Kerry and the Knight of the forest (Arc Review)

Tunnel Of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Published by   Random House Graphic on July 7, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, Graphic Novel

Pages: 288

Format: arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Kerry might be lost in this fantastical middle-grade graphic novel, but that doesn’t mean he’ll give up! With twists and turns at every part of this journey, Kerry’s adventure is perfect for fans of Amulet and Mighty Jack.

Kerry needs to get home; his parents are sick. When a spirit in the forest lets him know of a shortcut, Kerry finds himself on a quest filled with magic, self-discovery, and new friends . . . who may or may not help him on his journey. Will he make it through the forest and get home in time to save his parents?

An adventure about fear, loss, and finding your own way, this enchanting story comes to life with a hero that every reader can relate to.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was adorable graphic novel. I really loved the setting and the characters in this novel. I think the final color version of the graphic novel will be stunning. I also really liked how this book was structured . I found the creatures in this book to be so fun. I also loved how this book explored topics like friendship and good vs evil. I also really enjoyed the art style as well!

#stayathomenandread Zatanna and the House of Secrets (arc review)

Zatanna and the House of Secrets by Matthew Cody

Published by   DC Comics (February 18, 2020)

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure, graphic novel/comic

Pages: 160

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book/arc

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Welcome to the magical, mystical, topsy-turvy world of the House of Secrets, where Zatanna embarks on a journey of self-discovery and adventure … all with her pet rabbit, Pocus, at her side

Zatanna and her stage magician father live in a special house, the House of Secrets, which is full of magic, puzzles, mysterious doors, and storybook creatures–it’s the house everyone in the neighborhood talks about but avoids.

At school one day, Zatanna stands up to a bully and everything changes–including her friends. Suddenly, Zatanna isn’t so sure about her place in the world, and when she returns home to tell her father, he’s gone missing, lost within their own home. 

With thrilling twists from writer Matthew Cody and dazzling artwork by Yoshi Yoshitani, Zatanna and the House of Secrets will delight readers at the turn of every page–and the opening of every door!

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I loved both the diversity of this read but also the plot. I loved the setting of this book so much and found the mansion full of secrets to be so fun. I also also normally a big fan of animal as a sidekick and loved this bunny so much. I also loved the characters in this read and love how this book fleshed out. I thought the end of the story was a bit rushed but really hope we get more books in this series in the future. I really loved the main character.

The Mystery of the Moon Tower (Arc Review) finish

The Mystery of the Moon Tower (The Pathfinders Society) by Francesco Sedita,  Prescott Seraydarian and  Steve Hamaker 

Published by   Viking Books for Young Readers on April 21, 2020

Genres: Middle Grade , Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Summer camp just became a whole lot more interesting when five curious kids accept a mysterious project: work together as a team to uncover a series of strange clues, reveal a secret path–and follow its twists and turns to a legendary treasure! 

Join in the fun in this lively, clever debut graphic novel sure to appeal to fans of the Last Kids on Earth and Lumberjanes series.

Kyle is a new kid in town who likes to draw. Vic is a cool cheerleader who’s secretly a math whiz. Quiet Beth is a history buff, while goofball Harry likes performing magic tricks, with the help of his patient wingman, Nate. Five kids unlikely to form a team, for sure. 

But then they’re thrown together at summer camp, where they watch a grainy old movie about the history of their town, Windrose, and one of its illustrious citizens of a bygone era: the intrepid explorer-inventor Henry Merriweather. He’s the one who established their camp. Merriweather’s Camp Pathfinders’ motto? Plus Ultra: more beyond!

The five kids soon find there is indeed “more beyond” in their pokey town with its weird weather and sudden geysers of smelly air. Deciphering a route of historical markers leads them to Merriweather’s old castle, which is lined with ornate, beautiful tiles in hallways that lead to secret rooms full of odd objects–and where time itself is warped

Kyle, Vic, Beth, Harry, and Nate witness scenes from Merriweather’s past and realize his experiments and eccentricities are pointing toward a path–that could lead to the rumored lost treasure of Windrose. 

This is the path our heroes are meant to follow, on a journey that will take them back and forth through time, through woods, and across waterways revealed by moonlight, right up to the looming Moon Tower itself–which holds Merriweather’s secret . . . and the treasure!

My Thoughts:

I found this to such a fast pace read. I really enjoyed the wide cast of characters and also the setting the the mystery that was at the heart of this novel. I really think that the finished copy of this book will have such a fun and easy to read/ and love art style. I think the plot had some pacing issues, but I am hopeful the future books in this series will get stronger and stronger. I think if your enjoy fast pace adventure stories, this would be the prefect read for you!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.