[ARC] Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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4stars

Title: Mooncakes
Author: Suzanne Walker (author) & Wendy Xu (illustrator)
Release date: October 15th 2019
Number of pages: 259 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Sweet, diverse, and full of magic.
Bad things about this book: Seemed a bit rushed in certain parts.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Such a magical story. I was immediately attracted to the cover, but it didn’t really tell me what the book was about. When I requested the book it was mostly because I kept seeing it on Instagram and it had a gorgeous cover. I didn’t know about the plot and I was so glad I went into it without knowing it. It was a great surprise!

I loved the magic, the characters, the story, the drawings. I liked how the story developed. Only flaw I’m thinking about is that some things seemed pretty rushed. Things that maybe could’ve developed in a couple pages were done in just one. I would’ve loved to see more, know more, wait more. I can be patient, but I know that with graphic novels things have to happen fast, and besides that, I loved everything else.

I wish there was more but the ending left me satisfied, grinning. I will definitely have the author and illustrator on my radar right now. Gotta love a queer and diverse fantasy graphic novel. I will recommend it to everyone.

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The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients by Andy Mientus & Rian Sygh

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5stars

Each and every moment of the show had been reimagined to highlight the overall message of the piece: how growing up feeling unseen and unheard can negatively impact a person for their entire life, but the things that makes them feel alien in the world can also be the very thing that ends up making them star.

Title: The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients
Author: Andy Mientus & Rian Sygh (Illustrations)
Series: Backstagers #2
Number of pages: 208 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The magic of the theater, and the inclusivity.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed everything.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is great.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Read it in one go, because how could I not? Engaging from beginning to end, I’ve come to care for each of these amazing and unique characters. How they have grown! I’m impressed and proud of them.

This book doesn’t allow you to put it down to take a break because you need to know how it is going to end, if our beloved backstagers are going to end up victorious in yet an another weird magical misadventure.

The play in this book is simply marvelous; inclusive, diverse, emotional. This is exactly what the real world needs: more inclusivity, in order for kids all around the world to know they belong, that they’re not defective, wrong or whatever awful thing they hear people call them all the time. They need places to be “heard”! And the theater is one of these places.

I already knew about Andy Mientus and Deaf West, and I was so happy when I read this book’s dedication. My sister did her master’s thesis on sign language and, as much as there’s been a lot of progress since the past, there’s still a long way to go. Changing the so-called traditions is just one thing the world can do to evolve and be better.

The next book sounds great! October 1st can’t come soon enough!

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

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5stars

Title: Bloom
Author: Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau (illustrator)
Number of pages: 368 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: A beautiful and sweet graphic novel.
Bad things about this book: Too short? That’s not a bad thing, it’s a graphic novel after all.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Pretty sweet graphic novel with tons of delicious food that made me hungry at every page I turned. Young love, great food, some disaster, realization, mistakes, misunderstandings, life. Just life. And I liked all of it. From beginning to end.

I can’t get into details because this is a short graphic novel, things happen fast and end fast. You’ll just have to trust me and read it because it’s pretty cute and it deserves some love.

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Fence #5 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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4stars

“Don’t think about winning. Winning is a distraction.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #5

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: We got a little insight of the past.
Bad things about this book: There are too many mysteries and I NEED TO KNOW!!!
Do I recommend it? Of course!!
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I had to wait so long for this issue and I felt it was too short. Why is this happening again? We got Seiji and Aiden’s match and a little bit of backstory from the fencers. I thought we were going to get a little more insight from Seiji’s past but it was all whispered to him by Aiden and we didn’t hear a thing. I’m so curious I’m kind of losing my patience. And I’m a very patient woman. Very patient, but I can’t wait to get to the juicy parts: the secrets unveiled, the first stares with romantic vibes, the friendships blooming.

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But for now I want to know what happened to Seiji? What did Aiden say to him to make him lose his composure? Is it something about a relationship not gone well? I wonder if that’s why Seiji couldn’t go to Exton. Maybe he and Jesse were a thing or Seiji had a crush that he thought reciprocated but then was humiliated?? So many questions!!!!

I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE HELL HURT SEIJI??? GIVE THAT BOY SOME LOVE. HE NEEDS IT!!!

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The next issue is going to be a great one, I’m sure of that! I really can’t wait!

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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5stars

“You can’t just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.”

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Number of pages: 272 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The illustrations, the story, everything.
Bad things about this book: That there’s no more of it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I don’t own this graphic novel. My younger sister bought it centuries ago because she saw online that it was worth reading. She read it and I didn’t, at the time. I don’t know why, it’s not like it takes hours to finish it so I still don’t understand why it took me so long to read it. One day I was pointing out how messy my sister’s room was and I noticed Nimona there on her bookshelf; I told myself, it’s time, and I borrowed it, treated it kindly, devoured it in no time, and I’m so happy I did because I loved it.

Supervillain, and cinnamon roll, Ballister Blackheart is forever fighting the so-called hero, and ex friend, Ambrosius Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. That is the eternal fight, the same one every single time; no one gets killed, only temporarily arrested, then it’s the same all over again. Then along comes Nimona, a shapeshifter with a mysterious past and a lot of anger for the Institution. Nimona and Blackheart want to make the whole world see that the heroes aren’t really the good guys in the story.

After falling in love with the illustrations on the cover, I fell in love with the whole graphic novel from the adorable story to the characters. It looks quite simple but it has a little bit of everything and it doesn’t fail to make you think. You know I love books that make me think but at the same time don’t depress me too much. Don’t get me wrong, I also love books that are so sad I cry from beginning to end, but I do prefer meaning without too many feelings.

Blakheart is the villain you find yourself loving. He is a science geek; when he talks about science everything about him glows and you can’t help but smiling. He’s really adorable. Goldenloin is the hero you want to hate but you know he will redeem himself because love has the habit of always finding a way back where it belongs. And last, Nimona, she is a force of nature, ever changing, a firecracker, and she is both the personification of pure energy and sadness. You can see both and it’s heartbreaking; you only want happiness for her and you hope that’s what she’s going to get. Nimona is one of a kind, really!

Nimona is funny, the story is great, the illustrations are perfect and the epilogue made me so happy I wanted to re-read the whole thing all over again. It was that captivating. I say you read it and then tell me how much you loved it, okay? It’s a deal!

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Taproot by Keezy Young

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5stars

Title: Taproot
Author: Keezy Young
Number of pages: 127 (paperback)
Good things about this book: The characters, the drawings, everything.
Bad things about this book: I would love to read more about Hamal and Blue.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I loved it.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

A guy I follow on twitter posted about this graphic novel he read and loved on his flight from England to Italy. He wrote it was body positive and lgbt: I couldn’t have been convinced faster. As soon as I saw his tweet I bought the comic. Really, I bought it so fast I almost surprised myself. Almost. I tend to do things impulsively.

This graphic novel is not only body positive since it’s main character is not your usual thin and sculpted guy but it’s also pretty diverse. It made me warm inside seeing so many different kinds of characters of all shapes, heights, ethnicities and religions; it was truly refreshing and I hope many more novels will follow this path.

Hamal is a gardener; he works at a flower shop and he loves and it’s good at what he does. He also sees and talks to ghosts and has many around him; one in particular is stuck with him since the first time he saw him. Blue is dead and pretty much very in love with Hamal. He tries to push Hamal towards a regular shopper of the flower shop not understanding that Hamal is conflicting and hurting inside because his love is impossible. The big guy has fallen for his dead friend. That was so obvious and so sweet!

The story did not go how I thought it would. It was different and surprisingly so. The characters were sweet, sincere, deep and relatable. The paranormal element in contrast with the pastel colours of the comic gave the story an ethereal touch that had my face with a frozen smile from beginning to end.

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I’m thankful I stumbled onto that fateful tweet that allowed me to read this adorable story of love, loss, paranormal talent and how a random encounter can change your life forever.

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The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

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Read the comic HERE

Title: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Author: E.K. Weaver
Why you should read this book: This is a very sweet comic about two very different guys knowing each other and facing stuff, it’s really nice.

Summary from Groodreads:

In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender… and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he’d be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well… TJ has his own reasons.

The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way – but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.

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This was so cute and funny, it had me reading until late at night after I came back from an endless wedding party!

It was longer than I expected it to be, but in any way hard to keep up. The drawings are really good, there aren’t many “adult” content, the right amount and everything was perfect. I liked watching their expressions, how they changed little by little during their road trip. Secrets spilling out, both of them learning to know each other.

TJ is a wonderful character. I just hate how he dresses, I couldn’t love it, how could I? He dresses just like my nemesis, my hippy neighbour, the one who sings at any damned time of the day and goes around town shoeless with a guitar, delighting (in his opinion) everyone’s life. Not, dear, you are not delighting my life, I like quiet days, not your neomelodic tunes at 3 am!!

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Amal is troubled, conflicted and very scared. I think meeting TJ was really the perfect thing that could’ve happened to him during that hard time he was having. They are so different, both with issues to solve, both maybe looking for answers, trying to change their lives for the best. One running from problems, the other running towards a better tomorrow. I love how well they are for each other.

The ending was perfect, couldn’t have hopped for a better one even if I wanted to see more! I know there is an epilogue with 3 endings but, of those 3, I only want to read one because that’s how I imagined it went on after that last page. I will find a way to read it asap and be happy for a long time.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it is worth your time, it’s short so it won’t take a lot of it.
Rate: 5/5

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