Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search Omnibus by Gene Luen Yang | ARC Review

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Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender Comics, #2
Author: Gene Luen Yang
Illustrator: Gurihiru
Release date: October 27, 2020
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Category: YA
Genre: fantasy, graphic novel
Pages: 224
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis

Immediately following the Avatar’s adventures chronicled in The Promise, this remarkable omnibus that collects parts 1-3 of The Search, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko!

For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question–what happened to Fire Lord Zuko’s mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar–and the most unlikely ally of all–to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.

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Timo the Adventurer by Jonathan Garnier | ARC Review

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Title: Timo the Adventurer
Series: standalone
Author: Jonathan Garnier
Illustrator: Yohan Sacré
Release date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Etch/Clarion Books
Genre: middle grade, fantasy, graphic novel
Pages: 128
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis

Having read every book in his tiny village, young Timo decides it is time to leave home and become a hero. And while that is easier said than done, Timo is determined to succeed. When he rescues an enchanted beast named Broof, Timo gains a gruff and reluctant ally. But little does good-hearted Timo suspect that Broof’s mysterious past will bring complications to his journey…. An engaging hero, surprising plot twists, and a host of fantastical creatures keep readers turning the pages of this spelling-binding fantasy.

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Fangs by Sarah Andersen | ARC Review

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Fangs by Sarah AndersenTitle: Fangs
Series: standalone
Author & Illustrator: Sarah Anderson
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: humor, relationships, comics
Pages: 112
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis

A new gothic romance story from the creator of the enormously popular Sarah’s Scribbles comics.

Vamp is three hundred years old but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets a charming werewolf. FANGS chronicles the humor, sweetness, and awkwardness of meeting someone perfectly suited to you but also vastly different.

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker | Book Review

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Amazon.com: Mooncakes (9781549303043): Walker, Suzanne, Xu, Wendy ...Title: Mooncakes
Series: standalone
Author: Suzanne Walker
Illustrator: Wendy Xu
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: YA fantasy, graphic novel
Pages: 256
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars)
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This short review is spoiler-free!

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Synopsis

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

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Graphic Novel Recommendations | The Awkward Book Blogger

I don’t know about you, but I love graphic novels. They’re a quick way to read a story with beautiful artwork. The only way I’ve been able to keep up with my reading goals every year was because of graphic novels. That being said, I’d like to think that I’ve read a lot of graphic novels in my time, and I’m excited to finally share my recommendations!

For the most part, I read a lot of middle grade/young adult graphic novels with a sprinkling of books targeted towards adults. They’re mostly in the fantasy or contemporary fiction genre.

If you don’t have enough time to commit to a full novel or just want to spruce up your TBR, this is the right place for you!

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Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu | Book Review

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Amazon.com: Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones (9781250179494 ...Title: Sticks & Scones
Series: Check, Please!, #2
Author and Illustrator: Ngozi Ukazu
Publisher:
Genre: YA, contemporary, sports, romance, LGBTQ+
Pages: 336
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell | Extended Summary

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I have a problem. I don’t have enough time to really sit through and read a book. I might have time once a week or two weeks to read, and that means I forget a lot that has happened in the story. To combat this, I decided to summarize every chapter of the book I’m reading, and share it with you guys too! This way, if I do forget what I’ve read, I can look back on my notes. Also, it ensures that I’m actually paying attention to what I’m reading. If the book is in a series and the next book hasn’t come out yet, I can look back on these posts to refresh my memory on what happened so I don’t have to reread the whole series again. And you guys can look back on these posts to refresh your memory too! Everyone wins.

Anyway, I thought I’d try this new idea with a shorter book, a.k.a. a graphic novel to see if it’s a sustainable idea. I don’t tend to buy graphic novels since they’re so expensive, but I decided to splurge and buy Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell since she was visiting where I live and I already own most of her YA books.

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Before we jump into this, just keep in mind that this idea is a work in progress so the next few posts in this series will look rough before they get better!

Also, SPOILER WARNING, obviously.

Also also, this extended summary thing is NOT my review. That will be a separate post.

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YA Books Set in Schools

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the back-to-school spirit right now. Everywhere I turn I see school supplies and backpacks. Online, there are so many back-to-school deals. On YouTube, people who look like they’ve graduated years ago give young students advice. It got me thinking, what could I contribute to the back-to-school frenzy? I’d have crappy school advice, but I do know YA books! Why not recommend some good YA books that are set at school?

Whether you’re already in school, about to go, or done with school and want to reminisce about your past as a student, here are some YA books with school settings!

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