This book is brutal, compelling, and has left my heart both broken and full. There aren't even words right now. Hopefully I'll come back at some pointThis book is brutal, compelling, and has left my heart both broken and full. There aren't even words right now. Hopefully I'll come back at some point with a full review but for now all I can say is READ IT!
I'm giving this book five stars, even though I only read the first 10% and the last 10-15%. It~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~
I'm giving this book five stars, even though I only read the first 10% and the last 10-15%. It was extremely painful to read, and Nathan's aunt's character reminded me so much of my mother. I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian cult (much more repressive than even Aunt Lori's beliefs seem to be, from what part of the book I read) and even what little I read brought back some really bad memories.
After reading the ending, though, this is a story that needs to be told AND it needs to be read. I fully intend to finish the entire book at some point. It does, I think, need some serious content/trigger warnings though.
Teen Titans: Raven was fun and entertaining, even if you have next to zero knowledge of the wo~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~
Teen Titans: Raven was fun and entertaining, even if you have next to zero knowledge of the world of Teen Titans. I've never seen any of the TV show/movie, and can count on one hand the number of comics I've read in general. I still thoroughly enjoyed this coming-of-age story for one of the main characters from Teen Titans. The plot is very basic, but it answers the story of how Raven came to be who she is and the awakening of her powers well enough. I would have liked a little more...personality, I suppose, in Raven. She seems a little flat, as the only two emotions she really seems to have are fear and anger. The ending also seems open-ended, perhaps for future books?
The artwork is very atmospheric, staying almost entirely in shades of gray, black, purple, and white. The detail is quite good, and the font is easy enough to read (a plus for those of us with less than stellar eyesight).
3.5/5 stars. Another excellent contribution to the DC Ink lineup!
No Place Like Here was so much more than I expected! I went into it thinking I was getting a s~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~
No Place Like Here was so much more than I expected! I went into it thinking I was getting a somewhat fluffy summer camp novel (at only 272 pages I finished it in half a shift at work – yes, my job is that slow). While there were fluffy aspects, it was so much deeper and touched my heart in ways I was completely surprised by.
Ashlyn’s entire world has been turned upside down. All her plans for the summer have gone out the window. Her parents BOTH seem to have abandoned her. She’s been shipped off to stay with relatives she hasn’t seen for nearly a decade. She plans to just keep her head down and her mouth shut, just like she has for the entire life she’s spent with her overbearing, self-centered father. But then she realizes that she does still have a family that cares about her, and she starts to grow into herself. She grows SO MUCH in this short book, it was really amazing and yet still very believable.
I loved that she didn’t just grow up and shut her parents out. She grew up and at least tried to start the healing process with them. Her mom’s struggle with depression felt realistically portrayed, and I really appreciated the positive mental health rep in the book! Getting help is NOT a weakness, or a waste of time. YES!
Also, a HUGE thank you to Christina June for not making this a “romance is the answer” story. There is a little flirtation, a little kissing, a lot of attraction – but no real romance. So many stories portray romantic relationships as the cure-all for what ails us and it’s just so not true!
Now I need to go back and read the books that came before this one. Apparently some of the same characters show up, so I’m personally hoping that after No Place Like Here we get to hear more of Baxter’s story…
5/5 stars. I loved this book! I’ll be waiting for anything else Christina June puts out.