Review: Marco Impossible

Marco Impossible

Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Published: March 19th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
Purchase: Book Depository | Amazon
Best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the heart of) Benji, the adorable exchange student and bass player of the prom band. Of course, things don’t always go according to plan, and every heist comes with its fair share of hijinks.

I read Teeth, I loved it and I now knew I needed all of Hannah Moskowitz’s books in my life. I braced myself for the unexpected, I didn’t know which direction Marco Impossible would go, should I prepare myself for utter soul wrenching angst or heart exploding happiness? (My emotions tend to be one extreme or the other for Hannah Moskowtiz). I found a charming, wonderfully fun book with an undercurrent darkness following endearing, complex characters that didn’t completely ruin me and had me smiling throughout (mostly).

It’s a quick read but Marco and Stephen’s friendship lingers long after completing the book. Marco is loud, bold and witty, his personality is just so grand that it was sometimes overwhelming and annoying. Stephen is much more relaxed, he sort of fades in the presence of Marco and for much of the book he questions their relationship. His insecurities are very relatable but despite his misgivings he’d do anything for his friend. I adored the way their friendship was written.

The hijinks in their heist was so much fun to read, there was this lovely innocence in all the effort Marco and Stephen put int Marco having his moment. Of course, there was also hurt and anger and this looming worry for Marco’s safety. Secrets come to light and Marco’s vulnerabilities are revealed and it kicks you right in the feels. I loved the way everything unfolded throughout the book. I was much more invested in the friendship between Marco and Stephen to really care about the either of their love interests and Marco’s absent family and that subplot was unmemorable.

All in all this was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait for more of Hannah Moskowitz’s works. Her books just make me feel so much.
3.5 Stars

Review: Deadly Class

Deadly Class

Title: Deadly Class
Author: Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, Lee Loughridge
Published: July 16th 2014 by Image Comics
Purchase: Book Depository | Amazon
t’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Deadly Class was unlike anything I’ve ever read, it wasn’t that the concept was unique, an assassin school for children from crime families, but the execution was different and interesting. The stylized art was my favourite aspect of Deadly Class, switching between monochromatic beauty to trippy, riotous colour schemes, it definitely set the mood of each chapter. I loved the boldness of it, how it so readily captured the violence and dark humour of the story.

The story is slowly paced, beginning grimly with the protagonist homeless, desperate and alone. He’s thrown into Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, filled with malevolent and vicious kids. Nothing significant seems to happen in the story and with the exception of Marcus Lopez, all the other characters are so far one dimensional. The first volume barely seems to scratch the surface as its an introduction to the rules of the school, the characters that roam the halls and the cruelty of these future assassins.

There is savagery, acid trips and just madness. Its a wild ride of absurdity and I’m excited to see where the story goes.

3.5 Stars