The Scarlet Rose, Vol. 1: I Knew I’d Meet You

Image result for the scarlet rose i knew i'd meet youThe Scarlet Rose, Vol. 1 by Patricia Lyfoung

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Charmz
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Humor


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Maud is quite happy living her simple life with her father and learning the exciting art of sword fighting. But when her father is murdered, Maud is whisked away from the life she knows by her rich and lordly grandfather. He wants to give her a home – on his terms – and help Maud become a real lady. All Maud wants to do is keep on fighting, so that she can have her revenge on her father’s killer.

High adventure and historical fiction come together in a swashbuckling thriller! Swords, vengeance, and a dashing highwayman known as the Fox comprise the key components to The Scarlet Rose, as Maud learns everything she thought she knew about her life wasn’t true, and how to grow and grieve after losing her father. The Scarlet Rose blends exciting, thrilling action with grounded, emotional characterization. Continue reading

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Sisters – Raina Telgemeier

17801394Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Graphix
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Siblings, Humor, Memoir


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Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all. Continue reading

Smile – Raina Telgemeier

Image result for smile raina telgemeierSmile by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: February 1st, 2010
Publisher: Graphix
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Tween, Graphic Novel, Memoir, School Life, Friendship, Growing Up


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Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. Continue reading

El Deafo – Cece Bell

20701984El Deafo by Cece Bell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Memoir, Friendship, School, Deafness


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Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

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Superfail – Max Brunner

SuperfailSuperfail by Max Brunner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 17th 2017
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Action, Superheroes, Superpowers, Homour


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Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Continue reading

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

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