Nimona

14565099_321228731602796_6051648420878221312_n1Nimona is the cutest, coolest YA comic I have ever read! Hands down….brilliant!

 

I was apprehensive about reading this book, simply because I’m not really a ‘comic book person’ as much as I was when I was younger (don’t get me wrong, I love Marvel movies and go see them. I just don’t read the comics anymore) but I heard about this one in passing, so I picked it up.

It was so good, I read it in one sitting.

Nimona’s personality is so likable and relatable, you just curl into a ball and go: “ME!” She’s presented in a way that many comic books fail to do, and that is that she’s strong. She is her own hero, and I think that’s why I liked this story more, because everywhere you look, Lois Lane needs saving, but why can’t she save herself?
I know me: If my boyfriend is a superhero, there’s a good chance I’ll die, so I might as well learn to save my own darn self.

KINDA SPOILERS:

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I also loved how the villain of this story Lord Ballister Blackheart isn’t really a villain.
PLOT TWIST.
Wait, what?
Yep, that’s right, not a bad guy…. his supervillain self is only a villain because people forced him to be, because, for every good guy, there’s a bad guy. He was the only one to fill in shoes.

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If you wanna read a cute short story or a comic book with a twist, this one is PERFECT.
Hands down one of thew most amazing and brilliant comic EVER.
I gave this book a 90-100%

Below is a link to the excerpt of the comic, Nimona:
https://www.scribd.com/document/261265017/Sneak-Peek-NIMONA-by-Noelle-Stevenson

Rating Scale: 10%-100%

90-100% OMG THIS BOOK IS JUST WOW OKAY, WHY DID IT END HERE

70-80% This was a good book, that everyone should read

50-60% – It was okay, but it was kinda hard to get into

30-40% -Um, probably never to be heard of again….hopefully.

20-10% – OH GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE I KEPT READING *THROW AT WALL*

Girl in Pieces

If you like Girl, Interrupted, All The Bright Places, or Thirteen Reasons Why, you’ll love Kathleen Glasgow’s first novel, Girl In Pieces

As first novels go, this one was good. Kathleen Glasgow’s novel is about a girl named Charlie who is struggling with self-harm, and emotional issues after a traumatic incident.
She was sent to a mental hospital, to help her deal with her issues. When she gets out, she moves in with her best friend and tries to start her life over again. This time, stronger. But, like how real life is, it will always be hard.
Charlie is haunted by her past, and constantly telling herself that she can do this. I find that when there is such a dark theme, it makes it hard to write about, because of how emotional scarring it is, but Kathleen Glasgow nails it.
One thing I found interesting, is that she struggled with self-harm herself, so it was just a tad bit easier on her part. When you experience something, it’s easier to write about than if you hadn’t.

As someone who actually struggled with self-harm (Ironic, cause this, is literally my story) I found this story to be scarily true. Like she was in my head when she wrote it. She was watching me, and writing about it.

At some parts, I was confused, but I understood. It was her thinking, and not really being there, and it didn’t make much sense, but then I realized, that’s what it’s like in my head. Her [Charlie’s] story, will probably make you cry, a little angry, but it WILL change your opinion about people who self-harm.

Overall I give this novel a 70-80%
Below is an excerpt from the story:

The girls here, they try to get me to talk. They want to know:

What’s your story, morning glory? Tell me your tale, snail.

 I hear their stories every day in Group, at lunch, in Crafts, at breakfast, at dinner, on and on. These words that spill from them, black memories, they can’t stop. Their stories are eating them alive, turning them inside out. They cannot stop talking.I cut all my words out. My heart was too full of them.
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I room with Louisa. Louisa is older and her hair is like a red-and-gold noisy ocean down her back. There’s so much of it, she can’t even keep it in with braids or buns or scrunchies. Her hair smells like strawberries; she smells better than any girl I’ve ever known. I could breathe her in forever.
My first night here, when she lifted her blouse to change for bed, in the moment before that crazy hair fell over her body like a protective cape, I saw them, all of them, and I sucked my breath in hard.
She said, “Don’t be scared, little one.”
I wasn’t scared. I’d just never seen a girl with skin like mine.

 

 

 

 

Rating Scale: 1%-100%

90-100% OMG I WILL PROCEED TO FANGIRL FOR HOURS/DAYS LATER

70-80% This was a good book, that everyone should read

50-60% – It was okay, but it was kinda hard to get into

30-40% -Um, probably never to be heard of again….hopefully.

20-10% – OH GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE I KEPT READING

DFR = Didn’t finish reading because well….sucked. Probably thrown at the wall….

Holding Up The Universe

Okay, so like with all authors, I have to read ALL of their books. It’s like, I am IN this book relationship for life. So after reading her first book ‘All The Bright Places’, so I had high hopes for this one.
I’m so glad I did.

Holding Up The Universe is about a girl named Libby Stout, who was known to everyone as “America’s Fattest Teen”, tries to escape her title as she goes back to school for the first time in many years. 

Jack Masselin is a popular guy, with a secret. A secret that even his own family doesn’t know. He can’t recognize faces. He can do everything any other guy can,he has his swagger, a girlfriend, parents (who are falling apart) and brothers. What’s his secret? Don’t let anyone get close.When they get close, bad things happen.

He’s [Jack] become so engrossed in trying to be normal, that he stops being able to even see himself. 

I think Jack is a character I relate to, because when you are trying so hard to be normal, you stop seeing faces, you stop seeing you. You’re just going through the motions, you’re not LIVING. And that becomes tiring. While we all may be able to see faces, we have to ask ourselves if we truly see each other. Not color, not race, not gender. See each other.
I may have made the story waaay deeper than it was, but in a way, it was a truly deep story.
 I give this book a 90-100%
Below is the first four chapters from [Jennifer Niven’s] book, Holding Up The Universe, out October 4th:

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/may/06/jennifer-niven-holding-up-the-universe

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Rating Scale: 1%-100%

90-100% OMG I WILL PROCEED TO FANGIRL FOR HOURS/DAYS LATER

70-80% This was a good book, that everyone should read

50-60% – It was okay, but it was kinda hard to get into

30-40% -Um, probably never to be heard of again….hopefully.

20-10% – OH GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE I KEPT READING

DFR = Didn’t finish reading because well….sucked. Probably thrown at the wall….