Review: Smoke and Shadow Part Three by Gene Luen Yang

Avatar - The Last Airbender--Smoke and Shadow Part Three-001.jpgShe’s crazy and she needs to go down! And Zuko, you let her get away! Talk about a freaking sibling rivalry.

Sorry, getting ahead of myself. So I finally got my hands on the last book in the Smoke and Shadow story. I was a little sad at the end because, while it wrapped everything up that had been going on, there was still so much I wanted to know! Which I’m sure is the point, but I’m just so impatient! The good news is, we do get to see Sokka and Katara again in the next set of books to come out!

They hinted at a few things in the book. A bit of dialogue between Zuko and Azula make me wonder if things wont turn out mostly okay for the insane ex-princess of the Fire Nation. And Ursa finally worked things out with Kiyi, thank goodness. Oh! and what is gonna happen with the New Ozai Society? The former Fire Lord isn’t totally out of the picture yet. Anything could happen.

Who knows! I will continue to wait with bated breath and will continue to devour these stories. I miss the Gaang. *sigh*

~Ren

Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

30256105Oh gosh. What do I say about this book now? Umm, it was awesome? And funny? And was so gosh darn clever and cryptic and Sherlockian that it nearly left me behind on the way to the big reveal. Seriously, I might have to re-read just to make sure I got everything.

We pick up with Watson and Holmes pretty much where we left them in A Study in Charlotte. The two are enjoying their holiday break (or trying to) before they get swept up in another mystery and are lead all over Europe in search of Holmes’s uncle and the notorious Moriarty family.

I feel about the relationship between Holmes and Watson the way I do about the relationship between the characters in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (can’t think of their names right now). From the outside it all seems rather dysfunctional and overly complicated and like it just inherently wont work. But really, I think it might be one of the more honest relationship out there, one that isn’t trying to squeeze into the mold that’s been widely adopted in society. Lord knows Charlotte isn’t holding anything back.

Cavallaro has once again created a web of complex characters with dark and mysterious back stories and sent them on an ever intriguing adventure to discover the truth.

~Ren

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

harry_potter_and_the_cursed_child_special_rehearsal_edition_book_coverThis book hit me in the feels a little bit (okay, kind of a lot). It played on my nostalgia and my thirst to know more of the HP universe and what happened to our Golden Trio when they were all grown up.

I don’t even feel like I can really write an honest review of this because by default I’m gonna say I love it. I mean, the biggest thing I would complain about is that there isn’t MORE about what happened with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their families.

Also, I have to rant about this again. How in the name of Dumbledore’s beard did Hank Green predict ANOTHER thing about the Harry Potter world? Seriously, Accio Deathly Hallows should just be taken as prophecy, and it’s alllll coming true. Hank Green is a wizard.

If you’re a Potterhead, or even just someone who really liked Harry Potter, you should probably read this. It will probably hurt your heart a little bit like it did mine, but ultimately it will be worth it. so just do it, trust me.

~Ren

Review: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

ktbbGoldy Moldavsky’s debut novel Kill the Boy Band is a book for any girl that ever was a fangirl or ever will be a fangirl (so basically all of us). Or really, it is just a good book for anyone who understands crazy, passionate, slightly scary fandom love. But especially boy band love.

So it’s pretty much what it sounds like based on the title. The book follows four friends all obsessed with the same band (The Ruperts, so named because all the boys are named Rupert) and they’ve decided they are taking matters into their own hands. They want and up close and personal look at the boys, and it is exactly what they get. But nowhere close tot he way they were imagining.

The narrator is super relatable, and she’s also fairly self-aware. Which is a nice balance for the reader because then it’s not just trying to cope with crazy fangirl screaming. And the story becomes not just about all these shenanigans these four teenage girls get into while trying to meet their favorite boy banders. It becomes a bit of a social commentary on the fandom life, in whatever shape it might take.

Being crazy about a boy band or a TV show or a book series to the point of total life consumption is not, itself, a bad thing. Especially when you’re young and you kind of don’t have a lot of other things to occupy your time with. But it is sometimes wise to have a voice of reason come in and remind you there are other things in life. In addition to making some good observations about fandom this book is also just a hilarious, ridiculous fun read.

~Ren