My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Published: March 13th, 2018 Publisher: First Second Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Humor, Adventure, Dragons
In Monsters Beware!, the third and final book of the Claudette graphic novel series, Claudette is put to the ultimate test. With her honor on the line will she learn that there’s more to a fight than just winning? Continue reading →
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Received: Diamond Comic Distributors Published: March 27th, 2018 Publisher: BOOM! Box Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Comic, Humor, Friendship, Romance, University Life, LGBTQIA+
Fast friends Susan, Daisy, and Esther continue their second year at Sheffield University, and these are formative times, indeed. Education and looking ahead to the future isn’t all that college holds in-store for these ladies–grocery store protests, family reunions, and even an MMORPG wedding are all on this semester’s docket.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: August 28th, 2018 Publisher: Razorbill Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates, Action, Adventure, Revenge, Loyalty, Family, Sisterhood, Feminism, Romance
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for? Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: September 25th, 2018 Publisher: Scholastic Press Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Friendship
All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with. But that’s tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It’s even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties–and no playmates that stick around for more than a day. So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it’s up to Marinka to find her–even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: March 27th, 2018 Publisher: Scholastic Press Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Adventure, Survival, Romance, Friendship
Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.
And not a single word from Logan.
Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full. Until Logan shows up six years later . . . And Maddie wants to kill him. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Distributor Published: 2012 Publisher: First Second Recommended Age: 8+ Pacing: Super Fast Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Friendship, Adventure
Claudette’s fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What’s a future giant slayer to do? With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant—without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home? Continue reading →
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Received: Distributor Published: 2017 Publisher: BOOM! Box Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Comic, Humor, Friendship, Romance, University Life
Their freshman year is finally coming to a close and Daisy, Susan, and Esther say goodbye to Catterick Hall forever. Literally forever. It’s being bulldozed and re-purposed as a luxury dorm next semester. But as one door closes, another opens and between end of semester hookups, music festivals, and moving into their first home together, the life experiences are just getting started.