Monthly Archives: July 2014

Blue Morning Volume 5 by Shoko Hidaka

Volume 5 takes the political game deep as Akihito and Tomoyuki set plans in motion and maneuver through the imperial restoration landscape.  The romance is put on hold since most of the volume takes place at a gala thrown by … Continue reading

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Blightborn (Heartland Trilogy 2) by Chuck Wendig

Blightborn was a surprise; although I enjoyed the first Heartland book, I admittedly didn’t love it. I worried that the second book would be more of the same: brash Homer Hickman type young hero fighting oppression and making a lot … Continue reading

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Out of the Black by Evan Currie

Out Of The Black is an exuberant, action-packed, and wildly fun conclusion to the Odyssey One series.  Although not all our questions were answered and the door was left open to continue a new series in the same world, we … Continue reading

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Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

The worldbuilding continues to be the standout in this final volume of the Something Strange and Deadly Series. Although overall very uneven in tone and characters, the sheer imagination and inventiveness really made this a standout. I also greatly respect … Continue reading

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Prototype by M.D. Waters

This duology (Archetype and Prototype) tops my favorite read list of 2014.  A mixture of compelling storyline, very human characters, a complex plot, and plenty of action propel an intelligent, feisty, but very strong female protagonist. And at its heart … Continue reading

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World War One: 1914-1918 by Alan Cowsill and Lalit Kumar Sharma

World War One: 1915-1918 is a well researched historical graphic novel recounting the War To End All Wars from the perspective of two British soldiers. Their stories are chronologically interspersed with major events/battles as well as tales from other soldiers.  … Continue reading

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Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

I had wanted to read this as soon as I saw the publication release.  The Boxer Rebellion is a sad footnote of Chinese history and I had never seen it addressed in such a unique way.  Author Yang draws from … Continue reading

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