The Boleyn King
By Laura Andersen
PUBLISHED BY: BALLANTINE BOOKS, A DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
Review copy provided by publisher
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
This book is an historic romance/reconstruction, in the style of Harry Turtledove, an author who enjoys rewriting history by speculating what would have happened if a well-known historic event had never occurred, or had occurred differently. The premise of “The Boleyn King” is: What would have happened if Anne Boleyn had not “miscarried of her savior”? Suppose she had actually given King Henry VIII the son he so desperately wanted?
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Fairy Rides the Lighting
By Patrick Thomas
Published by Padwolf Publishing Inc. 2012
Review copy purchased by reviewer
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
If you believe in fairies, clap your hands. If you believe in Terrorbelle, give her a high five. But brace yourself! She’s not your typical fairy gal, with dainty hands and butterfly wings, so light you could knock her over with a feather. No, this badass fairy is more likely to knock you down, or at least leave you with a badly bruised hand when you high five her. She’s half pixie and half ogre, which means she’s built like a brick house and has razor-edged wings that can slice your hand off if you try to touch her inappropriately. In other words, Terrorbelle is no stranger to trouble. And in Patrick Thomas’ latest account of her adventures, our little fairy warrior is up to her pretty pink hairdo in trouble.
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By Natsuo Kirino
Vintage International, 2009
Reviewed by Budd
Natsuo Kirino, a well known author in Japan, releases her second English translation with Real World. Real world follows four Japanese high school girls as they assist a boy that has just committed matricide in his escape.
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Death Note 2 – The Last Name
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
Screenplay by Tetsuya Oishi
Based on the manga by Tsugumi Ôba and Takeshi Obata
Review by Ginger Mayerson
Yes…yessss…yes. I saw “Death Note 2 – The Last Name” at Anime Expo in 2007 and have been totally jonesin’ to see it again ever since. I have waited and the wonderful folks at VIZ Media have granted my wish in a big way. Death Note 2 was and I remembered it and completely worth the wait. It has everything, including lots of cheesecake and bondage.
The story picks up where Death Note 1 left of, which is to say where the unspeakably cute Misa Misa is saved and a Death Note drops out of the sky. We learn, as she does after she picks it up, that this Death Note comes with a dulcet-voiced, silky blue and white God of Death named Rem.
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Who is Shayla Hacker?
Written by Evan Kilgore
Published by Bleak House Books
Review by Lauren Lapinski
How far would you be willing to go to find someone you may or may not remember from your past? Would you be willing to go so far that the search turns into an obsession with law enforcement at almost every turn you make, accusing you of crimes you didn’t commit? This seems to be the case with the characters in Who is Shayla Hacker?; five different characters, five different points of view and one question plaguing them all throughout the story. The writing style itself flowed very well and made for an easy read, but some of the things the main characters did seemed somewhat unrealistic to the point where I wanted to smack a few of them upside the head and ask what the hell were they thinking.
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