Monthly Archives: April 2017

Asp of Ascension by B R Myers

Asp of Ascension clearly has roots in Nancy Drew – but updated for the modern middle schooler to include hunky love interests (in multiples) who fall for the way she smells, her eyes, her hair, etc. Which wouldn’t be a … Continue reading

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Finder Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Ayano Yamane

With Finder Deluxe Edition, you get a couple of chapters of the main story and then some side stories. The common theme is nonconsental sex – and that’s pretty much it. The artwork is serviceable, if a bit dated, but … Continue reading

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Golden Kamuy 1 by Satoru Noda

Golden Kamuy is a more adult take on historical events of the early 20th century in Northern Japan – specifically Hokkaido. Using a milieu very little told/known, it is the story of the survivors of the Russo-Japan war (1904-1905) as … Continue reading

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After Hours Volume 1 by Yuhta Nishio

After Hours is a slice of life manga that isn’t interested in going places so much as exploring where people are at the moment. We have the very typical naive and ‘normal’ main character who finds a wild and crazy … Continue reading

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Trail of the Dead by Joseph Bruchac

As much as I really enjoyed Killer of Enemies, this second book felt very much like a “second in the series” let down. Not much happens, most felt like filler, and there’s a lot of words just to set up … Continue reading

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Return of the Earl by Sandra Schwab

Return of the Earl is a book in search of a plot. I’m not sure how Schwab managed to fill a full novel with pretty much nothing, but the story never goes anywhere and nothing really happens. The Earl returns, … Continue reading

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Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

Incriminating Dating suffers from a lack of originality and spark. So much of the book feels manufactured, including plot and characters. In using the very tired YA device of ‘fake boyfriend’, author Purdy would have really needed to create some … Continue reading

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