Graphic Novels by Humphrey & Co. and Tobocman | Xpress Reviews


The crowdsourced Bartkira is all concept and no vision; fans of social justice history, activism, and famous court cases will enjoy this brilliantly conceived graphic biography of lawyer Weinglass

Fiction from Ashford, Benn, Hamilton, Hansen, Macmillan, Marwood, a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews


For those interested in Agatha Christie; Benn’s plot is unnecessarily complicated; a terrific debut novel; a behind-the-scenes look into the Chinese underworld; for fans of psychological suspense; a story filled with crafty misdirection

E-Originals from Lyons, Noble, and Weaver | Xpress Reviews


A well-rounded romp of a romance that scratches all the right itches; the perfect vehicle for a mashup of scenes familiar to any Regency romance reader; a solid contribution to the excellent “Grantham Girls” series that can easily stand alone

Nonfiction: Another Strategy in the Breast Cancer Wars | Xpress Reviews


Another view of the breast cancer wars and its strategies; recommended for most patient health collections

Graphic Novels: Barker/Scheele, the Frouds, Gillen, Pushwagner, Rooum/Clementson, Vaughan | Xpress Reviews


Queer is a primer on oft-complex ideas; a beautifully illustratedcompanion to the earlier work; a timely Star Warspurchase; fans of indie books and art lovers will embrace Soft City; once hotly contested revolutionary attitudes; an exciting romp through the 1980s

Fiction from Fraser-Sampson, Mayor, Richman, and Debuter Palacio | Xpress Reviews


The first of a promised, and promising, series from Fraser-Sampson; it never feels like Mayor is pulling the conclusion out of thin air; Palacio’s debut is one of those especially rare novels that will resonate with readers on an achingly deep level; Richman’s tale will appeal to those looking to find a quiet story, touched with a hint of feminist rebellion

E-Originals from Matthews, Moran, and Winters | Xpress Reviews


Matthews’s latest builds up the scares in a deft way to keep readers absolutely riveted; Moran’s title is for readers who enjoy more swoon and less struggle; for Winters’s characters, their developing relationship is both hot and heartwarming

E-Originals from Del Mar, Gracen, and Parker | Xpress Reviews


Seth and Summer’s emotional journey works on all levels; a sure bet for readers wanting a feel good story that is light on intimacy and strong on heart; Parker makes use of a few different kinks throughout this erotic romance

Graphic Novels from Darcy, Lewis & Co., Pedrosa, and Tommaso | Xpress Reviews


Darcy’s work is illogical and unsettling with a dash of surrealism; Lewis’s latest historical work is essential reading for tweens through adults; fans of modern European graphic novels will love Pedrosa’s insightful book; Tommaso has a stilted comic style

Nonfiction: Birds’ Brains, Disney Animators, the 60s, Driving in Russia, Easy Dinners | Xpress Reviews


Avian brain structure and how it may have evolved; animating Disney’s musicals; pastor Moody on managing one’s identity; the 1960s as seen through The New Yorker; an intriguing read for anyone interested in Russian history; Younkin’s family-friendly recipes