Graphic Novel Review: Joyride Vol.1

Joyride Vol. 1

First of all I wanted to thank NetGalley for sending me an e-copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. This doesn’t affect my opinion in any way.

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, YA
Publication: September 2016
My rating: ★★★✩✩
Made by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To

The story:

A mix of sci-fi and dystopia, the story is set in a future where the Earth is protected by a shield and people don’t have access to space anymore. It follows Uma and her friends on their adventures after they manage to get away in space, travel, and meet aliens.

Here are some examples of the drawings:

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My opinion:

I picked up this graphic novel not really knowing what to expect. I have to say, I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels (as you probably noticed, since I never really mention any on my blog). But I wanted to try something new and the story was appealing. It wasn’t incredible, but it was still enjoyable. I really liked the drawings, and some parts were really sassy which I appreciated. Overall, it is nothing exceptional. If you are into space adventures and science-fiction, and of course, if you like graphic novels, this is most likely something you would enjoy. In some parts, it reminded me a bit of Doctor Who – like the interactions with the aliens – which made me smile. The story still managed to have some twists I didn’t expect, which I greatly appreciated.

Overall, it was a fine read, but I don’t think I will pick up the sequel. Please let me know your thoughts if you have read it as well, and have a wonderful day!

Wires and Nerve: My Review

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Release date: January 31st
Genre: YA, Graphic Novel, Fantasy/Dystopia
My rating: ★★★★✩
Author: Marissa Meyer
Illustrator: Douglas Holgate

Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel, the first book in a new series by Marissa Meyer, following The Lunar Chronicles straight where they ended, and centring on Iko and her mission to rid the Earth of the wolf packs that were send by Levana as an act of war.

Through the series, we meet again our favourite characters as they help Iko on her mission, and we even get to see Kinney again, interacting with both Cinder, and of course Iko, as was very obviously implied in Winter. I am still unsure what to think of his character, but one thing I’m sure of is how adorable it is to see Iko all flustered by him whatever he does. Iko is a very unique android and I’m sure every reader grew fond of her during the series, and in Wires and Nerve we get to see her play an even important role, as she is on a solo mission, rather than part of the Rampion crew. As Cinder was (and still is in this book, though not as much as previously maybe) Iko is faced with a lot of prejudice, and people just considering her as an object – and a faulty one at that. I have to say, it is very heartbreaking: as I’m sure you did too, I consider Iko equally with the other characters.

We obviously also get to read more about the Wolf packs and I thought it was very interesting. When we first encounter them, they are really a mystery, and though Wolf is one of the main characters, there is really a lot of unknown surrounding them. We do learn more about them in Winter when the princess manages to rally some of them to their cause, and I thought it was definitely interesting. Here, we get to meet those who were stationed on Earth and have turned rogue, refusing to obey to Cinder/Selene’s orders. And even though their acts are honestly dumb and harming everyone, their reasons are valid: they want to be human again, restored to who they were before they were turned into the packs. We got glimpses of Wolf’s training in Stars Above and we saw how awful and dehumanizing it was. Of course it’s understandable that they want to put all of this behind them (and it’s also a very interesting plot device). But it’s not possible. Cinder doesn’t want to be like her aunt, and manipulate everyone, both with the Lunar gift and genetically. And the wolves say by acting like that she is exactly like her aunt: not listening to them. Except they forgot to consider that maybe she was telling the truth. One thing also that bothered me is the fact that no one considered that Ze’ev was actually like them, fought alongside Cinder, and found happiness. I don’t know, I thought it might be a pretty good example for the rogue packs!

One other thing I really enjoyed is seeing more of the relationship between Cinder and Selene. Through Winter’s POV we saw sooner in the series that they used to be very close as kids, and that she missed it a lot, so it’s really satisfying to see them reunited at last.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was maybe not as good as the rest of the series, but definitely still very enjoyable. I will never get enough of this universe, honestly, and I was obviously excited when I heard there would be a graphic novel sequel of sorts. And now that I have read it, I want more! It is also interesting to see the characters evolve in a new format. I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, but I really enjoyed the format, and seeing all the characters come to life in a different way. Even if it was not always the way I pictured them, I think it still leaves room for imagination, and I would definitely recommend Wires and Nerve to all TLC fans! If you have been reluctant to read it, I can understand that, but you don’t have to be! There is also going to be a sequel, and I can’t wait for it, as the book did end in somewhat of a cliffhanger…

You can also check out my review for Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles.

 

Thoughts and feelings on Orange by Takano Ichigo

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I originally wanted to make this into a video but since I’m on holidays it’s a bit complicated so I decided to make an article instead. Last month, Jessethereader made a video talking about this so I added it to my TBR. And then, a few days later, a friend texted me saying this was definitely something I would like, so I knew I had to read it!

Orange is a five-volume manga written by Takano Ichigo. I rated it 4.5 out of five stars.

The story:

The story evolves around a group of friends in high school. On the first day of 11th grade, the main character Naho wakes up late and receives a letter telling her it was written by her future self. The letter states that she woke up late, and gives her guidances as to what will happen, and what she should do. Future Naho is guilted with regret and wants to help her past self to change things so that she doesn’t have regrets. She gives her advice about herself, and about her friends, and about the new boy who soon becomes part of their friend group. But is it really possible to change the past?

My opinion:

It’s been a while since I last read a manga, and my friend was right, this was definitely the thing for me, I absolutely loved it.

The drawings are really sweet, and pretty. They really fit the story, and are pleasant to watch and this is always something I enjoy when I read mangas.

The story is cute, and very moving. Basically, it’s a group of teenagers trying their best to help/save their friend. It’s a beautiful blend of high school friendship and first loves. The characters are rather endearing and relatable. Naho is rather shy, she is a bit of an introvert, but she really wants her friends to be happy. Obviously, she is confused by the letter at first, but as everything it states happens like predicted, she takes it really seriously. I don’t want to get into spoilers, but I’ll only mention that their group of friends is really supportive and that’s amazing.

The story also includes some bits of the “10 years later” with the Naho who wrote the letter, and I really enjoyed those parts as well.

Even though the way the letter got to the present/past is still a bit confusing, I decided to not care about this and just enjoy the story in general. I’m not especially bothered by the impossibility of time-travel and such (actually I really love this type of stories) so it was a really nice twist on the classic shoujo.

Overall, it’s a really great story. It was hard to put down, as I always wanted to know on the one hand, what the letter would say next, and on the other hand, what would actually happen next, once the past had started to change. Orange is a beautiful reflexion on high school and friendship and relationships in general. It is a romance but also what can be categorized as “slice of life” and I really like this type of stories. I loved it so much I’m probably going to reread it!

Recommended for:

Manga and shoujo lovers, obviously. If you have never read any of those, then it could be a good one to start, since it is a rather short series!

If you have read it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and if you haven’t the scan is online here!