Review: Shadow and Bone Season 1

Shadow and Bone Season 1 based on the books by Leigh Bardugo streaming on Netflix now Summary: Alina and her childhood friend, Mal, attempt a crossing of the Fold (a dark and scary swathe of shadow that divides East and West Ravka). Unfortunately they are attacked by the monsters who live there and Alina's powers…

Review: Impulse

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins Simon Pulse, 2007 YA Contemporary Summary: Told in verse, we follow three teenagers in a facility for people dealing with advanced mental health issues. Connor seems to have a perfect life but he shoots himself in the chest. Tony depends on drugs and then takes too many. Vanessa tries to come…

Review: The Tea Master and the Detective

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard Subterranean Press, 2018 Adult Science Fiction Mystery Novella Summary: The Shadow's Child, a mindship, meets Long Chau, a freelance detective, when they want a new brew that will mix better with the drugs they are already taking. And they investigate a murder. Likes: I find…

May 2021 TBR!

Photo by NipananLifestyle.com on Pexels.com There's a lot happening in May! A round of Wyrd and Wonder is happening. A bunch of information is available from Imyril including blog and social media prompts, a bingo card, and The Bone Shard Daughter readalong. Fantasy books are the focus. Cindy is also hosting Asian Readathon again. There…

Review: Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh Gallery Books, 2020 Adult Nonfiction Comics Summary: Brosh depicts adventures as a child, while on drugs trying to face fears, her sister, her relationships, and a grocery worker who might knit. Funny, weird, occasionally sad. Overall I didn't mean to be reading two pieces of graphic nonfiction with…

Review: Dancing at the Pity Party

Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir by Tyler Feder Dial Books, 2020 YA Graphic Memoir Summary: Feder's mom died in 2009. This memoir shows their relationship and then the diagnosis of cancer. This also gets into dealing with her mom's health deterioting and handling her death. Likes: This had a lot…

Review: Clean Getaway

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone Crown Books for Young Readers, 2020 Middle Grade Contemporary Summary: Scoob gets in trouble at school so his grandma picks him and takes him on a road trip through the history of the south and his family's history. Likes: Scoob and his grandma are very funny. But also flawed and…

Review: Dead Voices

Dead Voices 2nd in the series by Katherine Arden G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2019 Middle Grade Supernatural Summary: Ollie, Coco, and Brian decide to go skiing with Ollie's dad and Coco's mom. But things go from bad to worse when they get snowed in and it turns out that the new ski lodge is a…

Review: Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers illustrated by Júlia Sardà Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 Middle Grade Fantasy Summary: Mary Poppins shows up on Jane and Michael's doorstep to take the newly vacated nanny position. She then proceeds to turn their world upside down. Likes: Mary Poppins is the most interesting character in this book (it…