Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowhere

story by Jim Zub

Art by Shun Hong Chan

Full Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley

Description from goodreads:

A young boy named Colby Reynolds searches for meaning in the world around him and discovers a place where dreams can come true – if he’s willing to pay the price! Along the way he’ll see sights he’s never fathomed and encounter hidden truths about himself he’ll wish he never knew. The hit online comic is now a beautiful, high-quality hardcover graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans with a durable, library-quality binding.

My Review: The art work is amazing

The plot is interesting but A) it’s hardly new and B) Colby and Iris fell a little flat. At first I really didn’t like Colby slowly he got more tolerable, but unfortunately Iris went in the opposite direction. We first meet Iris when she fell from the sky.

Iris lost her memories, so for me she gets a pass to be a little mary sue-ish and irritating, which actually she wasn’t, for the first half of the story. Then, she somehow managed to turn a person into tree? Or made a tree out of thin air in the middle of Colby’s Apartment. She acts like it’s nothing when Colby asks her about it. I don’t know about you but is I somehow grew a tree out of a person or nothing, I would be freaking out. I would probably call Colby while having a panic attack. She acts like a snotty jaded teenager which really turned me off of her unfortunately, and then only cries when Colby freaks out and asks her what happened. It seemed so fake, and completely lacked authentic human emotions that you would expect would arise in that particular situation.

Colby is at first annoyingly self involved and is completely overdramatic. I nearly put the book down because of his crappy attitude. Luckily the art work was so amazing that I felt compelled to at least see where it was going. It’s actually funny while Iris got seriously annoying he got more and more sympathetic. 

Overall I like the concept of this particular work and I would read the second volume to see if it got better. The start was slow but it got progressively better and even though Iris became annoying she can do pretty amazing things, and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt considering I thought she was awesome in the beginning of the book.

4/7 so far, but I really want to see volume 2 

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 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowherestory

Title: The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description:(by goodreads.com)

EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN. 

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

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My Review: 

It took me a while to finish this book, as most of you know from my goodreads updates. I just wanted everyone to know that is not the book’s fault. Life has been insane lately, but now that I have a job in the best bookstore in the world (Strand books in NYC I have loved them for a really long time,) things are really looking up and now I can dedicate my time back to reading.

This story was so original, I thought this was an excellent telling of the Hades and Persephone myth. I don’t want to give too much away, but the ending was a pleasant surprise! I thought it would end up being more like Solstice (which I loved,) but The Goddess Test had its own edge and the plot kept you guessing. Again I hate giving out spoilers but there was murder mystery subplot and that gave the story a lot of layers.

The over all tempo seemed a little slow at times, but again I had my mind on other things so I’m hesitant to stick by that judgement. However, I will say this the romance that developed in the story felt NATURAL.There was no love at first sight, or going from hating to love in 4 seconds. Instead, the two main characters developed feelings for each other over months, not days. I love that! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciated this. In YA especially love develops way too fast, and yeah I get it. Raging hormones and all, but Kate had a complicated life with difficult circumstances. High school romances wasn’t even a blip on her radar screen. Even with the guy she fell in love with (being vague because I don’t want to give away too much,) it took time and it was great to see her open up at her own pace. She had much more pressing concerns and I actually find her a positive literary female role model. Especially because she has to dole out punishment every now and again, and she’s always calm, level headed and fair.

The ending was very touching. I’m serious. I got very choked up (even cried a little.) Overall I thought this was a really beautiful story and I highly recommend it to 16 year olds on up.

WARNING: there is at times  sexual content in this story. Personally it’s part of why I like it because sex is almost never addressed in YA and I think ignoring is not the answer. That being said know that there is sexual content, so if you’re buying this for a 13 year old… meeeeeeeh maybe not the perfect idea. The girl in the story is also 18 so it’s not taboo, and she’s comfortable in her own identity. ^___^ 

Overall: 6.5/7 not a 7 because I was distracted by other things but I really loved this novel. 

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HIGH-RESTitle: The Goddess TestAuthor: Aimee CarterPublisher: Harlequin*full disclosure:

Title: Smallest of EntrywaysAuthor: Cristen Hemingway JaynesPublisher: Humanitas Media PublishingStatus: Available now*full disclosure: Bought Description: (by goodreads.com) The Smallest of Entryways (2012) is a collection of nine short stories by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, the great-granddaughter of Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway. The stories in The Smallest of Entryways paint a picture of a child, at first helplessly affected and then, as she grows into an adult, shaped by the alcohol dependence of her mother. The stories were written over a twelve-year span; this is her first collection. It is published by chum literary press, the author’s own imprint, in association with Humanitas Media Publishing, which also will publish chum literary magazine starting in 2013.My Review:Dark Brilliant and Beautiful.“The Smallest of Entryways” is a collection of short stories that is mesmerizing. If you’re a fan of the short story then you’re in for a treat with these.The Author, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes took great care in her imagery, and word choice; every story came alive off the page. Although I found all the stories to be fantastic there were three that stood out above all others. “Laundromat,” “Vienna Sausages” but my all time favorite has to be “Wax.” That story is so beautiful, that I almost want to give it all away, (but you really need to read it for yourself.) “Wax” was so striking that I actually teared up at the ending with the Snowy imagery. Those three make it into my top 20 favorite stories of all time. I Highly recommend “The Smallest of Entryways” to everyone whether you’re a short story reader or not.Overall Rating: 6.5-7/7 

Title: Smallest of Entryways

Author: Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

Publisher: Humanitas Media Publishing

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Bought 

Description: (by goodreads.com) The Smallest of Entryways (2012) is a collection of nine short stories by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, the great-granddaughter of Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway. The stories in The Smallest of Entryways paint a picture of a child, at first helplessly affected and then, as she grows into an adult, shaped by the alcohol dependence of her mother. The stories were written over a twelve-year span; this is her first collection. It is published by chum literary press, the author’s own imprint, in association with Humanitas Media Publishing, which also will publish chum literary magazine starting in 2013.

My Review:

Dark Brilliant and Beautiful.

“The Smallest of Entryways” is a collection of short stories that is mesmerizing. If you’re a fan of the short story then you’re in for a treat with these.

The Author, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes took great care in her imagery, and word choice; every story came alive off the page. Although I found all the stories to be fantastic there were three that stood out above all others. “Laundromat,” “Vienna Sausages” but my all time favorite has to be “Wax.” That story is so beautiful, that I almost want to give it all away, (but you really need to read it for yourself.) “Wax” was so striking that I actually teared up at the ending with the Snowy imagery. Those three make it into my top 20 favorite stories of all time. I Highly recommend “The Smallest of Entryways” to everyone whether you’re a short story reader or not.

Overall Rating: 6.5-7/7 

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Title: Smallest of EntrywaysAuthor: Cristen Hemingway JaynesPublisher: Humanitas Media PublishingStatus: