Review: A Flight of Angels

A Flight of Angels by Holly Black, Rebecca Guay, Louise Hawes, Alisa Kwitney, Todd Mitchell, and Bill Willingham

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Remember when angels were supposed to be the next big thing in young adult paranormal romance, on par with vampires? Instead, the trend has largely kept itself contained to Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. Angels aren’t much of a presence in the former, although their descendants are; and Hush, Hush is a shining example of rape culture. On top of that, vampires and werewolves come pre-loaded, as it were, with teenage sexual angst—first blood, uncontrollable body hair, and strange urges. Angels, on the other hand, have grander concepts tied up with them, especially the fallen variety—knowledge, agency, and power.

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Review: Fables — Legends in Exile

Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham et al.

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I have a weird relationship with Fables. My brother went to the Air Force Academy, and, despite my atrocious memory, I distinctly recall sitting in a Borders (back in the day, obviously) in Colorado Springs, seeing how far I could read into Fables before my parents were done with their errands. I got to Volume 5—which is less a comment on my parents’ time management skills, but how quickly I read, especially graphic novels. Of course, that was before this book blog and during the wombat years, so it’s essentially as if I did not read it. However, the first volume has been on my shelf forever, so I figured it was time to revisit it as an adult…

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