Review: Dark, ominous, perfectly gloomy. Pete Katz has captured the atmosphere of Edgar Allan Poe's dark works through the medium of a graphic novel! With muted colours, dark tones, a uniform font, everything comes together to impress a sense of foreboding and doom within the reader.
From the first, The Raven pulls the reader in, with grotesque and subtly disturbing images. The Raven, the bird, is overpowering, overwhelming, encompassing the pages with its insistent presence. It feels suffocating, claustrophobic and we, as readers, can relate to the plight of the poems haunted protagonist.
There is red splashed throughout the pages of each tale. A colour to tie each tale together, a thread to express blood, fear, pain, hurt, and terror. The red lurks, invades, whispers itself into being. It can be soft, seemingly soothing, only to bare its teeth and bite. As especially seen in The Masque of the Red Death (TMOTRD).
Review: Rags is a rustler; she steals from the Kingdom Corps, ruled by the tyrannical Hyperion, to provide for the poor and downtrodden frontier town of Rondo. Rondo refuses to bow down to the oppression of Hyperion, so they are cast out of the trade lines in a time of perpetual winter.
This world is fantastically imagined, a post-apocalyptic world, a frozen tundra wasteland created by a catastrophe at Yellowstone. Such a vibrant world, full of intrigue, danger and western culture.
Rags has a hidden past, an escaped crops child who was taken in by Tracker, the main rustler for Rondo. In the Kingdom, people are marked to identify their station and role within the society, a crop child is within the lowest form of slavery.
Review: This was a gripping, gut wrenching, page turner of a book. From the moment we follow Wyatt Smith into his cattle pasture and come face-to-face with a 'demon' (a preteen girl eating a cow raw), the momentum of the novel is set at full throttle until the final page. Wyatt, having lost four of his steer, including the only bull, to this ghostly apparition of a girl, decides to make chase. He means to somehow regain the lost income that spells the end of the family ranch. A ranch he cannot lose, where he and his twin, Lucy live a secluded life, full of pain and secrets.
It is a gritty read, you can feel the dirt and muck and blood coating your fingers as you turn each page. From the Box Elder region of Utah, with its forests and unforgiving terrain, to the vast expanse of desert filled with mesas and heat. The novel draws the reader in to this fast-paced, finger on the trigger, nail biter of a story. It is claustrophobic and horrific, with beautiful writing and memorable characters.
Review: Peyton is back fighting ghosts and learning to harness her powers, while also staying on the path of sobriety. She has landed a part-time job at her best friends office, as an office assistant to two lawyers. It is there she overhears about a possible haunting. Desperately bored with the mundane life of an office working, Peyton steps into something that could lead to losing her place in the working world but gaining the freedom to be herself. She also pushes her friend Olivia into the dating world.
I like Peyton, she is always so unsure of herself, but she battles everyday to do better, be better and stay alcohol free. It's such an interesting perspective, outside of my own experiences, but Alice J. Black draws you in to Peyton's world, her fears, self doubt, desperation, all the reasons she fell in to alcohol and all of the reasons she needs to stay away from the drink.
Review: I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Right from the beginning I was sucked into the suspense of the novel. The ominous, eerie atmosphere envelopes the reader from the moment Harry began his story.
All the Beautiful Lies begins with Harry coming home for his father's funeral, and then stays to help his step-mother with his father's book business. However, nothing is really as it seems. We traverse between the present (Now) with Harry coming to terms with his father's mysterious death and past (Then) learning the story of Alice, Harry's step-mother (who is not much older than him).
Harry is a very sympathetic character, and his anger, confusion and grief is believable and raw. His rationale for trying to find out the truth is well explained and gels well with his character, his closeness to his father, and his inexplicable sexual attraction to Alice.