Well, this just jumped way up on my "favorite comics list."
Alex is lonely, and the future world he lives in is full of androids. His grandmother, haviWell, this just jumped way up on my "favorite comics list."
Alex is lonely, and the future world he lives in is full of androids. His grandmother, having gotten an android herself in her later years, decides to buy one for Alex. The android is about as creepy as you'd imagine, in part due to some reactionary laws following an earlier violent incident, and Alex isn't initially into it, until he learns about some of the workarounds.
Where this goes, I don't want to spoil. The real heart and soul of this is really what matters, and it toes the line between emotional and funny really well. In terms of basic, modern "robots and humans living together" tropes, however, I'm not sure I've read a better story about robot/human interliving overall, and it's one that lends itself well to the graphic novel format (which isn't always the case) as well.
I think the Lunas are quickly becoming some of my favorite comics writers. I rushed out and ordered the next volume (as well as a copy of this one for my own collection) almost immediately, and hope to get to it soon, it was that good.
Absolutely something anyone who loves comics should read. Really and truly great....more
With a title like Death by Toilet Paper and a cover like this one, I really didn't expect this book to be so sad. Still, a middle grade story about aWith a title like Death by Toilet Paper and a cover like this one, I really didn't expect this book to be so sad. Still, a middle grade story about a family just trying to get by as they face eviction, sick grandparents, and unemployment is one that's both necessary and useful, and Donna Gephardt does it really well here. You can't help but root for everyone involved, especially the kid who feels like he has to solve his family's problems (and what kid in crisis hasn't felt the same way?), and the end result is a pretty good one and ends on an optimistic note.
Overall, a good, quick read that deserves more attention. ...more
I read Planet Tad a long time ago, and I'm happy to see we have a sequel finally. This one felt a little more down to earth than the previous one did,I read Planet Tad a long time ago, and I'm happy to see we have a sequel finally. This one felt a little more down to earth than the previous one did, and definitely fits more in on the Wimpy Kid thing than anything else.
I can't say too much, it's a pretty basic year-long blog from a kid moving into high school, and it's pretty fun and charming on a whole. Great for those looking for the next step from Wimpy Kid, I think....more
Just like that, here's the second book from The Eighth Day. In it, we get some further expansion of the universe, introduce some time travel elements,Just like that, here's the second book from The Eighth Day. In it, we get some further expansion of the universe, introduce some time travel elements, get a bit disturbing, and overall leave things in a pretty strange spot.
The first book was solid and moved pretty quick at the top, but this book seems to take the opposite tack, using a good deal of time to get things rolling. It creates a different dynamic, especially with the expectations going in.
Overall, though, a pretty decent sequel even if I didn't like it quite as much as the first. Still interested in seeing where this is going to end up, though....more
This is basically a story about witches. There are good witches and bad witches, and Nathan is literally caught in the middle, as he iCloser to a 4.5.
This is basically a story about witches. There are good witches and bad witches, and Nathan is literally caught in the middle, as he is the product of a white and black witch. The witching community views him as an abomination, he is constantly persecuted and has very little chance for escape unless he's somehow able to track his father down.
It's a weird book, both in structure and style and in the overall plotline, which is arguably trying to make a broader social point and kind of stumbles a bit. Even so, it's weird enough to require a bit of a investment and an effort to stick with it, but the payoffs are pretty great. It's hard not to sympathize with Nathan while also not exactly missing the points of everyone else involved. It's a cool, complicated book that, in many ways, is unlike anything else I've read, especially in the YA space.
How this will hold up over a multi-book series, I don't know. The book leaves things set up explicitly, so I do look forward to jumping in sooner rather than later, but this is a pretty interesting read on its own....more
I really enjoyed Blythewood, having read it some time ago. It was a pretty good YA supernatural school tale that estProbably closer to a 2.5 in parts.
I really enjoyed Blythewood, having read it some time ago. It was a pretty good YA supernatural school tale that established a decent universe. Finally reading book two, it's like the story took everything I loved and put it aside in favor of a very cookie-cutter plot that suffers significantly from Middle Book Syndrome.
Perhaps it's been far too long since I read the first book, but it even felt like the characters lost some dimensions from the first go 'round. Just a very strange read.
I will check out the third book, but I'm much less excited about it than I may have been before reading this. We'll see....more
Sometimes you pick up a book and immediately have a negative visceral reaction to it. This was me and Ugly Girls, which just rubbed me the wrong way fSometimes you pick up a book and immediately have a negative visceral reaction to it. This was me and Ugly Girls, which just rubbed me the wrong way from the start and continued to just not work for me until I got about a quarter of the way through. Not necessarily a condemnation of the book, just one that wasn't working for me. The title is very apt....more
If we're just going off of quality of literature and story? This is a one. It's candy that's old and stale for just about everyone.Okay, hear me out.
If we're just going off of quality of literature and story? This is a one. It's candy that's old and stale for just about everyone.
It's the "just about" that's the key here. This book isn't a serious read by any stretch of the imagination, it's a love triangle with cute puppies. That's it. But in that I do love me some teen romances, in that romance as an overall category continues to essentially keep publishing afloat, this is basically a gateway drug into that industry.
In that way? It works. It's a fast, quick, surface-level story designed to hit a few quick plot points and resolve a love triangle. That's basically it, and it is completely functional in that regard. It has nothing to offer anyone with knowledge of the genre because it's not for us, and I'm sure this book (along with anything else in the Flirt line) will hit those preteen girls looking to move up to something a little more substantive. They need these books, too.
So yeah. If you're old enough to be reading this post, stay far, far away from this book. But if there's a 12 year old girl in your life who has shown some interest in this genre, this might just be the place for them to start....more