DC rebooted the Batgirl franchise not too long ago with their New 52 rollout. The run, written by Gail Simone, was an intimate look at Barbara Gordon and her recovery after having been wheelchair bound for years. It dealt with both her mental and physical recovery and was applauded by many as an honest portrayal of PTSD. As you can imagine, the tone and topics of the book were quite dark and DC recently decided to reboot the franchise yet again with a new writing and artist team, hoping to give Batgirl a younger, hipper vibe.
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The best way to describe Bird Box by Josh Malerman is creepy. It’s the type of horror novel that plays off your fear of the unknown. What is out there that is driving everyone who sees it into a murderous and suicidal rage? Obviously no one can say because everyone who has seen it is dead. Is it a mysterious creature, aliens or some kind of fog that attacks the viewer? It’s unknown which is part of why it’s so unnerving.
A new apartment is a dream come true for interior designer Caroline. The apartment is perfect in every way except for one – her new neighbor has a very active social schedule and she has very thin walls. Caroline can hear every moan, giggle and bang coming from the apartment next door. Unable to take another sleepless night, Caroline confronts her neighbor. What begins as annoyance soon grows into friendship. With the tension running high between the two, will Caroline and Simon become more than just friends?
In all my years of reading YA I have come to find that horror is pretty rare in the young adult genre. Suspense, thriller and horror are among my favorite types of books to read and some of my favorite YA authors, like Katie Alender and Gretchen McNeil, have written some of my favorite YA horror novels. Not only is horror difficult to find in the YA section, but there as a time that Barnes & Noble pulled McNeil’s novels from the shelves because they were deemed “too scary!” That’s a whole other fish to fry but my point is that there are few authors who have lasted as long as Alender writing almost strictly horror for YA. I have read most of Alender’s previous novels and I keep coming back for more!
Children are disappearing from Gotham and people are whispering that it’s the ghost of woman haunted by her children’s deaths. Kate Kane (aka Batwoman) doesn’t know who’s taking the children, but she is on a mission to find them and bring them back to their families. Along the way she must deal with a secret government agency who wants to unmask her, a recruitment offer from Batman, training her young cousin (aka Flamebird) on the finer points of being a vigilante, and dating a police officer who doesn’t know that she dons a mask at night.
Night Film haunted me for almost a year with just the title and the cover alone. When it first popped up on my radar I was instantly drawn to it. I’m always down to read a good slow build mystery that has me guessing around every corner. When the story is really well written, I like to feel as if I’m the main character playing detective and trying to figure out the “who done it”. Night Film by Marisha Pessl literally had me hooked from the first page and left me completely in the dark (in a good way) throughout the whole of the story!
Unlike most young ladies of her acquaintance, Miss Madeline Gracechurch does not wish for a London season. Spending countless hours at balls and parties in the hopes of finding a husband is not something that Maddie, shy and sometime awkward, is looking forward to. Instead, while on holiday before her first season, Maddie invents a dashing Scottish soldier who sweeps her off her feet and asks for her hand in marriage. Betrothed, Maddie is no longer on the marriage mart. The only problem is, her Scottish beau doesn’t exist. In order to make the ruse believable, Maddie begins to write letters to “Captain Logan MacKenzie.” Years pass and finally, unable to continue the farce any longer, Maddie “kills” her captain and is given a castle to live the remainder of her days as a spinster, which suits Maddie just fine. Just when Maddie thought her life was settling down, the fictitious Capt MacKenzie appears at her door with a troop of weary soldiers and her letters. It appears that her fake fiance is very real and has come looking for his bride.
Everyone’s favorite homicidal sidekick is back! This time, Harley Quinn, the former love interest of The Joker has her own series. Down on her luck, Harley finds out that she has inherited a building on Coney Island along with its eclectic tenants. While the building is free, property taxes require Harley to get a day job as a therapist where she helps her patients to the best of her (unorthodox) abilities.
Charlie Allington was a small town girl who made it big and moved to the big city…until a scandal ruins her prospects and she’s forced to take the only job she can get, at a resort in her home town. While she’s not too happy with being back, one small perk is Walker Pearce, the boy that everyone had a crush on in high school. Charlie’s no longer the shy, bookish girl she used to be and is ready to show Walker that she’s all grown up.
Gray is a promising student at Merlin College, studying the ancient art of magick, when one night changes his fate. When a midnight errands ends up with one of his classmates dead and Gray shouldering the blame, Gray is sent to spend the Long Vacation at the home of Professor Callender. There is no love lost between the two but Callender’s home is the safest place for Gray while he tries to find out what really happened that night and clear his name. The upside to his mandatory stay is that the Professor has a smart, inquisitive daughter who is intrigued by Gray. Sophie Callender and Gray become fast friends, though they must hide it. Sophie’s father has some antiquated ideas about women studying magick, so she must hide her association with Gray. However, as the two become closer they discover a sinister plot that they must stop. Along the way they discover secrets about their own pasts that make their mission even more dangerous.