Monthly Archives: October 2019

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1) by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper is a gentle slice of life tale that takes an organic approach to developing the romance. Laconic, using empty space and wordless panels well, we see the unfolding relationship between two boys in a British school grow and develop … Continue reading

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Seven Days: Monday – Sunday by Venio Tachibana, Rihito Takarai

Seven Days is a nicely understated slice of life type of romance that takes its time to tell a story right. Most of the characters are fairly laid back and this offsets the time frame rush of only one week … Continue reading

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Teemu Selanne: My Life by Ari Mennander, Teemu Selanne

This book feels very much like one of Teemu Selanne’s friends needed some income and so the hockey star agreed to help him write a biography he could sell. By this, I mean the writing (or translation) here is extremely … Continue reading

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Ooku The Hidden Chambers Volume 16 by Fumi Yoshinaga

As the series winds up to the Meiji Restoration, I am still struck by how creative and imaginative Fumi Yoshinaga has been in this unique retelling of Japanese history. For those who don’t know the key events in Japan from … Continue reading

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Quick & Healthy by The American Cancer Society

This is exactly what you want to see in a cookbook: nicely formatted and easy-to-follow recipes, each with their own large photograph. Tips are given on various recipes (from washing hands after handling bell peppers to prevent irritation to where … Continue reading

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The Incredible Teenage Brain by Bettina Hohnen, Jane Gilmour, Tara Murphy

The Incredible Teenage Brain has an underlying philosophy: putting a positive spin on the teenage years by reminding parents that although teens are frustrating, it is a part of their biological and physical maturation and development into a self sufficient … Continue reading

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Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

To enjoy this second book in the series, you have to REALLY turn off your brain. It gets silly, highly unbelievable, and surprisingly ludicrous. That isn’t to say that you won’t like the characters; just that the plot and world … Continue reading

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Arroyo by Chip Jacobs

Arroyo is definitely a distinct animal: a fictionalized historical of the city in 1914 and then in 1994 with a healthy dose of mystical realism. Author Jacobs gives us a deus ex machina character, creates ways for him to interact … Continue reading

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The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man by Rod Duncan

As soon as I received this, I dropped every other book I was reading and then binge-read through the entire night to finish. This has been one of my favorite series and although I am sad that it is definitely … Continue reading

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Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I enjoyed the previous series by these two authors and this new duologyu follows the formula of a teen aged pair in a sci fi setting and their two perspectives. In this case, we have an uptight English scholar and … Continue reading

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson

I had been to Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge (GE) during the opening week in June of 2019 and so had a chance to experience the land before learning about it through the book. Then this week, I went again to Disneyland … Continue reading

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Ivory Apples by Lisa Goldstein

This is a very difficult book to review for the simple reason that although it was well written and engaging, it was also unrelentingly dreary. There were no redeeming moments, no characters I liked or wanted to root for, and … Continue reading

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10 Dance #1 by by Satoh Inoue

In this first volume, we are introduced to two very different but world class dancers, each with the same first name. Shinya Sugiki is a very traditional and old fashioned uptight ballroom dancer. He is elegant, precise, and composed. Shinya … Continue reading

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