TBR Challenge #6: Favorite Trope

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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5

Why? So I picked this book for this theme because this graphic novel includes one of my tropes ever and that is the hate-love relationship. I love these types of love story of boy meets girl and they instantly hate each other, but as the book/series progress they eventually fall in love for each other. Now I’m not saying that this graphic novel will turn into that, since it is the first in the series, but it does have the essence of it. I think eventually there will be something there.

Review: I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel and seeing all the beloved characters again. Yes, I know I wasn’t a fan of this series before, but after I read Winter I was totally floored! So of course I had to pick this up since Iko is one of my favorite characters in the original series.

I’m glad that Meyer decided to do a spin-off series on the android, but I’m not that thrilled on the graphic part. Although the story is amazing so far, I think the graphic part didn’t quite hit the mark. Meyer’s books are always so vivid and detailed when she’s describing her characters, settings and world building. The problem is that did not resonate into this graphic novel. I would have love for her characters to be more vibrant and exciting, similar to her books.

That rant over, I really did love the story. I wish I waited a bit longer to get my hands on this so that I don’t have to wait so long for the next one. This volume is filled with so much action right from the start. I love that I get to see Scarlet and Wolfe again and the whole gang. I did wish that there would have been more Scarlet and Wolfe, but that’s ok, I actually wasn’t even expecting them, so it was a pleasant surprise.

That being said, I’m really excited to see what happens to Iko and her little adventure!

Graphic Novel Review: Chew

I know I’m not a fan of graphic novels, I don’t hate them, but I haven’t read a ton load of them to give an expert advice on which is better than the other. However, I think I’ve read enough of this series to be able to give my honest opinion.

I’m not the type of reader who enjoys gore or violence, being a mystery enthusiast, that’s actually hard to believe. That being said, though, I actually enjoy reading these graphic novels. The concept of the novel is what drew me first to pick it up, really who won’t be intrigued by a detective who can envision the past of the things that he has eaten. Does that not sound exciting? Anyways, when I picked up the first volume, I was totally hooked and I eventually devoured the remaining volumes as soon as I could get my hands on them. Mind you I had to borrow them from my library so it took some time. I love the dark humor that John Layman incorporates in his morbid tale and the characters are all fantastically well done. Out of all the characters I find Olive and Toni the most fascinating. I love their side story, and at one point, a heartbreaking story, but either way everyone is beautifully crafted. I also enjoy learning the different ‘gifts’ that Layman bestowed on some of his characters. Like I said, I’m really enjoying myself reading these graphic novels and can’t wait to devour them til the end.

Besides the story line and the characters, I simply love the art of it. Rob Guillory’s drawing captures the tale that Layman is trying to convey. It’s dark and yet a tad bit perky on the color choices.

(I’m not entirely sure which volume the first two picture are, but the last one is in Chew Vol. 6: Space Cakes) 

As seen in these samples of their work, you really can’t blame me for enjoying this graphic novel. Look at the details, the gore, the color and the weirdness of it. I’m telling you, it was really difficult for me to put these volumes down. Be warned, those who doesn’t have a strong stomach, you might want to sit this one out.

Through the Wood by Emily Carroll

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Author: Emily Carroll
Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel
Rating:4/5

This is technically not a review since its pretty hard to review a graphic novel. This is just my thoughts and take on Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods.

I’ve been hearing about this book all over the place, goodreads, youtube and other bloggers. Everyone has been saying that its amazing and creepy. So when I was at the bookstore looking for something scary and I saw this on the shelf, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I did. Who knew these five short, and I mean very short, stories could be so terrifying. If I wasn’t reading it in broad daylight and with people around me, I probably would have put it down, burrow in my blanket and sleep with the lights on.

I enjoyed all five of the stories, each are different but all are just as creepy as the next. I admit thought, I hated that their endings are always cut short. I wanted to read more of it and wished that the writer would have elaborated more on each story. I understand the questioning of “what happened?” leaves more to the imagination of the readers, but I feel that I’m craving for something that I know won’t have a second part. I guess I’ve been spoiled with all these series and trilogies lately. Other than that one complaint, there really isn’t much that I disliked about this graphic novel.

As for the art itself. Its beautiful! The pictures are not gory or graphic, but there is something unsettling in each of the story that is well conveyed in the pictures. I love the little details in the artwork and it must be praised as much as the stories.

If you’re looking for something scary and just gives you the shivers, this book is a must read. IF you’re one of those readers who enjoys reading creepy stories in the October month, then you should definitely pick this up!

Saga Volume 1

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Story: Brian Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, A
Rating: 3.5/5

***********Spoilers Revealed**********
I’m not much of a graphic novel enthusiast. So I’m hardly an expert on what’s good and what’s not. I do however, know what I like and don’t like. This really isn’t a “review” on this graphic novel and I won’t go into details on the pros and cons of it. Since I only read the first book of the series, I think its hardly unfair for me to judge the storyline and the writing style of the author. So, this is really just my thoughts on the first instalment of the SAGA series.

Now I won’t go into details on the character development of the book or even the different characters in the book. I will, however, comment on the protagonists of this volume because I love Marko and Alana. Now, I’m not certain if they will be present all throughout the series, but I know for certain, if ever I want parents who are rebels, these would be the parents I choose. I love how they risk everything to be together and to bring a child into this chaotic world. Plus, hello, they would do anything for their baby daughter, which I think is pretty heroic enough! The narrator of this book, I’m not really sure, but I think she might be our future protagonist. I didn’t really get much from her, I did find out that she will be present in future volumes, and she is the daughter that Alana and Marko protects all throughout this book.

Another thing I wanted to talk about is the actual graphic of the book. Like I said, I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, and probably read only a handful of such genre, but I do love the graphic of this book. It’s very well drawn and the use of color is amazing! Its interesting how the artist can capture the facial expressions of the characters as if they are real, their eyes alone speaks volumes! Even the gruesome details of the story is very well done and I felt myself cringing on the sight of these drawings. Just as much as I love reading very well written books, I love looking through very well drawn graphic novels!

I said that I won’t judge the plot of Saga, but I must say that I’m really liking the story of the two protagonists. Besides the fact that they are running away from assassins and the “prince”(?), I’m not really sure where the main story arc is going. Not that I need to know more, Marko and Alana’s story is enough for me to keep reading.