Classics · Poetry · Review

Paradise Lost by John Milton | Epic Poetry with a Great Villain

I love reading a great villain, and that is what you get with Satan in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. He is actually the hero of the epic because this is mostly his story. Milton’s twelve book epic focuses on the fall of angels and man, and it shows us humanized characters that seem beyond that in theology.

Nonfiction · Review · Young Adult

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser

Do you remember the teen girls who created Tampon Run, the game where you run and throw tampons at enemies? If you don’t, you missed out on that awesome news in 2014. Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done follows Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser on their Tampon Run journey, self-discovery, and computer programming.

Graphic Novel · Nonfiction · Review

Hostage by Guy Delisle

In 1997, Christophe André was working for a humanitarian NGO in the Caucasus when he was kidnapped and held hostage by some Chechens. He finds himself trapped in a room, handcuffed to a radiator, not knowing when he will be rescued from this Hell. While trapped, he thinks about possible escape plans, keeps track of the date, and entertains himself with his knowledge of world history. Guy Delisle recounts Christophe’s story as he was told it through a graphic novel.

Children's Literature · Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke | ARC Review

I received this Advanced Reader Copy from a friend. I am aware that the hardcover came out in March, but I forgot it was on my shelf until a couple of weeks ago.

Liv Spark is transgender and is entering sixth grade at a private school. This would be fine, except that this school is the only middle school that requires uniforms and girls can only wear skirts. Worse for Liv is that he hasn’t shared with anyone why exactly this rule bothers him.

Graphic Novel · Review

Killing Stalking, Season 1 by Koogi

Yoon Bum, a scrawny, quiet boy, has a crush on the most popular guy in school and who was nice to him in the military. This crush turns into an obsession and stalking. He goes to Oh Sangwoo’s home and lets himself in. What he saw inside was a psychopath. Yoon Bum becomes Sangwoo’s prisoner. Killing Stalking, a psychological horror manhwa, follows the psychological manipulation of Bum and his twisted relationship with Sangwoo.

Nonfiction · Poetry · Review

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

This memoir/novel-in-verse tells the tale of a princess who saves herself. Told in four parts (the princess, the damsel, the queen, you), the author shares her life story in the first three parts and a message for the reader in the last. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace poetically narrates a life of survival then triumph.

I saw this book at the library on display with a fairy-tale-and-lore theme for April, and I felt in the mood to read poetry.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Shoplifter by Michael Cho

I picked up Michael Cho’s Shoplifter because I was interested in a story about an English major – five years out of college – who realizes that she has only been writing copy for an advertising and that won’t change if she continues down this path. That is an interesting premise. Sadly, the story falls short of interesting.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

About two months ago, I said something to my mom about wanting someone to write a YA book with a girl who either is in JROTC or at least wants to join the military. The universe answered, and I found Rites of Passage, by Joy N. Hensley, at the library a week later. Sam McKenna took the last dare that her brother gave her before he died: she joined the first class of girls at Denmark Military Academy. She expected the physical requirements, like push ups and mud crawls, and some hate for being one of the first female students at the school, but she didn’t expect how much some of the boys want her gone.

Classics · Review · Science Fiction

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

After the president and Congress were executed, a religious group took over what was left of the United States, renaming it the Republic of Gilead. Women are forbidden from reading and must wear the (conservative) dress that signifies their class. They no longer own property and must travel in pairs or with assigned Guardians. The only value in a woman is her ovaries. Handmaids exist only to bear children for their assigned Commanders and their barren Wives. Offred, the narrator of this tale, is a Handmaid who has grown used to the system but is disgruntled with it.

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

One Thousand and One Nights Vol. 1 by Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee

In a retelling of the famous One Thousand and One Nights, Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee reimagine it with new characters and stories from around the world. The Shahrazad of this story is a guy who disguised himself as a woman to save his sister from execution, post-consummation. With his life on the line, what stories will Sehara tell the king?