Well why didn't I think of doing this sooner....here is my first book related review. Now this is the first novel I ever gotten when I started working at a book store...I am Princess X by Cherie Preist. So hang on there is going to be some glitches....
The premise is a girl and her (recently deceased) friend used to work own their little comic project featuring a ballroom gown, converse wearing, and katana wielding princess...the titular Princess X. However, the friend is involved in tragic accident...Princess X dies with her. One day, the protagonist spots something very familiar....Princess X and an entire underground webcomic featuring her and very intimate details only she and the friend would have known. Knowing Princess X is suppose to private, between friends creation....this starts off a "what is going on?" investigation.
What attracted me to the book first besides Princess X on the cover looking awesome, was the hybrid nature of the narrative. Since, the protagonist is investigating a webcomic, the book contains the actual comic panels so we the reader get to investigate the mystery of the webcomic. The webcomic is very well done....first we see Princess X as a childhood scribble then as a professionally done and detailed comic is a bit surreal and awesome to feel. The purple ink of the comics touch is a well nice magical touch. As for writing, the story touches upon themes of the communications gap between generations...the protagonist is trying to convince her elders that a webcomic (new media) is giving her clues and the themes of friendship. Its obvious the friends were close and the protagonist is willing to figure what happened when opportunity rings. Its a short book around over 200 pages but the highlight is the plot keeps straight to the point and very fast phased pausing to a slow, when the characters are trying to sort out/decipher clues in the comic.
In closing words.....yep this was very interesting and fun hybrid read.