monthly wrap-ups

April 2018 Wrap-Up

There’s a little bit of April still left, but here we go.

Finished:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi | Review – 2/5 stars
  2. Wonder Woman Hiketeia – Greg Rucka | 5/5 stars
  3. Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn |Review – 2.5/5 stars, DNF
  4. The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty | Review – 4/5 stars | Booktube review
  5. Radiance – Catherynne M Valente | DNF, on hold
  6. American Panda – Gloria Chao | DNF- too traumatic for me
  7. Windwitch – Susan Dennard | Review – 1/5 stars, DNF it was so bad
  8. The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton | DNF, on hold
  9. And I Darken – Kiersten White | Review – 2.5 stars, historically inaccurate, straight-washed Mehmed, but still an entertaining read despite all the missteps

Still reading

  1. The Girl from Everywhere – Heidi Heilig
  2. The Serpent’s Secret – Sayantani Dasgupta
  3. Empire of Storms – SJM
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic – VE Schwab – perpetually at 33%

 

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4 stars · book review

book review: the City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

4 out of 5 stars | Goodreads review

Well. Hot damn. This was a good read despite the fact that I first picked it up without knowing anything about it.

I will admit the politics were hard to follow and if I were not told that the back of this book had a glossary, I’d have resulted in drawing a political dynamic chart for myself to keep track of this shit. But I like figuring this stuff out and piecing things together, so I appreciate that the intrigue wasn’t spoon-fed to me. Would I have liked some more clues? Yeah, but I never felt like the random comments/info-bites about the different tribes of Daevabad and their religions were straight-up useless/a waste of space.
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2 stars · book review

book review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

2 out of 5 stars | Goodreads Review

I tried to like this book, but it wasn’t something I found myself enjoying. Perhaps the writing will improve with more books. I hope the movie adaptation is good. Maybe it’ll be the avatar movie we always wanted lol.

Initial reactions while reading:

Wow how much of the general ATLA outline are they gonna copy… so far (as of p. 173) we have the first three episodes. They go to the Orisha equivilant of the Southern Air Temple and learn about something they have to do before the solstice before it’s too late. We’re thrust into what looks like is going to be a quest for a MacGuffin/sunstone. I hope Adeyemi doesn’t rely too heavily on ATLA in future books.

Inan’s got nothing on Zuko. I do like Amari, though. I don’t like how there’s an instant attraction between Inan and Zelie. You can TELL something just snaps into place between them. Yes, the psychic bond, but also the signs of romo.

Below is my review from Goodreads (cross-posted):

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monthly wrap-ups

March 2018 Update #2 | Wrap-Ip

This month I actively went to and fro the library. Many books were checked out and never read, but I managed to finish a few.

Manga / Comics / Graphic Novels

  1. The Girl from the Other Side Vol 1 – 4/5 stars
  2. Rat Queens vol 1 – 2/5 stars – I was not a fan of the art, or the crassness. I suppose that is the appeal for some but it wasn’t for me. The lining seemed unprofessional; it was like they took the sketches and just colored over it. I really liked Dee’s character design, though.
  3. Wonder Woman: Love and Murder – 3/5 stars – The art was really nice, but I had a hard time believing that was ACTUALLY Hippolyta.
  4. Wonder Woman: The Odyssey vol. 1 – 3/5 stars – Not a particularly interesting storyline
  5. The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang – 5/5 stars – BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL, EVERYTHING. This is how you panel comics. I’ve always had such a problem with the way some graphic novels are structure each page, but I literally read this in 15 minutes. It was a breeze.

 

Books

  1. The Falconer – Elizabeth May –  3/5 stars. Enjoyable read, but nothing mind-blowing. The main couple reminded me a lot of a healthier/less annoying version of Rowealin. I did not buy into their attraction, but they were tolerable for the most part. I prefered Gavin, but the writer made it clear Aileana wasn’t into him the way I was.
  2. The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco – 1/5 stars | Goodreads Review here
    • I cannot even with this book. I will say it reads faster than its predecessor. I only worry about the subsequent books and how they portray Drycht because the way they treat Daanoris wasn’t exactly subtle.
  3. Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann – 3.75/5 stars – Pretty sweet and short. In my opinion the characters were a bit underdeveloped. Glad to see an ace protagonist of color appearing in YA books. All I can say is I want MORE!!!!