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Review – lumberjanes

Synopsis

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Plot & Worldbuilding

I am not entirely sure I can speak up on the worldbuilding here, but there are several things that felt sort of strange to me: more exactly the opening scene. It was a cut to mid-action and it kept on going for 10 pages until it got explained. Now, 10 pages would be okay for other forms, but for a comicbook that is 30 pages, that is a third of the whole thing that is spent on confusion island which I am not a fan of. More so, it becomes extra confusing when you can’t follow the storyline.

There are so many things happening at once and being thrown around, especially all sorts of myths, that you can’t keep up with what is going on for too long. Also, there doesn’t seem to be much continuity in what is going on, or consequences for actions (keeping it vague here, but wouldn’t the outcome of the bet in the first-second volume be a pretty big deal?).

Also, I feel like there should have been some sort of hint to a bigger secret, since this has huge potential, but nothing is presented in a “there is more to this” sort of way which bums me out.

Characters

I liked the girls and their unity as a group!! All of them were interesting in their own way and very much goofy and just the right dose of fun I needed at the time of reading this. There arren’t many girl friendships being represented well in the media, so this was a great fresh breath of air. Ripley especially has won my HEART.

Second of all, I’m not going to talk about this much since I don’t want to spoil it, but nobody told me this has sapphic rep and just how sweet it is!!

Art & Writing Style

Let’s start with the positives: the artstyle in the first two volumes was great, if a little too messy, but still great. Done.

Literally, art-wise that is all I have to say. I am trying not to be harsh, but the panelling was chaotic for the first two volumes, and while the artist got changed in the third one and the panelling got better, the art was extremely different and the athmosphere and mood of the story it set up was completely different to what was going on. While the first two voluems were dynamic, the third was nothing short of static and stiff at times. Also, the color palette changed (or it might be just my eyes playing me at this point) and the colors themselves don’t fit anymore to what was established prior to this.

Also, speech bubbles, way too many speech bubbles to count. It got headache-worthy really quick. I believe I made my stance on the dialogue used pretty clear in the characters section so I won’t delve into that anymore.

Final Thoughts

For short, the characters and representation in this book is overall a wholesome ray of sunshine, but it doesn’t manage to overcome the other shortcomings of the series, in my opinion. Still, if you liked Nimona and want to pick this up, don’t let my review take over your judgmenet and pick this up and try it yourself!


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Review – the backstagers

Hello and welcome to today’s review! During a really chill (and rather unproductive at times) graphic novel session of readings, I got to reading the wonder that was The Backstagers. while it had its shortcomings, this book had its fair share of great aspects that only enhanced the experience of reading it. Read more to find out!

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WWW Wednesday

Hello! Today I decided I would tune in and update you guys on what I am up to, since I sort of slacked for the first 10 days of August in terms of reading and tried to catch up the last week. Oh boy, that was a close one. But here we are today! It’s time I let you guys in on what’s been on my TBR, in case you don’t follow me on StoryGraph or Goodreads.

This tag used to be hosted onĀ Taking on a World of Words, and it is fairly quick and easy to do. All you need to do is answer the three questions below:

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Book date and music monday

Hello! Today I’m here to share with you yet two other book blog memes I like (there are too many to count at this point), as well as making a little check-in to let you know what I have been up to. What is this week’s bop? What’s up on my weekly TBR? Today is for you to find out.

Fyi the blog memes I will be discussing are Music Monday, hosted by The Tattooed Book Geek and the Book Date meme hosted by Book Date.

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review – a song of wraiths and ruin


Welcome to yet another review! This one was a 5-star prediction and I wasn’t that far from the truth, really. Roseanne Brown’s novel is a magical land to get lost in, among spirits, both good and bad, political games and competitions. If you read it as well, let me know in the comments what you thought of it!

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review – black girl unlimited

Following up with yet another review of a book I was excited about from the very moment I laid eyes on it, comes Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown. A memoir, a lane of magic, memories, difficult topics and learning how to go through life’s obstacles, this book left me full of emotions. I have a lot of gratitude for the author, for sharing her story in such a beautiful way and for being so honest about issues most tend to only brush over.

Trigger warning: death, trauma, addiction, overdose, child sexual abuse, rape, dissociation, talk of suicide, suicidal ideations, racism,

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Cinema Sunday

It’s time for another book blog meme! This time you’ll get the chance to see some of the movies and tv shows I’m into, or rather was. I’m not sure of what happened this week, but most of the media I consumed was very much a part of my childhood in the past. Let’s see if they still hold up!

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review – giant days

Hello and welcome to yet another review, the first in a series of graphic novels and comic series I read in the past few days! To be honest, the break I took from blogging was great, since I had time to clear some stuff up with myself and also give reading some spotlight (I managed to finish all of my Goodreads challenge this way so that lifted some weight off my shoulders to be fair). The book I will be referencing from now on is Giant Days, a New Adult graphic novel about a bunch of people in university who try to navigate what adulthood is (our main characters are three girls, Esther, Susan and adorable Daisy by the way.)

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discussion- required reading and school

Hello lovelies! I wasn’t sure of what to post today, so I figured a blog discussion would fit, especially given how close school is to where I am now. Honestly, I would give anything but to come back in person, given how we’re in the middle of a pandemic and online classes might have been bad, but it was also almost risk-free for many of us.

Before this discussion starts, I want to refer you guys to the post on blog discussion ideas made by the blog Feed Your Own Addiction which is the source of today’s topic. If any of the prompts in the list help you spark inspiration, please link your blog post in the comments so I can read it!

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book blog newbie tag

Why did you start this blog?

Funny story but, I lost my transfer cord for my camera, on which I had all of my pre-recorded videos for the first week of Booktube Veda and so I decided to switch to a blog since 1. I am pretty awkward on camera, if you’ve seen my videos and 2. I have always been more comfortable writing and more focused on what I am trying to convey so it was a perfect fit! Plus, I had already helped run a blog last year for a theatre festival and it wasn’t a totally unfamiliar environment for me.