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: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen ChboskyPublisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books*full disclosure: bought from bookstoreDescription:(by goodreads.com)Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing Overall: 5/7

 Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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My Review: 

I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.

The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. 

All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.

I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.

WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing 

Overall: 5/7

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 Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen

Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. Description:(by goodreads.com)In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts - never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals - the Juni Jinsho - stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space - to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City - and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!My Review: Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 5/7WARNINGS: violence… um I think that was it? … I may get rid of warnings all of you are smart enough to figure out if a book is appropriate or not

 Title: Deva Zan

Author: Yoshitaka Amano

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

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

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts – never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals – the Juni Jinsho – stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space – to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City – and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!

My Review: 

Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. 

The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 

5/7

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 Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure:

Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure: PurchasedDescription:(by goodreads.com)Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…My Review:Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 6/7

 Title: The Faerie Ring

Author: Kiki Hamilton

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: Purchased

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

My Review:

Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.

The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. 

Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. 

Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. 

Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 

6/7

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 Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure: