Princeless is a series that fans of fairy tales and strong female characters will love. Adrienne is a princess in a tower and she's done with watching Princeless is a series that fans of fairy tales and strong female characters will love. Adrienne is a princess in a tower and she's done with watching princes try to rescue her. So, she decides she's going to save herself and then sets off to save all of her sisters in turn. There is only one prince in her family and he is not living up to his father's expectations. I'm hoping they expand a bit on this part of the story in other volumes. It's nice to see both genders breaking free of their usual typecasts.
The humor started from the start but I really cracked up when we are introduced to Bedelia, the blacksmith's daughter who gets bored and creates armor of her own. Armor for women! But... sadly they aren't very... practical, which Adrienne points out right away. She is looking for armor that fits but that will also protect her body from harm - and a chainmail bikini will not do the trick.
I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, loving the illustrations and the plot. It's nice to see females shown as strong and independent. I also thought it was appropriate enough for younger readers, not sure if it will stay that way, but I'm hopeful to share this one with some of my 5th graders.
A graphic novel that brings forth gender barriers and mixes it in with fairy tales. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume. ...more
The Divine is a rather dark graphic novel mixing the depths of war-ravaged lands with paranormal and fantastical elements. Inspired by a photograph ofThe Divine is a rather dark graphic novel mixing the depths of war-ravaged lands with paranormal and fantastical elements. Inspired by a photograph of a set of 12 year old twins smoking a cigar, the Htoo twins were known for having lead an army against the Burmese who took their homes away. Taking this idea and pushing further into the realms of magic and fantasy, The Divine is a story of those children who have powers that can help them rid their country of unwanteds for better or worse it is unknown.
Our main character is a man named Mark who is unsure whether to take a risky job his friend offers. After seeing his wife pregnant and unsure, he ends up taking it and flying off with an buddy of his from the Army to a place called Quanlom. His friend does not seem much like a friend. He seems like the bad guy in every movie and quickly we find that our feelings are not too far off. There are some important things that he has not told Mark, like they are landing in war zone, they’re arming a bomb… etc.
Mark has a lot of heart and when he sees a boy wounded, he cannot help but help him and even takes him back to his home. There he is ambushed and told by a pair of rather scary, magical twins that if they blow up the mountain a dragon will have no home. Instead, he decides to help them by trying to disarm the bomb, but not everything goes as planned and lots of somewhat frightening things happen. Including the stupid dragon tattoo on the bad guy’s arm protecting him from the dragon.
I didn’t really feel too invested in the characters of this one, but loved the stunning artwork and the overall idea of what was happening. The characters weren’t too involving and Mark seemed a bit naive for his age. The twins were the scariest and the bad guy really drawn to a ‘t’ of the ultimate American Badass type. I’m not sure what I was expecting but there was something a bit off about everything. I would have almost preferred a graphic novel from the viewpoint of the twins or even the boy Mark helped.
A beautiful and stunning graphic novel, whose plot falters a bit with just enough to string along a story. It all seemed a bit over the top but I really appreciated the art in this one....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