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Review: Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

 

Heartstopper Volume One: Amazon.co.uk: Alice Oseman: Books

Synopsis:

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


My Thoughts:

I had heard nothing but amazing things about this graphic novel series, so naturally, I was sceptical. I have been lured in by hype before and been very disappointed. However, this, oh my god, I see the hype.

Firstly, the artwork – LOVE. I don’t usually go for b&w graphic novels but it fit the art style and story really well. I love the illustration style, it was adorable.

THE FEELS.
This made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It put me in such a good mood, it’s definitely a great pick-me-up book! I was feeling depressed and was in a major reading slump and this was PERFECT.

I like that it’s a British school setting, which I’ve rarely seen in YA. It’s nice to see something familiar and different from the usual American high school setting I’ve mostly seen in YA. It was a breath of fresh air!

This is a different kind of graphic novel for me, I tend to go for more sci-fi/fantasy based ones, but this was a nice change. A contemporary romance definitely works well as a graphic novel. Also, I really appreciate the fact it was very cute and adorable without being cringy or awkward. My main complaint with YA romance is that it’s just too cheesy and cringe for me but this has none of that! No cringe but all the mushy feels!

If you haven’t picked this up yet, PLEASE DO! It’s so wholesome, you won’t regret it!

Rating: 5 Stars

 

Books · Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Volume 1+2 by Brian K. Vaughan + Fiona Staples

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Saga Volume 1 Synopsis:
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Saga Volume 2 Synopsis:

The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!


My thoughts:
I got the first one on a complete whim, I’d heard great things about this series but I never read graphic novels. It was on Kindle Unlimited so I thought I’d give it ago and WOW was I surprised.
I had no idea what the plot was or what to expect at all. I knew it was a sci-fi graphic novel. That’s it. I have been on a sci-fi kick all year so far, so I thought this would be perfect. I was also going into a reading slump, I didn’t feel like reading a novel – which is why I randomly decided to get a graphic novel. Thank Gods I did! It has saved me from my slump!
I was HOOKED. I flew through this. It was weird and wonderful all at once. I’ve never been so addicted and invested in something so quickly. The story really took me by surprise. It’s an amazing mix of sci-fi and fantasy; it’s incredible.
I immediately downloaded the next one (volume 2) and devoured that in an hour.
Sadly, only the first two are on Kindle Unlimited (God damn it!) so I couldn’t binge the rest without paying. I am UPSET. I thought there were more on KU but nope. *Heartbreaks*
I am DEFINITELY continuing the series ASAP because I love it so much. I also want to kinda drag it out because the series is on hiatus and if I finish it all in a week I’m going to be waiting forever.

The Art – I am in love with this artwork. It is so so good. I love the colours used, every page is vibrant and exciting. It really is beautifully drawn. I love Fiona Stapes’ art style – she’s insanely talented. I think the main thing that put me off reading graphic novels in the past is that I’m picky/fussy with art styles – this was nailed it for me.

Good points:

  • Non-white, Non-human Main characters
  • Forbidden Love / Star Crossed Lovers
  • The artwork is AMAZING
  • Magic
  • Characters are so much fun!
  • Story is fast-paced
  • So quick to read

Warning: it is very graphic, sexually. There’s a lot of nudity and sexually explicit scenes.
Adult content, definitely not for kids/teen/the faint-hearted. I did not expect to see alien dick, but I did. There is also child abuse, not actually depicted, but it’s mentioned.

Volume 1 – Rating: 4.5 Stars
Volume 2 – Rating: 4 Stars


Purchase here:
Amazon UK / *Book Depository
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