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Sunday, 20 January 2019

YOU by Caroline Kepnes

You (You, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book. Yikes.

Okay. I have so many thoughts, so this review might be all over the place.

I've wanted to read YOU for a while now, but decided to wait until the new year. And now that I'm done, I'm glad that I finally did because this fucked-up tale about a delusional stalker is impossible to put down. Actually, I started slow. Purposely tried to force myself to not read too many pages in one day.

Hell, I even snuck in 6 comic book issues. But once I reached a certain point, I couldn't read small sections anymore.

I found myself totally engrossed in what was going on. I kinda knew from the beginning how this would end, and how the body count would turn out, yet I still couldn't stop reading. It's super addictive.

Even though I despised everything about Joe, because he's a bloody psycho who spins fiction around every situation to suit himself, his story kept me glued to the page. Actually, maybe there was one thing I kinda appreciated about him (because I can't bring myself to say like) and that's his appreciation of books. How he respects stories and his never-ending commentary about readers, customers, authors and books.

Other than that, he's a despicable piece of shit.

But he's not the only annoying character. There's Peach and her lies, her obvious manipulation of Beck masquerading as friendship devotion but is actually more like obsession. Benji the douche-canoe rich boy who uses Beck and is quite the arrogant asshole. Chana and Lynn, the friends who are always there to make Beck feel like shit. Dr. Nicky, the very unprofessional jerk who gets caught up in all this crap.

I actually liked Ethan, though. He was totally clueless and too perky, but a nice positive balance to that monster called Joe.

Oh, but I haven't even started on Beck. The aspiring writer who is full of shit, loves the attention from men of all ages, has daddy issues, is too easily manipulated even though half the time she thinks she's the one in control. She wasn't very nice and has a hundred issues, but she didn't deserve what Joe puts her through. The way he forces himself into her life and steals her stuff while stalking her online accounts is something no one deserves.

Her future wasn't very bright to start with, but after she catches Joe's eye, she's pretty much doomed. I found this to be the saddest and most disturbing thing of all. It's so awful, made me feel uncomfortable and angry.

So, yeah. A lot of truly horrible stuff happens in this twisted book, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it. And that's because this author knows how to write a great story. She hooks you in, keeps you guessing, and before you realise it: you're totally hooked!

I think I'll have to watch the show now. And read the sequel, of course. But first I need a bit of distance from Stalker Joe. 😕


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #6 Finale by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

Finale (The Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite #6)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are a LOT of things that I love about this comic book series. One of those things happens to be the very cool MCR-esque book titles.

This one's called Finale--of course--but it also has the very awesome alternative, Brothers and Sisters I Am an Atomic Bomb. I mean, come on, how could you not love that?

Well, we're finally here. The apocalypse has arrived and it's actually one of their own. So the team gets back together, meet at the orchestra and face their enraged foe in such an unexpected and unique showdown.

I loved how they worked together, yet didn't. A lot of how this played out consisted of each of them doing their own thing and surprising everyone. Even the reader!

It was great to see Sséance in action, too.

Oh, and the last page was super cool. Minimal storytelling in one tiny frame, but the surroundings offered so much more. Like a missing someone, info on the front page of the newspaper, and even the person reading it!

I thought this six-part comic book story about a dysfunctional family of superheroes, who aren't keen on being so super and care even less about being heroes, was AWESOME!

The dark imagery totally appealed to me. The flawed and odd characters kept me glued to the pages. The timeless feel was so very cool. The art style just as cool. And the overall vision was just so unique.

In a world full of superheroes, this one managed to be completely different, stood on its own.

I'll definitely be checking more out, and am really looking forward to the show.


THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #5 Thank You For the Coffee by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #5 (The Umbrella Academy Vol. 1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We're once again thrown into the aftermath of some pretty bad stuff. The Boy used his power in a diner and left behind a traumatised waitress, some of Kraken's secret connections are revealed, something unexpected happens between Rumor & Spaceboy, plus The White Violin is really hellbent on destroying the world. :/

Wow. Wasn't expecting there to be a loss in this issue. And just when I realised how cool this character really was, and how much kudos they deserved. It especially got me because of the kindness offered from one character to another was pretty much destroyed here.

*cries*

Still enjoying this story and can't wait to see how it ends...


THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #4 Baby, I'll Be Your Frankenstein by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

The Umbrella Academy #4
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE how this issue begins with young Vanya crying and screaming about how she doesn't belong at the Academy, and how Dr. Pogo consoles her. Before we're thrust into the present, into the middle of her being experimented on by The Conductor of the Orchestra Verdammten.

Man, that guy is creepy.

The interactions between Spaceboy, Kraken, Rumor and Séance are fascinating because even though they mostly seem to get along, there's always an undercurrent of animosity between them. Pogo and Boy were a great change of pace, as Boy tries to figure things out.

And you know, I think Dr. Pogo is a very important character that sometimes gets lost in the background. I like him, he's cool and quite a mastermind, really.

As for Vanya: THIS is what I was waiting to see. I knew there was something very special about her and becoming The White Violin certainly takes this story to the next level. I just wish the bad guy wasn't the one to bring this out of her. BUT, with all her fears about not belonging and not being special, her alienation from the others was bound to push her over the edge. :/

Two more issues, as we creep closer to the apocalypse...


 
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