Haro's Book Reviews

How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures By Sabrina Imbler Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: June 20, 2024

Sabrina Imbler beautifully weaves together poignant personal essays with the natural history of various sea creatures. The story of their personal growth and queer experience somehow fits perfectly with a wide variety of ocean creatures you may be familiar with or have never heard of. A a great thought provoking book.

Timid: A Graphic Novel By Jonathan Todd, Jonathan Todd (Illustrator) Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: June 20, 2024

Timid tells the story of a young nerdy black kid as he struggles to find his place at a new school. Cecil is an awkward, sweet protagonist anyone who has had trouble fitting in will relate to. Todd's whimsical art style helps keep the story grounded with a blend of traditional line art and digital color. 

The Deep Dark: A Graphic Novel By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: May 21, 2024

Molly Ostertag's latest YA graphic novel delves into heavier themes than some of her previous work, but still packs a punch. Protagonist Mags struggles with keeping secrets, carrying trauma, and still trying to find love and connection with others. The art is beautiful, occasionally blending photography with Ostertag's signature illustrative style. 

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: May 21, 2024

Akwaeke Emezi absolutely destroyed me with this book, and I mean that as the highest praise. Feyi is charismatic, vulnerable, and sexy; a protagonist that grabs you and doesn't let go, forcing you to examine the world through her eyes without apologies. I couldn't put this book down. 

The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks By Shauna Robinson Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: April 17, 2024

A delightful romp following Maggie as she starts an illicit bookshop under the nose of the uptight and particular owner. You can't help but rout for Maggie as she finds out what she's good at and what really matters to her. The romance chemistry is slow to build, but roars once it gets going. 

This Place: 150 Years Retold By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: April 17, 2024

The graphic novel anthology of Indigenous writers and illustrators. Stories vary from heart wrenching historical fiction to fun science fiction, as they reimagine the history of Canada. Art styles vary from surreal to the classic comic book look. An eye opening and thought provoking anthology.

This Place: 150 Years Retold By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: April 17, 2024

The graphic novel anthology of Indigenous writers and illustrators. Stories vary from heart wrenching historical fiction to fun science fiction, as they reimagine the history of Canada. Art styles vary from surreal to the classic comic book look. An eye opening and thought provoking anthology.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) By Nghi Vo Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: March 17, 2024

The story of an empress rising to power, told from the perspective of one of her servants. Vo's writing is grounded and full of character. While not packed with high stakes action, the story keeps you hooked. A great read for fans of Becky Chambers.

Hungry Ghost By Victoria Ying Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: March 17, 2024

The story of a high school girl struggling with family expectations and an eating disorder. Ying uses a limited color pallet and expressive drawings to make the characters feel real and relatable. The writing is raw, honest, and compassionate for a heavy subject matter. 

Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: January 13, 2024

Lost Time is tells the story of Evie, who gets trapped 65 million years ago, the time of dinosaurs! She must learn to survive until maybe, she can get a message to her family. Evie learns she's stronger than she thinks and makes an unlikely companion with a pterasaur. A delightfully fun read, with bright colors, thoughtfully designed dinosaurs, and well balanced cartoon stylization. Perfect for the dinosaur obsessed kid, or adult. 

One Night in Hartswood By Emma Denny Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: January 13, 2024

If you're looking for a cozy, snowy, queer romance, look no further. Penn and Raff embark on an unlikely journey together through medieval England in winter. Their connection is warm, genuine, and sexy as they learn more about each other and themselves. With well rounded characters, a touch of action, and a couple you can't help but route for, this is a great winter comfort read.

The Tea Dragon Festival (The Tea Dragon Society #2) By K. O'Neill Cover Image
Reviewed by: Haro
Posted: November 22, 2023

A this gorgeous graphic novel is a prequel to K O'Neill's Tea Dragon Society. It follows Rinn after they meet a real dragon, who is vastly different from the smaller, friendly and fickle Tea Dragons they know. A beautiful book with cozy art and a sweet story that anyone of any age can enjoy.

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