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Chobits Volume 1

Why bother with people when you could have the perfect companion? In a world where personal computers (or persocoms) have been given human form, that is the question that Chobits - the beautifully drawn, thought-provoking science fiction story by CLAMP - explores.

Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi

A book for book lovers! Theo Fumis loves books, but because he lives in the slums, the town librarian refuses to let him borrow books or even set foot inside the library. That doesn't stop him from sneaking in to read them though! Due to his mixed ancestry, easily apparent by his pointed ears and blonde hair, Theo is shunned by nearly all of the town's residence, and books are his only escape from his harsh life. A life he dreams of leaving behind by becoming a kafna.

Crumbs by Danie Stirling

Rating: 4/5

This graphic novel takes place in a magical universe in a special town. There is magic, a seer, quirky tech, a bakery, a musician, a mystery and romance. This is a cozy, magical read with some adventure.

Heartstopper Vol. 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Rating: 5/5

This is an extremely cute romance graphic novel series with beautiful art. This series has recently been adapted by Netflix. Charlie Spring was outed and heavily bullied his first year at Truham Grammar School for Boys. Entering year 10 Charlie is hopeful about the new year. Until he develops a crush on Nick Nelson, a year 11 in the rugby team, a possibly, maybe not, entirely straight cute boy.

Book Review- Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise

Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms is a heart lifting story about finding your voice, LGBTQ+ representation, friendship and love. This is a quick read with a happy ending. The character Anne wants to get into college and tries to find a way to become more involved in after school activities after a meeting with her guidance counselor. While Bebe is trying to figure out life after coming out and joining the cheerleading squad as the first transgender cheerleader. This graphic novel is a definite must read!

I Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino

I Hear the Sunspot (2017) is a touching, heartwarming manga about the relationship between two male college students. Kohei, who is hard of hearing and knows he may eventually become deaf, deliberately keeps everyone at arm’s length because he is tired of the insensitive ways people often react to his disability. Taichi, who is struggling to make ends meet, sees Kohei’s ad looking for a notetaker to help him in class and agrees to take the job in exchange for lunch every day.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia

Third book in the Teen Titans graphic novel series, Beast Boy Loves Raven finally lets our favorite, teen superhero couple meet and fall in love! While hunting for answers, Raven and Garfield find themselves in the same city, although they have no clue they are there to meet the same man who claims to have the details they're searching for. With time to kill, they hang out with each other and find they have more than just a little in common. This book engages with topics such as abduction and human trafficking, superheroes, and found family.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia

Sequel to Raven and introduction to our favorite green shape-shifter, Beast Boy, this graphic novel expands on what we know about Beast Boy from the tv show and DC comics. We learn about how Beast Boy discovers his powers, as well as what circumstances lead to eventually meeting Raven. The artwork is just as stunning as the first book, if not expanded in color and style. This book engages with topics such as animal activism, high school popularity, and body dysmorphia.

 

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

As a fan of the classic Teen Titans animated tv show I grew up with in the 2000s, I was very excited to read the first in this graphic novel series. It elaborates on the origin of Raven, a sort of dark-sorceress, half demon superhero who has lost her memory in a car crash with her mother and is rediscovering herself for the second time. The artwork is stunning and original, and the story itself left me very eager to read the next books in the series, Beast Boy, Beast Boy Loves Raven, and Robin. This book engages with topics such as grief, super powers, and self discovery.