Book Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu (2019)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

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three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through NetGalley 10 finger system kostenlosen. Trigger warning for intended parallels to homophobic violence, child abuse, and homelessness in the LGBTQ community.)

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That is, unless Nova, Tam, Tat, and the Nanas can harness the magic of family and sisterhood to thwart their plans. And maybe even save a demon in the process bubbles shooter kostenlosen? (WHAAAAAT!)

Mooncakes is a super-sweet graphic novel that’s brimming with heart, humor, and some pretty awesome characters. Tam is nonbinary, in case it wasn’t already apparent, and Tam and Nova make an adorable couple.

The Nanas are great (though I couldn’t tell if both are Nova’s biological grandmothers, i.e., both maternal and paternal, or if they are a F/F couple), and so is Tat, especially the playful back-and-forth she has with her extended/adopted witch family.

The plot is serviceable, I guess, though not terribly suspenseful; if I had to, I’d describe Mooncakes as more of a character-driven story. The rest just feels like an excuse to bring Nova and Tam together, which is why I’m giving it three stars instead of four.

That said, I do quite love the little plot twist with the horse demon. Down with the kyriarchy!

I also really appreciate what the artists are trying to do vis-à-vis Tam’s homelessness; though it’s given a supernatural cause in this story, Tam’s plight does parallel and draw attention to the increased risk of homelessness faced by LGBTQ youths.

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Book Review: Little Nothing, Marisa Silver (2016)

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley herunterladen. Trigger warning for violence, including child abuse and rape.)

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Book Review: The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (2016)

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

An Egyptian Werewolf in Oxford

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley annabelle 2 kostenlos downloaden. Trigger warning for sexual harassment/assault and allusions to rape.)

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— 3.5 stars —

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Book Review: Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (2016)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss settlers for free. Trigger warning for violence, including animal abuse.)

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In the wake of his mother’s death, the boy was raised by wolves – Grandpa, Aunt Libby, Uncle Darren – but still isn’t sure whether he is one. Werewolves don’t turn until adolescence, you see.

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