Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell

With Shattered Spear, the world of Midway draws to a close as Iceni and Drakon work their hardest to create a unified and cohesive power base to protect their system. Many of the loose strings (Morgan, the child, Iceni’s former … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

I think this is aimed squarely at the less demanding YA readers – perhaps those that enjoy Dan Brown or the Twilight series. Because honestly, it’s all pretty silly and with some majorly obvious and really bad logic holes. I … Continue reading

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Toni Tennille a Memoir by Toni Tennille

What Toni Tennille gives us with her memoir is a gentle tale of a gentle person. Born and raised in the deep South to upper middle class parents, she’s too much of a lady to kiss and tell. But at … Continue reading

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The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

Sometimes, you find a series so great, you wonder why it isn’t the next Harry Potter. Because truly, The Lockwood series has all the things that made Harry Potter great: intricate plot and worldbuilding, intriguing characters, a fascinating story, and … Continue reading

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Long May She Reign by Rihannon Thomas

Although this may look like YA fantasy, what we have with Long May She Reign is more murder mystery than action/adventure as our heroine seeks to solve crimes through science and beakers. The worldbuilding makes for an uncomfortable melange of … Continue reading

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Author Spooner made several smart choices with this retelling of Beauty and the Beast: Russian folklore is mixed with hard fantasy to give a very unique story. The Beast is feral, the sisters good hearted, and the suitor for our … Continue reading

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Miss Ellicott’s School For The Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

Sage Blackwood is definitely an author at the top of her game as she gives us yet another intriguing children’s fantasy, this time a stand alone. And although middle grade is likely the target audience, the themes and nuances make … Continue reading

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

With this second book, author Albertalli assuredly demonstrates that she deserves all the accolades and plaudits from last year’s Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Her writing is assured, snappy, and with an endearing romanticsm that almost borders on magical … Continue reading

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Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill

Whether you like this or not likely will come down to your trope tolerance. Because honestly, there’s nothing new here in this soppy romance of a YA fantasy and it manages to hit every branch on the cliche tree as … Continue reading

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Ooku volume 13 by Fumi Yoshinaga

I am continually impressed at how Yoshinaga has managed to create such an incredible story but through the manga form. History that is painstakingly researched – from medicine to astronomy, social to political, rich and poor alike – yet also … Continue reading

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World Trigger 14 by Daisuke Ashihara

With World Trigger 14, we see the consequences of the last rank war in which T2 lost to the higher ranked B squads. Mikumo is doing soul searching while Enedorad is grudgingly giving information about Aftokrator. Some big changes are … Continue reading

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Gangsta: Cursed Volume 1 by Kohske and Kamo

With cursed, Kohske’s former assistant Syuhei Kamo takes the reins to create an origin/background story for the human Marco Adriano. Although Kohske is the inspiration, Kamo does a superb job of capturing the look and especially feel of the Gangsta … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 7 by Aya Shouoto

Wow. Seriously, this volume was such a payoff for the slowly building storyline that Shouoto has so carefully crafted. We finally get Aoi’s story and learn how he became entrapped in Momochi House – and why. As well, there is … Continue reading

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Honey So Sweet 5 by Amu Meguro

With so many shoujo titles, it can all be about the couple getting together and then plenty of misunderstandings and rivals. But with this volume 5 of Honey So Sweet, the focus is on the slowly developing relationship. Even after … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Getting Married 3 by Izumi Miyazono

With Volume 3, I am finding the same cliches used create drama in a relationship: former girlfriend, good looking new rival, and circumstance creating ‘great misunderstandings’. The title is very sweet and certainly I appreciate that lead character Asuka is … Continue reading

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Bandette Volume 3: House of the Green Mask by Tobin and Coover

Bandette 3: House of the Golden Mask continues Tobin’s and Coover’s wonderful tale of chocolate and larceny. What might have become a one-trick pony is instead saved by smart story choices and character growth. There are surprises/twists at the end … Continue reading

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Requiem of the Rose King 5 by Aya Kanno

Aya Kanno’s take on the War of the Roses continues with the coronation of Henry VI. The art shines but the focus is, as always, on Richard’s inner monologue as the political and social scene continues to change in a … Continue reading

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Afterschool Charisma 3 by Kumiko Suekane

I wish I found Afterschool Charisma more interesting. Even with this third volume, when the plot FINALLY gets moving, the characters are still soone-dimensional and rather insipid. Our clones of famous leaders don’t really exhibit any brilliant skills and the … Continue reading

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Ten Count 2 by Rihito Takarai

While the first volume of Ten Count was about Shirotani and Kurose orbiting around each other, this second volume definitely focuses on the relationship. Takarai isn’t looking for a romance so much as an exploration of a different kind of … Continue reading

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Bleach 68 by Tite Kubo

Although this last battle has continued for quite awhile and has Kubo’s trademark wide character array, the action is still brilliant and the artwork superb. There are several twists here in volume 68 and an ultimate sacrifice by one of … Continue reading

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