Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Illustrator: Young Kim
Format: Graphic Novel
Page Count: 224 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+
Summary: Isabella (Bella) Swan leaves sunny Phoenix, Arizona for rainy Forks, Washington. Reserved and a little awkward, Bella doesn’t like being the new girl at Forks High School. When she meets a strange, otherworldly beautiful boy in her class all she wants to do is uncover is dark secret. Just who exactly is Edward Cullen?
Why I started this book:
Read the book series, saw the movies, wanted to see another interpretation of the love story.
- Young Kim’s renderings are quite beautiful. I particularly love how she draws Bella Swan who is supposed to be plain (in her own eyes at any rate) but filled with quiet beauty.
- Edward Cullen wasn’t drawn quite how I expected him. I suppose this is because I now equate Edward with Robert Pattinson. At any rate, he wasn’t quite as angular in features as I had wanted. I was thinking sharp, but beautiful.
- Most of the drawings are in black and white with a few frames in color, usually when merged with altered photography. It would be expensive to print more frames in color, but considering how exceptionally lovely the cover is, I would have preferred more like it in the novel.
- It’s a quick fast read and I think it’s faithful to the original source material.
Buy: Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga)
Rating: 3 Treasure Chests
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by First Mate Keira
Title: Academy 7
Author: Anne Osterlund
Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 259
Grade Reading Level: Grade 8 +
Summary: Academy 7 is like Star Wars meets Harry Potter. Two kids, Aerin and Dane, must overcome great odds to attend and survive their first year in the universe’s most prestigious school. Aerin must hide her true background, that of a fugitive slave from an X-Level planet. Dane must outwit his father, one of the Alliance’s most powerful leaders, who loathes him and favors his elder brother. Both are excellent students and compete for top grade in every class. Trickery abounds and their only hope is to navigate it together.
Why I started this book:
I bought Academy 7 for something to read on a road trip.
- The world-building is swift, complete, and extremely interesting. It’s fun to see that in a world so advanced there’s still budget problems which result in a crumbling school that still manages to keep and maintain advance computers. I can’t wait to see how certain factors play out.
- Aerin is a strong female character. She excels at computers and fighting, attributes rarely given to heroines. She’s also fragile, constantly worried about exposure. She comes to realize she knows almost nothing about her parents and with Dane’s help is determined to unlock the secret.
- Dane is the typical cocky good-looking rich and popular boy. His life however isn’t as pretty as it seems. His father hates him and he’s not entirely sure why. The only planet he has called home until school, isn’t a place he can ever return to—not if he wants to live to see another day.
- I loved the fighting classes. Aerin whipping Dane over and over again is really quite fun. I also like that Dane isn’t so insecure about it. He actually proposes a deal to help her learn Alliance history in exchange for more beat downs (training to be a better fighter).
- I think the mean girl of the school was dropped a little too soon. I don’t know who is going to take her place and cause friction in the future.
Last Minute Thoughts: Academy 7 is the possible start of a trilogy (woohoo!), but the author has admitted it takes her a lot of time to write her stories and currently she is working on a sequel to another story. I hope she finishes it soon because I want to know what happens next for Aerin and Dane.
Buy: Academy 7
Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests
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