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#MiniReviews: They’re Not Like Us, Vol.1 by Eric Stephenson, Ten Count, Vol.1 by Rihito Takarai & Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Yay! More mini-reviews! Here are a few more graphic novels that I have read recently! A few of these have been sitting on my shelves for a while now and I’m so glad to have finally crossed them off my TBR list! Enjoy some mini-reviews on a few backlisted graphic novels + comics!


They’re Not Like Us, Vol. 1: Black Holes For The Young by Eric Stephenson

So let me just start this off by saying that I have had this ARC for so long now and I’m really not sure why it took me this long to pick it up. I had seen some mixed reviews and I guess I was just never in the mood, but I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick it up!

Initially, when I first pick this up and started reading, it felt a lot like a knock-off X-Men. People with special abilities get drafted by a mysterious telepath and brought to a giant house where the other people with special abilities live where they are given nicknames/new identities. The difference here though is that these people don’t really seem to be using their abilities for good. There’s something more sinister about them and especially their leader.

Throughout the story, we get to learn the backstories of a few characters, but the one that intrigued me the most was that of the leader, The Voice. I was super intrigued by his tragic past as it probably has a lot to do with the way he is today.

Overall, while the story did have a few similarities to something like X-Men, I’m still intrigued and I think I will be continuing with this story in the near future!

Maria's Rating -4-01


Ten Count, Vol.1 by Rihito Takarai

I’m not really sure how I feel about this one just yet…

It’s off to a decent start, but I’ve gone ahead and read some reviews for the other volumes in the series and it looks like my instincts were right. Something feels slightly off about this one and based on some of the things I read, I should go into the rest of this series with a bit of caution.

As of right now the characters are a little flat, especially Kurose…there’s just nothing to him yet. Shirotani is slightly more interesting, but I feel like there’s so much more to learn about both of these characters.

The storyline/concept plays on the whole doctor/patient trope so it’s not exactly unique or interesting, but it works slightly better than I thought it would. I think I’ll be moving on (with caution) to the second volume soon and we’ll see where it goes from there!

Also, can we talk about these covers and their artwork for a second?! Damn.

Maria's Rating-3stars-01


Ugh…this book. It’s beautiful, I loved it. Every kid should read this book.
I definitely got teary eyed and that doesn’t normally happen to me while reading. I can only imagine the tears the film adaptation will bring for me. Seriously…everyone go read this book.

The characters are wonderful and realistic. Some kids are mean. Like really mean. Other kids are slightly mean and unaccepting at first, but learn and grow as the story progresses. Other kids are kind and caring right from the start. This is beyond realistic and believable.

Auggie is just such a great kid. He is brave and kind and beautiful and every young child should strive to be exactly like him.

I loved this book and everyone needs to go read it NOW!

Maria's Rating -5-01

There you have it! Three mini reviews of books I recently read!

Thank you for reading!


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