Graphic Novels by Martinson and Wilson & Shimojima on Japan, plus Moore | Xpress Reviews

Fans will appreciate how the epilog mirrors the prolog, ending the trilogy perfectly; light manga artwork coupled with a succinct, well-researched narrative will entice readers; for anyone looking for an introduction to the Buddha and his teachings

Nonfiction: Frank Little & Labor, Forces of Nature, Gershom Scholem, Native American Women | Xpress Reviews

Appealing for those interested in the history of the American West and labor history; a must-read for anyone delving into the history of science; for specialized readers drawn to Jewish mysticism and Jewish messianism; for readers interested in the history of western Washington

Fiction from Kilpack and Debuter Mehta | Xpress Reviews

Kilpack’s characters solidly acknowledge the power of faith and redemption yet are able to follow their own moral compass—another gentle winner; Mehta’s time-hopping narrative ultimately proves distracting and disappointing both

E-Originals from Flynn, Russell, and Uhl | Xpress Reviews

This fetching debut from Flynn (pseudonym for actress/author Meg Tilly) sets up a satisfying romance in a cozy, small-town setting; readers who enjoy love-hate relationships may take to Beholden; a sweet and cozy romance with genuine feelings and experiences to be worked through and overcome

Nonfiction on Soldiering, Prince, the Cubs, Franciscan Missions, Happy Traveling | Xpress Reviews

A rather cerebral analysis of war; an excellent addition to the Prince compendium; fans will likely be disappointed, no matter how much they love their Cubbies; might be of interest to those who like reading about the American Southwest; psychobabble for the insecure

Graphic Novels from Alekseyeva, Elliot, and Uslan & Timpano | Xpress Reviews

This authentically rendered story of strong, independent women will appeal to both adults and teens; a wonderful exploration of the myriad conditions that stem from mental illness; this volume is unable to rekindle whatever magic the original radio shows had

Fiction from Irby, Laukkanen, and McMahon | Xpress Reviews

Irby delivers a story that is comic, mystifying, and ominous, but never, not for one second, boring; short, heart-pounding chapters move Laukkanen’s story along quickly; Burntown redeems itself in the end with an intriguing mystery that will delight reading groups

E-Originals from Castrovilla, Hewitt, and Swift | Xpress Reviews

The idea behind this fairly lengthy read is solid, but the book takes a long time for Luna to come to her realizations; overall, a lovely series set in the English countryside; a Fifty Shades story that explores fame, passion, and tradition, all set in the glittery world of royal society in London

Audiobooks from Higgins and Woods, and a Double Shot of Patterson’s Bookshots | Xpress Reviews

Recommended for die-hard Higgins fans only; two winners for Patterson fans and admirers of the Bookshots series; recommended for public libraries where Woods is popular

Graphic Novels from Hill, Matz, & Jef and Zub & Co. | Xpress Reviews

Hill and Matz deliver a compelling tale about loyalty and revenge, as well as a thought-provoking look at gender politics in our era; Glitterbomb is a macabre tale depicting the dark side of Hollywood and fame