The One Hundred Nights of Hero

28433627The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: December 20th, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Short Stories, Retellings, Storytelling, Love


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In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness. Continue reading

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Negative Review: Artemis – Andy Weir

34928122Artemis by Andy Weir

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: November 14th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Science Fiction, Action


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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.  Continue reading

One Day on our Blue Planet… in the Rain Forest

One Day on our Blue Planet…in the Rain Forest by Ella Bailey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: August 15th, 2017
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Recommended Age: 3+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Environment


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The series, focusing on the way our young animal friends spend a day, continues with an adventurous spider monkey exploring the bustling rainforest of South America with his mother by his side. Continue reading

Ever After High: Class of Classics

Ever After High: The Class of ClassicsEver After High: Class of Classics: An Original Graphic Novel by Leigh Dragoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 20th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Kids, Graphic Novel, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Magic


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It’s reunion weekend for the Class of Classics, and thanks to a magical spell gone awry in the Legacy Orchard, today’s Ever After High students have a hexclusive sneak peek into their parents’ stories. Raven Queen, Apple White, Cerise Hood, Madeline Hatter, and more go on a thrilling adventure through the past that reveals what their parents were really like in high school. These six spelltacular stories, together exclusively in this full-color graphic novel, will change everything you thought you knew about the Class of Classics! Continue reading

I’ll Love You Forever – Owen Hart

34551046I’ll Love You Forever by Owen Hart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: September 1st, 2017
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Recommended Age: 3+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Poetry, Love


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Polar Bear and Cub explore the beauty of their home in the Arctic as the seasons change. Throughout the journey, Polar Bear reassures Cub that no matter what changes occur in nature-snow falling in winter, flowers blooming in spring, air warming in summer, and leaves changing color in fall-the loving bond between them will never be broken. Continue reading

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

17412749The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Graphic Novel, Short Stories, Adventure, Storytelling, Love


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Before our history began, another now forgotten civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth’s unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch.
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