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Howdy YAL!

I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 

House of Night: Legacy

House of Night: Legacy - P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Joƫlle Jones, Kent Dalian To see full review click here.Graphic novel versions of YA books. They always seem to have a stink to them that I can't quite explain. Okay, I know technically what it is the cash cow...it's ridiculous having graphic novels for these books. Okay, there are exceptions. But more often than not it's the same story regurgitated in comic book form. Except unlike real comic books, usually the artwork is subpar and the story is ass.This is no exception. Though I will give it to the Casts they try not to regurgitate the entire thing. But wait that might not be such a good thing considering the story we get is equivalent to a really bad kids show.You know, those kid shows where little Precious Polly (your poor defenseless kid) learns apparently some big life lessons that you later have to brainwash out their head by buying them a cupcake or letting them watch Die Hard.Those sorts of lessons. Here we learn how to be a good leader according to Nyx and I....well, still don't know how to be a leader. At least according to Nyx. I learned more from Andy Samberg about how to be a boss than from her.Oh, well. That's probably a good thing.I get what the Cast were trying to do though bastardize history, mythology, and every world culture while showing us why Zoey Redbird is a star.To be specific we spit on Norse mythology, Celtic history, The Odyssey, Cleopatra and Anthony, and the Amazons.Oh yeah, each of these compelling figures, unique mythologies, and timeless classics are destroyed by the Casts and Zoey Redbird.The rest of the story, is essentially parts of Marked and Betrayed blend together so that the Casts can buy themselves a house of Lake Texoma. I honestly though am not mad though. At least this book was done in one volume and despite the confusing bastardization of history its not as confusing as the written word of Cast.That being said the artists really screwed up here. Like with the Blue Bloods graphic novel the cover was fabulous looking. I just didn't understand why this sort of artwork couldn't continue throughout the rest of the book. Instead, we get these cartoonish looking drawing that are better suited for a low budget cartoon.And here's the thing other graphic novels are able to use decent artwork throughout the entire story. Why can't this one use the same style? Oh and speaking of styles, the artwork is slightly different when we get these historical flashbacks. And it's insulting. Just plain insulting.Why is it insulting? Cleopatra is freaking lilly white for one thing. The queen of the Nile looks like she should be living in Norway instead of Egypt. I just don't understand why it's that difficult to keep a historical character's ethnicity. Must we white wash everything?Also, it really annoyed me how all the "bad" characters (save for Aphrodite who really isn't bad) are made to look like hideous looking people. Pretty people can be awful people too Casts. And of course, the artists had to give everyone and their mother a miniskirt and flotation devices to boot. Seriously, there's no need to do that here. Or really anywhere in comics. Side note, is it just me or has anyone else wished one of those comic book vixens talked about getting a boob reduction job. Because there's no way its comfortable for them fighting crime. I can only imagine the back problems. Weight distribution people. Overall, I don't feel as vindictive as I do with the novels. But this was a complete waste of time and clearly a waste of money if I would've actually purchased it. Thankfully, I didn't. I merely came across it when I was looking for Hush at the library. Unfortunately, I did not come home with that book and instead came home with this POS.