Book Releases and Reviews: October 26, 2021

We’re wrapping up the month this October 26 with some great book releases. We’ve got graphic novels, romance, and fantasy reviews this week.

Lifetime Passes by Terry Blas and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre

5/5

This graphic novel might be better described as heartfelt than darkly comedic, but I can certainly see why a comic about teens trying to get lifetime passes to their favorite amusement park through a loophole involving party members dying would be described that way. And while that premise may sound a bit off-putting, the graphic novel is an absolute delight. I’m soft for the young / old friendship trope anyway, and the ways in which these characters find true friendship and belonging while doing something that starts off quite selfishly is really very sweet. It definitely had me tearing up by the end.

The story does deal with deportation, grief, and death, though the overall message is very uplifting. I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more from this new imprint and these two talented creators!

Tink and Wendy by Kelly Ann Jacobson

3/5

A Peter Pan reimagining with a disastrous love triangle and a whole lot of Neverland lore. I loved the split timeline and the excerpts from a fairy history of Neverland which worked really well to tell the story. The writing fell a bit short, and while I liked the premise, some of the details felt contrived and underdeveloped. A fun enough read but not a standout. If you love Peter Pan, this is definitely a unique retelling.

A Thorn in the Saddle by Rebekah Weatherspoon

4/5

I was so excited to read Jesse Pleasant’s turn at romance. I love that Jesse didn’t have to be perfect to find love, but that he did recognize that he needed to work on himself, and the role him going to therapy and working through his family dynamic had on the book. It was a great read.

Another book that’s releasing on October 26 is The Pain Gap by Anushay Hossain. I didn’t finish it in time to post a review this week, but so far it’s a fascinating look at the way sexism and racism effects medical care in the United States.

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