Monthly Archives: July 2016

Orphan Black Helsinki by by Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, Heli Kennedy, Denton J. Tipton

Fans of the series will likely enjoy this tale of the Helsinki clones. For me, the lack of attention to detail, rather incoherent story and lack of a really strong story arc left a very flat experience. Orphan Black Helsinki … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, graphic novel, urban fantasy, YA | Leave a comment

Brace For Impact by Peter Pigott

Brace For Impact is a thorough but brief examination of air crash incidents and safety in Canadian history. Although some crashes outside of Canada are mentioned, most are purely for reference to laws, regulations, similar incidents, or pressures put on … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, non fiction, nonfiction | Leave a comment

Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand

Sanderson is known for his intricate and original magic concepts and that creativity is definitely to be found in White Sand. And certainly the artwork is intricate and full of detail and originality. Yet taken as a whole, this never … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, Fantasy, graphic novel | Leave a comment

Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu , Sana Takeda

Monstress combines beautiful and intricate drawings with a very layered and nuanced story. But it is also extremely dense with answers to the many mysteries doled out very miserly. As such, it is both fascinating and disenfranchising at the same … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, Fantasy, graphic novel | 1 Comment

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White is a lovely retelling of the classic fairy tale, this time placing the setting in 1920s New York City. Phelan cleverly updates several aspects of the tale while still keeping the sweetness of the inspiration material intact. Nearly … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, children's, graphic novel | Leave a comment

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey

Spells of Blood and Kin is a slow burn dark urban fantasy layered in tones of grief, depression, and inexorable loneliness. Author Humphrey throws out the book on urban fantasy; but at the same time, the oppressive darkness and anticlimactic … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, urban fantasy | Leave a comment

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise is a dark but also quirky fantasy featuring very dry humor and a lot of violence. Those with a trigger about graphic torture might find it a bit much; granted, the humor and oafishness of the characters … Continue reading

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, Fantasy | Leave a comment