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Mini Book Reviews: ODY-C Volume 1, The Light That Get's Lost, Aphrodite Made Me Do It

* I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Title: ODY-C Vol. 1
Author: Matt Fraction & Christian Ward
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Netgalley


Book Review:

I was excited for this when it first came out but I just never picked it up. When I saw it cheap on Waterstones I decided to get a copy. While I thought the art style was pretty and the writing witty in places, I didn't really connect to the story.

I have liked Matt Fraction's work for the longest time and some of my favourites are the Hawkeye comics but I don't think this landed for me. While the writing is engaging and entertaining for the most part, I had no idea what was going on. I don't have a background in myths but I think that this should be easier to understand even if this is not the case.

I did, however, like the art style and the use of colour. I saw the vibe that was going on and even though I couldn't follow the story at least I was looking at some pretty pictures. It was definitely going for a drug trip kind of vibe and I was into it.

I think that there is probably an audience for this series somewhere but that is just not me, unfortunately.

The Verdict:

ODY-C Volume 1 will take you on a trip which can be decisive to readers.

The Light that Gets Lost

Title: The Light that Get's Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Netgalley

Book Review:

When I first started this, I was interested in it because obviously the rating is not the best and I was wanted to know why. I was even intrigued as the beginning was quite promising and I found that I was actually enjoying the book. But I think this kind of goes downhill. 
The plot goes to places that I would have never have guessed and yeah it is pretty weird. While it goes this, I did find it enjoyable, but I think what is more it gives you information about the farm that they are on and does very little with this. I think if this was developed it may have been quite different and I would feel a different way about it. 

Although the characters are not developed wholly, I did enjoy what we did get of them and I liked the kind of found family elements that are weaved into the story. Trey is a somewhat a unique character but again he is kind of a product of the writing, in the sense that it is poetic and lyrical and no teenage boy would actually speak like that. I also did like Lamby and the whole ending was quite gripping and hopeful. 

As I briefly mentioned before one of the highlights of this book was the writing. The opening of the book was really beautiful and although this led to a slight disconnect at the end, I do think that the writing was one of the strong points throughout. 

The Verdict:

The Light that Get's Lost is an interesting story that explores what happens when you find your tribe in the oddest of places.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It

Title: Aphrodite Made Me Do It 
Author: Trista Mateer
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing 
Source: Netgalley

Book Review:

I had heard good things about this poetry collection so I was really excited when I finally got around to reading it. Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a raw and emotional poetry collection which explores acceptance and finding yourself. 

I think what is unique for this collection is that it is mixed media featuring pieces of artwork and experimental style which were quite different to read about and definitely make the collection stand out. It really grips you in the topics of sexuality and love and desire that Trista Mateer is discussing in the poetry collection. 

I also liked the framing device of Trista talking to Aphrodite about her thoughts and feelings. It gives it a different spin and leaves a connection between Trista and me when I read it. 

The topics that are discussed in this book can be quite sensitive as it deals with sexual assault, eating disorders and abuse so, please keep this in mind before picking up the book. 

The Verdict:

Aphrodite Made Me Do It is a well put together poetry collection which is worth a read and definitely went under the radar on its first release. 


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