As a DC fangirl, I often find myself channeling Brainiac--I'm just reading around, gathering data. I always find it fascinating toRead as digital ARC.
As a DC fangirl, I often find myself channeling Brainiac--I'm just reading around, gathering data. I always find it fascinating to see what happens to our beloved characters when there's a little change. Seeing a villain become a hero, a hero become a villain, you thought you were looking at an alternate WW, but then someone calls her Lois--I eat that stuff up. There's always meaning in the changes somewhere, whether they be be juxtaposition or to challenge how you feel about your favorite characters. But, you know, sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same... I'm always up for some Crime Syndicate playtime....more
I am extremely confused about how I feel about Power Couple. On one hand, I understand that this is New 52, everything is differenRead as digital ARC.
I am extremely confused about how I feel about Power Couple. On one hand, I understand that this is New 52, everything is different and it's a good opportunity to explore new ground. But, on the other hand, I hardcore-ship Lois and Clark and, therefore, disagree with the fact that this title even exists. I am trying to be tolerant, because this is a couple that makes sense and seeing WW trying to understand where Clark is coming from and care about the traditions he cares about--it's all very interesting.
I've realized recently that I don't fully accept New 52 Superman as Superman. I feel like a few too many changes happened and 75 percent-Superman is just not close enough for me. So, I'm trying to comfort myself saying, "It's okay, this isn't really Superman..." The entire thing is bizarre. Also, Clark appears to have become a hipster who "hehs" all the time. My feels continue to be all confusion.
However, this title does have a lot going for it. For instance, while I am a Superman fangirl, I am not wildly excited by the majority of Superman's villains. I have to admit this team-up was a good plan, because we can now get all the fun of "Superman" with the fun of WW's relatives, the Greek Gods. So much better! Alas, this does not stop neither Doomsday nor Zod from showing up. To their credit, they are much less boring than usual.
Other thoughts: We've got Steve Trevor angst all over the place, but the only Lois sighting was in cover art. Find out who, between WW and Supes, is the best flyer. Behold, Bruce Wayne: Superfriend....more
If you're into the dystopia/utopia ya craze, then you'll click with Reckoning right away. It starts out with my favorite thing3.5 Read as digital ARC.
If you're into the dystopia/utopia ya craze, then you'll click with Reckoning right away. It starts out with my favorite things: weird rituals, technology specific to the universe, caste systems and travel to a new area that will likely lead to death. I will say that Reckoning did have a tad too much vomiting, torture and rib counting for my taste, but it's still a solid read. There are some great twists and what I call a "Sky High" ending. Wilkinson was building a puzzle here....more
Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous is a complex, mystery-juggling wonder that reminded me slightly of To Kill a MockingbirRead as digital ARC.
Somebody on This Bus Is Going to Be Famous is a complex, mystery-juggling wonder that reminded me slightly of To Kill a Mockingbird and maybe Gordon Korman. I basically couldn't put it down. You'll love watching the bus community evolve as the year flies by, building new friendships, endeavors, heartaches and dreams....more
I picked up Tomboy hoping it would be a good fit for readers who liked Smile and Drama. And, I'm sure they'd like it, but I try noRead as digital ARC.
I picked up Tomboy hoping it would be a good fit for readers who liked Smile and Drama. And, I'm sure they'd like it, but I try not to recommend things that will potentially get me in trouble with parents, and Tomboy does have its fair share of F-words and drug use--although Liz sets a good example for resisting peer pressure when it comes to sex. Anyway, I'm not sure I agree with the projected starting age of 14.
What makes Tomboy so perfect is how real and detailed it is. (Liz--did you really remember all those birthday presents or did you refresh your memory with photographs?) Every new friend we meet gets their own intro and friendship drama. Valentine's Day, Girl Scouts, boy chasing--it's all in there. I maintain that as long as you tell your own story, and it's interesting and well-organized, it should be 5-stars. There's tons of fictional content about these years in our lives, but this is a more effective story as a biography, because it's stuff we all go through.
Tomboy makes you think about your own experiences. In elementary school, I referred to myself as Tomboy-slash-Girly Girl (later described in middle school as punk-in-pink), because I had the characteristics of both. I was totally the only girl at the boy's table, because I wanted to prove I could sit there, I hated tights and itchy dresses, loved my dad's collection of DC comics and watching other people game. But, I also modeled, taught fairy school, had a crush on a new boy every week and loved playing with Barbies (i.e. a soap opera I called "Witches Council" and also murder mysteries). It's scary to speculate what I could have gone through had I been all Tomboy, like Liz.
Seeing Liz's story, I now know that I definitely got off lucky when it came to bullying. People have called me "weird" my entire life, but not every day, and I can only recall two instances where I was attacked physically (one was when a boy spit on me because I told him I loved him in an attempt to make him go away). However, the truth is that everyone is weird. Some of us had a Huck Finn phase (Liz), and some of us wore our swimming suit top to school because we thought it was cute (me). I really applaud Liz taking us back through her life, with an eye on her troubles with gender weirdness.
I've read Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and heard talk about "girl toys" versus "boy toys," but until now, I'd always thought it affected boys more than girls. It's so weird how stifling this stuff is as a child, but when you get older you can do whatever you want.
I love embarrassing stories--back when I had a subscription to Seventeen magazine, the embarrassing sReceived a digital copy in exchange for a review.
I love embarrassing stories--back when I had a subscription to Seventeen magazine, the embarrassing stories were my favorite part. This book, right here, has some good ones, too. Sure, you'll hear from your fair share of people with their various encounters with bodily fluids (admittedly not my favorite type of story), but there's lots from parents, neighbors and even a "psychic" that are unexpected, weird and wonderful. I'm also a big fan of the cartoons sprinkled throughout, which provide a break from all the text. Best of all, the stories are short, so you can read a little over long periods of time. Embarrassing Stories are always good for rereading as well.
I admit, at the end of Get Even, I did get a little mad. You can forgive me if after reading 15+ books of Pretty Little Liars,3.5 Read as digital ARC.
I admit, at the end of Get Even, I did get a little mad. You can forgive me if after reading 15+ books of Pretty Little Liars, I want a nice normal mystery that is solved in 300 pages. But, if you don't mind sticking around for multiple books, then I don't see why you shouldn't pick up Get Even. It was fun, easy, slightly-ridiculous read....more
Impressions: Downright quotable. Pretty to look at. Highbrow?
No doubt this is a good read, but I could feel it going over my headRead as digital ARC.
Impressions: Downright quotable. Pretty to look at. Highbrow?
No doubt this is a good read, but I could feel it going over my head at times. This isn’t some novel that you can speed through and still understand; it’s a story that deserves your attention. I’m thinking this could be a good selection for a book club, because Lost and Found is a book that begs to be shared and discussed....more
I didn't "get" The Vault of Dreamers. It was easy to read, and I was following along with some interest, but I guess I didn't2.5 Read as digital arc.
I didn't "get" The Vault of Dreamers. It was easy to read, and I was following along with some interest, but I guess I didn't really get the point. I've read O'Brien's work before--Birthmarked trilogy, own it, recommend it highly--but I think the parts of this story that I was truly interested in (handlers!) didn't receive the focus that I wished they had. Also, a lot of the events of the books had a vaguely disconnected feeling. For me, the stakes never felt high and even things like ranking didn't seem especially important when I knew they should be. It's weird trying to compare it to other books with reality TV elements. The Vault of Dreamers is not a bad book at all--it was a fine read; I just don't get it....more
For the most part, I read two kinds of superhero stories. There are the stories that have it easy, because I already know all theRead as digital ARC.
For the most part, I read two kinds of superhero stories. There are the stories that have it easy, because I already know all the characters (Batman, Superman, Flash, etc), and so I automatically care about what happens, and then there are the stories that have to start from scratch. Indestructible started from scratch with a plan.
In my search for worthy superhero stories, I see a lot of repeats. For text stories in particular, I am thoroughly sick of spending an entire novel watching someone learn how to use their new powers. Never fear, our friend Greg has no powers to master, and he is free to stumble around his world with misunderstandings bouncing him around like ball in a pinball machine.
The creators know that when it comes to superhero stories, you gotta have a gimmick and--voilà--Greg is in the fame game: agents, offers to join teams, fans, Greg digging himself deeper--it's good stuff. Also, there's more going on behind the scenes, and I can't wait to find out what it is....more