Jonesy Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries

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goodreads-synopsis

A sarcastic teenager with the powers of cupid unleashes her preternatural matchmaking abilities on her school with hilarious and charming results.

Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…

Written by Sam Humphries and illustrated by Caitlin Rose Boyle, this charming tale is sure to appeal to romantics and cynics alike

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I received Jonesy on Netgalley for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

I’ll keep this review short and sweet. Jonesy is an outcast at her school. She doesn’t have many friends besides two. She is obsessed with her favorite singer Stuff as any young girl would be. She doesn’t love the feeling of love and she tries to be against the social norm. Jonesy received her powers by watching Anime. She can manipulate people with mind control, but she can’t force people to love her.

Jonesy was a short entertaining comic, and if you’re expecting a plot to this book, there is none. Jonesy focuses on her misadventures and her plots that go wrong! It’s a fun read, but it could have been a bit better. I have to say I love how the cast is diverse. Lastly, I love the relationship Jonesy has with her puny donut loving father!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Snotgirl, Vol I: Green Hair Don’t Care by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung

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Who is Lottie Person?
Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds) and dazzling newcomer Leslie Hung!

Collecting: Snotgirl 1-5

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I am a huge fan of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics such as Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and Seconds. I first saw images of Snotgirl on my twitter feed around last year and I waited to read Snotgirl unti the first volume came out. I preordered my book immediately. I had high hopes in Snotgirl, trust me, I was hyped for Snotgirl. I’d assume that Snotgirl was going to have the same fun, same charm, and same comedy style as Bryan Lee O’Malley’s previous books.

Snotgirl feels different from all of O’Malley’s previous works. Far different from what I’d imagine. Snotgirl tries to be mature and satirical, when in fact, it’s not funny at all. I feel that Snotgirl is far more darker comic that tries to have moments of lightheartedness. This comic makes you think about about adulthood and it’s sad reality. This is one of my favorite moments from Snotgirl:

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Tangent: I found this quote very relatable to my life. No one tells you how to be an adult, you have to work on your own and realize that not adulthood can suck, but you have to continue to try pushing yourself to do what you want to do. Push yourself until you can achieve your dreams. You have to realize that you have the ability to do anything even if you’re accomplishing goals late into adulthood.

Lottie Person is a fashion blogger whose life is a mess. She tries to stay relevant in the fashion blogging world as she’s aging in her industry. She’s a beautiful diva on the outside. One can assume she has no flaws based on her outward appearance. She has blogger friends who aren’t really there for her, and she does not have any real friends she can depend on besides her personal assistant. Lottie Person is living a facade. She conceals her envious personality from others. She feels jealous when she cannot catch up with others. Besides, Lottie has another secret that she has hidden from everyone else which is her uncontrollable allergies…hence Snotgirl.

I felt that Lottie was an unreliable narrator because it is hard for her to recount some events from her life. Some of the events from the story made it hard for me to trust Lottie. For example, she is given new allergy medication that makes her forget what she is doing. I have a feeling the medication she is taking will play a larger part in creating chaos and destruction as the story progresses. All I can say is that Lottie made it hard for me to like her, but she seems very realistic. She represents the hideous nature of being too warped into social media, that’s my take on it. I have no idea where the story is going, but I will pick up Volume II when it comes out. I love the murder mystery of Snotgirl because the comic made it hard for me to trust Lottie or her toxic friendship. Lastly, I love the way the characters are drawn. I love art style. Overall, Snotgirl was too hyped for me, but it presented a story which I do want to continue. The only character that really stood out was Lottie, and I would like for the supporting characters to have more development.

Final Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️  (3.5)

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Genre: Graphic Novel

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

goodreads-synopsis

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:
1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.

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The first series I’ve read from Bryan Lee O’Malley was Scot Pilgrim Vs The World, and I’ve been meaning to read Seconds since it came out. I got the opportunity to read it at a Barnes and Noble and finished it all in one sitting. Anyways, if you like the Scot Pilgrim series, I’d recommend reading Seconds.

Katie is a chef with a dream of opening her own restaurant. Her life isn’t going as she had planned. There are some mistakes that she wants to take back. One day she is given an opportunity to redo her day over again.

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I found Katie to be very relatable! She is flawed, but she has a good heart. She doesn’t follow the rules which turns her life upside down. She gets her dream life, but it does not satisfy her. She runs away from her mistakes by continuously .

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Katie tries to fix her mistakes several times throughout the book. At some point she becomes a bit mad with power. Katie becomes dependent on the mushroom to solve her problems. I really enjoyed her character arc. She was funny and irritating at some points, but has the heart of gold. I really enjoyed her growth from the beginning to end.

Besides Katie, the secondary characters were just as great. Hazel, the waitress, was one of my favorites. She reminded me so much of myself. And I liked how she had her own role in the story.

The art style is cute, but this story is dark and hilarious. Though I did feel the ending was a bit rushed.

Lastly, Katie’s interactions with the narrator were extremely funny!

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“Adult life is terrible, Hazel. Never grow up. Everything’s complicated, and there are too many rules …”

“There are things we can’t change, and we just have to accept that. And maybe that’s some kind of grace”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau

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Author: Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, YA

Links: Goodreads | Amazon 

Goodreads Synopsis: They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters–not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself–and the world–from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!

From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship–with plenty of magical-girl fighting action–delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!

Collects Zodiac Starforce #1-#4

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Zodiac Starforce was kindly provided by Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.  

This was review was supposed to get published last week, but I accidentally scheduled it for today. My bad. Ha ha.

What a fantastic graphic novel! If you’re a fan of magical girls like Sailor Moon, you should definitely check Zodiac Starforce. Let me start off with character designs, I love it. I love the “big” hair too. Reminds me of Jem & The Holograms, the animated series and not the movie.

There are flaws to this first volume. The story starts with absolutely no explanation about our four protagonists. Nada. The beginning was a bit confusing because it doesn’t properly introduce the characters. I had to read the beginning twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  I would have liked for each of the girls to have their backstory revealed and how they got chosen by Astra, a celestial goddess. It feels as if I picked up a second book in a series, instead of the first book. Hopefully each girl has their backstory explained in upcoming volumes because it’s a issue that needs to get resolved.

As for the pacing of the story, it was a bit rushed. I would have liked for more details, but alas, that was not the case. I am hoping that the next volume does not encounter the same issues I found with Zodiac Starforce. As for the characters, my favorite had to be Kim aka Aries. She has most of the funny moments in the overall story. I am hoping that she gets much more screen time. The bond between the girls was not strong enough for me. Why? Even though the girls have gone through many perils, it is said but not seen. Lack of an introduction to each other the characters makes this story a bit weak for me.

Final thoughts? Zodiac Starforce is a entertaining graphic novel. Even though I had issues with it, I still want to continue the story. Here are my reasons why you should read Zodiac Starforce?

  • Diversity: All the girls are diverse and so are the background characters. It is quite refreshing. I can’t stress that enough
  • Magical Girls: Who doesn’t love Magical Girls?
  • Zodiac: Each girl has a power based on their zodiac sign! That sounds awesome! Hopefully a Sagittarius gets introduced soon tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo
  • LGBT
  • Gorgeous artwork: I can’t get over how beautiful it is! Look at it:

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Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

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Genre: Comic, Graphic Novel, Humor

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

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I was provided this book on NetGalley for a honest review.

I’ve seen Sara Andersen’s comics all over Instagram and Tumblr, and I find them to be super relatable. I had such a fun time when I was reading Adulthood is a Myth. It is my favorite book for April so far. I laughed and I was mostly tearing up. I have been recommending this graphic novel to relatives and friends. Lastly, it will make such a great gift!

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Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Annarasumanara Vol. 2 by Ha Il Kwon:Korean Webtoon

Volume 2: I did not mention this in my previous review, but the protagonist  Yoon Ah-ee keeps writing letters to her mother in most of the chapters. I thought her mother was dead the whole time, but it was revealed on the last chapter of the volume that her mother had abandoned her and her family when  Yoon Ah-ee’s father went bankrupt. Yoon Ah-ee still felt unsure about he magician. It is in this volume where the reader finally learns the magician’s name which is Lee Eul and he is thirty years old. He moved into town about a year before the story takes place. He is lonely and likes Yoon Ah-ee, he declares it to her when she wants to give up learning magic. At this point, I am not sure that he likes her romantically, but Yoon Ah-ee does seem to have a small crush on him. Though she doesn’t want to be involved with Lee Eul, she is drawn to him. Na Il-Deung is the comedic relief in this manhwa. He stalks Yoon Ah-ee went she goes to her magic lessons, although she has no clue, and slowly becomes interested in learning magic himself. The best moment from this volume was when he finally met Lee Eul and he declared himself to be the magician’s rival for the love of Yoon Ah-ee. Lee Eul does not take him seriously.

First Impressions: I really like the direction this manhwa is going. I am liking the characters, Na Il-Deung is my favorite character. I really like his character development because in the first volume he cared about his status at being the number one student at school to now being a boy seeking to find his own path in life. I thought it was really cute to see him become fascinated with magic that he slowly stopped caring about his status. He wanted to learn magic at first to impress the girl, but then started to become passionate about it. I really like this volume because Lee Eul finally convinces Yoon Ah-ee that he is a real magician when he takes her back to her past, the specific moment after her mother abandoned her. I felt really sad for Lee Eul when his parrot, Minyeo, died. It was sad seeing his world start to crumble and it turned worst when Hana, a girl that goes to school with Yoon Ah-ee and Na Il-Deung, showed up and caused him to become angry. Though this volume gave a little bit information on the magician, I am hoping for the last volume to reveal more about his past.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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