That Can Be Arranged
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Review: That Can Be Arranged – Huda Fahmy

This is a sweet memoir that starts with Huda’s childhood her introduction to Muslim courtship customs and ends with her marriage a few weeks before she turns 26. In between, we learn about her hopes (that she won’t turn into an elderly cat lady) and dreams (how to find the perfect husband??) as well as see some of the, well,…

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War and Peas
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Review: War and Peas – Jonathan Kunz and Elizabeth Pich

I don’t follow the webcomic War and Peas, though I have seen a few of their comics before on social media, and I picked up this comics collection based on that small sample. Each page is separate 4 panel comic with a title, usually a description of the comic or a continuation of the punchline. The art is simple and quirky…

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Days of Sugar and Spice
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Review: Days of Sugar and Spice – Clément Loïc and Montel Anne

From the description, I was expecting a French sort of Hallmark-y graphic novel with lots of delicious baked goods. That’s not quite what this is, however. Estranged from her father since she was eight, Rose returns to her home village in Brittany after his death twenty years later.  She intends to sell the family bakery and go back to her…

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Bloodlust & Bonnets
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Review: Bloodlust & Bonnets – Emily McGovern

Wacky regency vampire queer shenanigans? OK, I’m in. And while this certainly delivers on all of the above, there’s not much else to it. When Lucy – “I’m a spirited young lady flouting the gendered expectations of her time, but in a cute way!” – accidentally murders a vampire, she’s flattered to be invited into a “secret ancient immortal vampire…

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Pilu of the Woods
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Review: Pilu of the Woods – Mai K. Nguyen

Content warnings: This is so gorgeous and adorable.  It’s marketed as a middle-grade graphic novel, but I enjoyed it immensely and think the lesson would be applicable to and accessible to most ages. After an argument with her older sister, Willow runs away into the woods where she meets a fellow runaway, a wood spirit named Pilu.  While Willow is…

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Safely Endangered Comics
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Review: Safely Endangered Comics – Chris McCoy

I’m a sucker for collected web comic collections, so when I saw a new one out, I had to give it a try.  On the whole, if you’re a fan of the medium, I think this would definitely be worth your time.  It’s a fun mix of snarky and cute! Like most web comics, it has a deceptively simple, cutesy…

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Book Learnin'
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Review: Book Learnin’ – John McNamee

I read and enjoyed the author’s previous collection, Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears, so I was excited to see that a new collection was coming soon.  Unfortunately, this one was a lot less successful for me. While the previous collection dealt with fairy tellings, fables, and other books, this one has the comics arranged as a sort of school with five…

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Craving Jamie
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Review: Craving Jamie – Keiko Okamoto and Emma Darcy

This is a manga adaptation of a Harlequin Presents novel from 1997, so I went in expecting some vintage category craziness and was not disappointed.  With that being said, it’s a pretty decent second chance romance, and the illustrated style certainly made it much more enjoyable. Jamie and Beth were friends as children at her family’s ranch outside Sydney.  When…

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