Review: The Wendy Project

9Title: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne (author) | Veronica Fish (illustrator)
Release date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Super Genius
Pages: 96
Format: Netgalley ARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Description (from goodreads)16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds?

My Review

Disclaimer: I got a Netgalley ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t have much to say about The Wendy Project. It was a nice modern retelling of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.

In this retelling, Wendy gets into a car accident that kills one of her brothers. Grieving, she believes he’s still alive and tries to find him. It’s a contemporary with fantasy elements woven into, and I think it works really well.

The plot wasn’t anything new – yes, I know it’s a retelling! – but it was still a compelling, quick read. I think young adult readers would definitely enjoy this graphic novel.

As for the illustrations, I wasn’t too keen on the artwork at first. I thought they were a bit too simplistic, but I slowly fell in love with it. Most of the illustrations are in black and white, but a few are in (I believe) water colours and the colouring is gorgeous. I read a digital copy, but I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in paper format.

Big thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this in advance!

Review: The Wendy Project

Review: Crooked Kingdom

22299763Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release date: September 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 546
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Description (from goodreads)Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

My review

I’m just going to fangirl here. I absolutely ADORED this book. It gave me all the FEELS. ALL OF THE FEELS, GUYS. This series is seriously amazing, I cannot recommend it enough! Leigh Bardugo is a queen. I need more. Please.

Warning: Since Crooked Kingdom is the second book, this review may contain minor spoilers for Six of Crows. You’ve been warned.

So at the end of Six of Crows the gang makes it back to Kerch but they obviously don’t get paid because sleaze-Jan-Van-Eck and scumbag-Pekka-Rollins. Of course Kaz wants to take back what he was promised and more. “When you can’t beat the odds, change the game”, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do!

Aaaah! This book was fantastic and oh so full of feelings. Whether they want it or not, the gang all started to care about each other, and it is beautiful! They are all trying to protect one another in their own way. I was particularly touched by the friendship between Nina and Inej. I can’t resist a good f/f ship, and this one was ended out to me on a silver platter. In such a situation though, feelings can be your greatest weakness…

Kaz watched him for a long moment. “That’s the right move, Jes.”
This line made me cry my life.

This well-crafted sequel is fast-paced, packed with twists and turns, feels and enough ships to squeal and cry over. It’s all a fan(girl/boy)’s heart needs! And the last chapter 😍😍😍. Crooked Kingdom has one of the most satisfying endings I have ever read. BRAVO.


Review: Crooked Kingdom

Wrap-up: May 2017

May is coming to an end, and I couldn’t be happier. What a crazy month it has been! I adopted a new cat, Jemma(you can see her on my IG, link in the sidebar), at the end of April, and Fitz hasn’t been very welcoming, so it caused a lot of stress both for the cats and me. I finished my (second) first year of college after deciding I wanted to do something else with my life and I’ve been job hunting all month. Phew! The only great thing about this month was that I procrastinated a lot and so I was finally able to kick the reading slump I was in, thanks ACOWAR!

Here are the books I read in May:

Posted reviews:

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

What have you read in May? Any good ones you would recommend?

Wrap-up: May 2017