Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing Don't Cosplay with my Heart by Cecil Castellucci! I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: December 26, 2017
Hardcover page count: 288
My rating: 2/5 stars
Don't Cosplay with my Heart tells the story of certainly, a young girl obsessed with the half superhero half supervillian Gargantua, her favorite character. When she wears her mask, she feels tall and powerful, something that she seems to be unable to do recently. When she cosplays, Edan feels like she can be her true self, but as she begins to descend into a downward spiral, she will soon have to decide if she needs help or if she can help herself.
Boy, was this one hot mess of a book. But first, let's start with the good. For one, the author brings a very feministic feel to the comic-book-inspired-YA genre, something that is not very often touched upon. The author does this by puting in tidbits of information one might find on the superhero Gargantua, which tells the comic book tale of her existance. This mixes well with the story itself as the main character existence constantly has to defend herself through sexist claims.
Another thing the author did well was the world building itself. I loved the character of Gargantua (even though I hated her name), and I definitely feel as though I would read those comics if they were real.
But now to the bad. I feel like the author attempted to do to much with this book. For one, the book often seems to go all sunshines and daisies up until something small happens and the main character suddenly turns depressing and bored. It is during these moments, the main character seems to don the plastic hero mask that 'she didn't even realize was there', that she absolutely needs to keep on to keep her sanity. Another failed attempt was the intregation of the cosplay. What I thought would be the main point turned out to be not that important in the end as long as the main character had a man at her side. I appreciated the attempt to intregate it into the novel, but I felt like it was just not well done in the end.
Overall, this book was a poorly written hot mess with a fickle main character and contradicting points. Though I enjoyed the comic cons and the feminist aspect of it, the plot was WAY to predictable to keep me interested and too weak to keep me going (though I struggled, I did finish it though). Overall, I am not sure I would recommend this to anyone but a younger reader interested in a super-powered feminist read.
I hope you all enjoyed this review! This book was integration a tough one to get through, but let me know in the comments if any of you have had a chance to come across this book.
See you next time!
Hello everyone! Today, I will be reviewing UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn. It is also a self-published book which I think is super cool. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!
Release date: April 18, 2012
Paperback page count: 234
My rating: 3/5
Mina Grime has always been the unpopular girl at school, but when she saves the life of the boy of her dreams, that all seems to change. But soon her new found happiness is taken away as she discovers that by saving her crush, she has awakened her family curse. Quickly discovering that she is actually a descendant of the Brothers Grimm and that each of their stories comes with a terrible price, she must now outwit the ever present Story and complete each tale before it is too late.
Let's begin with the good of this book. Though it started out a tad slow, the story itself seemed to turn into something amazing by the end of the book. It being the only real reason why I continued to read the book, I am happy that I stuck around to the end of this tale even when there was several things that bugged me. In fact, I believe that with certain motivation, I might want to actually finish this series as the story was actually quiet enjoyable.
Another thing that the author did well was supporting characters. Yes, that does mean that the main character was not the best, but the side characters definitely were. Each with their own personalities and motivations, they reached seemed to be a bit different from the regular characters that you see nowadays in YA. The author also tried to create her own type of humor through these characters, for example a girl who is incredibly addicted to her phone like a lot of people these days, and yet they were at times over played, they were still enjoyable.
Now onto what I have been dreading; the bad. When I said that the good was the story, I meant that the only good was the story. Riddled with at times terrible writing and overdramatic (main) characters, the author seemed like she still had a draft or two before the book could truly be done. Not only that, but the author seemed to over describe things that needed no description, under explain things that the reader actually wants to know about, and has a tendency to make the main character cry and act like a "quirky girl" at random moments. One example of this is when she wrote the girl to have a mute brother who won't talk because of a past trauma, yet she never writes about what that trauma is and seems to completely forget about him by the end of the book. Other examples like this happened throughout the book but seemed to significantly lessen as it went on. Where it be because the author simply got better with her story of because she just grew out of it, it was still pretty annoying at the beginning.
Though it did start out pretty slow, I can see that this book has a lot of potential. Already with much progress from the beginning of the book to the end in terms of writing and story, I can sense that the rest of the series will be unlike this first one. As Sarah J. Maas did with Throne of Glass where the first book merely set up the story and her writing plot significantly blossomed from there, I have a feeling that this series will be like that too.
If you enjoy retelling-like books with a great plot, I would definitely recommend this book for you. Slow at first with a pretty good ending, (hopefully) you won't be disappointed. If you have read this book before, please let me know down in the comments! Also, if there are any books that you would like me to review or you are simply looking for recommendations, don't be afraid to write me.
Until next time!
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