Wednesday, May 16, 2018

YA Pick of the Week: Moonstruck by Grace Ellis

Moonstruck is an ongoing comic book series created by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle. If you have ever picked up a Lumberjanes book (one of my favorite comic series!) then you'll recognize Ellis's signature humor and whimsy.

The first collected volume of Moonstruck (issues #1-5) came out this spring, which means that we could finally buy it here at the library. Moonstruck exists in a world where magic exists, and magical beings live perfectly normal, simple lives alongside regular humans. Julie, our protagonist, is a barista with perfectly reasonable hobbies and goals and romantic drama...and also happens to turn into a werewolf whenever she gets upset. Her co-worker Chet is a non-binary centaur who's perfectly comfortable being themself, in direct opposition to Julie. Meanwhile, there is magical interference afoot.

The plot of the series is fun and interesting, and sometimes a little Scooby-Doo-esque, but the series really shines with its relationships: Julie's dating life and her friendship with Chet always come front and center. With Beagle's dreamy artwork and the setting of a magical coffee house, the general feeling is soft and light and silly, even when the conflicts that the characters face are nothing of the sort. Reading Moonstruck felt a lot like reading really good coffee house AU fan-fiction--which, to be honest, I loved! Maybe you will too!

Monday, May 7, 2018

YA Pick of the Week: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has everything figured out. She's not interested in finding the "Ideal Indian Husband" of her mother's dreams, rather, she's interested in fulfilling her own dreams of coding successful apps in a summer program for aspiring web designers.

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him and that he'll have to woo her, he's totally on board.

At first glance, the two have nothing in common, but they unexpectedly fall completely and totally in love.

This book is great! It's really sweet and romantic and shows you both Dimple and Rishi's perspectives, as well as the complications of their parents' interference. If you're looking for a light-but-not-too-light beach read, look no further!