The Twilight Children: Review

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Title: The Twilight Children

Published by : Vertigo

Publication date: May 17th 2016

By Gilbert Hernandez (writer) and Darwyn Cooke (artist)

Source: Received copy from DC Entertainment through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

This comic book left me so conflicted, I was looking through the most requested comics on NetGalley and came across The Twilight Children, the synopsis sounded really interesting and obviously I couldn’t see the artwork inside but I loved the art style on the cover! This is a Sci-Fi mystery and I loved that the synopsis was very vague so I really wanted to read it. Here’s the synopsis:

‘When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?’

 World Building: I found that this was one of those stories where the World Building wasn’t outstanding but it had enough for me to immerse myself into the environment. I was quite surprised to find out that apparently there is no second volume? I don’t know if this is true but I’ve also searched for any sign that there will be a volume two and I’ve come up with nothing. I would’ve been satisfied with the world building for this volume if I knew that it was an on-going series, but as this is not the case I would’ve liked a bit more complexity in this Latin village, maybe focus a tiny bit more on building a stronger environment.

Characters: I feel like throughout this review I’m going to keep referring back to the fact that one volume is TOOOO SHOORTT. We don’t have enough time for character development, or relationship development. Everything was a bit confusing. However with that being said, I really liked the set of characters we have in this comic, from the scientist to the standard protective sheriff and the promiscuous wife in the village.  As this is called the Twilight Children I did expect a bit more of a focus on the group of children that mysteriously turn blind and suddenly feel connected to this mysterious newcomer into the village, Ela.

Plot: It was a bit of a mess, I’m going to be completely honest. Every reader likes the mystery aspect, we all like to form theories or explanations and discover by the end whether we were right. Nothing is explained, now I might be a little slow, if you’ve read this comic please comment down below and explain the theory behind it. But in my opinion, nothing is clarified, what the hell is the Orb? Why do people randomly disappear? Why are the children blind? I honestly can carry on asking all these questions, and I completely understand that not everything is to be made crystal clear by the end of the volume. I’ve finished reading and I don’t know have a clue what happened, nothing… I love the concept, I really do, it’s why I wanted to read this but for me I’m just left confused and awfully dissatisfied at the end.

Overall I really liked the premise, the set of characters and I loved the artwork. The seeting of this comic is beautifully displayed by the illustrations and the use of vibrant colours. However I did feel like it fell a little flat at the end, with next to no explanation of any of the Sci-Fi components leaving the reader a bit confused.

1000 likes? Whaaaaat?

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I feel like I don’t post any appreciative posts on my blog but when I saw this notification… I didn’t think I’d get this far, 1000 is insane! Thank you to everyone for supporting me, liking, following, commenting!!!! I’ve been a bit dormant on my blog because of school but after seeing this…Again THANK YOU!

The Trap: Review

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Title: The Trap

Published by : Pan Macmillan

Publication date: May 19th 2016

Author: Melanie Raabe

Source: Won in a Goodreads giveaway

 

 

First of all I’d like to apologise for how long it took me to post this review and for the fact that it’s now been 10 days since I last posted! You’re probably all tired of me moaning about my exams but they’re just so close at this point, they start in less than a month and last for about three weeks. I haven’t posted a May TBR because frankly I didn’t expect to read any books this month, BUT its halfway through the month and I’ve read a book! Yes it may have been less than 300 pages but it’s still an achievement, considering most of my time is spent studying.

Honestly the tag line of this book was what initially sparked my interest in the book. It’s really weird but when I read a synopsis and I feel like there’s not much to be done with this story line it actually makes me intrigued to find out how the author approached it. This may sound like absolute gibberish but when I tell you the synopsis it’ll make sense (hopefully)!

‘For 11 years, the bestselling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister–who she discovered in a pool of blood–and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda’s hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister’s murderer on television. Hobbled by years of isolation, Linda resolves to use the plot of her next novel to lay an irresistible trap for the man. As the plan is set in motion and the past comes rushing back, Linda’s memories–and her very sanity–are called into question. Is this man a heartless killer or merely a helpless victim?’

Basically the premise of this book doesn’t really sound that complex, an infamous recluse, Linda, who 11 years ago walked into her sister’s flat maybe minutes after she was murdered and witnessed the killer leaving. Present day, she’s watching TV and sees the killer she remembered from all those years ago who is now a respected journalist. The whole basis of the book is that Linda writes a book detailing the murder of her sister and grants an interview to one person, the murderer, this was ‘the trap’. I loved the sound of it, but when I saw that it was 288 pages it got me thinking, what else is this story about. Surely an interview won’t last for the entire duration of the book!

I loved it, I loved the complexity of the characters and the fact that it directly addresses the traumatic effects death and grieving has on an individuals mental health. Another thing that I loved was that this was a book in a book! Inception much? We get to read each chapter of Linda’s book as it becomes relevant to that particular part of the story in the present day.

Characters: I loved Linda, I thought she was slightly psychotic but I was able to connect and sympathise with her. I also appreciated the development in her character through the duration of this novel, her feelings and emotional break downs felt genuine, it didn’t feel exaggerated, and it also managed to avoid some of the clichés I come across quite often in psychological thrillers. I was so confused throughout the novel, it depicted exactly how blurred the lines are between right and wrong.

Plot: This novel had me so confused the entire time (here we go again). But weirdly enough I enjoyed the confusion, as Linda begins to doubt who committed the murder it also creates a doubt in the reader. Just when I thought I knew definitely what was going on and formed a little theory in my head, doubt was introduced; doubt about who committed it, what actually happened and if Linda is actually sane. If I had one thing to say about this plot was there was such a slow build up to it that at times I’m like okay, when is something actually significant going to happen. That meant that to me the plot seemed a bit rushed, the main event everyone was waiting for happened in a few pages and seemed awfully convenient. This is a spoiler free review so I think I’ll stop here!

Overall I thought that this was a fantastic debut novel, it strayed from the norm in several aspects, and it successfully immersed the reader into the main characters journey. The incorporation of Linda’s new book into the novel I thought was very smart, just when the scene got a bit too intense the author throws in a chapter of Linda’s book to alleviate the mood slightly and bring to light new information that makes the reader think and connect the dots. I definitely recommend this for someone who’s looking for a short psychological thriller that maintains the same intensity throughout the novel and challenges the reader.

April Book Haul- (Finally)

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The struggle I went to, to get this semi-decent looking picture was ridiculous! I had to balance it on my window and then I’d accidentally knock them down with my long ass arms! Anyway on with the book haul!

Books I bought:

  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  • Death note, art by Takeshi Obata and story by Tsugumi Ohba
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Tempest (manga Shakespeare). Illustrated by Paul Duffield.
  • Hamlet (manga Shakespeare). Illustrated by Emma Vieceli
  • The Good Neighbours by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
  • The Hypernaturals, by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker, Tom Derenick, Andres Guinaldo

Won in Goodread Giveaways: (and received)

  • Portraits Of Gilrs I Never Met by Rebecca Rijsdijk
  • The Trap by Melanie Raabe

Received for review:

  • Steel Victory by J.L Gribble
  • Abomination by Jane Dougherty
  • Silent Cats- Deadly Dance by JD Wallace

Passenger: Review

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Title: Passenger

Published by : Hachette Children’s Group

Publication date: March 31st 2015

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Source: Received copy from Hachette Children’s Group through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

Did I enjoy reading this book? YES! Did I think it what somewhat over-hyped? YES….

Let me just get on with this review because I have a LOT to say! If you enjoy reading time travel but you do not really want a theory or premise that is overly complicated ora book that incorporates a lot of info-dumps I definitely think you should read this. IF you enjoy world building and aren’t annoyed when an author goes into extensive descriptions about seemingly unimportant things EVEN though it makes for great world building, this is something for you… For me personally I found that world building and relationships took centre stage in this novel and they were the two aspects I loved.

This is a book that has a beautiful blend between cultural diversity and intense world building that I really enjoyed. It’s sad that a book with an African American as a love interest and a co-protagonist (yes I will refer to him as such throughout this review) is so rare that when it is present it makes you respect the author. But that is truth, out of all the YA books I’ve read in the last couple of months or maybe year I have RARELY come across a diverse set of characters.

What I also loved about Alexandra Bracken is that she found a way to incorporate a hundred different cultures yet not offending one. In a world where literally anything will offend someone somewhere it was great to read to the end of the book and think well done Ms Bracken… As a Muslim I was slightly hesitant when I read they had to transport to Syria, I thought oh God no, something somewhere is not going to sit well with me, BUT I DIDN’T! First of all I liked the fact that for once Muslims are portrayed as compassionate people, even if their beliefs may seem bizarre to an observer she portrayed them as HUMAN BEINGS. I find that a lot of times (sadly) when Muslims are in a book/film it’s because they’re terrorists, are somehow linked to a terrorist plot or you’ll just find them frantically yelling in Arabic and being judgemental. When we come across Hassan I’m so relieved that this is not one of those moments again….

World building: Honestly this has to be the best world building I’ve read in a while. When I’m reading I find that the smallest of details help form the scene for me and this did just that! You’ll read a paragraph describing a violin and it’d just help you understand the character and the intensity of the atmosphere more! I also liked how she managed to space out the travel to different regions so that it weren’t overwhelming at all. Each region was captured in the pages allocated to it!

Characters: I loved our main characters, I loved that we had an interracial relationship and the development we see in their relationship. One thing I will say is that I found it somewhat lacked chemistry, it always seemed to be about lust and how his muscles popped and her hair sparkled but I don’t think we got to discover the depth of their feelings as much as I would’ve liked.

Plot: THE CLIFF HANGERRRRRRRRR. Do I really have to wait until July 2017????? There weren’t any mind blowing plot twists but I did like the action being evenly spaced out throughout the book. The build-up to the plot at times slowed down and there may have been a bit too much concentration on the world building causing the development of the story line to suffer at times.

I didn’t think Passenger needed to be 486 pages long, there were some cuts that I think should’ve been done in order to maintain the engagement of the reader. Admittedly I lost interest a few times because the world building got a bit much but I still enjoyed reading this novel. For me the time-travel could’ve been a bit more developed, I was really interested to see how Alexandra Bracken would go about this concept that has failed so often in the books I’ve read. I hope that maybe in Wayfarer we delve into this concept a little deeper!