Graphic Novel Mini Reviews | Andrews McMeel Publishing

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So I have decided instead of having my graphic novel reviews solely on Goodreads, I might start doing little batches of mini reviews here. I might try and have them all linked to a similar theme or series in the future (what do you guys think, leave any thoughts or suggestions in the comments below).

The theme for this batch of mini reviews, are that these are all graphic novels I received from Andrews McNeel Publishing through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, and would highly recommend reading any of these.They all brought a smile to my face.

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a WomanLady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such an amazingly fun and quick read.
I related to so much in this book, all the cringe moments in life. It’s always nice having that … I’m not the only one moment. It definitely reminds me of Sarah scribbles comics, in their witty nature and look into what life is really like, which I guess made me love this even more. I am a huge Sarah Scribbles fan.

Would highly recommend to anyone who is an introvert and wants to feel like they aren’t the only one to turn themselves into a blanket burrito instead of going out. Which let’s face it, many of us have done.

Definitely want to look into her other work, especially Feminist Baby.

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The Little Red WolfThe Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was immediately drawn to this book because of how gorgeous the illustrations on the cover were and oh boy they didn’t disappoint. The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning, so simple in colour but they portray the story with such ease.

I love the twist of it being about the wolves who are frightened of the humans, it’s definitely unlike any retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ I’ve ever seen before.

I also enjoyed the twist within the story of the Hunter and his daughter believing one version of events and the wolves having another. Because that is something that happens, everyone has their own version of events. Personally I think the wolves story is probably true.

My one criticism is that the ending was very abrupt, and I felt like there should have been a couple more pages to properly wrap things up. But it certainly was quite the punchy way to end the story.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this, the retelling, the art, it was delightful.
Will definitely keep an eye out in stores to pick up a physical copy.

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic NovelAnne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A couple of months ago I watched the Netflix series ‘Anne with an E’ this was my first time being properly introduced to the character of Anne Shirley. I have a vague memory of seeing part of the Anne of Green Gables film, but nothing concrete.

This book is my first time reading anything from the world of Anne of Green Gables, although after reading this graphic novel I am itching to get my hands on the original books.

Whilst I enjoyed how bright and colourful the illustrations were, they felt a little juvenile (very simple, and the characters had odd noses). Not that it changed how I felt about the book overall it was just obvious that this was created for a younger audience than I.

But this filled me with such joy to read, because I realised how well the TV show did in staying true to the story, obviously because this is a graphic novel there is only so much it can include, I did notice some events were missing but overall it was an excellent introduction into Anne’s life. Showing her life as a child as she transitions from orphan, to part of a loving family, into her teens.
I hope that this will be part of a series, because I am very interested to see where the illustrator and author would take the story, plus it is a great way to introduce a whole new generation to the world of Green Gables.

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Let me know what you guys think of this style of mini review, I have a couple other graphic novels I could do compiled mini reviews for. Which I think would be better than a review focused solely on one. I think this might prove great for series.

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