bite-sized reviews

I haven’t done any mini-reviews in a while and I have fun writing them, so here are TWO.

We have SUNKISSED by Jenny McLachlan and HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash.

On with the show!

sunkissed 1Kat can’t believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own?

In a land of saunas, nudity and summer sun, Kat soon realises she has nowhere to hide. It’s time to embrace who she really is, underneath what she’s been thinking people want her to be. Especially if she’s going to win the heart of mega fit Swede Leo! Can Kat find her inner strength and prove she’s got what it takes?

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~ Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy! ~

FLIRTY DANCING will always be my favourite in this series, but SUNKISSED was pretty adorable.

Despite me not really liking Kat as a character (she was your typical spoiled twelvie) she grew on me. So basically she’s stranded on this island with no reception and nothing to do, which is pretty hilarious for a teenager in this century.

PLUS, it’s such a unique plot – I mean, where else would you read about a Swedish island and a race called the Tuff Troll and something called Reception Rock? It was also a really fast read and a lot of fun.

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This is a common quibble of mine in MG, but I also had trouble believing the ages of the girls.

They sound really young, maybe twelve or thirteen at the most, and yet Pearl is smoking? And they’re supposed to be fifteen? It was just really INCONGRUOUS.

(yeah, big words, guys)

I’m pretty sure I had the same complaint for the other two books as well.

Still, though, this series is completely adorable and I’m all for girl power – go the Ladybirds.


honor girl 2Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it’s too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.

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~ Thanks to Walker Books for the review copy! ~

This is the first graphic memoir I’ve read, and I’d DEFINITELY like to read more.


This one’s about Maggie falling in love with another girl. Apart from having the best name ever (MAGGIE THRASH, HECK YES), her story was just really lovely and poignant and…sad in some places, but I really enjoyed it.

Although I wasn’t too happy with the ending. Grr.

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Despite the problems I had with trying to identify the characters, it was also really funny, and that’s always good.

I do love funny. And banter.

So yeah, it’s not my favourite artistic style, but I mean, my own artistic style consists of stick figures, so I can’t really complain. It was really simple, and simple can be very effective.

Overall, an excellent coming-of-age graphic memoir, which is something really unique that I’d love to see more of.


Have you ever read a graphic memoir? OH, and what do you think about series where each book has a different main character?