A HUNGER GAMES Meta: Romeo and Juliet; Women; and Gender Roles

I just reread The Hunger Games and it was ah-mazing! I had a lot of thoughts and wanted to write a meta.

So when I watched Mockingjay Part 2 last November, I immediately wanted to reread the trilogy over winter break, but that didn’t happen. Well, I finished book one yesterday, and had all these feels and thoughts, so I decided to put together a little post.

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(I originally wanted this to go up yesterday since I was supposed to finish the book Thursday, but I wasted Thursday binging Younger. Sorry I suck!)

***Oh yeah, even though this is focused on book one, it has minor spoilers for the rest of the series. 

Romeo and Juliet Influence

Katniss and Peeta have a slight Romeo and Juliet thing going on. Even before the ‘star-crossed lovers’ thing the Games makes them come up with, Katniss makes a comment about Peeta’s mom hating that he’s in love with a girl from the Seam. Even in District 12 they come from two different worlds. The Mellark crew lives slightly better off (even though they have to eat the burned bread they don’t sell D:) than Katniss and her family. In some ways there’s a difference in class that separates them.

And then obviously the ‘star-crossed lovers’ coin that the Capitol pins on them has more direct links to the play. The ploy with the berries is just like the Tomb Scene in Romeo and Juliet, when both lovers take their lives. Though their sacrifice mends the divide between their families, Katniss and Peeta have only started a rebellion. Katniss is symbolized as the mockingjay, while Juliet is enshrined in a gold statue. It’s just a small connection that made me smile.

Snape and Lily: Always

While I was reading, I picked up on something I hadn’t noticed before. Everyone knows Snape and Lily and Always from Harry Potter. It’s considered one of the most romantic things ever. I am one of those people that think Snape was a huge jerk and don’t really swoon over ‘always.’ But when Katniss asks Peeta when he first fell for her in order to get a sponsor gift from Haymitch, Peeta opens up and tells her about the first day of school. According to him, his father was in love with Katniss’ mother, but she married someone else and he’s loved her ever since. This immediately jumped out at me and I pieced it back to the baker’s promise to Katniss after she volunteers to save Prim.

Peeta’s dad promises Katniss he won’t let Prim starve. He’d also been buying game from Katniss and Gale for years. Basically, Peeta’s dad cared for Katniss and Prim in any way he could because of his love for their mom–and perhaps just out of being a decent human being. He didn’t look at them with hatred for symbolizing the woman he loved loving someone else. He helped keep them alive and was kind to them. Snape, on the other hand, was a bully to children he was supposed to be teaching, treated Harry horribly, and hated James and the Marauders for all eternity, to the point he got Remus fired. Peeta’s dad and Katniss’ mom are a much healthier version of Snape and Lily, to me.

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A World Filled With Women

An ongoing study looking at Disney princess movies just published research showing that male characters have more lines than the female characters. Part of the problem is the total lack of female characters besides the lead princess. How can Belle and Mrs. Potts speak more than the Beast, Gaston, Maurice, LeFou, Cogsworth, Lumière, Chip, the creepy asylum dude, a tavern full of drunk men, the bookshop owner, the baker, and an entire world full of men?

While I was reading, I noticed the abundance of women in minor roles in The Hunger Games. Greasy Sae, Rooba the butcher, Madge, Venia, Octavia and the redheaded Avox girl to name a few.

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I also really loved the portrayal of Foxface, something I didn’t really care about six years ago. I loved how Katniss was kind of jealous of her skills, and how Foxface was always one step aside of her. Katniss had a grudging respect for her, something that really stood out to me when they’re lured to the Cornucopia for the feast and Foxface darts in and out before anyone can move. Katniss is like, “Ugghhhh, why didn’t I think of that! Why is she so awesome?”

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On the same note, I love how there was no hate for any of the female tributes. She describes Glimmer as ‘sexy and lush.’ Katniss never compares herself to them in a mean way, or thinks awful things about them–despite being in a fight for her life. They’re simply there and a threat to her. Glimmer is the one she has to get the bow from. Clove nearly disfigures Katniss with her knife. Even though so much emphasis is placed on Cato and he is who makes it to the climax of the book, the female tributes present immediate threats to Katniss.

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Rue, of course, is the most important female tribute to Katniss. She reminds Katniss of her sister, Prim. But in her own right, Rue is a very interesting character. She’s very developed, not just a Prim stand in. She has a lot in common with Katniss; the oldest in her family and working hard to protect them. She has a love for music, which Katniss at first scorns before remembering she used to love it too. Rue has a connection to mockingjays and is responsible for that famous whistle that gives us all feels.

She has her own strategy to survive the Games, different from all the others, but similar to Peeta. (Maybe that’s another reason Katniss took a quick liking to her ;D) While Peeta excelled at camouflage, Rue was able to hide herself in the trees.

Rue and Katniss take care of each other. Rue first gives her the idea to drop the tracker jacker nest that helps her escape. Then they’re able to exchange supplies and work together to destroy the mountain of supplies the Careers were hoarding, thus weakening them and turning the tide in the Games. Rue also just helps Katniss mentally, which any person would need if they were in a vicious fight to the death.

And then of course, the most prominent female character besides Katniss would be Effie Trinket. Firstly I just love how much her name says. Effie very much is a trinket of the Capitol. She means nothing to the Capitol, like a useless trinket, but is dressed up all ornately with crazy colored hair. She acts like the Capitol. She speaks like the Capitol.

In book one, she literally represents the Capitol in District 12. The Peacekeepers were super blah and didn’t care about enforcing the rules. So when Effie arrives, she is the Capitol. But of course she genuinely grows to care for Katniss and Peeta and her blinders are taken off, and she becomes more than the Capitol’s trinket.

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Subverting Gender Roles

Katniss and Peeta are so important to me! I was a Gale/Katniss shipper six years ago because I was a dumb 15 year old. But I’m turning 21 in April and I like to think I’m a slightly smarter person than I was then. Also my feminist awakening didn’t come until junior year, so maybe if I’d read these books a year later I would have seen them differently.

Okay but Katniss is the moody, angsty, athletic boss and Peeta is the softer, kinder, artist. Peeta is the one with all the feels and Katniss tries not to think about her heart. IT’S AMAZING.

Katniss and Peeta are both super intelligent, as shown by how they both survive the Games with different strategies. I also love how Katniss has a feminine side, like how she loves the clothes Cinna designs for her. Katniss is not strong because she can shoot a bow and arrow well; she’s strong because she can do that, and like pretty clothes, and love her family, and sing Rue to sleep, and cover Rue in flowers, and be openly disgusted at puss but try to save Peeta anyway.

Katniss isn’t good with words, that’s something Peeta excels at. Peeta isn’t good at being sneaky in the woods (he scares all the game away, drifts away from Katniss so she can’t hear the signal, and nearly eats nightlock, okay) but Katniss is a total badass at that stuff. She can shoot squirrels in the eye.

Katniss and Peeta don’t play into traditional gender roles. Katniss’s strength doesn’t come from a total lack of femininity, and while Peeta could be seen as the vulnerable artist, he’s also physically strong. They’re both independent characters and all the more interesting because they don’t conform.

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A Woman’s Worth

Something I found sooo interesting in this book was the fact that Katniss isn’t desirable until Peeta makes her so. Haymitch basically tells her this. She’s sour and off-putting before Peeta tells everyone she has all these dudes at home that love her and he’s one of them. Katniss isn’t worth anything until a man speaks for her, wants her, tells the world she’s good enough for his love. Her act of bravery and love for her sister does not make her worthy. Neither does the 11 she scored on her own, based on her own merit.

And later, Katniss is the one that has to prove she loves Peeta. Katniss is the one no one believes. Katniss is the one whose emotions are constantly scrutinized. Katniss’ worth is constantly questioned.

After the Games, Cinna tries to dress her in girlish and innocent clothes (Katniss remarks she looks 14), trying to equate being a girl with not being a threat, worthless.

Katniss and the Epilogue in Mockingjay

Okay, so like many people, I was angry with the epilogue in the last book when I first read it. But when I saw the movie last November, I thought it was very well done. Why shouldn’t Katniss get a full life with love and children after all the shit she went through? Yes, you can have a full life without kids and everyone pointed to the numerous times Katniss tells us she doesn’t want kids. Of course, people who like the epilogue point out Katniss says she doesn’t want kids because of the horrible world they live in, and by the end of the series they have toppled that regime.

But while I was reading book one, it dawned on me how maternal Katniss was. Obviously she loves Prim more than anything, and did all this just to keep her safe. But even how much she looked after Rue and loved her so completely, it really showed me that Katniss is capable of so much love and she has that maternal instinct. Collins did a splendid job of showing us the difference or paradox between what Katniss says and what she does.

Yeah, maybe at sixteen, she didn’t want kids because that’s totally normal. But there’s a part of Katniss we’re shown quite intimately who gravitates towards kids naturally. I’ve started Catching Fire and she mentions taking Madge out to teach her how to shoot. She’s patient in her own ways and willing to help people learn.

I’m very satisfied with how the series ends because it’s important to see someone wounded and hurt and scarred choosing love and finding solace, finding comfort, finding a way to move on while carrying all those memories. Katniss isn’t suddenly healed because she has Peeta and children. She’s still hurting. But she’s also happy.

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There we go! Some Hunger Games thoughts and observations. Perhaps I’ll do one for Catching Fire. Who knows.

What did you think of these observations? What is your favorite part of THE HUNGER GAMES? When did you read these books? Do you like the movies? Should I do one for Catching Fire? Tell me below!

Waiting on Wednesday: A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro

Check out what book we’re spotlighting this week!

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: Gender-Bending!

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a study in charlotte coverTitle: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Pub Date: March 1, 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
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The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

I can’t wait for this book! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from the book world and it seems like a great twist on the classic story of Sherlock Holmes.

I’m sure most of us are fans of the BBC show with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, but I’ve lost some of my love for it in the past few years. I haven’t been excited about Sherlock–both the show and the classic, in general–in a long time. That was, until I heard the premise for this! FEMALE SHERLOCK OMG YAY!–I’m so thrilled for it.

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Come on, you all knew this was coming, right?

A lot of people seem to get very defensive about how a Sherlock/Watson romance wouldn’t work–regardless of gender–because Sherlock is supposed to be this and Watson is that, but I am a romantic and I will ship almost anything that makes heart eyes, or annoyed eyes, at each other. ‘Tense energy between them’ ‘rivals’… I ship it already. I’m excited to see their dynamic play out, especially because Holmes/Watson are always friendly (I think?) in any reincarnation. I mean they may start out as reluctant allies, but never rivals.

I also love how the cover is kind of like a snapshot of all the detective work. I just imagine it as all the places they’re investigating/suspicious items they find. It’s so intriguing and I could look at it forever.

Are you excited for A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE? Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan?

ARC Review + Playlist + Giveaway: THE GIRL WHO FELL by S.M. Parker

Welcome to The Girl Who Fell Blog Tour!

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Title:The Girl Who Fell
Author: S.M. Parker
Pub Date: March 1, 2016 from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
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In this gripping debut novel, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new boy in school.

His obsession.
Her fall.

Zephyr Doyle is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

THE GIRL WHO FELL was one of those books that sucks you in and makes you feel everything.

The story isn’t solely within the pages, but all around you. I felt like I was in that relationship with Zephyr. I felt groggy and isolated and broken. Alec wasn’t just Zephyr’s bane but he became mine, too. I read THE GIRL WHO FELL and fell.

Okay, that last bit is dramatic. BUT, I really did feel like I was in an abusive relationship while reading. It nailed everything. It brought my back to my psych classes. It was done so well.

Don’t let that scare you because the payoff, oh the glorious payoff. It was everything I needed. It was everything Zephyr needed. It was everything girls everywhere need.

Zephyr may fall, but she rises stronger in many ways.

It’s a beautiful story to see a girl lose herself and find her way back wounded, but not a victim. Zephyr is more than her trauma. She is not defined by it.

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In some ways this book feels like a character study. Zephyr’s home, friends, and school life are all integral pieces of this book. I really appreciated seeing such a fully fleshed picture being drawn. Also, her dog automatically hated Alec and I did a fist pump!

I really loved her best friend, Lizzie. She was great and supportive and everything you want in a bestie. Zephyr’s other best friend is a guy named Gregg, who she’s been friends with for a long time, and he when he finally makes his deeper feelings known, he seriously blows it. For awhile I was kind of disappointed that Gregg had feelings for Zephyr, but I found their development done well and a counterbalance to the toxicity of Alec. Gregg is definitely not her knight in shining armor, and he doesn’t swoop in to save the day, but he and his feelings also doesn’t take away from Zephyr and her story.

Then there’s Alec. Oh man. I wanted to punch him the entire book. I wanted to grab Zephyr and tell her to run. This creep knew exactly what he was doing and how to weasel his way into every single facet of her life. He could have been Kilgrave from Jessica Jones. He wants all the control.

This story also dealt with growing up in nuanced ways. There comes a point in everyone’s life where they learn to see their parents as humans who are still making mistakes. There’s also the end of high school, the fear, and loss of safety that comes with that. This gorgeous book examined all of these.

Reading The Girl Who Fell was a painful experience, but also a beautiful one. Seeing Zephyr try to come to terms with what had happened and move forward with her friends and family at her side means so much, and I’m sure it will to readers who can identify with Zephyr more than I can. No matter what your abuser tells you, that you’re alone and unworthy of love, there will always be people who stand behind you. This isn’t just a book, but a love letter to girls everywhere. 

Cover Thoughts
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Favorite Quotes
I fall into her arms and the deluge begins. I cry for Boston College. For the lines being blurred. For doubting Alec. For believing in Alec. For forgetting me. For believing in the new me Alec made. I hate all of me and most of me and I don’t know how to escape the skin I’m in.  

I have a lot of favorites, they’re so amazing you need to read them all when you reach them. So that’s the only one I’m going to leave here. Just a reminder this is from an ARC, so the actual line might be a little different.

Favorite Character
My sweet Lizzie! Who stood by her friend through everything and was ready to punch Alec in the face.
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Thank you Brittany for letting me be a part of this blog tour! Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for providing an e-arc. And thanks to S.M. Parker for writing such a lovely/feelsy book and being so supportive of bloggers and readers.

As a treat a playlist inspired by this book is below! 🙂 Here’s a link to listen to it on 8tracks (it even has annotations), but there’s a Youtube mix embedded here, as well.


 

Tracklist!

PART I: girl meets boy.

  1. The Great Escape by Boys Like Girls: This song has a way of just sucking you into it and it’s all about meeting someone and escaping together. It’s all encompassing, which is how Zephyr feels about Alec.
  2. Friday I’m In Love by The Cure: Another song about meeting someone and being in love and that’s all that matters.

PART II: girl loses self. 

  1. Colors by Halsey: This is where things to take a darker turn, where “love” takes over. You lose yourself. Everything is about the other person. Even though the boy in this song leaves her alone, I felt like that wasn’t the most important part of the song (since Alec by no means leaves Zephyr). For me, Colors is about losing yourself in a relationship and even if Alec never leaves her physically, he was never there for her emotionally.

PART III: girl is lost.

  1. Hypocrates by Marina and the Diamonds: This is the beginning of the awakening.
  2. Get Home by Bastille: How do you fight? Can you go back?

PART IV: girl fights.

  1. Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift covered by For King & Country: To me, this song feels like someone running away from something awful, trying to get out of the woods, searching for peace (“are we in the clear yet”).
  2. Don’t Forget Where You Belong by One Direction: Zephyr was never alone; she has people who love her standing by.
  3. Fight Song by Rachel Platten: Speaks for itself 🙂

 


 

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ABOUT THE FABULOUS AUTHOR

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Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com

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ARC Review: OTHER BROKEN THINGS by Christa Desir

Check out what I thought about Other BRoken Things, a YA contemporary novel.

other broken things coverTitle: Other Broken Things
Author: Christa Desir
Pub Date: January 12, 2016 from Simon Pulse
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Nat’s not an alcoholic. She doesn’t have a problem. Everybody parties, everybody does stupid things, like get in their car when they can barely see. Still, with six months of court-ordered AA meetings required, her days of vodka-filled water bottles are over.

Unfortunately her old friends want the party girl or nothing. Even her up-for-anything ex seems more interested in rehashing the past than actually helping Nat.

But then a recovering alcoholic named Joe inserts himself into Nat’s life and things start looking up. Joe is funny, smart, and calls her out in a way no one ever has.

He’s also older. A lot older.

Nat’s connection to Joe is overwhelming but so are her attempts to fit back into her old world, all while battling the constant urge to crack a bottle and blur that one thing she’s been desperate to forget.

Now in order to make a different kind of life, Natalie must pull together her broken parts and learn to fight for herself.

Thanks to Edelweiss for granting me an e-arc!

I was very curious about this novel for a personal reason–my father has a drinking problem. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this story and I hadn’t really heard a lot about it until I came upon it while perusing review copies. But I was instantly hooked on the premise–again, personal connection always helps.

I read this book in one sitting. The voice was so addicting. I think it’s the kind of book you need to binge to really feel Natalie’s character arc. Plus, this is a very character driven story. There’s no flashy plot. It’s just one girl’s journey post-rehab. Natalie is doing court mandated community service and attending AA meetings as she tries to catch up with school work and get back to her life.

holland punch And Nat’s a boxer, too! 🙂

Nat’s not a perfect character. Obviously. She struggles in her recovery, in her relationship with her parents, and also in her relationship with herself. I found it so easy to relate to her, why she drank and occasionally slid backwards, and also when she was reluctant to move forward. Does that make sense? I hope it does. I think you’ll get it once you’ve read the book. But Nat is not exactly all gung-ho about AA at the start of the book. Rehab has not magically made her want to be healthy. I appreciated how Nat got to be, maybe, “unlikeable” and make bad choices or ugly choices. I loved her for it.

The relationship with Joe, the older man she meets through AA, was very well done. It was handled with such maturity. This wasn’t one of those stories that romanticizes the young girl/older man relationship. If you’re wary about the book for this reason, don’t be. I don’t think it will make you rage.

Other things (ha, get it? :D) I loved about Other Broken Things was the relationship with Nat and her mom and how that mends. It gave me all happy feels. I feel like this book might have also helped me understand my dad in new ways. There was this one quote that really spoke to me because it described him perfectly.

I think you’ll definitely gravitate to this book if you have a personal connection, and you might see a little of your experience mirrored in this book. However, OTHER BROKEN THINGS stands on its own and creates a fully drawn visceral female character. This is a book you’ll read in one sitting!

Cover Thoughts
I really love that ‘Twelve Steps’ is on top of the bottle, the cork. It gives me feels.
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Favorite Quote
The one I mentioned loving above, duh! Just a note this is from an ARC so it might have been changed in the final version.

“How about this one: everyone alcoholic, including you, princess, is a liar. … You are. And your attitude comes from the fact that you think everyone else is lying too. Not just the alcoholics. Everyone. And the reason you think that is because you lie all the time. That’s what alcoholics do. And once you get real with the fact that more than likely you’re the only liar in the room, you’ll save yourself a ton of grief. And you’ll start to trust people.”

Favorite Character
I really loved Nat’s mom and her insane amounts of Christmas cheer! I just feel like this somehow summarizes Nat and her mom so well…
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Books to Read to Celebrate Agent Carter Season 2!

Looking for books to satisfy your Agent Carter feels?

I’m so stoked that Peggy Carter, Jarvis, and the gang are back for season 2 of Agent Carter. I think it’s one of the best shows on tv! It wears its feminism on its sleeve, has great witty writing, and Peggy is the total best. After watching the season two premiere, I was clamoring for more books that evoke the same feel. So here we go!

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Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! This sci-fi novel is so engrossing and one of the main characters is Kady, who is basically future hacker Peggy. Howard Stark with his genius mind would probably go crazy for AIDAN, the artificial intelligence of the spaceship.

 

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Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond!
Perhaps an obvious choice because Lois, like Peggy, is a famous comic book character. Gwenda’s Lois Lane origin story sucked me in because of how awesome Lois is. She takes no shit like Peggy and is relentless in her desire to help people and prove herself as a journalist (or an SSR agent, same thing). Just like Agent Carter’s season 1 did a great job at integrating Steve/Captain America into the show in a way he didn’t overshadow it, so does Gwenda in how she constructs Clark Kent.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby! Maybe a less obvious choice… but in the same way Agent Carter is bone gapproud of its feminism, so is Bone Gap. I think Peggy would love Roza and Petey, two girls who are overlooked because of their gender and their looks and fight to save themselves. Agent Carter also has Sousa, a disabled character who is capable of taking care of himself and more than just his war injury. Bone Gap also has a main character with a surprising disability, who is more than just a disability. vicious

Vicious by V.E. Schwab! A superhero/villain novel! This novel captured the comic book feel and though it’s about two men, it also has a sister relationship as its second anchor. Much like Captain America was a science experiment, Victor and Eli both experiment on themselves. There’s a very interesting rationale behind how powers/ability types manifest in people which I haven’t seen done before.

all the rage coverAll the Rage by Courtney Summers! This book is hard and painful and gut-wrenching. It’s rape culture and sexism and misogyny and all the things Peggy fights daily. This story, tonally, is very different from the Agent Carter aesthetic, but all the same issues are there.

 

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne! This political contemporary is a girl’s coming of the wrong side of rightage story. It has no explosions or flamingos or toxic gas that makes an entire theater full of people maul each other. But Kate’s journey reminds me of Peggy. She stays true to her ideals, especially on the important issue of immigration and fights for the people she loves. This book might not as be as flashy as Agent Carter is, but I think, at its core, it has the same tone (and of course a great female character leading it).

conspiracyofusThe Conspiracy of Us & Map of Fates by Maggie Hall! Also another book that has the same feel to me. But different from Wrong Side. Conspiracy has the whirlwind and intrigue and action. Avery is not a boss fighter like Peggy, but she uses her intellect to make her way through a new world she’s just uncovering for the first time. She’s also struggling to find her power because there are too many adults and a mandate/prophecy trying to steal her agency. But Avery, like Peggy, is not going to give in. She’s going to make her own way. under a painted sky

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee! This is a historical, just like Agent Carter, but set like 100 years before in the late 1840s. Sam and Annamae face sexism and danger on the Oregon Trail as they flee slavery, racism, and a murder charge. Just like Peggy and Angie had such a great relationship (ANGIE, WE MISS YOU), Sam and Annamae take care of each other on this harrowing journey.

nimona coverNimona by Noelle Stevenson! Another superhero/villain story you guys just can’t miss! I love this book so much.

 

 

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin! So I just finished this book and have so many feels but Yael has been through hell and is still so full of feels and goodness and dedicated to her mission and Captain America and Peggy would be horrified if the Axis Powers had won the war and just please everyone read this book. It is incredible and like a darker Agent Carter but with amazing Yael.

Honorable Mentions!

5 to 1 dark star code name verity

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Comic Recs!

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What books would you put on this list? Have you read any of these? DON’T YOU LOVE AGENT CARTER?

Waiting on Wednesday: AFTER THE WOODS by Kim Savage

Check out what I’m waiting on this Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: Complex Lady Books

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after the woods coverTitle: After the Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Pub Date: February 23, 2016 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Amazon: Pre-order here
B&N: or here!
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves!

Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

This book sounds so twisty and haunting and I’ve been waiting for it for awhile!

  • Complicated girl relationships
  • Female relationships front and center
  • MYSTERY
  • That cover almost looks like she’s in a womb, like she’s going through a rebirth/renewal/transformation –> like the woods will change her
  • Or it’s just a haunting image of an innocent girl

I want it. I want messy ‘unlikeable’ girls. I want girls that are anti-heroes. I want girls that screw up. I want selfish girls. And kind girls. And hard girls. And soft girls. And all the girls doing all the things.

Are you excited about AFTER THE WOODS?

ARC Review: THIS SONG IS (NOT) FOR YOU by Laura Nowlin

Check out what I thought about this YA novel about music, glitter, and love from Laura Nowlin.

this song is not for you coverTitle: This Song is (Not) For You
Author: Laura Nowlin
Release Date: January 5, 2016 from Sourcebooks Fire
Amazon: Order it here!
B&N: Or here!
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves!

Ramona fell for Sam the moment she met him. It was like she had known him forever. He’s one of the few constants in her life, and their friendship is just too important to risk for a kiss. Though she really wants to kiss him…

Sam loves Ramona, but he would never expect her to feel the same way-she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Still, they complement each other perfectly, both as best friends and as a band.

Then they meet Tom. Tom makes music too, and he’s the band’s missing piece. The three quickly become inseparable. Except Ramona’s falling in love with Tom. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either. How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

Thanks to Netgalley for an e-arc!

I was excited to read this book because I heard there was an asexual main character. Said character is Tom and the parts of this book where he questioned himself and his sexuality were so well written, they broke my heart. I felt for him and wanted to scream at anyone that ever pushed him away once he told them he was ace.

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The other main characters were Ramona and Sam. I had a hard time telling each POV apart because the voice was relatively the same. However, that voice was addicting and made this a fast read.

I got a little restless while reading because I felt this was missing a more developed conflict and plot. My favorite part was Ramona being dead set on this music college and expecting Sam and Tom would want to go too, and they’d be together. However, Tom and Sam aren’t so sure they want to study music, have a career in music, or even go to college at all. I felt like some parts of this subplot were brushed over, which made me sad.

The love triangle is definitely not an over the top, in your face, angsty one. It’s really well done. The resolution is an interesting one, and perhaps unconventional. But you know what, their love is not for you. 😉

Also, how dare The Cure’s Just Like Heaven be considered a secret/guilty pleasure song. It is perfect.

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This Song is (Not) For You is a must read for music lovers and glitter enthusiasts that deals with first love and transitioning from high school to college. It is a good book for anyone looking to learn more about asexuality–which should be everyone and will give you feels. 

Cover Thoughts
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Favorite Quotes [From an ARC & subject to change]

Back then, playing the piano felt like my purpose. Beavers build dams. Bees make honey. Ramona plays piano.

Ramona sighs, and I think it’s for me. Ramona sighs, and I am sinking into the floor as my soul flies up past the ceiling.

“You don’t care. About sex.” She said it like I’d said I didn’t care about curing cancer.

“They’re mean because they’re unhappy, and they’re unhappy cause they’re stuck. They’re stuck because they’re refusing to open their minds, to consider changing the way they live their lives.”

The most important thing is love. “That’s true,” Dad says, his voice quiet again. After a pause he adds. “Though for me it’s novels. Novels are the second most important thing.”

Favorite Character 
I kind of really liked Sam? He was such a romantic.
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