The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown – Spoiler Free Review

Publisher: First Second

Publication Date: March 03, 2020

Genre: YA, Graphic Novel

Adventure Rating: 3.5 Stars

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A young woman is haunted by the ghost of her conjoined twin, in Lisa Brown’s The Phantom Twin, a sweetly spooky graphic novel set in a turn-of-the-century sideshow.

Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters, conjoined twins in a traveling carnival freak show—until an ambitious surgeon tries to separate them and fails, causing Jane’s death.

Isabel has lost an arm and a leg but gained a ghostly companion: Her dead twin is now her phantom limb. Haunted, altered, and alone for the first time, can Isabel build a new life that’s truly her own?”

*I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

First of all, thank you so much to First Second publishing for sending me a copy! This was definitely different from what I normally read but in a good way! This was one of the books that made me glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to read!

I really liked the carnival setting! Even though it was based on actual sad carnival events that took place in the 1800s, I thought the author did a good job of combining a happy story mixed with dark and sad. And it was surprisingly dark. The ghost of Jane creeped me out. Not going to lie. However, the author made me care about what was happening to Iss in such a short time! I was really invested in her story and in her realizing what it means to be on her own, and realizing who is good and who is not good in her life.

Overall, I liked the dark, atmospheric writing!

Let’s talk it out! Do you like Graphic Novels? What is your favorite?

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda – Spoiler Free Review

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Graphic Novel

Adventure Rating: 4.5 Stars


” Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.”

I guess this could kind of be a mini review? This is my first time ever reading a graphic novel and I loved it! I am so glad a friend picked this for our book club!

The art is GORGEOUS. I stared at the art for a good long while on each page. It was gore and blood but really interesting and fun to read. I like the lore the author came up with. I am very interested to see where it takes Maika, Kippa (a little fox girl), and Ren (a talking cat)! I can’t wait to see more of what exactly Maika is and what she can do. You figure things out as Maika figures them out. I like that mystery aspect.

I really love the mix of science, magic, and machinery. The items those things combined make are really interesting. But scary in the witch women’s hands! This really would make such a cool show or movie!

What are your favorite Graphic Novels?

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