Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith REVIEW

34808110Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

Published July 31th 2013

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 499

Source: Sent from the author in exchange for an honest review

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.
This book is about Ewan, an orphan boy who sees Creatures that others don’t. After years of bad foster homes, he’s finally taken to Firedrake Lyceum, a school for people like him.
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The characters were interesting, every one of them had a different personality which added a lot to the book. Ewan is an awkward boy, very similar to Harry Potter. My favorite character was Mathilde, she was funny and I started loving her as soon as she appeared.
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The writing style was very good but I feel the plot was dragged in some points.
The story was good, the author did a pretty good job on this first book of the series.
Still, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it a few years ago.
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This book has a lot of similarities with the Harry Potter series so, if you like those books, I recommend Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith.
I already passed my Harry Potter phase and that’s why I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I think I would.
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Nonetheless, I recommend this book to younger readers and Harry Potter fans, I think you’ll enjoy.
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Rating: 3,5 stars

Pride of Baghdad REVIEW

105703Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon

Published September 13th 2006

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 136

Source: Library

From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War.In his award-winning work on Y THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq.

In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

Pride of Baghdad is about four lions that escape from the Baghdad Zoo when the city is bombarded by the United States.

The pride has four lions: the male, Zill, an old lioness, Safa, an adult lioness, Noor, and her cub, Ali.

Zill was interesting but I feel like there was a lot of backstory that wasn’t explained what made me feel like there was something missing in the character.
Safa was the opposite. The reader gets to know her backstory in the beginning and it is heartbreaking. She was a strong character and really stood out in the story.
Noor was the smart one. I loved her. Even though she had flaws, she was always plotting and thinking of ways to survive. She did her best to protect Ali and the little cub was the cutest.

The plot was compelling. The story line was simple and what made this graphic novel really interesting were the character interactions. It is based on a real life event and it makes you think about all the innocent victims of this kind of disasters.
I’m giving it 4,5 because, even though we knew about Safa’s story, the reader doesn’t get to know Zill’s story.

Rating: 4,5 stars

Saga Volume 5 REVIEW

25451555Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Published: September 9th 2015

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Pages: 152

Source: Borrowed it

Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.

This volume was so much better than the previous one! There was a lot of action and the plot as gripping.

I started reading it and I couldn’t stop.

I’m so glad this volume was better than volume 4, I was worried the rest of the series would be like that.

As I read more, I get even more connected with the characters and now. I can’t wait to read volume 6.

There was a lot of character development, as I already expected from this series.

The plot keeps going and it is amazing to see this series growing.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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The Wicked + The Divine – The Faust Act (Volume #1) REVIEW

23093359The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

Published November 12th 2014

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Pages: 144

Source: Borrowed it

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

This graphic novel is about gods that appear every 90 years and live 2 years each time before they die. They’re also pop stars.

I didn’t know anything about this graphic novel when I started it. I was expecting something different, it surprised me in a good way.

The main character is Laura, a college girl that goes to almost all the gods’ shows. In my opinion, the personality trait that defines her is determination. Since the beginning, she’s determined to do something and she doesn’t give up. I think she’s really strong and I love her.

All the gods were interesting but the one that stood out the most was Lucifer. I loved her so much. She made me laugh and that’s probably why she’d my favorite character.

The plot was really good. It wasn’t too complex nor too simple. I truly enjoyed it and the ending was mind blowing.

I can’t wait to read the next volumes. I recommend this graphic novel.

Rating: 5 stars

The Miniaturist REVIEW

18047651The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Published July 3rd 2014

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 435

Source: Library

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?
Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

The Miniaturist is set in 1686 and it is about a 18 year-old that marries Johannes Brandt, an older merchant from Amsterdam. Nella moves to the big city, excited for the start of her life as a  wife but, as she gets there, she realizes that it won’t be the life she imagined.  Johannes gives her a replica of her new house but it is empty so Nella asks the miniaturist to create a few pieces. When the package finally arrives, there are more miniatures in it than Nella asked. After that, the packages keep coming even though Nella didn’t order anything. In them, the miniatures reflect events and secrets of her new family.

Nella is an interesting character. Even though she doesn’t get what she always wanted, she tries to make up for it. Johannes was also a great character but the novel focused more on the women than on him. Marin was intriguing and I loved her interactions with Nella.

The plot was fascinating. The author was able to create a story incorporating the social issues of the time in a brilliant way. I couldn’t stop reading.

The book shows the racism and the homophobia of the time in a brutal way and I couldn’t put it down.

I really want to read more of the author but my local library doesn’t have The Muse but I hope that, once the book gets translated to portuguese, they’ll get it.

If you like Historical Fiction or if you just want to know a bit more about Amsterdam in the 17th century, you should try The Miniaturist.

If you already read this book, I recommend reading the first chapter again after finishing the book.

Rating: 5 stars

C21st Gods #1 REVIEW

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C21st Gods #1 by David Tallerman and Anthony Summey

Published November 9th 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 24

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

In a noirish modern re-imagining of H P Lovecraft’s classic The Call of Cthulhu, one determined police detective investigates a series of horrific cult murders, only to discover that – in an age when technological marvels outstrip the wildest nightmares of the past – there may be worse to fear than even the return of a godlike horror from Earth’s prehistory.

This graphic novel is basically the introduction for the next issues.

There are a lot of bodies pilling up and the main character makes it his duty to solve the case.

The art was so beautiful, the scenery and the houses were really pleasantly looking.

There wasn’t much plot in this issue, it was just an introduction for what’s about to come.

Nonetheless, I liked it and I’m curious to read the next issues.

Rating: 4 stars

Will I See? REVIEW

31258104Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson and GMB Chomichuk

Published December 1st 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 56

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Will I See? is a graphic novel about a girl that goes around town and finds keepsakes as she goes. Each keepsake has a story that she sees in front of her.

It is a violent novel. The art is beautiful and I loved the combination of black and white with the red blood.

The book is quite short and has almost no text, the story is told mainly by the images. The plot is simple but enjoyable.

It was a very intense graphic novel but I liked it and I’m glad I picked it up.

Rating: 4 stars

Murder on the Orient Express REVIEW

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Published in 1934

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 274

Source: Borrowed it from thatonenerdygirl

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

This book follows Hercule Poirot as he solves a murder on the Orient Express.

Murder on the Orient Express was the first Agatha Christie book that I read. I had already read a Miss Marple story but nothing about Poirot. I had great expectations for this book but is was even better than I expected it to be. The characters were outstanding. Poirot, of course, is wonderful and I love him but all the other characters had deapth and I liked them.

The plot was intense. It was full of twists and it was marvelous to  see Poirot solve such a hard case.

I started reading this book without knowing anything about the plot and I recommend doing so because everything that happened took me by surprise. I knew I would like it and I did.

Rating: 5 stars

 

March Book Haul

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The books I got this month are:

  • Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
  • Freelancer by Jake Lingwall
  • The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M. Colby
  • Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
  • The Atlantis Gene by A. G. Riddle
  • Miss Marple and Mystery by Agatha Christie
  • Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter