Showing posts with label victim. Show all posts
Showing posts with label victim. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2016

[Review] Wink Poppy Midnight - April Genevieve Tucholke: Fairytales, Liars, and Tarot Cards

In WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT, a boy is torn between the mean, conceited girl he loved all his life and the quirky carefree new girl next door that makes life a fairy tale.

What intrigued me: The weird title. It's really weird, I had to find out what this is about.

Poetic and very weird

I would've never in a million years expected to end up being so infatuated with this book. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is just your average contemporary with a love triangle. Sounds not so exciting, right? But April Genevieve Tucholke wrote this and you bet she put her stamp on it.

The writing is heavenly, beautifully poetic, but just that right amount that's balancing the tightrope between flowery and the magic of a children's book. It reads so easily, many reviewers compare this story to reading fairytales and it's just true. Tucholke writes these three POVs so effortlessly, and all three characters, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight have such strong voices that I'm just absolutely in awe. This isn't a novel, this reads like a poem in prose instead of verse.

Despite only being 250 pages, this is extremely dense reading and as much as I was immersed with the story and wanted to continue - don't binge this. Every sentence holds so much meaning in this that I'm just... how. How can she write like this. 

Truly, 100% unique - but there's a catch.

The big mystery isn't really the main focus until halfway into the book and I can hardly talk about the plot without spoiling anything. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a roller coaster of emotions, of crazy things and fairy tales and monsters and heroes. It's strange, unlike anything I've ever read, but so, so, so captivating and wonderful. 
It's very reminiscent of a Southern-inspired fairytale, it sort of reads like a cross between BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE with a side of the magic from THE RAVEN BOYS.

The one thing that negates all of the wonderful feelings this book gave me is that WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT contains a racial slur in the beginning (g*psy). It's never addressed and used casually. This unaccpetable and has no place in a book for teens. We need to speak up about books who make use of that kind of language. I definitely enjoyed WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT but finding this slur definitely turns my reading experience sour. 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT is a magically poetic book that magical realism lovers and contemporary fans will enjoy. It combines the two flawlessly without being neither one nor the other. However, racial slurs are not okay and including them in your books is unacceptable.

Additional Info

Published: March 22nd 2016
Pages: 247
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780803740488

"Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying."(Source: Goodreads)


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Friday, September 12, 2014

[Review] The Rattler - Jason McNamara: Hearing Voices, Kidnapping, and a lot of Blood

In THE RATTLER, writer Stephen has been searching for his supposedly kidnapped fiancée for years, when he suddenly starts hearing her voice coming out of dead people's mouths.

What intrigued me: I'm in a comic mood and the premise sounds very GONE GIRL.

Grotesque and bloody

THE RATTLER tells a downright grotesque story in such a fast-paced and fun way that I couldn't help but binge-read it all at once. The premise about a writer-turned-victims-rights-advocate hearing his missing fiancée's voice out of corpses' mouths isn't only very imaginative, but also well-done. The comic throws you right into the story and I didn't have any issued with the narrative, maybe that I would have preferred to have it all told from Stephen's perspective. However, having his girlfriend Chantal and her partner Kaizu have their own series of panels surely benefits to making everything seem more real. 

THE RATTLER is definitely a gore-y horror story that is not for the highly sensitive. There are many, many graphic and bloody scenes in this that almost made me squeamish because of their grotesqueness. Still, it never feels like it's overdone and the premise definitely demands the degree of death and chaos and havoc that Stephen wreaks.

Why no color?

The sketchy illustration style is a little hard to get to get used to in the beginning, but I quickly grew very fond of it. What I must criticize though is that the novel is completely in black and grey, the only color you'll find is blood red. 
I do understand why this choice was made and it does accentuate the gore-y, bloody scenes quite beautifully. I must insist thought that his beautiful and very detailed drawing style would probably look even better if the comic was in full color. There are just too many details that deserve being showcased and it probably would have made me want to read this even faster than already. 

The black and grey style demands a certain degree of alertness and creates the illusion that this isn't easy to read. It is. The story is incredibly easy to follow, the characters are established enough, it really hits all the basic points quite beautifully.




Overall: Do I Recommend

THE RATTLER is fantastic horror story, very reminiscent of Stephen King's DOLAN'S CADILLAC, with a side of surrealism meets slasher movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was absolutely caught off guard with the fantastic plot twist!

Additional Info

Author: Jason McNamara
Illustrations: Greg Hinkel
Published: March 29th 2016
Pages: 104
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Adult / Thriller
ISBN: 9781632156556

"10 years have passed since Stephen Thorn's fiancee vanished without a trace, and he has grown into a prominent, if bitter, victim s rights crusader. Despite the cold trail and lack of leads, he stubbornly refuses to give up the search. 

And then he begins to hear her voice in the strangest of places. Pursued by his own organization and questioning his sanity, Stephen embarks on a grisly journey to save his long-lost love. As he unravels the truth of her disappearance, the body count rises and Stephen finds himself ensnared in a trap that has been set for him long ago"(Source: Goodreads)

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