Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley is a book I was excited to read. I loved the Scott Pilgrim books. This, alas, is not quite as good as the Pilgrim series--no doubt due in large part to the fact that it's one book, not a series, so he doesn't have as much time to flesh out characters and storylines as he did in the Pilgrim books.
Seconds is the story of chef Katie, who's facing her 30s with more than a little trepidation. She's working on a new restaurant which will be hers, but things are not going well. To make matters worse, her hunky ex shows up at the original restaurant with a gorgeous girl.
When Katie has an encounter with a supernatural being who gives her the option to change one thing in her life, she quickly takes advantage of it--and then figures out how to do it over and over again. She spends her days doing things she knows she shouldn't and her nights reversing the days.
Obviously this can't be sustained indefinitely, for a variety of reasons. No spoilers, but things spin out of control, and Katie finds herself in a larger mess than she could have anticipated.
There was much I enjoyed about Seconds, including the vibrant artwork (and the very offhand reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer), but by the end, I felt like O'Malley rushed to wrap everything up without explaining most of it, at least not to my satisfaction. I would have liked to get to know some of the other characters better, especially Hazel. Katie's romantic life just didn't seem worth the trouble to me.
In other words, the world O'Malley created here was deserving of more than it got. That's the verdict from a frustrated reader, anyway.