BOOK REVIEW: SOPPY BY PHILIPPA RICE

21535713Title: Soppy
Author: Philippa Rice
Published: December 2nd 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Netgalley
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Mallory’s thoughts:
Soppy is a love story told through graphic novel form. The main characters are the author Rice herself and her boyfriend. I’ve never felt so much emotion from a graphic novel. It perfectly depicts a happy couple in their relationship through very simplistic yet beautiful artwork. The color scheme consists of red, black and white. In my mind, red is the color of love and it fits so well with the story.

She shows that love is not always grand gestures but can be found in the simple day to day things that we do. I found they’re relationship very similar to mine and my boyfriends so I literally found myself smiling from ear to ear while reading this.

I really hope Rice will continue making graphic novels because after this I am already considering myself a big fan of her work.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing us an arc of this novel.

A 5/5 star from me.

Maria’s thoughts:
Philippa Rice does a wonderful job at portraying what it is to be in true relationship. She brings her characters to life as they do everyday things together.

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(Is that not the cutest thing ever?)

Soppy is an illustrated story based on Philippa Rice’s relationship with her real-life boyfriend. She gets you thinking about your own relationship as you flip through her comics and shows us everyday tasks that couples frequently do together when they share a space. Things as simple as doing the dishes, cooking and relaxing together. Sometimes we tend to forget to appreciate the little things like that while living with a boyfriend/girlfriend. Philippa Rice also illustrates silly arguments that often arise in a relationship. For example, who should get up and make the tea. These moments are very funny, as it makes you think of similar arguments that surface often in your own relationship.In the few pages and few words that are presented to us, we can still come to know Phillipa and Lukes personalities. The fact that this book is based on true events, and true characters, makes it very realistic and very relatable. Everyone who has been in a relationship can relate to Soppy. Especially those who have moved in together.
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This book made me smile from ear to ear. I found myself nodding and laughing at the silly things that I do too in my relationship. Soppy is a feel-good book. The scenarios are outstanding and the illustrations portray them in an adorable way. It would be hard not to fall in love with these cute little comics.

If you’re looking for a little happiness in your love life – read Soppy.If you’re having a bad day – read Soppy.Soppy will have you smiling and wanting to go give your lover a big hug. I guarantee that it will brighten your day and make you appreciate the moments you share with your significant other. Sometimes you just need a happy story to relate to. No drama, no tears. Soppy left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. All I wanted to do was cuddle up on the couch with my boyfriend and watch some good old Netflix (which we do every single night, but I am starting to appreciate more hehe).

5 out of 5 stars! I fell so in love with Soppy that I need to get the physical copy in my life! I already want to read it again. And again. And again.
Big thank you to Philippa Rice for creating this love story and to Netgalley for providing us with a copy. 
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MARIA’S WONDERFULLY WICKED READ-A-THON WRAP-UP

readathonAs you may know, Mallory and I had participated in the Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon hosted by Bex at Kindle Fever and April at My Shelf Confessions. It had started on October 17th and finished on October 27th. It has been a busy week, but I am happy with the books that I had managed to finish. Below are the books that I had completed, my rating and mini review.

Total of books finished: 4

Page count: 808 pages

Favorite book: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

1. Soppy : A Love Story by Phillipa Rice (provided by Netgalley) ★★★★★

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Soppy is an adorable collection of illustrations based on Philippa Rice’s relationship with her boyfriend. I loved this so much because it was so realistic. You can relate to the characters. The comics make you realize that in a relationship, it is really important to appreciate the little things. I recommend this to those who enjoy a cute romance – give this graphic novel a try! Well worth the read!

2. The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski ★★★★

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This was the biggest and most intimidating book on my October TBR. I had started it before the read-a-thon began, but I am so proud to have finished it. This book is told in two main parts. The first tells the story of Johnny Truant, a young man working in a tattoo shop. The second part is the manuscript that Johnny had found. A manuscript that has the power to mess with your mind. I will review this book in more detail in an upcoming blogpost. For now, all I will say is that I had become almost as obsessed as Johnny had with the House of Leaves. While reading this book, it was extremely hard to think of anything else. Unlike anything I have ever read (or even heard of), I really enjoyed this complex piece of literature and plan on re-reading it someday in the future.

3. Ed Undead: The Chronicles of a Teenage Zombie by Edward Kent (provided by Netgalley) ★★★

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Ed is on his own. When the zombies took over, he had lost everything: his parents, his schoolmates, the girl he loved… And he too had caught the disease. But why wasn’t he turning into a full fledged zombie? This book follows Ed’s journey, as he does his best to survive in such a messed up world and meets up with people along the way. I really did enjoy this book. It was a light, fun, halloween read. If you like to read about zombies, you should give this one a try!

4. The Merciless by Danielle Vega ★★★★★

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This is the story of some very messed up girls. Don’t take that lightly. When Sofia moves to a new town and starts a new school, she becomes friends with the “popular girls” (yes, just like our beloved movie “mean girls”) but she also becomes friends with the “weird girl”, Brooklyn. I don’t want to give too much away. It really is better not knowing. Just know that when you start this, you will not want to put it down – no matter how scary or gross it gets. I couldn’t sleep after finishing!

Comment below to let me know what you accomplished during this read-a-thon and your thoughts on these wonderful books 🙂

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