Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Let’s Get Graphic! Zita the Spacegirl and Legends of Zita

Review: Zita the Spacegirl and Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

I have wanted to read Zita since I saw its sequel in a webinar a while back.  I finally got around to it while temping in the children’s department of a local library.


Zita1What it’s about:  One day while playing in the woods with her friend Joseph, Zita comes across an object in what appears to be a meteoroid crater.  Naturally Zita has to push the big red button (even though we all know not to hit the big red button!).  A portal is opened and Joseph gets sucked through.  Zita then pushes the button again in order to rescue Joseph.  Thus begins Zita’s adventures in space, which then continue on in the Legends of Zita.

What I liked:  Zita is scared to death to push the red button again, but she does so in order to save Joseph.  Once she lands on the planet, Zita does everything to find Joseph and refuses to leave until she has rescued him.  Along the way Zita makes some friends.  Strong Strong, One, Mouse and Randy are fiercely loyal to Zita, and help her in her quest to find Joseph.  The group looks after one another and Zita saves them as much as they save her.  Do they become loyal friends unrealistically fast? Yes, but I’m okay with that because it’s a cute story which shows the importance of friendship.  I love Zita because she fights for her friends and for what she believes is right.  She is scared and in a strange place filled with strange creatures, and yet she doesn’t give up on her friend. Zita2

Zita’s adventures are far from over at the end of Legends of Zita.  I for one will definitely be getting the next book when it comes out.  If you love graphic novels, and are looking for a cute strong, with a loveable group of characters then check out Zita the Spacegirl.



Review: Adaptation

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

What it’s about:  Birds all across North America are crashing planes, killing thousands of people.  Reese and David are stuck at the airport with their debate teacher unable to get a flight home.  The three decide to rent a car when it becomes clear there won’t be any flights in the near future.  Events unfold and soon Reese and David are in a car crash.

27 days later Reese and David wake up in a hospital, and are only told cutting edge medical procedures have saved their lives.  Before leaving the hospital they have to sign nondisclosure agreements to never talk about what happened to them.  But what did happen to them while they were in a coma?  How did they survive the crash?


What I thought:  I read Malinda Lo’s Ash which I absolutely loved, so I was excited to hear she wrote a sci-fi book.  I wasn’t let down by Adaptation.  First of all, conspiracy theories abound in this book!  And who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory?  Reese’s best friend Julian is obsessed with the conspiracy theories surrounding the plane crashes and also Area 51.  Is he right about Reese and David having been at a hospital in Area 51?  What caused the birds to go crazy?

Romance lovers have no fear, there is romance.  Reese likes David and he likes her, but she doesn’t want a relationship.  However, all that changes when she meets Amber.  Reese has feelings for Amber, feelings she didn’t realize she had for girls.  Reese’s feelings get complicated as the plot progresses.  She needs to figure out why she feels the way she does, and who she trusts enough to let in.  While I appreciate a romance worked into the plot, (especially one with the complications of figuring out how you can feel for two different people) I did feel like the focus on the relationship was center stage too often.  This may just be because I was more interested in learning what happened to Reese and David while they were in the hospital.

According to GoodReads there is going to be a sequel to this book.  I was happy to discover that because the ending left me wanting more.