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REVIEW-The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Summary:

Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

 

Honestly I’m a bit shocked.

OVERALL REACTION:

Yes, you heard that. Going into this book I had HIGH expectations, I was a HUGE fan of Brian’s other book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. So much that it made it to my favorite books of 2015. It was PURE AMAZING! The story CONSTANTLY switched from pictures and words, and it was the whole story was just BRILLIANT.

Needless to say, I thought I would like it as much as The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Unfortunately, none of that happened.

One of the thing’s I despised about this book was the fact that it tried to make this story meaningful, but failed miserably. It tried SOO HARD to shove it all into my face, and attempted to make me feel bad for this MC. Sadly, I found it agitated me EVERY SINGLE TIME! It tried so hard that it actually had me rolling my eyes, EVERY SINGLE TIME something SAPPY rolled around.

It didn’t really have anything to work with. We get a good story, interesting characters, not much known about the background of either, and then we find out it’s fake. After we found at that, I was done. What’s the point of building up a story if you’re going to only drag it down and not even have a purpose for doing it?

The ending made me dissatisfied, and bitter. One of my FAVORITE thing’s about Brian’s writing is the food for thought that comes after you’ve finished the book. You find yourself constantly looking back and thinking, and wondering if thing’s would be different. This time it did the opposite thing, the ending was confusing as well as forgot to properly wrap up everything. Honestly, it felt a bit rushed to me. This is definently NOT Brian’s best work.

In closing, I believe this wasn’t Brian’s best work, I would much rather prefer to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was WAY more interesting and provided a VERY satisfied ending.

Star Rating: 3/5 Stars

Percentage Rating: 49%

 

REVIEW-Ever the Hunted by: Erin Sumerill

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

My Thoughts:

 

 

Going into this book I was expecting a TON! Not only had it attracted my attention because of the BEAUTIFUL cover, but it also was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I had high hopes, some of those were met, others weren’t met. It’s not that I wasn’t a HUGE fan of the story, I was! It’s just that the book, well, it had too many clichés. Let us begin!

The book felt had too many clichés. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s hard to come by a fantasy book that has something COMPLETELY different from all the other books out there. In this day and age it seems as if all the old ideas are taken and incorporated into something new, something fresh. A new idea if you will. Unfortunately, as I read I couldn’t see anything that hadn’t been done before. Let me list off a few. The elements, ATLA. Girl with bow, Hunger Games. The guy is very buff, EVERY YA novel EVER! Didn’t know her Mother (A switch up of the H Games), They have to prevent a war from occurring, (Also every YA novel EVER, but one that I’m a sucker for). Do you get my point? I think you do. This book had NOTHING new and fresh to bring to the table.

The Writing style was different. One thing that messed me up at the beginning was the different type of writing that this book is told in. I don’t know if it’s me or if It’s the book. It just made it slower to delve right into the book.

The ending was SUPER rushed. The first half wasn’t boring, it just wish it would’ve sped up the story more and focused less on how big Cohen’s biceps are! SERIOUSTLY, I GET THAT HE’S BUFF! let’s continue the story and MOVE ALONG!

The villian was predictable. While I did have my doubts at the beginning, The plot twists were a bit predictable. I found myself literally at page 200 already knowing the ending because it was that predictable. I wish it would’ve been a bigger twist.

The book did not follow the summary that’s on the back of the book. After page 20 we already know that something’s not right about this situation. And then, BAM! I feel like the summary was only followed for like a couple of pages. I wish we would’ve shrouded Cohen with mystery. it would’ve made for a VERY entertaining story. We would’ve spend the whole book on the hunt for Cohen and while we’re doing that, learn about his past through flashbacks! It would’ve been perfect.  I CAN SEE IT NOW!

Overall I felt like this book wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good.  I wish that it would’ve been better. The cover REALLY pulled me in, and to be frank, I’m a bit disappointed.  It wasn’t bad though. Not even close! I just didn’t LOVE it. It felt like babysitting your brothers, it’s fun when you get payed, but it sucks when your friends are hanging out.

Quietly, I’m hoping that somehow the 2nd book will turn out better.

Star Rating:

Percent Rating: 56%