Review: SpiderGwen

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I don’t need to tell you how excited I was to read this comic, I have seen so much fanart that I really wanted to get my hands on both volume 1 & 2. After reading Gwenpool, that feeling only intensified and the hold on these volumes was let off and I finally got my hands on them.

To start with SpiderGwen…I was kind of disappointed. It opens to this scene of Gwen Stacey being part of a girl band called the Mary Janes. I wouldn’t be too bothered by it, but then MJ is part of this band and the lead singer for it too. It seemed odd that a band, that is all about the team, would name itself after the lead singer. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it but then things got worse.

Issue 1: Character Personalities

I’m not here to say that all girls are nice, far from it. But it seemed odd that a selfish, self-centered and kind of controlling person like MJ would have so many girl friends – friends who would be willing to be in a band together. I also didn’t quite understand why they gave MJ that personality type.

From what I remembered, and it has been a while, she wasn’t this brat or else why would Peter have liked her?

I can’t say much for Gwen either, she was all angst and “oh I must redeem myself because of me Peter died”. Which is a very male…personality trait. From the flashbacks that are in Volume 0, Peter seemed to have killed himself because of the experiments he did. So why would she take on that guilt for SUCH a long time. Like yeah, there’s survivors guilt, but it seemed like she was just beating herself up constantly.

I also wasn’t too fond with how they basically made Gwen a female Peter, in terms of personality and again, as far as I could remember. She couldn’t balance all her commitments, like him, took on way too much ownership of things that she had no control over, like him, and refused to seek out any help, like him.

Honestly, I know this is called SpiderGwen, but I wasn’t expecting this. I was expecting SpiderGwen with Gwen’s personality.

The other girls were also kind of 2D most of the time, and I wasn’t sure what to make of it.

Pacing of the Volumes

Now to add some clarity, Gwen Stacey’s Spider Gwen starts with Volume 0 and goes up from there. I assumed, I guess incorrectly, that Volume 0 would be her “creation” story. We would follow as Gwen becomes Spidergirl? But no. Volume 0 gives brief flashbacks to Peter dying within the first two pages and just jumps into a mess.

A couple of weeks later and I can’t remember what the plot was. There were some interesting parts – The Vulture – Matt Madock being evil – The Punisher being a cop, and the spider pig. But the overlying story is just a blur.

And I don’t like that. I don’t like how half way through Volume 1, it appears as if Gwen Stacey gets sucked into another universe and comes back with all these memories from this other battle.

She’s just become SpiderGwen, she is super green and gets sucked into a parallel universe?? I don’t get it and I don’t understand why we keep missing context.

What is her creation story? Why do I have to read spiderwoman to get it? Why isn’t Volume 0 about that? Why is she a carbon copy of Spiderman? Why is it, within the first volume, she’s already being sucked into other universes? You haven’t even set up her character yet and the story?

Also, I understand this is a parallel universe where Peter died, but why is Matt Murdock evil? Like… why would Peter’s death have any effect on that? Why do you change that of all things and not, I don’t know, her personality?

Overall, it felt kind of like they created SpiderGwen to be thrown into other comics as some sort of ploy. Her own comics, for now, have no meat to them or depth. To go through two volumes, and still feel kind of indifferent.

I’m not sure if I’ll read more of this comic, I really wanted them to do her some justice but it just feels kind of lame.

Back to Ms Marvel it is!

– Sugar Out

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September Book Review

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I started a new job this week, finally a change after 8 months of stress and pain. I was excited to have this fresh beginning and I decided to take on this book by downloading it as an audiobook for when I traveled to and from work.

I can’t say I enjoyed it, at all. There were parts that were interesting but mostly it felt like a whiny angsty white kid that I was supposed to sympathize with because he is the main character of the book.

The narrator himself had this bad habit of making all the women in this book breathless and soft spoken, I guess to identify that they were women and not the guys. But it just ended up annoying when the guys had different “voices” but all the ladies didn’t, except maybe his younger sister because she was 8.

The writing was pretty basic, and I mean that in a bad way. Everything was “he says, she says, they says, he says, he says, she says”, I started to just get annoyed from hearing says-says-says over and over and over again, when it was followed in context to these types of conversations: “uhuh” he says, “what?” she says.

Like… diversify your writing my man, it won’t hurt you. And yes, I put “they says’ there on purpose, because not only is this guy basic but he can’t follow basic grammar either.

The actual story line was terrible, we follow four teens as they finish their last year of high school while living in a YA novel but not being the main characters. The premise sounds great, how many hijinks would ensue? I wondered. How would these kids interact with this world? What about the adults, would they all be over it?

It sounded great and exciting, what I got was boring and kind of… redundant? We follow Mickey who is head over heels in love with his good friend, who is a girl, Henna (sp?).

Ever since she broke up with her no-good bf, Mickey has realized he is in love but he can’t/won’t do anything about it.

EVERYONE knows he loves her though, LOL OBVIOUSLY. Even she does, but she makes no overtures or flirts with him, instead she’s into this guy named Nathan that Mickey is ugly jealous over and just hates his guts for no reason whatsoever.

But then it was redundant because they didn’t end up with each other at the end, when the whole plot of the story revolved around it.

Issue 1: The Romance

This love story, I need to cover first, because what a wet kleenex at the bottom of a trash can it is. The only reason him and Henna get together is because after a mysterious car accident, she decides to pursue him in the name of “exploration” though, right before said accident, she basically told him she wasn’t interested and he wasn’t in love with her either. Wow, what a story that would have been if we followed that plot line. HA, please let’s not get ahead of ourselves. They kiss and flirt, but she’s also flirting with Nathan (gj girl) and again Mickey is just this ugly jealous and possessive brat. Henna calls him out on this, but what does it matter when they still get back together? The writer I guess is trying to critique this kind of relationship, but Mickey doesn’t learn that being possessive is bad, he suffers no consequences so what was the point?

Anyway, to make this short – turns out Nathan is gay, and presumably that’s why she gives Mickey a chance because he’s the only guy in their group of friends and the rest of the school doesn’t exist (So original from the usual YA model right?). Mickey almost gets this guy killed for nothing, blames him for things other people took responsibility for – again the ugly jealous type, and then magically – THEY HAVE SEX. (They being Mickey and Henna, not Mickey and Nathan)

Oh he’s totally into it by the way, its magical and beautiful and everything he’s wanted, and he’s so happy, they fit together so perfectly. So you can imagine my surprise when: after this whole ode to her body/the sex they had, Henna decides to be just friends (cool girl, he’s a jerk) and he’s totally okay with it. No hissy fit, no rage, no demanding why, no I’m still in love with her but I respect her wishes. NOPE, he’s on board, “yeah we’re totally friends not lovers” like… did I just miss that last few couple of paragraphs where you basically turned her into a goddess in your mind?

She’s the best sex you’ve ever had kind of deal – oh he’s had sex before btw. He needs to tells us this repeatedly because…. yeah he’s a different YA main character. He’s had two other girlfriends before Henna, we even slightly meet the ex, but only for him to remind us he lost his virginity to her… great…thanks for letting us know that’s her only defining characteristic. (Reminder: he has no other female friends, can’t ask Henna out and acting as if she’s his first love…like…really? I’m supposed to believe this is the way a guy with past relationships behaves?)

Not to mention the other love story in this book, about Mel and Steve, is between a 19 year old and a 25 (?) year old (I know they have 7 years age difference). Oh but that’s okay, as she reminds us in the book, because she’s “legal”. I thought I would puke, god what bullshit is this book? A jealous, possessive jerk and basically a sexual predator but that’s okay since at the end, he takes the girl dumping him with no aggression and Mel instigated the relationship so……. I can’t even.

Oh and the third one, between his friend Jared and Nathan, is about this open gay guy in love with a guy in the closet who presumably needs to get drunk each time when he’s around him….I can’t….. what is this trash?

Not to mention apparently Mickey and Jared fooled around a bit sometime in the past, he’s not gay though (no homo man!) because he’s a guy and guys would bang a tree if they could (legit what was said). This also makes him super possessive over Jared and it’s just terrible how Mickey defends this as – he’ll “protect them ferociously” if anything happens to them-. Like, take my abuse because I’ll save you?

No thanks man.

Issue 2: The Adults

As per usual YA novel fashion, all adults are useless. How…original. But what I hated most about the adults was not their attitude but how Mickey spoke about them.

Just…. his mom, his wonderful, hard working mom who kept his own father out of jail after he stole from her family. Oh Mickey doesn’t see that as saving his ass, no he sees it as her trying to save face for her campaign. Because she’s a politician, and any time she’s nice, its because it’s for the campaign.

She basically kept his own father out of jail and presumably pays most of the bills, yet he craps on her at any moment he can get. She gets home and is annoyed the teenagers are putting their shoes on her coffee table – the DICTATOR! She is in the car, asking how he’s dealing with his OCD, OH SHE WANTS TO MANAGE HIM FOR HER CAMPAIGN. Like…why don’t you direct half that anger to your lazy ass father, who’s an alcoholic and barely manages? No way man, you have to feel SAD when you see him, what a load of crap.

Not to mention when his father does decide to go to rehab, and says he’ll go after the campaign is done, Mickey immediately jumps to the conclusion his mom has decided that when, his father tells him, she didn’t. She’s wanted him in rehab the whole time…god Mickey pisses me off.

Let’s also talk about Mel, since shes 19 and legal apparently. Might as well make her an adult right? AHA. Man I hate damsel in distress tropes, and Mel fits into that perfectly. She has an eating disorder her younger brother needs to save her from, there’s an explosion and shes too busy asking “what was that?” to get the hell out of there. Girl, it was an explosion….get out – ask questions later. She’s super insecure making insufferable demands out of her ‘friends’, and of course Mickey understands it’s not because she’s selfish/spoiled but from this insecurity.

Yeah…uh…I don’t know how she functions.

Issue 3: The YA bit

Which in this case, are the long winded chapter titles explaining what is happening in the YA novel that this book is taking place in.

At first, I didn’t see the point of it, it just seemed to be used to make fun of the characters living this story. Oh haaha, her name is Satchel. She’s an “indie” (sp?) kid. I didn’t understand at the beginning what an indie kid was, and why they were calling them that. There was no explanation as to why, but it was told to us that the “chosen ones” were a part of that titled group.

Then something happened that pissed me off royally. After the chapter that Mickey recounts his sexual prowess, we get the long winded chapter title going on about how Satchel meets the prince and they kiss. But the prince won’t go any further out of respect for Satchel. And it all seemed…like an insult. Like the author is insulting what these women are writing in terms of relationships. As in – he should have torn off her clothes and banged her right there on the floor, isn’t he a man?

It disgusted me, especially after his main character going on about banging two girls. There is no nuance to his writing a relationship, there’s none of that: oh we held hands! I was nervous to put my arm around her. We sat in bed and I could feel my heart pumping. Because that’s too…. I don’t even know honestly. Like everything is about sex, and the way he wrote the sex scene, it is.

All the emotional connections you make with a person, that just comes from sex. Too bad asexuals, you’ll never have a deep meaningful relationship.

And that’s my last issue with this book. His “diversity”. I’m guessing he meant to do this for relevance and nothing else.

Jared the gay guy, Henna the half black-half Finnish girl, and then the two white kids with  mental disabilities. What a great quartet, except they have no other friends, and everyone else is white. Jared has no other gay friends, no connection to an LGBTQ community, why would he? It’s a small community right?

No it’s just lazy writing.

Henna has no cousins or family coming to visit her. The half-Finnish part is also kind of stupid when her father is apparently some sort of…what are they called? Missionary! They’re going to central Africa too! Didn’t you know? Look how diverse this book is, it even knows a country on the continent of Africa! And then Romania also! Because they’re orthodox and… need converting to…Christianity? WTF?! Why would a Catholic need converting to Christianity??

(Also why is her Finnish father the missionary? Isn’t Finland mostly atheist? What…)

Ok, but they’re not the only minorities, Call Me Steve (I hate that goddamn nickname so much, I hate Mickey even more for this) is also half Honduran but HAHA he’s never been! I can’t….. what diversity is this? Also Steve is the magical doctor at the age of 25, he’s so magic he doesn’t mind hanging out with a bunch of teenagers.

Like why even bother with this placeholders to say your diverse when you don’t create a world where this people would exist? How is it Steve is the only half-Honduran in that area? Where are the other latin american kids? Or the community? How is there only one black person in this town, when she’s half? Did her mom just pop into existence? Where is their family?

And how is it that Jared thinks he’d be an “indie” kid, aka a main character/hero in a YA novel, when this author – trying to poke holes at the tropes of YA novels, can’t bother to make his own character fully bisexual? How realistic of a statement is that? Where does this author live honestly? (Note: I know where he lives its on Wikipedia but apparently he lives in a hole)

TLDR

In the end, I disliked Mickey a lot. I hated his personality, how he somehow had anxiety throughout the whole book but then that finally was addressed as OCD, which it had been the entire time. How dangerously possessive he was to everyone but no one addresses it. How he’s somehow hero-ing around, saving his sisters from an explosion at a concert, the other from an eating disorder and trying to charge ahead and find out what the indie kids are up to, even though the premise of the book is that they’re just trying to live here. So why would he even want to get involved?

I disliked the guy’s writing even more, how he put in a concert explosion after what happened with Ariana Grande. It felt like he saw this terrible event as a means to show off his character in his book. (Edit: Was told this book was published before this so my bad)

How he kept using “I know right?”, in arbitrary areas to make us relate to the character when I didn’t know what to “right” about. Like, oh yeah “forever young” is the title of their prom, I know right?? Okay…you didn’t plan the stupid thing can you stop judging every single thing you put your face in front of.

There are so many things I could rage about, but I will end this here.

I don’t recommend, I’m glad I didn’t buy it, and I wont be reading anything more from this guy. I know I’m not the best in terms of spelling and grammar, but I don’t have a team of editors.

This was lazy, insulting and, overall, a waste of time. Go back to the bottom of the trash where you belong.

-Sugar Out

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Dorothy Must Die

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Vacation time means I get to catch up on reading. Dorothy was a new purchase and for whatever reason I wanted to give it a shot.

Everyone knows of the wizard of Oz and I had the pleasure of seeing the stage performance in the last month or so. This helped refresh some of the finer plot points I hadn’t noticed as a child, like the tin man literally chopping himself to bits.

I was mostly entertained by Amy, she was an angry teenager that had a lot on her plate without her having stepped foot in Oz. Her being the chosen one to kill Dorothy seemed a bit of a stretch but who am I to argue against the plot? As usual there was that jump in belief as Amy trained to become a witch and an assassin that comes with any fighting type YA novel. Her strength comes from her anger, not surprising, as it follows along the lines of Katniss and whats-her-face from Divergent. That she suddenly has magical powers was acceptable in terms of the plot and overall I was entertained by it.

The darkness of this OZ was interesting and it was really well constructed and thought out. It wasn’t just dead plants but melting munchkins, eyeless maids and half metal girls. There was a sense of reach to Dorothy’s tyranny that’s usually not there. Not in the sense of how everyone is affected in different ways, usually everyone is being terrorized in the same way. But with Dorothy Must Die, it feels terrifying.

Her descriptions are superb, man the Scarecrow with the moving triangle and button eyes – total nightmare material. The Tinman also and the Lion? She really knew how to adjust them subtly to the grotesque.

I do have criticisms for this book though; though any YA is not perfect and there are many tropes and plot devices they copy off of each other. I was hoping that though Danielle followed the tropes and devices she would adjust them to suit the story.

I was slightly disappointed when she didn’t.

To start, the love interest – oh Nox, you’re so two dimensional and a bit of a blockhead and yet Amy just falls for you. Oh she knows the witches are manipulating them to fall for each other and grow an attachment, yet she falls into their scheming easily. I would like to believe it was a spell the witches conducted to keep Amy loyal, and it would be awesome to see that be true in the next book, but for now she seems pretty dead set on him. Which was boring.

At first I thought there was going to be a threeway with Pete, but Pete ended up being someone else, so thank god that didn’t happen. Unless that someone else becomes the other corner of this triangle and that would shake things up a bit for sure. Again why hope though?

Second – Don’t trust anyone, don’t trust me thing. God could everyone shut up already? Don’t trust me but trust me with this advice I’m telling you?!? Like do you hear yourselves? And everyone was saying it. I hate when a part of the plot is to withhold useless information from the main character for no apparent reason. Everything she finds out at the end of the novel, which everyone kept secret from her, wasn’t actually important. Astrid is her handler! Too bad you didn’t know from the beginning when that would have been actually super useful for you?? Like??? Who would do that? That doesn’t make any sense!? Doesn’t matter though cuz she’s dead so….. cool story bro?

And then this:

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See how it says “Your mission”? Yeah, she only finds out about this at the end of the novel. And this is a key piece of information.

She can’t kill Dorothy without completing these steps yet NO ONE TELLS HER. She’s basically trying to kill Dorothy the whole novel TO NO AVAIL.

I was waiting the whole novel to find out why this was at the back as it didn’t seem pertinent at all, only to find out it was stupid important at the end. What a stupid thing to do. Not to mention completely unnecessary in terms of the plot.

She could still have a second novel, no one is thinking she would be able to do all 4 things in one book. But apparently its going to be 1 and then 3, surprise she kills one of them just at the end when she finds out this important tidbit.

Though why didn’t kill the others to begin with seems a bit…noobish. Like why wouldn’t you take out her three biggest supporters and obvious guardians? Who are literal monsters and should, for the good of OZ, be eliminated?

And you know, I could totally get over her being trained and become so adept so easily, I could get over the love interest, and this terrible plot reveal. But what really ticked me off was Gert and the other witches.

This witch is literally stronger than anyone else, she took on the lion and almost killed him and she *dies* in the process for no discernible reason. He doesn’t hit her, doesn’t tear her into two, she just drains him and that drains her?!?

WHY ARE ALL THE ADULTS INCOMPETENT!?!  SO FRUSTRATING!

No it has to be this one girl who has to do everything, and yeah parallels to Dorothy are soo cool.

But last time I checked, Dorothy didn’t have to kill the Wicked Witches three super tough mini bosses?

I’d just like a YA novel where the girl doesn’t fall for the first boy she claps eyes on, is actually supported by other older characters who are useful in getting shit done, and has some actual either self-defense background or some sport background to explain her ability to be trained so efficiently.

Otherwise, cool story, looking forward to reading the second one….

Did I sound too negative? I feel like I ranted a lot, when I enjoyed the book overall. I should have read it in French to get some practice in.

H’ohwell.

Suhgar OUT

 

 

 

August Book Review

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And we’re back on schedule ladies!

I have read Georgette Heyer before and honestly I put this in the list as I have wanted to get around to reading it. I’ve had the book on my shelf and it’s been staring at me pretty accusingly until I put it up for August.

Overall, I love me some regency books. I found Frederica witty and fun. Poor Charis was a grade A dunce and pained me physically when her and Harry went behind Frederica’s back. There’s a lot to say of a woman’s power on her own life and Frederica showed how women were so dependent on men during this time period.

Though Charis was a stupid girl most of the time, there were parts of when Frederica and the Marquis were talking about her that made it seem like she wasn’t as stupid as she behaved. How she fell in love so easily and couldn’t turn any man down, it seemed almost like a satire on Jane from Pride and Prejudice. Ah but that could be just me reading into things.

I did like the Marquis and Frederica together, true the engagement was rushed, but their banter and how they relied on each other was super sweet. I like how Georgette didn’t write love as this whole all or nothing feeling, how Frederica fell in love but it wasn’t all thunderstorms and grand romantic gestures. It felt more realistic and an almost adult kind of love.

As for the boys, I loved me some Felix and Jessamy. They were adorable, though rambling boys, that made me think of what my nephew could be. I couldn’t always read through everything they were rambling so I felt a lot like the Marquis sometimes, just tuning out.

Harry was another thing, and I half despised him by the end. He was the worst kind of guy I could think of, selfish and out to please himself. Inconveniencing Frederica at the worst of times because she wasn’t stroking his ego. Man if I could, I would have punched him in the throat.

What a spoiled brat.

Anyway, loved the novel and definitely recommend it.

Sugar Out!

 

August Book Choices

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1.The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

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2. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

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3. Frederica by Georgette Heyer

When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.

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4. Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour

IN ONE UNIVERSE, it wasn’t Peter Parker who was bitten by the radioactive spider, but Gwen Stacy! She’s smart, charming and can lift a car … just don’t tell her father, the police chief. Now, in the wake of Spider-Verse, Gwen swings into her own solo adventures! And she soon finds herself between a rock and a hard place when the Vulture attacks, and NYPD Lieutenant Frank Castle sets his sights on bringing her down. Then, still haunted by Peter’s death, Gwen visits his only family: Ben and May Parker. But what really happened the day Peter died? Find out right here as the spectacular Spider-Gwen steals not only the spotlight, but also the hearts of comic fans worldwide!

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5. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

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June and July Book Review

I should confess now, I couldn’t get through Hild. I tried, boy did I try. But at one point, when you’ve fallen asleep for a second time while reading a book, that you need to cut your losses. Considering I never fall asleep while reading, this was a quick cut, though an unfortunate one.

Hild was many things, boring one, but also so long. So long with so many names of people and places I couldn’t place, couldn’t remember, and wasn’t sure what their importance was. So I gave up, and read others things.

Now to July: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls.

I wasn’t expecting it to be about Body Positivity or how many, and few, chords it would strike in me. There were definitely a lot of lessons I learned from it, or became aware of. There were ways I started to see myself differently and the concept of fat.

It’s easy, I realized, to call yourself fat when you’re not and dig yourself into a deep pit of self-suffering. Reading this book made me realize that I wasn’t fat, not the way she describes it and how she lives it. It was kind of startling, that kind of realization, and I felt bad how often I’d kicked myself down.

It also brought great value to me in understanding that really breaking free of social expectations of what beauty should look like is trying not to be beautiful. Which is really hard for me, when I’ve been called pretty my entire life, but wanted to be more – more gorgeous and not pretty, or more sexy and not pretty. Pretty feels and continues to feel like it’s for small girls, but that lead to a lot of the lack of self-confidence I have, waiting for others to give me that stamp of approval.

So now I’m going to try to be different, in at least not waiting for someone else to tell me what or who I am. It’s a small step, reminding myself constantly in places that I feel like I want it like an itch under my skin. But, I don’t expect an overnight change, just one that I can look at a picture and think I look great on my own terms.

End of my rambling, I hope you read this book and give it a shot. You learn a lot about yourself as you read it, a lot of wrestling with yourself and your preconceived thoughts on value and beauty. It was a heavy and hard book to read, but never boring.

– Sugar Out

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

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A little bit late but I’ve had a crazy month of weddings, travels and general business.

This one I didn’t actually “read” as I listened to it during long flights, meal prepping and bus rides. I should state now that I loved it, Gail Carriger has the kind of humour I get and enjoy.

I loved the sarcasm and wittiness of Sophronia, I liked how, though she is 14 at the beginning of the book, she isn’t overly childish or immature. She feels like a teenager, for sure, but it’s not over-exaggerated.

I enjoyed all the characters, especially the large female cast and some recurring characters. I liked how somethings weren’t black and white and some relationships weren’t easy. I enjoyed how these characters were flawed but it was okay, no one was judging them harshly for not being perfect in every way. Dimote with her lace and jewels, Sidhe with her boyishness and Agatha with her silence. I also liked the male characters, Pillover and Soap, and I’m excited to see where the romance goes.

Gail doesn’t seem the type to pick generic romantic pairings, so it will be exciting to see how to ends and why we don’t meet Sophronia in the Soulless series.

Overall I definitely recommend it, there’s something very enjoyable in reading such a feminine book, especially one teaching girls how to use that femininity to their advantage.

– Sugar Out