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Kelly Zekas

Autor(a) de These Vicious Masks

4+ Works 515 Membros 42 Críticas


Obras por Kelly Zekas

These Vicious Masks (2016) — Autor — 380 exemplares, 31 críticas
These Ruthless Deeds (2017) — Autor — 76 exemplares, 4 críticas
These Vengeful Souls (2018) — Autor — 40 exemplares, 2 críticas
Championess (2021) 19 exemplares, 5 críticas

Associated Works

Color outside the Lines: Stories about Love (2019) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares, 5 críticas


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#OrlandoLex read - well well well. I greatly enjoyed this book! Evelyn and I would get along swimmingly I think. I didn't quite guess the secret, but was pleased none the less.
lexilewords | 30 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |
I love how masterful and expressive the artwork is. Some of the language, including the curses, feels a bit out of place. But who am I? I’m no historian. The dialogue was snappy and fun too; I loved Elisabeth and Stokes was a favorite.

Once the big fight happens, the tension holds throughout well.

Anyway, worth the read.
DestDest | 4 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2022 |
Spectacular book, based on real figure from the early 1700s, Elizabeth Wilkinson.

I'm not sure how to feel about it -- as a book, I loved it -- from Elizabeth's fighting spirit that never gives up, to her toughness, to the thought-provoking alternate stories about poverty and racism -- it's a powerful work, and it inspired me to learn more about the history behind the work.

That's where it gets a little sticky for me -- not much is known about Elizabeth Wilkinson, aside from her published boasts and a little bit about her career, including the fact that she didn't lose to Hannah Hyfield, and she did marry her promoter, Stokes. Interestingly, she seems to have been one of the most famous figures in boxing during her lifetime, eclipsing even Figg. I get where the bare bones of her life are sacrificed to write an engaging story that will resonate with American teenagers. However, there is no evidence on her racial background. There is no association with debtor's prison. And feelings about race in Britain were very different when her story took place -- so this feels quite manufactured to me in a way that does not respect the history it is based on, or even the location.

Is this an effective book? Yes! Is it a great platform to talk about race and gender? Also yes! Is it truly based on the life of Elizabeth Wilkinson? Nope. And that begs the question -- it is erasure when you fictionalize a life to the extent that this one is fictionalized? Or it it meant to be twist on a retelling, that honors her spirit above all?
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jennybeast | 4 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2022 |
I got about halfway through and my ambivalent feelings about this story remained. Too... flat, I think -- flat characters, plot a little weak, I suspect a highly unrealistic love triangle emerging, and a painfully obvious betrayal, but I just don't care enough to read more. It could be me. I seem to be developing higher standards in my fluff, and not a lot is pleasing me right now.
jennybeast | 30 outras críticas | Apr 14, 2022 |



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