For our Armada review we had the wonderful and fashionable Meli from Melificent as our guest reviewer. Thank you Meli for stopping by! <3
Let me start of with, I loved Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s first novel. Why am I starting with his first book? So I don’t feel like such a d*ck for crapping all over Armada. It’s not a terrible book, but after such an amazing debut novel, Ready Player One, you can’t help but feel disappointed with Armada. The characters weren’t very well developed so I felt no emotional connection to them. I also had a hard time getting into the story. The whole book just felt rushed. However, it is well written and there were a couple of times that I chuckled out loud. I personally liked how he described the invading alien’s speech/language.
“…addressing the camera in its grating native language, which sounded sort of like a whale song, if the whale in question was into death metal.”
Armada was chock full of videogame and 80’s references but without the charm of Ready Player One. The references just fell flat in Armada and felt more like a gimmick. Maybe if you’re a hardcore video gamer you will get more out of this book. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
First of all, I love the title of this book. It’s what made me want to read it. I was expecting our heroine to be this kick-ass woman and that wasn’t the case. At least not in the beginning. The main character, Verdell, is a selfish, sarcastic, underachieving office worker. Honestly, she’s a real asshole. She’s barely surviving the apocalypse and seems to be getting by on pure, dumb luck. And still, she is one of the nicest people in this book. She still retains a shred of human decency whereas the rest of the characters have lost all their marbles when the apocalypse hit.
If you can get over the hurdle of Verdell not being the usual cookie-cutter good guy, I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I loved the over the top, ridiculous scenarios where it seems that no one has noticed that the world has ended. Verdell is the only one that is still keeping things in perspective. Everyone else is still holding on to their silly rules and routines like gluten-free diets, office hierarchy and social media bullying. This book had me laughing out loud several times and I loved Verdell’s sidekick, her boss Robert. Robert, who lives strictly by the rules of his old company’s risk management manual and constantly threatens Verdell with her upcoming employee review. It was a great, fun read and I look forward to more work from Daphne Lamb.
One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn is a fantastic geek romance book. It is a short and wonderful read about geek writer, Julie. We follow her on her quest to find her childhood comic book heroine figure, Glory Gilmore. The main character is smart, funny and you root for her all the way. It’s such a great book that my sister and I mention in the video review that it would be a great movie. After a quick google search, I’ve found out it is being made into a movie! It is full of nerdy and nostalgic references. However, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get any of the nerdy references you’ll still enjoy the book. If you love comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Comic-Con, great female geek characters and happy romantic endings you will love this book.
1 out of 5 stars. Oh what the hell, 0 out of 5 stars. Wing Girl, I don’t know where to start with how bad of a book you turned out to be. Wing Girl is one big cliché sprinkled generously with sexism, classism, and contempt for overweight and non attractive people. Not only is this book incredibly offensive towards women, it is also badly written. Wing Girl has no character development, just stereotypes such as the sassy friend, the rich friend and the blue collar boyfriend (who seems to be a working class man but really owns his own business and went to an Ivy League University). The plot consists of a smart, independent, but frumpy woman that cannot get a guy. Her three sassy and beautiful friends come to the rescue with a physical and personality makeover. Once this miraculous makeover takes place all guys are slobbering after her like a dog after a steak. However, our boring and one dimensional main character is emotionally immature and does not trust herself to pick the right guy bla, bla, bla. Terrible, god awful book.
Below are a couple of mention-worthy quotes from Wing Girl:
“I like a girl who can clean her plate and still be skinny”.
As we mentioned in our video review, you might as well say you like unicorns because both are mythical, non-existant creatures.
“The woman wouldn’t even need a Halloween mask with that hooked nose.”
“… and a four hundred pound guy dressed as Batman who didn’t notice a sticker someone had slapped on his back reading “you have exceeded the weight limit of your costume”.
“In one case Vincent caught a glimpse of a woman who easily tipped the scales at three hundred pounds who was wearing a thong. He quickly retreated to our cabin, saying he had to rip out his eyeballs to wash away the image or he would not be able to eat dinner.”
What are you? A fifth grader? It seems like the author’s main go-to comedic lines are ugly and fat jokes.
“Since Vincent so enjoyed seeing me in the wedding dress I’ve agreed to put it on once each year on our anniversary, as long as he wears the tuxedo. He was thrilled though he added, “And it better fit.” To which I responded, “So should the tuxedo.”
Yes, as a romance novel author, he certainly knows his demographic. Nothing is sexier to a woman than being told they better not gain weight. However, it seems like the author made this “cute” banter be OK by having the female character demand the same of her husband. It wasn’t.
Wing Girl by Nic Tatano is one of the worst books I have read this year ever read. Classless, boring and offensive. The only character I liked in this book is the much reviled HR lady, which the author nicknamed the HR Troll. Well, after this deservedly negative review you can go ahead and call me the Book Reviewer Troll. I will proudly own my nickname.
Welcome to our sixteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. This is a special episode as it is the first show with a guest! We welcome Amy from Reel Pages Bite (reelpagesbite.com) to review Soulless by Gail Carriger. Soulless is the first book of the series The Parasol Protectorate. We love this series. It’s one of our favorite paranormal romance book series. This steampunk novel is set in London during Victorian times. The main character, Alexia Tabarotti is a preternatural, which means she is soulless in a world where supernatural creatures have excess soul. Her state of lack of soul also gives her the power of neutralizing supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves. As long as Alexia maintains contact with supernaturals, they become human. Alexia gets tied up in a murder investigation and vampires seem to be appearing around London without being claimed by a hive or trained in social etiquette. Alexia must navigate these dangerous waters and deal with the unrefined alpha of the London Pack Lord Maccoon.
Gail Carriger develops a cast of amazing characters that will leave you wanting to know more about them. We recommend this book and series with a resounding YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Wing Girl by Nic Tatano. We will be posting our review soon!
Coco and I had the pleasure of seeing Meg Cabot at Books & Books last night. She was everything you would expect her to be, charming, funny, and very entertaining. We had a blast! It was great to see several of the people attending wearing tiaras in honor of the Princess Diaries 🙂 If you have a chance to see Meg Cabot at your local bookstore don’t miss it, you’ll love meeting her in person.
I first discovered Meg Cabot’s books about 10 years ago at the public library and quickly fell in love with them. I read all of the boys series, The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl and Every Boy’s Got One; and theQueen of Babbleseries. I started reading mainly the adult series, but the one I really got hooked on and has a special place in my bookworm heart is the Mediator series which is more of a YA paranormal/romance. And finally after several years, Meg Cabot is releasing the next Mediator book, Remembrance, and it’s going to be an adult book! Yes! Ahhh, so many books of hers to look forward to. But right now, her most recent book is Royal Wedding.
Royal Wedding is also an adult book based on the YA Princess Diaries. For some reason, this is the only Meg Cabot series I have not read. I’m excited about reading the Royal Wedding but a little wary because I did not read all the other Princess Diaries books. Well, we’ll definitely let you know what we think of Meg’s latest book. We’ll be making a video review of Royal Wedding as soon as we finish it 🙂
Welcome to our fifteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Queen of the Tearling is a moving story about a 19 year old girl forced to reign a kingdom over night. Kelsea has been living a secluded life. She’s only interacted with her two guardians who raised her and taught her how to be a fair queen through examples in history. As soon as Kelsea arrives at her castle she is confronted with the reality that her mother (and preceding Queen) signed a treaty to ship thousands of citizens to the neighboring kingdom as slaves – every year.
We loved this book and recommend it with a YAY! Kelsea is a tough ruler with a good heart and does what’s best for her kingdom. The villains are pretty scary, a red witch that sacrifices children to the Dark Lord for powerful magic; an unscrupulous slave trader masquerading as census officer, and a sleazy oblivious uncle. This book is a page turner that will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. We can’t wait to read the sequel. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Soulless by Gail Carriger. We will be posting our review soon!
Our local theater is showing a week of Hayao Miyazaki films and we decided to go see My Neighbor Totoro. For this event I was in a sailor/french mood kind of outfit. I wore a black and white stripey shirt from Old Navy, short sleeve blazer from The Limited and bright white Keen sneakers. Added some red accents with my cameo necklace and Betsey Johnson bow purse.
Welcome to our fourteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Uprooted is a fantasy novel about a kingdom bordered by a magic and malevolent forest that is inhabited by corrupted creatures. The kingdom is protected from the woods by a powerful wizard called the Dragon. However, that protection has a price. A girl must be given to the Dragon every ten years from one of the villages. This time around, Agnieszka has been chosen; but Agnieszka is not a regular girl. She has a natural affinity to magic and will help the Dragon fight the woods in the last battle for the Kingdom. This is a slow paced book but we really liked it and recommend it with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our thirteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Moon Called was the first paranormal romance I ever read. It introduced to me to the genre and I fell in love. So if you haven’t read a shifter romance and are interested in trying it out – this is the perfect book to get you started. Mercy Thompson is a native walker that can turn into a coyote. She was raised by the leader of all the werewolves in the US. She is a mechanic that specializes in European vehicles and knows martial arts. All of a sudden werewolves are being made in the tri-cities of Washington State without pack training. This means someone is up to no good. When the alpha of the tri-cities (and Mercy’s neighbor) gets abducted along with his daughter, Mercy is forced to rescue them. She will have to deal with Fae, Vampires, and Werewolves. We love Mercy Thompson and recommend this book with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. We will be posting our review soon!