Welcome to another edition of my mini reviews! These are books that I want to review but don’t have a whole lot to say about. This time, I’m doing three books: Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault, Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, and Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri.
1/5 – DNF at 36%
This was one of my most anticipated reads for June. I’ve had it on my radar for years, but, I finally got around to reading this.
I hated the writing style, the characters didn’t jump off the page, and I easily spaced out from the story. That’s literally it. See why I wanted to do the mini review here?
Literally, this felt like a sub-par book that didn’t have anything to drive the story forward for me. Doesn’t help that I know next to nothing about Alexander the Great.
Still, I’m going to try the next book in the series since they don’t have to be read in order.
When I asked Chantel for recommendations for this Pride, this was one of the ones she gave me. I know that she really enjoyed it and the movie, so I thought that I might as well! After all, she knows me well. She knows what I like.
This graphic novel was great.
I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved how it progressed. It was the perfect book to just sit and read, paired with some good beer.
The thing that I appreciated the most was how adult this is. It’s not for kids. There’s nudity and sex and I loved seeing it all. It was so refreshing to see the topic of a teenager discovering her sexuality and the burden that comes with it but it wasn’t YA. It was adult and very much so. I loved that because it didn’t feel like I was reading YA at all.
Would I suggest this book? Yes! I really would. It’s a beautiful graphic novel with amazing art and a great story attached to it, one that’s so earnest and genuine that you feel how real it is.
Sadly, this reread didn’t go as I wanted. My original review of this book was a four-star read. I remember it having great characters and being very intriguing. One of those “I can’t put it down!!” books.
But, my reread, it was good but I didn’t find it as compelling as before. I couldn’t remember a whole lot of the book but things came back as I read. Not everything — there were still places I was shocked at — but a whole lot of it.
Would I recommend the book still? Oh, yes! Colomba was a great character. I loved her strength and how she held herself. Dante was hilarious and horrifying and compelling. The mystery was good, too. It just didn’t hold my attention like it did before.
All I can hope is that I enjoy the sequel!
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think about them? I’d love to hear! For those who haven’t, did I convince you to pick up or put down any of these?