Lazarus Vol 1 Review

18259637

from Goodreads

Title: Lazarus Vol 1

Author: Greg Rucka

Illustrator: Michael Lark

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Action, Thriller, Dystopian, Comics

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18259637-lazarus-vol-1?ac=1&from_search=true

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

Lazarus is about a women Forever who is a robot in the service of the Carlyle family. The Carlyle family has a rival family in this dystopian world who is the Morray family. There is an attack at the Carlyle base but who is really behind the attack?

Here is my Spoiler free review:

https://youtu.be/Eyrl98gIFlQ

SPOILERS NOW!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this comic it is a high energy action comic with twists and turns that will keep wondering where the mystery lies. The plot was intense and a great pace for an action comic. The concept of a dystopian was interesting that we would revert to family that holds us together I would think it would be violence but I’m a synic. It was a bit of a anticlimatic start but so good by the middle.

Artwork:

It is mostly a dark palette which shows the dystopian side to the story with lots of black outlining that gave a serious tone to the comic. I feel like Lazarus could have been slightly brighter only because I would have liked to have some hope but its dystopian so. I really liked the use of purple in the chapter 3 and 4 it made it look beautiful.

Dialogue:

There is not much dialogue in the comic which is good because the storyline centres on violence attached to this world. The dialogue between the family is very typical and relatable with lots of drama which I love.

Favourite Character:

Forever is badass and interesting character because she has empathy like a real person and her connection to the family intrigues me. Also she has this relationship with the other family’s robot which interesting see how different they are and how much humanity influences them as characters. I really like her history and want to know and about her purpose to the family.

Hate Character:

Jonah mainly because he is such an ignorant asshole and such a typical son wants to take over the business but there was a lot of characters are like that but that might change. Another reason I didn’t like him is his conspiracy with his other sister it was creepy and made me hate me more.

If you have read Lazarus or want to read it please feel free to comment below I would love to know your thoughts!

 

Book Events May To June

I apologise about getting the Diana Galbadon event to you too late but it was last minute. Here are all the links for the events:

Cory Doctorow in Conversation with Laurie Penny:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/cory-doctorow-in-conversation-with-laurie-penny/london-tottenham-court-road

Politics or Play: Citizenship in Children’s Fiction:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/politics-or-play-citizenship-in-childrens-fiction/london-kensington

Bookpop Event! (Superwoman book not Supervillain SORRY!):
https://www.waterstones.com/events/bookpop-with-ashley-poston-hope-norton-and-sam-maggs/london-piccadilly

Maria Turtschaninoff and Laura Dockrill in Conversation:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/laura-dockrill-and-maria-turtschaninoff-in-conversation/london-islington

John Barrowman Signing:
http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Events/Detail.aspx?eventId=3326
An Evening with Alan Lee:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-evening-with-alan-lee/london-piccadilly

An Evening with Adam Silvera:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-evening-with-adam-silvera/london-piccadilly

Truth or Dare YA Event:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/truth-or-dare-the-teenage-years-with-non-pratt-lisa-williamson-and-hannah-witton/london-piccadilly

Middle Grade Magic:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/middle-grade-magic-with-peter-bunzl-maz-evans-mg-leonard-and-lara-williamson/london-kensington

Wine and Dine an Evening of Thriller Debuts:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/wine-and-die-an-evening-of-thriller-debuts/london-tottenham-court-road

Let me know if you going to any of these events and if you are please come say hello!
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Huge Paperback Haul

Continuing with my Haul posts here is my huge paperback haul which is from December to March. Let me know if you have read any of these books and your opinion of them but no spoilers please.

 

 

Here are the Goodreads links:

The Circle by Dave Eggers
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18302455-the-circle?ac=1&from_search=true

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30212107-days-without-end?ac=1&from_search=true

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6448470-firelight?ac=1&from_search=true

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19486412-big-little-lies?from_search=true

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939399-lost-girls?ac=1&from_search=true

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15842439-warm-bodies?ac=1&from_search=true

The Burning World by Isaac Marion
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16148435-the-burning-world

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18081228-the-orphan-queen?ac=1&from_search=true

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22082082-our-own-private-universe?ac=1&from_search=true

The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/250024.The_City_and_the_Stars?from_search=true

Everlost by Neal Shusterman (Skin Jacker 1)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/688191.Everlost?ac=1&from_search=true

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15749186-to-all-the-boys-i-ve-loved-before?ac=1&from_search=true

Moondust by Gemma Fowler
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33360888-moondust?ac=1&from_search=true

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27774717-jonathan-unleashed?ac=1&from_search=true

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25953369-hidden-figures?ac=1&from_search=true

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33412061-beauty-and-the-beast?ac=1&from_search=true

Nice Work If You Can Get It by Celia Imrie
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28454578-nice-work?ac=1&from_search=true

Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32735550-who-let-the-gods-out?ac=1&from_search=true

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13576132-the-murder-complex?ac=1&from_search=true

Maresi by  Maria Turtschaninoff
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28818217-maresi?ac=1&from_search=true

Let me know what you think of my haul and feel free to comment below!

 

Harback Haul Part 1

I have accumulated a lot of books lately and when I mean a lot I mean a huge amount from December 2016 to March 2017 so I have decided to a Book Haul week of posts so here is the first video. It consists of the first part of the hardbacks I have acquired during this period. Here is the link to the video:

Hardback Haul Part 1

Here are the Goodreads links for all the books:

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936937-blackhearts?ac=1&from_search=true

Starflight by Melissa Landers
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21793182-starflight?ac=1&from_search=true

Starfall by Melissa Landers
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25026403-starfall

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30304221-swimming-lessons?ac=1&from_search=true

Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26804769-hold-back-the-stars?ac=1&from_search=true

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962906-stalking-jack-the-ripper?ac=1&from_search=true

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30555488-the-underground-railroad?ac=1&from_search=true

Jane Austen The Secret Radical by Helena Kelly
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32441705-jane-austen-the-secret-radical?ac=1&from_search=true

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26594801-the-education-of-margot-sanchez?ac=1&from_search=true

Frogkisser by Garth Nix
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29736231-frogkisser?ac=1&from_search=true
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25310356-we-come-apart?ac=1&from_search=true

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32953994-three-daughters-of-eve?ac=1&from_search=true

Let me know if you have read any these books and your opinions on them but no spoilers. I can not decide which to read in the month of May the one with the most votes I will read let me know in the comments below!

© 2017 Emily Claire Cannings

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman – Review

34382011

from Goodreads

Title: See How They Lie

Author: Sue Wallman

Rating: 5/5 stars

Page Count: 320 pages

Genre: YA, Thriller

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34382011-see-how-they-lie

Synopsis:

It is about a girl called Mae Ballard who lives in Hummingbird Creek which her father set up. Hummingbird Creek is a wellness resort for teenagers. As Mae is getting older she is starting to question her life and Hummingbird Creek things start to spiral out of control. So will she lead a normal life?

If you are looking for a spoiler-free review her is one I did on my YouTube channel:

Spoiler Free Review

SPOILERS COMING

Favourite Quote:

My favourite quote from this book is right at the end of the book where they are rallying against Hummingbird Creek on page 305:

‘Will’s words come back to me. Maybe you don’t understand how tightly some of us bond here.

I loved this quote cause is inspirational and I am sucker for inspirational quotes plus its such an emotional part in the book.

Style of Writing:

I loved her style of writing it was simple but very effective when it came to the suspenseful parts especially at the end of the book the climax had you on the edge of your seat. The thriller aspect of the book is still very much there which sometimes you tend to loose it when its in the YA genre. I really like the way it was written as if Mae is writing the story but she is detached from the story until the end, it gave the book a mysterious quality to it.

Themes:

The theme of mental health within children and to an extent adults was done with respect and in an educating way. In terms of violence within YA Thrillers I think is the most challenging thing to do and done perfectly here, just the right amount of violence. The themes of friendship were interesting as everyone had a completely different relationship to Mae. My favourite was between Noah and Mae also Thet and Mae because they were liberating friendships for Mae.

Characters:

Mae was my favourite character as she was a character that constantly questioned her life and society not only that but she had this spirit that I just loved about her such a great character. In terms od boys I didn’t like Drew he just so annoyed me the way he acted I found him quite selfish. But Noah I loved him; he was so kind and understanding you just felt like saying ‘you go Noah!’ Thet was interesting loveable character who reminded me of one of my friends. Mrs Hays was so sweet and reminded me of my drama teacher, which is another thing I loved about the book that all the characters were really relatable. The characters I didn’t like were obviously Hunter who I just wanted to scream at for being so not understanding towards people (he made my blood boil). The mother Louelle I didn’t like but could understand her situation but overall she was such a frustrating character to read I just wanted to say wake up!!

My Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed this book fantastic thrilling plot that kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end. A great mix of characters that fill you with emotions. Half way through I thought I’d really like a sequel because I loved the characters so much. However, the ending was so satisfying that I decided against the sequel thought which is rare. A thrilling YA that will take through a curious journey.

February TV Releases

Here are the February TV Releases that I am most excited for! Here is the Youtube video if you would prefer to hear my thoughts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMNCmNmxs90

Here is the of TV shows:
Training Day:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4946972/?ref_=nv_sr_1

APB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5542294/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Imposters:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5212822/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Legion:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5114356/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Doubt:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4447390/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Taken:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052460/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Blacklist Redemption
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5592230/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Big Little Lies
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3920596/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Powerless
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5083928/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Superior Donuts
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5462364/?ref_=nv_sr_1

If there are any TV shows you think I have missed let me know in the comments below!

 

February Film Releases

Here are the Film Releases in Febraury I know this is really late but still want to show what I’m interested in! Here is the Youtube video if you’d like to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q4JLQUG-D8

Here is the list:

The Space Between Us

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3922818/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Rings
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0498381/?ref_=nv_sr_3

The Comedian
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1967614/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Lego Batman Movie
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4116284/?ref_=nv_sr_3

The Great Wall
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2034800/?ref_=nv_sr_1

A Cure for Wellness
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4731136/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Tuilip Fever
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491203/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Bitter Harvest
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3182620/?ref_=nv_sr_1

If there are any films you think I should know about that is no on this list then let me know in the comments below!