Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Eartha by Cathy Malkasian | Graphic Novel Review

Eartha, by Cathy Malkasian, is a bulky book about a large woman who lives in a fjord, where dreams from the city come to live. She and her fellow townspeople care for these dreams until they dissolve. But the dreams have mostly stopped coming to the fjord, making the people of the fjord cutoff from knowledge of what is going on in the city. After one particularly scary dream appears to Eartha, she is sent….

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell | Book Review

About a year ago, my mom discovered The Last Leaves Falling, by Fox Benwell*, on the Internet and was inspired by an interview with the author that she read to go find this book. She also found an interview, which I think was this one, where she was surprised to find out that there were different plot threads between the U.K. and U.S. editions, so she purchased both editions. She has been encouraging me to read it, so I finally did—the U.K. edition.

This book is about a Japanese boy who has….

Historical Fiction · Review

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice | Book Review

Seven-year-old Jesus and his family depart Alexandria and head to Jerusalem and home. As the young messiah realizes the power he holds, he tries to find the answers to his questions. What is the secret behind his birth? Why does he have these abilities when others do not? In the meantime, his family tries to survive the turbulent society.

Modern Fantasy · Review

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman | Audiobook Review

Gaiman collected a bunch of his short stories that could be triggering, but he spends a good hour in the introduction explaining his thoughts about trigger warnings and the short story collection. I can’t explain well what Gaiman’s strategy for the book was or what his main motivation was, but I found a quotation that explains it much better. I found this quote from the introduction

Children's Literature · Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson | Graphic Novel Review

I used to watch Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular and its sequel Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy every October, and then Cartoon Network stopped showing them. While I was in a course on children’s literature two years ago, I found Scary Godmother in the children’s section of one of the academic libraries. I never knew that the TV show was based on a graphic novel, and it was fun to read.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | Book Review

Mara is a music student who is close to her brother, madly in love with her ex, and writes for an empowering magazine that she founded. While she has been dealing with the aftermath of asking Charlie to be best friends instead of together, her twin brother, Owen, raped one of her best friends, Hannah, at a party. Now she has to figure out how….

Graphic Novel · Nonfiction · Review

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley | Graphic Novel Review

Lucy Knisley shares her experience as a bride in her graphic-novel memoir Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. She shows how she fell in love with John, how her mother participated in wedding planning, and how difficult some her choices as a bride were. Mixed in the book are some facts about costs and traditions of weddings. Something New is an alright memoir, but the reader should not go into it with a critical mind toward weddings.

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Audiobook Review

After reading very little young adult fantasy for a while, it was wonderful to read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin. Inspired by West African mythology, Adeyemi created a world where the magic-users, Magi, have been oppressed and magic has been almost wiped off the face of the earth. Zélie….