ARC Review: Mean Girls Club by Ryan Heshka

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Book Rate: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

Review:

Reading this book was a very weird experience, I must admit…

The moment I saw the cover and the title I got so excited to read it! I finished it in 10 minutes and my first thoughts were:

  • “Oh.”
  • “Ok…”
  • “There’s barely any plot, like at all…”
  • “And I didn’t even get to really know the characters. Not a single one of them!”
  • “I’m the exact same person I was before I started reading this book. I only lost 10 minutes of my life.”
  • “…”
  • “Or maybe not…”
  • “Let me google the name on the last page…”

And that was when I understood that Mean Girls Club is not one of those books with kickass assassins like Throne of Glass‘s Celaena or an important feminist plot like I was imagining. It is simply a book that like all books is supposed to make you feel something. In this case it is discomfort: these women are unbelievable! They torture, kill, steal, do drugs, DRINK TEARS! It just reminded me of a group of guys from the Mafia or something… And then it hit me. This is the feminine correspondent, something I had never seen portrayed before!

And as good as it felt to understand this book, it still didn’t compensate for the disappointment it was. I think it would have really gained a lot if it had a little more plot and depth… I mean the drawings are great with their vintage side and all. But I really would’ve liked to know this group of girls better…

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★☆☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Graphics ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

This bold comic is full of sassy club-singing sisters who you don’t wanna mess with! Introducing: Pinky, Sweets, Blackie, McQualude, and Wanda. Together they form the Mean Girls Club, a menacing powerhouse of ruthless rebels.

Publisher: Nobrow Press
Date of Publication: February 2nd 2016
Genre: Comics
Page Count: 24
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Edelweiss to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: The Dream Walker by Michelle Murray


Book Rate: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

Review:

The Dream Walker made me check its goodreads page twice in the time it takes me to read 118 pages. Twice. I had to make sure this is definitely considered a young adult book before writing this review because it surely didn’t feel like a young adult read to me…

Michelle Murray’s writing style stroke me as oversimplistic and somewhat childish. There was a consistent storyline with beginning, middle and end, true! But I cannot say I got to know the characters and the world at all. After finishing The Dream Walker I feel like someone just showed me a map of the world and a diagram with the characters’ names and relationships. Everything was described too quickly or not at all. The story was so fast-paced it seems like it didn’t really happen.

Besides this I also found the characters to be a bit incoeherent and their behaviour unrealistic on some occasions. Just to give you an idea: if the situations I’m referring to and that are described in the book as non-fantasy situtations, happened in real life and I witnessed them I would be screaming “What the hell are you doing lady/sir???” at the top of my lungs.

If this was a Middle Grade book my review probably would have been very different in some aspects, but since it’s not: here’s my opinion of it as a Young Adult.

I’m sorry to admit I do not recommend The Dream Walker.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Writing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Pacing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Cover ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Miranda is having vivid dreams of a world she’s never been to. A world full of castles, Forests, Ice Caves, and Dragons. She goes to a bookstore to see about these dreams, and discovers she is a Dream Walker. She has been called to save this mystical, magical world. 

On Mystica, the evil wizard Midnight has been released. Midnight is gathering an army, and preparing for war. Miranda needs to find and release the white wizard Lightning from his stone prison to save Mystica. Can she achieve this?

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  August 16th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 120
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.