Friday, 13 July 2018

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Lost Path by Amélie Fléchais

ARC provided by Diamond Book Distributors through Netgalley

I've wanted to get my hands on this book since I read Amélie Fléchais' Le Petit Loup Rouge so when I saw it on Netgalley I did not hesitate!
Sadly, it was very disappointing...

I'm not the first reviewer (and I doubt I'll be the last) to mention how the manga influences made the reading of this book feel extremely uneven. 

If there is one thing Fléchais excels at it's artwork, but how can you go from this:

To this:

That is not to say that the artwork is bad - the fully coloured pages are stunning, to say the least:

But then it's incredibly jarring to go, in the same scene, from this:

To this:

And the plot was completely nonsensical. I was really hoping to see some of the Over the Garden Wall influences advertised in the summary, and while, visually, they were somewhat there, the plot was completely disconnected and confusing and might as well not have been there.
The boys get lost and stumble upon events about to lead into a war in the forest... and then they leave. 
How disappointing...

Still the artwork, the one in colour anyway, is really pretty.

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Codename Villanelle (Villanelle #1) by Luke Jennings

I decided to read this after watching the first two episodes of BBC's Killing Eve and was not disappointed.
In fact, Jennings' descriptions and obvious knowledge of what he's writing give a more realistic feel to the story than the show's visuals have managed to do. 
Jennings has a true gift for descriptive prose, you can't help but see in your mind's eye everything he writes, and he really nails the European atmosphere of the surroundings in the book. 
I loved Villanelle (as much as you can love a sociopathic assassin) and from her backstory to her training nothing was skipped, yet it was always engaging. 

I definitely recommend this!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Ghost, The Owl by Franco, Sara Richard (Illustrator)


Three stars exclusively for Sara Richard's illustrations, because the story is underdeveloped and mediocre.

And even Richard's illustrations, though absolutely amazing when depicting the forest animals, were a bit incongruous when it came to the ghost girl, who looked like some kind of manga fanart.

The dialogue was very simplistic and sometimes grammatically unsound, like when the owl refers to something as "more strange" instead of stranger. 

All in all, Richard's art deserved a much better story. 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Releases To Look Forward To

 Tricks for Free (InCryptid, #7) The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday HorrorIce Wolves (Elementals, #1) Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava #1)
 Along the Indigo The Wicked Deep Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars, #0.5) Daughters of the Storm (Blood and Gold, #1)
The Mermaid's DaughterChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)The Astonishing Color of AfterReflection (Twisted Tales, #4)

'Tricks For Free' by Seanan Mcguire (Incryptid #7), pub. by Daw Books, March 6th - genre: urban fantasy
I am normally a fan for everything that Seanan Mcguire writes... tapeworms and zombies excluded, although I still haven't started with the Mira Grant's series. This one? I am way behind it!

'The Wicked Deep' by Shea Ernshaw, pub by Simon Pulse, March 6th - genre: YA Fantasy

'InkMistress (Of Fire and Stars, #0.5)' by Audrey Coulthurst , pub by Blazer+Bray, March 6th

'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi, pub. by HHB for Young Readers, March 6th

'The Mermaid's Daughter' by Ann Claycomb, pub. by William Morrow, March 7th

 The Merry Spinsters by Mallory Ortberg; pub by Holt McDougal, 13th March
Genre: Fantasy/Retellings/ Horror
A while back I read Ortberg's book 'Texts From Jane Eyre' and I pretty much loved it; so of course I'm curious about this book. Also, Isn't 'The Merry Spinster' a great title?

'Along the Indigo' by Elsie Chapman, pub. by Amulet Books, 20th March  _genre: Contemporary YA

'The Astonishing Color of After' by Emily X.R. Pan, pub. by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 20th March

'Ice Wolves' by Amy Kaufman; pub. by Harper Collins, 27th March - Genre: Middle Grade

'Aru Shah and The End of Time' by Roshani Chokshi; pub by  by Disney/Rick Riordan Presents, 27th March - Genre: Middle Grade

'Reflection (Twisted Tales #4) by Elizabeth Lim, pub. by Disney Press, 27th March

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

This is such an odd book to rate...

I honestly love to learn about the plague so I was really excited when I read this book's summary, and to be fair for the first few chapters it was very satisfying, but then it all devolved into ignorance and silliness. And I don't mean from the part of the characters, I mean from the author.

Brooks claims in the afterword to have studied these events extensively, but she shows very little knowledge of the medieval day-to-day reality of 1666. 
It's not as if a quarantined plague village lacks for drama on its own, but Brooks had to bring in more sensationalistic drama, which would be more at home in a Hollywood movie that portrays medieval times as simply dark, ignorant, and hopeless,  refusing to acknowledge the true historical facts of the time period.

I was especially upset at how Brooks brought up witchcraft into a story that didn't need it. I hate it when the wise women of those times are cast as witches or as adhering to satanic beliefs - just leave that kind of thinking to the insane misogynistic ramblings of the clerical women-haters of the time, there's no place for that sort of thing in a book written in modern times.

All in all it was entertaining enough, but Brooks seemed to have more of an intention to shock than to write in an informed way.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Out This Month

Books that I may get to read one of these days... except for Shadowsong, that one's for Isa ;)
Hopefully I'll start the 'Casey Duncan' series by Kelley Armstrong, still this year...
'The Belles' has gotten a whole lot of publicity, so I'm curious about it.

The Belles (The Belles #1)Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, #1)Shadowsong (Wintersong, #2)A Girl Like That

American Panda Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, #4) Tess of the Road This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan, #3)

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages Sightwitch (The Witchlands, #0.5) Speak: The Graphic Novel
Blood of a Thousand Stars (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #2) By the Book By a Charm and a Curse A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts, #2)The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)When My Heart Joins the ThousandBanished (The Storymakers, #3)
Heart of IronDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)The Prince and the DressmakerThe Great Alone
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