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Review: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received this volume as a Goodreads First Reads book!

I really enjoyed this! I had to make sure I didn't rush and read it all in one sitting, otherwise I'd miss nuances in the art! The story is very well thought out (and I didn't realize how it had to be written to fill in a predetermined set of requirements pertaining to the main character)! The art is really nice, with just the right about of soft or grungy lines depending on the scene. His mother is a NUT, but I am also saddened by her need to force her son into danger and make him into someone he initially does not want to be!

I liked reading the history in the back of the volume. The original comics are about what I would expect from Golden Age comics, but actually have a bit more realism that most of the Golden Age comics I've read. Maybe because it deals with a semi-real, semi-plausible situation (as opposed to criminals trying to st…

Review: The Silent Sister

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received this book from as a First Reads novel. And I'm SO happy I did!

I read the last third (part three) in one go, and the only reason I didn't read the rest of it that way was because of real life time crunching. This book really was enthralling! The characters are well written and feel real. I didn't figure it out, which is a huge bonus.

I really liked the way the author bounces between two characters, but not until later in the book. Part 1 sets the scene and tone for the whole novel, and then Part 2 grabs you and refuses to let you go without finishing the book.

It has a bit of a soft ending, but a good ending. Not too predictable, as climaxes or wrap-ups go, and fit the story really well.

I'm so glad I got this book. I'd not heard of the author before and hope her other books are as good, because I need to pick a few up now!

(Must remember to cross-post review…