Modern Fantasy · Review

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle | eARC Review

Inspired by Christina Rossetti’s “The Goblin Market,” Molly Ringle retold it with the addition of two love interests. In Puget Sound, Washington, one young woman, Skye Darwen, remembers hearing the fairy folk when she was little and came upon them again as an adult. The goblins curse her with becoming one of them, leaving her depressed and hardly able to communicate. Livy Darwen, her older sister, tries everything to help her but grows frustrated about how this happened. Kit Sylvain would understand what happened to her because of an inherited contract that makes him the human liaison for the goblin tribe. As he starts dating Livy, he fails to notice Skye dragging his cousin, Grady Sylvain, into the curse. Left untouched by goblin magic…

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Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza Mirk is a famous author of a webcomic, Monstrous Sea, but everyone only knows her as LadyConstellation. She is perfectly happy in her anonymous world with her online friends, her monsters, and her loving-but-confused family. All of this changes when the biggest Monstrous Sea fan transfers to her high school and tries to bring her into the real world. Francesca Zappia’s Eliza and Her Monsters depicts an introverted high schooler, with a few privileges, learns how to balance her needs and interests and how to interact with people off the internet.

Modern Fantasy · Review

Nisemonogatari: Fake Tale: Part 01 by NisiOisiN

Araragi Koyomi wakes up and finds that he has been kidnapped by his girlfriend. In processing how he got there, he recounts the interactions with his sisters and his lifelong friends. He starts to uncover a plot that his middle-school-age “Fire” sisters are involved in. They feel a sense of justice and try to dish it out to people. In Koyomi’s opinion, something just feels fake about it all. NisiOisiN’s Nisemonogatari: Fake Tale: Part 01 is a light-hearted urban fantasy that focuses on Koyomi’s relationships and the trouble of teenagers in his community.

Nonfiction · Review

Trans Voices by Declan Henry

Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are, by Declan Henry, compiles the words of trans individuals and explanations of issues. The book discusses everyday experiences, transitioning, treatments, surgeries, discrimination, and legal and healthcare issues. In this book, Henry attempts to educate the cisgender population about the lives and experiences of trans individuals to increase acceptance and understanding.

Review · Science Fiction

Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin

Day of the Oprichnik, by Vladimir Sorokin, is a slice-of-life dystopian about one oprichnik in Moscow in 2028. This society runs with futuristic technology and the draconian laws of Ivan the Terrible. The oprichnina, the most feared men in the country, perform all tasks necessary to promote and protect the czar’s interests. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga, the oprichnik of concern, must crush the enemies of the state, perform his assigned tasks, attend parties, and participate in secret rituals. This Russian dystopian novel looks at the corruption and control of a futuristic society from the top down.

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida

Ghouls look like and live like humans, except they eat human flesh. Ken Kaneki is a human-Ghoul hybrid due to an accident that gave him the organs of a Ghoul. He is learning about life as a Ghoul by learning to act human, seeing the humanity in Ghouls, and avoiding contact with the “Doves,” investigators who kill and torture all Ghouls without consideration of which is good and which is bad. Volume 2 of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, is the volume that humanizes Ghouls.

Poetry · Review · Science Fiction

Mini Reviews: ‘Radi Os’ and ‘Paradises Lost’

I am writing mini reviews for the first time. To start my first mini reviews off, the theme is Paradise Lost because the books I’m reviewing are adaptations (as they were called in my class) of Milton’s epic. The first that I will review is Radi Os by Ronald Johnson. It’s blackout poetry of the first four books… Continue reading Mini Reviews: ‘Radi Os’ and ‘Paradises Lost’

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1, by Sui Ishida | Accept It. Humans Are Delicious.

Society contains humans and Ghouls, who look and behave like humans most of the time. One problem: the Ghouls must eat humans to survive. Ken Kaneki, a human in this society, is thrilled to go on a date with the woman he likes, but it turns out she only wants to eat him. After an accident and a dubious rescue, he transforms into human-Ghoul hybrid. Now Ken has to survive Ghoul wars, learn the ways of Ghoul society, and come to terms with his existence as a half-Ghoul. The first volume of Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, explores a transformation into that of a monster and the way one man copes with this horrific change.

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.