Graphic Novel Review: Days of Sugar and Spice

Days of Sugar and Spice by Loïc Clément (Script), Anna Montel (Art)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series:  Standalone
Length: 145 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

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Synopsis:
I haven’t set foot in my childhood village since I was eight. Some people would get emotional, but I don’t feel a thing. Or at least nothing positive, because if we’re talking feelings in general, well, anger’s always seething in me. But hey, don’t think I was born this way. No. This anger was taught to me very patiently, it was skillfully injected, slowly distilled. I’m angry at the world, angry at men, angry with myself.

At the age of 28, Rose learns that her father has died and returns to Klervi, her childhood village in Brittany. Revisiting the family bakery she’s inherited brings back buried memories of her former life. She’s reunited with her old aunt Marronde and her extensive feline entourage, as well as Gael, her schoolgirl crush who’s now a grown man…

When she comes across her father’s personal journal, a treasure trove of secrets and recipes, Rose realizes it might be time for a fresh start in life.

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Gretel Graphic Novel Review

Gretel by Ben Meares
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 148 Pages
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Synopsis:
Gretel’s story has been more nightmare than fairy tale ever since the tragic events of her childhood involving her brother and a maniacal witch. These events have left her cursed with a life that will span centuries.

After consuming the heart of a psychic witch, Gretel has been gifted the power of premonition. But when she has a psychic vision foretelling the end of the world, Gretel must open old wounds if she wants to try and prevent it from coming true.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer Graphic Novel Review

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (the Graphic Novel) by Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, Kit Seaton (Illustrator)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: DC Icons, Graphic Novels.
Length: 192 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

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Synopsis:
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. Based on the New York Timesbestselling novel by Leigh Bardugo, this graphic novel adaptation brings to life Diana’s first adventure beyond the hidden shores of Themyscira.

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law–risking exile–to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer–a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies–mortal and divine–determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Human Review

Human by Diego Agrimbau, Lucas Varela (Illustrator)
Rating: 2 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 138 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

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Synopsis:
Planet Earth: 500,000 years in the future. Humans have been extinct for millennia. Two scientists, Robert and June, have been orbiting the Earth, waiting for the planet to become habitable once more. With the help of a team of robots, they plan to start over from scratch: a new Adam and Eve who won’t make the same mistakes as their ancestors. But first Robert has to find June, who seems to have landed somewhere else in this vast jungle—their Eden—full of grotesque creatures and strange primates…

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Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend Review

Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 136 Pages
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Synopsis:
Why bother getting out of bed when you could stay bundled up with that special someone and a book of cozy, cute comics. From the author of the bestselling Little Moments of Love comes Snug, a collection of comics that perfectly captures the honest, playful, and relatable snapshots of romantic life.

Chetwynd’s second book has the same charming and inviting style as her first and includes 50 percent new, never-before-shared comics. Snug is a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of every one of us—and the magic that happens when we find our matching puzzle piece.

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Ascender Review

Ascender, Vol 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Ascender, #1
Length: 136 Pages
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Synopsis:
Powerhouse creative team Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen launch an all new series in Ascender! Set 10 years after the conclusion of Descender’s storyline, here magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed… Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from Descender, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But like her parents, Mila doesn’t like to play by the rules and when a certain robot pal of her dad’s shows up, nothing will ever be the same! With all the scope and heart of the sci-fi classic, Descender, Lemire and Nguyen reunite to take readers on an unforgettable fantasy quest!

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Reading Quirks: Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do! Review

Reading Quirks: Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do! by The Wild Detectives, Laura Pacheco (Illustrator)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 96 Pages
Purchase: [Barnes & Noble]

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Synopsis:
A light-hearted ode to the immense pleasure of reading and its resulting neuroses in a collection of cartoons created by beloved bookstore The Wild Detectives

Who hasn’t peeked over the shoulder of the person reading next to them on the subway, curious about the book in their hands? Who doesn’t secretly love skipping the party to stay home and read? Who hasn’t daydreamed of catching the eye of a future significant other as you discover from across the room that you’re reading the same book? If you’re a reader, you know you’ve been there, and probably in so many other weird places as well, right? That’s what happens with readers, they have these strange traits, these particular ways, that separate them from the rest. Reading Quirks explores, in 72 lighthearted four-frame cartoons, all these weird things readers do, from the existential dilemma of picking your next read to the frustrations of watching an overzealous dog-earer in action. The series was written and created by a bookstore in Dallas, The Wild Detectives, originally as a social media campaign—a way to connect with other readers over a shared understanding of what it means to be crazy about books. Laura Pacheco’s adorable illustrations introduce a cast of endearing characters, whose flaws and obsessions range from disarming good nature to mischievous playfulness. Reading Quirks is a witty and light-hearted ode to the immense pleasure of reading and its resulting byproduct: neurosis.

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Graphic Novel Review: Hotel Dare

Hotel Dare by Terry Blas, Claudia Aguirre (Illustrations)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 144 Pages
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Synopsis:
It’s not your typical family vacation when Olive, and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte find themselves falling into other worlds as they explore Grandma Lupé’s strange hotel.

OPEN THE DOOR. ADVENTURE AWAITS.

Olive and her adopted siblings Charlotte and Darwin are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel and it’s all work and no play. They’re stuck inside doing boring chores but they soon stumble upon an incredible secret… Behind each room door of the hotel lies a portal to a different strange and mysterious place. The simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates. Behind the next door are bearded wizards. Down the hall is a doorway to a cotton-candied kingdom. But once the doors are opened, worlds start colliding, and only one family can save them before they tear themselves apart.

Written by Terry Blas (The Amazing World of Gumball) and illustrated by the talented Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim), this world-hopping fantasy tale breaks down the door to imagination and dares you to embrace the idea that family is everything.

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Graphic Novel Review: Mooncakes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Artist)
Rating: 5 Stars
Series:  Standalone
Length: 259 Pages
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Synopsis:
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 town home.

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.

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Book Review: The Okay Witch

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 272Pages
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Synopsis:
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.

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