I really liked this. From what I saw so far, which isn't a lot, because hello, it only has like 30 something pages. But I really liked where this waI really liked this. From what I saw so far, which isn't a lot, because hello, it only has like 30 something pages. But I really liked where this was going.
The subject of death has always been an interesting subject for me. When we die, do we really either go heaven or hell? Or is there really even an afterlife.
Bonnie Black is getting old and she's expecting that her end is near. She knows it. She could feel it looming around the corner. And yes, she did die. She was expecting for the lights to just turn off when she does, but that isn't exactly what happened.
That's really as much as I can tell you guys without spoiling you. For a first issue, it was a great one. I felt it set the character of Bonnie well. You get to, somewhat, empathize with her fear of death. You get to see a little bit of who she was prior to the aged Bonnie we first see and the other Bonnie we'd see before the issue ends.
I'm familiar with both Millar and Capullo's work. It's one of the reasons why I decided to check this one out.
I thought Mark Millar did a fantastic job with his Civil War run. With Reborn though, I feel that it's too early to tell if his writing is as good as previous works, because come on, it's only the first issue. But it was a good first issue, in my opinion. Greg Capullo's illustrations were great as usual.
Overall, I'm interested to seeing more of this. I want to know what happens next, because I have to warn you, this ended in a cliffhanger. Sort of.
I'm trying to form words to describe how I felt about this because… I really have no words.
On one hand, I liked it how different it was from the t…
I'm trying to form words to describe how I felt about this because… I really have no words.
On one hand, I liked it how different it was from the typical comic book outline, but on another hand, I found the difference unnecessary at times.
I did get what the story was trying to accomplish. I really do. But the illustrations, the weird transition from past to present, took me out of the reading experience quite a lot of times. I started this a few months ago, and I only finished it now. While I appreciate their attempt to provide a unique storytelling technique, it just didn't work for me.
- The story was interesting enough that it got me reading. We, actually, follow two storylines here. One is in the present, with Batman, and the other one is set in the past, wherein we meet Amadeus Arhkam, the founder of Arkham Asylum, and there, we see how and why lost his marbles.
- The illustrations were atrocious. It was horrible. But that's because I have a particular taste in art, and this, was something that didn't appeal to me. For the story it was trying to tell, the weirdness or the illustrations draws you away from the story and not suck you in. It could work for some other story, but not for this. I don't care what their intent for this was. I really don't. It just didn't work.
- The Batman we see here, didn't interest me. I found he was a bit boring. Meeh. He made stupid and reckless decisions. That's all I can say.
I'm usually all for unique narrative styles, but the way this story was told was faaaar too much for me.
That would have do. I think it's the only word, right now, that I can use to describe it. The entire story, the illustrations feels like it's either or drugs or on marijuana. I can't really tell you, which is which, but you get what I mean. It's too artsy for my taste, and I consider myself an artsy person.
Archie, from the older version of the comics, has always been clumsy. The way they used his clumsiness in this issue was so over-theOh gosh! So funny!
Archie, from the older version of the comics, has always been clumsy. The way they used his clumsiness in this issue was so over-the-top and funny. I love it so much! Also, I loved Betty's quirk of wanting to fix things. It's her thing.
Before I started reading Superhero comic books, and any other type of comic books actually, I have been an avid reader of Archie. I had a small collecBefore I started reading Superhero comic books, and any other type of comic books actually, I have been an avid reader of Archie. I had a small collection of these before. They, unfortunately, got donated to charity because we didn't have enough space when we moved. But at that point, I thought I was outgrowing them anyways. I stopped reading them.
I know this new version of Archie has been out for a while. The reason why I haven't read it was because I was having a hard time getting a copy. It intrigues me because I want to know how close they're going to make it to the original story from the smaller version. Yeah. Sorry. I dunno how to call the previous Archie comics. Haha. I'll stick with the smaller version. Haha.
Okay so... to start, I absolutely loved this. Not only because the illustrations significantly changed, but also because it was told in a very interesting way.
ARCHIE IS BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL! AND ITS AWESOME!
In the original Archie run, there was always a love triangle/square involved. There was Archie, Betty, Veronica, and sometimes, Reggie. I always thought Archie liked Veronica more, but in this story, Betty and Archie was a thing since they were very young, being next door neighbors and all. Then an incident happened, which had them go their separate ways. I've only read this first issue, so I'm not exactly sure what caused the #LipstickIncident is (the cause of the breakup... which I'm thinking is because of a girl), but I'm going to read the next ones until I catch up.
If you have read Archie before, in the older run, you'd definitely enjoy this. I definitely did. So much nostalgia as I was reading it.
It does follow some of the things that transpired from Grayson, so I'd probably recommend reading the first volume of that first before delving into this. The Court of Owls, or as they call it here, the Parliament of Owls, I think would play a major role in this story line, which I liked. Someone really need to put a stop to that creepy secret society.
I wasn't really impressed with the story. I should like it because it had elements from graphic novels I've already read and loved, but for some reason, I just wasn't buying it. Maybe, it wasn't the story, but the dialogue that didn't work for me. I dunno.. I just didn't enjoy it as much....more
I was trying to get to more than half the book, but then I realized, nothing was really happening to these two cheatingWhat the f*ck did I just read?
I was trying to get to more than half the book, but then I realized, nothing was really happening to these two cheating love birds. Yes. They cheated, on both sides, although, one of them broke it off with the other person they were seeing, and for someone they have never even met.
The thing about this book is, it was so easy to read and get engrossed with.
But I have plenty of problems with this book, and they were major ones for me.
THE PROBLEMS I HAD WERE:
1. There is no fucking plot. Unless you would consider continuously fucking each other a plot, then I guess, there is a plot.
2. I hated the characters. Matt and... the girl (I forgot the girl's name, to be honest) were insufferable. None of what they're doing made sense. They were reckless and unbelievably shallow. There was no depths to their character, at all.
3. THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT "NOT" TO DO WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE ONLINE. This book got me shaking my head after reading the first few pages. Holy fuck. I understand that they were writing partners, but how quickly it escalated to online sex partners was beyond me. I just did not get it. And come on, you didn't know you were sending an e-mail using your personal mail, really?????????
I really just cannot finish this anymore.
The only positive thing I can say about this book is the writing. It's addicting, but overall, I would not recommend this book. ...more
I'm happy, that I'm finally able to finish another series, but also a bit sad, that I'm about to say goodbye
What a great ending to an amazing series!!
I'm happy, that I'm finally able to finish another series, but also a bit sad, that I'm about to say goodbye to a series I grew to love. I know there are tons of spin-offs I could read, but they'd focus more on other characters, and I want more Percy! And Annabeth. So, that made me a bit sad when I finished the book.
I'm still in awe, how much I loved this series. It's catered for a much younger audience, and as a 27 year old woman with a 7 year old kid, I was still highly entertained with this entire series. There was never a dull moment in this series. I believe, I rated all of the books in this series 5 stars, if I'm not mistaken, because they were all done incredibly well. You cannot go wrong with this series.
Rick Riordan is the Middle Grade author version of George RR Martin. He does not show mercy killing off characters. He does not! I did not expect to see so much death in this series. Was it a bad move? Not really, in my book, at least. I didn't really mind the deaths because I felt they were necessary to show us the gravitas of the situation these Demigods were in.
Can I talk about PercyBeth for a minute?
"I found myself staring at her, which was stupid since I'd seen her a billion times. Still, she seemed so much more mature. It was kind of intimidating. I mean, sure, she'd always been cute, but she was starting to be seriously beautiful.”
I LOVE THESE TWO KIDS! Normally, I'd hate it if a book, or series, adds an unnecessary love plot, but I really loved Percy and Annabeth. I shipped them after the second book, The Sea of Monsters. The thing I love about their relationship was that it wasn't forced. There wasn't any insta-love, or any "i-can't-live-without-you" scenario between these two. We bought into the relationship because as they were building their relationship, which started in friendship, we were there with them. WE SAW EVERYTHING! We were there as they were going through stuff and saving the world. We understand why they end up falling for each other. Ooppps. Sorry. Not sorry. We all know it's bound to happen, one way or the other.
I absolutely loved this series. I can't wait for my daughter to read this someday, because I'd definitely force her to! I'm going to start reading Heroes of Olympus soon. And when I say soon, that could be 10 years from now, because I'm so bad with starting a new series and finishing it.
Pick this series up guys because It's really amazing. For a Middle Grade book, it definitely doesn't feel like one. If you're worried that it might be too juvenile for you, don't worry, it won't be. But I would say, the first two books were a bit lighter than the rest of the series.
I read this book in one sitting! Okay. I wasn't sitting when I read it, I was lying down. So technically, I read this is in one go, while I was lyingI read this book in one sitting! Okay. I wasn't sitting when I read it, I was lying down. So technically, I read this is in one go, while I was lying down.
But still, I read it in one go. One.
This book hooked me from start to finish. I cannot ask for a better book to kick start my reading again.
It's been a long time since I've read a book this fast. Colleen Hoover books are cure for reading slumps. Holy crap. I, literally, could not stop reading this. Did I think it was the best Colleen Hoover book? Not really, but it's definitely one of her good ones.
So. Let's start with the story.
"No matter how hard I try to hide them with my hair and clothes, they're there. They'll always be there. A permanent reminder of the night that destroyed all the best part of me."
Fallon O'Neil believed she lost everything when her father's house caught on fire. No one knew she was in the house when it happened, as a result, it took a while before they got her out of the fire. She got fourth degree burns that even reconstructive surgery could not completely fix. She lost her acting career before it even blossomed into something bigger.
November 9th was the day the fire happened. What she doesn't know was how November 9th would have a completely different meaning for her after meeting Ben the same day.
If you've been following my reviews, you'll know how much I hate insta-love. Surprisingly, the character in this book hates it too. Yep. Fallon is a reader. Woohoo! So anyways, she hates insta-love, but her relationship with Ben, sort of starts like an insta-love. But I totally buy it! It didn't bother me at all because of how much I believed their chemistry. It's one of the things I loved about this book, the relationship between Fallon and Ben.
At first, I thought this book would be like One Day by David Mitchell. I was at that point where I was saying, "Wait a minute, I've read this before!" Oh boy was I wrong.
This book took an unexpected turn. Holy crap. I so dumbfounded when the twist happened. It broke my heart so much. I knew it wasn't just what it was, but it broke me nonetheless. I had so much trust for these characters that when the secret finally revealed itself, I was just as disappointed and heartbroken.
Colleen Hoover, you definitely know how to break your reader's hearts!
I do want to tell you that one my most hated Colleen Hoover couples made a cameo in this book. Funnily enough, I didn't find them annoying, at all, in this book. I was caught off guard when they appeared but was happy when they were there. Their appearance made sense, and at least then their relationship is more, let's say, healthy that what they had on their own book.
If you love Colleen Hoover, definitely pick this book up because it's gold. I loved it. The story, the characters, the events, the drama, and the romance, oh boy, I want my own Ben!
Before I end this review, I want to quickly mention how much I love Ben! Ben is bae. Honestly, I really need to get my fucking Ben. Where can I get a writer boyfriend? Please tell me. Holy moly. I love this guy. He's so dedicated, and honest (well he did have skeletons in his closet but they were forgiveable), and just amazing! I love him completely. I bet you guys would too!
My only qualm about this book would probably be that Colleen Hoover seem to hate these characters so much that she keeps on piling problems over problems. Haha. She might have intentionally done that, but it just felt too much. Give these two kids a break CoHo. They need to be happy. You broke their hearts and our hearts a little too much! Hope you'll be nicer to your next characters.
Overall, I loved this book! The unexpected turn of events really caught me off guard. I was sure I was about to give this book a 6/10, but after that plot twist, I had to give this book more credit....more