Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Freaking Romance, Season 1 by Snailords | Webcomic Review

A cat-ear wearing girl named Zylith moves into a haunted apartment to escape her parents’ demanding that she be a doctor instead of an artist and they kicked her out for refusing. She soon finds out that the place is haunted by a handsome green-eyed KPOP star.

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare | Book Review

I’ve tried time and time again to get into The Infernal Devices, the prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments series, but I haven’t been able to. So, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to get into Lady Midnight, the first in a different spin-off. I was pleasantly entranced by the setting and the characters of the novel.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Book Review

Julia is a deaf, Indian girl who has attended a school for the deaf until her friend snitched on her for covering up offensive graffiti in that snitch’s defense. She is also a street artist. Now she has to attend a school where the vast majority of the student body is hearing, and her moms banned her from spray painting.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review · Young Adult

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 by Karuho Shiima | Manga Review

I can’t remember where I heard about Kimi ni Todoke, by Karuho Shiima, but the concept of a shy girl who has been dubbed “Sadako,” the name of a horror movie character, by her classmates because of their eerie similarities sounded light but intriguing. I like that this is a light….

Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2, by Stephenie Meyer | Book Review

Adapting the last half of Twilight into a graphic novel, Young Kim keeps her beautiful artwork while completing a disappointing conclusion to the novel. For those who missed the Twilight hype and don’t care about spoilers, Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2, starts with Bella meeting Edward’s vampire family and has a vampire hunting….

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore | Book Review

Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore, retells two of my favorite fairy tales, Snow-White and Rose-Red and The Wild Swans, with two Latina girls and a non-binary prince. Blanca and Roja del Cisne are the next two girls in a long line of women who were born in their exact pair because of a blessing and curse from the swans who raised their great-great-great-grandmother. This was a blessing to the original bisabuela, but it has been a curse for every pair because….

Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer | Book Review

It’s been years since I last reread Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, and I was a Twihard back then. I remember wanting to read and own the graphic novel adaptation, even though I believed it wouldn’t be as good as the novel, but I didn’t do either until this year. Young Kim adapted Twilight into a beautiful graphic novel that is pretty accurate to the original book. This review comes from the perspective of having read the novel it’s based on and not being such a Twihard anymore.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry | Book Review

After watching way too many Mr. Atheist videos, I was pretty excited to find a YA book where the protagonist is atheist and has to attend a Catholic school. It then spoke to my high school self, who was very into comparing world religions and denominations of Christianity, by then showing that this atheist teen joins a group of friends who have a variety of beliefs, including….

Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi, takes us back to 2002, a year after 9/11. The turbulent times make life harder for Shirin, the new sixteen-year-old Muslim girl at school where she is regularly stereotyped. She’s built an armor around herself in the turbulence and from having to deal with her parents’ constantly moving to new places. She’s aloof to the world and keeps to herself. Then she meets a boy, named Ocean, who wants to get to know her. The….

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas | Book Review

The title, The Good Demon, is enticing enough on its own, which is why I stopped to look at it at the library. Then you find out that the protagonist, Clare, has been exorcised of her demon, the one known only as Her, her best friend. She’s devastated, angry and depressed. Then she finds a few clues left by her Only so that they can be together again, and it involves the reverend’s son. As she struggles with the boy being present as his father exorcised her of her demon and with finding her demon, she gets to know the boy and discovers the dark history….