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The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods

(The Weirn Books #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  681 ratings  ·  174 reviews
In the Night Realm, vampires, shifters, weirns, and other night things passing for human prowl the streets... but they still have to go to school! Ailis and Na'ya are pretty average students (NOT losers), but when a shadow starts looming and a classmate gets all weird, they are the first to notice. It gets personal, though, when Na'ya's little brother D'esh disappears-It's ...more
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Published June 16th 2020 by JY
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Alory Shannon Nope! It stands alone very well. That said, the original Weirn books are definitely worth reading, though there are some hanging plot threads at the e…moreNope! It stands alone very well. That said, the original Weirn books are definitely worth reading, though there are some hanging plot threads at the end of things that leave lots of room for more stories. I hope they tie into this series eventually!(less)

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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
What a cute little graphic novel! I love the idea of this world where all of these little paranormal kiddos come out to go to school and play and such at night. The dialogue is a little over the top, but in a good, realistic-depiction-of-hyperactive-children way, complete with silly expressions that I think young readers are going to find delightful. I wouldn't say this graphic novel was anything special for me, but I'm not the target audience here, and I think the actual target audience will lo ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just LOVE Svetlana’s work and when I saw this book on Netgalley I had to request it. A big thank you for the publisher for granting my request! is so hyped

Meet Allis a sweet girl with chaotic hair. She is a weirn. A witch with an astral (for life). Her town is full of people like her and other beings. There is even a special school for her and those like her. She goes to school during the evenings (and I loved how the building
Resh (The Book Satchel)
A book about magic schools and magical people. Allis is a weirn—A witch with an astral. She lives in a town with many weirns and goes to a school for weirns. This is a speacial school. It looks like a normal building but magically transforms itself into the magic school in evenings. Things get scary when someone is kidnapped.

The part right before the ending, when the kids try to solve the mystery was kind of predictable and put me off. You could guess what was coming. However, I stilll liked th
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this YA/middle grade comic. It's a story about magic, family, and friendship set in a very interesting urban fantasy setting. The magic system was engaging, the school conflict was relatable, the family dynamics were fun, and the villain was pretty darn creepy. I'd previously only read some very early work by this author and it is great to see how she's grown in both her art and storytelling/worldbuilding.

**Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in excha
Elizabeth A
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-ya, graphix, 2020
This is a cute middle grade comic about the creatures of the Night Realm - weirns, werewolves, etc. When the human world goes to sleep, it's time for these creatures to go about their nightly business - including school for the wee ones.

With nods to Pullman's Golden Compass, and magical school tropes, this tale would be just the right amount of scary for wee readers. The illustrations are adorable, and I quite enjoyed this quick read. I gather there is a whole series that comes before this one,
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much as I didn't like the original Weirn series, I loved this. The story is creepy and exciting and you can see Svetlana Chmakova put what she learned in Berrybrook to use here. Definitely a winner. ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is a special school for children who are weirn, meaning she has a supernatural creature attached to her. Allis goes to a special school for those have supernatural abilities, during the evening, when the school for the mundane children turns into the night school.

Allis's grandmother once had a brother, but he is gone, and that is all Allis knows about him. Well, that, and that there is a weird house in the woods, where no one lives.

Or do they?

This is the first in who knows how many books,
Jill Kenna
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book!

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but it was so good!! I loved all the magical aspects of it as well as the spooky story of the Headmistress. The two main characters, Ailis (Leesh) and Na'Ya and so cute together and I love their friendship throughout the book. I also really loved the town that they live in - it gave me really strong Halloween Town vibes from back in the day on Disney Channel. I would highly, highly recommend thi
C. S.
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The premise of The Golden Compass series meets the attitude of Stranger Things.

When I think about it, there wasn't necessarily anything too original about this story, but its strength lay in how well and satisfyingly it was put together (and how adorable the art was). It took all of the tropes it used and made them sing.

Suitable for middle graders, but sure to please urban fantasy readers of all ages and I can't wait for more.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved it all. The artwork, the characters, the relationships and how all fit together and helped each other. An awesome middle grade book that I can't wait to donate to my library. ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myrca-2021
Just pure delight, and wonder. Chmakova has done it again, but this time with magic.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The artwork was great. The story is fun and entertaining.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
2020 Read #466

DAMN, THAT WAS GOOD! Svetlana Chmakova may have made a big name for herself with her Berrybrook series of middle-grade graphic novels, but my favorites of hers will always be Dramacon and, this series’s predecessor, Nightschool. Needless to say, I adored returning to this world, and I just had to stop at one point, hold the book to my chest, and say, “I really missed this.” But be aware that you don’t need to know about Nightschool to read this book! Chmakova makes sure to introduc
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, middle-grade
This is a catch up review from last year! Be Wary of the Silent Woods was one of my favorite books of last year. I featured it on my Favorite Books of 2020 post, but I never posted a proper review for it.

2020 was an amazing year for middle grade books, and Be Wary of the Silent Woods was another home run for me. Be Wary of the Silent Woods is the first volume in the The Weirn Books series. It's a graphic novel, and I adored it.

A weirn is a witch born with a demon guardian spirit bound to them fo
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nfnt-reviews
See my full review on No Flying No Tights. ...more
Erika (marsbookscats)
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher!

The Weirn books Vol 1 tells the story of cousins Ailis and Na'ya. They are weirns, a kind of witch, that go to a Night School for night children: witches, werewolves, vampires, etc. Their grandma always tell them to stay away from the haunted house but one day they go there and something happens...

I liked this story from the beginning, the drawings are really cute and I really liked Ailis and how much she likes food. Weirn people have a shadow demon which is
Julia Pika
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first book in this series is an introduction to the supernatural world and we see how ordinary kids go to "Night School" for the supernatural creatures in their town. This story follows Allis and Na'ya who go to magic school and live a relatively ordinary life...until they notice something weird happening at the supposedly abandoned mansion. They start investigating and it starts getting dark...

The artwork is light and fun, almo
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. I love the author's middle grade realistic series that includes the book Awkward, and I love that she is once again leaning toward magic and things that go bump in the night. Until this book I didn’t know there was a Night school series so I will be looking for that. This book takes the read back to that world (or introduces them to it for the first time) where students have magic, and live at night, while normal kids sleep during the day. There is an old spooky house o ...more
I received an ARC through NetGalley from Yen Press. I loved Svetlana Chmakova’s Berrybrook Middle School series that began with Awkward and this graphic novel didn’t disappoint either. Ailis is a weirn who goes to school in the Night Realm with other weirns, shifters, vampires and werewolves. When her and her friends see a light on in the creepy old school where children disappeared decades ago they feel like something bad is going to happen. Then one of Ailis’s cousins disappears and her and he ...more
Danielle Booey
Oh my gosh The Weirn Books are amazing. I loved Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward series, but the Weirn Books are now my faborite of her works. Witches/weirns, werewolves, Vampires, and creatures oh my!

Great art, hilarious facial expressions (definitely a hallmark of Chmakova's style), plus an interesting concept of a night school for paranormal creatures starts this book out strong. Add to that a fearsome and creepy villain and you have the recipe for a great chiller and thriller graphic novel for ki
While I had hoped for a few cameos from Night School, this was a great start to the new series! It’ll pull in fans of Berrybrook by touching on familiar school issues as well as fantasy and mystery themes. Astrals are back!

It did get quite spooky at some points as well. Friendship, family, bullying, self-confidence.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know what? I really liked it, it made me wanna read more, so it did its job. I have never read anything on weirn people (creatures? idk) but the dialogue and the drawings really got to me.
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
An awesome start to a new series! I loved the characters and the magic, can't wait for more. ...more
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Super fun magical book! Great for middle schoolers obsessed with magic, spooky tales, and even dragons ;)

I look forward to more!
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chmakova is so good at middle grade graphic novels. Here, she leaves Berrybrook Middle to return to an older world of hers, originally explored in the Nightschool books. If I ever read any of them, I don't remember, so it was an entirely new fantasy world for me. This particular book does a great job of quickly introducing the reader to the basic concepts of weirn and nightschool and goes straight to a creepy story with a great payoff and a bit of a cliffhanger. The characters are great, of cour ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Svetlana Chmakova is possibly my favorite graphic novelist! I've read all her books, but her Nightschool series is one of my favorites, so I'm so happy that it's getting this spin-off series. Her art is so adorable, and while this book has everything I loved about the other Nightschool books, it also has a beautiful new setting of a New England coastal town that works really well with her art and the story. It just makes me happy to read it. ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ailish Thornton is muddling through her teenage years as best she can. True, she lives in a coastal town that plays host to all sorts of night critters, demons, sorceresses, and shapeshifters, but the girl comes from a family of magic-wielders and is confident she'll get a handle on things sooner or later. Preferably sooner. Her high school rival is a super-pretty girl who always seems one step ahead, her crush is a local werewolf guy who still treats her like a kid, and her best friend and cous ...more
Kelsey Riggs
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was SUPER excited Netgalley allowed me to review Chmakova’s latest book. I absolutely love everything she does, though my favorite was her Nightschool series. Be Wary of the Silent Woods (The Weirn Books, Volume 1), is set in the same world as Nightschool with astrals, witches, werewolves, and every kind of night creature you may or may not have heard of living their lives at a different time of day. It’s fantastic. This book is focused on a set of middle-schoolers dealing with family, school ...more
April Gray
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-in-2021
This was great fun! We have a small New England town that has a large population of supernatural beings- mermaids, vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, and witches, including a special type of witch called a weirn, a witch born with a demonic guardian spirit called an astral attached to them for life. The town has a "normal" realm, where regular humans live, and a night realm, where the more magical people live. During the day, the local school is normal; after sundown, it changes to a school f ...more
Sharon Tyler
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be Wary of the Silent Woods is the first volume in The Weirn Books series of graphic novels by Svetlana Chmakova. In the Night Realm, shifters, vampires, weirns, and other night things passing for human may prowl the streets, but school is still in session-and you still have to do your homework!

Be Wary of the Silent Woods is a middle grade graphic novel that has a nice blend of 'normal' middle school angst with magic and wonder. Ailis is a weirn (witch born with a guardian spirit, going to Night
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Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born 1979 in Russia) is a comic creator. She is best known for Dramacon, an original English-language (OEL) manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop. Her other work includes the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic. Though born in Russia, she immigrated to C ...more

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