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Violet and the Trial of Trauma

(Dark Agents #1)

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This spellbinding graphic novel follows the adventures of Violet—a young witch whose parents were murdered when she was a child. As she wages war against necromancers and demons, Violet learns to overcome her internal monsters as well.

In this groundbreaking comic book for teens and young adults, we meet Violet—a witch whose parents were murdered by an evil necromancer when
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by Instant Help
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nati ♡
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
(got an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

Actually, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would! It has a good introduction and an simplistic art style, which made it easy to get into. Still some things were a little confusing and I felt like the book gave you too much information about one thing and then before you could comprehend it, it already gave you some more information about something else.

The characters and their relationships with each other were soooo cute. I
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Nana Spark
Feb 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Child Therapists
Recommended to Nana by: NetGalley
Shelves: netgalley
Yeah, no.

My Thoughts 💭
This book was made as a tool to help child therapist and it shows.

Called "an instruction manual with pictures." by fellow NetGalley reviewer Ije B., this book really focuses on the trauma and mental illnesses of all the characters. However in the process it sacrifices a good story and pacing. Teaching kids about mental illness and mindfulness is great and all, but can we get a good story too? And not a Greek mythology/ Harry Potter fanfic with witches? And can get some
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Betsy
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reflecting on my own experiences that I deal with on a daily basis this might very well be one of the best portrayals of what it is like to live in a mentally anxious person’s head I have read. It portrays a demon that changes people’s thoughts into anxious thought and a heroine who is mentally fearful of her own death and constantly questioning how others may be perceive her. But it also dives into some of the coping mechanisms that counselors, books and podcasts have taught me as the story has ...more
Monica
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The "educational " parts mostly fit well in the story and rarely fell into didacticism. Engaging story, though sometimes choppy and a little flat in appearance. Good for learning about PTSD and mindfulness, or just a fun read. ...more
Dan
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A supernatural graphic novel that deals with PTSD in a way that teens could understand. I think that was the purpose of the story and it worked well. I wasn’t’ a fan of the way the characters were drawn but the artwork was very good. Violet is a nineteen year old dealing with her own demons and hopes that being accepted into the Underworld Intelligence Agency will hope her cope with the death of her parents and deal with her fear of death. It is a story with a therapeutic purpose and didn’t take ...more
Journey
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but ultimately it feels like it hits you over the head with CBT (which, incidentally, is not necessarily the best way to treat trauma/PTSD). With some more subtlety and an editor who knows the comic format and how best to use text, this book could have been much more useful as a tool for teens who have troubled pasts. Unfortunately, the format seems to get in its own way as opposed to elevating it through teen interest.

TLDR; A valiant effort was made, it's a s
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Jennifer
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics, keegan, ya
One word: unique. I'm loving this blend of fiction with non-fiction undercurrents. The psychological approach to the story-line is very intriguing. I particularly appreciate the integration in the bar scene with alcohol as a coping mechanism, albeit in a vastly different way: "Trauma Avoidance with two cherries please. Two trauma avoidance shots with olives. Four shots of shame reduction and a bottle of pure joy." Brilliant. ...more
books nraedunn
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the illustrations were fine for a graphic/comic novel. The story is interesting mixing supernatural with real life social and mental aspects which it amazing for youths these days. I wish these types of graphic novels existed in the late 90s/early 20s. Highly recommend this to anyone that’s going thru anxiety, emotional support and/or trauma.
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
I didn’t realize this was a self help book on the guise of a graphic novel. I think it would’ve been more powerful if the topic of trauma, anxiety, and PTSD were explored as metaphors instead of dialogues straight out of a therapist’s mouth. It had a cool premise but it doesn’t mesh well with the didactic structure.
Rebecca
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first Graphic Novel. The Artwork was great. I think that the underlying helpfulness of the lessons of mindfulness were wonderful. The story was intriguing. My only critic would be that the words were sometimes hard to read even blown up a different text with a little better spacing might read clearer
Cassandra
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recevied a complimentary ARC

It was a little hard to keep track of the storyline and I would have prefered color over the back and white as it seems to take away from the imaginative aspects. Overall possibly a younger teen might enjoy it more.
Aurora
Sep 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I love the concept of this, but the execution was honestly a little confusing and a bit heavy-handed. I'd still recommend it for people who are more receptive to the graphic novel format, but I wish it'd been done a little better. ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Doctor Scarlet writes a young adult fantasy that realistically addresses mental health issues.
Nineteen year old Violet is a witch that has recently been recruited by UIA(Underworld Intelligence Agency)
The story has elements similar to: Harry Potter.
Elizabeth
Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
DNF. Just make it a damn mental health manual and forgo the gloss of a story altogether. And get better artists. This looks like it was drawn by a sixth grader. At least a sixth grader can improve.
angelofmine1974
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qtmq...

Enjoy!
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Kayla Madden
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was very cute and dark at the same time. A very lovely drawn comic that would help people deal with issues and know they aren't alone, there are other witches out there with trauma amd anxiety ...more
Chelsies Reading Escape
I dont know if it's because the digital review copy I received was difficult to read with it bold font but this felt like it was more trouble than it was worth. The plot and characters werre alright, but I'm not super into Greek mythology so the world didnt do much for me. There were also some parts that didnt quite add up. I appreciate the important themes featured, but it wasnt enough to keep me engaged. The art fell a little flat for me. It just wasnt the type of art I personally enjoy. ...more
Tone
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, supernatural
I'm sure there's a word for this kind of book, one that's trying to communicate a principle of therapy to the reader. Scarlet does an excellent job of educating the reader, without standing on a soapbox to do it. ...more
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