Review: Teen Titans: Beast Boy

Teen Titans: Beast Boy sequel to Raven by Kami Garcia Ill. by Gabriel Picolo DC Comics, 2020 YA Graphic Novel Summary: Gar wants to stand out but he has a slight inferiority complex about his height and lack if muscle bulk. So he does a bunch of stunts that get increasingly more elaborate. Likes: Gar…

Review: The Summer Children

The Summer Children 3rd in the series by Dot Hutchison Thomas and Mercer, 2018 Adult Crime Thriller Summary: While this is the third book in the series it is its own contained plot. People from the first books feature though. Mercedes comes back from a date to find a bloody child on her porch claiming…

Review: Squad

Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall Ill. by Lisa Sterle Greenwillow Books, 2021 YA Supernatural Graphic Novel Summary: Becca and her mom move to a new town. Then she meets the popular girls and there is more to them than the meets the eye. Likes: The romance that develops for Becca is cute and it takes some…

Review: Séance Tea Party

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee RH Graphic, 2020 Middle Grade Supernatural Graphic Novel Summary: Lora is struggling a little. Her friends are drifting away and she has a hard time making new friends. Then she meets Alexa, a ghost from the 70s. Likes: Alexa is such a positive force in Lora's life and that's…

Review: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki Ill. by Brooke Allen Amulet Books, 2017 Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure Summary: At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, the five scouts of Roanoke Cabin are on another adventure and it involves unicorns. Likes: All the girls get to be different and it's all…

Review: Hooky

Hooky by Míriam Bonastre Tur Etch, 2021 Middle Grade Fantasy Graphic Novel Summary: Dani and Dorian, aristocratic witch siblings, miss the bus to magic school and end up apprenticing to a notorious witch in a small town. Likes: Dani and Dorian's sibling relationship had conflict but ultimately they loved each other. I found the art…

Review: Defy the Night

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer Bloomsbury, 2021 YA Fantasy Summary: An illness is killing the people and there is only one cure. Unfortunately, the supply is tightly controlled and only the rich can afford it. Also, the rich are taking too much. Tessa and Wes steal what they can and make solutions for those…

Review: The Roses of May

The Roses of May 2nd in the series by Dot Hutchison Thomas and Mercer, 2017 Adult Thriller Summary: This isn't a continuation of the story in The Butterfly Garden. This is a new situation with a different serial killer but it features the same FBI team and there are characters and events related to the…

Review: Load Poems Like Guns

Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan compiled, translated, and introduced by Farzana Marie Holy Cow! Press, 2015 Summary: This is an anthology of multiple women poets from Herat. The English translation sits on one side while the original is on the opposing page. There are also brief biographies of each poet and…

Review: Savage Lover

Savage Lover 3rd in the Brutal Birthright series by Sophie Lark Adult Romance Summary: Nero Gallo is the wild and unpredictable sibling. Camille works at her dad's auto shop. When her brother gets caught with a bag of drugs, she makes a deal with the cop. Things get complicated when Nero gets involved. Likes: Nero…