ARC Review: The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka & Satoshi Shiki

The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka My rating: 3 of 5 stars A modern remake of Osamu Tezuka’s legendary samurai tale about reclaiming stolen humanity–and don’t miss the stunning 2019 anime! A young swordsman travels alone through war-torn Japan, hunting demons wherever they might hide. His name: Hyakkimaru. Soon he … Continue reading ARC Review: The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka & Satoshi Shiki

Comic Book Review: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei My Ratings: 5/5 A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. George Takei has captured … Continue reading Comic Book Review: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Audiobook Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld My rating: 4 of 5 stars The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air … Continue reading Audiobook Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

ARC Review: The Silence of Bones by June Hur

The Silence of Bones by June Hur My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak; Ears, but I mustn't hear; Eyes, but I mustn't see. 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police … Continue reading ARC Review: The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Audiobook Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld My rating: 4 of 5 stars Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a … Continue reading Audiobook Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

ARC Review: A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth My rating: 4 of 5 stars Violet Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic kept both the countryside and Violet happy. That is, until her father’s treason destroyed everything. … Continue reading ARC Review: A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

ARC Review: The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure … Continue reading ARC Review: The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

ARC Review: A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause My rating: 4 of 5 stars Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Shy in Avon-upon-Kynt. And for eighteen years, Emmaline Watkins has feared that her future held just that: nothing. But when the head of the most admired fashion house in the country opens her … Continue reading ARC Review: A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

ARC Review: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Some legends never die… Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she … Continue reading ARC Review: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

ARC Review: A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman

A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Though American by birth, Frances Wynn, the now-widowed Countess of Harleigh, has adapted admirably to the quirks and traditions of the British aristocracy. On August twelfth each year, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth, most members of the upper … Continue reading ARC Review: A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman

ARC Review: Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian My rating: 4 of 5 stars It's 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live with his stepfather and stepbrother. He's terrified that someone will guess … Continue reading ARC Review: Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

ARC Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 by Koyoharu Gotouge My rating: 4 of 5 stars In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has … Continue reading ARC Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Audiobook Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier & (translated by) Anthea Bell

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended - and rather eccentric - family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors' peculiar history, she's had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female … Continue reading Audiobook Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier & (translated by) Anthea Bell

Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden My rating: 5 of 5 stars Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in … Continue reading Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

ARC Review: The Tale of Genji Volume 1: Dreams at Dawn by Waki Yamato & Murasaki Shikibu

The Tale of Genji Volume 1: Dreams at Dawn by Waki Yamato My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published in the 1980s and 90s, Waki Yamato’s renowned adaptation of Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th-century literary masterpiece is still gorgeous to behold and is considered one of the greatest novel-to-manga adaptations of all time. Prince Genji falls … Continue reading ARC Review: The Tale of Genji Volume 1: Dreams at Dawn by Waki Yamato & Murasaki Shikibu