Hello readers! How did everyone’s reading go this month? I think mine went well under the circumstances. I hit a reading slump this month, but I still filled my month with graphic novels and manga. Of what I did read, I gave a lot of high star ratings, so I can’t complain.
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This is the sequel to Fortuna Sworn. I just didn’t love this one as much. It added in an element, that is a spoiler, that I don’t love in books. It isn’t the books fault, just a personal preference.
TW: death of a loved one, sexual assault, suicide, domestic abuse, slavery
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. It will be published on May 11th.
The Plot is about Jacob Finch Bonner, a former author and college professor, who teaches a writing course. This very cocky student named Evan Parker comes to his class and tells everyone he has the PERFECT plot for a story. He eventually tells the MC the perfect plot, which we don’t get to see until the very end of the book.
The book has quite a few time jumps, but the first one is where our plot takes off. A few years later, the MC is no longer a professor and is researching online about his former students. He wonders if any of them have been published. To his surprise, Evan Parker has not only never published his book, but he is also dead. So, Jacob takes the idea of Evan’s story, and writes it himself. This story takes off and becomes extremely successful.
The Plot was extra slow to start and not much happens until about 2/3rds into it. I think it would’ve benefited from being shorter. When the story does pick up, we do see a bunch of twists. We are getting two novels in one here and we get to see how they connect in a few different ways.
I did see a few of the twists coming. However, I still think they were good and something I haven’t see before. What really knocked it out of the park for me was the ending. I did not expect the ending we got. I love the ending to this book and I’m excited to read more by this author in the future.
TW: fire, murder, mentions of suicide, mentions of drug addiction, fire
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (for both)
I highly recommend reading this series all at once like I did. This manga is about a girl named Naho, who receives a letter from herself in the future giving her details of things she needs to change to save someone’s life. Naho’s future self tells her a new friend of hers named Kakeru commits suicide, and she wants her to change this.
This was such a beautiful story and I was crying by the end. All the characters in this story were done so well. I really loved seeing Naho and all of her friends interactions and her relationship with Kakeru. It really shows that we don’t always know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time to find out if she really succeeded in helping Kakeru with all his baggage.
TW: suicide as a main plot point, anxiety and depression
This was an interesting addition to the story. I can’t say much about it without spoiling any of the previous books. I am just so happy that I have finally read a book in this series in 2021!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (for both)
I am having so much fun making my way through the Cirque Du Freak series once more. I read them for the first time 10 years ago. This is basically a middle grade vampire story and I really don’t know how to sell it without spoiling the entire first book. However, I do think they are worth a try if you like middle grade and vampire stories.
TW: death, death of children, poison, gore, violence
I am finally done with this series. March is a graphic novel memoir series about John Lewis. John Lewis was a US representative in Georgia, but also an activist his entire life. These books show all the activism he did and includes other activists of his time including MLK and Malcolm X.
TW: violence, murder, racism, guns, bombs, police brutality
Lumberjanes is a story of five girls at summer camp. Every book has it’s own storyline. I really love all the characters in this series. They all have huge personalities. There is also a lot of diversity including POC, trans, nonbinary, and lesbian rep. I didn’t love that book three has such a drastic illustration change, and I didn’t love the particular story within that book. However, book 5 was my favorite of all! It was actually a prequel story and shows how all the girls met. If you are looking for a fun, quick fantasy graphic novel series, this might be the one for you! If you would like to see all my individual ratings for each book, you can check out my Goodreads.
Goldie Vance is a five book graphic novel series about a teen detective. I didn’t love this series and honestly liked it less and less as the series progresses. So, we have a lot of diversity in this series. The MC is biracial and lesbian, or so we assume. I just wanted more from this series. The characters seem to change as the story goes on along with the illustrations that had drastic changes from book to book. If there are more books published in this series, I probably won’t read them. Just like the last series, if you want to see my individual ratings for these books, check out my Goodreads.
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