Category Archives: Fantasy

The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri

I had not read Schwab’s novels and looked to this in the hopes of being an introduction to the series (since it was a prequel). And while I wasn’t lost, it’s clear that the world building was not fleshed out … Continue reading

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Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku by Yuji Kaku

This series continues to impress – creepy, atmospheric, strong characterizations, and a story that you really don’t know where it will go. Although the focus on the first book was the pairing of Gabimaru and Sagiri, we are also given … Continue reading

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and Illustrated by Bernadette

I think readers will be divided into two categories: 1) those familiar with only the Disney version and therefore did not know that the original does not have a happy ending and b) those who have read the Andersen original … Continue reading

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Unravel the Desk by Elizabeth Lim

It’s rare: but sometimes a sequel really outdoes the first volume. With Unravel the Dusk, Elizabeth Lim took a good book and made it even better. Main character Maya’s voice stays strong and resolute, never falters in her conviction, and … Continue reading

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Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold

Knife Children is a novel set in Bujold’s Sharing Knife world. While I love most of her books, this series has never been my cup of tea. Still, I enjoyed this installment perhaps more than the full-length novels in the … Continue reading

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Xena: Road Warrior by Vitga Ayala and Olympia Sweetman

This new graphic novel is comprised of six comic-book-length stories, each having its own story but also a strong overall arc that carries through the entire series. I loved Xena the TV series and while it has been some time … Continue reading

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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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