This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Compared to Skim, This One Summer makes for a rather milquetoast affair. That is not to say that is bad but I did find the story and characters to be bland and very much been-there-done-that. This could have worked if the narrative had presented us with a more compelling protagonist than Rosie who is a…2.5 STARS, ANGST, beautiful artwork, BOOK REVIEW, BOOK REVIEWS, Booklr, canada, coming of age, female authors, Graphic Novels, growing up, japanese canadian author, lgbtq+ side, mothers & daughters, My reviews, published in 2014, read in 2021, reading, Sequential Art, Summer, summer reads, teen angst, YOUNG ADULT
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 by Ram V.
A Neil Gaimanesque sort of comic (think Good Omens & Sandman) set in contemporary India and featuring Hindu gods. Death is fired from her job and takes up residence in the recently deceased body of Laila Starr. There is a prophecy of sorts involving a child who apparently is destined to make humans immortal. Once…
In the Clear Moonlit Dusk by Mika Yamamori
This mangaka’s style was chef’s kiss. Alas, the story reads like a very generic high-school shoujo. うるわしの宵の月, translated as In the Clear Moonlit Dusk follows Yoi Takiguchi, a high school girl whose princely appearance has earned her the nickname of ‘Prince’. Often mistaken as a boy, Yoi is not used to being seen as a…
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Once upon a time…The Magic Fish is quite possibly one of the most beautiful, poignant, and awe-inspiring graphic novels I have ever read. The story takes places in 90s America and we follow Tiến, a young boy, who loves reading fairy tales with his parents. Tiến’s parents are refugees from Vietnam and cannot speak English…1990s, 20th century, 5 STARS, America, American, beautiful artwork, curses, f/f side, FAIRY TALES, FOLKLORE, gay, Graphic Novels, lgbtq+, LGBTQ+ Author, MAGIC, male authors, mothers & sons, published in 2020, queer, read in 2021, RETELLINGS, SEXUALITY, story within a story, Storytelling, The Magic Fish, Trung Le Nguyen, unrequited love, Vietnam, Vietnamese American Author, YOUNG ADULT