I can't do this book. I really can't. I was so excited to read this too but, yeah no it's not happening. I got to about page 100, past my first typical DNF mark and it's just not for me. I was expecting dystopian and got a dystopian high fantasy mix. I kept comparing this to the BIRTHMARKED trilogy which is fucking phenomenal, but it felt like a combo of The Selection which I read because it's a train wreck and I can't stop, and a wannabe Katniss. I am probably super alone in this but I tried. I really couldn't do this.
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This book wasn't much, it's easily forgettable and not something I'll go out of my way to recommend, and the synopsis was super misleading. This was much more "privileged white girl goes and experiences Mexican culture because someone might want to kill her" than a thriller with twists and turns. I never really felt like her life was in danger, and I was never really concerned that she would make it out alive. I figured out the majority of the "twists" ahead of time, but I really thought this was going to be a way more suspenseful book. It wasn't that witty either as the synopsis says, it just was kind of blah all over.
Just...amazing. My first real superhero comic series and I'm in love. Helps that it's Gillen and McKelvie though! Because now I find myself distraught when I don't see McKelvie's art...well not distraught, but it doesn't feel real. Anyway, this was an amazing series, and easy to read as someone who has never read a Marvel comic in my life.
They address the issue of cultural appropriation and all, but then it's just...suddenly okay. I love Zuko and to see the person at the end that he brought back was amazing. I had read these before but I forgot what had happened, so onto "The Search"
So this graphic novel was super hyped to me by a few people, and I'll admit when I finished it last night I was curious what would happen next and committed to reading the others.
Now, I can't stop thinking about what happens next. This may be a problem.
I've never really been into graphic novels, I've read a few here and there, I think I read one about some Zodiac Chicks when I was in seventh grade, and they're beautiful and all, but I tend not to focus on how beautiful they are and focus on plot. Probably because I read novels like...24/7. But this was intriguing. I was promised Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, but I don't...honestly really see either of those. I see a world of it's entire own new creation. And it reminds me a bit of the world I've seen in [b:Zodiac|20821306|Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)|Romina Russell|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404743153s/20821306.jpg|40167162] and from what I've seen of "Battlestar Galactica". Maybe it's because too many things are said to be like GOT when...they really aren't and it's just to entice readers, but I digress.
Some of it was really funny, and some of it was very adult, and I enjoyed how those themes seemed to move flawlessly through the novel, and how easily you could move from one to the other. I find one of the most intriguing characters the freelancer who wants to save the six year old girl (whose name is currently escaping me). And I'll admit, I was ready for this to be cliché, and was usually sure how something would turn out but then it didn't, so that was refreshing.
Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next novels. I'm anxiously awaiting payday at this point. I honestly feel like this might be the year of graphic novels and manga for me. High four stars.
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So, I am totally obsessed with [b:Gone Girl|21480930|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406511734s/21480930.jpg|13306276]. It's obvious, and whenever people ask me what to read next I usually ask, "Have you read [b:Gone Girl|21480930|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406511734s/21480930.jpg|13306276] yet?" So any time someone talks to me about it, I immediately remembered that I needed to finish Dark Places.
This book was good, and has everything I love in fiction books, twists and turns, cults (I have a whole shelf on Goodreads for cults) and a good old whodunit like I'm watching "The First 48" or "Law and Order SVU"
It wasn't Gone Girl, but I'm not sure if anything CAN be [b:Gone Girl|21480930|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406511734s/21480930.jpg|13306276], but Gillian Flynn is a master, that's for sure. Especially because you can see how much her writing and mastery has grown throughout her books. She seems to have perfected the art of unexpected plot twists, and I absolutely loved how your perspective of characters completely changed throughout the book. She's a wonderful wonderful author, and I would recommend her writing to pretty much anyone. She has a way of making really really uncomfortable topics, somewhat bearable, and even if they make you feel super uncomfortable you read them anyway.
Seriously I'm in awe.
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