Tag: Marvel Avengers Book Tag

I’m getting caught up on my tags this week and I’m really excited to do the Marvel Avengers Book Tag! Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me! ❤

Iron Man: a book that made you laugh out loud

Hyperbole and a Half is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever read in my life.

Captain America: a book that sends a positive message

This book might not sound like it has a particularly positive message, but The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck is really about learning to choose your battles and not waste your energy on people who don’t care about you and things that don’t matter. Is there really a more positive message than that?

Thor: a book with a character’s strength you admire

I admire the strength of both Prince Sebastian and Frances in The Prince and the Dressmaker! Prince Sebastian has the strength and courage to be his true self in a time when it likely wouldn’t be appreciated, and Frances is strong enough to know when to walk away from Sebastian’s demands and do what makes her happy. This book just has such a great message.

Black Widow: a book with a kick-ass female protagonist

Alana is the embodiment of a kick-ass female protagonist. She struggles sometimes, but she’s so strong and she can save the day whenever she needs to.

Hulk: a book that made you incredibly angry

It’s been a while since I mentioned how much I absolutely despised Axl. So here I go again: there were so many things wrong with this book that I could probably give an hour lecture on it.

Hawkeye: an underrated book you think more people should pay attention to

It’s been a few years since I read Cherry, but I still think it’s underrated and I still think it’s an important book. It’s the story of four girls who make a pact to lose their virginity and all that it entails. More than anything, the book is like an open, honest, extended conversation between friends that highlights things like consent and making sure you’re ready to take that step.

*BONUS* Loki: a book with a twist or surprise that tricked you

Honestly, I kind of saw it coming… but I still sometimes think about that twist at the end of Godsgrave. (I’m still counting down the days until I can read Darkdawn.)

I’m not tagging anyone to do this, but please feel free to do it if you think it looks fun! (And link back to this post so I can see your answers!) What’s an underrated book that you think more people should read? What’s the last book that made you laugh out loud? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book review: The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 by Gerard Way

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 by Gerard Way
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Source: Borrowed

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”

These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

My best friend is obsessed with My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way, and this series, so I was pretty excited to find it on hoopla. We usually have pretty similar opinions, but not in this case. I’m so sorry, but this was not good.

I’m usually pretty forgiving with graphic novels. They’re what I turn to when I want a quick, easy-to-understand story. I don’t think I’ve ever before given a graphic novel one star. But this one… I just don’t really understand what Gerard Way was going for here. This book was a mess.

Like, I’m not even sure where to start.

I guess I’ll start with the complete lack of plot. Don’t get me wrong, things happen, but I can’t call what happens in this book a “plot.” It’s more like a collection of ideas that are tossed together and abruptly forgotten about. The ideas might be good if they were actually expanded upon, but they’re not. Overall, it was just a very choppy and disjointed story.

The characters don’t seem to have motivations for their actions. And, honestly, even after reading about these characters for nearly 200 pages, I couldn’t tell you any defining characteristics about them aside from their appearances. There’s the really tall one. The girl who looks like a violin. The kid. I think violin girl is named Vanya, but I can’t remember anybody else’s name and I only finished this thing like an hour ago.

I didn’t mind the art style (that’s about the only positive I can come up with), but there were way too many words shoved onto almost every page. If I wanted to read blocks of text, I would have picked up an actual novel and not a graphic novel.

All in all, I’m just incredibly disappointed. I can’t help but feel that this was published solely because Gerard Way is famous, and one thing I hate is celebrities thinking they’re allowed to publish bad books just because they’re famous. (See also: Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton.) I had checked out the second volume of this series, too, but I’m about 103% sure I won’t be reading it.

Have you read Umbrella Academy? Have you seen the show?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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