Freddy is a highschool student with one huge problem: her girlfriend keeps breaking up with her. But that’s not the actual problem, is it? The actual problem is that Freddy is letting this happen, she’s not thinking of herself and letting Laura Dean do as she pleases because Freddy doesn’t value herself. Only Freddy can get out of this cycle of neglect, and only Freddy can fix her problems.
This book hit home for me, and there are many reasons why. Highschool is already a difficult time to live through, and having public relationship problems just makes everything worse. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone survived highschool. To top it off, Freddy doesn’t value herself as a person.
That’s why I love this book so much. It isn’t about Freddy getting revenge on her girlfriend, or finding someone who treats her right, this book is about Freddy finding herself and loving herself and valuing herself. This book is a beautiful and painful and honest story that everyone needs to read because everyone should value and respect themselves. I wish I was Freddy’s age when I realized that.
Aster is a city girl who is suddenly plopped in the middle of nowhere. Thanks to her Mom’s job, she and her family have moved to her Dad’s old village, where nature is everywhere and people are not. Aster has to find her own source of entertainment, which ends up including magic!
This book gave me serious Hilda vibes, and I am HERE for it. Nature is magical and I’m so glad authors are realizing that more. Aster didn’t initially appreciate the beautiful landscape around her, and that was okay. She learned to love it and found friends along the way.
There were so many lessons in this book, and they were beautifully taught. The book explored different themes, like parents lying to their children, the importance of team effort, that it’s okay to be angry, and so many more. It was just a joy to read. I didn’t want to come back to reality. I feel when an author makes it difficult to come back to the real world, they have done a spectacular job, and that’s how I feel about Aster and the Accidental Magic.
Ailis is a young girl who is also a Weirn, a witch born with an Astral, or a demon guardian. Her life isn’t all that different from other kids though, as she struggles through school, bullies, and crushes. Ailis’s life gets turned upside down when she notices a light on in an old abandoned house.
An absolutely wonderful book, this story has an original and unique plot that is complemented with beautiful illustrations that will keep any reader entertained! From the characters to the world building, nothing was forgotten in this graphic novel.
I loved that the human world lived in harmony with the magical world, and that they shared buildings like the school. The magic was unique too, I’ve never seen anything like an astral before, and loved it. I literally want my own astral. The author created diverse characters that I sympathized with, even the bullies. It left me wanting to read more about everyone and everything, and I hope the author does write and illustrate more!
*Huge thank you to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review*
Rozenn and Dahut are the two daughters of a king and his powerful wife, Lady Malgven. After the sudden passing of Lady Malgven, the king and his two daughters are left to grieve. As each processes their loss separately, they grow apart and bitter towards each other. Rozenn grows to love nature, and solitude. She all but abandons her post as heir to the throne and lives a simple, almost naive lifestyle. Dahut takes on her mother’s magic, learning the mysteries behind the veil and seducing those who show interest. The king drowns himself in earthly pleasures, and is overall a hollowed version of himself. As the family is faced with sudden challenges, each handle them separately, which ultimately leads to profound loss and unhappiness between all of them.
Okay, so wow. I loved everything about this. The story was magical, dark, and mysterious. It left me wanting to know more about everything. The illustrations were so lush and breathtaking, I’ve read this probably three or four times just to enjoy them. I will give fair warning, this is not a happy go lucky type of book, so keep that in mind. But if you tend to enjoy traditional folklore and darker themes, then this is the book for you. I do have to say, I didn’t like the king one bit and that never changed throughout the book, and I wish it had a more satisfactory ending when it came to him. But overall, it was a spectacular book, one that I know I will pick up time and time again.
*Huge thank you to Random House Graphic for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Norma and Belly are just two squirrels trying to make it out in the world. When Norma accidentally burns their breakfast, the two set off to find some new food and end on a little adventure to obtain their treat!
I loved this book, it was simple, sweet, and an enjoyable read. I could see reading this to my nephews, or storytime’s at the library. The illustrations were simple and colored beautifully, the story kept a nice pace and never got dull, and while there was conflict, it wasn’t anything dramatic or intense. There was a nice message that everyone could learn from. And now, I need to go find a donut!
This book beautifully illustrates the story of the life of a rope that a young girl finds in South Carolina. The rope follows the girl through her life, her children’s life, and her grandchildren’s life, always helping in different ways. The story begins when the girl finds the rope near her home in South Carolina, and grows up to use that rope to move to New York. She uses the rope to hang flowers from her home, and uses the rope to dry laundry. As her children grow, they use the rope to play games and make friends, and eventually use that same rope to go to college. The story ends with the grandchild giving the same rope to her grandmother for a newer one so she can jump rope outside their lovely home in Brooklyn.
I would recommend this book to any and all readers, not just children. There is so much about history that we aren’t taught, or briefly mentioned, and the Great Migration is one of them. Thinking back to my own education, I hardly remember anything about the Great Migration or the impact it had on history. This book introduces that part of history without being too serious or dark. It fights typical stereotypes of African-Americans by showing a family succeed and have a wonderful life, despite all the obstacles in their way. It is truly a wonderful role model for African-American children everywhere.
This book is about a little mean fish who stole a hat from a much larger fish. The little fish kept telling the reader how he would probably get away with his theft and gave various reasons, such as the big fish probably wouldn’t wake up, and probably wouldn’t notice his hat was missing, and probably wouldn’t know who took it and so on. The big fish seemed to know exactly who took his hat and where they were going. He ended up getting his hat back, but what happened to the small fish remained a mystery.
I would recommend this book, but I wish there was more. While I absolutely loved the illustrations, there wasn’t enough to the story. While in the end the big fish got his hat back, he didn’t explain why stealing was wrong, and/or the little fish didn’t even learn a lesson about stealing (or possibly live for that matter). It was a very beautiful book, but I would’ve loved more substance in it.