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Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Trust me when I say you have got to pick up this book. After hearing so much praise about this debut novel and even hearing it compared to Benjamin Alire Sáenz’ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (one of my favourite books of 2015!), I finally got myself around to picking up my own copy on kindle and you can guarantee I don’t regret it. While it doesn’t appear at first, More Happy Than Not is a dark, sad book that deals with class, race, homophobia, depression and suicide. I heard a few reviewers mention just how sad this book was before I picked it up but I shook it off as them exaggerating, because it couldn’t be as sad as they were describing, right? But it was and I should have listened. This is a story about Aaron who is trying to move on after both his father’s suicide and his own attempted suicide. He spends his days hanging out with his guy friends at his apartment complex where he lives in a one-bedroom apartment with his mum and brother and spends his …

Comic Series I’ve Been Reading

After writing one of these posts a couple of weeks ago (check it out!), I decided to continue doing them and giving you guys a few mini reviews about the comics I read. I am on a pretty good comic run at the moment, so hopefully that continues, and I don’t hit a run of 1/2 star books soon. That’d be a bummer! But for now, here’s some comics I read recently! Daredevil, Vol 1: Devil at Bay, Daredevil, Vol 2: West-Case Senario: After Netflix’s hit show in 2014 I’d been meaning to pick up a daredevil comic however I never made it a priority to do so. However the more I got into Marvel Now! comics, the closer I got to picking up the latest run of Daredevil, and I finally did! The first volume was a great introduction and I enjoyed the artwork, but unfortunately the story was lacking something. And while the second volume was also not a 5 star rating, it was definitely a step up from the first volume and also …

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s Room has been so incredibly hyped up online that I couldn’t help but go into it with exceedingly high expectations, but unfortunately none of them were met. The book itself has received a variety of awards and nominations, including being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010, all of which I can’t quite wrap my head around because like I said, I just didn’t enjoy this book. Room, as five-year-old Jack calls home, is the only place he’s ever known. But for his mother, it’s been her prison since she was abducted seven years ago. The story is compelling – a mother’s love creates a world for her son in a single room, even as she grows more and more desperate to escape. The book itself is narrated by Jack, and that’s where my issues with this book began. To wholeheartedly enjoy (or even tolerate) a book I usually have to find some sort of connection to it, but the fact that this was narrated by a five-year-old boy made it nearly impossible to do …

Comic Series I’ve Been Reading

As I mentioned in my goals post recently, one of my resolutions for the new years is to continue reading on-going comic series. Along with that, I really want to continue to read past volumes of characters I really love. So I thought to keep myself motivated I would begin to share with you some of them that I have been reading recently! Silk, Vol. 0: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon:  It’s very rare that new characters are brought into the marvel universe and given their own series right off the bat. Cindy Moon was first introduced in the Spider-Verse and immediately became a favourite. And this first volume of Cindy’s story didn’t disappoint (heck, I spent $25 on a physical copy!) While her character can be read as slightly immature, I find her intent on tracking down her family and the love she has for her brother endearing and I really hope things go well for this girl. The art, which is nothing like the trade cover suggests, is more light-hearted and …

Book Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

I must admit that after picking up this novel I am slightly ashamed that I haven’t already read all of Victoria Schwab’s works. This book absolutely blew my expectations out of the water, and they were already exceedingly high! Vicious is an adult-fantasy novel written by American author Victoria Schwab about two college roommates who are driven by ambition and adrenaline to discover how people can obtain extraordinary abilities. However when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental things being to go terribly wrong. Vicious is a tale of superheroes and supervillians and one I definitely recommend if you are a fan of comic books (like myself). The story is split between present and 10 years ago. The present tells the story of Victor, an escaped convict, who is determined to find and face his old friend-turned-enemy who seems to be making his mark around the city. Flash back ten years and Victor is a young, intelligent university student who is practically inseparable from his best friend and roommate – Eli. At the beginning of this book it wasn’t clear who’s side …

Book Review: The Messenger by Markus Zusak

For years, I have been telling people that The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is my favourite book and that Markus Zusak is one of my favourite authors. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have claimed that Zusak was my favourite author when I’d only read one of his books. However after reading The Messenger I can happily say that he has lived up to the hype! After accidentally stopping a bank robber escaping, Ed Kennedy finds himself receiving cryptic messages written on playing cards in the mail. Each card gives hints to three people who’s life he must change in someway. I don’t know what I was expecting going into this novel, but after only a few chapters I was hooked. Zusak’s writing is superb. Both the premise and the ‘twist’ at the end of the novel really hit the mark for me. The characterisation in this novel was absolutely on point and I found myself unable to put this novel down. He flawlessly creates relatable characters that are witty, funny and at moments touching. The first half of this book was brilliant and …

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

(This is more of a gush-review than a proper review, but shhh, let’s ignore that) This is a fast-paced, compelling adventure story about astronaut Mark Watney who is left behind on Mars, presumed dead, with no hope of rescue. I have been craving an amazing sci-fi, space novel for months now and Andy Weir did not disappoint with his debut novel. It’s an insanely well-researched, impossibly funny story that has you rooting for Mark from the very first sentence. From the moment he wakes up alone with his crew gone, to his possible rescue attempt, you can’t help but grow to love Mark with his quirky and hilarious internal dialogue. The Martian is written in diary format, as Mark documents his survival story on Mars. Mark logs his days to share what he has to face and fix throughout that sol on Mars. The diary-like effect really made you get to know and connect with Watney right away, and he was instantly a new favourite character of mine. This book is very technical, something you should be aware of before diving into …