Normally I'm a purist who prefers to read a book before seeing an adaptation of it. I made an exception for this series, and I think it was the rightNormally I'm a purist who prefers to read a book before seeing an adaptation of it. I made an exception for this series, and I think it was the right decision. Although I have some beloved fantasy series, I don't read a whole lot of epic fantasy, and I tend to prefer series with a small cast of characters--I'm pretty sure A Game of Thrones would have completely overwhelmed me if I'd tried to read the book first.
I ended up really enjoying this book. It filled in a lot of little details that I missed in the show, and it helped me get a better handle on some of the characters--there are some things that you simply can't convey in a tv show or movie, especially when it involves inner monologue or a very close POV.
Even though I had just watched the show, I wasn't at all bored reading this book. The writing is strong, and the world is so rich.
You know when you finish a book and don't want to start another book, for fear nothing will every be as good? Yeah, that was Exile for me.
I never wentYou know when you finish a book and don't want to start another book, for fear nothing will every be as good? Yeah, that was Exile for me.
I never went to a fancy rock'n'roll high school, I never managed a band, and I never fell in love with a lead singer or followed him on a whirlwind adventure to find his famous dad's "lost" songs. And yet Exile felt very familiar to me. Great fiction does that; it resonates even when the trappings are completely different from your own experiences. Great YA, especially, taps into that emotional truth of a story, and Exile is definitely one of the greats.
I'm usually pretty picky when it comes to romance in a story. I can be a sucker for it sometimes, but generally I'm not one for the mushy stuff. To me, Exile had the perfect mix of romance and action. It wasn't a "will she get the guy?" book, it was a "will they overcome their individual baggage and find they're still in love on the other side?" book, and those are my favorites.
It also helped that I loved Summer. She was witty and sarcastic, but still prone to teenage drama, even as she realized how ridiculous it was. She was good at looking at a situation in a very mature way, but it didn't stop her from making mistakes; and when she did make those mistakes, she was able to recognize them. She was also conflicted, trying to come to terms with the different sides of herself: the band-managing person she is inside, and the clean-cut, law-school-bound person she presents to her parents. That was an easy struggle to relate to. All in all, she made for a very satisfying character.
I was over the moon when I learned this was the first in a trilogy (something I didn't realize until I'd finished the book). Can't wait for the second one!...more
Finished this book a few days ago, and I'm still a little numb over it. This is one of those books that's going to be hard to review without giving awFinished this book a few days ago, and I'm still a little numb over it. This is one of those books that's going to be hard to review without giving away spoilers, but I'll do my best.
In a lot of ways, it was satisfying, although I still feel a little unfulfilled by it. I respect some of the choices the author made, even if I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about them.
At first it was a little disorienting having Four's perspective as well. It's been awhile since I read Divergent and Insurgent, but I think that was new for this book. Once I got used to it, though, it was interesting to see what he thought of things, and it was definitely necessary to tell this story. It was definitely nice to finally learn what's really up with the world. Mainly, this book made me really nostalgic for the first book, which was really appropriate, since the characters were often feeling the same way.
Other than that...well, this book takes some time to process....more
A great, quick peak into one of my favorite worlds. I think this could be read on its own, but will be most satisfying to people who've read The GirlA great, quick peak into one of my favorite worlds. I think this could be read on its own, but will be most satisfying to people who've read The Girl of Fire and Thorns....more
I read this book in pretty much two days (but the bulk of the reading in one). I'm pretty much completely in love with it. Many great books submerge yI read this book in pretty much two days (but the bulk of the reading in one). I'm pretty much completely in love with it. Many great books submerge you in a complex world of the author's making. In Fangirl, you get not one world, but two.
I was almost as invested in the Simon Snow characters as I was in Cath and her first year of college. It wasn't just that they reminded me of Harry Potter; they reminded me of all the fandoms I've ever been a part of. I'm infinitely disappointed that these books are not already real. I would not be surprised to see a fandom build around this fictional series…already, I've spotted some Simon Snow (not Fangirl) fanfiction out there in the wild of the internet. It's starting.
The main plot of the book was also quite good, don't worry. It reminded me a little too much of my own first year of college, not so much in the specific details, but in the way Cath saw her world. Rainbow also does a superb way of describing writing, and explaining what makes fanfiction so compelling—and valid. This is a must-read for anyone who's every read or written fanfiction. And a recommended read for everyone else....more
A great compilation of one of the best blog-comics on the internet! I was a little concerned about how her stories would translate to a physical book—A great compilation of one of the best blog-comics on the internet! I was a little concerned about how her stories would translate to a physical book—a lot of her pacing has to do with the scrolling nature of a blog. But I needn't have worried; her stories are just as gut-busting and insightful as they ever were. I was sad to see some of my favorites missing (I'm preparing you now, there is no Alot), but the stories she selected did fit together well, and it was nice to see some new content....more
This is one of those comics I've been looking for my whole life! This story takes your typical machismo rogue hero, and makes him female--and awesome.This is one of those comics I've been looking for my whole life! This story takes your typical machismo rogue hero, and makes him female--and awesome. Bold Riley is heroic, mischievous, and a bit of a lady killer.
The different art styles were also nice, giving a different feel to each story. My one complaint is that I'd like to see a longer story arch, even though the one-off adventures are fun in themselves.