Graphic Novels I Want to Try

aka the time I wanted to binge on something other than prose.

*brought to you by my absolute love of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman*

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

(I’ve already devoured everything on the website…)

This graphic novel was the cutest but with some hard to read moments in between. All the gay love your heart can desire.

Check, Please

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

It sounds perfectly millennial and perfectly gay. Yes and please.

Mera: Tidebreaker

From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow, comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

Mera by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

I saw a booktuber read it and even though their review wasn’t glowing I was still intrigued by the idea. Have you read this one yet? Am I making a big mistake?

Fence!

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.

Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.

Please tell me that I can get Yuri! on Ice level rivalry and undercover romance. I miss that show so damn much.

The Runaways

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The “IT” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back–Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be…GERT?! 

The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart! Did Chase and Gert’s love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nico’s feelings made their friendship impossible? What emotional landmines lie in wait to DESTROY the Runaways?!

I’m kinda obsessed with Rainbow Rowell at the moment, and I’ll take what I can get until Wayward Son is released.

Saga

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

Everyone and the great grandmother recommends this one. It’s only right that I add it to my TBR.


Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR? What’s your perfect graphic novel?

Dee ^_^

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Spookathon 2018 is Over 😢

aka the time I changed my TBR on day 2 of a readathon…

 

Wrap Up

 

I read 4 books this time around…except, only 2 of them were on my original TBR. I had every intention of sticking to my list too you know…but…I was weak.

 

Meddling Kids

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Underwhelming after all of the hype. When this book came out, there wasn’t a place on the internet that wasn’t talking about it. In fact, it even made it to the Goodreads Best Thriller category…but, it didn’t do it for me. It had the weirdness for sure but beyond that…I wasn’t really sure what I was reading. I was expecting to fall in love with it the way that I loved Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang…but alas, none of the characters held me.

I would recommend if: your type of mystery/thriller requires you to suspend reality and you don’t mind not falling in love with the characters.

 

 

Sleepy Hollow

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Not what I was expecting. It wasn’t horrible but I also didn’t feel like it added to my tv show experience. Meh.

I would recommend if: You’re looking for something that’s akin to a fever dream, then this is the book for you.

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus

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The first part was wonderful and nostalgic and all that I had hoped for. The second half was just okay. None of the characters in the second half make much sense, at least not where their reactions are concerned. Aside from that, the ending was a bit up in the air for me.

I would recommend if: Nostalgia is your thing and you don’t mind watching some new characters ruin all of Max, Dani and Allison’s hard work.

 

 

iZombie

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This felt like watching the TV show and yet it didn’t. Definitely interested in continuing this one. There were a lot of new elements that the show doesn’t have, which made it just different enough to be entertaining.

I would recommend if: Zombies and the paranormal are your thing.

 

 


That’s right. Not one 5-star read for this entire thing. I’m so sad. I also didn’t even start 11/22/63 and completely removed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies altogether, but I consider this year a success.

 

How has your week of reading been?

 

Dee ^_^

How well does Goodreads know me pt 2

The first time I attempted to do this it went well and I said that I’d do it again for my 5 star shelf. Well…turns out the recommendations weren’t much different. So here I go again with a themed shelf instead: Graphic Novels.

 

 

 

 


Before I begin it’s worth noting that there is one thing all these books have in common: Manga Classics – Emma by Po Tse. The other recommendations (not included in this list) were all based on either A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness or Daniel X: Alien Hunter by James Patterson.

 

 

Bloom’s Discovery (Winx Club) by Iginio Straffi

 

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A group of fairy friends learn to hone their magic while fighting evil and darkness!Reads L to R (Western Style) Meet the Winx Club, a group of beautiful fairies who fight evil using their unique magical powers! As they battle scary monsters and trouble-making witches, the girls become stronger fairies and closer friends. Bloom’s Discovery Before Bloom became part of the Winx Club, she was living a normal teenager’s life. All that changed one day when she discovered that she’s actually a fairy! Now Bloom’s life is anything but ordinary as she uses her magic to fight wicked villains.

Will I read it- Nope. Just…nope.

 

 

Kingdom Hearts II Vol 1 by Shiro Amano

 

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A young boy named Roxas whiles away the last days of his summer vacation with his three best friends in their quiet little home of Twilight Town. But all is not as it should be in this hamlet nestled between night and day. Strange things keep happening around Roxas, which always seem to involve mysterious creatures…and he is plagued by dreams of a boy named Sora, whom he has never met. Bewildered, Roxas searches for answers . . . Will they lead him to Sora, Donald, and Goofy?

Will I read it- I’m confused…am I meant to have read Kingdom Hearts I? Is there a Kingdom Hearts I?

 

 

 

 

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

 

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Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

Will I read it- Do you see how cute this cover is? Have you read that tooth-aching summary? Of course, I will!

 

 

 

My Little Pony by Alex de Campi

 

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Introducing four tales dedicated to exploring the magic of friendship. First, Applejack and Pinkie Pie enter a baking contest! Then, The Cutie Mark Crusaders team up with Discord, Spike enlists Princess Celestia to help him find a birthday present, and finally, Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor chase down a mysterious ghost.

Will I read it- God, no.

 

 

 

Suki-tte Ii na yo, Volume 1 by Kanae Hazuki

 

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Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years without making either boyfriend or friends. One day, she injures a popular boy in school, Yamato Kurosawa, because of a misunderstanding but for some reason it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they’re friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, he does it with a kiss…?!!

Will I read it- yup. Sounds fluffy enough to be a quick read.

 

 

I think it’s safe to say this is more miss than it is hit. Yikes!


Have any of you gone through your  Goodreads recommendations and found some gems? Tell me about it.

 

Mini-review Monday

Today’s theme: Graphic Novels.

 

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

Art Style – The art style perfectly matched the theme. It’s exactly what I would expect of a sci-fi/fantasy artwork, and so it didn’t distract from the story in any way.

Overall: In the beginning, I wasn’t very sure what I was reading. I didn’t look too hard into this one because it’s been recommended to me so many times that I figured I go on blind faith this time around. It grows on you though, I just wish the backstory was clearer from the start. Like, why are the two factions so against each other?

 

It eventually grew on me though, the little snippets of information at a time. So I can definitely see why so many people recommended it to me.

 

Give it a try.

 

My rating: 3.5 stars