Although there were things I wish had been different with the first volume (more Jain, less Bearded Nun) I really quite liked it. I was really enjoyin...moreAlthough there were things I wish had been different with the first volume (more Jain, less Bearded Nun) I really quite liked it. I was really enjoying this one also, (although again, wishing to see more about Jain) but it seemed to have lost a little something and then it just. Ended. Abrupt, out of nowhere, just done. It was frustrating, because there nothing is answered. I looked online after finishing and saw that there are apparently more parts published online, but I sort of doubt that I will ever read them, unless they get published for real, because I have my own personal weirdness and won't pay money for an ebook (they don't feel real to me). So, it's quite disappointing. Far and away my favorites to read about are Jain and Henry and I did like that we got a LITTLE more about Henry this time, and more Jain backstory, but it definitely wasn't enough, and I wish that this one had been heavier on the actual fairy tales also. I felt like there were far fewer fairy tale references in this volume. (less)
OH MY GOODNESS. I am a WRECK. This book has torn apart my soul and put it back together again.
I have SO much to say about this book. For the first ti...moreOH MY GOODNESS. I am a WRECK. This book has torn apart my soul and put it back together again.
I have SO much to say about this book. For the first time in a long time I want to review it so other people can just... understand what this book does to a person.
I sobbed the great awful ugly tears last night after finishing. And now, today, anytime I even START to think about this book, I start to get teary and have to stop myself. (NOT a good idea to cry and drive 80mph down the interstate... Just saying)
These people in this book seem to very REAL to me. I'm almost ANGRY that they aren't, that they are fictional and exist nowhere other than the pages and in the minds and souls of the readers.
I was pretty sure I knew how the book was going to end. I was resigned to it, expected it going into it. But then, I had HOPE. (Tricky bastard) I wanted SO BADLY for the ending I knew couldn't happen. But I WANTED it. And then, what happened was so far away from ANYTHING I had expected that I was a mess. I SOBBED. Like, held my hand over my mouth because my body couldn't contain the anguish on my own and I SOBBED.
This book is so perfectly crafted. There are layers and nuances and secrets and hidden things and nothing is quite what you think it's going to be. And the way everything comes together, the way to puzzle pieces fit is so painfully perfect, I was left devastated in it's wake. This is one of those books that's going to linger with me for a long time. A very, very long time. I don't know if I'm ever really going to recover. (less)
I liked hearing more from Shay, but I don't know that I loved it as a graphic novel. I like graphic novels, but only sometimes. They don't always work...moreI liked hearing more from Shay, but I don't know that I loved it as a graphic novel. I like graphic novels, but only sometimes. They don't always work for me, and in a story like this, where I so loved the actual series, I found myself wanting more information than the images and a few words could give me.
That being said, this is def better than nothing, I'll continue to read the others and I did enjoy it. :) (less)
The story here is of two twins trying to come to accept and come to terms with the fact that their father is a transgendered person.
There is a lot of emotion in this story and it always felt honest and real, never gimmicky or forced or phony. I very rarely cry unless a character dies, but there was a scene or two that had my eyes watering because their pain and confusion was just so intense and just there.
The book is narrated by both twins, Justin and Ysabel. I often like dual narrations (or multiple narrators) but I like being able to TELL who is talking. There were times when I would forget which twin was narrating in the middle of a chapter because their voices were so similar and had to wait until they spoke to their twin, so I could see the name.
Not a book that I think is for everyone, but definitely a book that needed to be written. It doesn't make excuses or condemn anyone. I also loved that the main characters were religious. And it wasn't this- Church is EVIL stuff that seems so prevalent right now. They went to church, believed in God and prayed. And it was normal. And it was normal and okay for the two main characters to have a REALLY hard time learning that their father wasn't who they had always thought him to be, that there was this whole other part of himself he had kept hidden from them.
This book was very well done and I am incredibly impressed by how well it was handled. (less)
Seriously hilarious & fun & just exactly something I love. This book is so full or random (and rather useless) trivia and it makes me so very,...moreSeriously hilarious & fun & just exactly something I love. This book is so full or random (and rather useless) trivia and it makes me so very, very happy! :) I LOVE learning weird & obscure facts. I spent the 3 days it took to read this frequently saying- Whoa! Did you know...?!
Apparently Dr. Suess invented the word 'nerd'. Win(less)
Rather disappointing all around. :( I didn't love the manga style illustrations, didn't like any of the characters and thought that the world building...moreRather disappointing all around. :( I didn't love the manga style illustrations, didn't like any of the characters and thought that the world building was weak and underdeveloped. The story felt very superficial. At least it was a fast read. (less)