Reality No-Show (ReMade S1 Ep 6) REVIEW

31578858Reality No-Show by Kiersten White

Published October 19th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 46

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Teddy, a teenage heart-throb and reality TV star, is used to being followed by cameras and waking up in strange beds with strange girls. But robot cameras with no operators, beds made of plastic, and girls that have no desire to be in bed with him? That he very unused to. Suddenly trapped in a weird alt-version of his own life – with a rare definitively non-fangirl – the teen star seeks questions, and a way out.

This episode introduces new characters, Teddy and Inez but focuses mainly on Teddy.

Teddy is the protagonist of a reality-show that makes him feel like his life is based on lies. The reader doesn’t get to know much about Inez, we only know that she lives in California and that she’s a lesbian. I’ll be waiting patiently for an episode about her.

I don’t really know if they’re a good addition to the series but we’ll see.

I don’t care about Teddy because I’m not into reality-shows. I was expecting an action packed episode, after the ending of the last one, so it disappointed me.

Still, I’m interested to see how this characters will adapt to their new reality and I look forward to reading the next episode.

Rating: 3 stars

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Umta (ReMade S1 Ep5) REVIEW

31578772Umta by Matthew Cody

Published October 12th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 34

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Even in a group of misfits, Umta sticks out. An adult with more history than any of the youths around her can possibly imagine, she knows about survival – and suffering. Brought back and remade seemingly to take care of the helpless children around her, she plays the mysterious guide and hunter with skill…but despite her knowledge, she is just as vulnerable as all the rest when the caretakers make their long-dreaded return.

This episode focuses on Umta, the mysterious woman who helped Holden and Seyah escape the caretakers on the first episode.

I’m so happy to finally read this episode! Umta spiked my attention the moment she appeared on the first episode. She wasn’t really a big part of the plot in the latest episodes, which makes me wonder about her and what she’s doing. This episode answered some of my questions about Umta but not all.

I really liked the plot of this episode and it was amazing to be inside Umta’s head.

I’m enjoying the series so far and I recommend it.

After the ending of this episode, I can’t wait to read the next!

Rating: 4 stars

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The Most Dangerous Game (ReMade S1 Ep4) REVIEW

The Most Dangerous Game (ReMade S1 Ep4) REVIEW

31578739The Most Dangerous Game by E. C. Myers

Published October 5th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 44

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Respawning in an unfamiliar place with no resources, weapons, or fuel sounds like a gamer’s nightmare – and Loki knows a thing or two about those. As the group tries to navigate finding food, creating shelter, and staying calm in a jungle with killer robots, he can’t help but wish for a reset button that takes him back – though he knows more than anyone that his life hasn’t been great for the last several checkpoints. When a new predator begins to stalk the survivors he sees his chance to prove himself in the real world, but he’s pretty sure he’s already used his one life in this game.

This episode focuses on Loki, another teenager of the group.

As expected, this episode also gives the reader insight on Loki’s past besides continuing the plot.

The narrative of his past was intense and it is heartbreaking that is the reality for a lot of teenagers. Bullying affected Loki in a terrible way and it is saddening to know that this is still a problem in high schools these days.

I’m really enjoying the way the authors present each of the characters pasts.

This series has been gripping and I intend on reading the rest of the episodes soon.

Rating: 4 stars

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Saga Volume 6 REVIEW

28862528Saga Volume 6 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan

Published July 5th 2016

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Pages: 152

Source: Borrowed it

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her star-crossed family learns hard lessons of their own.
 This volume continues the plot of the series. I really love these graphic novels.
Now, Hazel has grown a little bit and I love her even more.
The plot of this volume was gripping and it kept me reading until the end.
I can’t wait to read the next volume of the series.
The ending of this one was amazing and I hope I can read the next as soon as possible.
I never thought I would connect this much with the characters but the truth is that I’ll be eagerly waiting to see what will happen to them next time.
Really recommend this series to sci-fi and fantasy fans.
Rating: 5 stars

Home, Perilous Home (ReMade S1 Ep3) REVIEW

30812751Home, Perilous Home by Carrie Harris

Published September 28th 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 37

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Waking up in a strange and scary new world isn’t necessarily the worst thing, especially when you are grateful to wake up at all. When Nevaeh opened her eyes to find no hospital bed, IV drips, or cancer riddling her body she counted her blessings and sang for joy – happy to face the deadly jungle, killer robots, and (if she’s honest, perhaps the most disheartening) disgruntled companions. They say smiling is the best medicine, but does it still work after death?

This episode focuses on another girl, Nevaeh.

The characters are adapting to the life in the wilderness but, because the wildlife is so different from what they’re used to, it is harder to know which plants are safe to eat.

The reader also gets to know the past of Nevaeh. I really like it that the authors take time to write about each of the character’s pasts. It gives depth to each of them and makes it a lot easier to understand some of their actions.

The character development in each episode is outstanding and I can’t wait to read the next episode.

Rating: 4 stars

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May Book Haul

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The books I got this month are:

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  • The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
  • Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella

 

If you already read any of these books comment your opinion~

Hungry (ReMade S1 Ep2) REVIEW

30812721Hungry by Andrea Phillips

Published September 21st 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Pages: 39

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

May likes being in control: with an obsessive drive to succeed and her aim set on Harvard, she knows how to keep her life on course. Plucked from her whirlwind of tests and achievement charts, and dropped into a world where civilization itself has crumbled, she wants more than just answers. But living with deadly allergies means you’re always on the razor edge – one peanut, one bee sting, one toe out of line could be your downfall, and nobody wants to die twice.

ReMade is about a group of teenagers that just appeared in a different place after a near-death experience. Some believe that they’re actually dead, others have other theories like they were captured by aliens or are living in the future.

In this episode, the author focused on May, a obcessive girl who has numerous allergies. I’m not particularly fond of her but it was interesting to read about her story. This way, the readers get to know her background and it explains her attitude.

I’ll keep reading this series. These two episodes intrigued me and I’m eager to keep going.

Rating: 4 stars

Shadows and Dreams (ReMade S1 Ep1) REVIEW

Shadows and Dreams (ReMade S1 Ep1) REVIEW

30812672Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody

Published September 14th 2016

Genre: Science Fiction, YA

Pages: 32

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Holden Black never imagined his crush knew his name, much less that he’d suddenly be driving her to a party. But life can change in a second, especially when you’re 16. A look. A flash of headlights. A scream. What do you do when the unexpected jumps straight to the unbelievable, the dream becomes a nightmare, and waking changes everything except your heart’s desire?

This episode introduced the characters of the series.

The plot was simple and left me wondering about what was going on.

Unlike Bookburners, one of the other series from Serial Box, the episode felt like it was a chapter in a bigger novel. On Bookburners, there was plot connecting the episodes but each one had a different story. In ReMade, this first episode introduced the plot and characters but there weren’t enough pages for me to form an opinion.

I’ll keep reading this series and hopefully the next episode will explain some of the things that were going on.

Rating: 3,5 stars

Hungry (ReMade S1 Ep2) REVIEW

Bizenghast Collectors Edition (Volume #1) REVIEW

Resultado de imagem para Bizenghast Collectors Edition V.1Bizenghast Collectors Edition Volume 1 by M. Alice LeGrow

Published January 10th 2017

Genre: Graphic Novel

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

When a young girl moves to the forgotten town of Bizenghast, she uncovers a terrifying collection of lost souls that leads her to the brink of insanity. One thing that becomes painfully clear: The residences of Bizenghast are just dying to come home. Marty Legrow has crafted an unforgettable Gothic drama that will leave readers haunted long after the last page is turned.

This book is about Dinah and Vincent. Dinah’s parents died in an accident and she had to move to her aunt’s house. There, she met Vincent and they became good friends. One day, when they were walking together through the woods, they found a  creepy cemetery that neither of them had seen before. They entered it and Dinah ended up signing a contract that stated that she had to come back to that cemetery everyday.

When I started reading this graphic novel, I struggled with the art. I didn’t mind that it was black and white but I found the design of the characters weird. As I kept reading, the art got better and I also got used to it.

The characters were mediocre, Dinah’s uselessness bothered me in the beginning but then she started getting better, Vincent was the typical sidekick that does everything for the main character that he has a crush on (even though he doesn’t admit it). The rest of the characters were fine but not really memorable.

The plot was what saved this graphic novel for me. Even though it didn’t have a lot of action, it was nice to see what Dinah and Vincent had to do to help these people. It kept me reading because I was curious to see what they would have to do the next day.

It was a fun read and, even though it had big issues, I ended up invested in the story.

Rating: 3 stars

Lisey’s Story REVIEW

10566Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Published October 24th 2006

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 513

Source: Library

Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning, novelist. And a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo’ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now, it’s Lisey’s turn to face her husband’s demons. And what begins as a widow’s effort to sort through her husband’s effects, becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.

Lisey’s Story is about Lisa, the wife of a well-known writer, Scott Landon. Her husband died two years ago but Lisey hasn’t cleaned his office yet. As she makes her way through Scott’s belongings, she remembers the times when they were still together. Then, she’s pulled to reality and is forced to face what comes with it.

This book starts in an intriguing way. It is filled with flashbacks and thoughts inside thoughts that give depth to the main character.

In the beginning it was hard to keep up with all the hidden meanings of the words but, as I read the book, the plot got more fluid and, in the middle of the novel, I was completely hooked.

The characters were interesting and the plot was gripping.

Lisey is the center of the story, as expected, but the book also focuses on Scott’s story. Lisey’s sisters were also part of the story even though Amanda was featured more than the other sisters.

This book is another example of Stephen King’s marvelous plot-creating skills and storytelling. It was wonderful to read this book and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up from the library. I didn’t even know this book existed.

Rating: 4 stars