by Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi Published by First Second on September 2017 Genres: Graphic Novel Pages: 160 Format: Physical Book Source: Publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. Pig’s father built the dam and taught him how to maintain it. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again. Now Pig is the dam keeper. Except for his best friend, Fox, and the town bully, Hippo, few are aware of his tireless efforts. But a new threat is on the horizon—a tidal wave of black fog is descending on Sunrise Valley. Now Pig, Fox, and Hippo must face the greatest danger imaginable: the world on the other side of the dam. This exquisite graphic novel, the first in the series, took my breath away. Based on the animated short, The Dam Keeper‘s story is beautifully laid out, told from the outsider Pig’s perspective, the most important person in his small valley town. I was immediately drawn into the story because of the artwork, this soft blur of shapes and animals, round and watery. But the story, oh my. Slowly, the story opens to reveal the outsider Pig...Read More
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips on July 2017 Genres: Adult Fiction Pages: 288 Format: Physical Book Source: Bought Buy on Amazon Goodreads An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo,...Read More
Girl in Snow Published by Simon & Schuster on August 2017 Genres: Adult Fiction Pages: 368 Format: ebook Source: Publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Who Are You When No One Is Watching? When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both. In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka. When they told him Lucinda Hayes was dead, Cameron thught of her shoulder blades and how they framed her naked spine, like a pair of static lungs. – Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka The real beauty to be found in Girl In Snow is not the mystery or the plot. It’s the language. The beautiful and well created words that this debut author seems to have plucked from snow. Girl In Snow grabbed me from...Read More
by Alex Alice Series: Le Chateau des Etoiles Published by First Second on September 2017 Genres: Graphic Novel Pages: 64 Format: Physical Book Source: Publisher Goodreads It’s the space race in 1869 in a kind of alternate past. … When you see the book itself, it’s this big, oversized object with this incredible watercolor comics style, and it’s this really big, epic, sweeping story of a boy following in his mother’s discovery and then opening up the solar system, but in the age of the 1800s. It’s got a kind of steampunk but also a kind of young, classic children’s story feel to it. What drew me in was the art and what kept me going was the story. Steampunk race to space set in the 1800s starts out with a death and begins with a chase. I loved the beautiful, whimsical art. The colors were gorgeously painted, the characters interesting to look at, pretty and beautiful. I can’t stop thinking about the art. It is just lovely. The story builds speed, slowly. It sets the groundwork for the race and the dangers Seraphin and his father are now in, having been recruited as a planner for the project forth Prince. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s say that there’s a lot of danger and excitement and intrigue. It’s for adults and children reminding me...Read More
Title: The One That Got Away Author: Melissa Pimentel Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication Date: August 2017 Genre: Adult Fiction Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Ruby and Ethan broke up ten years ago. But that doesn’t mean that either of them is over it when they see each other again for Ruby’s sister’s (and Ethan’s best friend’s) wedding. There, old feelings will surface and maybe, just maybe, second chances too. I really enjoyed The One That Got Away. A modern nod to Jane Austen’s Persuasion (I don’t want to say retelling), The One That Got Away is a sweet and light hearted story about second chances. Ruby and Ethan broke up ten years ago and they haven’t seen each other since. Until the wedding. I liked Ruby a lot. She tried so hard to be put together and successful, afraid of what others would this or how she needed t make it in NYC. I thought she had a lot of heart and a clear vulnerability that anyone can relate to, especially when just starting out. Ethan was also a great character for lots of reasons. Yes, he’s the good guy, kind and sweet and totally s mitten with Ruby when they first met. But what I really...Read More
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