Author: A. G. Howard
Published: January 1, 2013
Jeb comes into the story fairly quickly too and he’s supposed to be this older brother type character that is also in love with her? I kind of got that, but I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t really buying it. Most of the time the two were fighting and at odd ends so it didn’t seem like they had this good relationship. It probably felt this way because we go into the story where Alyssa already had Jeb help in shooting down her dreams to go to London. I think what might’ve helped is if it showed this great relationship only to have it soured by Jeb siding with her father and saying she can’t go to London. So most of their romance and their relationship felt really factual. It never felt like there really was a relationship. It kind of was the case of the shoehorned romance. Jeb and Alyssa’s scenes felt like they were totally not appropriate to the situation they were in. Like I said in the beginning I was sitting there going, “Now’s not the time guys. We have other problems to worry about.” In all honesty I wasn’t interested in Jeb almost at all. He felt really overprotective and possessive like a hovering dad instead of an older brother so it was kind of weird in that sense that they had a romance going on.
Now Morpheus on the other hand. Whoo boy. I liked Morpheus a lot more. He too was really possessive of Alyssa, but with him I actually felt like he had history with Alyssa. I really loved their chemistry together and while Morpheus is totally the bad boy (not pseudo bad boy like this guy is pretty much an antagonist), I was rooting for him and Alyssa rather than Jeb and Alyssa I will be perfectly honest haha. He was really swoon worthy so I liked him a lot more. Morpheus just had this draw to him and I personally couldn’t help but get a bit infatuated with him and I’m normally a really abrasive person when it comes to guys. He was really charismatic and had a good sense of style so why wouldn’t I love him right? He just… you know has that really possessive, manipulative, and self serving attitude, but technicalities right?
Overall I think this book was a fun book. The world building was pretty fantastic and while some descriptions like certain pieces of clothing and character features were a little hard to follow, it didn’t really hinder my experience all that much. I loved how creepy this story was as a retelling, it’s a new fresh kind of look at Alice in Wonderland. It really reminded me of a lot of the older stuff that Tim Burton created. (Side tracking for a moment, there was an exhibit for him at LACMA and I totally went to that and it was great.) The book started a little slow in the beginning, but once we get to Wonderland the adventure starts and you’re on a wild ride. It didn’t have any problem with feeling like I was part of the story. I constantly felt confused and it was really hard to trust Morpheus after he manipulates Alyssa multiple times which really helped me sympathize and be on her side of things. If you’re into Alice in Wonderland stories you’re probably going to enjoy this.
This song was actually released for the Japan Animator Expo and the same animator and artist got together and made a sequel this past year called Girl and it’s equally amazing and everyone thinks it’s either a prequel or a sequel to ME!ME!ME! (I mean it’s using the same characters soooo).
Have a spin!
Title: Multiple Listings
Author: Tracy McMillan
Published: March 8, 2016
Again, I’m really upset that this story fell a bit flat for me! I really wanted to be entranced and like this story, but it just didn’t do it for me. Though if you’re a fan of these kinds of books, I wouldn’t knock it down just yet. It’s a good book that explores self discovery and redemption. There are some parts where I was rooting for Ronnie and Nicki and I wanted them to be better going forward. It was just unfortunate that the writing style and some of the plot line made me a bit disconnected.
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Let’s Get to Know Victoria and Kit • Beautiful People
I wanted to thank everyone for the support I got from my “Take it From a Korean” post. I was ready for some heavy backlash, but all I’ve gotten so far is support. This is really important to me so I’m grateful for everyone that posted!
Kit wakes up around 10 AM, but he has to deal with clients all day. Since he’s kind of used and sold as an escort (of all kinds) he goes to deal with those appointments. He usually gets home around 2 or 3 in the morning. But this is his routine before the book starts so….
Q: If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?
Victoria would probably fit in with the robotics kids at my high school for pretty obvious reasons.
Kit I think would probably be either a jock in cross country or something. That or he’d just be popular for nothing except for his charisma lol.
Q: Write a list of things they merely tolerate.
Ack this is going to be a little difficult.
Victoria: Coffee and heat
Kit: Sweets and Victoria
Q: How do they react to awkward silences?
Victoria would most likely not mind it at all. She’s usually doing a ton of things at once, so if there’s silence she’s probably relaxing or she’s thinking of something else entirely haha.
Kit would get annoyed. He’d probably start getting jittery or restless.
Q: Can they swim? If so where did they learn?
Q: What’s one major even that’s shaped who they are?
Victoria had a huge influence from her father. He was one of the greatest mechanics and robotic engineers when she was growing up. When he was at the top, robotics and cyborg engineering was a new thing that was just happening and Victoria was immediately influenced by it and fascinated by it. She tried to be like her father. When hard times fell on her family, she took up the reins and now she’s living on her own running almost a non profit mechanic shop for people who can’t afford a proper mechanics care. Victoria had a pretty good family life but it all changed when her father’s company kind of screwed them over and they were forced to live in the urban streets–but both her father and mother were incredibly supportive of each other.
Kit was sold into a human trafficking ring when he was younger and that kind of molded his personality. He’s incredibly charming and charismatic because he had to appeal to his potential customers, so when he escapes, he can’t really help but continue on and the fact that Victoria is more or less nonchalant about his charm annoys him because he’s worked really hard on it! But at the same time, he’s glad because he starts to find out who he really is.
Q: What things do they value most in life?
Victoria: Honesty, loyalty, support, and courage
Q: Do they believe in giving people second chances? Do they have trust issues?
Victoria: Yes and no. It’s really dependent on the situation. Since she lives in the urban neighborhoods of Genesis, she sees how people can change and restart their life. But there are times where she doesn’t believe someone deserves a second chance. There are some things to her that are unforgivable. For the most part Victoria doesn’t have any trust issues. She’s not gullible, but she likes to pride herself in her good judge of character.
Kit: No. Kit’s kind of brought up in a pretty hard dog eat dog world, so he rarely thinks people should get second chances. He doesn’t see how he can live with the idea of his traffickers having a second chance at a good life or some kind of redemption. And because of this Kit also has a myriad of trust issues.
Q: Your character is having a bad day…what things do they do to make things better again? Is there someone they talk to?
Victoria kind of goes back to her routine. She just fixes mechanical things and robotic things because it’s a soothing action for her. After a while she cools off and she can look back at what made her so upset in retrospect.
Kit kind of runs off and does whatever to distract him. Sometimes that’s walking around town. Sometimes that’s flirting with a lot of people. It always kind of changes depending on his mood, but he definitely falls under the whole distract yourself vibe unlike Victoria.
Thanks for dropping by! What do you think of Kit and Victoria? What characters are you writing? If I were to put the writing up somewhere would you like to read it? I’m curious!
Stupid, beautiful Asian kid.”