Valerian Complete Colllection Vol 1 Review

Title:  Valerian Complete Collection Vol 1

Author:  Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mezieres, Luc Besson, Stan Barets

Rating:  5/5 stars

Page Count: 160 pages

Genre:  Comic, SCI-FI, Fantasy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33255584-valerian?ac=1&from_search=true

If you are looking for a SPOILER-FREE REVIEW check out this video on my Youtube channel:

 

Interview:

I loved that the collaboration between the creators and director is such a great relationship. It was so interesting to hear their different interpretations of each question and I love that they don’t always agree. The most intriguing point is the fact that Laureline was one of the first strong female characters in French comics as most were ‘bimbos’ as Pierre states. Not only that but their discussion of their relationship with the characters which was fascinating as one is easier to writer than the other. I love that there is more of this interview coming can’t wait for more!

History:

The history is written by Stan Barets it is very interesting and he writes it as a story which is a joy to read. It was very interesting to hear about the substaintial similarities in Star Wars from Valerian well inspiration has to come from somewhere I guess. I love that they went to America to escape the dullness of France how hilarious. I enjoyed the fact that there are so many people who have called their children Laureline and Valerian. Some fantastic points in this mini history of the comic and creators I hope there is more to coming!

Bad Dreams:

I loved this comic it was witty and hilarious with an amazingly imaginative world. The artwork was beautiful so detailed and defined I really enjoyed it because every box looked like a cinematic scene. I loved that the colours of the comic worked beautifully and made the drawings come to life even more. The palette of colours throughout drew you more into the comic.

There was lots of dialogue in this comic which I’m not used in other comics I read, but I loved it because I started out with books first. The length of the dialogue really helped bring the wittiness to life. I love how the dialogue is about weirdest things ever but the conversations sounds so normal. Superintendent has the best lines he’s just so irritated all the time which makes his lines hilarious.

In terms of the plot for the first issue, I loved it almost taking the mic out of the middle ages with a serious mission. The mission was fantastic a combination of wizardry and taking over the galaxy what more do you want. I liked that Laureline came later in the plot as you got to see the start of their relationship which I enjoyed. I loved the ending as it was settled but you also had lots of questions on how Laureline would fit in.

In terms of characters the superintendent was a typical angry boss but so funny you just loved him by the end. Valerian was quite cocky but also kind so I was a bit on the fence about him. Laureline I loved she was stunning, strong, independent and fiesty. Jirad was so sweet and nice you felt a bit sorry for him being pushed around. Xombul was such a typical greedy villain but also quite funny mainly because he really didn’t know what he was doing so a bit of a farcical villain. Overall, a great start to the volume with great characters and an imaginative story.

The City of Shifting Waters:

I love the colours in this issue the blues are stunning especially in the scenes in downtown New York. The colours throughout the comic are so beautiful its like looking at a sunset for the whole story. The artwork is mostly very dark in the sense of the colour, the people and buildings have a lot less colour in them and also less detailed which gave it a mysterious look.

The dialogue in this issue is more serious which works well with the plot as Xombul is back and causing havoc. My favourite dialogue is between Valerian and Sun Rae such a bolshie and funny character.

The plot of this issue as it is only half finished because it is in two parts. The first half was thrilling and exciting on how Xombul was connected to this post apocolyptic New York. I loved that Laureline swept in and rescued Valerian mainly because she is from the eleventh century and is super badass now. I really enjoyed that Sun Rae and crew played such a major role in the development of the plot as either badies or goodies.

Sun Rae was so weird and hilarious I really liked his character. Valerian was less cocky in first part of the issue which I liked plus his alone dialogue was funny. Valerian although not huge part in the first part of this issue was badass but also she is the conscious to Valerian. Overall, this first part was mysterious and thrilling with stunning artwork of storm scenes.

Earth in Flames:

What a fabulous ending to the story the second part was thriling and revealed some interesting information. The range of colours in this second part were beautiful and gave a lot of those landscapes a breathtaking look to them. I especially loved the artwork in Yellowstone it was so beautiful to look at the rocky mountains. I also really liked the space artwork its just so spacey and pretty I just don’t have any intelligent descriptive words today lol!

I felt there was more dialogue than usual which I found a bit too much at times but the dialogue is so witty I just ignored my eyes being overwhelmed. I hope Laureline has more dialogue in the next issue as I think she doesn’t have enough in this one but I guess thats the way her personality is. I really enjoyed the dialogue of Scheoder he is sweet, so intelligent and quite funny.

In terms of the plot it had a fast pace which was great as it made the build up to the end battle so exciting. Lots of twists and turns where you thought yes they did it, then no something else goes wrong which kept you interested throughout. Then the ending was satisfying but I felt like Xombul could have gone out with more of a bang. I also felt that instead of somber moment with Valerian at the end I wanted a wise crack from Valerian.

Valerian I enjoyed more in this issue as he developed more as a character. Laureline was funny in this issue especially with her shrinking incident but I still wanted more development from her character as a whole. Schroeder was such an interesting character and quite funny a great addition to this issue. Xombul was not as powerful as I was expecting him to be, he felt quite defeated which was interesting to see from a Villain. The ranch guy (he doesn’t have a name or at least not that I could find!) he was so cool, calm and always said the right thing I would love it if he was going to come back. Overall, a fantastic second part to this issue exciting, kept you on your toes and a great adventure with stunning landscapes!

 

The Empire of A Thousand Planets:

This was my favourite issue yet I think it is because it had so much relatability to the issues going on in our earth. The artwork OMG even more stunning than the last two issues. I loved that there was more full page artwork in this issue it really made the battle scenes dramatic and stunning. I loved the artwork on the first page it was so simple and effective. Every artwork throughout this issue was so colourful and bright I loved it. Marcyam what an awesome sea creature kind of reminded me of Chinese New Year dragon which is why I liked it so much. The Enligtened were so creepy and a bit scary looking which made them great villains.

The ice storm was so beautiful and sharp such a fantastic addition to the plot. The battle scene were drawn with such epicness and looked so action packed which kept that thrill of the story. When the Enlightened were revealed their true selves wow so horrible to look at but also quite intriguing to look at.

There was less dialogue in this issue which worked well as there was a lot more action in it. The dialogue at the end between the Enlightened and Valerian was sad but also had this important humaritarian message which I liked. The dialogue between Valerian and Laureline was a lot better as it had more wit and teasing to it.

The plot was fantastic kept you gripped to your seat the whole time and I did not put it down at all. The epicness of the conflict between the Enlightened and Syrte residents was very much in connection to a lot of our history which made the story so much more intriguing towards the end. I liked the ending I thought it was very poignant.

Valerian was much more get up and go on this mission compared to other mission which I liked. Laureline had a lot more involvement and development which made me like her character evenmore. Elimir was interesting as you kind of didn’t know what his end game was in terms leadership and the future of Syrte. The Enlightened were intriguing and at first awful creatures but by the end you understood them and at a point felt sorry for them. Overall, the best issue yet with a thrilling plot, fabulous artwork and a surprising ending!

Let me know if you have read this collection what you thought of it or if you are fan of Valerian or Cinebook let me know!

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Railhead by Philip Reeve Review

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Title: Railhead

Author: Philip Reeve

Rating: 5/5 stars

Page Count: 312 pages

Genre: SCI-FI, Middle Grade/ YA, Adventure, Fantasy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23532981-railhead?ac=1&from_search=true

Synopsis:

Zen Starling is a kid who lives in the future and is not understood by anyone at least that’s what he thinks. But when he gets in trouble and he meets Raven. Who will give him a way out that will change his life forever. Will he take that chance and ride the royal train to find the ultimate piece of the puzzle to the universe?

If you are looking for a SPOILER-FREE REVIEW check out my review on my Youtube channel.

 

Style of Writing:

I really liked that it was in third person instead of first because with Railhead the world is so much of the story and a character in itself that it worked to its advantage. I loved that all the parts of the world whether it is the trains or the Guardians they were explained just enough to grasp the concept but also to let your imagination completely run wild with possibilities of what it looked like in your head.

Themes:

I love the theme of trains when I was a kid my parents used to take me on those steam train rides so awesome! So this is the book I have wanted since I was a kid and now I have it! It is traintastic! I loved the SCI-FI future theme in this book because it was not fantastical but quite realistic in terms of the fact that this could be a possible future. The theme of friendship was beautifully written especially between Zen and Nova.

Characters:

Zen Starling was a great character. He was just a lost kid at the start then he develops throughout the story into this strong character. Nova I absolutely loved as a character because she was so loyal to Zen and quite human in her personality. Raven I didn’t like as a person but as a villain he was really good. Threnody for me was too annoying in the beginning but I grew to like her at the end of the book. The trains were epic; Damask Rose and Thought Fox such fantastic characters with their own bolshie personalities. Also I loved Uncle Bugs.

Plot:

The plot was fantastic so thrilling and exciting loved every minute of it. I was always waiting and wondering what was round the corner on the next page in the adventure. I really like that you didn’t always know if Zen and Nova were going to make it which kept the suspense going throughout. The ending was great because it felt like you ended a chapter but there was so much more to explore so you didn’t feel like there was nothing to look forward to.

 

My Thoughts:

I can’t do this book justice in a few words its just absolutely amazingly and fantastically traintastic! It is just fun and thrilling story filled with great story of friendship and finding yourself and your place in your world. Great for children’s fiction, SCI-FI and train lovers.

 

Comment below if you have read Railhead or interested in reading it or to let me know what you thought of the review!

 

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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!

 

See How They Lie by Sue Wallman – Review

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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

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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.

Elsie Harris Picture Palace by Jessica Martin Review

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Title: Elsie Harris Picture Palace

Author:  Jessica Martin

Rating: 5/5 stars

Page Count: 152 pages

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Love

Where from: From Jessica herself.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29245233-elsie-harris-picture-palace

Synopsis:

Every girl has a dream and Elsie’s is to go to Hollywood and through a talent as a writer and artist which she has yet to discover. Will it be enough to get into Hollywood?

Favourite Quote:

From Elsie “He’d have as much respect for me as he does for the startlets that come to service him?!”

It’s just a fantastic womans rebellion line that show you how cruel and unappreciative life can be but that we should not stand for that nonsense!

Style of Writing:

I loved Elsie’s voice throughout this graphic novel she felt very true to her heart throughout which just sucked you into her Hollywood dream even more. When you think Hollywood you think oh this girl will loose her identity as soon as she gets there! No No No you feel through the novel that Elsie’s identity and her voice is above Hollywood and that she has made her own version of Hollywood.

Characters:

There are lots of characters here so i’m limiting myself. I loved Elsie because she is a dreamer like me and she has this spirit that keeps you reading. I liked Mr Hesketh because he believed in Elsie. Her love of Miles Flannery irritated me but everyone has their crushes. I loved that her friend Beattie stayed as constant reminder of home but also grounded Elsie.

Art:

The artwork is stunning the style is a shaded effect in black and white. It is the perfect fit for the time its set in the 1930s London and Hollywood. It also captured the emotions of the characters perfectly. The artwork showed Hollywood as a far away land.

My Thoughts:

I loved this graphic novel because it i s centred around a time 1930s that fascinates me so much because it is a time of social progression. It’s all a about a who lives her dream which I love cause I’m dreamy. It’s a beautiful story of history and film that compels you to the end.

If you have read Elsie Harris Picture Palace I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

The Haters by Jesse Andrews Review

This is the greatest combination of a musical adventure and the funniest soul-searching/coming of age story of the year!

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First, I would like to say a big thank you to Atlantic Books for sending me Jesse Andrews’ latest book – I really loved it! The Haters is about two boys who are best friends, Wes and Corey; they are sent to Jazz Camp for the summer. When they get there, they meet a girl called Ash who is a dark, moody and mysterious girl – so naturally they both have instantaneous crushes on her. She suggests to the boys that they ditch Jazz Camp, form a band and go on tour round America – with no phones!?! So off they trot and the rest you’ll have find out once you read it.

I have not read Jesse Andrews’ first novel  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl so I came into this novel without preconceptions, which I think is better. As I was doing my review research and I was looking on Goodreads where a lot of people were disappointed with The Haters because they were expecting something similar to his first novel. As a book lover and reviewer, I can tell you with absolute certainty that that is the worst thing to expect because unless it’s a series, do not expect the same. I think those writers that do write the same sort of plot, characters and style are boring and they soon drop off the radar. I want writers to go out of their comfort zones and try new styles and this is exactly what Jesse Andrews has been done in The Haters.

Another issue that I picked up on was that people didn’t like the sexual exploration part of the novel, especially the dick harming jokes which were hilarious. Maybe we need to have more teenage boys read this novel. For them, it is normal to talk about those silly things. I just wanted to bring up this so-called issue because it is done so often on TV, so why can’t books present those aspects of life as well? For me, talking about sexual exploration made the characters felt like real teenagers.

Forget those people – I just had to “hate” on them a bit (get it: the title). Each of these characters in The Haters touched me deep inside, as they reminded me of my teenage years. In the way they spoke and acted. I think Jesse Andrews has beautifully captured what it is truly like to be an awkward teenager. You really feel a special relationship with Wes and his anxieties which reminds us of the many anxieties we had as a teenager. Ash is complicated but also hilarious – you’ll either hate her or love her by the end of the novel. Corey is like one of those mates you love, who is always there for you, but makes the stupidest decisions ever. But no matter what, you still love them – they are such a loveable character.

I thought the plot was hands down hilarious and thrilling. Jesse Andrews always kept you guessing about what is going to happen next. I loved the fact that Wes was the narrator, as you could really see in his exploration of life, his progress from good little boy to adult; and I loved the matching continuous change in the style of dialogue from Wes.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a great laugh. It may not suit everyone but I think it will resonate a lot with Londoners and anyone who has comes from a musical family like me because it talks about lots of different bands and groups; it’s quite a cultural read. Definitely one for the books!

As usual comment below and let me know your thoughts! Also this book is released today in the UK and Waterstones is selling it for £2 cheaper online so here is the link:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-haters/jesse-andrews/9781760291907

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