By Night Volume 1 by John Allison

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By Night, Vol. 1Date Published: March 19, 2019

Published By: BOOM! Box

Pages: 112

Genre: fantasy, graphic novel

Edition Read: ebook

Date Read: 9/4/19

Rating: 3-star-rating

 

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: After discovering a mysterious device, Jane and Heather decide try their hand at documentary filmmaking… in another dimension! 

There’s something strange going on in Spectrum, South Dakota. 

Home to high school best friends Jane Langstaff and Heather Meadows, Spectrum is a boomtown that’s long since stopped booming, with nothing to show for its former glory but the abandoned Charleswood Estate, its dwindling sprocket millions, and the story of the disappeared industrialist who founded the place… But deep within Charleswood, unbeknownst to anyone, there is a device called the Eidolon, which can open up a doorway to an otherworldly dimension. And Heather and Jane are about to go knocking.

 

 

My Thoughts: When I saw a graphic novel by John Allison that I hadn’t read yet I knew I had to check it out. His other series Giant Days is one of my favorites. I sadly, didn’t love this one quite as much. I liked it and I have read the second one as well. It’s a little quirky and can be funny. It was a pretty quick read.

 

 

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Skyward Volume 3 by Joe Henderson

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Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix the WorldDate Published: September 3, 2019

Published By: Image Comics

Pages: 136

Genre: sci-fi, fantasy, graphic novel

Edition Read: ebook

Rating:  4-star-rating

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Collects issues 11-15. The final installment in the series.

 

 

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel series.  I had no idea this was the last volume until the last issue when everything was wrapping up storyline wise. I think the ending was a little rushed I feel like there maybe could have been one more volume in this and it would have been great. I liked the storyline and Willa was an awesome character. I would recommend checking this series out if you haven’t.

 

Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce

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Wolf-Speaker (The Immortals, #2)Date Published: January 1, 1993

Published By: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 324

Genre: fantasy, young adult

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 8/21/19-8/30/19

Rating:  3-and-a-half-star-rating

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Daine’s magic must save her friends—both wolf and human—in this second book of the Immortals series.

 

 

My Thoughts: I thought that this was a great second book for the series. I really liked that we get to see more of Daine’s magic and her exploring just how much she can actually do. I feel like Daine grew as a character in this one compared to the first book. I liked all the animal characters in this and thought that they added a cool aspect to the story. Numaire is still one of my favorite characters ever. There was some mystery in this one that the first book didn’t have. I am looking forward to see what happens in the next book.

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

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Wild MagicDate Published: December 1, 1992

Published By: Simon Pulse

Pages: 362

Genre: young adult, fantasy

Edition Read: ebook

Dates Read: 8/16/19-8/19/19

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.

 

 

My Thoughts: It was nice to go into this knowing the world and the magic system having just finished the first series set in this world. I am really enjoying Tamora’s writing style and her characters. I really like Daine and how she’s a little sassy. I like her magic and how she can talk to the animals. I really love the side characters, especially her tutor. I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Giant Days Volume 10 by John Allison

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Giant Days, Vol. 10  (Giant Days #10)Date Published: June 25, 2019

Publishing Company: BOOM! Box

Pages: 112

Genre: contemporary, graphic novel

Edition Read: ebook

Date Read: 8/7/19

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

 

Goodreads Synopsis: The final year of university is about to start for best mates Daisy, Esther, and Susan, and everything is going completely off the rails. From finding somewhere to live at the last minute, to broken bones, to the looming terror of the adult world, this semester is one you won’t want to miss. John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal are our “resident advisors” for this action-packed fall term, which collects Issues #37-40 of the Eisner Award-nominated series.

 

 

My Thoughts: As always this story and these characters are great.
I really enjoy this graphic novel series. It’s light and focuses on more real life things which I enjoy. I did think that the art work looked different than normal. The characters looked different than they did in the last volume so that was a little distracting for me which is why this got a lower rating compared to the other volumes. I will read this graphic novel series until it ends because it’s just really enjoyable.

Moonstruck Volume 1 by Grace Ellis

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Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew (Moonstruck #1)Date Published: March 27, 2018

Publishing Company: Image Comics

Pages: 120

Genre: fantasy, graphic novel

Edition Read: ebook

Date Read: 8/7/19

Rating: 2-star-rating

 

 

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Goodreads Synopsis: Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late.

Collects issues 1 through 5.

 

My Thoughts: While I thought that illustrations in this were super cute and I enojyed the art style, I didn’t really like the actual story. I wasn’t invested in the characters and I honestly could’ve cared less about what was happening in the story. So as of now I don’t have any plans to pick up the next volume.

 

 

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

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Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)Date Published: 1988

Published By: Simon Pulse

Pages: 384

Genre: fantasy, young adult

Edition Read: hardcover

Dates Read: 7/22/19-7/31/19

Rating: 4-star-rating

 

 

 

Synopsis: From Tamora Pierce, the final book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

 

My Thoughts: I thought that this was a great finale to the series. I think that you could really see Alanna’s growth come to a head in the last part of this book. There were a few things that I totally saw coming and a couple that I didn’t. I think that it ended in a perfect place. I look forward to reading more of Tamora’s work in the future!