Love this graphic novel version of one of my favorite trilogies. I really liked the character designs and the way the pages were laid out. Obviously tLove this graphic novel version of one of my favorite trilogies. I really liked the character designs and the way the pages were laid out. Obviously there can't be everything in an adaptation, but I thought it hit on the main conflicts and plot lines really well. ...more
This seems to have been the summer of reading some awesome books and Red Queen certainly is towards the top of that list. Mixing magic within a worldThis seems to have been the summer of reading some awesome books and Red Queen certainly is towards the top of that list. Mixing magic within a world where only the Silvers can do magic and the Reds are lowly humans, forced to slave away at lower end jobs and be drafted at a specific age to fight at war. Mare is a thief and provides for her family by stealing from the wealthy. She knows that she is bound for the war in a couple of months, but her little sister has a specialty in embroidery which the Silvers treasure. Mare does not care for her own future, but when her longtime friend loses his job as a fisherman’s apprentice, she knows he will be sent to the front asap.
Mare must find a way to steal enough money in order to smuggle her friend to safety. A series of events leads her down a different path, ending up at the palace and realizing she has a magic she has never been aware of. Unfortunately, this display happens in front of all of the Silvers gathered in the palace. To cover up a Red having such a power, the royal family decides to parade her as the daughter of a dead family that has a similar power. Now she must learn to become a princess, as they betroth her to their youngest son.
More than learning to act Silver and like royalty, Mare must learn the truth behind those she is staying with and all the intrigues that come with court life. She also struggles with the fact that she truly fell for Cal first (who saved her a couple of times) and now has to learn how to care for Maven, the younger brother. I truly loved all the political and emotional twists this book had. There’s so much depth and character built into this world that I could not help but fall in love with it.
There is also a ton of action, some budding romance and some serious plot twists that I suspected but in the end was just as surprised by several others. It has quite a killer ending, so I would suggest waiting until at least book 2 is out to read this one. I’m dying to find out what happens next!
Mare is a very smart character as in she feels strongly but knows when to pick her battles. It’s nice to see someone that careful when in such a precarious situation. I also loved Cal, who is definitely the prime example of a dreamy love interest. He’s quite the princely type and I love that he doesn’t betray his family even when his love interest tries to sway him. His loyalty is endearing and his principles unmoving in a way that befits his character.
You really just need to read this book, especially if you love fantasy....more
The Sixth Gun is a western horror graphic novel series. A young woman named Rebecca is pulled into quite a dangerous situation when her father is killThe Sixth Gun is a western horror graphic novel series. A young woman named Rebecca is pulled into quite a dangerous situation when her father is killed and she becomes the wielder of one of six guns, all that have supernatural powers. These guns can only be used by the owners, so to possess one, you must kill the current owner. Our heroine in danger finds the help of Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a past. Together, they must make sure an immortal evil man does not rise again and possess all six guns for himself.
The graphics are incredible and the story so full of life and entertaining. I love the mix of western with horror and paranormal elements. The characters are memorable and I love the dialogue, especially as Rebecca becomes more mature and used to being in danger. I love Drake the most, with his shady past and his very standoffish personality. It’s nice to see that they aren’t thrown into romance in the book, although who knows what further volumes may bring.
This edition contains the first 11 issues plus bonus material and is HUGE. I love how pretty it is and remember it coming in the mail. I will probably reread this book several times, as I loved the story, characters, and graphic design so much.
Verdict: A graphic novel worth taking the time to read, one filled with a mash up of western and horror....more
Every Breath is a book I got from my Aussie penpal and it took me a little bit to get into the lingo. I loved the characters right off. It screams SheEvery Breath is a book I got from my Aussie penpal and it took me a little bit to get into the lingo. I loved the characters right off. It screams Sherlock Holmes in a lot of ways. Rachel is a country girl stuck in the city and dealing with adjusting. The closest friend she's made lives two doors down and is a boy named James Mycroft. He's a genius and a bit on the edge at times. When a homeless man they know and talk to is murdered, they dive into finding out what happened.
I loved both Watts and Mycroft. I love the play off of Sherlock Holmes and the way they interact. Both are complicated messy characters. I loved the feel of mystery and clue-hunting. Also, there's some budding chemistry between the friends and I love seeing that develop and lead to some very intense scenes.
I'll definitely be looking for more books, I think there's more featuring these two. :)...more
Tear You Apart was not quite what I was expecting. Viv lives in a world of the wealthy, where curses can be bought and the roles are played out by thoTear You Apart was not quite what I was expecting. Viv lives in a world of the wealthy, where curses can be bought and the roles are played out by those involved in your life. Viv becomes Snow White, her boyfriend The Huntman instead of the Prince… and her stepmother must play out her role as well. An interesting concept and one that I enjoyed, but I did hate Viv so much… she was spoiled, toyed with her boyfriend whenever she felt insecure and still wanted the perfect happily ever after.
As much as I disliked Viv, I really enjoyed the other characters. Especially the twisted history of her stepmother Regina (Um… Once Upon a Time much?), who is not completely evil, but thrown into this just like the rest of the characters. Even the Prince was more than he seemed, which was nice in a sense. I really didn’t want this to become a hardcore love triangle problem on top of all the other things going on. Viv was the most straight forward, some spoiled rich girl who was a bit self-obsessed. I guess how you really would think of as a princess. I even liked her boyfriend better than her, the poor guy stuck around even when he was supposed to be killing her. I’m not sure she deserved his love, but he was loyal to a fault.
I loved the Underworld experience in this book the most. I loved the mix of fairy tales and the darkness in this world. I’m hoping if I read another book set in this world, it’ll have a more likable main character to keep me interested in her story. I felt more interested in the world and the other characters than what happened to Viv… honestly I was rooting for the Stepmother.
If you like unlikable main characters give this one a go. I enjoyed the fairy tale aspects and the darkness of the world and that kept me reading....more
The Glass Arrow really blew me away. It’s a dystopian that reverts back to treating women like property and because of processed food pills, women areThe Glass Arrow really blew me away. It’s a dystopian that reverts back to treating women like property and because of processed food pills, women are not as fertile as they once were. Aya has grown up away from this life, living in the wild, but always being hunted. One day she is captured and taken in to be groomed to be auctioned off. She has managed to get out of being sold so far and her latest plan involves instigating a fight that ends with her nose being broken.
Sent to solitary confinement, she is guarded by a Watcher, who cannot talk and has been changed to follow orders. Aya meets a Driver boy there, a group of people who are mute and live outside the actual town, but come in to do work for money and medicine. She finds herself opening up to him and telling him things about herself that she never revealed to anyone. I loved these interactions, as she begins to call him Kiran, as the color of his eyes remind her of a Kiran stone. All the while, she is trying to plot a way to escape before she has to go to auction again and her month in solitary winds too quickly to an end.
The inevitable leads up to an actual auction and although she tries to stage herself in a way to be unwanted, she catches the eye of someone very unexpected. Now that she is to be sold and removed, she has to come up with a new plan to make it back to her real home out in the woods, away from the city and back to those she cares for.
I like the strength in Aya, she is defiant but not stupid enough to try to get herself killed or worse, sold into prostitution. She is trying to delay the inevitable sale of her body to someone else. It sickens her that some of the other girls want to be chosen, when they are just usually used and rarely become an actual wife of someone. The center at the story is Kiran and his own story comes to light as well during the second half of the novel.
The Glass Arrow spun a world where it is dangerous to be a woman who wants to be more than an object. It’s a scary reality that our society could regress and treat us as something to be owned. This novel definitely made me want to check out Simmons’ other books.
A great dystopian novel with a strong female lead and an intriguing world....more