Superheroes are real in this novel by Alex Flynn, the first of the Misshapes series, but unfortunately, some people aren't strong enough or have too uSuperheroes are real in this novel by Alex Flynn, the first of the Misshapes series, but unfortunately, some people aren't strong enough or have too unusual a power to be considered 'super' - this, Misshapes.
Sarah is one of the kids with an unusual power - the ability to control weather. Her mother is a villain, involved in the destruction of a town nearby, and on the run from the other superheroes, specifically Freedom Man, her arch-enemy. When Sarah attends a ballgame for heroes, she gets a chance to meet Freedom Boy and winds up in a bit of a pickle - her family (brother and father) don't want anything to do with the Heroes, she doesn't get into the superhero academy with her beloved cousin/best friend, Betty, and finally, she can't control her powers at all.
But she manages to meet a man who can mentor her, as well as another man who's considered the dean of the superhero academy - and they both think she has the right stuff to get involved. The only problem is someone's coming after the Misshapes and her new boyfriend, Freedom Boy, might just be involved. Which side should she choose - her dream of being a superhero, or fighting alongside her fellow weirdos?
A fun story with some engaging characters. I give it three stars because it seemed the author was more about telling than showing Sarah's emotions, particularly when the story is told from her p.o.v. ...more
A telling of a story based about 10,000 years in our past, taking place in North America before the Spanish/French/British invasions. Young Hunter's pA telling of a story based about 10,000 years in our past, taking place in North America before the Spanish/French/British invasions. Young Hunter's parents were killed by monsters known as the Fire Hunters, giants roaming the Dawn Land with a taste for human flesh. His cousin, Weasel Tail, saves Little Hunter from death but is marked by one of the Fire Hunters and becomes the dog of the Fire Hunters. An evil he cannot purge enters into Weasel Tail as he ages, marking him from the One People in his actions.
Young Hunter grows to be a fine young man and is given a task by one of the Elders - to take the Long Thrower and follow a mission to protect the people. The Elders know something bad is going to happen but cannot say what form it will take. So Young Hunter and his three dogs travel off to try and save the One People from this danger - which eventually pushes the cousins together again.
A lyrical graphic novel in both art and story, it is one I very much enjoyed. I would like to read the novel this is based on for a more in-depth look at the characters and story. ...more
Jack Chen is a science nerd and a geek. Dicey Bell is a jock who plays on the baseball team. They are set up to 'raise an egg' together for Health claJack Chen is a science nerd and a geek. Dicey Bell is a jock who plays on the baseball team. They are set up to 'raise an egg' together for Health class. They're both cute teens so you can guess they're gonna fall in love. There's just one weird little thing - Jack's parents are researching a fungus that turns people into zombies, which has moved up from Mexico and into Florida (where this story takes place). And not only that, but St. Petersburg, where the story takes place, is infected on the day when Jack and Dicey skip school to go on a date.
Will they survive the zombie apocalypse? Or is their love doomed? A very cute zombie-esque Rom Com. ...more
Told from Loki's point of view (as if he's telling you, the reader, his story), it makes for a fun, rather quick read of Norse legends. As pretty muchTold from Loki's point of view (as if he's telling you, the reader, his story), it makes for a fun, rather quick read of Norse legends. As pretty much all my Norse information comes from (a) stories read as a child (Baldur's, specifically, and Sleipner of the eight legs being Odin's horse), I couldn't tell you how accurate the stories are or not. That being told, Loki is an engaging storyteller, as well as one who's likely to say, "I told you so" at the worst possible times.
There is a fair collection of stories within this novel, from Odin attracting Loki's attention and making him his 'brother', to how Aesgard is built and protected (with some help from Loki) to Loki's time with various women. It's definitely a fun read and, even if all you know about Loki is from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you won't be too shocked by the characterization herein. ...more
Excellent true story of Antis, a German Shepherd, who was rescued after Robert Bozdech was shot down in no-man's land during the German invasion of FrExcellent true story of Antis, a German Shepherd, who was rescued after Robert Bozdech was shot down in no-man's land during the German invasion of France. When Robert found the tiny, four-week old puppy, he wasn't thinking that this dog would become such an incredible part of his life.
A fascinating story about the bond of a man and a dog during wartime. ...more
Cyrus Mills has come home to Eden Falls, but it's not a happy homecoming. He'd left the city some time back, when his father sent him off to boardingCyrus Mills has come home to Eden Falls, but it's not a happy homecoming. He'd left the city some time back, when his father sent him off to boarding school. He's taken his mother's maiden name. He's a pathological veterinarian, and his father's death has left Cyrus in a dilemma - what to do with the vet practice of Bedside Manor. If it's making money, he can sell it and pay for the legal fees to get his own license back, but there are a lot of debts in place on the practice. So he has a week to turn the business around and hopefully get someone to buy it.
The thing is, Cyrus has never actually practiced medicine. He's used to dealing with deceased animals and researching the problems from that end, rather than dealing with sick animals and their frantic people. But Cyrus can't back down now, not if he's going to get his license back - and figure out what to do with Freida, the older Golden Retriever who's his first client - and he's been ordered to put her to sleep.
A very sweet story about a man who learns to open up with the help of an older vet and a lot of animals who need his help. ...more
An excellent look at a family who lived in the Mississippi Gulf Coast before and after Hurricane Katrina. This is a collection of stories from many diAn excellent look at a family who lived in the Mississippi Gulf Coast before and after Hurricane Katrina. This is a collection of stories from many different POVs but they all all more or less revolve around one family and their 'adventures' within and without Mississippi. ...more
I had actually heard about this graphic novel a little while back and was surprised I didn't have it on my 'to read' list when I went looking, as is dI had actually heard about this graphic novel a little while back and was surprised I didn't have it on my 'to read' list when I went looking, as is definitely relevent to my interests: 1. Retelling of a fairy tale, 2. a Western-ish story, and 3. a strong protagonist in the form of Rapunzel, herself.
We all know the story - while a woman is pregnant, she sends her husband to fetch her fresh lettuce from the witch's garden, and the witch catches him. For punishment, she requests the unborn baby to raise her own. So, Rapunzel, raised by Gothel, at first doesn't realize how badly Gothel is treating her kingdom. On her twelfth birthday, Rapunzel climbs up the wall surrounding Gothel's house and sees just how awful the world is outside. Not only that - she meets her birth mother, who's been forced to work in Gothel's mines.
Because Rapunzel saw the world Gothel didn't want her to, Gothel punishes her by having her locked, not in a tower, but a giant tree in the middle of a swamp, never thinking Rapunzel might escape. But on her sixteenth birthday, Rapunzel, with her incredibly long hair, climbs (or swings) her way down to the swamp.
Unfortunately, her first mount, a giant hog, is killed by a hunter trying to find her tower (Rapunzel sends him on a fool's errand), but she finds an ally in a young man named Jack, who is dressed as a girl and carrying a large goose. She rescues them both and they wind up stealing a pair of horses and adventuring across the countryside in an attempt to get back to Gothel's castle.
This is quite a fun story. I loved the Western elements and how Rapunzel uses her hair like a lasso and a whip. And there's a sequel, Calamity Jack, wherein Jack is the star? Yes, I'll be looking for that, too!...more
Okay, I could've sworn this was supposed to be a young adult book. It isn't. No, there's not anything terrible in there that kids can't read but it'sOkay, I could've sworn this was supposed to be a young adult book. It isn't. No, there's not anything terrible in there that kids can't read but it's definitely not a YA book.
David Wong (not his real name) lives in [Undisclosed], United States. He and his best friend, John, were at a party one night where they both ingested something known as 'soy sauce'. Except it wasn't. Whatever the soy sauce was, it changed how David and John see the world. They see too much now. Shadow beings. Something's happening in the television screens. A Golden Retriever dog, Molly, keeps showing up.
And people start dying.
And something is watching David and John and intent on destroying the world.
A pair of slackers who are possibly all that stands between us and the apocalypse. Molly the Dog. Amy, Molly's (possible) owner. And a lot of really weird stuff happening around [Undisclosed].
The book was kind of long. I kept wondering when things were going to pick up. I had a hard time relating to any of the characters - maybe because David - our narrator - seemed to be viewing everything at a distance, even though the novel is written in a first person pov. I believe it's supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't really find anything funny. Ironic, occasionally.
I'm pretty sure I won't be looking for the sequel(s) to this novel. I'm giving it three stars because the descriptions were awesome and the story was well-written, I just couldn't connect to it in any way. ...more
This is the kind of book you'll either love or hate. I loved it because the writing style reminded me a bit of J. M. Barrie's work, and he's one of myThis is the kind of book you'll either love or hate. I loved it because the writing style reminded me a bit of J. M. Barrie's work, and he's one of my favorite authors for fairy tales.
The story is such: A girl named September, who is twelve, is invited by the Green Wind to Fairyland, but she finds out it isn't quite so lovely as it might be - the current Marquess is very cruel and nothing at all like the lovely Queen Mallow. And the Green Wind cannot take September through Fairyland, but hopes she has a lovely time.
And September does, after a fashion - she meets a Wyvern who claims his father is a library, a Mirad who can grant wishes if someone wrestles him to a standstill, and a talking lantern, as well as many other wonderful beings. But it's also a bit of a sad story and there are definitely consequences to the actions made.
September needs to defeat the Marquess to rescue her friends (the wyvern, Ell, and the Mirad, Saturday), as well as possibly return to her own world and her mother. There is supposed to be a sequel so I'll have to go looking for it.
Charlie, the captain of the basketball team, just got dumped by Holly, the head cheerleader. And the cheerleaders want money earmarked for the high scCharlie, the captain of the basketball team, just got dumped by Holly, the head cheerleader. And the cheerleaders want money earmarked for the high school's science-robotic team, because their uniforms need replacing prior to the big competition coming up. The robotics team needs the money for their own competition, and, during a rough and tumble high school presidential race, the head of the robotics team, Nate, thinks of a great idea - the cheerleaders and the robotic team work together to build the best robot they can to compete in the smash-em-up robot tournament. If they win first or second place, they'll have enough money to repay the cheerleaders and both groups will have enough money for their own competitions.
This is a remarkably cute look at high school through the eyes of Charlie. While he's the leader of the basketball team, he doesn't really have any close friends besides shyster, Nate. But now that he's joined forces with the robotic team, he starts growing the spine he needs to confront his parents over the issues they've put him through.
Written in the comic book/manga style, the art is a little choppy but works well for the storyline. Everyone is easily recognizable as characters. Definitely enjoyable....more