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Apr 02

Review of Mera: Tidebreaker

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Review of Mera: TidebreakerMera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, Steven Bryne
Published by DC Ink Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 192
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Goodreads four-stars

From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera's first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love...will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera's side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers' favorite undersea royalty.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Confession: this was the reviewer version of a cover-buy. I know absolutely nothing about Mera, or Aquaman, or the DC version of Atlantis. I requested a review copy because I saw it on NetGalley and went, “Ooooh a red-haired girl with a trident!” Then I read it, and it said Atlantis, and I still thought maybe it had something to do with Greek gods because of the trident. So sue me. I STILL ENJOYED IT! So I am living, breathing proof that you don’t have to have back story to enjoy this graphic novel.

Mera: Tidebreaker is an origin story for Mera, but even without knowing her future (I didn’t, I only looked it up after I finished this book) I thoroughly enjoyed the story, mainly for the stunning artwork. It has a brighter look and feel to it than a lot of the graphic novels I’ve picked up and it made it much easier to read and very engaging. Mera is such an intriguing character – immature, headstrong, but with ability and heart – and a TON of potential. Then there is the ongoing battle between Atlantis and Xebel, with SO MUCH there that wasn’t explained – I’m guessing because it is explained in the actual comics. And Arthur – I’m very interested in his back story, like how did his parents ever meet and why did he grow up as he did?

My one complaint with this story was the instalove. SO MUCH INSTALOVE. Why?!? I feel like even a teenage girl of Mera’s character and inclinations wouldn’t just suddenly -poof- fall in love with a boy just because he was nice to her. It seemed so off for her, so strange and jarring…maybe there is something there that I’m missing due to my lack of knowledge about the rest of their story, but I just really felt like that didn’t belong. Why does she have to end up paired up right now? Why not just assume that happens later, but that they MEET right now?

Regardless of that, 4/5 stars for beautiful artwork and engaging story.

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Dec 03

Review of Red River Resistance

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Review of Red River ResistanceRed River Resistance by Katherena Vermette, Scott B Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk
Published by HighWater Press on November 15, 2018
Genres: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Pages: 48
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Goodreads five-stars

Echo Desjardins is adjusting to her new home, finding friends, and learning about Métis history. She just can’t stop slipping back and forth in time. One ordinary afternoon in class, Echo finds herself transported to the banks of the Red River in the summer of 1869. All is not well in the territory as Canadian surveyors have arrived to change the face of territory, and Métis families, who have lived there for generations, are losing access to their land. As the Resistance takes hold, Echo fears for her friends and the future of her people in the Red River Valley.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Red River Resistance is a graphic novel taking place through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl, Echo who time travels between events in the Red River area of Canada in 1869-1870. Not being Canadian, I was not familiar with the history at ALL and so greatly appreciated the timeline in the back of the book!

The story portrays the injustice done to the indigenous people throughout North America during this time in history, but focuses on the Metis people of Canada. Despite the more than a 100 years since the events, Echo – a descendent of some of the original inhabitants – still struggles with her identity and place in the world, and the effects of a corrupt government that cared nothing for the people it displaced, only for the monetary value of their lands.

The illustrations in this book suit the story perfectly. They have an overall blue/gray cast that lends itself to the mood, and there are very few words even for a graphic novel. For the subject matter, it really works. I will definitely be going back and looking for the first of this series, and hope there will be more after!

Please note: Red River Resistance is the second in a series, and it would probably be good to link the first one to it somehow (it currently does not show as a series on GoodReads): Pemmican Wars.

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Aug 26

Hyperbole and a Half Review

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Hyperbole and a Half ReviewHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Published by Touchstone on October 29th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 371
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This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative--like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it--but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

PicturesWordsStories about things that happened to meStories about things that happened to other people because of meEight billion dollars*Stories about dogsThe secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

Someone gifted me this book in APRIL! I read it almost immediately, but between having ALL sorts of feelings about it and the move, I never put up a review. Obviously it’s been hugely popular (131,295 ratings on GoodReads!), but it just wasn’t on my radar due to my general dismissal of graphic novels. Then I read Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerve in January (also never reviewed) and became OBSESSED with them! I still have only read a handful but I have SO MANY on my list now. But I digress. Presenting my long overdue Hyperbole and a Half review!

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Hyperbole and a Half is hilarious and immensely relatable. IMMENSELY. Allie is clearly a nerdy, bookish, animal-loving introvert, and so many times I felt like the book was ABOUT me. Sidenote: I had no idea this was where the phrase “ALL THE THINGS” originated, despite it being one of my favorites! I laughed until tears ran down my face, and then a little bit later I actually cried, because I couldn’t believe someone else actually felt the way I had the last year or so. I took pictures of the pages to send to my best friend, because I hadn’t been able to explain to anyone how I felt, and this book had just done it.

Just wanting to stop existing. Just wanting to disappear. Not permanently, really, at least not in my mind.

How did she articulate that so well? I could have written that myself if I could have just figured out how. She goes on to briefly mention that she discovered she was not the only one who felt this way, that while not a healthy state of mind, it did not make her weird or an outcast, even if it felt like that. She obtained help for her depression and went on to feel like her usual self again, able to enjoy her relationships and her dogs. She doesn’t dwell on it, and the book moves along to happier, more hilarious scenes…but this is what really stuck out to me and earned this book a permanent place on my shelf and will have me recommending it to every introvert kindred spirit, ever.

Allie Brosh ahas been disappointingly silent in the past couple of years, with nothing else released that I could find. But, as a fellow introvert, I get it. I do hope she comes back, but she deserves her privacy for her own mental health and her life. 🙂 In the meantime, you can read through all her old comics here, and she her most recent media interview seems to be this YouTube video from Will Wheaton (wait, what? He’s not just a Big Bang Theory construct??).

 

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