Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
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ICO: Castle in the Mist

ICO: Castle in the Mist (Haikasoru) - Miyuki Miyabe I am so supposed to be reviewing Among the Brave right now, but I can’t get this book out of my head. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to just start over and read it all again. It gave me that feeling in the pit of my stomach that I just wouldn’t be able to read anything else, because this left my emotions so knotted. I couldn’t believe it was over because I just wanted more.I’ll tell you know this will probably be a long review, because once I start talking about Ico, game or book, I can really ramble. So please bear with me!Anybody who knows me, outside of just this blog, know how much I love Ico. I first played the game in December, and I completely fell in love. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life, and no other game had ever left me feeling so wonderful. The story of deep friendship and love and selflessness reminded me of Avril Lavigne’s “This Innocence” –“it’s so beautiful, it makes you want to cry.” Ico was the first game I’d ever played that truly felt real to me. If you want to read/hear more ramblings from me on this game, just feel free to ask me any time–I always enjoy talking about it!Anyway, onto the book! If you’ve played Ico, don’t expect this book to be a word for word account of the game, because it isn’t. Ico is a puzzle game and therefore, would probably make for an incredibly boring book! However, Miyabe took the Ico that we know and love and made it deep. She did all sorts of things and connected it to the game seamlessly. This book has a 5/5+, because if I could give it more than five stars, I would.When I start talking about something I really, truly love, sometimes my thoughts don’t make any sense. I apologize for that in advance, and hope you can make some sense of what I’m trying to convey! I’ll also reference the game a lot, since comparisons between game and book are a large part of what made this so spectacular.Read more?