Size Doesn’t Matter (115): Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation; Crushing It

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Size Doesn’t Matter (115): Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation; Crushing ItKindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy
Published by Abrams ComicArts on January 10, 2017
Genres: Historical
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format.

More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.

Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere.

Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.

I’ve not read Kindred, but I want to get more into graphic novels again, so I couldn’t pass this up at ALA. I struggled a bit with Parable of the Sower, the one Butler novel I read, but the graphic novel format worked really well.


Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda KenneallyDefending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #7
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

Defending Taylor isn’t my favorite of the Hundred Oaks series, and I think that will be the case for most people. The start was rough. Ultimately, Defending Taylor did when me over, but it took a while.


Cover Snark (212): An Unkindness of Snarks

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Shiny and New:

1. An Unkindness of Magicians – Kat Howard

Thoughts: #covergoals This is Bernini level art right here.


Size Doesn’t Matter (114): Being Friends with Boys; The Hammer of Thor

Size Doesn’t Matter (114): Being Friends with Boys; The Hammer of ThorBeing Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy
Published by Simon Pulse on May 1, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 361
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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harlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl's perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys' band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free...until it isn't any more.

When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl...and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char...being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.

Terra Elan McVoy’s a local author. I’ve never read any of her books before this one, but I own a couple because I try to buy a book or two when I visit Little Shop of Stories, my favorite local shop, and they generally have signed copies of her books in stock. Plus, several of them sounded like cute contemporaries right up my alley. This purchase was an excellent one. Being Friends with Boys does a great job depicting high school friendship and the complexities of emotions.


Size Doesn’t Matter (113): We Own the Night; Under Rose-Tainted Skies

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (113): We Own the Night; Under Rose-Tainted SkiesWe Own the Night by Ashley Poston
Series: Radio Hearts #2
Published by Bloomsbury Spark on June 28, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

"Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls..."

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay "Niteowl" by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock 'n roll and a hard place. She can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can't abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer's, or her best friend Micah--who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn't timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She's the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy's manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular-- Dark and Brooding--whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she's in love with Micah or anything. Cause she's not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

Not having been much impressed with the first Radio Hearts book, The Sound of Us, I wasn’t that excited to read We Own the Night, but I’d requested the egalley so I was determined to give it a fair shot. Thankfully, this one had less mistakes and a much better ship.