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Ever After 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: Ever After
Author: Olivia Vieweg
Genre: YA Horror Graphic Novel
Publication Date: June 4th, 2012 (Sept 1st, 2020 for English Translation)
Pages: 288
Publishers: Lerner Publishing Group
Rating:

2 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Vivi and Eva are two travelers in a countryside filled with the undead. After a train breaks down, stranding them between safe zones, the young women partner up to stay alive. Vivi is struggling with grief–and guilt–over the loss of her sister. Eva is hiding the start of a horrifying transformation. Together they’ll face heat, zombie hordes, and their own inner demons, searching for signs of life in a land of the dead. This graphic novel addition to an enduring genre is thoughtful and emotion-driven, but also full of zombie scares and action.

This graphic novel was just straight out confusing. I still have no idea what really happened in this graphic novel. It was very hard to follow and didn’t have any context or really explanation as to what the heck was going on. I found my self not really following what was going on for majority of the book. There was a couple sections where I thought ‘ahh okay, I get it’ and then the next page I was back to being confused.

This is on the longer side for a graphic novel. This one is nearly 300 pages and majority of graphic novels are around 100 – 150 pages. So this had the potential to really build the world and grow the story but it simply didn’t do any of that. There is a zombie apocalypse but that is literally all we find out. I don’t think there was really any world building to this and the characters were just flat and didn’t really developed or even get fleshed out at all. I couldn’t follow what was going on in the plot so really there is nothing positive for me to really say.

Also this book kinda just ended. It didn’t wrap anything up or answer any questions at all. It feels like there should be a book 2 to explain everything but this is a standalone. So that definitely felt off.

The only positive is that the art is nice but even that left me slightly confused because when you look at the cover compared to the inside of the book it REALLY doesn’t match. The cover makes it look like it’s going to be a cute or whimsical story (well thats the vibe I get at least) and then the themes of the Graphic Novels are mental health & zombies… So I’m not sure how that fits at all.

Overall I don’t recommend this book. Nothing was explained, nothing made much sense and nothing was concluded.

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The Tea Dragon Society 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Tea Dragon Society
Series Name: Tea Dragon #1
Author: Katie O’Neill
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: Oct 18th, 2017
Pages: 72
Publishers: Oni Press
Rating:

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Society Book Cover: Green forest looking background surrounding 2 characters sitting on a picnic blanket drinking tea. One character has brown skin and black hair with short stumpy horns. They are wearing an orange striped singlet, 3/4 jeans & orange thongs. The other character is fair skinned with pink hair and antlers. They are wearing a cream short and grey skirt and is petting an orange colour Tea Dragon that has flowers growing from its head.

This Graphic Novel is just so cute and lighthearted. I love the artwork and tonne. The art style is so colourful and flowery and makes for a pleasant reading experience compared to other Graphic Novels that just feel busy and chaotic. I really like that the characters in the story are drawn as either slightly human looking animals or humans with animal features like horns and such. Makes it interesting and easy to follow who and who.

While not a tonne happens in the actual plot itself it does build an image of this world and gives us a base to expand on. It sets the seen nicely and I already love these characters and tiny dragons and want good things to happen to them!

I especially love the representation in this book! We have a character that uses a wheel chair, a character with amnesia, a woman of colour and a male/male romance so far and this graphic novel is only 72 pages! Thats a good amount of rep for such a short book. All the rep was also handled really well which I love to see. Everyone is just accepting of everything which is refreshing to have these different representations simply seen as normal and not something to question.

Overall this is such a sweet & magical read and I highly recommend giving it a go! I am super keen to get to The Tea Dragon Festival (which I have already purchased).

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