Why I read this: I read this because, duh, it’s a fairy tale retelling. I love that stuff. I read fairly crappy stuff just to get at it. Fables, so faWhy I read this: I read this because, duh, it’s a fairy tale retelling. I love that stuff. I read fairly crappy stuff just to get at it. Fables, so far, has not been crappy at all. Of course, I’ll continue it.
Why I thought: The art was amazing as always and it was cool seeing an introduction of a slew of new characters, but it just didn’t feel like Fables. The problem? I miss Bigby and Snow. Snow and her pups had a couple of cameos but no Bigby. I know there has to be a reason for not even a glimpse but it doesn’t mean it still doesn’t hurt.
In this volume, we’re introduced to the Arabian Fables, Sinbad and his crew. It’s good to see new Fables and ultimately a new Fabletown. I think we’ll get a lot more out of the comic that way.
The art was amazing as always. I loved the panels but I also love the included covers. So pretty *_*
The problem with the book is that it felt like we were just dealing with repercussions from the past book and adding new characters for future books. In other words, it just felt like a book of transition with very little meat....more
So far, volume four of Fables is the best volume. At the very beginning I wasn’t convinced though. I was actually board. It started off with Blue reteSo far, volume four of Fables is the best volume. At the very beginning I wasn’t convinced though. I was actually board. It started off with Blue retelling the story of the last castle of the Homelands. It was also the last door to where new Fabletown and our Mundy world existed. It shows us a girl, Red Riding Hood, fleeing for her life. She is rescued at the town and falls in love with Blue. Of course there can’t be a Happily Ever After in Fables so they are separated and each think the other is dead. The sum up is interesting enough but the actual comic was fairly boring. I also didn’t like the art. Not that it was bad art it just wasn’t the Fables art that I know and love. I actually ended up skimming that section…I don’t read the synopsis for each graphic novel I read once I’ve started the series. So i thought this chapter was just filler and didn’t know it was backstory for what was to come. Sue me.
But the rest of it? Oh my. It was good. Really good. Fabletown has to deal with an invasion from the Adversary. The Adversary’s men have come to spread the good tidings of the Adversary’s love along with a big ol’ helping of mass murder. Snow and Bigby are separated geographically and it’s up to Snow to plan the battle and carry everything out.
This was a shining moment for Snow in my eyes. I have my moments where I like her, am indifferent, and occasionally hate her. But she is such a strong and admirable character in this volume that I can’t help but respect her. I want to see her develop even more.
Bigby is still great and still my favorite character. We learn a tiny bit more of his backstory in this one but the overall focus of this installment is on Snow.
Lots of people died and the battle was very exciting. I clung to hope for so many of them. I was really emotionally invested.
Pick this up if you’ve been reading Fables. You’ll love it. If you haven’t read it yet. What are you waiting for?...more
Fables: Animal Farm is the second trade installment of the fabulous fairy tale world of Fables. All of the characters we know from our childhood likeFables: Animal Farm is the second trade installment of the fabulous fairy tale world of Fables. All of the characters we know from our childhood like Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf are now living in our “mundie” world. They had to leave their homelands to escape The Adversary who took their lands from them by brute force. The fables are split into two main groups: the human-type and the animal-type. The human-type live amongst humans, and the animal-type are segregated to an upstate farm where they will not be discovered. Of course, this causes descent from characters like the Three Little Pigs and Shere Khan. That’s what volume two is about
Because of previous transgressions, Rose Red and Snow White are heading upstate for a visit and to hopefully bond. When they get there they find that something is amiss in The Farm. From there it gets slightly gruesome, with brutal murder and some talk of beastality. (Ew!) But it’s the dark moments that make this sugar-coated world so cool. Where else could you see Goldilocks as the face of a revolution? Nowhere.
It’s a good series so far. Really good. I love all the characters and how despite being fantastical they are still real. If I were a pig that could talk I wouldn’t want to be segregated to a farm without contact to the outside world. I would rebel. Goldilocks was an ass-hat, and I wanted to punch her for her smugness but still liked what she brought to the story.
This is a cute, short read. Paige is a little more than annoying at first but quickly becomes someone you can root for. The development in the two maiThis is a cute, short read. Paige is a little more than annoying at first but quickly becomes someone you can root for. The development in the two main characters, Zach (through his journal) and Paige (through reading Zach’s journal) is pretty impressive for such a short story. I would have given it a four star review but Paige and her inability to figure out normal idioms (like ball and chain – instead of ball and cord) just got on my nerves too much so it gets three. ...more
I’m finding this book very hard to review. I feel like A.G. Howard read Alice in Wonderland over and over before writing this because the book was almI’m finding this book very hard to review. I feel like A.G. Howard read Alice in Wonderland over and over before writing this because the book was almost lyrical when it came to describing Wonderland’s inhabitants and the weird settings that equal Wonderland in my mind.
I loved Alyssa. I thought she was courageous and made good decisions despite being constantly strung around by one person and bossed around by another. I liked being caught up in her emotions.
I also loved the new mythologies Howard added to Wonderland. She changed characters just enough to keep them familiar but also make them totally different. She also introduced new characters that perfectly fit in Carroll’s world.
To me, the biggest downfall was actually the romance. While I wanted to like Morpheus and Jeb and have Alyssa fall hopelessly in love with one or the other I couldn’t just jump on bored with it. It wasn’t that I was torn between the two (because I’m okay with that) but it was like each character was missing something that made them more real. I feel like I’m the only person that feels this way with the countless 5 star ratings this has gotten but I have to stick with my gut on this. I did, however, fall in love with both of them during the last chapter but at that point it was too little too late.
Oh well, still a fantastic book. It could have ended right there as a stand alone book but I’m glad it didn’t. I will read the next two books and more if more come out....more
This is my second Alex Flinn novel and I loved it just as mucha s the first, Cloaked. It's funny, the characters are real despite being epically magicThis is my second Alex Flinn novel and I loved it just as mucha s the first, Cloaked. It's funny, the characters are real despite being epically magical, and it always has a positive message. The worst person has a chance to become good and redeem themselves.
Jack is a slacker, loser-boy, with no real affinity for anything, at least in the beginning. Also in the beginning, Talia was the biggest spoiled brat-princess you ever encountered. But both evolve and because of that they become characters that you really enjoy to watch.
One of the positive messages that I liked was "Parents screw up." Every parent who reads this review is going "woah! scratch this off the to-read list." But it's actually really positive because sometimes parents do, in fact, screw up. This happens when they are trying to do good and children, especially teens, can see them as horrible parents when truly they are trying their best. This book shows how parents and teens alike see each other as villains and what can come of that.
Last but not least I loved having the story told from both Jack and Talia's perspective. It's fun to see what a 21st century boy thinks and compare it to a 316 year old princess :D
I think I need to get ahold of Bewitching soon but I want to wait for the audiobook......more
Here are things you should already know about me: 1. I love Alice in Wonderland 2. I love Gena Showalter (at least her YA reads) 3. I love hawt alpha dudHere are things you should already know about me: 1. I love Alice in Wonderland 2. I love Gena Showalter (at least her YA reads) 3. I love hawt alpha dudes
Now, do I love this book? Well, if you’d read my list and know anything about this book you would respond with a resounding “duh!” I loved it. It has replaced Cinder by Marissa Meyer as my fave of the year.
Ali has got to be one of the greatest characters of the year. She’s witty and sassy even when she’s melting or being torn apart inside. I love that she stands up for her self verbally and physically. Not only does she fight zombies but she flat out lays some girls out! Love it! (They totally deserved it – well, most of them)
Cole is a bad boy, through and through with some definite alpha male, demanding qualities that we all love. Especially when the girl stands up for herself. Personally I hate it when it’s a weak willed girl with an overbearing man, regardless if he’s sexy. And that was not the case in this one, oh no it wasn’t! The only thing I disliked about Cole was his tattoos. I just pictured them as prison tattoos. And when you have 30 of your own, if a character you like is going to have tattoos you want them to be pretty.
The other characters elicit strong emotions but I won’t go into it in this review, it’ll just get too long.
Last note: perfect mix of romance and action...more
Wow. It was predictable but very, very awesome. I love Cinder and her love interest, Kai. I’m really excited to find out what happens in the second inWow. It was predictable but very, very awesome. I love Cinder and her love interest, Kai. I’m really excited to find out what happens in the second installment. I’ve heard it’s better than the first one. I don’t know how that’s possible but maybe Meyer will surprise me.
The best part of this is the creativity that Meyer used to rewrite the classic tale of Cinderella. Not only only is Cinder a mechanic but a cyborg mechanic. So awesome.
Cinder, Iko, Kai, Peony and even the good doctor are all really likable characters. Audrey, Pearl, and Queen Lavana are all really despicable and you’ll really love to hate them. ...more
I was super pleased with this. I wasn’t actually expecting much and I think it’s because I saw the preview for the movie Beastly. I mean it looked okI was super pleased with this. I wasn’t actually expecting much and I think it’s because I saw the preview for the movie Beastly. I mean it looked ok but nothing spectacular. Well, I found this book and gave it a try despite not expecting much out of it. I was stupid because this and Alex Flinn are AWESOME. I’m going to go add all of her books to to-read list on Goodreads after this.
It was funny and quirky with a light-heartedness that you often don’t get. It was just pure enjoyment. I’ll add that I finished it today, a day I was attending a wake and it brightened my day to some extent.
It sort of reminds me of Going Bovine by Libba Bray which I finished recently as well. It’s not quite as epic or thought-provoking (well the end of Going Bovine was) but still right along side it on the “Awesome Shelf.” ...more