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Contemporary Fantasy Review: The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta

Egalley courtesy of Hyperion

Synopsis from Goodreads
CURRENT STATUS: No job, no boyfriend, no permanent place to live, no car, and most of my clothes are held together with staples and duct tape. Bank account almost wiped out. Many of my former associates have expressed a desire that I never darken their doorways again for legal and financial reasons.

She-Hulk got us got us kicked out of the Avengers Mansion. People keep posting videos online of her New Year's Eve shenanigans: twirling, flaming telephone poles in Times Square, climbing the Empire State Building while dangling Anderson Cooper, dancing wildly at parties, and commandeering a motorcycle cop's ride to do wheelies across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Saying there are two sides to Jennifer Walters's personality is an understatement. When she hasn't morphed into a 650-pound, crime-fighting, hard-partying superhero, she's a single lawyer trying to get her act together. Hilarious and action-packed, The She-Hulk Diaries tells her story, as she juggles looking for Mr. Right and climbing the corporate ladder by day with battling villains and saving the world by night. Maybe she'll finally take on a case that will define her career. Maybe she won't meet one Mr. Right, but two, and she'll have to choose. Maybe bad guys will stop trying to destroy the planet so she can read her Perez Hilton in peace.

"An absolute delight. Those who are unfamiliar with Bruce Banner's wayward cousin are in for a treat . . . Whether you like She-Hulk straight up, comedic, or a combination of both, The She-Hulk Diaries is the She-Hulk endeavor for you." --Peter David, long-time writer of The Incredible Hulk, She-Hulk, and X-Factor and author of Pulling Up Stakes

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I  find it really amusing that every time Marta writes a new book the reviews go extremely polar from hate to love. The reason is that she has a very specific writing style and sense of humour, so you either like her or not.

I adore Marta's books. Every single one. She is hilarious, extravagant and very nerdy. What's not to love? And The She-Hulk Diaries is Marta at her best. 

Dahlia took out her phone. "What's Tony Stark's phone number?"
"That is a high-security number. I am not authorized to release it."
She glared t me with those scary turquoise contacts, and I caved and told her. "You can't call him! What are you going to say?"
She sucked in her cheeks and after a moment told me, "Eetz ringing. Here is hiz message," and then she pitched her voice higher and said, "Toneeee, zees eez Claudette. You must dream of how we had ze most spendid ooh, la la. I am missing ze, how you say, ze cycle, and you are ze papa! Alorz, I ham talking to my attorneez today. You weell be zo happy with le famileee, Toneee. Sink of a name.Je adore Hasselhoff. Hasselhoff Stark!"
I was laughing so hard that my margarita went up my nose, which Dahlia thought was hilarious. Finally, I said, "It won't work. He'll never believe it because..." But how do you tell someone your genius ex-boyfriend invented microscopic nanobots to retrieve wayward sperm?You don't.

Jennifer Walters is a very talented high-end attorney but her alter ego, Shulky, is an enormous, vivacious, party-loving green monster who constantly ruins her plans for a normal life. So when She-Hulk is kicked out from The Avengers mansion and reduced to policing New York, Jen had enough. 

She makes a list of Valentine's Day resolutions and slowly goes through it with much hilarity and total chaos in the process. 

Be ready for constant stream of sharp-tongued excellent humour, sarcastic best friends, nerdy blind dates, fight with evil Doctors, rock-star chemists, starring court appearances and perfect hair-does. It all will be worth it in the end, peeps!

The rock-star is unbelievably hot, the tension between him and Jen is of the best type: some old history, some misunderstanding, some good old hatred and a lot of sexy sparks. Marta being Marta writes all these wonderful hits for the rock-star, which I can't help but absolutely adore.

I'll crawl from the primordial sludge
For you.
I'll give up my gills and prehensile appendage
For you.
I'll invent the wheel, I'll discover fire
Inspired by desire,
For you, for you.
I'll draw your pictograph on cave walls
I'll slay T.Rex with a sharp rock,
And all to win your heart.
Overall, The She-Hulk Diaries is a pure joy to read. And it's worth it just to see Jen taking a piss out of Tony Stark. *grinning* Highly recommended.

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Всё-таки Марта - это мой автор. Восхищаюсь и хохочу я над всем, что выходит из под её пера. Вот и в этот раз её Дневники Женщины-Халка подарили мне несколько часов острого юмора, прекраснейших главных персонажей и занимательной истории.

Дженнифер Уолтерс - очень успешный, высококласный криминальный адвокат, однако у неё есть тайная сторона, 250-килограммовый зелёный монстр, шальная чертовка Шалки, она же Женщина-Халк, одна из супергероинь Нью-Йорка. Шалки любит вечеринки, отчаянно флиртует, гоняется за злодеями и в процессе уничтожает большой количество имущества, за что её собственно говоря и выселили из особняка Авенджеров (Мстителей).

Джен устала от выходок Шалки, так что она составляет список достижений, которыми она должна начать заниматься с 14 февраля, и в процессе находит новое место работы, начинает шумный криминальный процесс над фармакологической компанией, ходит на знакомство вслепую, ловит негодяев, встречает старую любовь - роскошнейшего сексуального рок-звезду химика и вполне возможно мимоходом спасает родной город...

Очень смешно, интересно и читается взахлёб. Сразу предупреждаю, что Марта приходится по вкусу не всем, что видно по количеству негативных рецензий на Гудридс, однако я её авторский стиль ну очень люблю. Читайте!


Blodeuedd said...

Acosta is so fun! I should totally get this one

Mel said...

This sounds like great fun! :-)

Aurian said...

It sure sounds like fun, but I don't think it is for me. Glad you love it so much though.

Melliane said...

I didn't know this one but I'm curious now. thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh my god! I need these. I love the clips you have here. :D Thank yoU!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Gals, you have to try Acosta! Even if you end up not liking her. She is fab!

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