Book Reviews

Recently Reviewed: Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

 

Admittedly, my Watchmen journey began with 472331my boyfriend buying it in a comic store and proceeding to gape at its pages for around three straight days. After watching the movie together and having him tell me every day for four months that it was the greatest graphic novel of all time, a literary masterpiece, the turning point in comic book history, and something he might very well love even more than he loved me, I gave in. It’s not easy, being overshadowed by a thirty-year-old yellow book.

Post-Watchmen, I don’t think I’ll be able to have a conversation with another human being without bringing up how brilliant it is. And that’s not just because I’m a massive dork that usually only communicates with other dorks.

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My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

A heart-wrenching exploration of the world 25743752through a young boy’s eyes, Kit de Waal’s
debut novel follows nine-year-old Leon on his journey from agonising loss to love and identity. The decline of his mother’s mental health sends Leon and his brother Jake tumbling into the arms of Maureen, who carves out a space in her heart and her home for the siblings. But when Jake is offered up for adoption, Maureen cannot shield Leon from the injustices of the outside world, much less the anger and grief bubbling within him.

My Name is Leon is simple yet highly expressive. Told entirely from the perspective of Leon, a mixed-race child, the novel touches on issues such as racism and the shortcomings of the Social Services system without being didactic. While the story itself builds slowly, almost tentatively, it is by no means boring thanks to its protagonist’s insight and poignant honesty.

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{Listed here in alphabetical order by author.}

A

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

B

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A History Of Loneliness by John Boyne

C

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

D

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

F

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

G

Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick

Looking For Alaska by John Green

H

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

K

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

L

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Starflight by Melissa Landers

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Exodus in Confluence by Bryant A. Loney

To Hear The Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney

The Young Elites by Mary Lu

M

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

N

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

P

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

S

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Y

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey