Brittania Vol. 1 – Book Review

32478893Writer: Petter Milligan

Artist: Juan José Ryp, Raul Allen

Colourists:Jordie Bellaire, Patricia Martin

Cover Artist: Cary Nord

Letterer: Dave Sharpe

112 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Synopsis: On the fringes of civilization, the world s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.
Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero s reign, a veteran of Rome s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia the First Detective will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of Antonius Axia, a man who becomes sort of a detective.

This book’s art’s oddly detailed however, after the first few pages, you get used to it.

The story’s very interesting, it’s highly immersive. It’s great to see a historical fiction fantasy graphic novel (what a mouthful!), however, I’m not sure if its historical base is accurate.

The characters themselves were… interesting. Except for Nero, they felt real (which is odd because Nero’s probably the only character based off of an actual person).

I still think this is a book you should probably try out, especially if you’re a fantasy/historical fiction fan.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Will I See? – Book Review

31258104Author: David Alexander Robertson

Illustrations: GMB Chomichuk

56 pages

Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel

Synopsis: May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her?

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of several women.

The art is very peculiar and, combined with the gore, becomes chillingly harmonic.

The story is composed of several stories, each belonging to different women, every single one of them featuring violence.

Overall, this is a rather short comic book that features the problems women have to deal with.

Rating: 4 stars

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Scarlet Rose #1- Book Review

33533855Author: Patricia Lyfoung

98 pages

Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel

Sinopsis: After the horrendous murder of her father, Maud discovers she has a grandfather, a noble count living in Paris, where she must now live. There she encounters The Fox, a masked Robin Hood-like rogue – a dashing figure she falls for. While her grandfather struggles to tame her wild spirit and introduce her to Society, Maud rebels by secretly becoming the masked Fox-like marauder – The Scarlet Rose!

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This comic book is a retelling of ‘Robin Hood’. It follows the story of a girl whose father is murdered. Once that happens, she decides to become like Fox (a Robin Hood wannabe).

The art is simple, yet colorful. Sunsets and night time scenes are beautifully portrayed.

The story is really simple, it doesn’t feel new or inovative.

The characters are bland. Maud is a naive little girl and Fox is one sided. They don’t feel real at all.

Rating: 3 stars

Lisey’s Story – Book Review

10566Author: Stephen King

513 pages

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning, novelist. And a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo’ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now, it’s Lisey’s turn to face her husband’s demons. And what begins as a widow’s effort to sort through her husband’s effects, becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.

Source: Library (in Portuguese)

This book tells the story of Lisey, the widow of a famous writer.

The story is very intriguing, making the book as addictive as possible. It’s also very intense.

King’s writing is wonderful, it made me feel sad for the characters and at the same time utterly terrified.

The characters themselves are also great and unique, these kinds of characters are rare in books.

Another thing I’d like to point out is the fact, in this book, the character development is made in reverse – we get to know a character and, through flashbacks, we get to know how they used to be and how they got to be who they are now.

This book is very different from other Stephen King books I’ve read but we can still see it was written by him, it has that kind of twisted writing I’ve always loved.

Rating: 5 stars

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Saga Vol.4 – Book Review

Saga Vol.3 – Book Review

23093367Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Artist: Fiona Staples

152 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Synopsis: As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

Source: Borrowed (in Portuguese)

This book’s, like the others, a direct sequel of the previous novel.

The art continues beautiful, Staples is a great artist.

The story has a few twists and is growing amazingly.

The characters are pretty much the same, however, the character development continues to amaze me. It also shows that couples can have fights and that that’s okay. We also see that some characters aren’t paragons even though they act like one, which is great.

This is a great series, I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 stars

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Book Club Discussion: Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard

Book Club Discussion: Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard

What did you think of the synopsis? Did it reveal too much plot or too little?

Thatonenerdygirl – I think the synopsis is quite straight to the point, however, it also makes the reader feel as though they’re going to read a thriller, which is poor marketing.

Everybookcounts – The synopsis sums up the book pretty nicely. I love short sinopsis so I think the author made the right choice with this one.

 

What did you think of the characters? Was there character development?

E – The characters were great. Barnard created a set of completely different characters that I loved. All of them had flaws. Each chapter had a different point of view and you could easily guess it by the narrative and the way they interpreted what was going on. Sally was the mother, she was my favorite because, when I read her chapter, I felt her anxieties and fears. With Martha and Richard I just rolled my eyes to the dumb teenage behaviour and the unnecessarily angry interactions Richard had with pretty much everyone. In my opinion, there was character development. You could see the characters changing and, in the end, they were very different from the start.

T – I have a feeling that Martha and Richard were very soap opera-y. Their development didn’t feel real either, it’s the kind of thing you’d expect when reading one of those 0.5€ books you buy at the train station. However, Sally did feel real, she was the ‘saviour’ when it came to characters.

 

What did you think of the plot?

T – The plot, as I’ve stated in my review, is simple. However, I do love how the flashbacks are presented, there’s a clear escalation when it comes to all the abuse Richard dealt.

E – The plot was gripping. I kept reading, not because of the suspense but because I wanted to see what Richard was going to do next or what was Sally planning to get Oliver back.

T – I don’t agree. To me, this isn’t the kind of book that makes you say ‘urg, I have to read this’ but it also isn’t the kind of book that makes you say ‘is it reading time yet?’. It felt overall bland, it fits in a weird gray area.

 

Were there problems in the story?

E – I didn’t find any major problems until I reached the epilogue. It just doesn’t fit the narrative.

T – I think the mystery was too simple, I was able to predict who broke Oliver’s arm waaay too soon. Given that there isn’t much mystery, the book is basically people lying to each other, people screaming at each other and people getting into easily avoidable situations.

 

What do you think the author did right?

T – I think that the way Sally was written is really interesting I think we never see through the mind of an obsessed woman like that. I also love the way the author portrayed the effects of abuse, be it physical or mental.

E – The characters were really well written. As you said, Sally was brilliant but I also liked how the author portrayed Richard. The way he thought and how he acted were completely wrong and borderline abusive and the author really captured that.

T – I think that Richard was always so angry that it stopped feeling real. I know that there are cases in which people are like that, but it just felt forced.

 

What do you think the author did wrong?

E – I have big problems with the epilogue. I understand the need to finally reveal who did it but not like that. Sally writes a letter to give Oliver when he’s 18 years old but that just doesn’t feel right. What if someone finds it and reads it before he reaches that age? What will he do when he finds out? 18 year olds aren’t that mature, he won’t probably take it well and will probably tell Richard, who is going to be pissed. Because Sally is depicted as really smart throughout the book, I can’t see her doing this. If the author wanted the revelation to be like this, maybe Sally should have burned the letter after writing it. Leaving it like that just doesn’t seem very smart.

T – But maybe that’s the point, maybe the author wanted to show that the whole experience made Sally more reckless (and thus dumber). The odd thing is, why does she only admit (and feel) guilt after so much time? He was hurt when he was 11 months old, however, she only says she feels bad when he’s two. That feels fishy to me.

 

What was your favorite quote?

T – ‘[…] you should let kids have their magic for as long as possible.’

E – ‘I see all these things playing out, but I can’t be sure if they are real or part of a dream.’

 

What was your opinion on the ending? Would you prefer if it had been different?

E – YES! Burn the letter.

T – WHY WRITE IT AT ALL? I would’ve been happier if the ending might have been a little creepier, like a flashback to when she did it or maybe she whispering in his ear ‘I promise I won’t hurt you again’ every day as she tucks him in.

 

Do you have any questions about the book?

T – Did the author leave so many leads throughout the story on purpose (when it comes to all the big revelations)? Because, let’s be honest, they were a buzz kill.

E – I’m just curious, is this really how social services treat these cases?

Hush Little Baby – Book Review

32191593Author: Joanna Barnard

352 pages

Genre: Mystery Thriller *

*only Goodreads information, read the full review to know my thoughts on it

Synopsis:When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no-one can (or will) say how it happened.
His mother is exhausted.
His father is angry.
His older sister is resentful.
And they all have something to hide.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a baby who broke his arm.

The writing’s effective, I was able to know whose POV I was reading without even looking at the name.

The characters, except for Sally, start out as stereotypes – Richard is always angry and Martha’s an upset teenager. However, they actually grow as people (in an almost soap opera kind of way). Sally, however, is interesting, it’s nice to read a book that portrays the mind of a paranoid woman. Something I really appreciate is how she deals with everything, it feels realistic.

Story wise, it’s a really simple book. The story’s linear, however, it does, sometimes, deal with flashbacks.

But we need to talk about it seriously.

I know I’m a tough reader to please when it comes to mystery – it’s the genre I’ve read for the longest time (I grew up reading Geronimo Stilton and other mysteries) and the one I’ve read the most books.

With all that in mind, let’s proceed.

In Goodreads, the book is tagged as a ‘mystery thriller’, which makes no sense. If you squint at the story, you’ll realize it’s only a mystery, and even that’s a stretch. As I read this book, I felt no such thing as anticipation or even anxiety, it makes no sense to see it as a thriller.

And, to me, in a mystery, I shouldn’t be able to predict all the major revelations. In this book, however, I didn’t miss a single one (including the big one – WHO DID IT?).

So, this book is more of a drama than a mystery.

Don’t get me wrong, this book has nice moments, however, those were shadowed by most of the bad ones.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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