Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Me on Waiting on Wednesday (371)

Waiting on Wednesday is a bunch of weekly fun hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. :)

Title: My Plain Jane
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen

From Goodreads:

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

After reading the first, after finding the first outrageous and entertaining in its retelling of history, I'm curious about this. Retellings and reimaginings are often interesting, seeing where the authors go, what they take and where they divert, but including both Jane and her author Charlotte Brontë? How curious.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Me on Opal

Title: Opal
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: March 1, 2018
Publisher: Scholastic

An enchanting story from Maggie Stiefvater featuring Opal, Ronan, and Adam from her bestselling Raven Cycle, taking place after the events of The Raven King.

Opal is a brief return to Henrietta, a return to a dreamer and a creature pulled from dreams. It's the story of a summer through inquisitive and thoughtful eyes.

After Cabeswater, after Gansey and Blue left, Ronan stayed at the Barns. Because of course he would. And he wouldn't be alone. He'd have Adam, when Adam wasn't away at school. And he'd have Chainsaw, who wasn't the best at conversation. And he'd have Opal, the young girl with furry legs and hooves where human legs and feet would be, because he'd pulled her from his dreams.

This is the story of Opal, of life at the Barns seen through her eyes and thought about in her mind. It's a story of curiosity, Opal ever interested in anything and everything she comes across. It's a story of magic, Opal wary of the dreamstuff Ronan keeps off in the long barn, afraid of it but still drawn to it because she's also dreamstuff. It's a story of fear, Opal unsure of what the future holds, the idea of undefined periods of time without Adam around upsetting her. This is a glimpse in time, a moment tethered to the page by the way Opal's mind works, her thoughts and feelings driving it through the house and across fields of sleeping and not sleeping cows. It's seeing that life continued on in Henrietta, some of it good and some not, some of it happy and some full of questions and arguments. It's seeing that, for some, the story didn't end, and instead continues down another road.

(I borrowed a copy of this title from the library.)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Me on This Week's Book Week (300)

This Week's Book Week is rather similar to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews only with far more rambling and a less witty title. ;)

Hi there! The weather's been nice, which means I've been feeling better. I've definitely noticed that on cloudy, rainy, dreary days my mood sucks.

I stopped at the library this week to pick up a bunch of comic holds (after going to the dentist, boooo). There are often comic series that get announced that I'm interested in, but interest only goes so far. Same with books or TV shows or movies, which is the reason why at most I see 1 movie a year in the theatre and why I'll go to my LCS to only pick up single issues of Saga. My city's library isn't completely up to date when it comes to trade volumes of comics, but they're getting there.

Reviews going up this week will feature The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (Tuesday) and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Friday). :)

Batgirl Vol 2 & 3 (borrowed from the library)
Batgirl Vol 1 & 2 (borrowed from the library)
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol 1 & 2 (borrowed from the library)
Gamora: Memento Mori (borrowed from the library)
Gwenpool Vol 1 (borrowed from the library)
Ms. Marvel Vol 8 (borrowed from the library)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Me on Horimiya Volume 5

Title: Horimiya Volume 5
Original story: HERO
Artist: Daisuke Hagiwara
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Yen Press

Hori and Miyamura are now officially a couple, and everyone knows it. But not everything's coming up roses for Miyamura, who's worried that people are talking about Hori behind her back. When his anxiety about being Hori's boyfriend reaches fever pitch, Miyamura drastically changes his look, which changes everyone's opinion of him all at once...

Horimiya Volume 5 is more of the same, more of Hori and Miyamura and their high school days. Their figuring out each other and themselves.

Things are different now! Hori and Miyamura are an actual couple instead of just dancing around each other with awkward feelings and unspoken thoughts. Miyamura's cut his hair, surprising everyone, in a childish move after overhearing people say that he and Hori didn't look believable as a couple. So now comes their days as a couple, which are pretty much like their days before. Going over to Hori's house for dinner, hanging out at school. Maybe some things are different, like this weird girl following Miyamura around school, or Hori wondering if Miyamura's ever going to try something with her, or the two of them being a little more vocal about their feelings.

This volume felt a little stilted, still the same overall story but the chapters didn't always connect they way they did previously. Now that they're open about being a couple, now that they're more and more honest about their feelings, about missing each other when they're apart, I do wonder how far their romance will go. I imagine the story will continue, moments of levity mixed in with teenage awkwardness and hard decisions, but maybe with a little more romantic feelings.

(I purchased a copy of this title.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Me on Waiting on Wednesday (370)

Waiting on Wednesday is a bunch of weekly fun hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. :)

Title: Hullmetal Girls
Author: Emily Skrutskie
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Books (Random House imprint)

From Goodreads:

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor's salary isn't enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she's from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha's and Key's paths collide, and the two must learn to work together--a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintain unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

Umm... WANT. SO MUCH. I loved Emily's previous books, awesome sci-fi plus morality plus motives plus flawed characters. This sounds awesome and dark and so complicated, the implications of cyborgs and Key not remembering why she's there and Aisha's own reasons for being there and a coming war and the reasons behind it. I can't wait to read this.