Size Doesn’t Matter (121): Wires and Nerve, Volume 1; Tell Us Something True; Not Dead Yet

Size Doesn’t Matter (121): Wires and Nerve, Volume 1; Tell Us Something True; Not Dead YetWires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer
Series: Wires and Nerve #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 31, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales
Pages: 238
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure -- with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

Until I spotted Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 at the bookstore, I’d actually forgotten it was going to be a thing. Obviously, I immediately HAD TO HAVE. The Wires and Nerve series is, so far, precisely what any Lunar Chronicles fan could want.

Meyer’s world lends itself well to the graphic novel format, and the art for Wires and Nerve is adorable. Aside from disliking the way the wolves are drawn, it’s a delight across the board. The diversity of the characters, both main and background, is fabulous.

For all its brevity, the first volume of Wires and Nerve manages to set up the series arc and a character arc for Iko. In this installment, Iko begins to really struggle with her nature and question her free will. She’s still the joking, flirty Iko, but she’s hardened a lot. She’s more serious than we’re used to seeing her, and she’s trying to figure out how she can truly exist in this world. The fact that she alone of the TLC crew isn’t celebrated for her role weighs on her heavily. I love this introspective, wolf-hunting Iko a lot.

Aside from the heavy themes Iko’s pondering, the tone remains light and funny and fast-paced, just like The Lunar Chronicles novels. I think I read this in less than an hour, giggling and squeeing my way though. There are great moments with all of the TLC crew, not just Iko. The impending ship with Kinney gives me so much joy.

If you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, you will likely be thrilled with this new addition to canon. I always question spinoffs like this, but Wires and Nerve doesn’t just feel like a money grab.

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (121): Wires and Nerve, Volume 1; Tell Us Something True; Not Dead YetTell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt
Published by Wendy Lamb Books on June 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
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four-stars

Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. He lives in LA, where nobody walks anywhere, and Penny was his ride; he never bothered getting a license. He’s stuck. He’s desperate. Okay . . . he’s got to learn to drive.

But first, he does the unthinkable—he starts walking. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings, and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love.

Tell Us Something True is my first Dana Reinhardt book, but I doubt it will be my last. Though not my typical pick, Tell Us Something True charmed me with its humor and strong narrative voice.

Reading Tell Us Something True while Gillian was visiting was really fun, because I could read her LA quotes. Apparently Reinhardt’s got LA right. Gillian was properly horrified at dumped River deciding to walk everywhere since he doesn’t have a license, having always relied on his girlfriend to ferry him around.

River spends much of the book moping in a humorous way about Penny. He wants her back badly, but she’s having none of it. On his sad ten mile walk home from the lake where she dumped him, he sees a sign for A SECOND CHANCE and ends up crashing a meeting for addicted teens. Because River’s a bit hopeless, he decides to make up a marijuana addiction so he can attend this weekly therapy session.

At times, River will be frustrating, because he’s a bit naive and unaware. He has a really nice character arc, though; he doesn’t completely change, but he’s on the road to being an actual thoughtful, self-aware human. The start of the book’s a bit more distancing, as River’s girlfriend had pretty effectively isolated him from his friends. When he really starts hanging out with people and thinking about others, the book gets so funny and bantery. I’m not sure that I ship the ship, but I do ship the friendships.

Tell Us Something True made me laugh out loud several times, so it’s awesome in my book.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (121): Wires and Nerve, Volume 1; Tell Us Something True; Not Dead YetNot Dead Yet by Phil Collins
Narrator: Phil Collins
Length: 12 hrs, 14 mins
Published by Random House Audio on October 25, 2016
Genres: Memoir
Format: Audiobook
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four-stars

Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean?

Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.

Obviously, Phil Collins’ memoir is a step away from my usual reading. A leap perhaps. I barely even know any of his music. But I like celebrity memoirs on audiobook, so I decided to give this one a go, when it came in the review audio round up. I’m super glad I did, because this is one of my favorite memoirs I’ve tried.

Phil Collins has a great voice for this. He’s a singer, of course, but I mean his narrative voice. This is one of those memoirs that doesn’t feel like a ghost writer made everything flat and took the emotions out. Not Dead Yet feels real and honest. Collins is funny and engaging. He’s open about stupid shit he did, and there’s constant name dropping if you’re into that, because he was immensely popular for ages and knew EVERYONE.

I’m not sure if I’ll become a fan of Phil’s music (any of his eight bajillion projects) as a result, but I’ll certainly wish him well on his remaining ventures.

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4 responses to “Size Doesn’t Matter (121): Wires and Nerve, Volume 1; Tell Us Something True; Not Dead Yet”

  1. I loved Iko and I also managed to completely forget about that one. On the list goes. 🙂
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  2. Inkling says:

    Very excited about WIRES AND NERVE I almost picked it up but decided to hunt down a few reviews first b/c I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as the other books and I love Iko. You’ve reassured me and now I gotta go get my book. 🙂

  3. Shira says:

    I just placed a hold at my library for Tell Us Something True. I do have to say that, as a born and bred “LAer,” even the thought of reading about someone walking around the city is kinda stressing me out!

  4. Oh I’m so happy you think Wires and Nerves seems worth it! I love TLC and Iko was always such a delight; I like hearing that she’s getting more of her own character arc too. I’ll have to pick up a copy!

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