Monthly Archives: February 2020

Inverloch Volume 1 by Sarah Ellerton

The art here is clean but greatly let down by an overly-simplistic plot that never really develops into something interesting. The characters are one-dimensional, relationships feel forced, and it’s not like we haven’t seen this generic plot and world setting … Continue reading

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Oz: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, L. Frank Baum

I have to appreciate this wonderfully modern interpretation of the 1920s Oz series. With this volume, covering the 4th in the Oz books and considered the weakest in Baum’s iconic series, we have a very energetic but grounded Dorothy along … Continue reading

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Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho

I had a hard time getting into Sorcerer to the Crown. For me, I just didn’t like any of the characters and felt very frustrated by their decisions. In one way, Cho creates a very British milieu, with all the … Continue reading

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Sera and the Royal Stars, Volume 1 by Jon Tsuei, Audrey Mok, Raul Angulo, Jim Campbell

Sera and the Royal Stars Volume 1 is a beautifully illustrated tale with a strong middle Eastern/Northern Africa atmosphere. In many ways, this does for ancient Middle Eastern cultures what Avatar did for Asian: provides a magical fantasy world using … Continue reading

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Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

This is a nicely atmospheric novel featuring interesting and flawed characters and plenty of twists. The usual southern gothic touches are here: family secrets, mysterious woods, death and haunting, and plenty of mood. Although you would expect this to take … Continue reading

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Bento for Beginners by Chika Ravitch

This book lives up to the title: the recipes are easy to create, using very ordinary and easily-obtainable ingredients, but also have good flavor and interest. The cover photo gives an accurate image of what you’re likely to be making … Continue reading

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Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir

I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot – the characters were very quirky, had an authentic voice, and the milieu of the 1990s in Canada was evocatively captured. Yes, it does read very much like a Mary Sue for the … Continue reading

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