Monthly Archives: July 2019

World Trigger 19 by Daisuke Ashihara

World Trigger 19 is a welcome return of the series. Author/illustrator Daisuke Ashihara took a medical leave for 1-1/2 years (volume 18 was released 1/18) and details that journey in an aside in this volume. The series moved from being … Continue reading

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The Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Although it was great to see a YA dystopian novel again, Crown of Oblivion suffers from a lot of the issues that plagued so many in the past: glaring logic holes, my inability to suspend disbelief, and questionable characterizations. It … Continue reading

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Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan

Although I appreciated the amount of knowledge, good writing, and passion that must have gone into this book (and its world building/other novels), I often found myself either bored or disinterested. The conceit of solely using letters/notes/communiques is not new … Continue reading

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Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

This ticks a lot of boxes for YA readers: a protagonist with strength of character, an intriguing emo love interest, and a fascinating world that mixes bits of Aladdin and Mulan. What starts as a standard “Project Runway” type of … Continue reading

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Ghost Signs by Frank Mastropolo

Ghost Signs is a wonderful tour of New York City, as told from old business signs (most painted and now fading on the side of walls, but also plaques, marks, scrollwork, etc.). Each sign’s business/original owner is nicely researched, giving … Continue reading

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Levius by Haruhisa Nakata

Levius takes place in an alternate history type of world in which World War 1 happened differently and the advent of developing steam technology affected the entire world. It is a thoughtful, almost meditative piece on the nature of war, … Continue reading

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

As soon as you find out that the main quest is the search for a mystical alchemical cure-all that takes our characters across Europe, you get the idea that this isn’t your typical Georgian romance. In fact, this bucks nearly … Continue reading

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