Bookreview

Review Comics Will Break Your Heart

Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past.

I got this book as a gift after I fell head over heels for the storyline. Romeo and Juliet, comics, romance and Comic-Con? Count. Me. In. I was reading another book, but I just had to read this book immediately. And I’m glad I did. This book was endearing. I loved the slow and sweet romance between Mir and Weldon. It felt realistic and it was just adorable. But it could have used a bit more excitement. The storyline gave a vibe of real conflict, but that was not really the case.

Mir wasn’t really a special character that I really liked. She is fighting for something way before her time. She also felt a bit like a whiny child at moments. Whining about how unfair everything is. I did really admire her hard work. But it did not always make sense to me. But her character growth overtime was nice to see!

Weldon was a bit more clear, but he felt a bit cliché at times. The rich kid that’s getting into trouble to get attention from his parents. Not really something I haven’t seen before. There also wasn’t a lot of depth to him. That was something I was a bit sad about, I always love character growth and while Mir did have that, he did not.

I also did not really get the relationship between Mir and her best friend Rayleigh and her irritating boyfriend Jamie. I did not really feel like it really did something for the book, but that it was more like pagefilling. The friendship between Evan and Mir was great though! I would have liked seeing more of that. Together they went through a big growth and I adore that. I would love to see what they are going to do together in the future.

What I liked most about this book, was seeing the ugly side from comics. The fights and the consequences it has for not only their generation, but also later generations. I also had fun reading the parts where the grown ups are whining about how comic con isn’t about comics anymore and fake geeks and blablabla… That did feel realistic, since a lot of old school geeks are exactly like that, honestly.

I was dissapointed about the ending. I won’t spoil anything, but it felt a bit anti-climatic. I don’t mind an open ending, but this one felt a bit too open. I kinda wish there would be a second book, since I am really curious what’s going to happen between them a year later! But I haven’t seen any indication about this, so I guess it’s just imagining the best.

There’s one thing I would have LOVED to see in this book, and that would be comics. It does not even have to be in color. But I loved it on the cover and backside and it would have given the story so much more depth. I would have loved to see all the art they were talking about, it would be so GOOD! And with an author that’s also a comic artist, it would have been a match made in heaven. I think.

6,5/10

Review Serpent & Dove

Written by Shelby Mahurin
Published by Greenwillow Books

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation-marriage. Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

I saw a lot of positive reactions on Serpent and Dove so I was looking forward to reading this book! I got the book for Christmas and I read it as soon as I could. And I immediately fell in love. I loved the setting of the story. Without even saying it exactly, you could really feel the French, historical style of the story. it was all subtly woven into the story, which I really enjoyed. The writing is great. I read this book in two days, even though I didn’t really have the time for it, but I just couldn’t lay it down.

Louise is definitely one of those characters I loved tremendously. Her feisty character is something I really enjoy. She is funny and foul-mouthed, but also sweet and caring. I adore her. It’s been a long while since I loved a character as much as I did her. I like characters that aren’t wholly good or bad. You really see her growing throughout the book, while maintaining her feistiness.

Reid was so adorable. His righteous, black and white character from the beginning was so enjoyable. A woman wearing pants?! Outrageous. His character was also so well-written, since I normally would have thrown a hissy fit after that situation, but you could really see he didn’t mean it badly and understands later on that he’s mostly in the wrong with his old-fashioned look on things. His character growth throughout the book is amazing. From someone who would do anything for his belief, to someone who would fight tooth to nail for others. Lóved him.

Throughout the whole book, you think you know what’s going to happen in the end, but in the last few chapters, there were quite a few surprises I did not expect. I’ve read too many books to really be suprised, but this one did it multiple times. It was so exciting and I was at the edge of my seat the whole time at the end. I kinda had to study, but I couldn’t put this book away.

This book is exciting, funny, romantic, passionate, thrilling and just fantastic. I got sucked into the story and it did not let me go until the absolute end. And when I finished it, the first thing I did was find out when book two is coming. I need more. Now. I cannot give this book anything else than full marks, which is something I do not do often, but this book had everything I loved and I cannot wait to read more!

10/10

Professional Reader

The Queen Of Nothing review

Written by Holly Black
Published by Little, Brown Books

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the Queen of Nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.
When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

I had been hyping about this book for months. I enjoyed The Cruel Prince, but I absolutely loved The Wicked King and after ‘that’ ending, I couldn’t wait to find out how this amazing series was gonna end. Would it be as good as The Wicked King or would it be a disappointment in the end?

At the beginning, I got thrown in the book right away. I hadn’t gotten the time to do a reread, but Holly Black makes you instantly remember the whole story again. And I loved getting to know more about the background of Cardan. He is one of those characters you just can’t figure out if you love or hate him. After the Wicked King I háted him, but he made me fall in love right back again in this book.

The whole story was really good and I really had such a good time going back to this gorgeous world. But the ending did disappoint me a bit. It felt a bit forced and easy. There were so many questions that I felt were still unanswered. One of those were the letters, luckily an amazing person on Instagram gave us a way to read these letters, even though they are only part of the B&N exclusive. You can read the letters here!

I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the epic conclusion I hoped for. The ending of The Wicked King was so strong, that I was really looking forward to this one, but it felt rushed in my opinion. I love epic battles, but that wasn’t something that we got in this book, even though the situation could have given us just that.

But I have to say something about the hidden message in the cover and what happens to Cardan. I won’t spoil anything, but I loved that so much. Even though we always get small warnings with the cover, I really did not expect this to be the result. I enjoyed it a great deal. But again, the solution to that problem felt a bit too easy again.

I really enjoyed this book and I would have liked it more if it was just a book between. But as a conclusion to such an epic story, it felt a bit too weak. I would have enjoyed a bit more angsty scenes and epic battles. But I enjoyed it and especially the relationship between Cardan and Jude. I do hope there will indeed be another novella, something Holly Black mentioned in a conversation with fans. But otherwise, I am okay with this end, but not totally satisfied.

7,5/10

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The Grace Year

Written by Kim Liggett
Published by Wednesday Books

Girls have magical powers. The power to seduce men and other special traits. Before they turn sixteen, they get send to the woods to live there for a year and lose their magical powers. But before that happens, a few girls get chosen to marry men from the village. Tierney knows she will not be one of them and she is happy with that. She dreams about a world where women have a better life, in a worls where women aren’t allowed to dream. But when it’s time for her Grace Year, everything goes against what’s she had planned from the moment the girls get chosen for marriage. How can Tierney survive in the woods where she has to fear the poachers, who want to sell her skin on the black market, but also the other girls from the Grace Year…?

This book was…mindblowing. I was sold from the very first page. Before I started this book, I was worried that this would yet be another one of those feminist books where all men are evil, but this book wasn’t at all like that. The men from the village don’t know anything else from what they learned their whole life. Yes, there are quite a few evil men, but there also good men, with good intentions, which made this book way more realistic. This book has some major Hunger Games vibes, only this book is so much worse. There were literally scenes where I had to put the book down, because I felt nauseated.

Tierney is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about. A feminist woman in a male focused society is pretty terrible, but Tierney keeps on trying to do the right thing. Even when girls she considered her friends turn on her, she still helps them. She is caring, smart and just amazing. All of her actions were logical, even when you wish she did something else. I wish I could read more books about this girl!

What is a good book without a terrible villain? And boy (or girl), did Kim Liggett create a nasty villain. I haven’t despised a character for this much until Kiersten. Kiersten is a girl who is perfect and has it all, and makes it her live mission to ruin Tierney’s life and many others. Even though you get to know a bit more about her and it isn’t always her fault, you still hate her. I’ll be honest, I don’t wish it often, but throughout the book I seriously was hoping she would die. Whether that happens or not, I will not tell you all, of course 😉

The thing I liked most about this book were the revelations at the end. Throughout the whole book I often got mislead, which is something that doens’t happen to me often. At the end you get answers to questions you didn’t even know you asked. All loose ends are tied up nicely, which made me enjoy the book even more. I even thought about rereading this book, to find out if I could have seen some of the revelations coming, but my TBR didn’t let me, sadly…

What a terrible, heartbreaking, nauseating and gorgeous beauty this book was. I literally can’t wáit to see what Elizabeth Banks is going to do with the movie! I’m already looking forward seeing more of Tierney and have more hateful moments with Kiersten. Oh and the tissues are already waiting to be filled with tears, since there are quite a few cryworthy scenes in this book…

10/10

Review Stalking Jack The Ripper

Written by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Little, Brown & Company

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a curious lady. While other girls from her age and heritage are knitting and drinking thee, she’s dissecting corpses in secret. Normally no one would accept this, but her uncle has no choice. With a serial killer on the loose, all help is needed. Together with the smart, but arrogant Thomas Cresswell, they search for the killer. But what if he’s closer than you expected…

I was so hyped to finally start this series. So many people are fan and the blurb sounded amazing. It’s been a long time since I really read a good whodunnit. I’m a Sherlock fan, so it’s pretty hard to find a good one after that. And this one is definitely not it. 

There were definitely quite a few things good about this book. I loved the writing, it was gorgeous and really befitting of the story. Audrey was a character I really loved. Beautiful and feminine, but also curious and powerful. I really enjoyed her. Except for any interaction with Thomas Cresswell. 

I heard so many stories of people loving him, but he was anything but interesting. Such a typical self centered, arrogant and irritating guy. Even Sherlock himself has more charms than this guy has. And Audrey, powerful woman as she is, had many situations where she almost changed in one of those giggly girls around him. He had a few good scenes, but overall, I really did not like him. 

But the thing I was most dissatisfied with, was the culprit. I won’t spoil anything, but for me it was obvious who it was at 10% of the book. There was one culprit everyone was looking at, and it was so obviously that that wasn’t him, that I just wanted to skip all those parts. Which was like, half of the book. 

The reasoning of the deeds was pretty interesting, that I did not expect. But there were still so many loose ends. Like, you know why the culprit killed the women, but there was a terrible explanation about why it was so gruesome. It didn’t make any sense. 

The writing was so beautiful that I did like to read the book and Audrey is one of those characters I absolutely love. But Thomas? I don’t know at áll why people love him. But oh well, maybe it’s good we all got different tastes 😉. I don’t think I’ll read the second book anytime soon, but I did like the storyline. Let’s hope that the culprit keeps itself hidden a bit more this time.

5/10

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