Friday, May 15, 2020

Book Review: Crandle and all

Not sure this was written with a YA crowd in mind, but Patterson did turn the life of two teenage girls into a living hell.

Kathleen and Colleen have never met. They live across the ocean from each other, none of them expected to be linked to a prophecy. But two virgins will give birth soon to the next Messiah and Anticrist. Can detective Anne, and father Justin, figure out if this is a hoax, or worse yet, dispose of the devil's child if he is born?

The story was fast-paced, constantly making the reader switch sides between which mother was carrying the ''abomination.'' I enjoyed that Patterson made most characters sympathetic. Anne's confidence (she is 24) that she would be capable of handling this situation added indirect tension. Let's face it, no one can be prepared to terminate the life of a child. Even if it is Satan's.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Book Review: Happily ever after & everything in between

I wonder how Tung is able to record such cute couple moments.

It seems impossible after living with on and off relationships, guys who don't call back, people who are emotionally unavailable... that finding that one person to live in harmony with exists. But it does. And the book depicts just that. How a healthy relationship provides comfort, trust, understanding, and peace. The animation is well done. She maintains the black and white overtones used in all of her books.

Looking forward to the baby volume. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Book review: Saga vol.4

Couldn't put this down!

Life seems like it's just starting for our family in Gardenia. Alana must provide for the household while Marko takes care of Hazel. Unfortunately, being undercover is harder than these two could have imagined. The role of the provider just seems to be too much of a responsibility for Alana, and Marco's new female friend keeps getting too close. Will this sudden change drift these two apart?

Vaughan keeps entertaining the audience by introducing simultaneous cliffhangers. But above all, it was hazel witty comments that oddly increased the tension in the story. Kids are far too observant. Can't wait to see what he has in store for us next.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Book Review: A tragic kind of wonderful

Mel, afraid to alienate her friends, keeps her bipolar disorder a secret. But some symptoms are difficult to remain hidden. And she will soon discover that letting your best friends in, is way better than pushing everybody out.

At first sight, I thought the story constantly shifted between time frames (past, present, short-term past), and I was glad to see it become linear as the story progressed. Mel dealt with many emotions caused by other life problems (family death, controlling friend, new relationship) that it was interesting to see her associate many of these rollercoaster feelings with her BD condition. I could tell the author placed a lot of energy in research and characterization.

All in all, a good book.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Graphic Monday: Saga

Not even aliens can get a break

Alana and Marko are fleeing the land after their mixed-race baby is declared an atrocity. Hunters are sent to destroy them, including a computer Prince (super suave robot), a hot heartbroken man and his crazy eight-legged ex.

This graphic novel has non-stop action, written with a humorist tone. I love the way the author included an inner dialogue voice from the baby's point-of-view that allows us to expect, not only her survival but also a major involvement on her part in the future volumes. The illustrations were very bold, sexy, and beautifully curved. I can't wait to read the next installment.