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: Dragon Age: Those Who SpeakAuthor: David GaiderPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.Description:(by goodreads.com)In this canonical story from the lead writer of BioWare’s Dragon Age games, reluctant monarch King Alistair travels to an empire of evil mages.Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, Alistair will stop at nothing to uncover the fate of his lost father — even if it means battling an army of cultists singlehandedly!The fight turns even more personal as Alistair faces a former ally and Isabela must confront the tragedies of her past while imprisoned in the cultists’ dungeon!My Review:Um So… I gave this a try because the Art Work and Story seemed really interesting. I knew nothing about the game and I had no idea that this was a sequel going in. However, once I started reading that became apparent. The story was okay, a bit melodramatic, and the art work was decent. I didn’t really get what was going on and NetGalley, I love you guys but you need to tell your publishers to do some high resolution scanning the text was barely legible. I probably would have liked this more if I didn’t have to squint to read the text and if I had known who these people were and what was going on. That being said at least the characters seemed interesting.4/7

 Title: Dragon Age: Those Who Speak

Author: David Gaider

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In this canonical story from the lead writer of BioWare’s Dragon Age games, reluctant monarch King Alistair travels to an empire of evil mages. Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, Alistair will stop at nothing to uncover the fate of his lost father — even if it means battling an army of cultists singlehandedly! The fight turns even more personal as Alistair faces a former ally and Isabela must confront the tragedies of her past while imprisoned in the cultists’ dungeon!

My Review:

Um So… I gave this a try because the Art Work and Story seemed really interesting. I knew nothing about the game and I had no idea that this was a sequel going in. However, once I started reading that became apparent. 

The story was okay, a bit melodramatic, and the art work was decent. I didn’t really get what was going on and NetGalley, I love you guys but you need to tell your publishers to do some high resolution scanning the text was barely legible. I probably would have liked this more if I didn’t have to squint to read the text and if I had known who these people were and what was going on. That being said at least the characters seemed interesting.

4/7

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 Title: Dragon Age: Those Who SpeakAuthor: David GaiderPublisher: Dark

Dark Companion

I shouldn’t have jinxed myself by saying I was an easy reviewer because this might sting…

Title: Dark Companion
Author: Marta Acosta
Publisher: Tor Teen
Description from Goodreads:

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

My Review:

I liked this book… until Chapter 19 then things took a turn. I had read all sorts of reviews  about this book  and from chapter 1-18 I thought they weren’t really being fair to Jane. I thought Jane was just trying to be smart and not cause trouble because of her tough background. And then Chapter 19 happened. I’ve read a lot of people felt frustrated by Jane, I wasn’t I was disappointed but not frustrated. Lucky was being a more than a teenaged immature dick, he was a borderline predator. I am not saying that lightly. I wanted Jane to see he was using her and run the hell away. At the same time, I only imagine what coming from the foster care system does to you.

You have to remember that Jane is a foster care kid who got an amazing scholarship, but she only worked to get it because her brother figure Hosea died. This makes her desperate for ANY kind of affection she gets suckered in by Lucian aka “Lucky” because he sees that. It made me sick. Literally everything in chapter 19-31 made my skin crawl and all the exchanges between Jane and Lucky felt vile. But in a way I think that’s what the author wanted you to feel. Despite everything the actual writing was emotionally engaging, they weren’t always GOOD emotions but I felt something for her characters.

I hate to say this but it reminded me of a slightly better version of Twilight (although it really wasn’t that much better… and before I get hate mail I have read the entire series.)

Except a huge difference from Twilight that should be mentioned is that Jane made the right decision and chose herself first. Over any boy, over someone elses’ happiness she chose herself. That was the saving grace about this book (well that and Mary Violet she was great.) I mean I’m proud that she stood up for herself and shut “lucky” down  and hell she ends up being somewhat of a hero, but letting herself be used like that even though her instincts were screaming against it? I don’t know, I almost gave up on this book, I feel like someone who grew up the way Jane did; street smart ,and she lived through a holy terror shouldn’t have been suckered into Lucky’s bullshit but at the same time she is such a lonely girl who craved a family… The ending was almost worth the hundred pages of cringe.

Overall this book was meh it had some great characters like Mary Violet and even Jacob but some of the things it made me feel made me so uncomfortable I don’t even know how I finished. I wouldn’t recommend it much, not at least without warning people about some of the content.  Def not rereading it either…

As you might know Dark Companion has been heavily compared to Jane Eyre.

I guess in a way it really does remind me of Jane Eyre I loved the Janes and hated everything that happened to them ultimately making me not have a lot of love for the books.

Rating: Sorry I have to give this book a 4 maybe a 3.5/7.