After getting back into this series with issue 6 earlier today, I just had to read on with issue 7. This was so much more enjoyable than the 6th issueAfter getting back into this series with issue 6 earlier today, I just had to read on with issue 7. This was so much more enjoyable than the 6th issue and it felt like we were getting back into the meat of the story rather than introductions again.
As usual, I love the artwork, the world, the characters and the humour that this series includes and I can't wait to get my hands on the next issue!...more
I recently picked up issues 6 and 7 of the I Hate Fairyland series and I’m so excited to be able to read more from this series!
Issue 6 picks up rightI recently picked up issues 6 and 7 of the I Hate Fairyland series and I’m so excited to be able to read more from this series!
Issue 6 picks up right where the last story arc left off and jumps straight into the action.
I’m not going to go into the plot at all because of spoilers but I have to say I was a little disappointed in this issue. Although I’m excited to be diving back into this series, not a lot happened in this story and I feel like we’re back where we started. However, I am interested to read on and see what happens....more
This graphic novel collects the first issues of some of Marvel's female superhero series, including Thor, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel, Unbeatable SquirrThis graphic novel collects the first issues of some of Marvel's female superhero series, including Thor, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, She-Hulk and Black Widow, and serves as a great introduction to the characters.
I picked this up in the library so that I could try out a variety of different female superheroes before investing time in the individual volumes and I'm so glad I did. Experiencing these comics this way meant that I could pick out which art styles I enjoyed and which heroes I would want to read more about. She-Hulk was definitely one of my favourites and honestly, before reading this, it isn't one I think I would have picked up on my own.
Overall, if like me you haven't read any Marvel comics before, I think this is a great way to start and I will definitely be looking into some of these characters' stories in the future....more
Although I really wanted to find out what happened to Lou after the end of Me Before You, I was a little hesitant going into this sequel.
I will say upAlthough I really wanted to find out what happened to Lou after the end of Me Before You, I was a little hesitant going into this sequel.
I will say up front that although I enjoyed this, it definitely isn’t as good as the first and I found some parts of it problematic. There were some heavy subjects tackled in this book and I don’t think they were handled very well to be honest. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t read this book yet but I will say that it deals with the themes of grief, sexual abuse and gang violence.
Overall I felt like the issues the characters faced were too easily resolved and although some parts were slightly funny, this didn’t have the light humorous side to combat the tougher moments. I would recommend this if you loved the first book but I don’t think it is entirely necessary....more
I only ever listen to Neil Gaiman's books on audiobook instead of reading them in a physical format and this book is a great example of why. Neil GaimI only ever listen to Neil Gaiman's books on audiobook instead of reading them in a physical format and this book is a great example of why. Neil Gaiman's narration adds so much to the text that I can't imagine experiencing it any other way.
This compilation of non-fiction writings from Gaiman includes articles, essays, reviews and introductions from throughout his writing career and I found, though a few were slightly repetitive of what came before in the collection (which is bound to happen in this sort of book), there was inspiration in all of the pieces.
After reading this I am inspired to write more and to create more. I am inspired to aim high and see what happens. Neil Gaiman has made me want to pick up books that I never even knew existed and his Make Good Art speech which is contained in this book has made me want to just do more creatively.
Overall I would recommend this book to everyone, especially you creative sorts, and I would definitely recommend the audiobook specifically....more
This is my first Junot Diaz book and, honestly, I am unsure if I’ll be reading another one.
Though I enjoyed the writing style, with it’s clever mix ofThis is my first Junot Diaz book and, honestly, I am unsure if I’ll be reading another one.
Though I enjoyed the writing style, with it’s clever mix of Spanish and English, amazing pacing, and lack of speech marks, I found some of the subject matter to be problematic. The treatment of women in this collection made me feel uncomfortable throughout and I am unsure whether this was a deliberate choice, the opinion of the author, or a portrayal of Dominican attitudes. Either way, it made the reading experience uncomfortable to me.
Also, I was not expecting the explicitness that this book contained. This is definitely not something that I would recommend to younger readers as there is a lot of swearing and crude descriptions of sexual acts.
Overall, I loved the writing style and found that the collection flowed wonderfully, especially using the same group of characters in each one, and I like the variation between the third person and second person narratives between stories. However, some of the attitudes towards women expressed throughout made me feel uncomfortable reading. I would recommend this book if it sounds like something you would be interested in, but bare in mind that it is by no means perfect, or something that I could recommend across the board....more
I absolutely loved this graphic novel. I liked that it is a standalone (though personally I think there's room for more BlackheI finally read Nimona!
I absolutely loved this graphic novel. I liked that it is a standalone (though personally I think there's room for more Blackheart stories) and the characters seemed fully developed despite the book being quite short.
Noelle Stevenson's illustrations are my favourite part about this book; she deals with the action scenes just as well as the more emotional ones and I feel like the whole thing flowed really well.
This is the perfect kind of graphic novel to me; bright and colourful artwork, action, fantasy elements, humour, and a dash of emotion. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this....more
I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book on audio. Not only is the narration great but the book itself is enlightening and inspiring. I thinI am so glad that I decided to listen to this book on audio. Not only is the narration great but the book itself is enlightening and inspiring. I think anyone reading this will want to move to Denmark immediately; I know I do!
Through exploring what makes Denmark such a happy country, Helen Russell explores all aspects of life including food, sex, work, and health. I found that Helen, though a real person, showed development throughout the book and so at points this did feel like fiction, which is in no way a bad thing.
I found myself wanting to know what happened next and whether the couple was going to stay in Denmark after their initial year. With me and my partner visiting Iceland soon, it was interesting to find out what life is like in another of the Scandinavian countries.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested in travel or just learning about countries other than your own....more
This is one of those books that I wish I’d read earlier, preferably when it was first released back in 2000 as I think I would have enjoyed the humourThis is one of those books that I wish I’d read earlier, preferably when it was first released back in 2000 as I think I would have enjoyed the humour a lot more. Obviously with the film coming out soon, I wanted to read this beforehand though I don’t think it would be necessary.
I really enjoyed the level of detail that Rowling writes about each character though I think that it would be a great idea for her to bring out a more complete version (maybe in celebration of the film release) that had illustrations as this would really help the visualisation of the creatures.
Overall I would recommend this if you are already a Harry Potter fan but I don’t think it’s important to read in preparation for the film considering this is more a text book that a story....more
I'll be honest I was first interested in this purely because of the cover but I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Written in an interview fI'll be honest I was first interested in this purely because of the cover but I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Written in an interview format with some journal entries from various characters throughout, this was a quick read that kept me intrigued from beginning to end. The characters were somehow developed really well though we didn't hear much about them. My favourite character is actually the unnamed interviewer who is present throughout the entire story.
As this is the first book in a series, there are a lot of questions left unanswered, especially things that were brought up in the epilogue. The book ends on a cliffhanger which I don't usually like but in this case it has me thoroughly invested and I can't wait for the second instalment to be published next year!
Overall I can completely understand why some people haven't enjoyed this book, whether that be because of the format, the characters or the plot itself, but personally I found it to be highly entertaining; it gripped me from the first page, the characters though frustrating at points were developed well, and the science fiction aspects were thought through excellently. I would definitely recommend this book!...more
Sometimes in between the heavier and longer books, I like to pick up something quick and light-hearted. This was one of those books for me.
Despite beiSometimes in between the heavier and longer books, I like to pick up something quick and light-hearted. This was one of those books for me.
Despite being over 500 pages, I flew through this in 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the plot was well paced and funny in parts. I particularly liked the references to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings that happened on occasion.
The characters, however, were very hit or miss for me; I loved most of the side characters as I felt that they were fleshed out well and each brought a lot to the story, however I had a problem with the protagonist Delia. I understand that everyone is different and make different decisions, but I found some of her actions and decisions regarding her love life were frustrating. In the end this was mostly resolved by the end but throughout the book, I felt a distance from Delia that shouldn't really have been there.
One of my favourite elements of this novel were the inclusion of some of Delia's comic pages and I found that this was a great addition to her character despite the problems I had with her.
Overall this was a fast-paced, immensely enjoyable read that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting a lighter contemporary book this summer!...more
This is one of those books where I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I fully understood it. However, the afterword shed a lot of light on the reasons theThis is one of those books where I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I fully understood it. However, the afterword shed a lot of light on the reasons the author wrote the novel the way she did which helped with my understanding of it.
Luiselli uses prose, images, lists and Chinese fortune cookie sayings to tell a strange and sometimes surreal story. I finished it within 24 hours so it was a quick yet literary read. I think upon a reread I may increase my rating but on the first reading I found some parts confusing. I would recommend this book though I understand that it is not for everyone....more
I'll be honest, I picked up this book in the library based on the cover alone. This is a collection of 101 pieces of flash fiction all consisting of 1I'll be honest, I picked up this book in the library based on the cover alone. This is a collection of 101 pieces of flash fiction all consisting of 101 words revolving around the theme of relationships.
Overall I'm not really sure what to make of it. On the one hand, it reminded me of the strange imagery and blunt writing style that Tim Burton uses in his poetry, but on the other, I'm not entirely sure what the author was trying to say. Some of the pieces had interested themes and ideas but on the whole I found that it didn't really keep my interest and despite being extremely short, I wouldn't recommend it....more
Book characters that come to life? Fairytale elements? Sounds like a great combination but I found that this book was extremely disappointing.
I had heBook characters that come to life? Fairytale elements? Sounds like a great combination but I found that this book was extremely disappointing.
I had heard amazing things about Jodi Picoult’s adult novels so thought that one of her young adult novels would be no different. However, though this may sound harsh, I almost feel that Jodi Picoult only put her name to this book in order for her daughter, Samantha van Leer, to become a published author. The writing was simplistic and the plot was predictable but my biggest problem was actually the characters.
Delilah’s defining characteristic was the fact that she loved Prince Oliver, a character in her favourite fairytale, and there wasn’t really anything else about her that built her up as a character. She neglected her family and her best friend, not to mention school, because of this romance and I found her to be incredibly shallow. The romance between her and Oliver was completely founded upon the idea of neither of them having a father but there didn’t seem to be anything else they bonded over apart from they were attracted to each other.
Overall I found this to be a fast-paced but highly disappointing read that I would not recommend. I already own the second book in the duology as I bought them together so I may read that at some point, but I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone....more