Just finished reading this for my Victorian Afterlives English Class. It was amazing! I loved how Alan Moore incorporated well known fictional Victori...moreJust finished reading this for my Victorian Afterlives English Class. It was amazing! I loved how Alan Moore incorporated well known fictional Victorian characters into his graphic novel! For those familiar with Victorian literature, you will not stop laughing at all the humorous jokes throughout the text. I was initially skeptical about this comic being a good read, but I was happily proven wrong. :)(less)
I was a bit scared that Isla would disappoint me after having loved both Anna and Lola, but it was just as fantastic as the first two books! A sweet r...moreI was a bit scared that Isla would disappoint me after having loved both Anna and Lola, but it was just as fantastic as the first two books! A sweet romance that had me furiously turning the pages and ended my book slump. Can't wait to see what Perkins comes up with next! (less)
While I've never read any of the novels, the Soulless manga quite literally blew me away! It was absolutely FABULOUS!!!
The story of Soulless focuses o...moreWhile I've never read any of the novels, the Soulless manga quite literally blew me away! It was absolutely FABULOUS!!!
The story of Soulless focuses on Alexia, a "soulless" 26 year old spinster living in a Victorian England that is inhabited by vampires and werewolves. When a group of these paranormal creatures begins to disappear, Alexia is sent to investigate the situation with the brooding, infuriating, and sexy Lord Maccon (who also happens to be a werewolf alpha). The result is a steamy, adventurous, and comical story all wrapped up into one kickass manga!
As soon as I finished reading Soulless my hands were dying to get a hold of the next manga in the series! You know those rare books that make you go through withdrawal like some kind of crack addict? Well Soulless was one of those! I needed more of Alexia and Lord Maccon in my life! The two books that I read after it just paled in comparison because I couldn't get my mind off of Soulless no matter how hard I tried. There is just no denying it.... I'm officially obsessed with this series.
Not only was the story of Soulless amazing, but the illustrations were absolutely breathtaking! I'm very picky when it comes to artwork in graphic novels, but Rem (the artist), did a stupendous job! The illustrations were fresh, expressive, and even comical at times. I used to read a lot of manga back in high school, and I would definitely say that Rem's work can easily stand alongside some of my favourite Japanese manga artists. I've included an example from one of the pages below so you can get a taste of what the manga is actually like.
So, who would I recommend Soulless the manga to? Despite the fact that manga and graphic novels aren't typically everyone's cup of tea, I would strongly urge anyone with a love of paranormal romance stories to give this series a try. If you are hesitant about the whole graphic novel format, then maybe you should try out the actual novels first! Now that I'm officially hooked I'll definitely be checking out the original novels next, that way I'll have something to occupy me until Volume 2 of the manga adaptation is released! (less)
Ever since she saw the musical Les Miserables when she was a kid, Callie has been obsessed with the theatre! If it wasn’t for the fact that she has a...moreEver since she saw the musical Les Miserables when she was a kid, Callie has been obsessed with the theatre! If it wasn’t for the fact that she has a terrible singing voice, she would be auditioning to take the lead role in her school production of Moon Over Mississippi. Instead, Callie is more then happy to be placed in charge of the musical’s set design, and quickly puts her artistic skills to work. What Callie doesn’t expect, however, is for her school musical to be filled with a whopping amount of drama both onstage and offstage! From broken hearts to newfound friendships, Drama by Raina Telgemeier has it all!
As a theatre geek and former stage/prop manager for all of my high school’s drama productions, I found myself instantly falling for this adorable graphic novel! The illustrations were bright and fun, the story was addicting, and I found it almost impossible to put down! I especially loved the fact that the story focused not on the children taking the lead roles in the school play, but the backstage crew. When it comes to theatrical productions, it’s usually the actors who steal all the glory, leaving the stage crew in some dark forgotten corner. By focusing her story on the kids working backstage, therefore, Telgemeier ingeniously turns the spot light on a cast of unique and loveable characters.
Another great thing about Drama was the fact that it also dealt with many issues facing middle grade students on a daily basis. From having your heart broken by a boy, to dealing with shyness, or questioning your sexuality, readers can easily find aspects of Drama that relates to their own school life. Through characters such as Callie, Telgemeier inspires readers to embrace their own unique personality and not be afraid to be different. Quoting my fellow blogger Chelsey in her review of Drama: “Of all the topics covered in this book and all the lessons learned, the most important is this: it’s not just okay to be you. It’s wonderful to be you!”
In the end Drama was as cute, adorable, and addicting as I first anticipated, and I would definitely recommend it to all middle grade and high school teens! After finishing Drama, Raina Telgemeier has instantly become one of my favourite graphic novelists, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! My only hope is that at some point in her writing career she will pick up Callie’s story where she left off, because I want some more Drama in my life!(less)
I devoured Anya’s Ghost! After starting to read it during my lunch break at work, the first thing that I did when I got home was rush through the fina...moreI devoured Anya’s Ghost! After starting to read it during my lunch break at work, the first thing that I did when I got home was rush through the final pages to find out how the story would end. Short, yet gripping, this graphic novel was full of delicious suspense and drama! While a story about fitting in at school is nothing new, Brosgol makes it exciting and fresh with her addition of a ghostly best friend. I loved the black and white illustrations throughout the book, which were charming and contained just enough edge to give Anya’s Ghost the spooky flair that it needed.
While I wouldn’t recommend this graphic novel to elementary students (due to some mature content), I could definitely see high school girls loving this fast-paced and thrilling read! A unique and captivating story, Anya’s Ghost is definitely on my list of must read graphic novels! I can’t wait to see what Brosgol comes up with next!(less)