YAckers Review: Reality Boy by AS King

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We read a contemporary book about a contemporary boy who takes shits on camera.  It proved to be incredibly thought-provoking and every single one of us were disgusted with Gerald’s parents but we were also pretty much in line feeling that we read the book with more of a clinical disgust than anything else.  It got our feathers all twisted and whatnot.  As for it being a GOOD book . . . it got some pretty solid reactions out of us so in that regard yes, it was good.  No one really connected with any of the characters, though, so take that for what you will.  Read what we had to say here and come to your own conclusions.

 

SHATTERED by Mari Mancusi Cover Reveal!

Now that book one in Mari Mancusi’s latest series, SCORCHED, is out, it’s time for book two, due out in September!  Until then we get little bits and pieces of it dangled in front of us.  For instance, the cover reveal!  Check it out . . .

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The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley

lazarusPublished: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

An alternate 1895… a world where Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace perfected the Difference engine. Where steam and tesla-powered computers are everywhere. Where automatons powered by human souls venture out into the sprawling London streets. Where the Ministry, a secretive government agency, seeks to control everything in the name of the Queen.

It is in this claustrophobic, paranoid city that seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed and his conman father struggle to eke out a living.

But all is not well…

A murderous, masked gang has moved into London, spreading terror through the criminal ranks as they take over the underworld. as the gang carves up more and more of the city, a single name comes to be uttered in fearful whispers.

Professor Moriarty.

When Tweed’s father is kidnapped by Moriarty, he is forced to team up with information broker Octavia Nightingale to track him down. But he soon realizes that his father’s disappearance is just a tiny piece of a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire and plunge the world into a horrific war.  (goodreads.com)

 

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This was in Pyr’s catalogue and it sounded interesting so, among other books, I requested THE LAZARUS MACHINE for review.  I’m not big into steampunk but I liked the way the story sounded here.

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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

wickedPublished: June 12, 2007
Publisher: HarperTeen
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.  (goodreads.com)

 

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I ended up picking up the last book in the series, DARKEST MERCY, at a BEA so it was only proper that I start at the beginning.  I think I remember buying my copy of WICKED LOVELY at my local closing Borders a couple years ago.  And here we are.

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YAcks Attack: JK Rowling Dominates the Book World, Balls Taken Home

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Toward the end of February a rather cranky author with her panties bunged so far up her crack she was digesting them decided to go against the advice of friends and post about the unfairness of JK Rowling publishing outside of the kids’ world (with a side of demeaning commentary on adults reading “kids books”) and how she should stop writing altogether because whiny whiny cry cry fairness.  The YAcks responded in kind.  Grab your tissues.

Vampire’s Kiss by Veronica Wolff

g123Published: March 6, 2012
Publisher: NAL
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

As someone who has survived her first year as an Acari recruit, Drew’s ultimate goal is to become a Watcher and be paired up with a Vampire agent. Except nothing is as it seems. The vampire Alcántara is as sinister as he is sexy, Ronan is more distant than ever, and it turns out there are other vampires out there. Bad ones. They’ve captured one of the Watcher vamps and are torturing him for information-and Drew is going undercover to rescue him.

But when their vampire prisoner turns out to be a gorgeous bad boy, Drew’s first mission quickly turns into more than she bargained for…  (goodreads.com)

 

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Penguin sent me pretty much this entire series and I’m just working my way through it now.  I don’t know why I waited so long.  These books are great!

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Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars, Volume 1 by Frank Beddor with Liz Cavalier, art by Ben Templesmith

123Published: October 16, 2008
Publisher: Automatic Pictures Publishing
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

Put to rest any delusions or disinformation you have of the tea guzzling madman of faux literary history and prepare to expand your consciousness as the saga of Hatter Madigan and his relentless search for the lost Princess of Wonderland unfolds on these pages.

In Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan was ordered by Queen Genevieve to take Princess Alyss and leave Wonderland after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd. But while escaping through the Pool of Tears (the portal connecting Wonderland to our world), crushing centrifugal force pulled them apart, and Alyss was lost. In this geographic parallel adventure, Hatter finds himself in Paris, France in the year 1859 shockingly separated from the child he had been sworn to protect.

Unbeknownst to Hatter, Alyss had exited a puddle in London, England. Lost and alone, she was befriended by an aspiring author to whom she told the surreal, violent, heartbreaking story of her young life only to see it published as the nonsensical children’s fairytale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But Carrol had got it all wrong.He even misspelled her name! Alyss had trusted Lewis Carrol to tell the truth so that Hatter would find her and bring her home. Instead, Hatter must endure a non-stop quest, crisscrossing the globe for 13 years in search of the lost Princess. While formidable with blades, a moment must be taken to introduce his signature weapon, the Hat. Woven and blocked from a material not available in any realm except the origins of wonder, the Hat, when hurled by his expert hand, instantly unfolds into a circle of blades to attack or defend.

The mad odyssey begins here…  (goodreads.com)

 

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I loved THE LOOKING GLASS WARS so I much and because Hatter was quite possibly my favorite character in the whole series I just HAD to add his comics to my Want list.  Lucky for me my secret Santa got me the first volume this past Christmas and I couldn’t keep myself from it any longer.

 

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Fifty pages is nearly half the book since it’s a comic (graphic novel, whatever) but they were a good fifty pages, telling the engaging story of how Hatter lost Alyss when they jumped through the Pool of Tears to escape Redd and how he started on his decade-long trek to find her.  The story throws in little tidbits that you can read scattered throughout the series but they’re in our real world too.  And Hatter deals with them all.

I’m not sure how I feel about the art.  Sometimes I like it because the gritty, horror-ish style fits parts of the story but at other times it clashes with what I otherwise have in my head.  I’m not thinking whimsical, bubbly art or anything but Templesmith has a distinct style that lends itself to the grittier, blurred type of storytelling that I don’t know if it fits with TLW or not.

 

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It was an entire story of Hatter.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  It portrays him as the character we know in TLW: staunch, stoic and unmoving in his duty to the crown.  But it also breaks down those walls and gives him a heart, even if it’s just a smidge of a peek at one.  He’s not made of stone and we get to see him make jokes (rather, puns), be his kick ass self and save children whom he has no charge over, even if it keeps him from his objective.  The story makes him more human and all the more relatable.  I like him even more at the end of this.

 

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I’m still on the fence about the style of the art.  Like I said above, it was fitting in certain places and didn’t jive with what I had in mind in others and it makes me all wishy-washy about it.  It’s elegant and fetching and creepy but at the same time I think the gritty, dirty aspects of the art were a little much with some of the panels.  Or maybe I’m just pretty set in my head about what the story, and thus the art, should look like.  But I’m still on the fence about it.  I didn’t NOT like it but I’m not completely on board with it either.

 

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I’m adding Volume 2 to my Want list.  I need more Hatter!  There’s a lot of story to tell here and it’ll be great getting to crack the shell on this elusive character a little more.  I can’t wait!

4.5 Beaters

 

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