. I do not typically read graphic novels. I checked out a few before because they were made after a novel or series I read, and I was simply curious. I did enjoy “The Stereotypical Freaks” though. I was skeptical at first because I usually only read novels but Howard Shapiro’s “The Stereotypical Freaks” was more of a Young Adult book. Yes, of course there were pictures since it was a graphic novel, but the storyline was YA (young adult). The situations the characters dealt with were relatable high school situations. I think a lot of readers would enjoy the fact that they could relate with the characters. Paranormal and Supernatural reads are fun, but when readers can actually connect to a book because it deals with their life…then that is amazing. Also, I liked that the author had the characters play music and be in a band. A lot of people can connect through music. Put music and high school drama together and you have an audience.

People who do read graphic novels or comic books regularly will definitely enjoy “The Stereotypical Freaks”. But, people like me who do not usually read them but are looking for something different will also enjoy it. Howard Shapiro is a talented writer that knew how to connect his readers. Taking what people know to be relatable to young adults and putting it into a book to read was great. Also, I think this book would be great for reluctant readers because it is a graphic novel. It still has the real YA story but with the pictures it makes it an easier and more fun read. I think Howard Shapiro just may have opened a new door for me with reading graphic novels sometimes.

I think this graphic novel "The Stereotypical Freaks" by Howard Shapiro deserves 4 STARS. I do not have many other graphic novels to compare it to but I believe that this is a good one anyways. The pictures were well drawn and the story was well written. Add in the ability to relate to readers and I think it was an overall good read which brought me to rate it 4 STARS. If I am ever looking for another graphic novel, Howard Shapiro will definitely be an author I look for. Also, because he was a good writer, if he wrote any regular novels I would make sure I checked them out.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Travis Simmons is a very talented and creative writer and I will definitely be reading more of his work. I currently have a few of his titles on my To Be Read list. Without a doubt, I will keep track of his books.   I enjoy the author’s skills of world building – especially how he creates his characters. My favorite character of this book is Jovian. Jovian is the ideal man and I liked reading about him throughout “The Bonds of Blood.” I also appreciated the supporting characters in this story. The supporting characters were all great and complimented the main characters well.
I rate this book 4 STARS! I think “The Bonds of Blood (The Revenant Wyrd Saga)” is a great first book to a new saga. This is a saga that I will continue to read. I look forward to the next installments so all my unanswered questions can be resolved. I actually enjoy how I didn't really have all my questions answered because it leaves me wanting for more. With all your questions answered you may feel too satisfied and not really need to read the next book. I like feeling like I need more sometimes!

I would recommend this 4 STAR book to people who enjoy Fantasy novels. Check out Travis Simmons now!

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