At the very beginning of the book I was unsure of just how much I was going to like this book. I don’t normally read very much YA contemporary fiction...moreAt the very beginning of the book I was unsure of just how much I was going to like this book. I don’t normally read very much YA contemporary fiction and it definitely had a Sarah Dessen feel. (maybe because that’s the only YA contemporary I’ve read…) I liked Sarah Dessen for a time and then read too much of her stuff all at once and got tired of seeing girls do stupid stuff and getting themselves into terrible situations and having no one to turn to to help them. That said, that was one of the best things about this book. A loving family life.
In Torn Stella has a mother who works all the time but still manages to help comfort and give advice to her kids. A lot of responsibility is heaped on to the kids because she works so much but she does things that she finds important with her family (like meeting friends, boyfriends, and going to church). She has instilled good morals into her kids, trusts them, and expects the best from them. I love her.
Stella was a great character and a product of household. She worked hard and didn’t fall too far away from her morals and ethics. She dared to care when others wouldn’t and even got into some really hard situations for her friend because they were the right thing to do, even though they were the last thing she wanted to do.
Ruby, on the other hand, was kind of a nuisance. If I were Stella, I would have slapped the crazy out of Ruby and told her to straighten up, if she didn’t I would have walked out.
The thing is, I was really frustrated with Stella for putting up with everything that Ruby did. But Stephanie Guerra ended up making it totally understandable of why she would do so.
Overall, good read. Even though it’s not my normal genre.(less)
Invincible Volume Eight: My Favorite Martian covers issues 36-41. It’s another brutal volume. Robert Kirkman, no matter the subject matter, seeks to r...moreInvincible Volume Eight: My Favorite Martian covers issues 36-41. It’s another brutal volume. Robert Kirkman, no matter the subject matter, seeks to ruin his readers emotional outlook for the day. I am really unsettled by the contents of this volume, just like I was with all the rest that I’ve read of this series and all of The Walking Dead. But there is something about Kirkman’s work that turns all of his readers into masochists, because we keep coming back. He destroys a lot, but puts enough hope in each series that we continue to root for our heroes no matter how bleak it looks. Ugh, I hate you Kirkman…and I kind of love you.
That said, proceed with caution: SPOILER ALERT
Lots of stuff happened in this installment. Some of it needed to happen and we all saw it coming. For example, Atom Eve kissing Mark and Mark and Amber breaking up due to Amber being unhappy in the relationship. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting and hoping for this. Amber is uptight and while I understand that it was a difficult relationship for her, I also see Mark’s mom, who was married to Omni-Man. She is like a shining star of women in a difficult relationship, and before Omni-man’s betrayal she worried, but handled the relationship rather well. Amber has been annoying since the beginning. Good riddance.
Other stuff that happened, I wouldn’t have guessed would ever happen: Dupli-Kate and Shrinking Ray are now deceased due to a battle with Supreme Lizard (I’m guessing Kirkman’s take on Hydra). They were supporting characters and I didn’t have much invested in them especially since Kate was kind of a B. But seeing how the loss takes it’s toll on the other characters is pretty rough. Besides the fact that they died. I was so surprised at the brutality in which they died. I don’t know why I was surprised since that’s Kirkman’s M.O. but I was. It’s probably the neat and clean art style…
The major plot point of this volume was dealing with and eliminating the threat from the Sequids. All of the Guardians of the Globe almost expire because of this fight but it’s seemingly taken care of and even the astronaut that was being controlled is rescued. But of course that gross threat isn’t contained! They were inside the astronaut! And of course, their little tentacley bodies had to squirm their way up his throat. Ew! Now the Earth is still dealing with the Sequids threat…It’s such a gross threat too…
Overall, pretty good. Even though such terrible things happened, it still didn’t pack the punch that several other volumes have. I don’t think every volume will be able to do that but when it doesn’t you just feel different after you finish. So, all in all, it was really good but not amazing. I feel like there was a lot of set-up for what is to come later in this one. I have to emotionally prepare myself before I read the next volume.
**spoiler alert** I read this is as part of the 2014 TBR Reading Challenge
What can I say? I mean, everyone already knows this is awesome. I was the on...more**spoiler alert** I read this is as part of the 2014 TBR Reading Challenge
What can I say? I mean, everyone already knows this is awesome. I was the one late to reading this. But let me say: THIS WAS AWESOME!
With the second book I was afraid I was going to get the typical second book I thought that as close as Katy and Daemon got, they were going to be ripped apart or Daemon would break up with Katy and there would be a lot of angst. Well that didn’t happen. It just got better. Their relationship got better and I couldn’t believe it.
With the third installment, I thought there was a chance for angst but mostly I was just content for the Daemon ride. And oh what a ride. He is one smooth talker that makes us all swoon. There was action, suspense and romance. It really couldn’t get any better.
I’m excited for the next one but with how Daemon and Katy were separated at the end (less)
Recently I’ve almost give up on second installments of romance series. Usually the couple that finally found each other in the end of book one has to...moreRecently I’ve almost give up on second installments of romance series. Usually the couple that finally found each other in the end of book one has to break up in book two or they get separated and the whole of book two is spent trying to find each other. Thank goodness that was not the case with Onyx I could have kissed Ms. Armentrout for her perfectly executed book two. It was better than the first.
There was still plenty of love/hate moments which makes this still a Luxe novel. If they would have just been lovely-dovey the whole time I also would have not enjoyed it. But not the case! Daemon puts on his sexy pants and tries to prove to Katy that he’s feelings for her and not just because of some alien mojo bond.
Katy makes some classic heroine mistakes like not telling other people who are involved when stuff gets real. Secret keeping is always aggravating but the mistakes have to made for the story to progress.
Super good. Best second installment I’ve ever read. And now one of my new favorites.(less)
The Bunker is the story of five friends who go out into the woods to bury a time capsule. Instead of...moreThe Bunker -If the creators of LOST wrote a comic
The Bunker is the story of five friends who go out into the woods to bury a time capsule. Instead of finding dirt and soil, they find a bunker with almost all of there names on it. Inside they find lots of information about the future, including letters from their future selves. These letters tell them how they will cause the apocalypse and how that is necessary and how the world needs to end.
When I first started reading this, I thought to myself, “This seems just like LOST.” Because of that, I was already getting antsy to stop reading it. Luckily the creator himself made one of the characters say, “So…Who’s seen LOST?” and they even go on to comment about some of the plot points. Because of this, I kept going. I knew that it wasn’t going to be a rip-off, they just happened to share a bunker, and if you keep reading further, a lot of weirdness.
There are a variety of types of relationships in the group from boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, one night stands, platonic friendship, gay crush, you name it. This makes the dynamics of he group very interesting and volatile. In addition to this, we deal with a hard times for the characters, we find out about betrayals and childhood rape. What I’m saying is, this first volume is raw with emotion and it makes for interesting read where you can really care for some of the characters and mistrust the others.
I wasn’t really excited about the art. It’s stylistic and raw so it fit with the storyline but on the other hand, it was confusing and hectic. At times, it was hard to understand what was going on. This is also true with the story since it goes back and forth between future and current but with the art being the way it is sometimes I didn’t know what was happening in an individual panel and had to go ahead and read on in hopes that I would figure it out later.
Overall, this is pretty good. The story is interesting and while the art is hectic, it’s still pretty. Give it a chance if you like weird stories where the plot doesn’t follow a logical path. I know I do. I will continue on with this series. (less)
I love Morning Glories I love the art, the character design, the religious references, each characters personalities, and everything else. I also hate...moreI love Morning Glories I love the art, the character design, the religious references, each characters personalities, and everything else. I also hate each character as much as I love them.
For every moment that you actually like a Morning Glories character you have ten moments where you hate them and despise everything they do. For example, Irina, a character that is newly introduced in volume four, is a B.A.M.F. in every sense of the word. I love how she talks, and how she walks, how she holds a gun, and then I hate EVERYTHING she stands for.
As a reader, you cannot trust yourself or the author to help you make any sound decisions on which characters to route for. There are none. Characters I liked in volume three are terrible in volume four. Characters that I thought were no count now suddenly have more depth.
Nick Spencer is a truly accomplished writer for all the twists and turns he puts into Morning Glories. Each character is unique and interesting. But he’s a sadist. He wants to torture us all. And we are all masochists dying to be tortured with his next installment.
Joe Eisma’s art also really helps to define each character. With each facial expression with hate Ike just a bit more and want to see how far Irina can push us before we no longer like her. (She looks so cool with her held tilted to the side and that “I’ll kill you look”) He has drawn a world that while hard to believe still sucks us in.
I also can’t forget Rodin Esquejo’s covers. I wouldn’t have picked it up with a title like Morning Glories if it weren’t for his amazing and creepy covers.
I'm a big fan of Borderlands, big enough to have three tattoos and name my dog after a character and that still didn't save my opinion of it. I didn't...moreI'm a big fan of Borderlands, big enough to have three tattoos and name my dog after a character and that still didn't save my opinion of it. I didn't even go into this comic expect much and I got what I excepted, not much. Not much story, not even very much entertainment aside from the art. The art was awesome, but that's it. I'm surprised that it's from the original game writer too...If I couldn't have possibly gotten some backstory it might have been better. Glad I checked it out at the library.(less)
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 like...moreFables: 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.
Black Science is a face paced rollercoaster full of surprises. Black Science has quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list and has made Matt Sca...moreBlack Science is a face paced rollercoaster full of surprises. Black Science has quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list and has made Matt Scalera and true "artist to watch" in my book. Without the artist, the urgency that the book is filled with would not be the same. He draws "fast" if that makes sense. The first issue in the book takes place over a twenty minute span and I swear I felt like something terrible was going to happen if I didn't turn the pages fast enough. This is an amazing read. Pick it up and read it now.(less)
I started really reading American comics after DC had already moved into the New 52. From there I had a starting point. Many people told me that I nee...moreI started really reading American comics after DC had already moved into the New 52. From there I had a starting point. Many people told me that I needed to read the other, “better” stuff. The original52 is something that has been recommended to me more than once.
52 tells the story of what happens in the DC Universe after Infinite Crisis. Um, noob here, right? I don’t know what happens in Infinite Crisis except that all the heroes disappear. I know that because it’s easy enough to figure that out while reading 52 when Booster Gold is the star of the show.
I feel like I’m still going to like 52 once I get further along, because I’ll figure out bits and pieces of what’s going on and plus there are some fantastic elements that this has going for it. Probably the coolest part is that each issue really is one further after Infinite Crisis and even the single issues are broken up into days. It’s so interesting to see the difference in certain characters, like Steel after he’s forcefully introduced to the metagene by Lex, or Booster Gold who struggles for fame but gets his reputation destroyed. I feel like I’m actually going to get to see some characters really develop and evolve. This must be the benefit of using secondary characters almost exclusively.
The best part? Renee Montoya. I love her. She’s definitely the best lesbian in DC. Yes, better than Kate Kane. She’s playing a big role in 52 volume one. I don’t know to what end but I’m excited to find out.
Lot’s of mystery and intrigue going on in this first volume. It’s a little daunting for a noob to read especially when you don’t know half the characters and don’t know the big event that takes place prior to the story and also shapes the story but I’m going to stick it out and read the rest. People who already know the whole story will probably enjoy this. Noobs, it’s going to be rough but try it, we’ll figure it out eventually, right? Especially since about a billion talented people collaborated on this. (less)
The Manhattan Projects is a series about an alternate World War II. It explains to you the “what ifs” if The Manhattan Project, the research and devel...moreThe Manhattan Projects is a series about an alternate World War II. It explains to you the “what ifs” if The Manhattan Project, the research and development project for WWII, didn’t just work on atomic bombs and things of that nature, but was a front for all sorts of weird projects that cross into the realm of science fiction. Our main characters are well known names like Einstein, Oppenheimer, Roosevelt, and others. Only they’re different. For example, Oppenheimer is actually the twin brother of Robert Oppenheimer (the “father of the atomic bomb”) who killed and ate his brother, as well as many others, in order to gain their knowledge. Because of this, he now has multiple personalities.
Now the reason for Point of Entry: is it noob friendly?
Absolutely. This is not necessarily just for comic book fans. It’s for everyone interested in alternate histories, WWII, any of the scientists, science fiction, the list goes on. You do not need to know anything about this world in order to read it like so many comics. It’s cool if you know some of the history because when you read you’ll think, “Wait a minute…” and have to go look something up.
All that said, I think this is wonderful…for some people. Just not me. Let me tell you why, then let me tell you why you just might think it’s awesome.
First, I couldn’t get into the drawing style right from the get-go. It just wasn’t as crisp as I prefer. But hey, not all art styles are for everyone. This one was not my cup of tea.
Second and final, I like science fiction. But let’s be honest, I only like light to fluffy style science fiction. This was crossing into realistic stuff that is really well thought out. I guess that says something about my tastes, but it’s true. I don’t really care about all the intricacies. I don’t really want to know all about plutonium and aliens taking over our world.
On to the pro: I mentioned I didn’t really like the drawing style, but I really liked the coloring style. tumblr_inline_mlctxqfPWI1qz4rgp I like it when you can read something deeper in what you’re seeing than the words allow. At first every time I saw blue and red I equated it with bad vs. good. Then later on it became normal vs. abnormal. But then there is one breaking point where everything is blue (my good/normal color) including Adolf Hitler but the flower he is holding is red (my bad/abnormal color). It makes you think a lot about what you’re seeing and it’s kinda fun to see what the artist is trying to accomplish.
Overall, it’s not for everyone. But I think there are way more people out there who enjoy it than don’t. I checked out the Goodreads page for it and it has an average rating of 4.01 out of 5. So obviously I’m in the minority. It seems like it’s going to have a solid story that will ride out through the duration. It might be your next favorite, but if you’re like me, just pass on it. (less)
Amity is the story of two teenagers, ten years apart, and their experiences at Amity. Amity is based off of the Amityville Horror (just like it seems)...moreAmity is the story of two teenagers, ten years apart, and their experiences at Amity. Amity is based off of the Amityville Horror (just like it seems).
Let me preface my review with stating the fact that I've seen all the Amityville movies (even the b-rate), read the book, and even watched some documentaries. Because of that, I had ridiculously high expectations and was pretty disappointed when the book just couldn't match up with them.
First, the "then" (10 years ago) and the "now" at times were really similar. Too similar. I felt like I was re-reading the exact chapter. I understand what the author was trying to do with it but for the most part, I didn't think it worked. On the other hand, the very last meaty chapter (as in, not the epilogue) the author perfectly executed the combination of "then" and "now." Once I finished that chapter that I actually thought "this is the point." So kudos on that one.
The other disappointing part was the language used. Connor (then) used a lot of "like" and "kind of" when he talked. It was supposed to be authentic of a teenage boy but it sounded dumbed down since he was a narrator. Gwen (now) on the other hand, was super wordy and occasionally sentences lost potency due to excessive adjectives. But then again, they way scary occurrences described was awesome. There was a part about Gwen being in her room and she heard a scurrying sound and when she looked she saw a white leg disappearing under her bed (much better described by the author). I was so creeped out afterwards I had to turn on the light.
Amity had it's high and low points. I think a good deal of people will enjoy this. I just wasn't one of them. If you like scary stuff you might as well give it a try and see if I'm wrong. (less)
It was really interesting to listen to but I gained no insight into bettering my business. It all seems like common sense. It did make me terrified fo...moreIt was really interesting to listen to but I gained no insight into bettering my business. It all seems like common sense. It did make me terrified for my little brother in the Navy... (less)
I loved every second of every minute that I read this. Hannah, Betty, and Dee are my heroes. I want to be a rat queen. I will get the rat queen symbol...moreI loved every second of every minute that I read this. Hannah, Betty, and Dee are my heroes. I want to be a rat queen. I will get the rat queen symbol tattooed on my armpit. You'll see. I'll be an honorary rat queen. (less)
I thought this was pretty amazing. I loved the art and there was a twist and turn for everything that happened. Casey is super smart, pretty, but wear...moreI thought this was pretty amazing. I loved the art and there was a twist and turn for everything that happened. Casey is super smart, pretty, but wears normal clothes (that's a plus for me - I get sick of seeing all t and a). I did not know what was going to happen from page to page and now I'm waiting on volume two because I have no idea where this is going to go. (less)