Graphic Novels I’m Continuing in 2018

I don’t really read a lot of graphic novels and don’t even own a lot of them. I usually try to read them from Overdrive, but sometimes that app doesn’t include all the volumes in the series. So I turn to Hoopla, which I just found out about.

Anyways, I started a lot of graphic novels, but I don’t really intend on continuing all of them, but here are 5 of the ones that I will continue on. I will also add the little blurbs from Goodreads on what the graphic novel is about just in case people are interested in it.


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Volumes Released: 1-8

Goodreads Synopsis: FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

My Thoughts: I really love the stories of these graphic novels, not only is it entertaining, but it also teaches a great story of acceptance, friendship and female strength. I’m really glad that there are graphic novels like these for younger readers to be able to enjoy and also learn different lessons . I love how the author doesn’t focus on the characters sexuality, but rather on who they are as a person. The friendships between the five girls is also amazing and this is missing from a lot of novels that are being released these days. I definitely want my future children to read these.

Chew One

Chew by John Layman
Volumes Released: 1-12

Goodreads Synopsis: Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He’s been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.

My Thoughts: This is a very weird and twisted graphic novel. Twisted not in a bad way, twisted in a disgusting way, but its so good, I just can’t put it down. I’m praying that Overdrive will get the rest of the volumes, for now I’m still waiting. If you’re not a squeamish person and doesn’t really get grossed out easily, then definitely try to read these. So good!

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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Volume Released: 1-2 (Complete)

Goodreads Synopsis: When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Iko is actually one of my favorite characters in the whole Lunar Chronicles books and so these graphic novels are for me. I’m not a fan of the art in it, but I will look past it to get glimpses of the other characters in the series. Plus, the story line of Iko in this is amazing, she really shines in it and I’m really sad that they are only releasing two in this companion story.


Giant Days by John Allison
Volume Released: 1-7

Goodreads Synopsis: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

My Thoughts: Love this series. When I went to college, I had two other friends that conspired with me and my shenanigans, and these graphic novels remind me of our friendships. We didn’t get as crazy as Susan, Ester and Daisy, but the friendships between the three is very nostalgic. Almost makes me want to go back to school, almost.

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire

Volume Released: 1-6 (Complete)

Goodreads Synopsis: Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed new series introduce Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation following a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father, he’s left to fend for himself . . . until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd, who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find ‘The Preserve,’ a refuge for hybrids.

My Thoughts:  This is actually a very recent read for me but I instantly enjoyed it. I definitely want to continue this and I’m even more excited because apparently there is only six volume in the story. Overdrive or Hoopla doesn’t carry this graphic novel so I might have to resort to checking out our used bookstores to finish them.


So those are my five graphic novels that I will be continuing on. Let me know if there are other great graphic novels out there for me to check out. YES, I have read the first two volumes of Saga, I’m just not sure if I want to continue on with the story.


Graphic Novel Review: Heroes of Olympus

Author: Rick Riordan
Illustrated: First Book: Nate Powell Second Book: Orpheus Collar and Antoine Dode
Rating: 4/5

***This is a review of the graphic novel and not the storyline itself. If you want to read a review of the books, I have linked them at the end of this review. ***

Review: I’ll divide this review into two parts. They will be relatively short parts since I’m really just stating my thoughts on the graphic novel itself. The first part will be about the story, the second part will be about the graphics and an overall impression.


I’ve read the Heroes of Olympus Series fairly recent so my memory of the books is somewhat still fresh in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in the series and I believe each one is as important to the story arc as the other. There are some series where I feel that one book is not as necessary or one character is not as important, but with these characters and these books I think they are all pertinent to the overall story. I am sad to say that there are some changes that Riordan made in these books and it was a bit sad to see the changes. I would have preferred for all of the facts to remain the same and I’m not really sure why the changes were made considering it didn’t really make the book longer or shorter. I would have understood if such changes made the story shorter, for graphic novel purposes, but it didn’t. Obviously there were also some parts of the books that were omitted, which took away from the overall story. I would have wished that Riordan decided to stick to his original story line and made the graphic novel in volumes.


As you can tell from the covers, the graphics are wonderful, not as amazing as some graphic novels I’ve read in the past, but still well drawn by the illustrator(s). The colors that were used matches the mood of each scenes, which greatly helped in conveying mood of the setting. The Illustrators for both books are different, I do prefer the first book compared to the other, but either way they are still great graphics. I would have wished that the illustrators taken a greater detail in creating their heroes, since they are suppose to be demigods, even the gods could have used a bit of tweaking. Really I’m not one to complain since I can barely draw stick figures, I’m just a tad, little tiny bit, disappointed on how our heroes were drawn. I would have expected a grander, looking characters


I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, because I enjoyed re-reading the Heroes of Olympus allover again. My only problem are the changes that was made in each of the graphic novels. I would recommend these graphic novels to two types of readers, (1) those who are more of a graphic novel readers and (2) those who wants to re-read the series, but doesn’t really want to dive into the massive books. I won’t recommend them to readers who really want to read the actual books. I feel that if they read these graphic novels, rather than the books, they are missing out on a lot of details that is more easily conveyed in the written format.

Mind you the first and second books are the only ones that have been converted to graphic novels, just a warning, in case you want to dive into these thinking the whole series is finished.


TBR Challenge #6: Favorite Trope

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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5

Why? So I picked this book for this theme because this graphic novel includes one of my tropes ever and that is the hate-love relationship. I love these types of love story of boy meets girl and they instantly hate each other, but as the book/series progress they eventually fall in love for each other. Now I’m not saying that this graphic novel will turn into that, since it is the first in the series, but it does have the essence of it. I think eventually there will be something there.

Review: I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel and seeing all the beloved characters again. Yes, I know I wasn’t a fan of this series before, but after I read Winter I was totally floored! So of course I had to pick this up since Iko is one of my favorite characters in the original series.

I’m glad that Meyer decided to do a spin-off series on the android, but I’m not that thrilled on the graphic part. Although the story is amazing so far, I think the graphic part didn’t quite hit the mark. Meyer’s books are always so vivid and detailed when she’s describing her characters, settings and world building. The problem is that did not resonate into this graphic novel. I would have love for her characters to be more vibrant and exciting, similar to her books.

That rant over, I really did love the story. I wish I waited a bit longer to get my hands on this so that I don’t have to wait so long for the next one. This volume is filled with so much action right from the start. I love that I get to see Scarlet and Wolfe again and the whole gang. I did wish that there would have been more Scarlet and Wolfe, but that’s ok, I actually wasn’t even expecting them, so it was a pleasant surprise.

That being said, I’m really excited to see what happens to Iko and her little adventure!

Graphic Novel Review: Chew

I know I’m not a fan of graphic novels, I don’t hate them, but I haven’t read a ton load of them to give an expert advice on which is better than the other. However, I think I’ve read enough of this series to be able to give my honest opinion.

I’m not the type of reader who enjoys gore or violence, being a mystery enthusiast, that’s actually hard to believe. That being said, though, I actually enjoy reading these graphic novels. The concept of the novel is what drew me first to pick it up, really who won’t be intrigued by a detective who can envision the past of the things that he has eaten. Does that not sound exciting? Anyways, when I picked up the first volume, I was totally hooked and I eventually devoured the remaining volumes as soon as I could get my hands on them. Mind you I had to borrow them from my library so it took some time. I love the dark humor that John Layman incorporates in his morbid tale and the characters are all fantastically well done. Out of all the characters I find Olive and Toni the most fascinating. I love their side story, and at one point, a heartbreaking story, but either way everyone is beautifully crafted. I also enjoy learning the different ‘gifts’ that Layman bestowed on some of his characters. Like I said, I’m really enjoying myself reading these graphic novels and can’t wait to devour them til the end.

Besides the story line and the characters, I simply love the art of it. Rob Guillory’s drawing captures the tale that Layman is trying to convey. It’s dark and yet a tad bit perky on the color choices.

(I’m not entirely sure which volume the first two picture are, but the last one is in Chew Vol. 6: Space Cakes) 

As seen in these samples of their work, you really can’t blame me for enjoying this graphic novel. Look at the details, the gore, the color and the weirdness of it. I’m telling you, it was really difficult for me to put these volumes down. Be warned, those who doesn’t have a strong stomach, you might want to sit this one out.

Through the Wood by Emily Carroll

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Author: Emily Carroll
Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel

This is technically not a review since its pretty hard to review a graphic novel. This is just my thoughts and take on Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods.

I’ve been hearing about this book all over the place, goodreads, youtube and other bloggers. Everyone has been saying that its amazing and creepy. So when I was at the bookstore looking for something scary and I saw this on the shelf, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I did. Who knew these five short, and I mean very short, stories could be so terrifying. If I wasn’t reading it in broad daylight and with people around me, I probably would have put it down, burrow in my blanket and sleep with the lights on.

I enjoyed all five of the stories, each are different but all are just as creepy as the next. I admit thought, I hated that their endings are always cut short. I wanted to read more of it and wished that the writer would have elaborated more on each story. I understand the questioning of “what happened?” leaves more to the imagination of the readers, but I feel that I’m craving for something that I know won’t have a second part. I guess I’ve been spoiled with all these series and trilogies lately. Other than that one complaint, there really isn’t much that I disliked about this graphic novel.

As for the art itself. Its beautiful! The pictures are not gory or graphic, but there is something unsettling in each of the story that is well conveyed in the pictures. I love the little details in the artwork and it must be praised as much as the stories.

If you’re looking for something scary and just gives you the shivers, this book is a must read. IF you’re one of those readers who enjoys reading creepy stories in the October month, then you should definitely pick this up!

Saga Volume 1

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Story: Brian Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, A
Rating: 3.5/5

***********Spoilers Revealed**********
I’m not much of a graphic novel enthusiast. So I’m hardly an expert on what’s good and what’s not. I do however, know what I like and don’t like. This really isn’t a “review” on this graphic novel and I won’t go into details on the pros and cons of it. Since I only read the first book of the series, I think its hardly unfair for me to judge the storyline and the writing style of the author. So, this is really just my thoughts on the first instalment of the SAGA series.

Now I won’t go into details on the character development of the book or even the different characters in the book. I will, however, comment on the protagonists of this volume because I love Marko and Alana. Now, I’m not certain if they will be present all throughout the series, but I know for certain, if ever I want parents who are rebels, these would be the parents I choose. I love how they risk everything to be together and to bring a child into this chaotic world. Plus, hello, they would do anything for their baby daughter, which I think is pretty heroic enough! The narrator of this book, I’m not really sure, but I think she might be our future protagonist. I didn’t really get much from her, I did find out that she will be present in future volumes, and she is the daughter that Alana and Marko protects all throughout this book.

Another thing I wanted to talk about is the actual graphic of the book. Like I said, I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, and probably read only a handful of such genre, but I do love the graphic of this book. It’s very well drawn and the use of color is amazing! Its interesting how the artist can capture the facial expressions of the characters as if they are real, their eyes alone speaks volumes! Even the gruesome details of the story is very well done and I felt myself cringing on the sight of these drawings. Just as much as I love reading very well written books, I love looking through very well drawn graphic novels!

I said that I won’t judge the plot of Saga, but I must say that I’m really liking the story of the two protagonists. Besides the fact that they are running away from assassins and the “prince”(?), I’m not really sure where the main story arc is going. Not that I need to know more, Marko and Alana’s story is enough for me to keep reading.