Review: Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

I’ve been waiting for over a year for this graphic novel to come out, so to say that I had high expectations would barely begin to cover it. But I’m glad to say that this volume did not disappoint.

Wires & Nerve follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure – with a little help from Cinder and  the Rampion crew (which had me over the moon excited).

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity.

Iko was one of my favorite members of the group, so I loved that her wit and humor was translated so well into this graphic novel format. She’s as brave and loyal as ever fighting for her true friend and queen. And my love for this crew is exhilarating.

Speaking of love, here are some of favorite moments:

wires-and-nerve-volume-1-11-bookspoilsLove her side commentary more than ever!!

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wires-and-nerve-volume-1-2-bookspoilsIko’s not kidding around!! To quote the blurb, she’s a badass with a heart of (mechanized) gold. wires-and-nerve-volume-1-3-bookspoilsI was glad to see that good ‘ol humor of hers along with her love for Kai hadn’t changed.wires-and-nerve-volume-1-4-bookspoilsI loved Thorne with every bit of my heart in TLC. But I found that his trademark snark and direct remarks seemed kind of forced in here.

But thankfully his love for Cress is still alive and well!!wires-and-nerve-volume-1-6-bookspoilsAnd so is her love for the net dramas!wires-and-nerve-volume-1-7-bookspoilsAs well as Iko’s:wires-and-nerve-volume-1-9-bookspoilsThough said love didn’t always bring them into the best situations.

wires-and-nerve-volume-1-5-bookspoilsMy queen, Selene Blackburn of Luna, educating the world!

Side note: the art style took a bit to get used to because it wasn’t even close to how I’d imagined the characters, especially the way Wolf was depicted. But over time it became less noticeable once I got into the swing of the story.
wires-and-nerve-volume-1-10-bookspoilsAH!! Wolf’s still the sweetest!!

Speaking of…wires-and-nerve-volume-1-8-bookspoilsI loved this moment so much!!!


All in all: I would say that even though it took me a bit to get through this volume, my love for the Rampion crew slowly but surely resurfaced. Iko & Cinder & Winter & Cress & Thorne & Kai & Wolf & Jacin all have a special place in my heart. And I simply cannot wait for volume two to come out!!

4/5 stars

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Review: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

This graphic memoir has been on my to read list for what feels like ages, so I felt entirely satisfied when I completed reading it.

In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

In the end, I was compelled to pick up Fun Home completely on a whim. Though I flew through it, a lot of the literary references went shamefully over my head. And considering that it was such a big focus here, I was left out of the loop a lot, which ended up lowering my enjoyment while reading.

Also, I was made entirely uncomfortable with her father and his violent tendencies towards his family, his preying on young boys, and his overall behavior towards the naïve.

I did like how something that Alison Bechdel mentioned in the first half would then get completed in the second half. And I learned quite a lot about funerals, which I was not expecting going into this. Also, Bechdel taking the time to discuss her OCD was crucial and enlightening.

On that note, here are some other parts I enjoyed:

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fun-home-5-bookspoilsWhen their grandma told the tale of how Bruce Bechdel got stuck in the mud, I was just as compelled as the kids. I wanted to know more.

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fun-home-8-bookspoilsI LOVE hearing about dreams.

fun-home-10-bookspoilsEver since I read the above exchange, it’s been on my mind constantly.

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I’m curious to see what her next graphic novel Are You My Mother? entails.

3/5 stars

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Review: Saints by Gene Luen Yang

I was excited to start this companion graphic novel, which is told from an alternative perspective than the one in Boxers. And for the most part, it did not disappoint.

China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family when she’s born. She finds friendship–and a name, Vibiana–in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. saints-1-bookspoilsBut China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie…and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

To be frank, the plot was for the most part quite uneventful compared to the first volume. And so it took me a few days to complete it. But once Saints reached those last fifty pages, I was hooked. Gene Luen Yang once again proves what a masterful storyteller he is. My everlasting admiration is in his hands.saints-2-bookspoils

saints-3-bookspoilsI was proud of Vibiana when she finally realized what she wanted to do with her life, but the whole thing was left kind of open-ended with her last appearance… saints-4-bookspoilsI was left perpetually confused until everything gets connected at the end, which ended up spoiling my enjoyment a bit while reading.

In the end, I loved Saints more for its opportunity to give us some closure on the first volume and not quite for its lead. But that’s not to say that I was disappointed–I’m pretty sure Gene Luen Yang can do no wrong with his storytelling in graphic novels. I just had different expectations going into this, for better or for worse.

4/5 stars 

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