Orphaned at birth and raised by a foster family he describes as jerks, Jack has always longed for a family of his own. Now that he has one, the only thing scarier than the monsters is the thought of losing them. An apocalyptic adventure with a whole lot of heart.
Despite the quick beginning and creative concept, the story falls flat. Dialogue takes precedence over the narrative, and character development is virtually nonexistent in this story that introduces over a dozen characters with small roles only to forget them pages later...Skip.
This anthology is modern and fresh enough to be valued by readers with contemporary tastes, and wealthy in the charm and tropes that draw fans of the classics.
Feverish police work manages to identify the killers—a mentor and his trainee—and the race is on to stop them. Robb is in peak form as she blends intense action and clever twists with a stellar cast headed by the indomitable Lt. Eve Dallas.
The art serves an intriguing function: It keeps the story grounded in its genre, making it feel like a real superhero tale. In fact, Angel Catbird is more dreamlike than action-packed.
Kids will appreciate Lucas’ need to read and imagine and also understand the message that there is more than one way to fly.
Jose Garibaldi’s coloring makes every page of this superlative police procedural spoof look as sharp as it is silly, and readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish.
It takes a long time to get to Furthermore, where the real adventure begins, and impatient readers might not make it that far. But patience will be rewarded.
In sorting through their motives, “The Gloaming” delivers a searing taxonomy of loss, and shows the way it leads to a cycle of violence. By the novel’s surprising end, Finn even sheds light on the motives of sadistic rebels...
Missteps intrude, though: a few lapses in logic may leave readers puzzled; some clues seem contrived; and a subplot involving Florian’s discovery of the startling identity of adopted Margaret’s biological father falls flat. The solution is also a letdown...
Unfortunately, narrative clarity is sometimes hampered due to the stylization of the drawings...Those quibbles aside, this is one of the first books to so accurately portray what parental cellphone use may look like to a child and how it can affect parent/child relationships.
Ned can be viewed as a bender of gender stereotypes with great appeal to all. Cast on, cast off, and set sail for a great yarn.
Though it may be overwrought in its complications, it’s impossible not to admire “The Left-Handed Fate” for its epic scope, joyful evocation of life on the high seas and suspenseful mystery.
Readers will love the fast-paced action and terrifying details of the alternate timeline Zak and friends find themselves in, and the satisfying conclusion will leave them considering questions of identity and family.
A somber turn for the supernatural sleuth and levelheaded assistant but still energetic and entertainingly offbeat.
In Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece of a novel written in the 1880s...the destinies of the two main characters, the tragic Michael Henchard and the triumphant Donald Farfrae, essentially rested on the outcome of their trading in commodities.
Part Arthurian high fantasy, part steampunk, laced with belle epoque drug- and absinthe-fueled decadence—the concept’s so high it floats, but that doesn’t mean people will want to jump up and catch it.
She also generates huge amounts of nuanced sympathy for some (but not all) of the characters driven to do truly dreadful things, often accidentally, to save themselves and the ones they love. Stunning, again.
If Van Lustbader intends for Whitman and Red Rover to be serial players, he should avoid the fog of war and offer more focused narratives.
Storey's first novel moves along well enough, but the way he strings together violent action scenes has a paint-by-numbers quality.