• tactless & a bit dumb as well as racist heroine • easy to guess mystery • boring romance (d...more1.75/5
low star rating because of the following aspects:
• tactless & a bit dumb as well as racist heroine • easy to guess mystery • boring romance (dreaded instalove trope)(view spoiler)[to borrow lucy's words: "i'm sickened by this 'love at first sight' nonsense --it's all shine and no substance." [57%] (hide spoiler)] • forbidden teacher-student relationship (sorry but: zzzzZ)
☺ name: mary shelley black ☺ character: mary shelley black ☺ goggles ☺ mary's bluntness ☺ mary's love for science ☺ stephen's anagrams ☺ spirit photog...more4.5/5
☺ name: mary shelley black ☺ character: mary shelley black ☺ goggles ☺ mary's bluntness ☺ mary's love for science ☺ stephen's anagrams ☺ spirit photography ☺ illustrated book (*swoon*) ☺ creep factor (including the beak mask) ☻ julius, not enough of a fleshed out character ☻ ending :'( ☻ stephen's (view spoiler)[disdain for his brother, cause i kind of pitied him and how his family treated him as if he were exactly like his father .. well, it just seemed as if they didn't really give him a chance that's all: "his father was a drunk who treated my mother terribly before she left him. and violent, thieving drunks often breed violent, thieving children." (hide spoiler)] [ click ] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
you know god? he can be a real piece of work sometimes with a lot of mood swings.
or to borrow richard dawkins words: "is arguably the most unpleasant...moreyou know god? he can be a real piece of work sometimes with a lot of mood swings.
or to borrow richard dawkins words: "is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."
.. if he exists that is and not some figment of my imagination. praying is supposed to be this meaningful experience filling you with faith in the spirit's power and wisdom and whatnot. instead it makes one (well, me) feel stupid, as if i am talking to myself in a conversation that is supposed to be two-sided. i can constantly hear from relatives and family members that it can make you happy and give you strength and so on and so forth. the great thing about belief and faith is that it can take shape in different ways. if i wanted to i could choose to believe in the magical power of chocolate chip cookies and that they bring together people with their chocolate-y awesomeness. maybe big brother is watching. maybe not. while i may not like being forced to pray with my family every day and dedicate sunday mornings to going to church, it cannot be denied that for better or worse it is part of me and my life.
as a consequence i like reading novels that reflect these topics through thoughtful, critical or original lenses and authors who write these stories without coming off as pretentious. like whitcomb's previous work, this too, deals with death, faith and the afterlife. but in a non preachy and accessible way. i always come back for more.
whitcomb has a way with words, it trickles into you, lulls you in with its dreamlike sequences and quiet, unassuming writing. there is something to be said about authors who seemingly write without knowing what a thing of beauty they have created, but making it seem so effortless.
"under the light" is a companion novel to "a certain slant of light". in a certain slant of light two spirits who were stuck between the netherworld and the living world and per chance come to inhabit two teenagers bodies and their respective problems. under the light continues right where the acsol left of. utl is split into three parts. part 1 is told from jenny's pov, part 2 from helen's and the last part switches back and forth between the both of them. jenny is in a place where she tries to separate fantasy or perhaps dreams from reality. she has lost about a week worth of memories about things that supposedly happened and people tell her she has said stuff that were totally out of character. instead jenny remember magical occurences where she was a spirit without an actual body, meets another spirit she clicks with and they do fun stuff. like (view spoiler)[ move the stars. travel the world. glimpse into each others life. and fight (hide spoiler)]. but when jenny's spirit is placed back into her physical form she cries for the loss of something she doesn't quite remember anymore. the broken pieces of the past eventually come back, one by one to slowly, but surely fall into place. she tries to reconnect with her mother and reconstruct her past history with billy. as a reader of course, particularly those who have read a certain slant of light it comes as no surprise that (view spoiler)[ billy is the other spirit who she connected with (hide spoiler)], but is all the more beautiful to watch as we get to experience their journey towards coming to terms about what happened and finding a way to move on with life and stick up for yourself and your beliefs.
whitcomb successfully captured the universally familiar feeling of dread of not being understood and highlights what a world of difference it makes when you find someone who makes the effort of doing so. some readers may find it too slow moving, which is probably true, because under the light is not a plot driven but a character driven novel. (view spoiler)[ in fact .. the only bad thing i can say about it is that i hate the cover. yep. i really, really do! (hide spoiler)]
notes: fun and fast read, due to no small part of brosgol's artwork. ultimatley, the story itsel...more2.25/5
and what is so terrible with being a little fat?
notes: fun and fast read, due to no small part of brosgol's artwork. ultimatley, the story itself did not deliver anything new and thus an average and (for me) forgettable graphic novel. sneak a peek.(less)
this is the kind of story where you hope that everything is going to turn out alright, except that there is no chance -- NO WAY -- that might happen. i am not counting the fact that it (view spoiler)[ends on a hopeful note, --for me it's anything but (hide spoiler)]
vera tells us right from the start about how her best friend charlie since the age of four betrayed her right before he died. the narration switches between the vera of the past and present, dead charlie, her father ken dietz and the pagoda.
when vera and charlie's innocent sandbox playmate friendship turns to one that might hint to the one with butterflies in the stomach, neither one can admit to having an actual crush on the other one. and so it ends up a destructive relationship, because both vera and charlie feel as though they can't escape their fate and thus are not meant to be together because what's the point? they are doomed.
one hurts the other through words or otherwise. it's really sad to read, because even though she's the sensible one with the good grades and tidy appearance, charlie is her other half, the one with the sloppy looks, impulsive and impatient. so it comes as no surprise that vera is the glue to his broken pieces.
please ignore vera dietz will tear your heart out, chew on it, swallow you whole in one gulp and then shit you out with zero warning. it touches on topics about abuse, abandonment, betrayal, death, drug addiction, parent-child-relationship. although not all of it was believable, i liked and hated this book in equal parts.
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Abbey's best friend Kristen dies or so the whole town believes, because the body hasn't been found yet. She finds consolation in doing the things she...moreAbbey's best friend Kristen dies or so the whole town believes, because the body hasn't been found yet. She finds consolation in doing the things she would've done were Kristen with her. Hanging out at Sleepy Hollow's cemetery. Talking to (dead) Mr Irving. Looking for new things. There she also meets Casper Caspian, who seems to be more than meets the eye.
I read 3/4 of the book and skimmed through the rest. The pacing of the book was kind of off. Slow. Not that much suspense. Mrs Verday must've thought the suspense she created through the mysteriousCasper Caspian and the unsolved case of Kristen's whereabouts were enough. Which it sadly weren't. The idea itself wasn't original either, - entwining a classic (Irving's Sleepy Hollow) with the author's own story. I guess the potential was there, but it wasn't tastefully done. So, there you go!(less)