Category Archives: urban fantasy

Small Favors by Colleen Coover

What Small Favors lacks in storytelling, it more than makes up for in charm and joy. Freed completely from any patriarchal restraints whatsoever, what we have is a series of short vignettes that have one goal in mind: find reasons … Continue reading

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The Backstagers Act 1 by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh

The Backstages is a difficult one for me to review; this is a short first introductory issue that pretty much sets up the premise of the series (magical realism, friendships, bonding, lots of drama) that may or may not get … Continue reading

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Mer by Joelle Sellner

In trying to sum up Mer, I couldn’t help but think that this is the mermaid verison of Twilight – but dumbed down even further for graphic novel format. The plot is silly, the characters unrealistic, the romance forced, the … Continue reading

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Heartstone by Elle Katherine White

Heartstone follows the trend of so many Austen-inspired novels: the outline of the plot is intact but so much of the charm and wit of the inspiration material is completely missing. In this modern age of ‘tell but fail to … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale is a very well written and well researched story of the change from paganism to Christianity in historic Russia. In fact, I had a hard time discerning if this was more historical, magical realism, or … Continue reading

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Busou Renkin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Not having read Watsuki’s more famous work, Rurouni Kenshin, I came into this first book with a clean slate. And I have to admit, I was fairly underwhelmed. The story fails to find any new ground: a bog standard ‘shounen’ … Continue reading

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Princess Resurrection 1 by Yasunori Mitsunaga

With Princess Resurrection, we have a story we’ve seen a thousand times: Hapless but genial high school boy meets random sexy tsundere supernatural princess; hijinks ensue. I’d like to say that there is something even remotely original here but I … Continue reading

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