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2.28  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Beck is on her way to college, thrilled at the possibilities of the next exciting chapter, barely holding it in as she clutches her childhood favorite toy in the family car with her loving dad behind the wheel. And that’s where Beck’s shared experience with the rest of her freshman class abruptly ends and the tangled mysteries of her astonishing life start to unravel. ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Iron Circle Comics
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May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 2019
I'm not sure where to even start with this. As a thriller, it works well. I'm just as nervous for Beck as she is. She doesn't know what's happened to her dad or what's going on. All she knows is someone robbed a convenience store while she was in the bathroom. The second half of this really goes off the rails though. I don't even know what to make about how wrong some of the issues of abduction are handled. Maybe Beck would honestly actually feel that way. But people who are affected by stuff ...more
Faith M ✨
I received this eARC from Iron Circle Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

Honestly, this wasn't as bad as the average review makes it seem. It's not very good, but that mostly comes down to awkward dialogue, unrealistic circumstances, and a questionable-at-best moral. Really, it's largely forgettable.
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Oh wow, where to start...I originally downloaded the ARC via NetGalley some time ago, only to forget about it. Until yesterday when I received an email from the publisher with an easier PDF version. So, I gave it read first thing this morning. Warning, mild spoilers ahead.

Honestly, there are so many things wrong with this story. First, it's a stretch to call this a "psychological thriller" as the rep does in his email. By the time the attempted suspense comes into play, there's already so many
Yna the Mood Reader
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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Much thanks to Edelweiss and Iron Circus Comics for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.

Series: No.
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels.
Cliffhanger: No.

Content Warnings: Unconvential family dynamics. Kidnapping.
Read if: you are looking for a unique themed YA comic.

This is my first time to review in this genre, and admittedly I have not much experience to offer. So, I will review it as someone
| *deep sigh* What the fuck?? (SPOILERS)

I hate writing 1-star reviews but this is just so problematic...

Is kidnapping children suddenly okay just because the kidnapper didn't abuse the child? Not to mention, it's a white man kidnapping a Native girl and the moral is she was happier with him than with her biological father who went batshit crazy AFTER SOMEBODY KIDNAPPED HIS FRICKING CHILD???!!! Yeah, I would go on a murder rampage myself...

A reminder of that Indigenous children faced and still
Hizatul Akmah
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
sure, this was an intriguing read at first until i noticed there was a wifi signal on beck's phone when she was en route to her college, which was....pretty questionable to me. not to mention that this story was basically a huge kidnapper's apologist ideology hhhhhh.

anyway, go read this for funsies.

disclaimer: thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
I appreciated what the author was trying to do with the story, but some elements just didn’t work. A lot felt extremely rushed, so maybe if the plot had been fleshed out more it would have worked better? Either way, I enjoyed it for the mystery aspect, but the plot had some issues that I can’t really discuss without mentioning spoilers...I wanted more from it.
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Another case of mixed feelings! At first I really like this book. The story was intriguing from the start and I was wondering and really wanting to know what was going on. Then I knew, and for the last third of the book it became weird, unrealistic and the ending just doesn't make very much sense in my opinion and I'm really unsure about the message it try to presents. It is too bad because it really start strong but the ending is so weird/bad that I can't really give it more then three stars. ...more
Nicole Johnson
DNF at 50 pages. Honestly, I don’t even have words to describe how bad the writing style is. Yikes.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a copy from Letter Better Publishing Services through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After being home schooled for most of her life, Beck is nervous and on her way to college. Her overprotective and paranoid dad is driving her to college and dropping hints about staying home, but Beck is excited about going to university and doesn’t have plants to change her mind. Their trip is going great until they stop at a gas station so Beck can use the bathroom. When Beck comes out,
Moony MeowPoff
Jul 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't know what i hoped for but i had no idea what i got myself into it seems and it was'nt for me. I'm not too big fan of thrillers, and it all left me confused. DNF'ed at 53%.
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Aida R.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
well, that was really dramatic and confusing. i think the ending was rushed, too. a lot happening to be fixed so quickly and easily.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I started off really enjoying this book. The art was great, the story was compelling ... but then it just went all downhill towards the end. It's hard to talk about this book without getting into spoilers, but my biggest question is really ... what the heck?? I totally understand the concept of found families as a narrative plot. I also understand the concept of Stockholm Syndrome as a plot. I don't understand the concept of
David Schaafsma
Hmm. Described as a coming of age thriller, so it's intriguing and begins interestingly, with decent pacing. Beck, who’s been homeschooled all her life by what we come to think of early on is an overprotective (possibly to the point of paranoid) father, not allowed to have social media and so on, is visiting the University of Chicago from Naperville with him when they stop at a gas station, murder happens and her dad disappears with her phone and all of her other stuff. So this suspense/thriller ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, comix, thriller
I was having difficulty with this comic already due to the highly contrived plot, wooden dialogue, unbelievable characterizations, and way too convenient coincidences, but then I got to the part where we find out that the main character, Beck, an Indigenous girl, was kidnapped from her family by a white man -- and she's always known that she was kidnapped and is fine with it?!?! So much so that she sees her biological mom at a police station and completely ignores her, and then agrees to ...more
Damn, the opening of this graphic novel is great. It begins with a mystery, and throws the main character into danger by the third page. We start off only knowing that Beck is home schooled, and that her father is very protective of her. From there we go on a ride that is so full of weird coincidences it would have made Charles Dickens happy.

Without giving too much away, it is determined that Beck knows that her father is not her "real" father, but that it just seems to be one of those things
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Minus by Lisa Naffziger is a YA mystery/thriller graphic novel about a girl named Beck, who has been separated from her father, and her journey to find him. A mystery/thriller graphic novel was a new one for me. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but it ended up being a really fun time! This is a relatively longer graphic novel, coming in at 186 pages, but I remained engaged and enthralled
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
(Received an ARC for free off Netgalley)

A fascinating, compelling story about family and self.

A 17 year old girl off to college is abandoned by her father at a gas station in the midst of a shooting. She's afraid of strangers, of trusting people, of even freedom... but now she has to try and find help. And her father. And understand what is going on, and what connection she has to the violence.

This is a quick, contained read that makes you think. It's messy and tangled at its core- there aren't
Everything about this book was just okay.
- The story was enjoyable, but not mindblowing.
- the art style was nice, but not the best I've seen.
- There was not so much depth to the characters, but they were okay.

I don't have that much more to say about this.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
What?!?! This is so bizarre
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
The more I think about it, the less I like it.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Beck is on her way to start the University of Chicago when things go horribly wrong. She gets separated from her dad at a Naperville gas station during a hold up. After meeting a woman (Sandra) along the road who agrees to take her to Chicago, she connects with some friends and receives a message from her dad. Except her friend's girlfriend doesn't take her to meet the dad, but instead drops her off at the police station. Turns out her dad is not her dad and the man responsible for the gas ...more
Michael Marie
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: slj-book-reviews
So many things wrong with this plot. Misrepresentation of trauma, PTSD, you name it. This book tried so hard to get me to think it's completely acceptable for a man who has lost his daughter to kidnap another man's daughter as a replacement just because the man whose daughter was kidnapped turned into a vigilante for justice. Like what? No. Just No.
1.5 stars. I found this book on the shelf at my library and thought the story sounded intriguing, so I picked it up. I liked the artwork, and I enjoyed that the artwork was integral to the story. It often revealed clues and hints not available in the dialogue. However, the story is where the plot is really lacking.

The story starts out really well, and you can tell right away something is up with Beck and her dad, Gil. The tension builds after the shooting when Beck is left on her own. After
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise. A summary would spoil the story, but know that there are a lot of twists and turns, lots of coincidences, and the story involves Stockholm syndrome. It's all interesting, but I had real trouble following everything. I had to go back and reread sections several times, trying to put pieces together, but it felt like more work than a well-structured mystery... like the clues weren't really there for me to find, or they weren't strong enough. And I feel like I'm a pretty good ...more
Kristin Lansdown
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Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, waste, graphic-novel, 2019
Beck is starting college at University of Chicago at 17. She and her father are driving to campus, when they stop at a gas station so Beck can use the bathroom. When she leaves the bathroom, the station is a mess, the attendant is dead, and her father, their car, and her phone are gone. Sounds intriguing, right? It's not.

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I...don't know what I just read. The first half of the book was shaping up to be a pretty good YA thriller. However, then the plot twists started. First, everything worked out too conveniently what with how everyone was connected to each other. Second... well, I'm going to have to do a spoiler tag.

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Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
An e-ARC was given through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I remember setting it aside around the second or third chapter just because I didn't feel like it captivated me enough, only to get back into it another day and finishing the rest of the book in one sitting.

Minus is a fast-paced thriller, family drama that starts with a very calm car ride and the main character, Beck telling her dad that she wanted to pee. Then everything turns messy after that. Throughout the book, there was
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