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Moonstruck, Vol. 3: Troubled Waters

(Moonstruck #3)

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Spring comes to the supernatural town of Blitheton, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the annual mermaid festival! Werewolf barista Julie meets one of her girlfriend Selena's friends, but as per usual, things take a turn for the worst. Why does everything seem to go wrong for Julie and Selena? Is the universe conspiring against them, or is it something more sini ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published December 15th 2020 by Image Comics
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M.L.D.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
Oof. I keep wanting to love these books. Please, let me love them! First, the stuff I adore: The art is pitch-perfect, and I adore the looks and inclusivity: enby, gay, lesbian, fat, thin, varying skin tones, disabilities--it's all great. The worldbuilding is really intriguing, especially since there so much yet to be revealed.

But. Julie and Selena's relationship continues to be extremely problematic. Toxic. Unhealthy. I would hope that eventually it'll resolve in a healthy fashion (which honest
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Autumn Byrd
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Moonstruck Vol. 1
Moonstruck Vol. 2


Content/Trigger Warnings: Toxic relationships, anger issues (from a side character), manipulation anxiety depictions, depression, trauma

I truly wish I would have loved this graphic novel. I truly do, but it wasn’t in my cards when I first started this series and it’s still not looking good now. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why many readers love this series. The world is fascinating, the characters are interesting, and there’s
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Hunter
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This was interesting, and a little all over the place. I enjoyed it though. The characters are amazing and have grown a lot, and I love the art style.
It did seem like this book was only a filler book, which I didn’t like, and as always there were some toxic things. Overall, I still found it fun to read.
Bridgette
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was all over the place in terms of plot and story. The art is amazing and beautiful, as always, but it was confusing. I also really didn't appreciate Cass telling Julie that she just needed to grow up when Julie was clearing experiencing some pretty anxiety. What julie needs is probably therapy and anti-anxiety meds, not chastisement.

Hopefully the next volume is better.
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Ellyn   → Allonsythornraxx
Dec 31, 2019 marked it as lowkey-tbr-graphics
Shelves: graphics
01/01/2020
This cover!! 100% my aesthetic! 😍😍😍
Dany
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Troubled waters finally takes on the character driven action it was hinting at in the earlier books.

TW : Toxic relationship

They removed the lighter Chet and the lighter storytelling and turned it fully dark and focussed on Julie's Arc.

I seriously can't get enough of the art and especially the storytelling. How they described the root of Julie's issues and how she tackles them and the decisions she's taking.

Spoilers for first&second volume:

-Julie has had issues with her self esteem , her behavi
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Deidra (ShadeTreeReads)
The story has lost some of its magic for me. In this 3rd volume, things got super choppy and the pacing was even more weird than the first 2 volumes. I'll only continue with the series if I have access through hoopla. This art style is one of my all-time favorites though. I'd love a poster with all the characters on it. Julia and Selena just seem like unhealthy people who need time to work on themselves before getting into a relationship. *shrugs* ...more
Emily
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Probably the best volume so far. I've always liked the art and the supernatural world, but I had issues with the characters. Let's just say some of those issues were addressed or are beginning to be addressed. I think I'll continue with this series. ...more
Celia
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
The worst part of reading this volume is that it ENDS and I am left wanting to know what's gonna happen!!! ...more
Jessica Brown
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
I want so badly to like this series. I love the art, but boy oh boy is there some toxic relationship mess going on. I feel like this may have been better served coming out in more of an omnibus format? I’m a bad graphic novel/comic person (especially since I’m a librarian) but having these short, all over the place books are really not doing much to make me fall for the characters or really understand them. The main stars are for Chet and Manuel, the diversity in character body types and gender ...more
Ellen
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
(So the actual funny story is that I just borrowed two volumes from the library; I picked up 1 because I couldn't remember anything that had happened in it, and what I thought was vol 2. It was not. It was this book! I had to go back and read book 2 to see if I had missed important context.)

Things I liked:
-The worldbuilding goes new places in volume 3!! With the introduction of (I keep wanting to call her Scylla but it's not), Selena's absent mermaid roommate, we get to dip our toes into an UNDE
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Hanna
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
There will be spoilers!

*I'm still not enjoying this as much as I would've hoped. I did find it a bit more enjoyable than the last volume, but I still didn't get into it.

*I want to say before I get into the negative part of my review, the art was beautiful. The quality of the art has been consistent throughout each book.

*One thing I can say the Volume 2 did better was inserting other pages. In this book, the extra pages were in the middle of chapters, which broke up the book in a strange way.
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Izzie
Apr 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
As a BIPOC LGBTQ person I was so looking forward to this series but after the first volume, I’ve been very sorely disappointed. Vol 2 already decreased my interest and like for this series ... this volume told me to give up on the series entirely.

In every volume the main plot is focused around miscommunication between characters & unhealthy platonic and romantic relationships — not for me. IDC if it’s “queer drama” or “quirky sci-fi romcom feels” — I’m not here for toxic relationships and a plo
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Bill Coffin
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
In the wake of Lumberjanes, we've seen no small number of comics introduced that try to jar that same lightning with magic, whimsy, friendship, LGBTQ+, gender intersectionality and an environment of acceptance all driving the storytelling. Not all of them work nearly as well as Lumberjanes does, but Moonstruck comes close. Created by Grace Ellis - one of the aces behind Lumberjanes itself - Monstruck is the story of young adults in a world that feels like if Friends took place in Narnia, but if ...more
Megan
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This volume gets like a 3.5 instead of a 3. It was more coherent than the first two volumes, plot-wise. And some of the scenes and art were just really freaking cool.

While I didn’t love HOW something happened, I am glad that it happened (trying to avoid spoilers here). Let’s just say it had to do with Selena and Julie’s relationship, and that Selena is still trash. (One might say the chaos bringer made the situation worse, but Selena was always awful and needs to look inside herself before she s
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Kayla
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
One of my least favorite tropes—toxic relationships based on a lack of communication. Just...literally take ten minutes and talk! I really want to love this series but the plot feels forced at times, and it jumps around. Some plot aspects are just hard to accept (such as the bff roommate that Julie just never heard a single thing about. Or the emotional manipulation from Cass and Selena. And what happened at Newpals? The internship was three days long only and there was the vision of the creatur ...more
Kayleigh Didion
When I saw the third volume was out I was so excited to read it but to say this was disappointing is putting it mildly. After rereading the first two and finding a lot of issues I was very apprehensive about going into this one and honestly regret reading it.
After volume two I really didn't think Selena's behavior could get worse but boy was I so wrong. None of the toxic behaviors is ever discussed and really just laughed off or brushed under the rug until the end when things just explode.
In t
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Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
I always love reading a new Moonstruck collection, but I am also always a little confused? I think I need to read these back to back to remember the details of the world building. Girlfriends Julie and Selena are excited to head to the annual mermaid festival, but when Selena's best friend shows up, Julie feels left out. And there is a new face in town very interested in befriending Julie...what exactly is going on?

I'm not sure I followed all of this, but I think it has just been too long since
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Deborah Payne
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I can’t go into much detail because it is the third volume of an ongoing series. I do like the art in this novel, but the story line is getting confusing, and I wasn’t sure what was happening and why. This story is about a werewolf who doesn’t want to be one and she is in a relationship with another female and things go wrong. Two different events were going with several different characters in the story. The werewolf character is so unsure of herself it is kind of depressing. I will continue wi ...more
Stephanie
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Rachel Rauch
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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B
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was equal parts anticipation and confusion. With plot that was all over the place, new characters coming from all angles, a subplot that never really gets explained: it was confusing, fast paced, yet somehow fun to read. The art is still amazing and how they managed to change the perspective of it to tell the story was brilliant. That being said,this was alot to endure all in all for very little understanding though and a cliffhanger at the end.I can only hope the next volume explains ...more
Maisie Iven
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I really love this series, but this volume was hm... kind of off! I honestly wondered if I was missing pages—it seemed to go so fast and seemed to be missing some moments that may have needed to be on the page! Or maybe Chet’s just my favorite character?

This volume is clearly a transition volume setting up big things, while carrying over big things from previous arcs. A lot of moving pieces, but no resolution.

The art remains great, and the characters are adorable, but this volume just didn’t d
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Zara
Sadly I didn't like this volume nearly as much as the first two. (view spoiler) It also seemed like this volume was sort of filler/setup for the next one. I'll probably continue with the series in hopes that it gets bett ...more
Emma
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I preordered this as a gift for my 11yo. It took forever to arrive. Worth the wait, new characters, new locations and maaaaaajor plot changes and character development. This one is a step up from the previous two and both my kid and I are deeply invested in this story. This one felt so real, especially with the relationship, boundaries and emotions playing out as they have. I can't recommend this series enough ...more
Nicole Westen
Arg this is just so annoyin!!! If Julie and Selena just sat down and had a damn conversation with each other 90% of this drama could have been avoided! And I mean talk, not yell emotionally at each other. Nothing gets resolved when you're being emotional. It's feels like drama for drama's sake. I'm gonna give the next volume a shot, but if it's just as frustrating I think I might just drop this series. ...more
Tracie
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
So... Idk if a vol 4 is coming but idk if I'd want to read it honestly. The one was confusing too. None of the plot was explained, which culminated in unhealthy miscommunication between Selena and Julie. And now she wants to change herself because of it? She needs some therapy. The characters just aren't fleshed out by this point and the Pleasant Sisters pages made no sense. The art is cute, but hell is the story lazy. ...more
O.M.
May 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Oh how confused I am with this book. So many things strung together with bearly even a spider silk worth of connection. We seem to jump from plot to plot with no regard as to how they fit into the story. I really hope in the next book we get more clarity as to what the story want out of its self.

However the art is as beautiful as always. We are also introduced to the underwater realm which is very cool, hope to see more of that in the future.
(a)lyss(a)
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great issue!

As always the art is beautiful and the story was interesting. The plot of this issue is a little abstract and there's some jumping around but the ending packs a real emotional punch. I also liked the activities subplot included throughout the book. It's a unique and interesting read!
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Grace Ellis is a writer best known for co-creating and co-writing Lumberjanes, a New York Times bestselling, Eisner and GLAAD Award-winning comic, though you won't hear her brag about it unless you ask her directly. She has written several episodes of the animated series Bravest Warriors. Grace lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she co-parents a preternaturally smart cat, even though she's more of a d ...more

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