Saga Deluxe Edition Volume #1 (Saga #1-18) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

February 26, 2015
Sage #1-18) by  Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Illustrator), InToriLex

Saga Deluxe Edition, Volume 1


Written by Eisner Award-winning "Best Writer" Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, The Private Eye) and drawn by Harvey Award-winning "Best Artist" Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40) Saga is the story of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. Now, Hazel's fugitive family must risk everything to find a peaceful future in a harsh universe that values destruction over creation. 


 Aliens, Magic, and TV Head villains are all crammed into this wonderful comic. There are moments in this that will actually,  make your heart drop. I want to admit that I am a ignorant newcomer to comics, but was blown away by this sc-fi  epic drama. I have shied away from comics because I thought they were all about superheros and nothing else. But this has been recommended by many people on booktube, and book blogs alike so I thought I would give it a go.

I got this hardcover volume which combined the first 18 issues of the comic, I would recommend doing if your interested in the series because its about the same price for the first three trade paperbacks. The artwork, plot, humor, and writing are all phenomenal. Despite lots of humor,  be warned this comic is for mature readers, the violence and sex while entertaining is not appropriate for a young audience. I was blown away by how much I got into the story, finishing the whole thing in two days!! This will definitely appeal to sci-fi readers because it's mix of alien species, magic, and technology has something for everyone.

The addictive nature of the comic itself, comes from genuine characters, who are not all good or bad, The nuance created in the writing throughout the series, definitely will lead to multiple readings. This edition has wonderful information on how the comic is made, as well as wonderful early sketches of images. The hardcover is slightly bigger than a normal comic, but the added features and quality visuals, makes is a wonderful addition to any library.
My favorite character by far is Lying Cat,  I love cats, is a cat that can tell when someone is lying and who announces it. There's characters to root for and to despise, but all of them despite their different skills are human, and that is reflected in the kinds of decisions they make.  This a wonderful story, that will keep you engaged, interested and begging for more. Look out for more comic reviews because I am definitely interested in reading other non-superhero graphic novels.If you like me never thought of comics as a wonderful story medium, definitely check this out and have your mind changed.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

February 23, 2015
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Book Review, InToriLEx

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


“I lied to you about a lot of things....but I meant every apology.”
I really enjoy where this series is going, and what its turned out to be. In Scarlet Cinder has come to terms with who she is and what she has to do next. The characters are charmingly fleshed out enough, so that no  part of the book comes off as filler. The frazzled emotions involved come across loud and clear, but the occasional humor keeps the book light-hearted. Ms. Meyer has once again merged a fairy tale with enough action, sci-fi and adventure to keep every reader entertained, and transform it into her own.

My favorite character who really shined throughout the novel is Wolf. His journey throughout the  highlights his own resiliency, while dealing with how own nature v. nurture . The sc-fi involved in this world continues to be innovative, but has real world limits.  There are set rules and systems, which makes for realistic instead of lazy sci-fi which is rampart in Young Adult books. We learn more about Cinder and how she's come to be part Cyborg, Lunar and eventually Earths savior.

The only part of this book I couldn't enjoy as much as I wanted to was the romance. As a admitted non-romance fan, parts of what's described comes off as overly mushy and cliche. For example: Wolf’s eyes saddened. “I know. You’ll do what you have to do.” Peeling her hands off his shoulders, he placed a sweet kiss against her wrist, where the blood pulsed beneath her skin. “And so will I.”  While this sets a nice scene, I can't help but think that it's very unrealistic.  My engagement with the narrative breaks whenever I eye roll in disbelief, and that's why I couldn't give the  book five stars. However that likely won't be the case for many other readers, so not enough to take too much from the overall rating.

Definitely a enjoyable read, which plot develops in ways I didn't expect. If you enjoyed Cinder you should definitely continue with the series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment. I cared about what happens next  throughout, and would have finished it much quicker if I could.
“It would be easy to abuse a person when they never recognized it as abuse.”

My Other Reviews for the Series:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) 


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.
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