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Batman: Year One
We have a die-hard graphic novel fan and artist/writer who comes into the library pretty regularly; when I told him I hadn't read any Frank Miller, he ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 31, 2012
The Darkest Part of the Forest
Probably more like 3.5 - solid fantasy, lots of diverse characters who aren't defined by their "diverse" trait, a kickbutt heroine. Nothing about this ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 05, 2015
Goal, written by Mina Javaherbin and illustrated by A. G. Ford, does a wonderful thing: it embraces its setting and the culture of its characters with ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 06, 2010
3.5 stars

Feeling very torn on this one. It has some great and kind of unique strengths; it's frank discussion of race, class, and poverty was particul
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, is the story of two guys named Will Grayson who meet unexpectedly in porn store in downtown Chicago. Will Grayson #1 is wa ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Hero Worship
An extremely quick read about Marvin, a homeless teen with super powers. Unfortunately he's a "dirty," meaning it's against the law for him to use his ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I know this is a classic of sci-fi or whatever, but I was pretty unimpressed. Partially, I think, this was due to the fact that I kind of already knew ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
**spoiler alert** This trilogy is SO FRICKIN’ awesome, and Monsters of Men is one of the best final books in a trilogy (is there a word for that? ther ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Oct 28, 2010
I think I should listen to more audiobooks, because it takes me much longer to get through the story, and if I managed to stick with it all the way, I ...more
Jun 13, 2011
Nov 13, 2010
After the Snow
Boy, this book is kind of a hot mess. It's SO strong in some areas - Willo is a fantastic, engaging, complex character and I loved the sentence-level ...more
Dec 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Runaways Deluxe, Vol. 1
Art's a little uneven in the first few issues, and the writing has some dated references (the muscle bound governor of CA) that will reduce its appeal ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 09, 2015
**spoiler alert** A tough read, mostly due to a pretty graphic rape scene and horrific bullying, but worth it, I think. This gets a little "issue-y" a ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
There are a lot of great and enjoyable things about this book! I liked the dialect; I'm sure it will annoy some people, but I like reading dialect and ...more
Jan 03, 2012
May 10, 2011
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
Rick Riordan just doesn't do it for me. I can understand why kids like him: the books are absolutely action packed, and the main characters are infini ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1
One of the best graphic novel adaptations I've read. Illustrations by several artists, all well done. I think it may be creepier in graphic format. St ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 09, 2015
Winger (Winger, #1)
Smith knocks it out the park with Ryan Dean's voice - I could see this funny, confused, obnoxious kid clear as day. The other characters, although col ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
Sekret (Sekret, #1)
Another addition to the "teens recruited by government organization for secret project" genre with a twist: it's set in Soviet Russia in 1963-64 and t ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
Brain Jack
A competent YA take on a techno-thriller. Nothing terribly original, but well-done and action-packed for reluctant readers. And clean - no language, d ...more
May 23, 2012
May 22, 2012
Don't think I'm the target audience for this one. The writing felt a stilted at times, but I liked the honest look at the protagonists struggle w/ his ...more
May 2012
May 21, 2012
A sinister counter part to Ready Player One. Gripping plot, interesting ideas. The character development is pretty minimal and the translation, while ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Paper Covers Rock
I don't think this was a perfect book by any stretch of the imagination, but at was ambitious and interesting. It gets major points for being differen ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
An absolute delight; the voice is so strong and funny and the dialogue so spot on that I can forgive some of the weaker elements (slightly uneven paci ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Mar 01, 2012
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Fun addition to the too-small category of contemporary graphics novels. A great next-step for fans of Raina Telgemeier.
Feb 2014
Feb 20, 2014
Solid middle-grade or maybe young YA; might appeal to fans of Origami Yoda or other school-centric MG fiction. Humor, life-lessons, etc.
not set
Mar 02, 2013
Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
Hot damn, you guys. I just read this book straight through in one sitting. It's not perfect (I am SO sick of cliff-hanger endings!) but it is a thrill ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Life: An Exploded Diagram
Some questions about the ending and whether it should really be considered YA, but a smart, moving, funny read.
Oct 09, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
reMIND: Volume 1
Gorgeous illustrations.
May 2012
May 21, 2012
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
I really wanted to like this book, with it's creepy cover and wonderful title. Unfortunately, for me at least, the story didn't live up to the packagi ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Funny voice, distinctive style
Cast of appropriately quirky, likable characters
Multiple methods of storytelling (illustrations/text)
Narrator glanc
May 24, 2011
Sep 17, 2010
Liar & Spy
Wonderful, classic-feeling middle-grade.
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
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