This may come as a shock to you, but Miranda loves books! And she will read almost anything, though admittedly is slightly wary of horror or horror adjacent novels (sorry to all you Stephen King fans). When not reading, she might be found hiking or sitting on some mountain somewhere, trying both to catch her breath and enjoy the beautiful views. If you happen to run into her, please tell her about all of your favorite books, remind her to water her plants, and show her all of your adorable puppy photos!
Incredible plot, gorgeous artwork, and completely relevant to our world, this graphic novel has it all. Nubia is a superhero and character I would've loved when I was younger and I love her now. This story tackles heavy subjects such as racism and gun violence, and does so in such a brutally honest and clear way that I was so utterly captivated reading it and felt as though I was not only learning but also recognizing ways that our world needs to continue to change and how I can be a part of that change. Fans of Wonder Woman or just a fantastic superhero story, Nubia: Real One is the graphic novel for you.
As soon as I closed the last page of this book, I wanted to open it back up and start all over again. Jedidiah Jenkins has a way with words that made it feel as if he was writing directly to me. The humor and heart he injected into every part of this book had me both laughing out loud and shedding a tear or two at his experiences and the genuine connections I felt with them. He moves between the subjects of home, friendships, and love to name a few and I found insights in each section that I wanted to highlight and dog-ear so that I would be able to come back and study later. This is a collection of deeply personal thoughts that make up who the author is and reading it might just help you come to better understand what makes you you.
If you enjoyed Circe by Madeline Miller, this is a book for you. Genevieve Gornichec introduces us here to a little known figure in Norse mythology. Angrboda, giantess witch and bearer of the god Loki's three most infamous children, sits at the center of this tale filled with magic, mischief, and monsters. Angrboda is both a character we can sympathize with and a force to be reckoned with. So much more than a simple retelling of myth, this book is one not to be missed!
“It’s not always the truth that survives, but the stories we wish to believe. The legends lie.” Oh, this book is a dream for lovers of Greek mythology and urban fantasy. I happen to love both and I was not disappointed in this great new novel by Alexandra Bracken. Every 7 years, Greek gods of legend lose their immortality for one week. If killed, the human who accomplished the feat will gain their power and their immortality until 7 years later when they become vulnerable to the same fate. Fast paced and action packed, this is one to add to the top of your TBR pile!
Oh my goodness, this book!! Set primarily in the 80's, Malibu Rising is a story of a family living in the Hollywood spotlight and all the highs and lows that go along with it. And they surf!? The 80's and surfing really sold it for me and the incredible storytelling reeled me right in. Taylor Jenkins Reid is so knowledgeable about the time periods in which her stories take place, and she brings so much life to her characters. Whether it be someone we only read about on half a page or someone at the center of the story, I found myself completely engrossed in their lives. Surfing and the 80's?! I mean, come on. I was going to put a terrible surfing pun in this review but I will spare you all and just say this: please read this book!
Sinister, haunting and horrifying, this graphic novel absolutely blew my mind. Carmen Maria Machado's writing is incredible and Dani's illustrations suited this story perfectly. The diversity of the characters is what originally caught my eye, and the creepy atmosphere and originality kept me on the edge of my seat. I don't know how to describe it without risking spoilers so I will just say, read this! Read this and share it and discuss it with your friends. You will be thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.
This book is utterly captivating. I want to read everything that Sayaka Murata ever writes. Our main character, Keiko, is endearingly quirky and it was a joy to follow her through her experiences as a convenience store worker and all the highs and lows that she goes through. Her job title becomes her sole identity and the ensuing dilemmas she faces are both peculiar and poignant. This is a quick read that I can't recommend highly enough.
I will read anything having to do with Wonder Woman but this great little graphic novel exceeded all of my expectations. It's the story of Diana, a girl who doesn't feel like she fits in with her sisters on Themyscira. However, she believes her 16th birthday is going to change everything. She will come into her powers and finally become the person she is meant to be. When refugees are in trouble off the coast of her little island, she is drawn into their lives by a desire to help and save those in need. She discovers that her life isn't going to be the way she imagined it, but that she is already exactly who she is meant to be. This is a story of a girl who feels lost in the world and finds her true purpose helping others and I absolutely loved it.
Marie Rutkoski, you have absolutely done it again with this first installment of your newest YA series! The writing is beautiful and the descriptions of this world are so vivid. Nirrim is comfortable in her seemingly small and unimportant role at the bottom of society. When she meets roguish traveler, Sid, her eyes are opened to the realities of the world in which she lives. Nothing is as it appears to be and she discovers that there are lies being told to her, and a magic that is being concealed by the people she thought she could trust. This story drew me in from the very beginning and kept me up reading through the night. The only disappointment now is that I have to wait for book two!
This is historical fiction at its very best. Knowing that this novel was based on true events and records made it all the more heartbreaking and eye-opening. Through the experiences of two resilient and determined women, Wingate explores not only the terrible tragedies that occurred because of slavery but also the way that these tragedies echo through time, effecting generations of families and communities. The Book of Lost Friends is a novel of sorrows but also of triumphs. If you loved Wingate's Before We Were Yours or are an enthusiast of historical fiction, this is the book for you.
Moving, vulnerable, hilarious, and inspiring, Glennon Doyle brings all the feels in this engrossing memoir. She doesn't pull any punches or hold anything back and it was refreshing to read something so entirely real. She asked a question of us as readers that I've never asked myself before but it really changed the way I view my actions and decisions."What Would You Do If You Trusted Yourself?" Untamed will leave you with a desire to live your life to the fullest and to be the most authentic version of yourself that you can be.
I have to admit, I was sad when this book ended. Emma Straub has written the most wonderfully compelling cast of characters in this great family drama and I grew to love and become invested in each one of their lives. Every character was so different from the next yet she wove their stories and experiences together so seamlessly. It was fascinating to read how they handled and reacted to unexpected situations, and to see the impact that their choices had on the lives of their loved ones both for better and for worse. This novel is so full of heart, and had me laughing and crying along with each member of this endearingly dysfunctional family.
Are you a fan of jumping into portals that lead to underground worlds, mechanical rabbit sidekicks, or adventures to fulfill amazing prophecies? I mean, how could you not be a fan of those things right?? This is a fantastic read for graphic novel readers of all ages. Join Emily and her brother Navin as they embark on a mission to rescue their mother and save their new friends from the evil that lurks around every corner on the beautifully illustrated pages of this book.
Run Me To Earth is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. The novel spans across generations, focusing on the lives of three teenagers living in war torn Laos beginning in the late 1960’s. Unexploded bombs litter the landscape of their home and the fear and desperation the characters feel comes across very powerfully through Yoon's descriptive and elegant writing. Alisak, Prany, and Noi are bound together by these experiences, and the choices they make echo throughout the years and lives of countless others. This is an excellent book that will be on your mind long after you close the final page.