The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

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“I never really fit in. And I thought being a witch would fix everything, but it just makes everything more confusing.”

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Moth Hush is a thirteen year old girl who loves everything about witches. Through complete accident, Moth discovers she and her family are a part of a long and historical line of actual witches! Hoping that this will change her life, Moth begins to study magic in secret, with the help of her long-time friend turned cat, Mr. Laszlo. Together, the two of them discover what it means to be a witch, and the costs that come with it. Through each trial and tribulation, Moth learns a little bit more about who she is and what she wants to become. 

I highly recommend this book for many reasons. The illustrations are beautifully drawn, the characters are diverse, and the story flows easily. Personally, I ended the book wanting to know more about the world the author had created. It is truly a beautiful story about self discovery, family relationships, and finding one’s own way in the world.

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

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“Will everyone kindly stop shooting me! It’s very disruptive!”

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Lucy is a rebellious young woman living in the Regency Era of Great Britain. After a close encounter with a vampire, Lady Violet Travesty, Lucy is saved by Lord Byron, a flippant poet, and is later joined by Sham, a seemingly emotionless bounty hunter. The three form a group to hunt down Lady Travesty and find themselves on a wild goose chase throughout Britain. From parties with vampires, to forests with succubi, the group perseveres all the while gruesomely fighting, awkwardly flirting, and endlessly exploiting each other.

For readers who enjoyed Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, you will thoroughly enjoy this book as well. It is a better version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, with perfectly timed humor, not-so-subtle tropes, and plenty of graphic action. I loved that even though the facial expressions were minimal (nobody has mouths), their emotions clearly depicted what the character was feeling. While this story is a bit longer than some graphic novels and has more text, I feel it contains the perfect amount of detailing, from the plot to the illustrations. A hilariously fantastic read!

Dewdrop, by Katie O’Neill

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Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for an advanced copy

“The only person I need to compete with is myself, and try to do better than I did yesterday”

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Dewdrop is an adorable axolotl who just wants to help their friends do the best they can do at the upcoming sports fair. Dewdrop helps each of their friends just by being honest with them, and encouraging them in a genuine way. Once the show begins, Dewdrop supports each friend through their part of the show, and in the end the friends all thank Dewdrop.

I would highly recommend this book for many reasons. The illustrations alone are wonderfully done and gorgeous to look at. Each page is a splash of color that could entertain the most disinterested child. The story is simple and sweet, with a beautiful lesson about self confidence. Overall an amazing book.