It is in graphic format, which is why my first comment will be: THE PICTURES IN THIS BOOK WERE GREAT! Ross...more**spoiler alert** I finished this in an hour.
It is in graphic format, which is why my first comment will be: THE PICTURES IN THIS BOOK WERE GREAT! Ross Campbell’s drawings in this book made me want to go surfing, joy-riding across the country and take a bath. No, seriously, the story of Brody was one I couldn’t put down right away. She’s the rebel, tom-boy, outspoken friend that we all have. Unfortunately for this friend, one of her surfing days ends up with her leg becoming shark food.
The story takes place a year after her accident with her best friend Louissa living with her to help out. Everything seems to be going well until her ex-boyfriend Jake shows up unexpectedly and wants to stay with the girls for the summer. While dealing with getting used to being on an artificial leg, her feelings for Jake and her fears of the water, Brody is trying her best to put her life back together. Overall, Brody was a really cool character to follow. She was odd, but sweet and even in her most raunchy, booger-eating, moments, you couldn’t help but want to be her friend. I especially liked that she had a good attitude about losing her leg to the shark. She never played a pity game, or felt sorry for herself, but kept it moving. Louissa was a really good friend too,who stuck by her through everything and tried her best to help her get used to her new leg and her fear.
When dealings with Jake finally get to a level that Brody won’t tolerate, the group embarks on a ridiculous road-trip, with Brody at the wheel, to get him out of Miami and back to his parents in New York.
Another cool feature is that when the book is held all the way open, you can see a full size pic of Brody.
Should you choose to pick this one up, be mindful of the fact that Brody does discuss her affections for boys, girls, and older men. She also has an affinity for walking around in her underwear…a lot. LOL So, if your parents monitor what you read, they may not dig this one just yet. I’m interested to see what else Ross Campbell has to offer. Great story, Amazing artwork, endearing characters.(less)
For those of us who love the Muppets and that awesome Henson-esque humor, this book was great. There were times that I felt as though I were watching...moreFor those of us who love the Muppets and that awesome Henson-esque humor, this book was great. There were times that I felt as though I were watching an episode of The Muppet Show and who wouldnt love that?! However, that may be a drawback as well considering the fact that this series is being marketed to a generation who doesnt know the show or how it works. Seeing the familiar skits, "Pigs in Space" and "Muppet Hospital" were good for me but may go over the heads of the intended audience. All that said, I enjoyed the book a lot, and the graphic format heightened that appreciation. (less)
Can't think of one thing not to like about this book.
For the person who wonders what Cinderella's life became after marrying Prince Charming, this boo...moreCan't think of one thing not to like about this book.
For the person who wonders what Cinderella's life became after marrying Prince Charming, this book gives a very interesting idea: She became a spy! After divorcing the Prince, and doing her best to protect FableTown from discover by the Mundy's(Humans from the Mundane World), Cindy has also become the owner of "Glass Slipper Shoes" in Manhattan. She's a jet-setter and a smart-ass, much to the chagrin of her store manager Crispin, a familiar shoemaker with some Elfin acquaintainces.
Great nods and characterizations of familiar folks. From Rapunzel, who has a few hours to spare between haircut appointments, to Ala Al-Din aka Aladdin, who serves as a spy for Sinbad, the modernizations somehow make sense. Cinderella's philosophy towards combat and relationships is believable, and her kick-ass personality is in stark contrast to the damsel we remember. "I'm not the same girl you picked up out of the cinders, anymore", she says. I believe her.
I'm eager to check out the next titles in this series.(less)
I'm not sure why it was in my library's Adult Graphic Novels and not just general gn's because the message was truly appropriate fo...moreI loved this book.
I'm not sure why it was in my library's Adult Graphic Novels and not just general gn's because the message was truly appropriate for YA. The idea of being an individual, and not conforming to the cookie-cutter life that seems predestined for us, is one that I think all of us may need to read.
Kitty Ballerina wants to know the meaning of it all. She wants to understand the purpose behind her cutesy ponytail and tutu. She has no interest in her predetermined beau Scotty or their fashionable Dream Home. In an attempt to discover the life outside of "perfect", she sets out on her own. After meeting up with an "Army Jim" doll, the two of them set out to become part of Dolltopia, where dolls go to be free of humans.
I loved everything about this book actually, from the minimalistic pink, black and white illustrations, to the outstanding afterword provided at the end to tie it all to the "real world".
This was my first title by Abby Denson, but I'm sure now that it won't be my last.(less)
Jenna and Lucas are pains at home. Jenna is too silly and free-spirited for her prestigious and acadademic family. Her parents worry about her, and he...moreJenna and Lucas are pains at home. Jenna is too silly and free-spirited for her prestigious and acadademic family. Her parents worry about her, and her younger sister doesn't even want to be seen with her. Lucas, son of a single mom, gets horrible grades despite his intellect. Both teens and families are surprised when a representative from Camp Fielding visits their home to invite/recruit them.
Camp Fielding is wierd, with no real teachers, only elaborate problems and scenarios for campers to decipher. There also seems to be a problem with mysterious disappearances, strange dead baby birds, and campers who suddenly become eerily intelligent.
Discovering the secret of Camp Fielding is intense, and it unfolds at various points in the story. It was a very creepy and yet funny book that made some realistic points about academic pressure, hormones and the benefits of not fitting in. Realism aside, there were mythical and political points that should engage any reader that loves a good mystery.
Almost every gamer has had this boss battle. Almost every young adult has had this hurdle. The one where what you LOVE to do, is questioned by parents w...moreAlmost every gamer has had this boss battle. Almost every young adult has had this hurdle. The one where what you LOVE to do, is questioned by parents who want you to do things that will get you a job.
Dennis Ouyang was bitten by the video game bug when he was six years old but try as he might, his parents refused to even let him have money for the arcade, let alone purchase a home system. Playing games is no way to learn how to "eat much bitterness", his father decides, and instead steers young Dennis into a life of science and schoolwork.
Fifteen years later, Dennis' life is sent reeling when his father unexpectedly dies from cancer. In the midst of his depression and confusion, Dennis picks up his first video game controller and a strong habit is formed. Between seeing visions of his father everywhere he goes, to the gaming, Dennis is so distracted that he soon begins to lose everything from girlfriends, to jobs, and finally his education when he's expelled from college.
And here's where things get crazy.
Four small winged angels which were once graphics on a card he'd received from his father begin to haunt Dennis and tell him he must not only re-enroll in college, but that he must also apply to medical school. They tell him that his destiny is to become a gastroenterologist, and that gaming has no place in that destiny. Feeling guilty for being expelled and also for possibly letting his father down, Dennis agrees to pursue the destiny that his father expected of him.
As with American Born Chinese, author Gene Luen Yang has done a great job in bringing humor and subtle honesty to this coming-of-age tale. No matter what our passion, all of us can relate to the feeling of sadness when what we love to do, just isn't enough for those we love.
Another thing I appreciated about this story was that there was fair light given to both the medical field as well as the gaming world. While Dennis could be successful in either profession, the higher focus of this story was that it was HIS choice to do so, and not his father's.
As graphic novels go, this one was an understatement in terms of the actual pictures. There were some awesome tie-ins and allusions to Pac-Man and Nintendo, but the story truly surpassed the graphics. Soft, pen-drawn scenes were colored in light pastels and provided a gentle setting for the at times heart-breakingly sweet story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loved American Born Chinese, but also to anyone who loves simple and quirky pieces of realistic YA. Many will also find that it is a great story to have on hand for that young person, (or adult), who like Dennis, longs to find a path that includes their game controller. (less)
Imagine God. Now Imagine God as a 12 foot tall Tuskeegee Airman named Joe. Now Imagine God, the Tuskeegee Airman named Joe, creating a place for all gho...moreImagine God. Now Imagine God as a 12 foot tall Tuskeegee Airman named Joe. Now Imagine God, the Tuskeegee Airman named Joe, creating a place for all ghosts to dwell in six days. Because of course on the seventh day, he rests.
The place he's built is called Ghostopolis, and all the types of the dead (live) there: Specters, Wisps, Bony Skeletons, Mummies and more. They reside in somewhat perfect harmony until a stranger named Vaughn appears and stirs up rumors and trouble between all the groups only to then present himself as the only one to bring peace. He uses giant bugs, summoned from the Underworld, to help him police Ghostopolis, and he secretly works to ensure that he will soon be as powerful and in control as Joe, who no one has seen for years.
And he would be successful too, if not for two problems: Traitors and Living People.
Back in the land of the living, The Supernatural Immigration Task Force is cracking down on runaway ghosts who are sneaking back into our world. Investigator Frank Gallows is at the top of his game, tracking down the ghosts and zapping them back to Ghostopolis, when he accidentally sends a living/dying boy named Garth, along with a ghost. Garth has an incurable disease, and only had a few more months with the living anyway, but those months should be enjoyed! His mother pleads for his speedy return by the SITF, and two extraction teams head out to get him, but not before Garth can stir up some trouble, memories and good feelings down in Ghostopolis. He may even have within him, the spirit that can make Joe return.
I absolutely love this book. I was expecting something darker and far less comical, but it was just the right dose of humor and emotion. Garth, Frank, and even Vaughn were all funny but they also made me feel compassion towards them. Even at his worst, there was something about Vaughn that made me care for his part of this tale.
The subject of death and dying can be hard to discuss with young adults in a way that isn't preachy or clinical. Garth's feelings towards his own grim future was indifferent at times, but there were also subtle ways that the author revealed Garth's true feelings towards his life, his possible impending death, and his relationship with his mother. Joe as a strong but gentle godlike figure was, I thought, a fresh way to encourage readers to be hopeful and helpful, no matter what their personal circumstances may be.
There were some quirky things that felt rushed or unexplained, but the rest of the story was so captivating and funny that I let those few moments slide. I've read my fair share of graphic novels which used their images only to add to the written words, but with this book, I truly felt as though the pictures could have told a story by themselves. They included some of the jokes, and a great deal of emotion.
There were some allusions to this being the first in a series, and I truly, truly hope that comes to pass.(less)
Totally and unexpectedly awesome. I have to say that the actual Gotham villain plot was not the greatest. Kate Kane aka Batwoman battles against Alice,...moreTotally and unexpectedly awesome. I have to say that the actual Gotham villain plot was not the greatest. Kate Kane aka Batwoman battles against Alice, new leader of the Religion of Crime and in my opinion a poorly constructed mash-up of original Gotham super-villains The Mad Hatter, The Joker, and The Riddler.
Beyond the wonky "ooh we're out to get Gotham" plot, the backstory of how Kate becomes the Batwoman was amazing. "Separated" from of the military after a personal Don't Ask Don't Tell event, Kate finds herself lost and seeking a way to still serve when a chance encounter with the BatMAN tells her just what to do next. When her father discovers her vigilantism and that she won't quit, he decides to help her, even in developing the suit and colors. The red and black suit becomes just as feared in Gotham as the black and gold. And with good reason.
A good read for the wait between seasons, but nothing to hold your breath over.
This first installment of the new True Blood Graphic series finds all o...moreA good read for the wait between seasons, but nothing to hold your breath over.
This first installment of the new True Blood Graphic series finds all our favorite characters sequestered against their will inside Merlotte's. They have been trapped inside by an evil Imp Shaloop, a Native American trickster spirit who feeds on shameful secrets. Each of our friends, from Tara to Eric Northman all give in and tell their darkest secret or personal story.
To be honest, the stories are somewhat not as juicy as I would have liked. The benefit of this kind of series is that it could serve to enlighten those of us who haven't read the original Sookie Stackhouse novels of some valuable backstory. This book didn't do that. It actually replayed a lot of the character flaws we already know about thanks to the television show. For people who don't know the show, and want a quick introduction, it may work.
Hopefully the stories will improve as time progresses but for now, I was only mildly entertained.(less)
An interesting and heartfelt look at the author's molestation as a young boy by the priest friend of his agnostic parents.
Olivier's parents never car...moreAn interesting and heartfelt look at the author's molestation as a young boy by the priest friend of his agnostic parents.
Olivier's parents never cared either way about religion, but his grandparents do. They keep Olivier every year and during that time he visits church with them. His grandmother tells him stories about hell that frighten him and deter him from forming any real connection to church. But then there's Peter. He's a priest, but he is friendly and gentle. He isn't frightening at all, and Olivier loves him.
Peter's church hosts a camp every summer and he asks Olivier's parents if he can come. They agree, and for the next few summers, Olivier joins Peter at camp. During one year though, gentle and nonthreatening Peter, asks Olivier to help him sleep.
While there was only the one incident, the struggle to keep the secret, and the guilt attached to it leads Olivier down a sad and tormented life. (less)
I don't know if I'm just on a Batman high...but this was a PERFECT read after playing Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Made me appreciated both even mor...moreI don't know if I'm just on a Batman high...but this was a PERFECT read after playing Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Made me appreciated both even more.(less)