I’m back with my latest installment of my mini reviews series. This one will mostly consist of all the smaller books that I have recently read.
Archie Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, Veronica Fish
I loved this! When I was younger I was obsessed with the older Archie comics. More specifically Betty and Veronica so I was excited when I saw my library carries these graphic novels. It was a little weird in the beginning because so much is different but the overall feel of the comics is still the same.
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire
This was so disappointing. This book is only 174 pages with larger print and spacing so a lot of the themes of this book felt so overdone. I appreciate the different characters and what they represent but it took over too much of the story. This story is more of an adventure quest which I really like but that story was so rushed because we kept getting inundated with Cora’s thoughts and insecurities about being fat. While what she was saying was important I also feel like it shouldn’t come at the expense of the story. There were numerous times where the characters were just going along and then all of sudden we would have a page or more of Cora having these thoughts but most of the time nothing was happening in the story to warrant them. I feel like McGuire really let down Cora’s character because what she has to say is important representation but the writing prevented it from having the impact that it should have.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This books should be taught in schools. What a powerful essay on feminism and how even if some people don’t want to see it that it is real. This is actually on excerpt of a TED talk that the author did and I definitely want to find and watch it. This the first work of Adichie’s that I have read and I cannot wait to read more.
In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire
This book totally redeemed how much I didn’t like the third book in the series. This one had such an interesting portal world that felt so fleshed out and I loved learning more about it as the story went on. I also like the progression of time this book goes through which made me fall in love with Lundy’s character so much more.
The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
The first book in this series I really liked the main character, America. As the series has gone on she has gotten more and more annoying. I liked seeing more of the world building in this one and I wish the book had focused more on that. Instead the book kept pushing the love triangle aspect which stopped feeling believable after book one. The way America flip flops on everything and believes in herself less and less as the books went on was irritating. There was also so much over the top drama at the end of this book that it was borderline aggravating. With all that being said, I do think I will eventually read the spin off books because I am intrigued by this dystopian world.