Review: Charm

Charm by Cat Hellisen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, but for the first half I struggled to get into it. Everything was just so bleak and dark and depressing. I hated the negativity and couldn’t stand the characters. I also felt like nothing particularly happened the first half, except that we got front row seats to Irene’s obsession with Rain… because I’m sorry but whatever she feels for him is not pure love… but I’m not going to get into their relationship psychology right now.

So there I was at 50%, hating that I was about to DNF a book that I really wanted to like going in… when suddenly it just got incredibly good! I don’t even know what changed, because I still don’t like the characters (I guess it’s more realistic when you have characters that are not the normal trope?) ! I don’t know, but I went from about to give it up to being riveted! Suddenly the plot had me hooked and I enjoyed the originality and the grittiness and the familiarity of the customs and location (even though I’ve never been to Joburg… and after this I really don’t want to go either).

There were still parts that I think could have been elaborated on… like Irene’s whole family and their vibe and backstory. I would especially have loved to learn more about her mother and the (view spoiler). And it could definitely have done a better job of drawing me in from the start. If I had rated it simply on the last part of the book it would have been an easy 4… Maybe even a 5! I’m still rating it a 4 (simply because I can’t bring myself to go any lower… it really got good man!), but for overall experience it’s probably closer to 3 1/2

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Review: V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has been one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it before I even knew there was such a thing as graphic novels (I lived a very cloistered life before). I watched it even before I really understood the meanings and the feelings and the underlying messages. It was like something just resonated with me for no apparent reason.

The GN story is slightly different from the movie, but not so much that it changes anything I think. Also, I didn’t spend as much time on the artwork as I usually do to really take it in and appreciate it. It’s not that I didn’t like it… it’s just not the best I’ve seen and I was more interested in the story. To be fair the medium I used to read it isn’t the best for that, but I’ll be getting the proper copy soon, and then I’ll spend some more time with it… I did get confused a lot by the characters, and I find that some characters’ features changed during the course of the novel… irritating, but ultimately not a train smash 😉

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