MINI REVIEWS: Honor Girl & Lumberjanes Vol. 1

TITLE: Honor Girl Related image
AUTHOR: Maggie Thrash
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When 15 year old Maggie goes to an all girls camp like she does every year she didn’t expect to get a crush on a camp counselor, especially on a girl.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | LGBTQ+ | Memoir
RATING: 4/5

This is a graphic memoir about a girl coming out and realizing she has a crush on a camp counselor older than her. Yes, realizing she’s gay is a major part of the book, but it’s also about the excitement, disappointments, nerves, and in this case the confusion that comes with first crushes. . My favorites moments  were the times she wasn’t sure of herself or what she should do, but only because it’s something I think everyone has gone through. I also like that she takes time to think about the repercussions of liking a girl, like the backlash they might get from it because that’s still a very present problem for people who are not ready to come out. Nowadays, there’s a lot of representation and stories about good coming out stories, but that hasn’t always been the case. However, it’s also nice that she doesn’t truly try to hide her feelings from herself and just accepts her attraction to Erin.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I did not love the art style. I don’t know if it was done on purpose, or if Thrash wanted to do it all on her own and didn’t want to have anyone, but the art style is simplistic. It’s kinda messy and not in a funny ironic way like in Hyperbole and Half by Allie Brosh.

 

TITLE: Lumberjanes Image result for lumberjanes vol 1
AUTHOR: Noelle Stevenson
ILLUSTRATORS: Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A group of girls in summer camp encounter strange events.
VOLUME: 1, Beware the Kitten Holy
GENRE: Graphic Novel |
RATING: 3/5

The first volume in this comic series gave me Paper Girls and Gravity Falls vibes, but unlike the comic and show it doesn’t seem to have much plot development. Right now as it stands, I don’t see how all these strange events are related to each other. I imagine that the next couple of volumes will continue to explore these strange events, but if I can’t see the thread that brings it all together, I will lose interest very soon.

The main characters all seem to have their unique personalities, but none of which I was a fan of. In fact, the only character I actually liked was the camp counselor. Maybe it’s because I’m growing older but I have a deep appreciation for adult figures who are trying their best to do the right thing. Too bad she doesn’t form part of the core group.

As for the art, I thought it was good solid work. I like that some scenes don’t require any text to figure out what is happening in the pages.

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MINI REVIEWS: A Court of Frost and Starlight & the sun and her flowers

TITLE: A Court of Frost and Starlight. Related image
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: It’s the Winter Solstice holiday in Prythian, and the Night Court is celebrating while they rebuild their home in the aftermath of the war against the King of Hybern.
GENRE: Novella | Romance | High Fantasy | New Adult
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: This is the fourth book /  novella in The Court or Thorns and Roses series
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BOOK REVIEW: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

TITLE: ObsidioRelated image
AUTHORS: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Asha and Rhys are exes who find each other on opposite sides of a war, meanwhile Kady and company are on their way to help Kerenza against Bei-Tech.
GENRE: Young Adult | Science Fiction
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: This is the third and final book of the Illuminae Files series.
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BOOK REVIEW: Kindred by Octavia Butler

TITLE: Kindred Image result for kindred octavia butler
AUTHOR: Octavia Butler
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dana is a black woman living in the 1970s happily married to Kevin (who’s white), when she’s suddenly transported to the antebellum south in Maryland.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Historical Fiction | Neo-Slave Narrative
RATING: 4.5/5
NOTE: Not for younger readers because it had several scenes depicting violence, mention of rape, and frequent use of the N word.
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DID NOT FINISH #3: The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

TITLE: The Breathless 
AUTHOR: Tara Goedjen
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Mae is coping with her sister’s loss when she finds a mysterious green book and Cage reappears after a year long absence claiming he doesn’t remember Ro’s death (he was her boyfriend)
GENRE: Gothic | Young Adult | Mystery | Supernatural
RATING: DNF (Did Not Finish)
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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BOOK REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

TITLE: The Handmaid’s Tale Related image
AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Offred is a handmaid in the country of Gilead where the totalitarian regime’s solution to the declining birth rate is to forcibly impregnate handmaids with the bible as an excuse.
GENRE: Dystopian | Speculative Fiction
RATING: 4.5/5
NOTE: Not for youngins.
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