Huge thank you to TopShelf Productions & Netgalley for this ARC!
We need more comics like Strong Female Protagonist and we need them now. Comic booHuge thank you to TopShelf Productions & Netgalley for this ARC!
We need more comics like Strong Female Protagonist and we need them now. Comic books are still in this strange place where female inclusion exists but the portrayals could be a lot better. I think strides have been made with works like the new Ms. Marvel, but we can go further.
Strong Female Protagonist is sassy, quirky, and it looks at the ups and downs of being a superheroine in a world that seems more accepting of them. Alison is a wonderful heroine and she wears her flaws on her sleeves. The writing is hilarious, and it sucks you right in and doesn't pull any punches. There's a lot of breaking of the fourth wall at the bottom of every page, each with a snarky remark or two. It also looks at the idea that superheroes might not be as amazing as we think they are. Hell, Alison doesn't always think she's doing the right thing and she's very thoughtful about her feelings in being Mega Girl.
Overall, Strong Female Protagonist is just plain fun. There's a great ensemble cast, the writing is snappy, and the charm drips right through it. If you want something fun with capes, this will fit the bill and even have you in gigglefits....more
3.5 -- Loved that this was in colour, and thought it was a cute PB and Peppermint Butler story. Wasn't as invested in this story compared to the previ3.5 -- Loved that this was in colour, and thought it was a cute PB and Peppermint Butler story. Wasn't as invested in this story compared to the previous instalments. ...more
Huge thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for this ARC!
Wow! This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel. It's about an adventuring chef, named RHuge thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for this ARC!
Wow! This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel. It's about an adventuring chef, named Rutabaga and his wacky cooking adventures! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this, but my husband also read a galley of this and basically shook me on the spot to read it.
And I'm glad I did. These characters are insanely quirky, and I adore that Rutabaga has no problem speaking his mind when food is awful. In fact, the whole cook-off against the old man chef? Kinda brilliant. Especially when you learn the secret of what is really in his food. There's so much charm and whimsy in this book, and I found myself smiling and laughing a lot. Rutabaga's antics are plenty, but it's all in the name of good food!
If you have a young reader or a middle grader who loves comedic fantasy, this is a great addition to their library. If you're an adult who just loves a charming graphic novel (like myself), then this book is right up your alley. Plus, there's recipes!...more
Huge thank you to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for this ARC!
I am insanely torn on Inked by Eric Smith. I really enjoyed his non-fiction work, The Geek'Huge thank you to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for this ARC!
I am insanely torn on Inked by Eric Smith. I really enjoyed his non-fiction work, The Geek's Guide to Dating, but this book took me so long to get through. When you read the blurb it has such a dynamic blurb, and yet when you read the book, it just doesn't live up to the expectations that it boasts.
To be honest, Inked's premise was so promising and yet, I never felt entirely captured by it. I didn't connect or care about the characters or Caenum's overall cause. I feel like his rebellion came across more like a hissy fit and I suppose that is a valid response, but I just didn't care. I didn't care that he didn't want to do it. I never got the sense from the book that the tattoos were evil or bad, so I didn't feel like I cared about what Caenum's deal was. The pacing was also weird, as I found I'd zoom through some bits, and struggle to turn pages the next. It felt all over the place.
I admit, the writing is decent (though there's a few awkward sentences that made my eyebrow go up), but these characters just didn't make me connect. I felt like I was trying too hard to like these characters, and the characters weren't trying at all. There's some moral issues that also become prevalent in the story, but it just resolves itself when it could have been a good opportunity for character growth. I think that's ultimately what bugged me with the cast of this novel -- there's no growth. There's no movement or change within them that gives you a sense that they are learning or understanding the world around them. I mean the world building is iffy at best, but more growth from the cast really would have benefited in the long run for this narrative.
At the end of the day, I wanted more, and I didn't get it. The story felt flimsy a lot of the time, like it didn't have a solid leg to stand on. That being said, when the action was on, it was actually pretty great and I found myself speeding through the novel. I think the ideas are really great, but the execution left a lot to be desired in some cases. I think there were just more misses in this book than hits, which is such a shame because I REALLY wanted to love this one....more
Huge thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for this ARC!
I tried to like this book. I really did, but the whole story rubbed me completely the wrong wHuge thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for this ARC!
I tried to like this book. I really did, but the whole story rubbed me completely the wrong way. I'm always interested in books when drugs are a subject matter because I like to see how the subject matter is handled, particularly in young adult fiction. Sad to say but this book was boring and the writing style was, I get mimicking how a teen would write in a journal, but it was awful to read and so awkward at times.
In that sense, the novel is actually successful. It's writing style mimics the age the protagonist well, even if it's awkward to read. I just have a hard time excusing lots of all caps and exclamation points, but it gets overused in this book a fair bit. Plus (and I'm sure again it was intentional) it was impossible to feel connected or empathic to any of the characters in this book. I had a hard time with the protagonist in particular because she turned to drugs to in a way "become someone." But this book follows a very repetitive formula of drugs, drama, make outs, and more drugs. Thankfully, the book is short, because I don't think I could have handled more than 200 pages of this monotonous story. I feel like stories that have drugs as a theme should be a lot more impact, but this one fell completely flat for me.
I can see why people would enjoy Dancing With Molly, but for me this should have been a story with a great message behind it, and I just felt the message and its connection was lost a lot of the time. Admittedly, the best part of the novel was the ending and how her habit had consequences, and I think that aspect was handled well. I just struggled to find any enjoyment from this story, I think there are much better young adult novels out there that deal with drugs in a much better way. This novel isn't horrible and I think it will find fans when it releases, I just could handle the lack of substance and the writing style to save my life....more
Huge thank you to Atheneum Books for Young Readers & Edelweiss for this ARC!
I adored this book. Stella was such a fantastic and methodical prot4.5
Huge thank you to Atheneum Books for Young Readers & Edelweiss for this ARC!
I adored this book. Stella was such a fantastic and methodical protagonist to follow around, and I loved her sense of curiosity, especially given the time period this novel focuses on. This book is insanely thoughtful, and it's definitely one where you'll find yourself nodding along to the story and having your heart captured by Stella and her wonderful family.
This story is not an easy one by any stretch of the imagination. It's story that deals with the KKK and issues of segregation. There's a lot of hard emotions, and Stella's community is some easy to fall in with that the hardships and racism that they face is extremely heartbreaking. Draper writes this novel with such honesty, and it's really quite lovely in parts. I found myself tearing up or raging during parts of this novel, because dammit, I cared about this community of people, I cared about Stella's family, I cared about how they were being mistreated.
Move over, this is a novel that has a lot of charm outside of the tougher topics. Stella writes her own newsletter and it's completely full of heart (and spelling errors). I loved these very personal moments in the story, and I loved the level of depth we get from her as our heroine. Her desire to know and to understand is really what makes her a truly wonderful character, and I loved her move from innocence to experience. It was simply well done!
Stella by Starlight is a wonderful read, and a somewhat timely book given some of the issues within the news. There's intense, very beautiful story telling, and I love that Draper never avoids the tough topics or dumbs them down for the reader. This book is meaningful and difficult, but it reminds us of a horrific period in time, and brings these issues into a context that a middle grader could understand. Stella by Starlight is simply something special, and worth the read....more