1 star · science fiction · young adult

DNF Review: Username: Evie was a hot mess of a graphic novel

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Username: Evie

author : joe sugg

pages : [paperback] 192

summary :

Like anyone who feels as though they just don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.

Despite his failing health, Evie’s father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it’s finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app… and the power to cause trouble in paradise.

review :

DNF 55 pages in.

Well. This was so disappointing. I picked this book up because I’ve been really into graphic novels and comics lately and this looked like a cool concept. Evie basically doesn’t fit into her real world so, before her father dies of a fatal illness, he creates a virtual world for her to live in where she can essentially make everyone positive and affect things around her.

To start, I’d like to say that I had no idea who Joe Sugg was or why he was creating a graphic novel. Apparently he’s a YouTube creator, which is cool. I love watching YouTube, but I’ve never watched him. I was thrown off, however, when I opened this graphic novel and the first thing it lists on the inside cover is the rest of the team behind Username: Evie. This is where I became really confused as to why Sugg’s name was the only one on the cover. He isn’t the illustrator or the writer. He’s merely the person who came up with the idea and characters and then let other people run with it to make it into a cohesive narrative. I think that’s probably why it turned out to be a bit of a mess. Knowing nothing about Sugg, I can assume that he’s passionate about the storyline, because he’s the one who thought up this world and Evie. But he isn’t the one who translated that world to words, or artwork, or even the coloring in the panels. This left everything feeling stiff and wrong. None of the characters speak the way that people would–I mean, even for a graphic novel. I know there’s some leeway. But these voices were so cardboard and awkward.

Also, for some reason Evie climbs into her fridge every time she’s anxious and throws all of the stuff (shelves included) onto the floor of the kitchen when she does this. And her dad does nothing about this? I mean, they must waste a lot of food.

I barely got into the part where Evie explores the world her father has created for her. I just wasn’t interested. I doubt that even a world like that could have gripped me.

I was also extremely confused about why everyone was so terrible to Evie even after she experiences personal tragedy because, y’know, her own cousin doesn’t even like her. And it seems like Evie has done nothing wrong? I can’t tell. I couldn’t tell most of her personality apart from her being “different”. A loner for . . . no real reason.

I won’t end up recommending this book to anyone.

1/5 stars

 

3 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn

Discord’s Apple

author : carrie vaughn

pages : [hardcover] 299

favorite characters : evie & sinon

memorable quote “Have you thought about going insane?” It would seem like a reasonable thing to do, given his circumstances.

“Did once. Got boring, so I snapped out of it.”

summary :

When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.

And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.

Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse. In the same month, along with this all-new hardcover, Tor will publish a new novel in Carrie Vaughn’s popular, New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series featuring werewolf talk radio host, Kitty Norville. Kitty Goes to War will be the eighth book in this successful mass market series.

review :

I was really excited to start reading this book because I loved the concept so much! There is an untold amount of mythology involved in this book from the Trojan War, to Greek gods, to fairy tales, and King Arthur! I didn’t know that so much would be involved when I started reading and that immediately addicted me to the story. Carrie Vaughn has a fantastic storytelling style that seems perfectly fit to the legends and old tales that she incorporated into her novel. Yet I feel like it was really missing something, despite all of the corresponding elements that I usually love to see in books.

While there were several great ideas presented in the book, it started to jumble together as the reader is brought through the modern day, as well as individual tales about Evie’s ancestors and how they dealt with the storeroom, and the story of Sinon’s past. It felt like there were several different book ideas conflicting throughout the majority of the book because it was just too much to take in all at once and these great, wonderful ideas Vaughn presents rarely have the chance to reach their full potential because they are fighting against other plotlines to gain enough focus to be seen through to the end.

That was something that really bothered me. Not even the modern-day lines seemed to go anywhere and the ending didn’t help that at all. I went and looked to see if there was a sequel to this or any kind of companion in the works but, no, this is it and I wasn’t satisfied with it. I’d recommend reading this just for the beautiful writing and the stories; it’s enough to spark the imagination and be thought of fondly, but with the confusingly large set of characters that go largely unexplored and the potential that is wasted, this would-be favorite of mine has been turned into a simply okay novel, nothing more.

I really hope to read more by Vaughn, though, just because of her beautiful writing style, and I hope that perhaps in her other novels her ideas come through more completely and in a more satisfying manner.

3/5 stars

5 stars · fiction · paranormal · romance · science fiction · series · young adult

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy #1
Book 2: Supernaturally

Author: Kiersten White

Pages [hardcover]: 335

Memorable Quote: “Lish tried to swear–which is always funny, because the computer won’t translate it. It went something like this: “Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeeeeeep.”

Favorite Characters:
Lish, Lend, & Evie

Available now

Paranormalcy #1

Summary:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Review:

Why did I take so long to read this book? Because once I started it, I looked every minute of it, and couldn’t put it down.

Evie has to be one of the best female main characters I’ve read about in a while. Not only is she snarky and ready to take down anything paranormal that comes her way, she’s still obsessed with pink and rhinestones. I mean, her taser is covered with them. Who wouldn’t love a weapon in your favorite color?

Evie’s enemies as well as her love interest were nicely defined characters. I absolutely loved Lend! He was so unique as well as funny.

The plot was gripping, and I kept trying to guess what was going to happen next. There were so many great twists!

There were definitely a lot of funny lines in Paranormalcy, most supplied by Evie. Though she tries to make herself as normal as possible, it doesn’t turn out so well for her. Though I wish everyone could get as excited about something as simple as a locker as she does.

Everything about this book was perfect for me. It was so good I was literally pushing everything away just so I would have time to read just a little more! I really recommend this, for any paranormal fans or someone looking for a fantastic YA book. I give Paranormalcy 5/5 stars.

fiction · young adult

The Spaces Between Trees by Katie Williams

The Spaces Between Trees

Author: Katie Williams

Available Now

Pages [hardcover]: 274

Opening Lines: I’m in Hokepe Woods this morning, like I am every Sunday, delivering papers and keeping an eye out for Jonah Luks. It’s early when I drive into the neighborhood, so everyone’s still sleeping.

Favorite Character: Evie

Summary:

Not your everyday coming-of-age novel

This story was supposed to be about Evie how she hasn’t made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself but it isn’t. Because when her classmate Elizabeth “Zabet” McCabe’s murdered body is found in the woods, everything changes and Evie’s life is never the same again.

Review:

I wanted to like this book more than I did, to tell the truth. Evie was such a fun, unique character who had a quirky personality that sometimes has the reader embarrassed for her, though she has no idea just how weird she’s being. But the book seemed to drag on, and I was never quite sure what the book was supposed to be about. The ending was very lacking, and I expected much more.

Evie and her new found friend, Hadley, are on the prowl, attempting to find Zabet’s killer. There’s also Jonah, the mysterious college dropout that Evie  ‘happens to run into’ every Sunday while she’s on her paper route. Every character has their own flaws, some not so obvious until the end.

I don’t really have that much else to say. The Space Between Trees gets 2.5/5 stars.