Stacy King – Romeo and Juliet (Manga Classic) | Review

38920941Stacy King is a marvelous writer. I love her manga adaptations of classics (even though I’ve only read two so far). I enjoy her adaptation even more due to the fact that she puts so much research into her work – you can clearly see that in the final pages of the manga where she explains how she visited the locations mentioned in the story and puts her sketches.

I enjoyed the art very much and the characterisation through it. For example, I loved that every male character had a specific sword which was weirdly very fitting for his character.

There is no point in putting a summary of the story of Romeo and Juliet since this play by Shakespeare is one of the most famous stories in the world. This is why I am keeping this review short. I believe everyone who enjoys Shakespeare and plays in general will sincerely enjoy this manga classic.

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Gareth Hinds – The Iliad | Review

40910448This is a retelling of The Iliad in form of a graphic novel. The author Gareth Hinds brings us once again to one of the most famous battles of all time. There is no need for me to summarise this graphic novel since the story is so well-known and well-loved.

I immensely enjoyed the maps and the charts. They were very helpful in bringing the story closer to me. Also, the chart with all the characters at the beginning was incredible, it made it easy to visualise everything. I love how it was similar to a list of characters in a play!

The art was quite lovely. I really enjoyed it, above all else because it was so different from the other graphic novels I’ve read in the past. My only complain is that it appeared a bit grainy, but that must have been a problem with my e-arc.

However, all those things could not cloud the fact that I simply did not enjoy this graphic novel. I am actually a big fan od the Iliad and Achilles is one of my favorite characters in greek mythology, but I simply couldn’t get into this novel.

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Alexandra Turney – In Exile | Review

43216795In her first novel In Exile the author Alexandra Turney throws you into the Eternal city. The city itself is completely overlooked, which I actually rather enjoyed. However, it find the fact that the story seems so timeless quite symbolic because of its setting. The book itself is divided into three parts which are separated very logically. Each of the parts represents the emotions that mainly the protagonist Grace, but also her friends Caroline and Sara are experiencing towards the god Dionysus.
On the very first page we are introduced to Dionysus who wakes up in modern Rome. He is instantly confronted with the fact that not a single soul worships him still. At the same moment, in the same city, a girl is bored to death. Her name is Grace. She is angsty, melodramatic, has questionable taste in (girl)friends and is longing for an adventure she will not forget. Little does she know that on an innocent walk she will encounter a stranger who will fill her with fear and love she has never felt before.

I have many opinions on this book, and also many emotions. At first the book was quite fast paced, then in the second part it slowed down tremendously. I hoped it would become a bit faster paced, which it did in the third part. I love the faster paced parts better. I simply felt as if at moments the author simply didn’t know how to fill the in-betweens and connect the main plot points. She didn’t do a bad job, far from that, it was simply noticeable to me.

The characters. Hmm. I longed to love them. Especially Caroline and Dionysus. Simply because those two seems like they had that unique dark potential I enjoy so much. However, Dionysus seem a bit flat most of the time. There were moments when we were given a glimpse into his thoughts, but they were short and simply not enough for me to connect with him. And Caroline was at the beginning simply unlikable, then I despised her, but when she became even more important to Grace that before I liked her a bit more. I simply feel like Caroline could have been given so much more depth and flesh. Sara was such an uninteresting character I know I will forget her quite soon.
I am not sure if all these things were ment to be this way, but they bugged me (except for the Sara part, I don’t really care about her).

In conclusion, this a fine book. It had a charming bit of greek mythology, which I always appreciate. When I started reading it I hadn’t heard it being compared to The Secret History by Donna Tartt, but I soon discovered it had the same vibe. I will not implicate that there is some sort of plagiarism here, because there isn’t! Simply, there are some similarities in the stories. The main reason I am mentioning this is because if you enjoyed The Secret History or any other dark academia novel then you will probably enjoy this one as well. Also, I just wanted to say that I really like the cover!

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Don DeLillo – The Body Artist | Review

329231The Body Artist is a book written by Don DeLillo. It is sometimes refered to as a novel and sometimes as a novella. I don’t really see the need to classify it as one of those (or to classify it at all for that matter), but you can leave in the comments your arguments and opinions.
This is a story of a young woman whose husband has committed suicide. She was her third wife and much younger than him. We follow in her footprints as she deals with death and loneliness.

This was, in my opinion, a quite peculiar book. It was narrated in two perspectives, from the second and the third person. The use of storytelling from the second person was rare, but it was there for a few times on the very beginnings of chapters. I didn’t fully understand the point of it, but I guess I will have to reread the book to catch some of the details. (Fell free to tell me your opinions below.)

The author Don DeLillo beautifully used time as a “poetic figure”. He intertwined the past, the present and the future to appear as one moment, but at the same time like infinity. I rather liked this, because it gave so much more mystique to the character of Mr. Tuttle, as well as to the whole book.

However, I cannot say I bonded with this book or with any of the characters. It was very fast paced. Also, even though this book was deeply personal and dealt with the psyche it felt extremely far away in a sense and I way in a way unable to reach it.

I really like the ending, even though it left me with even more questions than I had at the start. It was peculiar and weird and charming.

To conclude, I would like to say this was in no way an amazing reading experience, but it was far from unenjoyable. It was poetic and filled with artistic elements that simply screamed emotions, but there was little to no plot. Don’t bother picking this book up it you enjoy plot driven stories, but if you up for some lovely poetic nonsense this is the one for you!

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Peter Handke – Don Juan: His Own Version | Review

7267353Don Juan: His Own Version is a novella by Peter Handke. I stumbled upon a copy of this book fairly recently and got very excited about it since it was then recommended to me as a beautifully written novella filled with everything I love: mystery, sensuality and a fascinating protagonist.

Don Juan ovitak.inddThere isn’t much I can say about this book. I feel unchanged by it. I expected so much more. The pace was quick, there was no time to connect to the narrator or to Don Juan, which I wanted.
There was none of that magic that I believe comes with Don Juan’s persona. The writing style was lovely, but not enough to keep my focus. I found myself to wander in my thoughts multiple times.
I cannot say I did not enjoy this little novella – it is simply that I did not enjoy it as much I hoped i would. I did not get that feeling of deep fascination I usually get from characters such as Don Juan.

I am still unsure of how to rate this book, I will have to give it some thought. I don’t know which is the target audience for the novella, so I cannot make any recommendations. This one is a hit or miss in my opinion.

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Linda Hope Lee – Murder Between the Pages | Review

43268284Murder Between the Pages is a novel written by Linda Hope Lee. It is a mystery revolving around Nina Foster, a librarian in a small town. Nina Foster’s best friend has been murdered and Nina finds herself investigating the murder. In the process she uncovers many intrigues and secrets about people close to her, but she also stumbles upon a man who intrigues her as much as all those secrets.
In this fast pace novel you are faced with many characters whose problems and personalities are very much real.

This book is more than anything else an easy read. The fast pace of the plot is in my opinion one of the best aspects of this book. The characters are a bit two-dimensional, there is not a lot of depth to them. This isn’t something that makes the book enjoyable however. I cannot say that I didn’t have a good time reading this book since that would be a blatant lie! I liked the adventures of Nina Foster very much. I liked coming up with theories to who the killer was and most of all I enjoyed the fact that they were all in the end proven wrong.

There is however one thing that really bugged me in this book. The names. The names were mostly either made up or just really cringy (such as a bookstore clerk named Hamlet?!). This didn’t “destroy” my reading experience, but I couldn’t really take a person named Sondra Wagner seriously.

In conclusion, if you are looking an easy-to-read book to take with you to vacation or you simply enjoy books that don’t demand a lot of energy while you read them, then this might just be the book for you. However, those aren’t the types of books that I prefer.

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Ryan North – Midas | Review

42201529Midas is a graphic novel written by Ryan North. The illustrations were done by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. The plot of this graphic novel revolves around a small group of space explorers who come to Earth to find the reason it has turned to gold centuries ago. They find the corpse of King Midas and there starts their exploration of how he turned Earth to gold. They fight those who want to abuse the power of King Midas and in the end there comes to the re-creation of the universe and life in it.

I found the dialogues in this graphic novel were very poorly written. They were quite childish, simple and unrealistic. The graphic novel is ment to be a middle-grade and yet I have stumbled upon so many things that in my opinion are not on a middle-grade reading level. (Possible spoiler in the next sentence.) I sincerely doubt that a child reading this graphic novel would for example understand what the subatomic level is and why perhaps it could or could not turn to gold.

Also, I was a bit confused with the decision to nickname Fatima Fatty. Why even give her a nicknames if you couldn’t think of something not offensive?

There is one more thing I cannot look over. I really dislike the way they portrayed greek mythology in this graphic novel. I do not see the need to create new characters with names that don’t even sound like they belong in greek mythology when there are already incredibly interesting characters in it. Also, I found the fact that the giant spaceship was named Titanic extremely cringy.

The art in the graphic novel was okay, cute, but it was not spectacular. And because of all these things I cannot say I enjoyed this graphic novel. Even if you disregard all the negative things I said about it, I still would not have enjoyed it very much. It wasn’t gripping, I quickly lost my focus and was simply bored.

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