Amanda’s July Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hey, lovelies! It’s been a bit since I’ve picked up any of my graphic novels, but I’m determined to finally finish The Wicked + the Divine soon.

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol 4. Rising Action by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, & Clayton Cowles

As I said above, it’s been a bit since I’ve read any of my graphic novels, so jumping back into this series was a bit confusing. But I would like to point out that because I like this series so much I remember most of the bigger details from the first three volumes. I also thing that this volume did a better job at giving some back story, or at least showing us some things that we assumed but didn’t actually get to see. I really enjoyed Rising Action. It was full of well, action. But it also brought the Gods together and I thought that was really cool. I’m definitely interested to see where the story will go next (especially with how Persephone ended this book).

I was hoping to read a few more volumes in this series but only managed the one. I got a bunch of new novels for my birthday and became a bit distracted.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanah Ganucheau

GoodReads Summary:
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.
Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.
I’m so glad that I waited to pick this up. I bought this when I went to the NoVaTeen Book Festival. But I didn’t pick it up until today. I read this sitting in my backyard in the sunshine and it was perfect. This was the perfect book for summertime. Full of fun and love and lessons.
The main character, Ari, is such an unlikable little punk at the start of the story. But he makes mistakes and then learns from those mistakes.
Hector was the sweetest little bean and I loved him. I would have liked to learn more about him. I also mostly liked their friends. One was a jerk, but I think he was supposed to be unlikeable.
Overall, , I loved this. The characters were enjoyable. The art style was fun and beautiful.  If you’re looking for the perfect graphic novel to read this summer. I have it right here for you. You don’t need to look any further.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.