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Justice League Book Tag

I was tagged by Amanda @metalphantasmreads (thank you!).

Here are the rules:

  • Copy these rules in your post
  • Mention the creators of the tag: Angelica and Roise @ The Book Cover Girls
  • Mention the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions
  • Since there’s originally 7 people in the Justice League, tag 7 people
  • Have fun

Batman: Favorite Antihero

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There are a lot of morally gray characters I love, but the only one who never falls in “almost villain” territory is Kaz Brekker. I love characters who can (almost) always come up with a plan and who can also (usually) pull it off. He’s great, and now I want to reread Six of Crows.


 Aquaman: A book/character that turned out better than you expected

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The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera. I had read many negative reviews of it, but I just finished it and I didn’t think it was that boring. Yes, it’s a slow-burning (really slow) fantasy romance, but I didn’t have a problem with that.


Wonder Woman: Most bad-ass female character (not always in a physical sense)

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There are so many I could choose, but the one I immediately thought of was Sanao Mokoya. She went through a lot in the first book, and she’s still very much alive. And then, at the beginning of the second one she is chasing a giant naga through the desert…


Cyborg: Favorite Sci-Fi Novel

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My favorite sci-fi novel is my favorite novel, Ninefox Gambit. Military space opera with a lot of math and explosions, and no romance – exactly my kind of thing.


 The Flash: A book you sped through

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I read it two times, and each time it took me less than a day.


Superman: Saddest Character Death

 

Strange

No spoilers here: the one at the end of Strange the Dreamer. If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about.


So, here are Acqua’s answers to the Justice League Book Tag; let’s continue to pretend she didn’t have to google what Justice League is.

Book review · Fantasy · Young adult

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

WonderWomanWarbringerWonder Woman: Warbringer is the first book in the DC icons series. The other three books in the series will follow Batman, Catwoman and Superman. I won’t be reading them.

I don’t like superheroes.
I suppose they’re mostly an American thing, since I don’t know anyone here who likes them as much as many Americans seem to do.
Because of this, I knew close to nothing about Wonder Woman when I started this book.

I can say that in some ways Wonder Woman: Warbringer surprised me. I liked it. It was fun and fast-paced. At the same time, it wasn’t anything more than that. And that’s why I’m also disappointed – I expected more from Leigh Bardugo, she’s my favorite YA author. But it’s also true that this is a story I probably would have hated if it had been written by a less competent writer. (I’m not saying Sarah J. Maas. Not at all.)

Let’s start from the bad: the worldbuilding was an all-around fail.
I don’t think that’s the writer’s fault – she didn’t make up the main character’s (nonsensical) background – and she pulled it off, mostly. But taking random parts from greek mythology and using them even more randomly is never going to look good in your story.
And the Keralis Labs part of the worldbuilding? As realistic and as laughable as the fantasy aspects.

The writing was… ok? It was probably better in the original version, but I read the translation, and it wasn’t great. As usual, because that’s what you get when you live in Italy.
But it was fun! Fast-paced! And the characterization was great. At least the translation can’t ruin that.

I thought Diana was kind of dull (…I don’t like superheroes) and the only interesting thing about her was the way she saw the human world. People are weird, we all know that.
The side characters were more interesting. I was never really a fan of the two male characters, but I loved both Alia and Nim.
While Nim was my favorite (an Indian fat lesbian who really loves fashion and talks too much. She was great) Alia was the most interesting character in the book. I’m glad we had her PoV.
I didn’t guess the plot twist – I would have been really disappointed if I did – but I felt that something was off with that specific aspect since the beginning.
But the plot surprised me, and that’s what matters.

My rating: ★★★

Have you read Wonder Woman: Warbringer? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Adult · Book review · Fantasy

Review: Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

HeroineComplexHeroine Complex is the first book in an urban fantasy romance trilogy. Heroine Complex is the first book in an urban fantasy romance trilogy.
Evie Tanaka has never wanted to fight demons – she’s really good at being Aveda Jupiter’s assistant, and that’s all she wants from her life. But when Aveda gets injured and asks her to impersonate her for one night, many things change.

This book was a really fun read, but soon the writing style got too… much? Superficial isn’t the right word, because Heroine Complex wasn’t superficial at all – it talked about some important themes while never losing its humour. But the writing was too quirky, and it got tiring to read.

If I had known beforehand this was an adult romance, I probably wouldn’t have tried it, because this genre is full of amatonormativity and tropes I hate.
Heroine Complex wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but it was still full of unchallenged amisic microaggressions: a character kept equating not wanting to have sex with being dead inside. Maybe don’t? There was also an instance of the narrator using “depressed” to mean “looking sad”, but it happened only once.

The pacing was all over the place. There is a scene that feels like the climax of the book while you read it, but then there are many more chapters after it (this book could have been shorter) and the true climax was underwhelming.

This book is really diverse, which is great – Evelyn “Evie” Tanaka is biracial Japanese/white, Annie “Aveda” Chang is Chinese-American, and their friend Lucy is a lesbian.

The best thing about Heroine Complex was the character development. It was nice to see that the Aveda/Evie friendship was as developed as the Evie/Nate relationship (dislike-to-love ship btw, if you’re into that). But I didn’t care about the romance (and the characters, really) at all. And the sex scenes were boring. I mean, I’ve read worse, but I started skimming them.

My rating: ★★½

Have you read Heroine Complex? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments.