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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Raised-Bed Gardening For Beginners by Tammy Wylie

Although I found the book informative, I also wish it had been been illustrated/photographed. There is a lot of great information but it can be very difficult to actually build a planter based off one or two cartoony illustrations. The … Continue reading

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Between the Water and the Woods by Simone Snaith

Between The Water and the Woods is a beautifully written story that feels more like an ageless fable than a contemporary novel. The characters are nuanced and the plot is filled with action and adventure. Unlike many books targeting a … Continue reading

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A Dress For The Wicked by Autumn Krause

I can see the appeal of this book: it reads like a Project Runway season, has the typical YA overidealized heroine and hero, a strong Christian underpinning, undemanding writing, girls being catty with each other for ‘drama’, and current “Lifetime … Continue reading

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The Oddmire Book 1: Changeling by William Ritter

The Oddmire, Book 1: Changeling is a quick read full of fascinating creatures and interesting characters. Because we are never given a date or location, it has a timeless feel, both modernly relatable but quintessentially old fashioned. The atmosphere is … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland 11 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

With this chapter, we close out the Goldy Pond arc. Will they defeat the demons? Will all the kids survive? What about the seriously injured ones? It may not be the sweet victory hoped for if they lose loved ones … Continue reading

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The Way Of The Househuband by Kousuke Oono

I am going to have to assume this gets funny in future volumes because I just didn’t see much of a hook in this first volume. Our gangster protagonist is incredibly earnest in his househusband duties – so much so … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House 14 by Aya Shouto

With this volume, we end the arc at Kasha’s mansion and head into the final arc of the series. As a result, there are a LOT of answers/background information given finally: Aoi’s connection to Kasha, more on the history of … Continue reading

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