Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown by Drew Rausch

I saw Edward Scissorhands in its original run in the theaters in 1990 (I don’t know why I thought it was released a few years earlier than that). I like it well enough, but it was never one of my favorites. Maybe that’s because the ending is so bittersweet. It certainly is a cult classic, though, so it makes sense that someone decided to extend the story…in this case, through graphic novel format. This is the first volume of combined individual issues that, I believe, started releasing last fall.

Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown Volume 1 Front Cover (Idea & Design Works, LLC)

Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown Volume 1 Front Cover (Idea & Design Works, LLC)

 THE PLOT: Megs has always believed in her grandmother Kim’s stories about the man everyone else believes is a murderer. Megs’s mother believes her own mother was deranged, and they were not on good terms when Kim passed away. Megs is obsessed with finding Edward, despite her mother’s nagging that she forget him AND her grandmother. At the same time, Edward, alone in his mansion, finds an earlier prototype with some missing parts, whom he activates and names Eli. Eli becomes the same sort of monster everyone believes Edward is. Together, Megs and Edward work to track down Eli and clear Edward’s name.

MY TWO CENTS: The art is colorful, but the style is not to my taste. Everyone is drawn to look very unattractive in a cartoony way, which may be deliberate. Megs is definitely not the pretty popular girl her grandmother was. That’s okay (she reminds me a bit of Amy Farrah Fowler), but she is also drawn to look a bit abrasive. The story is engaging, but why does all the action start at this moment in time? Is it because Kim has just died, which makes both Edward and Megs lonelier than ever? With their one link gone, all that remains is for Megs and Edward to connect with each other. Their relationship does seem to be more about friendship than romance at this point…which is also just fine.

BOTTOM LINE: An interesting continuation of a classic movie, definitely worth checking out for dedicated fans. I’m interested in reading the next volume.

TEACUP RATING: Three-and-a-half out of five teacups.

ON SALE DATE: Available May 19, 2015, in paperback. (Individual issues are available now.)

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries XI) by Meg Cabot

Are you a fan of the Princess Diaries? I think I saw the first movie before collecting the books, but I don’t quite remember now. While I was happy with the way the 10th book left Mia and her friends (MUCH happier than I was with the second movie!), I had always hoped the Meg Cabot would go back to these characters. And now, we get to hang out with grown-up Mia in Royal Wedding.

Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding Front Cover (William Morrow/ HarperCollins)

THE PLOT: While now 26-year-old Princess Mia of Genovia feels self-actualized most of the time, a recent scandal with her father has her in panic mode. Her doctor suggests journaling to help her handle the stress (heh heh). It doesn’t help that tabloid reporters stalk her, wondering in the media why boyfriend Michael hasn’t proposed yet. Mia has no qualms about Michael, but she wishes the tabloids, and her grandmother, would stay out of it. When Michael does pop the question, Grandmère thinks she’s going to take over the wedding and make it an appropriate royal affair.

In the meantime, Mia makes another discovery…she has a young half-sister. In typical Mia fashion, she’s much more concerned with bonding with the girl and bringing her into the family than considering any scandal the press will cause. It’s also her priority to protect the girl, Olivia, from the culture shock Mia herself experienced upon finding out her royal status.

MY TWO CENTS: The author does a great job of showing that while Mia has matured, she’s still very recognizable as the neurotic teenager we know and love. We get to visit with the whole gang; in addition to dating Michael, Mia is still best friends with his sister, Lily, and her other close high school friend, Tina, who has maybe broken up with rock star Boris, or maybe not. Mia also employs a few former schoolmates in the community center she founded and even has a social media “friendship” with her ex-rival, Lana. The incorporation of all the former high school comrades feels natural and not at all forced.

We DO get to witness the proposal, but one disappointment; there’s not much description of the actual wedding. At that point, the action becomes so frantic that the reader is left with a recap of the wedding instead of an actual viewing. I would have much preferred to be “present” in real-time than finding out bits and pieces later. I felt that was a bit of a letdown; after all, the book is called Royal Wedding. But it’s a minor point in comparison to all the fun that’s going on.

Incidentally, biracial Olivia is getting her own spinoff series, starting with From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, releasing May 19 from Macmillan. A princess for a new generation!

BOTTOM LINE: A fitting continuation of the “Princess Diaries” series. If you grew up with the books, you won’t want to miss this satisfying installment.

TEACUP RATING: Four out of five teacups.

ON SALE DATE: Available June 2, 2015, in paperback and eformats.

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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