[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]
Fairly interesting, although to be honest, in spite of the early chapters being educative in their own ways, I would’ve preferred to see the focus more on the actual video games (and industry) themselves, rather than also on the electricity/industrial revolution parts. The art style, too, was not always consistent, and sometimes too stiff.
On the other hand, I appreciated the inclusion of actual video games characters in panels, as watchers or part of the ‘narrative’; just trying to remember or find out who they were, was in itself another, different dive into history. (Well, maybe it wouldn’t work that well on someone who knows less about such games, but for me, it worked.)
I also liked how the book included some of the backstage workings behind the whole video games industry; they were plenty of things I didn’t know, for instance Sony and its Playstation, I had no idea there had been a deal in the plans with Nintendo for CD games, and that it completely fell through. (I’m not feeling younger, though. Being reminded that this PSX I got in 1998—and I made it a point to get a US model, too, since the European one didn’t run the games I wanted—was even a few years older than that... well...)
Conclusion: An informative and colourful read. I do wish it had spent just a little less time on the really early years, where ‘games’ per se weren’t so much concerned (to be fair, I already know a lot about computer history in general).
A cute, quick read.
Just like the first book in this series, it was a good read, but I didn't like it as much as the Judy Moody books. The events in the Stink books feel more superficial than those in the Judy Moody series. I did like that Judy appeared a little nicer in this book in comparison to the first one (and less animal cruelty).
This was a nice read.
A cute branch off of the Judy Moody series.
I didn't like this as much as the Judy Moody books I have read. The whole thing didn't go as in depth as the previous series in my opinion. The writing was more simplistic, making it easier for younger readers to read. I did really like the comics.
The narration also follows Stink's point of view, which was interesting, although it did paint Judy as a pretty intolerable sister.
Not a bad book altogether (although I could have done without the newt bit). A good read, but a hard sell for those of us who are #TeamJudy.
Lili Valente’s INCREDIBLE YOU is an entertaining and action-filled story. NHL star Jake “The Dragon” Falcone hires Shane Willoughby to be his fake girlfriend to help take down his evil ex-girlfriend, Keri Warner. This contemporary sports romance takes place in New York. It is suitable for adult audiences.
I like Jake. He had a difficult childhood. He worked hard and he now plays hockey for the New York Rangers. He is thirty years old. He is a good guy. He’s protective.
Shane is an interesting character. She is thirty-two years old. Her parents died when she was ten. She was raised by her aunt. She is a vet, which I respect because I love animals. She is a strong individual. She has some great insights. I enjoyed her sense of humor.
I enjoyed Jake’s and Shane’s text to one another. I love their nick names: dragon and princess. The names are very appropriate and cute for them as a couple.
I could see why Jake was originally attracted to Keri. I felt bad for what he went through with her. She has some serious issues. I thought the concept of Magnificent Bastard Consulting (MBC) was interesting. A company that helps you get revenge on your ex.
INCREDIBLE YOU was skillfully written. It flowed well and was interesting throughout the novel. There were appealing twists. The characters were well-developed and, the story was believable. This was the first book I have read by Lili Valente. I would read more novels by her in the future. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.