Young Adult Review: True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

This book has been through a lot when I have it on me. It’s been the novel I read when I’m on the bus into the city of Philadelphia to pass the time. Once or twice during these journeys I’ve forgotten an umbrella, so the book, residing in my backpack, has been soaked in multiple downpours while I wait for the bus in the pouring rain. The book is very much well worn, but it’s also been very much been loved.

Young Adult Review: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Being one with a bunch of online friends, and even having met a couple of them, the concept of Mary H.K. Choi’s novel Emergency Contact intrigued me as the plot centers on two college aged adults who talk to each other only though the phone.

Unfortunately, the synopsis was the most intriguing part of the book until the last quarter of it when things finally felt a bit interesting to me, and even then I wasn’t pulled into the story very much.

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

Nonfiction Review: The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

Once in a blue moon I’ll read nonfiction. As you can tell from my reviews, I’m much more apt to read a mystery novel or some other type of fiction. But if the right topic catches my eye, I’ll all for switching gears and learning. This is what happened with The Dorito Effect. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon it, but I did, and got a copy to read and learn all about food and its flavor in the current day and age.

Written in Dead Wax (The Vinyl Detective #1) by Andrew Cartmel

Mystery Review: Written in Dead Wax (The Vinyl Detective #1) by Andrew Cartmel

A few months ago, right around the time I purchased a few records for the first time, I saw a tweet from Titan Books that highlighted this book. Intrigued, I searched my library’s catalog for it, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw they had a copy.

I really, really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t consider it your typical cozy mystery since there is some language, weed smoking, and a touch of sex, but it’s far from your regular run of the mill police procedural mystery since the protagonist is your average joe, albeit with a great knowledge when it comes to vinyl. What I find interesting is we learn everyone’s name but his. We only know him as the Vinyl Detective, as he calls himself on his business card.

The Water Dragons Bride Vol 1 by Rei Toma

Manga Review: The Water Dragon’s Bride, Volume 1 by Rei Toma

The Water Dragon’s Bride is one of the newest series published under Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint and falls under the fantasy and romance area. The story opens with Ashai’s father calling her outside to look at the new decoration he got for their pond. Once she takes a look at it and turns to leave, the water either takes her through time or to another world.

Manga Review: Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Back in December when browsing Barnes & Noble I was browsing the manga section when the 3-in-1 edition of Uzumaki, the full series, caught my eye. I sat down and began reading it, getting a little over 1/10th into it before I had to go. This was, without a doubt, the most hooking manga I have read to date.