The Time Fetch is a book that took a while for me to get into. I found the idea of a fetch intriguing at the start of the book and then we return to m...moreThe Time Fetch is a book that took a while for me to get into. I found the idea of a fetch intriguing at the start of the book and then we return to modern day to follow a group of middle or high school students. Edward is the first, who is the one who ultimately dislodges the fetch, bringing it to school, thinking it is an ordinary rock for a project in science. He’s a geek boy who wants nothing more to become invisible and just blend in. Unfortunately his neighbor Feenix seems to have different ideas, he tries his best to dodge her, but she seems out to get him.
Feenix is your mean girl leader, who takes special delight in making Edward’s life a bit miserable. Not enough to get into trouble, but enough to entertain herself during school hours. She has two minions that follow her around, complimenting her and being her best friends through it all. I found her first couple of chapters driving me nuts, I didn’t like her voice and knew she had a lot of growing to do in this book.
Danton is the boy that everyone wants for a friend and suddenly Edward finds him constantly hanging around him, trying to engage him in conversation when all he wants to do is disappear. He’s naturally good at sports, generally good looking and a nice guy. He comes off as a bit too good at times, without flaw except for maybe a couple moments of cluelessness. He’s the character that prompts them to gather as a group and push on during lulls in the plot.
Brigit is my favorite character, being a timid, mute girl who blushes furiously whenever anyone pays her the slightest attention. I loved her back story and the role she played in the story. I loved seeing her become more comfortable with the rest of the group and enjoyed scenes in the book more when she was involved.
Unfortunately, I felt like the book moved too slow at the beginning and had some confusing moments. I felt it was a little disjointed at times and the book didn’t pick up until about halfway through when Feenix vanishes. Probably one of my favorite times was seeing her tortured by these three witches, who reminded me of the Fates or the three Witches that often appear in fantasy stories. It was time for Feenix to have some learning moments and I appreciated how she changed during the story.
Once more of the fantastical elements and the journey began for the group, I felt engaged and enjoyed meeting the Unraveller – the villain of the story, and watching his role in the story. Other than than, my biggest complaint is the lead up felt really stilted and the characters were a little over the top. I loved the idea and concept along with the further plot points.
A fantasy novel about a group of students saving the world, not a great read but fairly entertaining.(less)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book about Mara Dyer, supposed crazy teenager, only she’s not. For some reason she has these powers, although...moreThe Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book about Mara Dyer, supposed crazy teenager, only she’s not. For some reason she has these powers, although admittedly she seems to have killed a few of her friends and several animals. So of course, she’s a little crazy even though the reason people think she is such is somewhat accounted for. Following the first book, Mara wakes up in the hospital and seems to be on track to a residential home. She tries to keep herself calm and figure out a way to get home sooner than later. She manages to convince her mother into outpatient day school. Noah tries to keep her grounded as they figure out what her ex-non-dead-boyfriend is doing and wants from Mara.
So, there were some problems with this second book. Out of left field Mara starts having these flashback visions, taking her back in time. I’m not sure where this is leading yet, but there’s another book yet to come. It fits but it seems sort of dramatic since there was nothing of this nature in the first book. Of course, I listened to them back to back, so maybe I’m forgetting something. I found the situations intriguing but also distracting, as there was enough going on beyond that.
At the beginning of the book, Mara discovers that her powers may be hereditary and that her grandmother supposedly killed herself. Then also there’s a big reveal towards the end of the book that really made me go “what the heck is going on!”. I feel like this was a set up for more questions than answers given. There also was a lot of sexual tension between Mara and Noah that I honestly enjoyed (guilty pleasure) and the narrator of the book makes Noah sound so amazingly delicious…
Back on topic, I’m starting to see the wider picture here, as Mara and Noah are not the only two with special powers. I’m not sure exactly what direction this is leading in, but I’m definitely intrigued into what will happen next. Despite the flaws, the audiobook was a compelling read and I found myself finding excuses to listen in for hours.
The second volume in this series leads to more questions and some interesting plot directions. Lots of swoon-worthy scenes mixed in with the mystery and intrigue. (less)
The Wrenchies was a beautiful read, if not a bit confusing. I loved the artwork, I loved the settings and the colors used to portray a post-apocalypti...moreThe Wrenchies was a beautiful read, if not a bit confusing. I loved the artwork, I loved the settings and the colors used to portray a post-apocalyptic world where only children survive. Once you close in on adulthood, the Shadowmen come for you. These kids form gangs and this one follows the Wrenchies, a group that is filled with interesting characters. Unfortunately, after killing some Shadowmen, they find their name written on a paper and know that they are after their gang, who seem too good at killing off the wretched, freaky creatures that look like warped men in suits.
Then it gets even trippier as multiple dimensions are introduced. The basic premise being that the creator of this world and the Shadowmen is a comic book artist, who has been captured and needs to be rescued. The scientist, a large towering man that is somewhat of a legend is supposed to guide them and brings in characters from other worlds – include a set of grown Wrenchies from the comic series and a boy named Hollis, a chubby boy who wears a superhero costume everywhere.
As much as the plot got a bit messy and at times, I reread and went back to see if I had missed something, I realized I would just push past and enjoy the ride. I loved the illustrations, the characters that were built. It’s a bit gory at times, and the Shadowmen shove their fingers in the eyes of their victims which is quite an appalling way to meet your end. I like the length, giving enough space for the plot to push around into some strange events.
A messed- up graphic novel, in both good ways and bad. Not a book for everyone, but one I enjoyed and may even reread.(less)