The Girl with More than One HeartTitle: The Girl with More than One Heart

Author: Laura Geringer Bass

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Abrams Kids

The Blurb

When Briana’s father dies of a heart attack, she feels a new heart grow inside her. Through this heart, her father’s voice guides her through her grief and helps her navigate her new, not-so-normal life at home.

When her mother’s own grief becomes overpowering, Briana feels like she’s responsible for her autistic little brother, Aaron. Spending much of her time and energy caring for Aaron, she wonders: Did his special needs hurt her father’s very fragile heart? The voice of Briana’s “new heart” helps her to cope with the messy uncertainties, as she balances her first feelings of romance, making new friends, and following her dream of writing for the school newspaper. And as Briana finds strength and knowledge in herself, she’s finally able to let go of her new heart and rely solely on her own.

The Review

So many YA books have been based on grief recently. There has been a trend of grief among peers; people who are sick losing friends who have helped them through their illness. Yet I haven’t come across one about the loss of a parent.

This is the subject of the The Girl with More than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass. Bass uses her own real life experiences of losing her dad, albeit as an adult, as she transfers that grief into an intense feeling shared by a child.

The story focuses on Briana who is dealing with the death of her father. She is a burgeoning teenager with a brother who is on the autistic spectrum and who, rightfully so, is quite demanding of time due to his needs. When she loses her father she also loses her mother too. Her mother is awash with grief and cannot come to terms with her husband’s death making Briana grow up faster than she should have to.

Laura Geringer Bass deals with the subject of loss so well it made a painful topic easier to read about. This is definitely a book you want to use to show understanding and empathy towards others.

A great MG-YA read.

The Girl with More than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass is available now.

For more information regarding Laura Geringer Bass (@LauraGeringer) please visit www.laurageringerbass.com.

For more information regarding Abrams Kids (@abramskids) please visit www.abramsbooks.com/abramskids/.

4 Stars

Labyrinth 3Title: Labyrinth – Coronation #2

Author: Simon Spurrier, Daniel Bayliss and Fiona Staples

Pages: 25 Pages

Publisher: Archaia

The Blurb

The Goblin King’s mother enters the Labyrinth, discovering a strange and marvellous world unlike anything she could imagine and one much different than what Sarah will encounter years later.

The Review

In the second part of the epic adventure we see a story that reflects Sarah’s in the movie Labyrinth. It is filled with intrigue and mystery and we see some beloved characters as well as meeting new ones. It really is a great story that should have been explored long before now.

I cannot wait for the next in the series.

Labyrinth: Coronation #2 by Simon Spurrier is available now.

For more information regarding Simon Spurrier (@sispurrier) please visit www.simonspurrier.co.uk.

For more information regarding Daniel Bayliss (@danielbaylissb) please visit www.deathtotheillustraitor.blogspot.mx.

For more information regarding Fiona Staples (@fionastaples) please visit www.fionastaples.com.

For more information regarding Archaia (@Archaia) please visit www.archaia.com.

3 Stars

Labyrinth 2Author: Simon Spurrier, Daniel Bayliss and Fiona Staples

Pages: 23 Pages

Publisher: Archaia

The Blurb

Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal) and Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Dragons, Kennel Block Blues) present a magical look into the world of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Before Sarah braved the Labyrinth to save her brother, another young woman sought to save a young boy named Jareth from the clutches of the Goblins. Set in 18th-century Venice, Italy, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is a striking look into the history of the Labyrinth itself, and what happens to the little boys who don’t get rescued. This is the untold history of the Goblin King.

The Review

I love Labyrinth. When I was a child I had it on a LP video tape along with three other 80s classic films. I watched the tape so much that it is had to be held together by Selatape.

Strangely though, I have never questioned Jareth’s story. Why was he the Goblin King? There are plenty of other questions such as why is he not a goblin and man how did David Bowie get so hot but we will save those questions for another time. These questions came to light when I started reading the graphic novel of Labyrinth. See it isn’t actually the story seen in the film that we all know and love. It is actually an origins story and it is a damn interesting one too.

The opening graphic novel shows us just how much societal pressure was on Jareth’s father and how Jareth came to rule a kingdom of goblins. The graphics are amazing and the story is engaging. I am perplexed as to where it is going to head to but I cannot wait to find out.

Labyrinth: Coronation #1 by Simon Spurrier is available now.

For more information regarding Simon Spurrier (@sispurrier) please visit www.simonspurrier.co.uk.

For more information regarding Daniel Bayliss (@danielbaylissb) please visit www.deathtotheillustraitor.blogspot.mx.

For more information regarding Fiona Staples (@fionastaples) please visit www.fionastaples.com.

For more information regarding Archaia (@Archaia) please visit www.archaia.com.

3 Stars

Dead FeministsTitle: Dead Feminists – Historic Heroines in Living Colour

Author: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring

Pages: 192 Pages

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

The Blurb

A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.

Based on the beloved letterpress poster series of the same name, Dead Feminists interweaves intricate broadside art with archival photographs and ephemera. This book brings feminist history to life, profiling 27 unforgettable forebears of the modern women’s movement such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rachel Carson, and more. Across eras and industries, passions and geographies, this collection of diverse, progressive, and perseverant women faced what looked like insurmountable odds and yet, still, they persisted.

Dead Feminists, which features a foreword by Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is an illuminating and innovative reminder that women can be extraordinary agents of change. The future is female, but in many ways so is the past. Dead Feminists takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too).

Featured Feminists: Adina De Zavala – Alice Paul – Annie Oakley – Babe Zaharias – Eleanor Roosevelt – Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Elizabeth Zimmerman – Emma Goldman – Fatima al-Fihri – Gwendolyn Brooks – Harriet Tubman – Imogen Cunningham – Jane Mecom – Marie Curie – Queen Lili’uokalani – Rachel Carson – Rywka Lipszyc – Sadako Sasaki – Sappho – Sarojini Naidu – Shirley Chisholm – Thea Foss – Virginia Woolf – Washington State Suffragists

The Review

I’m currently on a bit of a feminist wave. I’m reading lots of books about female figures throughout history that haven’t been celebrated to their fullest. That is why I was really happy to have been approved Dead Feminists on NetGalley.

O’Leary and Spring have combined their personal print making skills and used this to celebrate certain women throughout history. Some of these women are well known; others less so. What is interesting is seeing how O’Leary and Spring accentuate the role that these women have played and doing so in a visual way.

I genuinely loved this book. What is more is that I learned about women who I hadn’t ever come across before and it has inspired me to research into them further.

Overall, Dead Feminists is a quirky and inspiring look at the ways and whys women should be celebrated.

Dead Feminists – Historic Heroines in Living Colour by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring is available now.

For more information regarding Chandler O’Leary (@AnagramPress) please visit www.chandleroleary.com.

For more information regarding Jessica Spring (@SpringtidePress) please visit www.springtidepress.com.

For more information regarding Sasquatch Books (@SasquatchBooks) please visit www.sasquatchbooks.com.

3 Stars

Children of Blood and BoneTitle: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Pages: 531 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

The Review

Ok, so I fell for the hype yet again. There has been so much on social media about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi that I had to buy a copy and read it. I knew it was going to be an uncomfortable read, mainly because fantasy isn’t my strong subject when it comes to book genre but give it a go I did. I have to admit, I was impressed.

I was sucked into this mystical world of African legend and folklore; into the world of subjugation and uprising. It was just so engaging. Even though this world was so very alien to the world I live in I couldn’t help but empathise with the battle that the characters had.

What is more powerful is when you learn that Children of Blood and Bone is an allegory for society today. Below the surface of the story is an extended metaphor that shouldn’t still resonate but does.

Seriously, if you want a fluffy fantasy drama then Children of Blood and Bone is not for you. But if you want to challenge yourself and to use YA fiction to push yourself to looking at deeper more prevalent topics then you need to pick this book up.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is available now.

For more information regarding Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) please visit www.bit.lt/2DRI6sc.

For more information regarding Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) please visit www.panmacmillan.com.

4 Stars