Hotblood! vol. 1 & 2 by Toril Orlesky (2014)

I think I found this series through Tumblr? Maybe? It’s a historical fantasy crime Western with centaurs, and it’s available free online. All things I enjoy! I ended up accidentally reading the equivalent of two volumes (plus a bit more) over the course of one evening. The art is so lovely. The limited color palette makes it kinda dreamy-looking, in a stark kind of way It’s a nice mix, and the pages are very pretty Read More …

Queenpin by Megan Abbott

I foolishly started reading Queenpin right before going to bed; I had to tear myself away so I could get at least SOME sleep before work. I never expected a book about a 1920s-ish crime boss thriller to be SO enthralling, especially since it’s technically the second one I’ve read this year. The first was The Other Typist, which was much more a psychological thriller kind of book. While I enjoyed it, I really wanted Read More …

Runaways, Vol. 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

Okay, so this is the first major story arc for Runaways (I think). These three volumes comprise a complete story, so theoretically you could stop there and be perfectly happy!1 I was perfectly happy, because I love stories about teenage superheroes having personal problems. The fact that their personal problems consisted of evil supervillian parents was just icing on the cake. Other personal problems: friendship, learning to trust, betrayal, romance and squishy teenage feelings, sometimes Read More …

MINI-REVIEW: A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield

After my problem last time with a retiree book hero, I was pleasantly surprised with A Bad Day for Sorry. I expected a slightly harder sort of thriller than what I got, but it was a rip-roaring read nonetheless! I really liked the mystery part, and the ending was extremely satisfying as almost all the bad guys got their comeuppance (in pretty physical ways, too). The beginning was slightly slow, but after sidekick Chrissy snapped Read More …

REVIEW: The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker

This was a light and fluffy read– fluffier than I was expecting, tbh, but perhaps that was because I read it so close to two serious books. Anyway! Kate is an unfortunately stupid teen detective; definitely not a Veronica Mars or Nancy Drew. More like a Shaggy, if anything– only she’s more fashionable, soooo: Daphne? Yeah, definitely Daphne. This made for a slightly frustrating reading experience, because I could SEE that Kate was being dumb, Read More …

REVIEW: Heist Society by Ally Carter

I’ve been putting off writing/posting this review because honestly, I’m a little afraid. I think the general consensus is that this is a great book, with excellent writing and characters and plot. And I happen to disagree. Like, a lot. I really didn’t like this book. I listened to it as an audiobook and while I’m able to forgive a lot of things because, for some reason, audiobook format makes me feel more kindly towards Read More …

Arsene Lupin by Maurice LeBlanc

I’ve been a fan of the Lupid the 3rd anime series for a while now, but never thought to check out the material that inspired it. Then I discovered that a few of the original Arsene Lupin books are available as free downloads, and I no longer had any excuse not to read them. It turned out to be a fairly typical early 1900’s crime novel, but it was charming. I especially liked finding connections Read More …

School for Scumbags by Danny King

Promising title + promising plot = awesome! This was a fun book. I liked it so much I actually made time outside of my normal audiobook schedule to listen to it. Dave John is a decent reader, though his character voices tend to sound the same. His accent (affected or otherwise, no idea) fits the setting and characters perfectly, and it certainly helped make the story more real. A school intent on teaching kids to Read More …