Locke & Key series, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez

A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it’s home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all… (from Goodreads)

I was mostly convinced to give it a chance because of the art, which is absolutely gorgeous, but I wasn’t expecting to go beyond the first volume. Plot twist, I ended up reading the entire series. The genre was definitely out of my comfort zone (is mostly catalogued as horror, but also as fantasy, which might explain why I endure it?) but the concept of the keys was very interesting, and I kept reading to know more of their story and getting excited each time a new one appeared.

I gave each book a rating of either 3 or 4, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.  

La pelusa de los días, by Sole Otero


This book doesn’t have an English title, but it could be translated to “The fluff of days”, or maybe “The dust bunny of days”, depending on your interpretation xD

This one was a Christmas present from my brother. If there’s anything I could expect from him on Christmas, it definitely will be some comic book or graphic novel 🙂

I began reading La pelusa de los días a long time ago, when it was just a daily comic strip online and I had already been reading Otero for a while. At some point, this daily bits just stopped appearing on my feed (I blame Facebook on this) and they just fade away from my memory. It was very nice getting back to them, and this was my very last reading of the year 2017.

One of the first things Pelusa (the main character) tells us is that the author and herself are not the same person. However, as long as the reading progresses, it is pretty clear that “the limit does not exist”, and the comics turn pretty autobiographical: breaking up, going back to live with her mother, her life as a freelancer, moving out alone, getting closer to 30, and any other quotidiane mundanity that makes everything so relatable.

Sailor Moon #9, by Naoko Takeuchi


Amidst the chaos caused by Usagi and Chibi-Usa’s body swap, courtesy of the Amazoness PallaPalla, the Sailor Guardians’ primary concern remains Mamoru’s illness and its possible link to the newcomers in town, the Dead Moon Circus. The Amazonesses and their circus animal lackeys go after the Guardians one by one, tempting them with false visions. However, each of the Guardians manage to defeat the enemy after their inner selves shows them their individual heart crystals and new power. Meanwhile, it is still a toss up who the “young maiden” is that Elysion priest Helios seeks: She who shall find and unlock the Golden Crystal that will save Earth, Elysion and Mamoru! (from Goodreads)

I never thought that the age swap between Usa and Chibiusa was something that actually appeared in the manga, it seemed to me like one of those things added in the anime. It was probably one of the chapters I liked the most, because it was quite funny, so it was nice to see it here again. This volume is one of my favorites (and not just because Pluto was in the cover). Most of the chapters are focused on the senshis, and how each of them manages, as they’re attacked by the enemies, to find the power within themselves to transform again. And we get to see how life is for the outer senshis, now living a “normal life” together and raising Hotaru, who seems to grow incredibly fast. They can’t transform either, and when the Earth seems to be at a critical danger, Hotaru finally wakes up as Saturn again, and gives back their powers to the others. That was awesome!

The Pegasus story is still kind of boring, but at least he appeared in his true form and explained himself.

Sailor Moon #8, by Naoko Takeuchi


Chibi Usa’s sickly friend Hotaru isn’t just Sailor Saturn, Deity of Destruction. She’s also possessed by Master Pharaoh 90. Facing this cataclysmic power will be impossible–unless Sailor Moon can unite the powers of every Guardian of the Solar System.

Then, when the moon eclipses the sun, a mystical unicorn begs for help. An elaborate ship floats through the sky, and Usagi and Chibi-Usa have trouble seeing eye to eye… (from Goodreads)

This volume is the ending of one arc and the beginning of a new one. There’s no doubt that the senshi beat the evil forces, of course. The outer senshis leave for good, apparently, to raise the reincarnation of Hotaru (Sailor Saturn).

The new arc begins with an eclipse, that obliterates the senshis’ powers and they can’t transform any more. And the whole pegasus story appears, which I never found very interesting when I saw the anime, but let’s see how does it go here.

Sailor Moon #7, by Naoko Takeuchi


Old friends and new enemies lurk in the mysteries surrounding Mugen Academy. The Death Busters crave the Hoste, the human energies, of Sailor Moon and her friends–and they’ll prey on the girls’ dreams and weaknesses to get it! Furthermore, prophetic dreams hint of “talismans” that could awaken a “Deity of Destruction.” Could these things be connected to the guardians’ power? And are the Sailor Senshi capable of murdering the innocent to save the entire world? (from Goodreads)

Since the previous volume, I got into unfamiliar land. As further I go into the manga, the less I remember from the anime, probably because I rewatched the first couple of seasons several times, and I watched the later ones just once. However, from the little I remember, there are several differences to what actually is going on on the manga. So everything is like  completely new to me, and that is super entertaining!

Cats are weird and more observations, by Jeffrey Brown

13606670Following the success of Cat Getting Out of a Bag, this all-new collection of color and black-and-white comic strips loosely follows the adventures of a pair of cats as they explore the world around them, indoors and out. Adventures include taking a nap, licking a shoe, attacking dust particles, hiding in cabinets, pouncing on fallen leaves, confronting the vacuum cleaner, patrolling the yard, and purring up a storm all adorably rendered in Brown’s immediate and irresistible style. (from Goodreads)

This was a birthday present from my brother.

I wasn’t familiar with this author’s work and I really loved it! The stories are in the line of Simon’s cat or Cat vs Human, about what it’s every day life like with one ore more cats. Basically, everything a cat lover would adore!

Sailor Moon #6, by Naoko Takeuchi

23481502A whole new arc opens and seems really promising, since we’re finally introduced to the remaining outer senshis, which I always loved! And even when I know that they’re part of the good guys, I like how everything they say and do seems suspicious to the other senshis, and that, for once, Luna and Artemis seem to have no clue about them! And Saturn hasn’t even woken yet…

I love this cover! Isn’t Chibiusa the cutest?

Sailor Moon #4, by Naoko Takeuchi

23481480Black Moon is gaining power. They abducted Jupiter too! Sailor Moon, Venus and Tuxedo Mask are trying to figure out where they’re keeping their friends, and eventually Chibiusa helps them to find some answers, unveiling aswell her own story and introducing them to Sailor Pluto, the guardian of time, which means… TIME TRAVELS! Yay? The future doesn’t look promising. Sailor Moon is captured too, and Chibiusa is in great danger.

Sailor Moon #3, by Naoko Takeuchi

23128404In this tankoubon, the Dark Kingdom is finally defeated. Of course, it’s not end of the fight for the senshis, because there wouldn’t be another 9 tankoubons to read if it were.

A new and more powerful enemy rises, Black Moon, and Mars and Mercury are abducted!! Meanwhile, a very young girl makes quite a mysterious appearance and everyone is wondering if she’s friend or foe?

Ahhhh… You gotta love Chibiusa 😀