My Boyfriend Is a Monster: A Match Made in Heaven

This volume, the eighth in the My Boyfriend Is a Monster series, is a bit different from the others. Oh, like the other books, A Match Made in Heaven is still completely predictable in the development of its romance, from the “he’s different, which makes him attractive” introduction to the eventual end of the relationship. (Because really, human girls and supernatural beings? not meant to last.) Plus, there’s a really over-the-top threat, so the pair have something to fight, that […]

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My Boyfriend Is a Monster: Wrapped Up in You

Wrapped Up in You is the sixth in the “My Boyfriend Is a Monster” series. I’ve previously written about most of the other volumes: Made for Each Other — Frankenstein’s Monster My Boyfriend Bites — Vampire Under His Spell — Faerie I Date Dead People — Ghost As you might guess from Wrapped Up in You, the monster this time is Mummy. Only it’s not some grody guy in dirty linen, but a reincarnated Incan prince raised from the dead […]

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My Boyfriend Is a Monster: I Date Dead People

After vampires, fairies, and Frankensteinian monsters, this installment of the supernatural romance series gets back to the classics: ghosts. Nora and her family have moved into a new home that’s also a landmark, the prior home of a writer. Odd things start happening — the TV comes on by itself, small items go missing — until Nora sees Tom, a boy about her age who died over a century ago. He’s not the only ghost in the house, though, and […]

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Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

As expected (and suggested by the title structure), Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer falls squarely in the category of inspirational biographies for young people. It’s written by Trina Robbins with pencils by Anne Timmons and inks by mo oh. We read, in clear, straightforward text, about how Lily Renée grew up privileged in Vienna, Austria, until the Nazis invaded. I was impressed by how Trina Robbins explains a horrific situation — planned genocide — […]

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My Boyfriend Is a Monster: My Boyfriend Bites

After enjoying Made for Each Other and being disappointed by Under His Spell, I had put off reading this entry in the My Boyfriend Is a Monster series because it was about vampires. After all, there have been SO many teen vampire romances lately, they’re their own trend. I shouldn’t have worried. My Boyfriend Bites is another enjoyable entry in the series, with its own twists and unusual takes on the genre. The main improvement is the heroine, Vanessa. Instead […]

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My Boyfriend Is a Monster: Under His Spell

I enjoyed one of the books in this series so much, I thought I’d try another one. Under His Spell pairs Bethany, a determined soccer player praised for avoiding “boy-based distractions”, with a foreign transfer student who turns out to be a fairy prince. It’s written by Marie P. Croall and illustrated by Hyeondo Park. Allein has been sent to our world to hide from a war over the inheritance of the throne, but his cousin has led a band […]

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My Boyfriend Is a Monster: Made for Each Other

When I found out that “teen paranormal romance” is one of the hottest new book genres, I thought I should check out this graphic novel line trading on its popularity. (It didn’t hurt that writer Paul Storrie was an old friend.) I’m glad I did, because I got a fun monster love story, but one more creative and unusual in its content than I suspected. “My Boyfriend Is a Monster” is an umbrella title; each of the entries stands alone. […]

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Hamster and Cheese

Hamster and Cheese is the first book in a new series, Guinea PIG: Pet Shop Private Eye, by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue. In it, the title character, named Sasspants, solves mysteries. It’s very cute — Sasspants lives in a glass habitat filled with books her size — and has some funny dialogue and character interactions. There is one running gag, about the shop owner being stupid, that didn’t work for me, since it’s reflected in calling all the […]

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