Graphic Novel Review: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Faith Erin Hicks and Prudence Shen

 

Title: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Author: Faith Erin Hicks and Prudence Shen

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.

It’s only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club’s robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course!

In Faith Erin Hicks’ and Prudence Shen’s world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong


Review:

I have to admit that I wasn’t too eager to dive into Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, and I don’t know why.  I think that the synopsis just didn’t grab my imagination.  A surprise day off due to power issues at work prompted me to pick this up, and I’m glad I did.  This is such a fun read, with plenty of humor to keep the conflict between Charlie and Nate from getting too intense. 

At the beginning of the book, when the cheerleaders were forcing Charlie to run for Student Body President, I just wanted him to tell them to go jump off a cliff.  He gets caught up in an election campaign that he wants nothing to do with, and it is destroying his friendship with Nate.   Nate only wants to win because he’s discovered that the Student Body gets to decide whether funding will be available for the cheerleaders’ new uniforms or his beloved robotics club.  Charlie doesn’t care one way or the other, except that the cheerleaders freak him out.  They are like ninja cheerleaders – they are scary and they get what they want, and what they want are those new uniforms!  As Nate’s war on the cheerleaders, and Charlie, by association, heats up, Nate doesn’t hesitate to pull out all of the stops, and many of the stops are embarrassing to Charlie.  The pony incident when he was little certainly didn’t need to be plastered all over the high school walls for everyone to see!  I enjoyed Nate and Charlie’s friendship, and how they interacted with each other.  Even when they were so pissed that they were driven to pummel each other, it was evident that they didn’t really want to ruin their friendship.  They are so different that they complimented each other, and I thought they made a great team.

When it’s apparent that the election isn’t going to have the desired results, Nate figures out another way for both sides to get what they want.  It requires working together, and the cheerleaders need mucho convincing.  Through all of the negotiations, it’s obvious that Charlie has a lot more on his mind than robots or uniforms.  He’s been having a hard time forgiving his mom for leaving him and his dad and moving to California.  He’s resentful of his dad, too, for never being home.  Charlie has a lot going on, and his way of dealing with his problems is to ignore them.  He is passive aggressive to both parents, and even though he wants to give them a piece of his mind and make them understand where he’s coming from, he just can’t find the words.  Instead, he hangs up on his mom a lot, and then avoids her calls.  I found him a very likable and sympathetic character, and kept hoping he would find the strength and courage to let both of his parents know how badly they had let him down. 

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is a fun, humorous read about robots, scary cheerleads, and all of the important relationships in the lives of two unconventional friends.   Friendship is work, especially when you don’t always have the same goals, and this book captured the ins and outs of working through adversity through the magic of spot on prose and expressive illustrations.  Highly recommended.

Grade:  B+ / A-

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Jessica Day George, Author of Wednesdays in the Tower and Giveaway!

Please welcome Jessica Day George to the virtual offices this morning! Jessica is here to chat about her latest release, Wednesdays in the Tower, and after the interview, she has a copy for one of you to win!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jessica Day George] Redheaded chocoholic bookworm.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Rolf?

[Jessica Day George] Devil-may-care, loyal, tough. (Hyphens make that one word, right?)

[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing Celie is never without.

[Jessica Day George] Sketching pencils.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jessica Day George] River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. I’ve been a huge fan for many years. He just keeps getting better!

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jessica Day George] It was definitely The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley. I’d never read anything like it, and I swore I would be an author too, when I read it.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

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About the book:

A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it… Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel.

Strange things are afoot in Castle Glower: new rooms, corridors, and even stables keep arriving, even when they aren’t needed. Celie’s brother Bran, the new Royal Wizard, has his hands full cataloguing an entire storeroom full of exotic and highly dangerous weapons, while Celie has her hands full . . . raising the creature that hatches from a giant egg she finds! Will they be able to find out what’s making the Castle behave this way in time?

Interview with Amanda Forester, Author of A Wedding in Springtime and Giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Amanda Forester! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her newest release, A Wedding in Springtime, which is taking the internet by storm!  After the interview, enter for a chance to win a copy of A Wedding in Springtime.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Amanda Forester]  I am a writer of my two favorite heroes: rugged medieval Highlanders and witty Regency gentlemen. A Wedding in Springtime is my new release!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Wedding in Springtime?

[Amanda Forester]  Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant makes her laugh before the queen, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Genie needs to make a brilliant marriage, and fast.  Genie’s aunt hires a matchmaker to find a suitor—anyone except the infamous William Grant—but amiable Genie shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart.  When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just her reputation, Genie and Grant are drawn into a dangerous world of deceit and intrigue, where losing their hearts could mean their ultimate undoing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Amanda Forester]  This series is a little different because I first came up with the secondary characters and then the main heroes came into focus. We meet strong secondary characters through the first two books in the series, who finally have their own story in the third book in the Marriage Mart trilogy. Each book is stand alone though, and Wedding in Springtime has my absolute favorite hero – I adore Grant. He was so much fun to write and would whisper things in my ear that had me laughing out loud!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Eugenia?

[Amanda Forester]  Humorous, Clever, Compassionate

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If William had a theme song, what would it be?

[Amanda Forester]  Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding – at least until he met Eugenia Talbot, then it was I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Eugenia is never without.

[Amanda Forester]  Her good humor, and a guidebook of London

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in William’s bedroom?

[Amanda Forester]  Flowers, Books, Anything resembling a hard day’s work

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Eugenia’s greatest regret?

[Amanda Forester]  Eugenia is content to live in the present moment without a lot of regrets. However, she does regret laughing before the queen at her presentation.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Amanda Forester]  My two greatest influences for writing Regencies are the two greats, Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Their captivating plots and insightful wit have kept me entertained and inspired me to write something of the genre myself, only with Napoleonic spies. Not sure where the spies came from…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Amanda Forester]  Time, quiet, ability to stay awake at the keyboard

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Amanda Forester]  The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. I’m in the process of trying to domesticate a crazy puppy.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Amanda Forester]  I’m not sure exactly which book, but I’m sure it was written by Dr. Seuss. I think it may have been the classic, HOP ON POP, or possibly my favorite GREEN EGGS AND HAM.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Amanda Forester]  Sleep. No, really, sleeping sounds heavenly right now. When I’m not grabbing a nap I enjoy doing family activities, walking (running after my puppy while hollering her name) the dog, hiking, camping, scrapbooking, and working in the garden. Mostly if I have a free moment I write!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Amanda Forester]  I love to hear from readers so come visit me at my website, facebook, or twitter.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

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Purchase links:

 

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About the book:

Her Timing Couldn’t Be Worse…

Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation to the queen is spoiled by a serious faux pas—the despicable William Grant made her laugh, right in front of Her Majesty. Now Eugenia is ruined and had better marry—someone, anyone—at once…

And His Couldn’t Be Better…

Roguish William Grant has never taken anything seriously in his life. Until he meets Eugenia Talbot, who makes him feel and do thing he never thought he would.

Now Eugenia’s great sense of humor and kindheartedness may be her undoing, unless William can help her find a husband. To his surprise, that’s the last thing he wants to do…

Cover Reveal: The Rising King (Keepers of Life, #3) by Shea Berkley

I have a cover reveal from Entangled Publishing this morning! This is for The Rising King (Keepers of Life, #3) by Shea Berkley.  Check out the excerpt, and if you enjoy it, use the links to preorder a copy today!

About the book:

The summer before Dylan Kennedy’s senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Ridiculously hot girlfriend? Check. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check.

Not even Teag’s King, Dylan’s father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that’s in her, but every day he sees that control slip just a little more.

Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic that stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong that Baun hid it so no one else could use it. When Dylan doesn’t expect to find along with it, are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.

Excerpt

I ease my hand into Kera’s and lace our fingers together, bringing her deep violet eyes onto me. They sweep over my face, and the edges of her full lips curve upward as if she’s fighting a smile. She sets aside the book and leans close bringing the scent of summer with her. “You scared me to death.”

I love it when she worries about me. When it comes to my life, someone caring enough to worry is sort of a new thing. “You do that all the time to me.” I tug her hand and bring her closer so I can snag a quick kiss.

Kera pushes away, but I don’t let go. The look she throws me is serious. “I’m not kidding, Dylan. You have to be more wary, especially when it comes to creatures like the millispits.”

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