How is everyone doing while we’re all quarantined? Have you been able to read a lot? I’ll admit, I haven’t read to many longer books. I can’t seem to concentrate for a very long time. I did read a bunch of really cute children’s books this month though! And some awesome graphic novels. So I hope you’re all doing good while all this craziness is going on. I hope you all stay safe and now onto the books!
The first book that I want to talk about is Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. This juvenile graphic novel is about Snap. Snap’s town has a witch, or that’s the rumor at least. But Jack’s is just a old lady who lives in the woods and picks up dead critters from the side of the road. Ok, it sounds pretty bad but in reality she’s just selling the bones online to collectors, schools, and museums. But after helping Jacks out for a little while, Snap discovers that she may have actual real magic. Can Snap learn from Jacks and discover another way that they are connected?
This book was really, really good. I loved the artwork. That was what originally drew me in but the story is what kept me reading. I loved Snap’s hardworking mom, her three-legged dog, her friend Lulu (who is a fantastic trans character), and of course Jacks. The author had a really great cast of characters from all walks of life and backgrounds and I really appreciated that. This was one of those stories that made me cry but it was a happy cry. The ENDING THOUGH. Oh my god the ending was perfect! I loved it. Highly, highly recommend this graphic novel to anyone, it was fantastic.
The next book that I read was a graphic novel called Waves by Ingrid Chabbert. I had no idea what this graphic novel was about when I picked it up, I just liked the artwork so I decided to read it. This book is about a young woman and her wife trying to get pregnant. After trying for so long they finally announce that they’re pregnant. Unfortunately, they are unable to carry the pregnancy to term and they end up losing the baby. Their relationship is put to the test during all of this and they have to decide if they are willing to face the face that they may not be able to have children.
This book is based on the author’s personal experiences which just made it all the more heartbreaking to read. The beautiful illustrations by Carole Maurel made it even more dreamlike.
The next book I read is a juvenile graphic novel called The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski. This adorable graphic novel is about Robin, who is a princess that has run away from home. She just wants to have fun and explore so she decides to go on an adventure and makes some friends along the way.
This book was really fun and had some interactive elements that I haven’t really seen in a graphic novel before. There is one page where you have to help Robin through a maze and another one where you have to turn the book sideways to help them escape from some bad guys. I really like that aspect of the book and I think it would appeal to younger kids as well.
Next up we have a YA book called Comics will Break Your Heart By Faith Erin Hicks. This book is about Miriam and her family legacy. Her family should have way more money than they do. Because her granddad created one of the biggest names in comics. The TomorrowMen. They are one of the most popular comic book franchises and now they’re being made into a movie. But Miriam’s family got swindled out of the money that should rightfully be theirs. Now Miriam is wondering how she’s going to be able to afford to go to college when her family can barely stay afloat. All of that changes when she meets Weldon, the cute new boy in town. They become friends – and maybe something more – until Miriam finds out that Weldon is the heir to the fortune that is The TomorrowMen. Can their budding relationship survive or will the betrayal that Miriam feels destroy everything?
This was a really cute Romeo and Juliet type of book and I really enjoyed it. Miriam was a little bit prickly in the beginning of the book but the more that you read the more you will understand her and where she’s coming from. Weldon just seems like a spoiled rich kid at the beginning of the book but his character matures as the story progresses. Overall, I think that this is a really cute YA book that anyone would enjoy. If you are a fan of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell then this one will be right up your alley!
That is it for this month! I hope you all stay safe during all this. I look forward to talking to you guys in the comments!