Anti/Hero (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Anti/Hero by Kate Karyus Quinn, Demitria Lunetta, Maca Gil (Illustrator)

Published by DC Comics on April 14, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , graphic novel

Pages: 160

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: arc graphic novel

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Piper Pájaro and Sloane MacBrute are two 13-year-old girls with very different lives but very similar secrets. Popular, outgoing Piper is strong. Like, ripping-the-doors-off-cards strong. She longs to be a superhero, even if she tends to leave massive messes in her wake. Snarky Sloane, on the other hand, is super smart. Like, evil-genius-smart. To help her family, she has to put those smarts to use for her villainous grandfather.

When a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two girls face to face with each other, the device sparks, and the two girls switch bodies! Now they must live in each other’s shoes as they figure out a way to switch back.

Anti/Hero is a story that explores what makes a hero, how one can find friendship where it’s unexpected, and what it means to walk in another person’s shoes…literally! 

Authors Kate Karyus Quinn (Another Little Piece, The Show Must Go On) and Demitria Lunetta (The Fade, Bad Blood) make their graphic novel and middle grade debut alongside artist Maca Gil to introduce two new and exciting characters to DC Comics!

My Thoughts:

I really loved the art style in this read. I loved how this novel took the gothem city myth in such a fun way. I also really liked how this book focused on both girls story and loved how the book was structured really comparing and contrasting the girls lives. I always like books/stories where characters have to talk a walk in each others shoes. I also really enjoyed the side characters in this story and really liked how this book focused on friendship and young heroes and the drama they face. I also really hope we get more books in this series in the future.

MoonCakes (Non-Spoiler Review)

Mooncakes  by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Published by   Oni Press on October 15, 2019

Genres: Graphic Novel 256

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft. Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any townhome. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun sequel in this series. I really did like the plot I found this book to be the prefect witch graphic novel. I really did love the world building and the characters. I thought this book featured so much diversity in so many different aspects including deaf characters also LBGTQ characters. I found this art style to be so adorable and I flew through this read. I wanted a little bit more from the plot towards the end, but really did love this read and hope that we get to sequel soon!

The Okay Witch (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Okay Witch  by Emma Steinkellner

Published by  Aladdin on September 3, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Graphic Novel

Pages: 272

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything!

Magic is harder than it looks.

Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all! When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.

In this spellbinding graphic novel debut, Emma Steinkellner spins a story packed with humor and heart about the weird and wonderful adventures of a witch-in-progress.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this adorable graphic novel. I thought it was such a heartfelt coming of age story with a witchy twist. I really did enjoy the main character and the world building. I thought the art style was adorable and really hope we get more books focused on these characters. I thought this book handled common topics like friendship and being different in such a fun way! I thought this was the prefect halloween read!

The Truth about Stacey (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Truth about Stacy  by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin 

Published by  GRAPHIX; Revised on July 28, 2015

Genres: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel

Pages: 144

Format: e-book

Source: Library

2019 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

This graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, is now available in full color!

Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC — and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way… even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club!

Raina Telgemeier, in the same signature style featured in Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novel!

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I loved revisiting this story and also seeing the awesome art style. It has been so long since I read this story but I loved it. I loved how this story had nice balance of focusing on stacey as a lead character but still had a main story focusing on the other girls. I really am loving this series and the new love this series is getting. This is a super fast read and I can’t wait to tackle the other ones from the series.

In real life (graphic novel Review)

In Real Life  by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Published by First Second on October 14, 2014)

Genres: Young Adult, graphic novel

Pages: 191

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2019 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. 

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer — a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.  
From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash. 

This title has common Core connections.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought this story was super fast pace story. I loved how this book focused on girls and the gaming life. I also really enjoyed the art style of this graphic novel. I really loved this face pace story and also really loved the harder issues this tackled. I also enjoyed the under currents of romance that was present this story def put a smile on my face. I really hope to read more by this author in the future.

W.I.T.CH: Non-Spolier Graphic Novel Vol 2: Non-Spolier Review

W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part I. The Twelve Portals, Vol. 2 by Walt Disney Company (Creator) and  Elisabetta None

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Published by Yen Press on October 31, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy, graphic novel

Pages:  256

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

The new Guardians continue their mission to close the twelve portals to Metamoor that threaten their world. When the prediction that they will be betrayed by someone close to them comes to pass, though, can the W.I.T.C.H. girls pull together, or will they come apart at the seams…?

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this volume a lot. I really adore the character of Wil. But I loved all the characters to be honest. They are all so different and i love the various powers they all have. I also love the strong focus on friendship and finishing evil. I l think the drawing is the standout in this series. I love all the different locations we see. I also like how the romance in these pieces are not the primary focus yet. It love thee various sides of witches we see the good and the evil and how friendship grounds everything. I also like how the parents have a pretty decent role in the series. I am excited to get to vol 3 :

Paper girls Volume 1 and 2: Non-Spoiler Review

 

Paper girls Volume 1 and 2  by Brian Vaughan

reviewed by Sarah

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Published by Image Comics on April 5, 2016)

Genres: graphic novels

Pages: 144 pages

Format:  Physical book

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Book 1

From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Book 2:

Spoilers are a foot!!!!!!

 

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a fun read. It’ s set in the 80’s which is when I was a kid and it brought  some nostalgia with the some of the references. It definitely has left me more questions than answers on what the heck is going on. It has time travel, monsters, robots, and possibly aliens. it was fun to see an all girl cast of characters kicking butt. I have herd mixed things about this graphic novel, some people not liking how up in the air everything is , but that just makes want read more to see if the answers will be reveled later. I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to read the next volumes to see where the girls go next.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol 1 : Non Spoiler Review

 

My Favorite Thing is Monsters  by Emil Ferris

Reviewed by Sarah!!

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Published by  Fantagraphics  on February 14, 2017

Genres: Graphic Novel

Pages: 386 pages

Format: Graphic Novel

Source: Physically Bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

In this debut, which takes the form of a fictional graphic diary, a 10-year-old girl tries to solve a murder.

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the storyline and the artwork was beautiful. It had a lot of different elements in it. Karen the main character is trying to solve the apparent suicide, which she thinks is a murder, of her upstairs neighbor, who was a holocaust survivor. We see a lot of the neighbor’s back story as Karen tries to figure out how she died. While this is going on she is also dealing with her relationships with her family and friends and figuring out her place in it all.
I will say that it is very dark and has a lot of violence and sexually explicit scenes. It is definitely meant for adults. I really enjoyed it, and I am looking forward to the Second book coming out this year. I gave it fours stars.