Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Ever since I saw the review for Blue Is the Warmest Color on From Isi, I wanted to read it. Before this, I only saw the movie listed on Netflix. I checked the book out from the library and enjoyed it. In a colorless world, Clementine, a high school junior, has a family, friends, and a boyfriend she can’t reciprocate feelings for. She breaks up with him. Her gay friend takes her out to a gay bar where she meets Emma, the confident art student with blue hair. This event starts Clementine on the path of self-discovery and love. Narrated in diary entries, this graphic novel is a love story about two women in France in the ’90s.

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Modern Fantasy · Review

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

In this amazing fantasy, there are four dimensions that each have a London. Only Antari, blood mages, can travel to these Londons. Kell is one of the only Antari left who is charged with exchanging mail between the rulers of the Londons, but he has a nasty habit of smuggling more than mail between worlds. He trades objects from other worlds for the right price, and that’s been going well until one object brings trouble with it. Now he is on the run. He meets Delilah Bard, a thief from Grey London….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, and her radio evangelist father has been supportive. All of that changes when he remarries and they move to conservative Rome, Georgia. He asks her to do the impossible: to lie low for her senior year. After she reluctantly agrees, she falls for Mary Carlson, the sister of her new friend. She doesn’t want to break the promise to her dad, even if Mary might return her feelings. Maybe. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, by Jaye Robin Brown, shows characters openly being themselves and ties faith into loving everyone.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Mini Reviews: ‘Piecing Me Together,’ ‘Seven Deadlies,’ and ‘Beijing Doll’

It’s time for another set of mini reviews. I’m reviewing three realistic fiction novels today: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie, and Beijing Doll by Chun Sue. I hope these reviews will help you find an interesting book to read. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson Publisher: Bloomsbury… Continue reading Mini Reviews: ‘Piecing Me Together,’ ‘Seven Deadlies,’ and ‘Beijing Doll’

Graphic Novel · Review

Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori

Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at a rich kids’ school who has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club to repay the debt she owes for breaking a priceless vase. On top of that, she has to keep it secret now that she is a girl. But now it’s time for physical exams. How is the club supposed to keep the doctors and their customers from finding out Haruhi is a girl? As the official start of a series plot, the second volume of Ouran High School Host Club, by Bisco Hatori, throws new issues at the Host Club to develop characters who did not get as much page-time in the previous book.

Classics · Review

Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition

I’m posting another set of mini-reviews. This time I am using the theme of American Realism, which was the class that I read Rebecca Harding Davis’ Life in the Iron Mills and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson in. There were other stories, novels, essays and nonfiction books we read in the class, but I am using these two books… Continue reading Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

One day in a programming class in Flagstaff, Arizona, a guest speaker visits to get the girls in the class to play as female characters in Coarsegold Online. Anda Bridge decides to play the game and quickly levels up in her guild by killing gold farmers for money. She meets a gold farmer, a person who illegally collects rare items and sells them to other players, from China and learns that life isn’t easy for everyone. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and illustrated by Jen Wang, examines a culture clash, workers’ rights, and a black market.

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…

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.