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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