Key Scenes Illustrated 2: The Return of Key Scenes Illustrated

Happy Wednesday, folks!  I've been reading a lot lately, which isn't saying much because I'm always reading a lot lately.  At any rate, books and their problems and poignancies and particulars have been at the forefront of my thoughts this 12:34 AM when Krispy and I failed to discuss what to post today, and since last February I posted illustrations of key scenes from books I'd recently read, I decided it was time for another Key Scenes Illustrated post!

From Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken:  Alz asks a pertinent question of caped wizard Wayland North.

I'm not in the book nor is there a character named Alz.
But if there were and it were me, I'd have a lot of these sorts of questions to ask.

From Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I don't remember if she actually flies screaming at the daimon like this, but the gardening trowel thing is absolutely true to the book.
I just noticed that this looks like the Nightshade doodle I did last year.
Apparently I associate badass heroines with flying full-body tackles.

From A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce: Charlotte begs the shady, mysterious, sinister, magical man for help.
Really? Are you SURE you mean ANYTHING? You realize what "anything" entails?

From Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Warner makes a request of Juliette.
Ah, Warner. Krispy loves him so. Hence why I made a (marginal) effort
to draw him more nicely in his suit. This one's for you, Krispy!

Finally, a request!  I've been on the lookout for a good YA fantasy (not urban or paranormal but straight fantasy) since Brightly Woven turned out to be disappointingly full of inexplicably random action and very little story, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a disappointment.  I liked Graceling and Fire and need something to read while I wait for Bitterblue to come out.  Got any good fantasy recs?


Connie Keller said...

No recommendations. But I really like the flying heroine who gives full-body tackles. That's the way I like to imagine myself. I just wish it were true...

Alison Miller said...

I am the worst person to recommend fantasy, since I hardly read it, but I LOVED the Warner cartoon. Awesome.

ali cross said...

Oh man. I'm thinking but I'm coming up blank. I have Danyelle Leafty's books on the brain today. Maybe Catspell? It's not the same as GRACELING, but ... anyway, that's all my brain is kicking out right now.

Loved the drawings Alz!

Anonymous said...

Love the drawings (as usual).
The one about SHATTER ME makes me want to read the book like NOW!

M Pax said...

I love the doodles, especially the woman flying with the badass trowel.

Emy Shin said...

Have you read Megan Whalen Turner's THE QUEEN'S THIEF series? The first book, THE THIEF, can technically be classified as MG, but the rest of the series (there are currently 4 -- but it's a peculiar kind of series) is solidly YA.

It's basically my favorite series ever (though I think you'll enjoy the later books more than THE THIEF). If you do read it, don't read the summaries for the later books! They're full of spoilers. And such a large part of this series hinge on the readers not knowing how things end.

Lydia Kang said...

I love that your eyes are all twisty corkscrews. What exactly is the cartoon Alz drinking these days?

Hmm. Don't have any more fantasy books right now. I'll get back to you if something pops into my tired brain.

Anonymous said...

These cartoons are awesome. You ladies are quite talented with the doodling, blogging, and reading. You've also made me curious about these books, since I haven't read them, but I have one or two of them.

shelly said...

How about Lorelie Bell's, Vampire Ascending. It's fantasy and really good. The main character, Sabrina, is 21 and is a touch clairvoyant.

Veronica and Thomas said...

The Juliet one was spot on! I could see or maybe I have seen my 17 year old hockey sons doing that exact thing:)

Yahong Chi said...

LOLOL OH YOUR DOODLES. Love the Warner one, but I actually liked Brightly Woven, so I'm going to skip commenting on that. :D

How about Luminous by Dawn Metcalf? I really loved that one, though other people had more mixed things to say about it.

Golden Eagle said...

I laughed out loud at these!

Have you read the Beka Cooper Trilogy by Tamora Pierce? I know I've read other good Fantasy, but I can't think of any off the top of my head. Except for what I've read by Diana Wynne Jones--I haven't come across a story by her I didn't like.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Great doodles!
I just finished CHIME and I'm still not over how awesome it is.