...the rhyming text sometimes stumbles. Still, Monster’s message is an important one, and his boy has a valuable point: “It’s hard to deal with bullies, even harder / when they’re friends.” A rhyming bullying tale with some worthwhile lessons.
Honeywell’s debut is ambitious and well written and provides endless possibilities for debate. It ends on a cliffhanger, suggesting the possibility of a sequel.
"This is everything a good supernatural thriller should be: It’s fast, fun, and has undeniable thematic depth. Two (hairy and clawed) thumbs up."
“The Wanderers” isn’t a book that one could easily pigeonhole. It is smart and heartfelt and funny and sad, marked with a sophisticated simplicity. The truth is that no matter the genre in which you might place it, there’s only one label that fits it just right. And it’s the only label that matters. Exceptional.
Mercy is great and I love reading about her adventures. There is always something going on with her and her pack of wolves.
In a recent New Yorker essay, Saunders wrote that “literature is a form of fondness-for-life. It is love for life taking verbal form,” and this love suffuses Lincoln in the Bardo. This is a novel that’s so intimate and human, so profound, that it seems like an act of grace.
“Shadowbahn” is a challenging work, charged with engaging ideas and driven by the unexpected. It’s precisely the sort of book that we’ve come to expect from Erickson, one of the most freewheeling and unfettered storytellers of the past 30 years. And while it might not answer all of the questions it poses, it’s the asking that really matters.
Like John Gardner in Grendel, a classic retelling of Beowulf, and Philip Pullman in his rewriting of Hans Christian Andersen stories, Gaiman takes a well-worn subject and makes it his own.
...sadly for me, Caraval the book very closely resembles Caraval the game: A beautiful setting for a hollow stone.
The detailed, engrossing narrative is coupled with an in-depth look at the community being created in the bayou, but too much emphasis on past events and distracting repetition bog down an otherwise exceptional novel.
The shifting chronology also makes it difficult for readers to get their sea legs. Important information is doled out in pieces, out of reading order, and this is for a plot that’s confusing enough on its own. It doesn’t help that every character suffers from what we might call Lost syndrome...
Unfortunately, the latter parts of The Bear and the Nightingale shear away much of what I loved about its beginning and middle...These problems aside, The Bear and the Nightingale is a pleasure to spend time with. A rich and elegant debut...
YA fiction might look easy, but writing something sincere and entertaining is tougher than you think. And while “Freeks” has its flaws, it’s likely to find some resonance with its target teen readership.
This is one of my favorite books because the suspension never ends.
...One Fell Sweep was initially published on the Ilona Andrews website in weekly installments, prior to publication in its final form. The final ebook is worth the price for Andrews fans; it’s more polished and has several additional scenes, including a much more extensive and gratifying ending.
Reading ancient literature can occasionally feel like a lesson in the disposability of women. But change is the essence of Homeric poetry, and with ODY-C, two male comic book creators have made a Greek hero worthy of women.
Greenberg’s enchanting second graphic novel returns to the strange world of her award-winning debut, The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth. The two have much in common – including self-regarding god Birdman, old crones, special sausages and a deep love of stories and the people who tell them.
...Doyle and Riley’s search for the hidden Island of Glass while being hunted by the weakened goddess of death maintains suspense, and a fellow Guardian’s grandmother, brought in to help heal Riley after she is gravely injured, provides wonderful local color.
...the main couple in this book is Elise and Axe and I really enjoyed them...This was a really great read and I can’t wait for my next Black Dagger Fix!