Between You and Me was not what I expected going in. I went through a huge chick-lit phase right around BridgetFull review and more at Steph's Stacks
Between You and Me was not what I expected going in. I went through a huge chick-lit phase right around Bridget Jones Diary time and still have several shelves of my library dedicated to books targeted toward women and marketed as fun, madcap and easy reads. McLaughlin and Kraus' The Nanny Diaries sits firmly on one of those shelves. So, my mistake upon starting Between You and Me was that I thought I was getting into a lighthearted, breezy read with obvious villains and harried yet heroic protagonists.
Between You and Me is dark, sad and sometimes depressing. This is not a bad thing, just not what I was expecting. The majority of the characters are completely terrible and only out for themselves. I don't need to read books that only consist of characters whose morals I share. (I would hate the majority of the characters in The Great Gatsby if I were to meet them IRL, but I love that novel.) It is okay to not identify with fictional characters and still enjoy the tale. Sometimes, I think it is important for us to read books like this.
So, the scoop is, Logan's cousin, Kelsey, is a mega-pop-star (much like Brittany Spears). After a years-long separation, Kelsey asks Logan to come on board as her personal assistant. Thusly, our heroine, Logan is thrust into the seedy, yet glamorous, world of super-stardom.
Kelsey, once a child star, just can't get a break, not from her hectic schedule, or her overbearing parents, the paparazzi, her manager, or ultimately, from herself. Between You and Me is a study in the downward spiral of a girl that can't stop moving. Through the Logan's eyes we see circumstances turn ugly for Kelsey time and time again.
Logan is the protagonist of Between You and Me, but this story is all Kelsey's. The two also share a childhood secret, revealed at the end, that makes you feel like they both really never had a chance in the world to have normal relationships with each other or anyone else.
Between You and Me does have a nice epilogue that ties the story up on a happier note, but the overbearing feeling I got from this story is sadness. This book was a page-turning read, if not what I expected and one that will stick with me for some time. ...more
Review from Neal's Take for Steph's Stacks by Neal Browne
This is not just a rewrite of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein. It is a deep dive into thReview from Neal's Take for Steph's Stacks by Neal Browne
This is not just a rewrite of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein. It is a deep dive into the psyche of the creator, Dr. Frankenstein. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley depicts the turmoil he has and how he handles this responsibility and explains how Dr. Frankenstein should be held accountable for his actions. Sergio A. Sierra does a great job making the reader believe this fantasy could actually have been possible, and Meritkell Ribas's illustrations add just the right amount of visuals.
We all know that Frankenstein is a dark story to begin with and this version is even darker than the original story. Hide in the shadows, keep out of the light, someone might just see you for who you really are, this is how I felt reading this revisiting of a favorite story of mine.
Just like the original movie, the black and white graphics help with the intrigue. I spent many minutes just looking at the artwork on each page. It grows on you and images even show up when you close your eyes at night. The story comes to life.
I liked this edition and look forward to reading the other two titles in the Dark Graphic Novel series. I highly recommend Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to anyone who has made a mistake, would like to take it back, but can't. ...more