Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 3, A Terrible Plan (Noelle Stevenson)

Publisher: Boom! Box

Pages: 112

Release Date: April 5th 2016

Summary:

IF YOU GOT IT, HAUNT IT!

Trying to take advantage of the first quiet day at camp in a while, Mal and Molly’s date takes a bizarre turn with the appearance of the Bear Woman! Back at camp, Jo, April, and Ripley must stay on their toes as they try and earn every badge possible, which ends up being a lot harder than any of them ever planned.

Review:

As usual, this is a mini review as it’s another volume in a series.

The Lumberjanes are back and they’re just as fun and weird as ever. I enjoyed the first story a lot: it’s a bit like a Halloween special, with the girls sat around the campfire telling ghost stories. This was a cool opportunity to tell some wacky stories and have some different art styles too.

The remaining stories returned to the main plot. The girls may have defeated a couple of deities but they’re still at camp and now they’re behind on getting their badges. Jo, April and Ripley try their hardest to earn badges in a range of fun activities, including cake decorating and extreme scrapbooking.

Meanwhile, Mal and Molly’s date takes a strange turn as they end up trying to best a bunch of dinosaurs alongside the Bear Woman. Those two are definitely the cutest couple and I hope they can get a peaceful, normal date at some point in the future!

If you’ve enjoyed the previous books then you’re sure to love this one. I’m interested in seeing where this new story arc goes and will be reading Volume 4 when I get my hands on it.

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Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 2, Friendship to the Max (Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen)

Publisher: Boom! Box

Pages: 112

Release Date: October 13th 2015

Summary:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

What a mystery!

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

Review:

I enjoyed this book but this will be a brief review as I feel I already said a lot of what I wanted to say in my Volume 1 review. That’s what I find hard about reviewing graphic novel volumes: it’s like reviewing a few chapters of a book at a time, instead of the whole story.

So once again the gang are back and getting themselves into trouble. This time there’s dinosaurs, mythical gods and the mother of all sibling rivalry to contend with. I still love the relationships, the gung-ho, in your face action and the overall positive, happy feel of the book.

There was a joke in the first story that actually made me laugh out loud and I immediately had to show Nathan it because it made me chuckle so much. There was also a cliffhanger bit that made me gasp and *forced* me to read another issue before bed.

This is a series that I’ll definitely be carrying on with, and if you’re looking for a fun, colourful book with strong female friendships then I’d definitely recommend it.

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Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 1, Beware the Kitten Holy (Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen)

Publisher: Boom! Box

Pages: 112

Release Date: April 7th 2015

Summary:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Review:

This was a Christmas present from Nathan, and the sneaky guy bought me Volume 2 the other day and stuck it into my TBR pile when I wasn’t looking. Lucky I enjoyed this one and want to read the next!

This is a colourful, whimsical tale about a group of girls at Lumberjanes camp, making friends and earning badges and investigating the mysterious things that keep happening. I liked that you’re just plopped right into the middle of the story: there’s no slow introduction of characters or anything, it’s just BAM we’re in the middle of the forest fighting three eyed foxes. As you do. It definitely grabbed my attention.

I loved all the girls in the group and loved their diversity even more. They’re all very different and I think there’s someone there for everyone to connect to. My personal favourite was April, who might be the smallest in the group, but she had no problem beating a giant statue in an arm wrestle. Ripley was a little annoying to me but hey, we all have a friend like that tin the group.

The art style is quite cartoony, very fun and colourful and I really liked it. It reminded me a lot of Adventure Time, not just the art but the phrases and maths and science etc. “Math and science and logic TO THE MAX!”

I loved the puns, the female friendships and I especially liked the interaction with the boys camp. The introduction of their camp leader was my favourite bit: he’s got his rather stereotypical notions of what boys should be doing, and it doesn’t involve being clean or baking cookies like his campers do. Best line of the book: “I AM GOING TO CATCH A FISH BY WRESTLING IT AWAY FROM A BEAR”. Proper made me chuckle.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the book at first but it definitely grew on me and by the end I was hooked. I’m intrigued to know what’s going on and I’m lining up the second volume to be read already.

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