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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth
Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt
Bob's Hungry Ghost by Geneviève Côté
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
The Cute Girl Network by M.K. Reed
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
You and Me by Susan Verde

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
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Seconds: 10/15/15

Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley: An appealing story of mushrooms and time travel.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley is a graphic novel about a chef and restaurant owner who decides to take some magical short cuts to get the life she's always wanted. Katie runs a bustling restaurant, Seconds, but she wants to open up a new, larger restaurant in the center of town. It's a huge risk and she feels like she's being screwed over by karma and her contractor.

When Katie discovers some magic mushrooms that can give her a chance at a redo through time travel she starts unraveling her life one mushroom at a time.

Something.

But "all magic comes with a price, dearie" as Rumplestilskin loves to remind us in Once Upon a Time. And pay Katie does with her life spiraling more and more out of control. Sure, she gets her man, gets her new restaurant, but she loses herself, her friends, and her mind.

Waking up to unexpected results.

Seconds brings together story elements from a number of my favorite stories. First there's the Princess and the Frog, the Disney version, except instead of Tiana being swept into the curse, she brings it upon herself. Next there's Steins;Gate where time travel is a slippery slope and a difficult thing to undo. Finally there's the Hildafolk series, where it's a house spirit who brings all this trouble upon Katie because she doesn't follow the old traditions.

Five stars

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