Mini-Review: Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey

Over the past couple months, I participated in a little over half of a readalong of Naamah’s Kiss before the world went crazy and I stopped getting anything productive accomplished on my blog. I did finish the book though, and wanted to post a brief review with overall impressions. The basic premise of Naamah’s Kiss is that a druidic nomadRead more

“From Under Mountains” by Claire Gibson, Marian Churchland, & Sloane Leong

From Under Mountains is a fantasy graphic novel starring a teenage princess who chafes against the role assigned to her by her gender. Lady Elena longs for adventure and to know more about the world beyond the palace, but her father Lord Crowe sees her as nothing but a pawn to be married off for politicalRead more

“Insexts” by Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina

When I saw InSexts on display at my local comic book store, I was immediately struck by the art noveau inspired cover. As I flipped through the pages and read the book’s description, I knew that I needed it in my life. InSexts is feminist Victorian body horror. You know how in Kafka’s Metamorphosis the main character wakes up toRead more

“Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

I’ve been on a graphic novels kick lately, and absolutely devoured the first volume of Pretty Deadly. Pretty Deadly is a western with a mythic fiction vibe. It’s also tricky to characterize, because the art and storytelling can both be a little confusing at times, especially with such a complex story. But at its core, there isRead more

“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab

My book club selected A Darker Shade of Magic as its October read, and overall, I was impressed with the novel. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about alternate versions of London. The protagonist, Kell, lives in Red London, which is the magical London. There’s also Grey London, which is our London and generally devoid ofRead more

“Lady Killer Vol. 1” by Jamie Rich & Joelle Jones

Clearly when I named my blog Books Without Any Pictures I never imagined myself getting into graphic novels. This is kind of a new thing for me still, but I’m digging it. The latest in my lineup is Lady Killer, which was recommended to me by a friend. The plot in a nutshell: A 1950s housewife named Josie moonlightsRead more