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[Manga Monday] Claymore Volume 1

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11 September
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Hey, look, it’s Fry. I’m technically back into the reviewing groove after taking some time off. I hope you’ve missed me, or, you know, at least noticed I was gone. I’m going to take over our Manga Monday feature for the time being from our lovely friend Carol, who had to leave blogging for the time being due to some personal reasons. I hope at some point she can come back! With that, I am going to do things a little different than Carol did. She reviewed a whole series. I’m going to review a volume at a time, relishing in… Read more »

[Review] House Immortal by Devon Monk

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18 April
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Man, it’s been a tough two months. I didn’t mean to disappear so suddenly. I feel like everyone in my house has been sick since mid-February. They might possibly have been. I couldn’t focus on reading and  couldn’t write reviews and I was just a big ball of useless. I’m actually starting to feel better now, so here’s hoping that everything is looking up from here on out! This is totally my first time reading Devon Monk, which is silly, because she has a huge bibliography already. No matter, I finally got into her books after looking into getting on… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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31 January
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I actually DNF’d this book once. I’ll admit it. I got about fifty pages in and absolutely nothing was making sense and I just didn’t have time for that sort of nonsense. I’m all for having books be mysterious, but this, despite the memory loss, made everyone just seem really dumb. Four hours into this audiobook, I considered DNF’ing again, but by that point I was almost halfway through. So, I decided to see it out to the end. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not, honestly. Our main protagonist, Thomas is sent to a settling… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] The 100 by Kass Morgan

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10 January
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So, I this was sitting on the first page of the library’s audiobook selection for science fiction and fantasy, and I’ve been hearing everyone on twitter talk about watching the show. So, I thought, why not? Why not give this book a chance? Because, really, how bad could it be? The audiobook was well read. There were two narrators, one for the boys and one for the girls and I really have no issues with their presentation. It actually made this easier to listen to. But the book was so, so bad. I have no idea how this compares to the… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

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07 January
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I should really know better than to think I’d even get chills or anything remotely bordering thrills from a young adult novel. Not to mention I’ve been burned my mysterious moon media in the past. Have you seen that ‘found footage’ one where the moon rocks are made of spiders? I don’t even think the spiders did anything, really? They didn’t eat people? People just died around the moon spiders. Anyway. This was kind of like that, only some how worse. I have to hand it to the narrator of the audio book. She did a wonderful job with the… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

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27 December
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I don’t know if I’ve just been away from the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre for too long, or if it was just long enough to detox. But, I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I could come to want in the genre. The heroine was sarcastic but not overburdening with snark. She kicked ass, but not too much ass. And she has just enough potential to go full on Mary Sue if no one keeps her in check. The romance was a slow burn, and I liked that. I’m still not sure if they will or if they won’t…. Read more »

[Review] The Turning by Francine Prose

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09 October
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The Turn of the Screw is one of my favorite classics. It’s a gothic ghost story that leaves the reader questioning the reality of the events unfolding in the story. So when I saw that there was a young adult remake of this classic, I was ecstatic and immediately borrowed it from my local library. (Well, I had to wait two weeks for it to come in through interlibrary loan, but I immediately placed my request when I saw my library didn’t own it.) Disappointment accompanied me throughout much of the book. Most of the elements borrowed from The Turn… Read more »

[Review] A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

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27 August
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Hey! Let’s read a book about the Spanish Influenza! Okay! I pretty much decided going in, that anyone I met would probably be dying later on in the book. Granted, only about 20% of the characters introduced ended up dying. That was a bit of a bummer for me, as I was hoping for an actual death-struck year and not the magical literary eye of the hurricane. The story centers around Cleo Berry, who makes some poor decisions before deciding to help at the local pop-up Red Cross operation. She’s got no direction in life and everything about her is… Read more »

[Review] The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

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06 March
[Review] The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

It’s rare to come across an Epic Fantasy novel that breaks out of the Tolkien mold. (Seriously, there wasn’t even one drinking song (that’s a win for everyone) and forget Elves and Dwarves.) The Bone Doll’s Twin not only breaks the mold, but manages to create something unique and new. I imagine that this book is what you would get if Game of Thrones and Wuthering Heights had a lovechild. Described by the author as “Gothic Fantasy,” the story revolves around a princess whose very gender has to be hidden because of her royal blood and the King’s obsession with… Read more »