Bake Sale by Sara Varon
I picked up this book on a whim last week due to it's adorable cover. An all ages comic about a loveable cupcake named...."Cupcake"(Yes, that's his real name). Cupcake has a passion for food and owns and operates his own bakery called The Sweet Tooth.
Every day Cupcake wakes up early to brew fresh coffee as the incredible smells of Cupcake's fresh delights permeate the bakery. Foodies come from all over to have a taste of what Sweet Tooth has to offer. One day, before band practice, Cupcake's best friend Aubergine invites Cupcake to visit his family in Turkey. Cupcake is so excited, and even more so when he learns the famous chef Turkish Delight works with Aubergine's Aunt.
What follows is a charming tale of working hard and how things sometimes don't go the way you plan. Bake Sale has a great emphases on the importance of friendship and the changes our friends can make in our lives. Reading a book about baking can be dangerous, as I tend to get extremely hungry while reading. Bake Sale took this to a whole new level by including the recipes for some of the most delicious recipes from the comic. I cannot recommend Bake Sale enough as it was whimsical, charming and thought provoking. Everything a book about a little cupcake should be.
The War At Ellsmere by Faith Erin HicksFrom the moment Jun steps foot in the prestigious Ellsmere College, her romanticised thoughts are thrown out the window when targeted by the school bully. Dubbing her "Project", Emily rules the hallways and classrooms as a force to be reckoned with (matched only by the teachers and headmaster).
Luckily for Jun, she soon discovers that she's not the only one in the crosshairs when she meets the quirky self-assured Cassie aka "Orphan". Together Orphan and Project help each other academically and socially as they find friendship and solace in their unified struggle. Thus begins a battle of wits, lies and a sprinkle of Blood. What drew me to this book is the overall theme of female friendship which populates the pages reminding me of simpler days. Days when you didn't have to worry about rent, bills and boring grown up stuff.
I flew through this book in an incredible pace, being captivated by the effortless storytelling and whimsy which seems lacking in modern titles. Oh, and did I mention that there's a forest on the edge on town that just may happen to inhabit a magical being?
Alex + Ada Volume 1After experiencing the frenzy around this title, I decided to spare some time to see what all the fuss is about. Sitting down on the train home from work, I looked up and saw that I'd missed my stop by not one, but three stations thanks to this comic.
Alex + Ada was utterly captivating and juggles a plethora of subjects within it's pages. Loneliness, acceptance, love and what it means to be human are all represented here with dizzying effect. Alex is suffering after breaking up with his fiancé, surrounded by friends, his depression comes into full swing as he struggles to grasp his loss. On his birthday Alex receives a call from his Grandmother, she is worried about him and wants him to be as happy as she is. Then, after yet another boring repetitive day at work Alex comes home to find a strange gift from his Grandmother. A Tanaka X-5 companion robot, the most elite in robot engineering.
The robot (which Alex names Ada), is incapable of self-awareness. Unfortunately for Alex each android has been installed with a government mandated program which blocks any potential free thought. What follows is a gripping tale of self-discovery as Alex must decide whether to live life with a robot that mimics his every thought or break the law to make Ada self aware.
Needless to say, I could not put this book down. Sarah Vaughn's art is so clean and crisp, with bold colouring that complements the imagery of artificial life so perfectly that I could only describe it as "clinical". Everything looks so perfect, which really helps give an overall feeling of conformity, a world which Alex so desperately wants to break free from. I highly recommend this Sci Fi Drama, and I cannot wait to dive into the second book where it seems the mysteries are only just beginning to unravel.
What have you been reading this month? Any recommendations for me?