Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review of Sp4rx by Wren McDonald

by Wren McDonald
120 Pages
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Publisher: Nobrow Press

SP4RX is the story of mankind clawing for survival. Set in a future where a class system has emerged, the world is divided into four levels, with the elite ruling from the extravagant top level.

SP4RX, a young hacker who lives off grid, hacks into corporations and sells stolen data to wealthy buyers on the black market – just your average thief. Mega corporation Structus Industries introduces a welfare program called the “Elpis Program”, which allows the working class to apply for Cybernetic implants to make workers more efficient. On the surface, it seems like a program to empower the poor and allow them to rise to the ranks of the elite. But SP4RX soon discovers all is not as it seems… SP4RX and Structus are set on a collision course with the fate of humanity at stake in Wren McDonald’s latest sci-fi tale of survival and corruption!

Hey, have I ever told you guys that this publishing company only published good books? Oh? I have? Well, I guess my limitless love of Nobrow is more apparent than I thought. Anyway, this is another really entertaining book from my favorite publishing company.

I thought this was very well developed for a book so short. Both the characters and the story were completely fleshed out, which is a very impressive feat; I doubt most authors could create a story this in-depth in such a short amount of pages. I have to say that at the very start it was a tad bit confusing because you're just thrown into a world that you have zero idea about, but it very quickly starts to make sense with the introduction of the complexities of the electronic world.

I appreciated that you got multiple sides of what was happening. There was the revolutionaries who were trying to stop the progression, the elite class trying to push it forward, and the lowest class just accepting it. It became very clear very quickly as to why everyone was doing what they were doing, and that was great.

Characterization can sometimes be lost in graphic novels, but this book created vivid characters with ease. McDonald utilized the minutest of details in the art to help indirectly characterize everyone, and it worked flawlessly.

This is such a great graphic novel, and the art is amazing and stylized and purple and beautiful and I loved flying through this.



Belle :))

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Little Less Merciless This Time

The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores
by Danielle Vega
320 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill

Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else . . . until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.

Sofia is sent to St. Mary’s, a creepy Catholic boarding school in Mississippi. There, seemingly everyone is doing penance for something, most of all the mysterious Jude, for whom Sofia can’t help feeling an unshakeable attraction. But when Sofia and Jude confide in each other about their pasts, something flips in him. He becomes convinced that Sofia is possessed by the devil. . . . Is an exorcism the only way to save her eternal soul?

Readers won’t be able to look away from this terrifying read full of twists and turns that will leave them wondering, Is there evil in all of us?

I finally have reached a point in my life again where I want to read, and this book really helped me get to that point. If youve been following my blog for a bit, you'd know that I haven't been posting too much in the last year since I just havent had much desire to read. Everything Vega has written have taken me a day at the longest to read. I absolutely adore her books. They are so fucked up (I want to describe it as horrigous because the BFG changed my life but I dont know if thats okay yet) and intense. I never want to take a break from reading them. I absolutely devour them.

This book was no exception. I bought it in the morning. Read half of it while I was still in Barnes and Noble. Then did some stuff for school, and as soon as I got home I read all of it. I didnt even take breaks for food and water. I just wanted to read so bad.

This is a continuation of the first Merciless book, and it definitely did not disappoint. I have to say that it was a bit slower than the other book (which seemed to be more violent than anything else), but I have to say that I did appreciate more characterization of Sofia and the new characters. There was always enough underlying tension to know that I couldnt put it down or else I was going to miss something, but not too much to where it got absurd.

Vega is honestly the master of YA horror. I will read every book she puts out until I cant read anymore. I love her, and this book. I'm serious, go to a bookstore right now and pick out one of her books. They will scare you a fair amount and keep you reading until the last page!



Friday, August 5, 2016

Miss Peregrine Is Turning 5!!!!

Hey! Remember this amazing and awesome book that is having a movie come out next month? Well, its turning 5! These books are so amazing and thoughtful. Plus they have eerie pictures in it that fit in perfectly with the story. 

I dont have to tell you this though since I expect [hope] that you've all read it. 

Anyway, I have a giveaway for a super cute tote. HERE I EVEN HAVE PICTURES COME LOOK:


Yeah so this tote is kinda tight, and I'm definitely gonna be sporting it around campus this year. 

If you want to be sporting it around too you can! Just enter this giveaway, and I'll ship it out to you if youre the lucky winner.

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Yeah, so I hope youre reading this series BECAUSE ITS HECKING FIVE NOW (and because its absolutely amazing). And you better go see the movie when it comes out (you know I will be forcing my boyfriend to come see it with me!).



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I Had Such High Hopes

Fight Club 2
by Chuck Palahnuik
256 Pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won't last long, the wife has seen to that. He's back where he started, but this go-round he's got more at stake than his own life.The time has arrived . . .Rize or Die.

I'm going to keep this one short since I dont really have too too much to say on this book. As some of you know, Fight Club is my favorite movie of all time/one of my favorite books, so going in, I was really hoping to love this. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

I have to say that this book was just very unnecessary, and I view it as a money grab rather than Palahnuik wanting to continue the story. This wasnt bad enough to where it took away from the original, but it didnt add anything new to the story either. I can still read/watch Fight Club a million more times, and not think about the sequel.

I liked the fourth wall breaks, but I found them confusing at times. There was a bit of unneeded magical realism in it, and I did not appreciate that. Overall, this book was just very okay. The art was good. The cover is gorgeous, but the story itself is something I would recommend passing over.