Humans have started to mutate into superhumans called "Next." Some of them end up fighting crime as heros in the city of Stern Bild. These heros all nHumans have started to mutate into superhumans called "Next." Some of them end up fighting crime as heros in the city of Stern Bild. These heros all need and have corporate sponsors and are on a reality TV show called Hero TV. One of these heros, Wild Tiger, has been around for a while but his ratings are slipping. A new hero came on to the scene and they now have to combine forces and become a team, but neither of them is ready to accept this.
Based off of the anime series of the same name, the manga follows the series pretty closely. This is a great companion to the anime, although doesn't really add anything more to the story. This story was fun to read and watch and it is almost a cross between Watchmen and the X-Men. Sakakibara did a fine job with the artwork as it feels very similar to the anime. Some of the panels are filled with too much and it can be overwhelming when trying to read. Perhaps in future the volumes the manga will add more to the series, but otherwise just choose the medium you prefer and stick with that.
The story continues to follow Nitori Shuichi as he now is in the sixth grade and more people are aware of his secret. Shuichi and his friend TakatsukiThe story continues to follow Nitori Shuichi as he now is in the sixth grade and more people are aware of his secret. Shuichi and his friend Takatsuki Yoshino have discovered an adult with similar feelings to their own and both continue to struggle growing up and dealing with others who see them as different. On a school trip Shuichi learns who his true friends are and develops a stronger skin.
Shimura continues to write a fantastic coming of age story. The characters are well fleshed out that you feel an emotional response to what is occurring in the story. The narrative has improved in this volume and it has a better flow. This is not an action packed story, but one that is endearing and worth reading for the relationships and the character growth. An added bonus to this edition is an essay on being transgendered in Japan by Matt Thorn.
Wandering Son, Volume 2 is on ALA GLBT Round Table's 2013 Rainbow List of recommended books for young readers.
Nitori Shuichi is a shy fifth grader with a secret - he loves girls clothes. He is afraid of letting anyone know this secret and it is especially diffNitori Shuichi is a shy fifth grader with a secret - he loves girls clothes. He is afraid of letting anyone know this secret and it is especially difficult to keep it hidden as he shares a room with his sister. Nitori has just transfered to a new school and becomes friends with Takatsuki Yoshino. They each discover their secrets - Nitori likes to dress as a girl and Yakatsuki likes to dress as a boy. They grow closer as they share their secret with each other and try to live their secret far from home.
Takako Shimura takes this coming of age story to a not often talked about place. Not only is this a story about a boy coming into his own, but it deals with his gender identity. Shimura illuminates the topics of gender identity and being transgender in a tasteful way. The characters are interesting, but sort of difficult to distinguish artistically. The art style itself is rather cutesy, but with bland backgrounds. However, this just emphasizes the narrative more. The story can be disjointed at points, but overall a great coming of age story.
In the distant future the human race has been decimated by the giant humanoids known as titans. The surviving humans have built a community encompasseIn the distant future the human race has been decimated by the giant humanoids known as titans. The surviving humans have built a community encompassed by three walls. There have been no titans and an era of peace for 100 years. One day that peace ends by the sudden appearance of the titans. Eren Yeager is an eager young man who wants nothing more to be on the illustrious Survey Corps, the faction of the military that actively goes out into titan territory to learn more about them. The day the titans return is the day that changes Eren's life, as his mother is taken and killed by a titan. Eren and his adoptive sister Mikasa are sent with the other refugees behind the next remaining wall to resume their life. After losing his mother, Eren is more determined than ever to join the military and defeat the titans at any cost.
Isayama has created an interesting and action packed world. Not all of the rules of this world are known and it is interesting the way pieces are revealed bit by bit. If you pay attention you can catch some of the foreshadowed information to see where the story is heading. There is a lot of action and gore, so if you have a weak stomach you may want to pass on this. The art has been criticized for not being nice to look at, but I think it fits for the narrative. I like the stark lines as it adds to what is occurring in the story. My curiosity has been whetted and I can't wait to continue on this wild ride and to learn more about the elusive titans as well.
The Beauchamp woman, Mother Joanna and daughters Freya and Ingrid, live on the tip of Long Island, New York. They seem to be regular family, but theyThe Beauchamp woman, Mother Joanna and daughters Freya and Ingrid, live on the tip of Long Island, New York. They seem to be regular family, but they are actually a family of witches who cannot use their powers. Ingrid, the youngest daughter, is getting married to the wealthy Bran Gardiner, but things do not go as they should at their engagement party. The Beauchamp women all end up using their powers to help the people around them, but their helping hands seem to have negative consequences.
de la Cruz’s attempt at writing adult fiction falls flat. As with her Blue Bloods series, she writes about two different types of mythologies together. Not only are these women “witches” they are actually goddesses from Norse mythology. However, if you are looking for a book with actual characters (besides names) from Norse mythology this is not it. The characters are flat and rather irritating and do not act as adults, but rather a group of adolescents. It is as if she just looked up the various gods and goddesses from the Norse mythology pantheon and wrote aspects of their characters from some list. Not much actually happens in this story until the end when the reader is slammed with numerous references to Norse mythology where we discover this really isn’t a book about witches. There are even characters from the Blue Bloods series that pop in for no reason whatsoever which detracts from the narrative (what there is of narrative). This is nothing more than another Blue Bloods novel with more explicit sex scenes in it. Definitely a novel to skip and no need to continue reading the series....more
In this memoir, Mindy Kaling recounts bits from her life and discusses her life and her path to working in television and on stage.
Kaling creates an iIn this memoir, Mindy Kaling recounts bits from her life and discusses her life and her path to working in television and on stage.
Kaling creates an interesting account of her life from childhood to adulthood. Generally, authors should not read their own work as it does not turn out as well. However, Kaling did a fantastic job reading this and really brought her book to life. It sounded like the reader was having an intimate conversation (albeit one-sided) with her instead of being read to. This really is a fun read and one not to be missed.
Samhain “Sam” LaCroix is a regular guy working at a burger joint until a random encounter with a customer goes very wrong. That customer, Douglas, jusSamhain “Sam” LaCroix is a regular guy working at a burger joint until a random encounter with a customer goes very wrong. That customer, Douglas, just happens to be a Necromancer who raises the dead for a price. What Sam doesn’t know is that he too is a necromancer and now Douglas wants his power. Douglas will do anything in his power to make sure Sam does what he wants, to the peril of those closest to Sam. Sam has a short time to figure things out and outwit Douglas and needs to rely on his friends and family to save him.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a fun romp with things that go bump in the night. The prose utilized by McBride is entertaining and makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read. Many of the usual suspects are included (werewolves, witches, fairies, etc.) in the story with some interesting additions like a werebear. While completely entertaining, there is definitely a dark side to this tale. Not only is Sam hindered by good intentions and trying to outwit a maniac, he is also dealing with secrets from his family’s past. While intended for an older teen audience, this is a fun read for adults as well.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist for 2011, and also is on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011) and Top Ten Books for Young Adults (2011) book lists. ...more
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is not your average teenager. His father is one of the most notorious serial killers and raised him to be the next best serial killJasper “Jazz” Dent is not your average teenager. His father is one of the most notorious serial killers and raised him to be the next best serial killer by taking Jazz to “work” with him. Now that his father is behind bars, he takes care of his grandmother who is slowly slipping away and tries to be a normal teenager. As if this wasn’t enough to deal with, bodies are starting to appear in their small town of Lobo’s Nod and the crimes seem eerily familiar. With Jazz’s firsthand knowledge of the crimes, he lends aid to the local police department but as the case progresses, Jazz begins to wonder if he is more like his father than he thought.
I Hunt Killers takes one directly into the mind of a killer. Throughout the story, the main character, Jazz, struggles with maintaining his normalcy and questions whether he can ever truly live with “normal” people. Lyga explores the motives behind truly being a monster and the product of one’s circumstances. The mystery in the story is intriguing, but not difficult to piece together if paying close enough attention to the details. A great book for older teens and adults who enjoy a thrilling case of murder.
For those who enjoy I Hunt Killers, the second book in the Japser Dent series, Game, is now available. ...more
In this alternate history tale set in the Soulless universe, vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday lIn this alternate history tale set in the Soulless universe, vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life. Sophronia Angelina Temminnick is an inquisitive girl who likes to know what makes things tick. After a disastrous tea with a neighbor, Sophronia’s mother decides she needs to get some social polish. On route to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, Sophronia and her companions are overtaken by Flywaymen who are looking for some kind of object. Once safely on the floating boarding school, Sophronia learns that she has landed in a school perfect for her. Not only will she learn the proper address for a Lord of the realm, but also the best way to pick a lock. Sophronia and her roommates undertake some espionage of their own to discover the secret of the missing device and make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
In Etiquette & Espionage, Carriger continues to create fantastical worlds of whimsy. For those familiar with the Soulless universe, some favorite characters drop in for a visit. However, one does not need to have read any of the Soulless books to enjoy this one. With vivid and well fleshed out characters, one is completely transported to this alternate world filled with dirigibles, automatons, and supernatural creaters. A must read for any fantasy or Steampunk fan, both young and old....more