Review: Another great read! This series continues to excite. The third book in the series focuses more on Blue and her mission to find her mother underground. Although, now our unlikely teenage heroes must face off against the elusive Greenmantle, an unknown evil entity in a cave (intent on being woken up), and themselves. There is much more at stake, as the gang moves ever closer to Gansey's inevitable date with death.
Firstly, I love the dynamic at 300 Fox Way; and find myself wanting more scenes with these intense, powerful psychics. I adore these strong women who are willing to let teens figure out their own powers, however dangerous it may be. Only interceding when they feel they must. Calla is by far my favourite. Brusque, but with a heart full of those she cares about. She seems invincible, but by the end of the novel the reader can see her frailty, her sadness and pain. Her utter loss.
Review: After Ronan revealed his ability to remove things from his dreams, at the end of The Raven Boys, I knew I needed to read The Dream Thieves immediately. Again, I have not had this feeling for a series in a long while, an itch to read more.
The boys and Blue are back. This time trying to find Glendower, while competing with other forces, with Adam on the fritz after making a deal with Cabeswater, and with Ronan stealing from his dreams. A fast paced book with new characters (many with very loose morals), a heavy plot (often leaving you catching your breath) and growth of our favourite group of outcasts (so many memorable moments and new progress in relationships). It was a race between Adam short circuiting and Ronan being ripped apart by his own nightmares.
Review: While looking up highly rated graphic novels, I came across Saga. Intrigued by the story, and the fact it was by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, I was sold. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
The story was nothing really new. Boy and Girl on opposing sides of a war meet and fall in love, they defect and the graphic novel begins with them giving birth to a mixed race child.
Starcrossed lovers is not a new trope, neither is the idea of a child changing the fate of worlds. I mean, I knew what the story was going in to the graphic novel, but I thought there would be more meat to it. Mostly, the first volume is about them being hunted, by both sides of the war, some with aims to keep their illicit child. There was a very short explanation of how the war came about, and characters were introduced, but with not much back story or information to make them interesting.
Review: I was not as in awe of this edition as the first two, but it was still full of action and amazing graphics.
All four girls have managed to find each other once again, but have found themselves stranded in what appears to be the past. There is a large ominous shape on a mountain and jungle people running around with bows and arrows. The girls meet up with a native, and her child, who is on the run from the three men who 'helped' her to conceive her child. As well, they encounter a woman from the future, who may be the inventor of time travel.
There was not as much progress in the story as I would have preferred. Few words, more stunning visuals and landscape illustrations. KJ is back, however we are unsure what may have happened to her in the time she was away from the other three.
Review: A girl named Blue, raised in a household of psychic women, sees the spirit of a boy bound for death during a yearly ritual. This sets in motion a series of events that lead to a mysterious wood, befriending a group of troubled boys, danger and murder. A book about psychics, magic and a sleeping Welsh King, sign me up!
At first, I did not really care for Blue, but as the story progressed I found myself liking her and connecting with her character. She comes from a long line of psychics, but she has no psychic abilities of her own. Her only power is being able to amplify energy for others, which is helpful to the her mother and other psychics, but sucks for her. In fact, being powerless leaves Blue feeling isolated, different, dull. She wants to be more, she wants to know what it feels like to see more, to experience magic for herself.
Review: I debated writing this review while the book was still fresh in my mind, or letting it soak in for a few days. I am glad I waited, because now I know my rating was the right choice, as the book did not stay with me afterwards.
This story was about a human child, Jude, who was stolen in to Fairy after the murder or her parents. Raised by her parent's killer, with her two sisters, one of whom is a half fairy and the other her twin, Jude is an outsider. She goes to school with high fairies, who bully the twins for being other. Mortals are expendable in this world; forcing Jude to prove herself to her father figure, the fairies in her class, and the court itself. She wants to be a knight, she wants to be immortal, she wants so much more than she is offered in this terrifying territory.
Review (Fandemonium): I am in love with this series! Not only for the fantastic, nail biting story line, but also for the eye popping, jaw dropping art. As soon as you open this graphic novel, the images jump off the pages and spark the story to life. New, ingenious ways of moving the reader from panel to panel, and full spread art throws you into a new graphic dimension, where old Gods come back to life as pop idols.
The artwork dims and flashes, explodes with colour and then fades into darkness; depending on the God and on Laura's experience.
Rating (out of 5 VIP Passes)
Review (Commercial Suicide): Just when you think this series cannot get any better, there is a perspective shift in the third installment and all of a sudden it is a brand new graphic novel with all of the old charm. This shift comes with a handful of new artists and artistic styles. The reader is bounced between the lives of six of the Gods, each with their own artist and art style. The graphics perfectly depict the characterization of the God that particular chapter is focusing on. For example, Woden is drawn with cyber / digital detailing, as though we are seeing through his helmet; whereas, Amaterasu is soft with hints of colour.
Review: A very interesting concept for a novel. Seven young women have died and been reborn as improved copies of the seven Archangels. It is their task to train, receive their wings, trumpets and seals and begin the end of the world. Each young woman is trained by their original Archangel, except for Leila (our protagonist), whose mirror image is Lucifer. She must train with Michael, while also being the only angel imbued with a sense of humanity (a soul).
Leila is a strong young woman, who has always found herself a little distant from the rest of humanity. She finds interaction difficult, and that continues when she is reborn at the training compound at Inner Eden (a vast/calm meadow with weapons to train). It is surrounded by Outer Eden, a wild forest that intrigues Leila and calls to her, even while she is told she is forbidden from entering.
Review: A moving story about friendship, family and coming of age.
This graphic novel revolves around Rose, who has come to her parent's cottage for the summer, where she meets up with her cottage friend, Windy.
Windy is a year and a half younger than Rose, and you can clearly spot the difference in maturity. Windy is still a child, inquisitive, naive, energetic and innocent. She is happy to be in this childlike state, and is still unafraid to call out adults and teenagers alike for their irresponsible choices. Whereas, Rose is on the cusp of becoming a teenager. She is reserved, scared, quiet, shy, but full of secrets and yearning. She wants to be older, she is angry at her mother, she has a crush on an older, reckless, bad boy.
Review: This graphic novel revolves around a family moving in to a strange mansion, after the brutal murder of the Father, head of the family. The house is ominous, huge, their Uncle's residence, full of hidden secrets. The family consists of the mother, older brother, sister, and younger brother. The teenage son seemed to be in a bitter relationship with his father at the time of his dad's death, and words he said may have lead to the murder. The daughter wants to shrink and disappear into herself. The young boy is an energetic handful, important to the story as he is the instigator behind finding the keys that begin a terrible journey for the siblings. The mother was attacked by her husband's murderer and his friend, and is left with a walking stick and alcoholism to cope. The Uncle is caring and kind, but is unable to help in any way, as he too is mourning the loss of a brother and friend. There was a lot going on in this novel, heavy with gore and violence, fear and anxiety.