Aya by Marguerite Abouet is about teenage girls in the IvoryCoast of West Africa in the 70's. The main character, Aya, is very studious.
Her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou, are much less interested in their
schooling. They spend most of their time going out drinking and chasing men.
When Adjoua gets pregnant, everything plunges into chaos.
is not actually the center of the story. Most of the dramatic things happen to
Bintou and Adjoua. Hell, even Aya's father has a more dramatic story involving
a big beer compony. Aya acts more like the voice of reason than the center of
absolute favorite scene in the book is when Aya's father is trying to turn a
luncheon with his boss into a promotion interview. It's funny how he completely
sucks up to his boss, and his boss loves it. It is one of the funniest scenes
in a graphic novel I've read in a long time.
art in Aya is very French looking.
Some might say it looks quite a bit like the Rabbi's Cat. The characters look like they were drawn by Johann
Sfar, especially when it comes to their eyes. I really like the way that the
markets and plazas are drawn in Aya.
You cannot take one look at them and not think Africa.
are some words used in this book that are native to the region that the book takes place in. Luckily for us,
there is a glossary in the back of the book so that you don't have to look up
words on the Internet. And for all you food lovers, there are two recipes
behind the glossary, as well as a tutorial of how to tie a pagne (a head scarf or skirt).
don't think Aya is appropriate for
all ages. There are strong mentions of sexual activity. I think it's more tame
than Low Moon, but still pretty out
there. If you are a parent, I would suggest that you proof read the Aya before you give it to a younger
reader. All inappropriateness aside, Aya is
a great book. I would give Aya 9
pregnant teens out of ten.
Ares Bringer of War is the seventh book in a series about the Greek gods by George O'Connor. It follows the gods as they watch the events of the Trojan war. I
have to admit, the book started off a little slow. There was way too much
narration, which I am not a fan of. The narrator started off explaining the
difference between Ares and Athena, both Greek gods of
war. Then he talked about what it's like when a soldier is possessed by
Ares in the heat of battle. One thing I did like about this beginning is the
depiction of the ancient Greek battles, and Ares fighting in the middle of it all.
to pick up for me once the prologue was finished. There was a lot less explaining who
Ares was and a lot more showing what was happening to Ares. I like that.
My favorite scene in the
book is when Athena blesses King Argo with divine strength. During King Argo's
godly rampage, Aphrodite reaches down from the heavens to save one of her
demigod children from King Argo's wrath, but he stabs her through the arm and
continues with his bloody work. I like this scene because it is the first time
in the series that we learn that the gods can be wounded by mortals. It makes
them more relatable.
The art in this is one of
my favorite things about the book. The characters are beautiful and the
landscapes are epic in proportion. The noses of the characters are very
specifically drawn. I have never seen noses drawn the way they are in this
book. They look like upside down shields.
I personally think that Ares Bringer of War is pretty PG. The
violence is not very bloody, there are no sexual innuendos, and the language is
clean as a whistle. I would definitely recommend that you read Ares
Bringer of War if you happen to find it
in your local bookstore. If you find the other Olympians books, you should get them as wellI would give Ares Bringer of
War 6 vicious hoplites out of ten.
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