Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tokyo Ghoul volumes 1 and 2




 
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A relatable story about a boy who is a mix of two cultures and doesn't know where he belongs, with a twist of the cultures being human and monster.

The first volume was a solid okay, but the story builds and hooks in the second volume.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We Are the Ants


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This rarely humorous and mostly depressing novel is about a boy who is bullied, and must decide if the world is worth saving.

This is not part of the review, but I need to say that I finished this book on January 29, 2016. To find out why this is significant, read the book.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Red Queen


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A dystopian tale of rags to riches (against the protagonist's wishes, of course) to outlaw with a healthy dose of betrayal. If you enjoyed The Selection by Kiera Cass, but wanted a little more edge, this book is for you.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter






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The last installment of The Lunar Chronicles was not as satisfying as the first three books, and occasionally left me thinking, "Why would they do/ not do that?" or, "That doesn't make sense."



I wish the ending for this inventive series had been as strong as the rest of the books. Still a fun read, though, and I would recommend it to fans of re-imagined fairy tales, sci-fi, and people who enjoy strong female characters and a happy ending.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Americanah


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A beautifully written, eye-opening look at race, gender, and relationships through the eyes of a woman who moves from Nigeria to the United States and back again.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Henni








 
A hard copy of this book was given to me by the publisher to review.

Although this story had a clear goal, it was disjointed and lacked depth. Each part of of the plot was rushed, and there were many quick and unceremonious jumps in setting. The characters, villages, and societies were not well developed and I did not, at any point, feel a pull that made me want to know what would happen next, nor did I grow to care for Henni, the heroine of the story.

The artwork was interesting, but I did not feel it fit the story. The characters were drawn androgynous, and at one point I was surprised to find that a character that I thought was female for most of their time in the story was actually a male. Some of the facial expressions were a bit too dramatic, which was off-putting.

The book attempts tackles many issues: gender equality, class systems, corrupt government, religion as a way to control people, coming of age, and losing a parent. However, with only 150 pages, this book is too sort to effectively cover so much in so little time. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but I feel no need to keep reading.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ms. Marvel, Volume 3: Crushed











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Not as strong as the first two volumes. However, the first two had the strength of 5 Minotaurs, so the third still had a large amount of inhuman strength.