• Manga Review

    Look Back

    Warnings: Violence My Thoughts Why do we create art? For enjoyment? For praise? To compete with our rival, or to live up to our idol? For money, a successful career? Creating art can be filled with joy, but it can also be painstaking too. This is the idea that lies at the heart of Look Back, a thoughtful one-shot manga that pays homage to the manga industry. Look Back follows two young girls, both aspiring manga artists, and how their art brought them together. Fujino is the best manga artist in her class, she lives for the praise of the people around her. Yet she finds herself upstaged by her…

  • Book Review

    The Readymade Thief

    My Thoughts Well, this book is certainly interesting, so much so that I still don’t fully know what to make of it. The Readymade Thief is a love letter to Marcel Duchamp, a French-American artist that became famous in the early twentieth century for his influence on conceptual art. He is most famous for his readymades, manufactured pieces that he turned into art. His stance on what constituted art is an idea that could be applied to the novel. It’s art if the artist says that it is art. There are connections if that’s what you want to see. Duchamp’s life and work are threaded throughout the story, even some…

  • Graphic Novel Review

    Speak

    Also in this series: Speak Also by this author: SHOUT My Review: Speak is a young adult novel written in 1999 about the rape and subsequent bullying of a high school freshman. The novel is based partially on the author’s personal experiences and has received international praise. The book has won multiple awards and is on the ALA’s list of 100 most challenged books from 2000-2009. While I had never read the original book, it had always been on my list of books that I’ve wanted to read but have been a little afraid to. This graphic novel reminded me why graphic novels are such a wonderful medium for telling…

  • YA Fantasy Book Review

    An Enchantment of Ravens

    My Review: I won’t lie, I’m a sucker for beautiful covers and the cover for this book is easily one of my all-time favorites. The world-building in this book is pretty great, filled to the brim with fantastic imagery and seasonal-based nature magic. I also really loved that this book was heavily focused on the magic of art, which had a power all its own. My favorite part of the book was the darker take on fairy folklore that I found to be both beautiful and haunting. I liked all of the fairy side characters, their flamboyant personalities bordered on being monstrous and I really enjoyed the way that these…