Mini Reviews: Fish Girl, Spill Zone, Wires & Nerve

Posted May 4, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments Tags: ,

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: Fish Girl, Spill Zone, Wires & NerveFish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli, David Wiesner
Published by Clarion Books on March 7th 2017
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Middle-Grade, fantasy
Pages: 186
Format: Paperback
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three-stars

Who is Fish Girl?
What is Fish Girl?

She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her.

She has a tail. She can't walk. She can't speak.

But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for a life that includes yoga and pizza. She can grow stronger and braver. With determination, a touch of magic, and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.

I was definitely a little disappointed in this one. I was really looking forward to a middle-grade story about a mermaid who learns to see beyond her tank and works hard to get what she wants. But what I ended up with was a story about a girl who was captured by a man who used her and lied to her and was overall completely creepy. And as she discovered his secrets, her best friend/the octopus that also lives in the tank, helped her escape. There was also some sort of magical force that came to her rescue. So in the end, it almost seemed like she did very little on her own. Add in to that an art style that didn’t really work for me and I was left with wanting more. The best part of the book was definitely her best friend octopus and while her backstory and the truths behind “Neptune” and her freedom were intriguing, the entire story was underdeveloped and fell flat in the end. A lot of emotion was missing from this story due to the stunted dialogue and art style and while I think kids will still like it for its friendships and pictures of fish, I don’t think it will appeal to an older audience.

 

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: Fish Girl, Spill Zone, Wires & NerveSpill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland
Series: The Spill Zone #1
Published by First Second on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
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three-half-stars

Nobody's ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one's allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

I really enjoyed the start to this new graphic novel series. I honestly haven’t read any books by Scott Westerfeld, unless you count not finishing the first book in the Uglies series. So I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was really intrigued by the concept and the little bit of artwork you can see but was a little nervous about the writing. But when I got it, I flew right through this one! I love a good graphic novel and this one does a really great job with getting you invested in the characters and the story. There’s just enough of a backstory to really make you feel for the two girls left behind but not enough to give you the full story. And there are definitely big, creepy parts in the Spill Zone but farther out, we get just enough tiny little glimpses of deeper and creepier things to keep us wanting more of the story! Westerfeld really does a great job with giving us just peeks when we immediately really just want all of the answers! But it was really good start with some good backstory and just enough emotion to tug at my heartstrings while also being completely out there weird and creepy. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series!

 

Mini Reviews: Fish Girl, Spill Zone, Wires & NerveWires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1) by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-stars

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. 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. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

This was so much fun! I love Iko. She’s such a great narrator for this! Plus, it’s always awesome being back with these characters. I’m not sure how much you would get out of it, though, if you haven’t already read the series and know the characters and their backstories before this one. But returning to it all was amazing! I loved the art too. I was slightly nervous after having loved the novels about this new format but I also love graphic novels so I was excited too. And the mash-up worked really well. And while we certainly can’t get as much story out of a 200ish page GN than we can in an 800 page novel, there’s still a lot going on and a lot to look forward to. I’m glad we got to see all of the characters. Though I would have liked a little more of Scarlet/Wolf and Cinder. Overall lots of fun if you’re a fan of the series but probably not that great if you haven’t read it and know the character’s backstories or just aren’t a fan. I definitely don’t think it’s different enough that you could like it if you disliked the series. I loved it, though, and I’m really going to need the next one ASAP!

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