Fantasy · Science Fiction

Kari Maaren’s Weave A Circle Round

I read this book last March and I STILL don’t know how to talk about it. Other than “I absolutely love it and Freddy is my new favourite”, I don’t know what to say about this book. See, it was pitched to me as “Diana Wynne Jones meets Madeleine L’Engle” and weirdly enough, that’s exactly how it felt like to me, like these two favourites of mine got together and made this weird lovable baby.

But first, the plot. Or maybe, what plot? It was kind of a messy story in which nothing happens and also too many things happen, which I did not mind at all because it was a fun ride. There was Freddy, a young girl who only wanted to be invisible. She knew that she was different and that different was bad (as far as getting along at school went) and that to survive she needed to not be noticed by others.

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Comics · Fantasy · Science Fiction

Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

I was really looking forward to this book when it was first announced, because I’m a huge Miles Morales fan and Jason Reynolds is high on my “want to read” list. Not to mention that this would be the first story featuring Miles written by a black author.

 

For those unfamiliar with Miles: originally from the Ultimate universe, Miles is a black/Puerto Rican American teen who became Spider-Man after Peter Parker’s death. His comics were the only Ultimate universe comics I read, and after the Secret Wars event he was “moved” to the main Marvel universe. By the way: Aaron Davis, the character played by Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming, is Miles’ uncle!

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Romance · Science Fiction

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

I was very eager to start on The Last Beginning, which is a companion novel to, rather than a sequel of The Next Together. While the first book was a reincarnation/romance SF story, this one focuses on time travel, which I am more into. The main character is Clove Sutcliffe, someone from a future where The Next Together‘s “present-time” Katherine and Matthew had long ago vanished without a trace.

A relation of theirs, Clove was determined to find Katherine and Matthew, especially when she discovered that they had been reincarnated at key moments in history. As her scientist parents’ experiments in building a working time machine was pending for approval for human trials, Clove decided to sneak away to become the first time traveler, and find out what really happened to Katherine and Matthew. Continue reading “The Last Beginning by Lauren James”

Romance · Science Fiction

The Next Together by Lauren James

“I don’t think there are any true heroes. Just people who ignore their survival instincts long enough to do something incredibly foolhardy.” – The Next Together, Lauren James

This is a book that my friend Rainbow, who happens to be one of the sales reps I work with, asked me to read. I read the synopsis and didn’t feel like reading more – I did have a phase in which I enjoyed stories about reincarnation, but I just wasn’t sold on the whole “reincarnating lovers who are meant to be together in every lifetime” thing. The words on the cover put me off – “how many times can you lose the one you love?” and “a powerful and epic debut about the timelessness of first love.” I wrote this off as a romance and didn’t think much about it until I finally picked it up to read. Oh, how wrong I was.

It was powerful, all right. And epic. And very romantic. But it’s not really about that, or just that.  Continue reading “The Next Together by Lauren James”

Fantasy · Romance · Science Fiction

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds With You is the third of the Firebird series in which the characters can jump between multiverses. The protagonist is Marguerite, whose parents are famous scientists and the inventors of this dimension-hopping tech. When her father is murdered, Marguerite has to go after the killer as he jumps from dimension to dimension. She’s determined to get her revenge, but with each jump, Marguerite learns of the life of another alternate Marguerite, and it makes her wonder if there’s such a thing as fate.

Honestly, I went into this series not knowing what to expect (besides the typical YA thing) and was happy to find it reminiscent of one of my favourite books as a kid, Continue reading “A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray”

Science Fiction

Thoughts on Ninefox Gambit & Too Like the Lightning

Year 1438
Month of Jumada
al-jum’a (Jumaat) the 13th

Dear reader,

The Sci-Fi Experience (hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings) is a challenge that isn’t really a challenge, in which readers “a) continue their love affair with science fiction, b) Return to science fiction after an absence, or c) Experience for the first time just how exhilarating science fiction can be.” You can read/watch/play anything SFnal for it, between December 1st and January 31st. While I usually participate when it comes to reading and watching, these days I realise that the reviewing part of challenges get harder to do. Because I’ve been busier lately, yes. But also because I find these books so mindblowingly amazing and I don’t really know what to say other than “I find this book mindblowingly amazing.”

So I’m not going to write a review. (And I’m not even posting this within the challenge dates!) Continue reading “Thoughts on Ninefox Gambit & Too Like the Lightning”

Comics · Science Fiction

Mari Reads the Marvel Universe, Part 2

In which I read the first volumes of the All-New All-Different Marvel Universe, or at least the ones that caught my attention! (Part one here.)


All-New X-Men Vol. 1: Ghosts of Cyclops by Dennis Hopeless & Mark Bagley

allnewxmen1While I enjoyed the first couple of volumes of Bendis’ run of All-New X-Men, I have to admit that I haven’t read the whole run, so I started this new volume with no idea as to what the characters are up to. Turned out that by this time Scott Summers has died (I knew this part, having read mentions of it elsewhere), and the young!Cyclops have decided to no longer use his powers (I didn’t know this). When a group of new mutants began to commit crimes under the name of the older Cyclops, going as far as to call themselves the Ghosts of Cyclops, Scott Summers may have to get back on the superhero wagon… this time, with young!Beast, young!Iceman, young!Angel, the new Wolverine, Kid Apocalypse and Oya.

Things I liked: The new group. The only one in this new group that I really liked is Laura (Wolverine), but I’m enjoying their group dynamics so far. I’m starting to like Kid Apocalypse and Oya a lot. And yes, I like reading about the young!X-men because they’re the X-Men I remember from my own childhood, rather than the people they ended up becoming. Oh, and Pickles! I love Pickles.

Things I disliked: the fact that I’m still in kind of a blur over what happened to the other X-men? Do I have to read Extraordinary X-Men to get to the rest of the story? Because I tried the first volume, and couldn’t make it past the second issue. Which is sad because I love Storm.

Will new/old fans like it? Well. I like it, and I’m a mix of both old (I read X-Men as a kid) and new (I’m not really up-to-date with the X-men/mutant stories). But it’s not my favourite, either. Continue reading “Mari Reads the Marvel Universe, Part 2”