School for Extraterrestrial Girls #1 – book review

Girl on Fire School for Extraterrestrial Girls #1 by Jeremy Whitley Graphic Novel Science Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Tara Smith has a very carefully regimented life and plans to keep her head down and get through high school so she can achieve her dreams of heading into space. But after missing her alarm one morning, her day snowballs out of control, culminating in her self-immolating, passing out, and waking up in the … Read more

Tea Dragon Festival – book review

The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill Fantasy Graphic Novel * * * * Stars (Great!) Rinn is out gathering herbs and vegetables one day when she comes across an ancient shrine and disturbs a sleeping dragon. The dragon, Aedhan was charged to look after the shrine and Rinn’s village, but fell into an enchanted sleep – 80 years ago – from which he has only just now been awakened. Rinn convinces Aedhan to return … Read more

They Called Us Enemy – book review

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei Autobiography Biography Graphic Novel Nonfiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) After Japan entered WWII and bombed Pearl Harbor a wave of fear and distrust of Japanese people washed over the United States and the government enacted policies that removed those of Japanese ancestry (US citizens included) from their homes to internment camps where they were closely monitored for acts of treason. Anti-Japanese sentiment ran high over … Read more

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – book review

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson illustrated by Leila Del Duca Comics Fantasy Graphic Novel * * * * Stars (Great!) War in the human world weakens the magical protections that surround the hidden Amazonian island of Themyscira. On Diana’s 16th birthday (Born Day), humans wash up on the shores of Themyscira and in defiance of her mother the Queen’s orders, Diana attempts to help them. She becomes trapped on the other side … Read more

Wonder Woman: Warbinger (graphic novel) – book review

Wonder Woman: Warbringer adapted from the novel by Leigh Bardugo by Louise Simonson Illustrated by Kit Seaton Adventure Graphic Novel Supernatural Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) In this graphic novel adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s novel, Wonder Woman is a young Princess Diana, determined to prove herself to the rest of the Amazons. Diana enters a race, intending to win, but midway through she discovers a shipwreck and chooses to aid the sole survivor, … Read more

Die: Fantasy Heartbreaker – book review

Die: Fantasy Heartbreaker Die #1 by Kieron Gillen Adventure Comics Fantasy Graphic Novel * * * * Stars (Great!) Dominic/Ash’s friend Solomon designs the ultimate rpg for Ash’s birthday. Unfortunately, it sucks their whole party into another world, where they are trapped for two years, until they’re able to beat it and find their way back home (think Jumanji). Sol doesn’t make it back. Now, the teens are in their forties and come together to … Read more

Dark Matter of Mona Starr – book review

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Lee Gulledge Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Mona Starr’s best friend moves to Hawaii, she feels more than a little lost. That loss on top of her depression and anxiety and a lot of self-deprecating thoughts make her feel overwhelmed. She starts seeing a therapist to help her cope and make sense of herself and keeps a sort of scientific journal … Read more

Oracle Code – book review

The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp illustrated by Manuel Preitano Graphic Novel Mystery * * * Stars (Pretty good) Meet Barbara Gordon (daughter of Commissioner Gordon in the Batman comics) as a teen hacker who is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot, and ends up in the Arkham Center for Independence for therapy/rehabilitation. While there, she becomes suspicious of the Center’s proprietors and begins looking into the files of several patients who suddenly … Read more

Camp Spirit – book review

Camp Spirit Axelle Lenoir Funny Graphic Novel LGBTQ Mystery Realistic Fiction Romance Supernatural It’s 1994 and Elodie is being shipped off to summer camp (in Canada) to be a counselor, so she can make some money for college. After her mom abandons her, Elodie has to figure out how to adapt to camp life – looking after her wild redheaded charges, dealing with shared staff bathrooms, making peace with nature (she’s more of an urban … Read more

Marked (McCaffrey) – Read It and Rate It

Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey Dystopian Graphic Novel Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) 16-year-old Lyla lives in a controlled society where only the smartest students will live in the wealth and strive in life. She gets caught cheating and she gets tattooed for doing this as a criminal. She gets offered a rare chance to redeem herself, but must betray the people she loves. I really liked this because it showed adventure and … Read more

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