Books for Breakfast #102

Book Reviews

Monsterkind Book 1 by Taylor C. & Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Monsterkind

This graphic novel was something I backed on Kickstarter many moons ago. In a way it’s like Zootopia or Monster Pop (Another of my favorite web comics), at least in terms of setting only. The world of the story has monsters and humans living together, although some areas are more monster or more human populated, and they don’t always get along. There is a lot of segregation and inequality, with monsters not allowed in parts of the country that are inhabited by wealthy humans. There is a lot of prejudice in the world between the monsters and the humans, and in the rougher neighborhoods it’s hard to find trust between the two. Our lead, Wallace, has been moved into District C, and now will start living among monsters, which he has never done before. He quickly learns that they aren’t as bad as everyone says they are, although some keep away from him. As he works, meeting monsters, talking to them, and learning more about them, he wants to try bridging the gap between them.

All the characters are great, and I love the art style. The expressions are full of emotion and I love the story as a whole. This is only the first book, you can also read it online at Monsterkind.enenkay, since it did start out as a webcomic, after all. If you weren’t aware, I am ALL ABOUT web comics. I kickstart them ALL THE TIME. It’s probably one of my greater passions. I liked that even in the first book, you can already see the characters, human and monster alike, starting to open up and change. It’s great to see character development right off the bat. Wallace is a very likable main character, but the whole cast is wonderful. You can check out the cast page on the website, if you’d like. Molly and Kip are so far my favorites!

It’s been added to the webcomics I check up on every week! It’s looking to be an amazing read!

EverythingINeverToldYou

This book made me feel a lot of feels while reading it. Honestly I blew right through it as well, it was hard to put down. There was so much emotion in it, so much internal strife and conflict, and it really goes to show how our parents shape and effect us as children. The book highlights on destructive actions that might, at first, seem harmless, but can lead to a lot of pain down the road. Ugh. It hurts!

The story follows and Chinese-American family back in the 70’s living in a small town. In a small town like that they are outcasts in a way, and the kids tend to keep to themselves. The story follows Lydia, the prized daughter who excels in school and is headed to amazing heights, well, that was until she was went missing. As the story unfolds, you learn that Lydia wasn’t really who she pretended to be at home, and her life opens up before you through the pages. There were so many pressures on her, expectations, and through it all she kept up a facade. They find Lydia’s body in the local lake and everything cracks apart, the brother is convinced that it was murder and thinks he knows who did it.

All the relationships are complex and moving, the conflicts between everyone and everything are moving. It really highlights the secrets we keep and the ways that parents impact us. It really is a page-turner, I didn’t want to put it down until I learned everything about Lydia and what lead her to her depressing fate. It’s heart breaking to read, and the characters emotions dig under your skin. Although, if you’re looking for a light hearted beach read, I’d pass this one over. This is a more curl up on the couch with a hot tea while buried in warm blankets kind of read. Maybe it’s just me, but I always equate the books I read to seasons. This reminds me of something to read at the end of summer (in the way that summer is dying and fall is bringing in cool temperatures) type of book. Regardless, it’s a wonderful read, very deep and rich.

Cheers!

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Kay

    Everything I Never Told You sounds like a good, but heavy read. Definitely for fall! I do often equate my books with seasons, but it’s usually in terms of length vs genre. I like short fluff reads in the summer as I’m usually busy and on the go more. In fall, I love long in-depth reads where you snuggle with tea and blankets for giant reading sessions.

  • Totally checking out that web comic! I love that it kind of sounds like Hotel Translyvania! I love backing comics on Kickstarter too!
    ~Sara