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Review of 'Elle Vol. 1' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Simple but beautiful art that occasionally looks like stills from an animated movie in the best way. Unfortunately, the actual story isn't good enough to live up to those visuals.

The cover and the summary imply that something strange is going on with the main character, but the book takes a long time to get to the point.

First it just seems like day-in-the-life stories about a girl at a new school, then she gets a bit upset and moody. Her hair color changes to help us keep track of how she's feeling (but it's only changing in her mind, see).

It all feels a bit under-baked; her friends talk about her as though she's a wildly different person from day-to-day, but for most of the book I honestly thought it was all just a metaphor for a young woman going through mood swings.

The ending seems to imply that …

Review of "The Last Book You'll Ever Read" on 'Goodreads'

1 star

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Olivia Kade is a self-styled provocateur, bleak and flippant about the end times. In The Last Book You’ll Ever Read, she stubbornly embarks on a doomed book tour, ignoring all the warning signs that her writing may be inspiring real-world darkness.

She is the author of Satyr, a bestselling essay in book form, basically just her manifesto about the bleak state of the world. The problem is that her book seems to inspire fits of animalistic behavior in her readers. It’s hugely popular despite being nothing but doom-and-gloom proclamations, and now her public readings are getting a bit dicey. The book opens with a scene where a literally rabid fan attacks her, ranting about something called the Wilding.

Olivia won’t be silenced, though, so she hires a security team and soldiers on, with the …