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Blackbird by Sam Humphries (author) and Jen Bartel (artist)

This was one of the first graphic novels I have read in a while, and I thought it was amazing. The art was amazing, and as a bisexual woman, let me just say that Blackbird is HOT, despite the fact that she is a druggie.

The story is about a girl, Blackbird, whose sister was taken by sorcerers or paragons, which were believed to not exist. Everyone told her that they were a figment of her imagination, until now. She discovers their world, and while searching for her sister, a series of secrets about her past that she may wish had stayed in her imagination.

The plot went by quickly, and I could not tell if it was done on purpose or not. Blackbird probably felt like her world was changing very quickly, so the reader could have been meant to feel the same. However, I would have liked if the story was slowed down a bit. But, because this is part of a series, maybe it is meant to be read in short doses.

The plot was confusing at first, and there were times that I didn’t fully understand what was going on, however, I did not mind that because it encouraged me to keep reading and figure out what was happening.

Despite being slightly predictable, I enjoyed the book very much and am excited to read the next in the series. Though the plot lacked a bit, I am invested in Blackbird and want to know more about her abilities.

I would recommend for those who like a good fantasy/magic story and don’t mind it being a bit short. Also if you like artwork, this was fun to see. The artwork definitely boosted the rating, as the story was a bit predictable, but I still think it is worth the price just for the art.

7 out of 10 roses

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