I think my reading slump is over, because I’ve managed to finish 4 books in the last few days. My Jane Eyre book discussion has passed, too, and it really doesn’t give me any more excuses to why I am not blogging. I thought I’d take it easy and write a set of mini reviews first before taking a crack at the longer ones. Just two books this time (and don’t you just love that title?). :)
Artemis Lets Go by Justine Camacho-Tajonera
Lulu, 119 pages
Follow Artemis Torillo as she learns to let go of her first love, Simon de Guia, and discover herself in the process.
For a moment there, I thought this was kind of a paranormal thing, because of the name of the main character. It wasn’t — it was really a story of how Artemis, also known as Em, found love in an almost unexpected place and then lost it just as unexpectedly. We follow Em in her college and working years as she struggled to let go, and as the short blurb says, finds herself in the process.
Artemis Lets Go is very readable, and it reminded me of my favorite time in my life — my college days. If I wasn’t mistaken, I would’ve thought the org that Em joined was my old org in college (one I did not stay in for a long time), because everything was just so familiar. The book had a general wistful tone at the start as we get into Em’s story, followed by a hopeful note when things started resolving for her.
That being said, though, I’m afraid I didn’t find much to rave about in the book. It was exactly what the blurb says, and there wasn’t much surprise factor in the book. I appreciated it because it was familiar and it was very easy to read, but I feel that maybe I would be the only one who would appreciate it among my friends, except if they happen to be going through the exact same thing.
Nevertheless, I thought it was pretty okay. Needs a bit more length and plot twists, but overall a quick an easy read.
My copy: review copy from the author
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
Dark Horse Comics, 76 pages
The wait is over! Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its millions of fans have been hungry for more–and it’s finally here!
This series of digests rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang’s powers and ingenuity!
* The continuation of Airbender and the link to its upcoming sequel, Legend of Korra!
I never really go to the graphic novels section of NetGalley, but anything Avatar: The Last Airbender related is an automatic pick for me. I loved the series, so reading this was a definite treat.
The graphic novel picks up immediately where the series ended (spoiler warning if you haven’t watched the entire series yet), where Aang and Zuko and the rest of the gang were working on bringing back peace in the world. One of the things they were planning to do was to return the Earth Nation land that the Fire Nation invaded back to its rightful owners, but trouble looms when resistance comes. Zuko experiences a personal crisis and asks Aang to promise something…something that Aang wasn’t sure if he can really fulfill. But a promise is a promise, right?
What. Fun. I loved this graphic novel, and it brought back fond memories of the series I loved. I love that it picked up where it left off, providing excellent continuity. I love that everyone was there too, and honestly, I could imagine the graphic novel all animated and their voices still rang in my head (Dante Basco!). The funny and serious parts were pretty balanced, and the “oogie” moments were hilarious.
It’s also quite apt that I read this a few weeks before I got to watch the first few episodes of Legend of Korra. If you’re a fan of the series, you really shouldn’t miss this. The only thing I wish is that it was longer, or, that I have part 2 with me already! And part 3! Please, NetGalley, please have it in your catalog? :)
My copy: ebook from Netgalley