Monthly Archives: March 2017

Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

I have to admit to a great deal of ambivalence about Defy The Stars. Yes, as far as YA romantic sci fi goes, I can see why many would enjoy this adventure of our strong-willed heroine and her hunky android. … Continue reading

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Go Slow by Michael Owen

As a biography, Go Slow is an easy read that rarely gets bogged down or goes off on tangents. The author sticks to the chronological history with a focus on the recordings/films/tv roles rather than Julie London’s personal life. But … Continue reading

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World Trigger 15 by Daisuke Ashihara

With World Trigger 15, we go fully into the Galapoula infiltration arc. This means new triggers, new battles, and new ways that our Border agents can distinguish themselves. Of course, the real reason to read is to see how Jin’s … Continue reading

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My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen by David Clawson

Admittedly, I did not enjoy reading My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen as much I had expected. While the dialogue is crisp, often quite funny, it was also unrealistic and none of the characters ever really felt fleshed out … Continue reading

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The Water Dragon’s Bride by Rei Toma

Those who like Rei Toma’s other series, Dawn of the Arcana, will find many of the same themes here. Oppression, adults preying on children, helplessness, moments of kindness, ambivalence, pain, and callous torment/despair. Indeed, the overall theme here in this … Continue reading

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Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk

Simply Clean is a way to approach cleaning to make it easier and less frustrating. Author Rapinchuk zeroes in on the big problem with housecleaning: it’s easy to let it snowball until tasks become a day long episode of unfriendly … Continue reading

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Shadow Run by by AdriAnne Strickland, Michael Miller

Shadow Run fits into the category of Romantic Sci Fi rather than Sci Fi with a touch of romance. Depending on your preferences, that distinction will become important since the focus really is on the romance rather than the sci … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 8 by Aya Shouoto

This was quite a thrilling volume – I could barely turn the pages fast enough as we are given a fascinating glimpse of Aoi’s past. Kasha, Nachi, Ise, and the Nue are all prominent as Himari is sent on a … Continue reading

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Requiem Of The Rose King Volume 6 by Aya Kanno

With volume 6, we come to the events of the Battle of Barnet. Kanno captures the chaos of the early morning foggy rout, the confusion and false cries of traitors, and how the Lancastrians often ended up killing their own … Continue reading

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Maid Sama 2-In-1 Volume 8

After 16 volumes, you’d think Fujiwara would have plumbed the depths already and come up empty. But 15 and 16 were a surprise as both Usui and Misaki have to deal with the ghosts of their pasts. There are, of … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise 2 by Ryoko Fukuyama

Now that the story was established in volume 1, of course we can delve more into the glamour, fashion, and pressures of the music industry as Momo agrees to join Yuzu’s band. But, surprising no one, Momo suddenly appears and … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise 1 by Ryoko Fukuyama

Anonymous Noise begins with the time honored shoujo manga cliche of girl meeting her ‘love’ at a very young age, he/she moves away, and then when starting high school, he suddenly appears very changed and not the same person (but, … Continue reading

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Ten Count Volume 4 by Rihito Takarai

With volume 4, we’re given Shirotani’s backstory as well as tantalizing hints that all is not perfect with Kurose, either. And in contrast to volume 3, there is less sex and more plot to follow. Readers hoping to understand Shirotani … Continue reading

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Ten Count Volume 3 by Rihito Takarai

I have to appreciate the risks taken by Viz/Sublime in bringing this title to the West; it flouts so many Western conventions and is a title that is very much rooted in Japanese culture. The themes here are uncomfortable and … Continue reading

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Echoes by Mike Richardson Gabriel Guzman, Java Tartaglia

Echoes is a book that looks to have begun from a short story. The writing and illustrations are solid, if not quite unique, and the story flows smoothly. If at times it felt like it could have been even shorter, … Continue reading

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Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

It was around 60% that I just had to stop reading Garden of Thorns. What I had hoped would be a darker, edgier, and perhaps deeper YA fantasy ended up being a wooden, unbelievable sop-fest of a romance disguised as … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

I have to admit I found Secrets of a Reluctant Princess to be far too formulaic to keep my interest. There have been some GREAT geek YA novels lately (e.g.,The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and the fantastic The Only … Continue reading

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Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan

If you are deciding whether or not to read the book, likely you saw the movie and either liked it or were curious to learn more about the setting. Unfortunately, as either a classic of science fiction or as a … Continue reading

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Everybody Had An Ocean by William McKeen

With Everybody Had An Ocean, we get all the good and none of the bad that can plague the nonfiction historical genre: the writing is clean, precise, and friendly, the book stays on topic and rarely veers off on tangents, … Continue reading

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Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

There have been some great graphic novels in the past five years set in the American Great Depression period of history. With Soupy leaves home, Cecil Castellucci explores the surprisingly close and self-regulated society of 1930s hobos and how they … Continue reading

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