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Mini Netgalley Reviews: Killer Fashion / Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle / Herding Cats / Emoji Phantom of the Opera / Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

 I have a horrific backlog of Netgalley books to review. So, here’s to tackling that. I received e-arc copies of all of the following via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


Killer Fashion:
Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History

by Jennifer Wright


Review: 4.5 Stars

Super interesting, and I LOVED the illustrations, which are done entirely in white, black and red. If you like dark humor, then you’ll like this. Its historical, but you don’t need to have an avid interest in history or fashion to enjoy it. A super quick, fun read.


Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle

Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity

by Gavin Aung Than


Review: 4 Stars

A super fun, pretty quick read. Perfect for those who need a little motivation. It features comic depictions and short, couple page explanations of the creative lessons you can draw from the achievements of scientists, artists, and writers alike; meaning there’s something for anyone to be found. Some parts felt a little dumbed down to me, which is why its 4 stars not 5, but I thought it was fun and well put together. The illustrations were really well done.


Herding Cats

A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection

by Sarah Andersen


Review: 4 Stars

I LOVE the Sarah’s Scribbles books. This one is super fun, and super relatable (as always) but to me, it fell a little flatter than the others. The “scribbles” are great as always, but the humor was a little more disjointed in this one; while still hilarious,  it wasn’t as funny. Not the best of her books, but entertaining as always! I still really enjoyed it, but I’d recommend the other more.


Emoji Phantom of the Opera

Epic Tales in Tiny Texts

by Gaston Leroux, Katherine Furman

Review: 2 Stars

Several of my friends are OBSESSED with Phantom of the Opera. I know the story, I’ve heard the musical, and I STILL found this a confusing mess to follow along with. I usually love retellings, but this one tried to tell the story exactly, with every characters, with very few words, and a mix of emoji pictogram and text message. Emoji’s for each character were given a name in the beginning, but never referred to by name again, only by picture, and as I read this on Adobe Editions, it made it very hard to follow as I couldn’t flip back and forth. I sort of loathe the emoji-everting craze, so I probably should have expected this. I didn’t really get all the way through it, just skimmed to the end. You may like it if you like these sorts of emoji-story things, but I didn’t. It is really nice visually, and its certainly creative, I’ll give that.


Harry Potter
The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

by Eric Bradley

Review: 4 Stars

I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so of course I requested this on Netgalley. I love trivia and collectables. This book was interesting for the most part, and a little dry in others, taking about numbers and monetary value in a way that made me a little bored. The photographs are really nice, but I had to skim through several sections because they were a little dry and mostly made me jealous rather than entertained. But if you like this sort of thing, its a good read. If you’re only a casual fan, than it probably isn’t for you.

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