Title: Little Witches
Author: Leigh Dragoon
Series: Book One
Genre: Historical/Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Oni Press
Page Count: 115 (?)
Type of Book: Comic/Graphic Novel
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: A new category for my blog! I’ve started diving into Comics and Graphic Novels, so I figured to add the new button!
Little Witches took the popular children series Little Women and added magic to the storyline. I liked the idea of it, but the execution fell a bit flat. Still, the artwork was lovely, and the storyline definitely had potential. I’d be interested in reading more of the series once it came out, to see where it went. I’d love to explore more of the magic system, and the fact that slaves had magic too was interesting. That there were witch hunters was unsurprising, but the way that they went about hunting witches was intriguing. There were lots of nods towards the original story, and I think the author did a wonderful job in recreating it, though it didn’t quite meet up to what I had originally thought that this graphic novel would contain.
Overall, this is a 4/5 star read for me, and I really recommend it to fans of the Little Women series. While it has mixed reviews, this was a positive one from me. And I am sorry that this review is short, but this is a new thing, reviewing Graphic Novels/Comics, so please bear with me as I step into the learning process of learning such.
Until next time,
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Title: Shades of Milk and Honey
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 208
Type of Book: Library Loan, Paperback
Rated: 5/5 stars!
Shades of Milk and Honey is a glamorous book (sorry, couldn’t resist!) that has several nods to Jane Austen, but filled with magic and musical elements that I adored. The characters are similar to Jane Austen characters, but have their own unique flaws and historiies that I found interesting. The main character, Jane, is a strong female character that wishes she was as pretty as her sister, but her talents make up for her lack of beauty.
I didn’t much care for her sister, to be honest-I found her rather attention seeking brat who complained constantly that men only wanted her for her beauty, and she didn’t have Jane’s talents to keep them interesting. I wanted to strangle her several times, but at the end of the book she made up for her annoyances.
Jane was easily my favorite character of the book, though I did love Vincent as well. Her mother was a bit of a ‘fair’ lady, meaning she didn’t deal well with stress or with danger. I found her almost as annoying as Jane’s sister.
The magic system in this book was fascinating. Glamours to fix houses so that they were prettier and far grander than they normally were? Awesome!
I greatly look forward to reading the next few books in the series. I have no idea how many there are-five? six?-but they all have gorgeous covers, and I am eager to dive into the next one. I plan on making this series one of my featured “Jane Austen” series to look into, when I have the time (lol, free time what’s that?).
Overall, 5/5 stars!
-Pass Me That Book!