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I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 2: FLUFF MY LIFE, takes place one year after Gert accidentally makes herself the QReview Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:
I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 2: FLUFF MY LIFE, takes place one year after Gert accidentally makes herself the Queen of Fairyland. This has not made her life any easier; she wants to get the hell out, but the Queen is not allowed to leave.
I was a bit disappointed with how easy it was for Gert to get out of being Queen, but the introduction of a fresh batch of children from the real world was tons of fun. Gertrude is in her 30s, but looks the same as these children. They do not get along, and Gert, ever the anti-hero, only wants to piggyback back to the real world where she can swear for real. Saying fluff all the time gets old.
The art and the pacing are still excellent. The gore is both surprisingly awesome and plentiful. I HATE FAIRYLAND is one of the most violent graphic novels starring children under ten I’ve ever read, and that’s a good thing....more
If you enjoy your fairy tales sweet and simple, I HATE FAIRYLAND is not for you. If on the other hand youReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:
If you enjoy your fairy tales sweet and simple, I HATE FAIRYLAND is not for you. If on the other hand you like them messed up and full of violence committed by the most adorable 40 year old ever, you’re in for a vanilla and violence flavoured treat!
Gert is pissed off. She’s been trying to escape Fairyland, but she keeps losing her temper and people keep losing their heads. I think my favourite bit of mayhem is how she keeps offing the narrators who are trying to introduce her. Sometimes accidentally, most of the time not, Gert manages to screw over everyone who is trying to help her.
Gert’s a brilliant fighter. She can take down an entire army of bounty hunters, zombie fauns, or whatever else comes her way. She’s sick and tired of being trapped in a body that can’t handle the alcohol she wants to drink and she’s made more enemies than she can count. I wanted to feel bad for her, but at the same time she is a terrible human being. Those characters are often the funnest to read about.
This graphic novel has the twisted fun of TANK GIRL, the adorableness of a game of CANDY LAND and the non-sequitur charm of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. It looks cute, but it’s definitely not for kids. With a brilliant twist of fate in the last two pages, I can’t wait to catch up with Gert in volume 2....more
THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a sweeping historical romance with a dash of paranormal added in that feels almost inReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a sweeping historical romance with a dash of paranormal added in that feels almost incidental. Typically for this blog we review books that are a bit heavier on the paranormal/magic or even science fiction. While I enjoyed the plot (albeit a tad slow), the writing, and characters; I was left wondering what the real point of having characters with telekinesis in the story was. That factor lessened my full enjoyment as I kept thinking "So what?" in regards to the paranormal aspect since it had only a tangential meaning to the story.
I liked the relationship building between Nina and Hector and they get to know each other through their shared abilities though again, that could have easily been written out or replaced with something else and the story would stay much the same. They each have an immediate attraction and admiration for their individual quirks which I loved, especially Nina's insect obsession. I also enjoyed the time jump as it takes away the idea of insta-love, allowing the characters to grown and mature and think about their feelings for each other. There is a love triangle that was actually a pretty complex one involving a past love and sabotage. I liked how it wasn't a typical love triangle and there was a certain depth to it beyond "two women like the same man: drama ensues".
THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a very beautifully written historical romance about lost loves, heartbreak, and second chances. The paranormal aspect was mostly a plot device to get the characters to meet which is typically fine but perhaps that part could have been down played in the plot summary to not make people expect a certain genre and get another....more