Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

The Call is a grim but very original take on Irish mythology, creating an atmospheric read with nuanced characters. The feel is dystopian and unfortunately there will likely be parallels drawn to e.g., Hunger Games. But the roots of this … Continue reading

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Burning Bright by Melissa McShane

Burning Bright was a pleasant surprise and one of my favorite reads this year. Author McShane avoids so many of the usual cliches in the romance/historical romance/fantasy genre to give us wonderful but nicely nuanced characters in a brisk adventure. … Continue reading

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Breath of Earth by Beth Cato

Here’s the thing about Beth Cato’s books: there is insta luv romance, they are well written, the ‘magic’ portions are interesting, historical aspects well researched, there is plenty of action, and the plot is creative. And yet, I’ve found that … Continue reading

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Into Aether by L.M. Fry

Sometimes, YA books can really hit a low by smacking every cliche on the cliche tree. With Into Aether, unfortunately, we have a really unpleasant book. Insta luv, bratty and unlikable main character, super perfect boy who inexplicably thinks poor … Continue reading

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Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby 3) by William Ritter

f the first two Jackaby books felt like ‘case of the week’ mini arcs, it is in this third book that the sinister main arc reveals itself. Returning to the atmosphere of the first book, little things now become tantalizing … Continue reading

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Orange Planet 1 by Haruka Fukushima

There’s bland – and then there’s confusing, pointless, unrealistic, and boringly bland. This falls squarely into the latter category: a complete waste of time with an idiot protagonist, stupid boys, and plot-by-numbers harem romance. Perhaps 8 year old girls love … Continue reading

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Tokyo Ghoul 8 by Sui Ishida

With Tokyo Ghoul 8, we get the full backstory on Touka and Ayato, the renewed Kaneki, and boss fights with Owl. Ishida carefully weaves pathos into his story of the siblings and their tragic upbringing. Love, betrayal, and conflict are … Continue reading

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