Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire
I picked up this short graphic novel on a whim at the public library, and I must say that I am very impressed by this underrated book- in fact, this is personally, probably my favorite graphic novel. I love Lemire's deft style of drawing in the sense that he uses only the colors red, white, and black. It truly adds to the grit and emotion of the plot, in which a giant and his family move to a city from their humble farm only to experience tragedy firsthand. This is definitely a must-read for anyone who loves an emotional, heart-wrenching story.
Title: Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy tale
Author: Ashley Poston
Reviewer: Professional Fan Girl Rachel Boudreau
I’m going to be real in this review. I didn’t finish this book. It was good but I’ve read better. This story is a modern retelling of Cinderella.. I think. It's about a girl named Elle and she is a huge fangirl and cosplayer. She is a member of the Starfield fandom. It’s basically Star Trek. I appreciate this book for what it is but I didn’t like it. The characters had a history but I felt no desire to learn about them. As a fangirl myself I liked the subtle references but the characters felt flat. Seeing as I only got to page 43, I don’t know how it develops but my biggest problem was how much I didn’t care about the characters. I rarely stop reading a book this early on but I just felt I would enjoy other books more. So I gave it an eh/5 because that was how I felt reading it, just eh. If you want a good representing what it's like to be in a fandom and be obsessed with a media, I would recommend Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
Book Title: Seconds
Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Type: Graphic Novel
Release Date: 2014
Reviewer: Clifmon Leroy
Synopsis: A young adult named Katie has big plans for the future. Being a chef at an already successful restaurant called Seconds, she dreams of one-day opening one to call her own. She seems to be well on her way to making this dream a reality, that is until everything begins to fall apart. Now the only thing she can dream of is a second chance. She receives the ability to write down her mistakes in a notebook, ingest a mushroom, fall asleep, and awake anew, free from the past. This seems too good to be true, and as it turns out it is. As Katie's greed grows, so does something else lurking in the shadows of both her heart and restaurant.
This graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the Scott Pilgrim series, once again showcases his subversive techniques in writing, as he crafts a story with a simple premise and turns it on its head. O’Malley delicately balances humor with mature thematic content in a unique yet naturalistic manner. This added with his colorful cast of characters (and one of my now all-time favorite characters, Hazel) that are mostly very well fleshed out give this book an extremely cozy atmosphere that is inviting to readers. The art-style of the novel also helps with this as O’Malley trademark stylized characters and settings compliment the story’s tone and even with the cute looking characters, there is an inherent sense of real weight behind them, from their surprisingly human expressions to little mannerisms that give them each their own subtle flair. The artwork seems to follow the narrative as well with changing color schemes and stylistic choices to signify certain events. This attention to detail and expertise over his artform only enhance the reading experience along with pleasing page design. This is a story that grabs you and doesn't let you go until it’s finished, from both a visual and narrative standpoint. I highly recommend this work and ensure that it will keep readers coming back for seconds!
OK. Here is the deal, I need you to get out of your chair, into your car, or your mom's, and drive to Barnes and Noble immediately. This is by far one of the best books I have read this past summer. It is a new book called Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith and has a refreshing feeling about it. No more of the books about depression, drinking, police, violence, or a tragic love story, but a book about the good times in life. Sure that sounds really mushy and broad, but I am telling you, I loved this book.
It is about a girl named Alice who bought a lottery ticket for her friend Teddy’s eighteenth birthday. To their surprise, the next day he wins one hundred and forty million dollars. At first it seems like a great thrill and a burst of happiness, but as they go on, Teddy starts to change into a different person that Alice is not so familiar with. How can money change a teen's life and relationship? Well I guess you will just have to read the book to find out how Teddy and Alice balance money, family and friendship. I definitely needed to read a book with a fresh idea that wasn’t like any other book out there, and this book definitely was 5 stars on my radar. Keep on reading!!