The Perks of Being a Wallflower — A Spoiler Free Review

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Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Age Group: Young Adult/MTV

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life

Rating: 4.5/5

Those of you who have seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower (further known as Wallflower) may be wondering… why did it take her so long to get through this? Well to put it simply it was quite a dense book! Although short in pages so much was going on and left to be said in between the lines. Unlike most books, where they spend 20-50 pages going over one day, this book spends about 1 and a half pages going over a whole day, and a lot happens in that single day. Wallflower is written with the concept of tip of the iceberg.

Wallflower is written as a series of letters from the protagonist, Charlie, to some unknown character who happened not too sleep with a person at a party that they could have. This is also someone who he feels listens and understands. Charlie writes to this person often, sometimes every day, sometimes once a week over the course of a full school year, in particular, his freshmen year of high school.

Charlie is the youngest of three siblings growing up in a seemingly normal family home. Problem is a lot of unfortunate things happened to Charlie growing up, including the death of his best friend from Middle School (you find this out on the second page so not a spoiler!). This means that Charlie starts high school with no friends and struggles to ‘participate’ in everyday life. Charlie is what you’d call a “wallflower”.

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The novel deals with a lot of heavy issues as Charlie observes and is involved in a lot of hard topics. Not discluding suicide, drugs, sex, rape, and a host of other topics. Within the first 30 pages of the book it had already dealt with suicide, abusive relationships and rape. This book is not for the light hearted and I feel that people under the age of 13 would not understand. As a 23 year old I feel like I have quite a bit of perspective on it, but it was still hard at times to read through, nonetheless.

The book also deals with a lot of pop culture, music, books and the Rocky Horror Picture Show being just a few of the canopy topics. It also references a lot of the things that were occurring in the 90’s, so reader beware that you may not understand if you were born quite late after this generation. Below is one of Charlie’s Mixtapes song list:

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Overall I found it to be a fantastic book. One of the best I have read in a long time. Here are some quotes and visuals to give you some ideas.

We accept the love we think we deserve.
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (via feellng)
So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (via introspectivepoet)

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I finally want to make a note that there is a movie that is based around the book. Honestly, the movie wasn’t bad, but it leaves a lot out that would confuse the audience, as well as several parts of the plot are simplified and altered. But, it does star Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, and Mae Whitman (three of my favorite female stars).

Enjoy two screenshots (amongst the others above).

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As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

Tiger’s Curse – A Spoiler Free Review

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Book: Tiger’s Curse (Number One of the Tiger’s Curse series)

Author: Colleen Houck

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy, Myths

Rating: 3.5/5

I’m back! As mentioned earlier it’s time to start my summer reading and reviews again. It took me a little under a week to read through this novel. A fun read and a great and easy way to launch me into my summer reading schedule.

How did I end up in the middle of the Indian jungle with a tiger? I win the prize for world’s worst decisions. #Kelsey
– Colleen Houck, Reading between the lines in Tiger’s Curse (via thatdayinthecircus)

Tiger’s Curse starts out in Oregon, my own home state, and ends with the idea that she’ll be heading back soon. A nice bookended way to format the novel. I had fun knowing exactly what Colleen Houck was talking about or referring to as the main character Kelsey would refer or compare to something from Oregon. Kelsey just graduated from high school and is looking for a summer job to make some money before she heads off to college in the Fall. She ends up taking on a temporary job at the circus where she is trained to help take care of the animals. She works her way up to the larger animals, a tiger to be exact, and ends up falling in love with his beauty, stubbornness, mannerisms, and much more. Without talking too much about it, she ends up traveling to India with the tiger from the circus and thus begins the real adventure and story of Tiger’s Curse a great combination of Indian mythology, adventure and romance.

Touching on the Indian mythology Tiger’s Curse is full of it! It’s fascinating and I’m sure that more mythology is the follow in the next several books. It talks about Durga, Fanindra, Kappa, The Golden Fruit, and much more to just name a few. It also talks about Indian’s past, present, and ideas for the future. About fashion, food, people, and the language. Multiple times small phrases are dropped within the novel in Hindu, such as “sundari” which means ‘most beautiful’.

Continuing on to discuss the romance in the novel it’s pretty typical for a Young Adult novel. Not too many in depth details, but obviously present to keep the interest of the readers. I found it was almost talked about too much, that Kelsey was a bit of a worry wort and often an over thinker about the situation. Although this seems very characteristic of her character, but I often found myself throwing up my hands or having to set the book down because it was too much. There are ways to discuss how much is going through one’s head then using two pages to talk about the same situation for the up-tenth time.

Things I liked: The mythology, dialogue, characters, locations, and intertwining of the Hindu language.

Things I didn’t like: The constant discussion of the same situation romantically, the perfection of the male characters and how everything seems to always go correctly, the constant need of Kelsey to create drama where there is none, and finally the slow start of Colleen’s writing at the beginning of the novel.

To mention quickly about this last point about Colleen’s writing the start of the novel is a bit rough, but as the novel progresses so does her writing. By the end her sentences are easy to read, understand and derive meaning from.  Don’t let the beginning of the novel’s language scare you away as Colleen takes you on a wild ride throughout India.

With that I leave you with some of my favorite quotes from tumblr:

I warn you, Kelsey, that I’m an extremely patient man. I’ve had extensive practice in waiting out the enemy. My life as a tiger has taught me that attentive persistence and focused diligence always pay off. Consider yourself forewarned, priyatama. I’m on the hunt. I’ve caught your scent, and I won’t be thwarted in my course.
– Ren, Tiger’s Curse (via bilautaa)
We looked at each other for a minute, not saying anything, but I could feel the air between us shift. It became thick, sultry, and tangible—like when the air changes right before a storm. I could feel its power envelop me as it brushed across my skin. Even though I couldn’t see it, I knew a storm was coming.
– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Curse (via quotes-shape-us)
You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes everywhere in the world.
– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Quest (via kittymudface)
I don’t mind being alone either. The only problem is that if you’re always alone, you get lonely.

– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Curse (via kittymudface)

 

“No matter what happens, please remember that I love you”

 

– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Curse

 

As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

Soulless Volume Two – A Spoiler Free Review

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Book: Soulless vol. Two

Author: Gail Carriger

Artist: REM

Age Group: Older Teen

Genre: Graphic Novel, Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 4/5

I’m back with another review of Soulless, the graphic novel version, which is hand-in-hand with Changeless, which I just posted a review about. Keeping in mind all my points from my Changeless review, I wanted to state that I loved the REM’s interpretation of Madame Lefoux and Lady Kingair. I felt that they were both extremely fitting for their images. Also, the heartbreaking scene at the end of the novel was, heartbreaking, yet again, in the graphic novel. REM has a strong hold over use of emotions and expressions.

Things I wasn’t super fond of in this, was some of the cutting out of certain scenes. I do realize that they are trying to fit each novel into a single graphic novel, but I did find myself missing some selective scenes and extra bits of information that the novel supplied us.

Her depiction of scene, the castle in the Scotts and the dirigible were fun and authentic to both era and the novel’s descriptions.

Once again a fun and stunning installment of Soulless.

I also wanted to share with you guys this little article I ran across. Gail Carriger went ahead and told people who she thought, as actors and actresses, her characters were modeled after. This influenced not only the picture at the top, but also the graphic novel version. So check it out if you’re interested.

As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

Ps. I plan to finish up Blameless and review it, but then I’ll try to break and review something else for a bit before going back to not overload you guys too much.

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Soulless Volume One – A Spoiler Free Review

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Soulless front cover published by Yen Press and art by REM.

Book: Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger

Artist: REM

Age Group: Older Teen

Genre: Graphic Novel, Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 5/5

Having returned from the beach for a small vacation with the family I have three reviews to grace you all with over the next three days! The first being Soulless Volume One. I’ll then switch off and review Changeless and then will switch back to Soulless Volume Two. Now, onto the review!

As I was reading Soulless (the novel) I sent off a message to one of my favorite artists, Cassandra Jean, informing her that her art style matched the scenes and characters I imagined in Carriger’s Soulless. She messaged me back, via tumblr, to inform me that a good friend of hers in fact does do the art, and that would be REM. I’m astounded by REM’s adaption for the series. The expressions and portrayals of the characters are humorous and hit close to home with my own personal images. I enjoyed seeing the characters playing out their scenes extremely well portrayed upon the pages of this graphic novel.

Not only did I find the characters well portrayed, but the era based clothing and backgrounds was well researched and fitting. (I even added Alexia’s rose dress to my “wanting to cosplay” list — although I can’t seem to find a good reference for it. If you guys have one let me know!) Her portrayal of the romance is subtle and sexy, but not too over the top to push the graphic novel to mature. I also wish to note that REM’s style of wolves is easy on the eyes and matches her humanoid style quite nicely.

I borrowed the first two volumes from the library, but I plan to purchase them both next time I’m in Powell’s. I applaud Yen Press for their lovely choice in artists to portray this fabulous series which I highly recommend to steampunk fans, supernatural fans, and of course graphic novel lovers of high wit and stunning artwork.

Finally, attached at the end of this review is a little bit of preview from the first volume to give you guys a taste for more!

As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

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