Aquicorn Cove
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.

Aquicorn Cove Details

TitleAquicorn Cove
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherOni Press
ISBN-139781620105290
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics

Aquicorn Cove Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. “But there’s no home without a future…” I just want to say that Katie O'Neill has the most breathtaking, most gorgeous, and most adorable illustrations out there right now. Each page is literally a brand-new work of art. Never have I ever loved the illustrations in anything as much as I do in this and in The Tea Dragon Society!Aquicorn Cove stars a young girl named Lana, and she and her father come to visit her Auntie Mae on her littl ARC provided by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. “But there’s no home without a future…” I just want to say that Katie O'Neill has the most breathtaking, most gorgeous, and most adorable illustrations out there right now. Each page is literally a brand-new work of art. Never have I ever loved the illustrations in anything as much as I do in this and in The Tea Dragon Society!Aquicorn Cove stars a young girl named Lana, and she and her father come to visit her Auntie Mae on her little island. Lana is grieving the loss of her mother, but feels happier in her hometown, before Lana was forced to move to the city with her father. And the village is rebuilding after a disaster has struck. But Lana is more than happy to help. But when she goes to the water, she finds a little seahorse-like friend, who is in need of her help! We also get to see Auntie Mae’s journey below the water, where the Aquicorns live! And Aunt Mae and their leader, Aure, strike up the most heart-warming f/f relationship. But we also get to see firsthand how important it is to keep our waters clean and that we need to respect coral reefs and underwater ecosystems.Every book I’ve read by Katie has also has such an important and powerful message. Aquicorn Cove is about conservation and how the actions we take on land are impacting our waters. How overfishing, climate change, and polluting is hurting these water sources, and if we don’t change our actions then the results are going to be more and more severe. This is a book that really focuses on the delicate balance we have with all living things, and how we have to respect and protect each other to keep the cycle going. We all have to be responsible for our carbon footprint, or nothing will be safe; land or sea. “Children don’t deserve to lose their home with the sea.” Overall, I loved this more than words. Some of these panels were able to evoke such an emotional response from me. I shed so many tears, but also grinned so many smiles. I truly think Katie O’Neill is doing so much good in the world, and I wish I could put her work in everyone’s hands. Beautiful and breathtaking illustrations, empowering and important messages, and characters that I wish I had growing up. I hope you all pick this up and fall in love, too! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for my honest review!This book was beyond precious!! It's like a Disney movie in a graphic novel because of its lighthearted, magical vibe yet undertones of sorrow and meaning. There's loss, there's reunion, there's messages about environmentalism, there's mythical creatures, and there's even a subtle f/f romance. The art was so gorgeous and this book was very easy to follow and a quick read that definitely got me teary-eyed. I can't wait to Thanks to Netgalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for my honest review!This book was beyond precious!! It's like a Disney movie in a graphic novel because of its lighthearted, magical vibe yet undertones of sorrow and meaning. There's loss, there's reunion, there's messages about environmentalism, there's mythical creatures, and there's even a subtle f/f romance. The art was so gorgeous and this book was very easy to follow and a quick read that definitely got me teary-eyed. I can't wait to get a copy of this for my shelf!
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THE ART IS EVERYTHING!!! THE COLOURS!!!!! Beautiful message to always look after the environment and there was a cute lil f/f romance implied! GORGEOUS.
  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    Not only does this book feature mind-bending gorgeous works of art, it holds so much meaning in its pages. Usually, books that evoke such truly beautiful pieces tend to not have an exciting storyline to tag along, but this is where Aquicorn Cove comes in to shake up the status quo. When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she’s missed the ocean—and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the Not only does this book feature mind-bending gorgeous works of art, it holds so much meaning in its pages. Usually, books that evoke such truly beautiful pieces tend to not have an exciting storyline to tag along, but this is where Aquicorn Cove comes in to shake up the status quo. When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she’s missed the ocean—and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured Aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she's willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to coexist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.I was already keen on the premise alone, courtesy my unshakeable love for the ocean, but the fact that Aquicorn Cove also addressed the harms in fishing ocean creatures and the dangers of plastic had me practically cheering out loud. WHOO!!This is one of those reviews were words needn't be written because the art speaks for itself. I mean:This stilled my mind from all racing thoughts.The beauty and power of that first panel stopped me cold, for some reason.I zoomed through this short read without even trying because IT'S JUST THAT GOOD.One last thing: Aquicorn Cove knows how to evoke real emotions, make characters feel completely real, and seamlessly captures intricate details that had a calming effect on me.ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Publication Date: October 16, 2018Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you’re interested in buying Aquicorn Cove, just click on the image below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission! Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with Ko-fi.com/bookspoils This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    This was just ADORABLY AMAZING. I am absolutely and entirely heart-eyes right now from how gorgeous the illustrations were, to the sweet and wholesome messages, to how many feels it gave me. Like...it's barely 100 pages and it's a soft gentle fantasy for kids and I...have...so many feelings. 😭💛Seriously pick this one up if you get a chance omg.☆ cutest illustrations ever☆ seriously Lana is ADORABLE☆ talks about caring for the sea and the reefs☆ soft™ magical sea creatures☆ entirely sure Aure (th This was just ADORABLY AMAZING. I am absolutely and entirely heart-eyes right now from how gorgeous the illustrations were, to the sweet and wholesome messages, to how many feels it gave me. Like...it's barely 100 pages and it's a soft gentle fantasy for kids and I...have...so many feelings. 😭💛Seriously pick this one up if you get a chance omg.☆ cutest illustrations ever☆ seriously Lana is ADORABLE☆ talks about caring for the sea and the reefs☆ soft™ magical sea creatures☆ entirely sure Aure (the sea goddess) and Aunt Mae are in love ok☆ everyone is poc☆ Lana is so smol and sad but still spreads love☆ it is wholesome and sweet☆ New Zealand author!☆ I loooooved it so much
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Oni Press for sending a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This graphic novel was so adorable! I loved Katie O’Neill’s art and the story was lovely. The environmental message got across very well. Loved all the illustrations, and I can’t wait for this book to be released!
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks again to Oni Press for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! This was such a cute read and the art was amazing! I especially loved how it dealt with an important topic such as climate change and how the message was that we definitely have to pay more attention to our environment and have to take care of our oceans and that even small things can already make a big difference.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. This story was so cute. I was pleasantly surprised by the focus put on the environmental aspect, it was quite well done and it got the message across. The style of the author is really lovely and I enjoyed all the illustrations, especially the ones regarding the sea colony. I'm really happy to have discovered this new author and I can't wait to read more of her books.
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  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...When her seaside town is damaged in a storm Lana and her father help to clear the debris and she discovers a colony of Aquicorns, magical seahorses that are residents of the coral reef. As she learns of the effect her town has on these sea creatures she decides to take responsibility for protecting the ocean and her friends.I have enjoyed Katie O'Neill in the past and instantly recognized her trademark art style in Aquico Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...When her seaside town is damaged in a storm Lana and her father help to clear the debris and she discovers a colony of Aquicorns, magical seahorses that are residents of the coral reef. As she learns of the effect her town has on these sea creatures she decides to take responsibility for protecting the ocean and her friends.I have enjoyed Katie O'Neill in the past and instantly recognized her trademark art style in Aquicorn Cove. I ADORE the way she illustrates fantasy creatures and the aquicorns are no different! They are the perfect pairing of unicorn and seahorse... She is able to twine how we feel about these creatures in her art with all the awe and love we feel for each one of them. Sea horses have always been a sea creature that I have felt so much awe for... to pair it with a unicorn is absolutely divine!Lana's story is one of loss, awe, and social responsibility. I love the relationship she has with her father and aunt. Things aren't perfect, and the town isn't cruel, but they are having a negative impact on the ocean that supports them. If only the ocean had secret protectors will to work with humans! But since they don't WE need to be those protectors and the best ones to put on the job are the middle grade readers who are perfect for Aquicorn Cove!I used to live right on the coast and I felt like Katie's art and Lana's story perfectly captured what it means to live a seaside life! Even though I live in a dusty hot place now I used to want to be an oceanographer because of the beautiful tidepools by my home. Then layered on top of that perfect setting is this story of responsibility and loss. Because Lana knows loss she knows that there is a need for a protector of these creatures. That is a message than every middle grade child can learn...To be frank I didn't feel a whit of tension in this story. You could feel Lana's gentle caring for the aquicorns and that her compassion had been engaged. Everything happened quite easily and without much conflict. I don't necessarily think that was a negative. There is a lesson to be learned here and Lana provides us a way to connect for the sake of Aquicorn Cove...Aquicorn Cove is a gorgeous story of environmental responsibility and the little girl who became a protector because she knows loss. This is a perfect little volume to engage middle school children in a cause that is important for their future!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Tension⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ArtThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    This is cute little story of a girl who lost her mother recently and trying to cope. There are some heart-touching moments but the book is light enough to get going. Illustrations are really beautiful and story flows naturally. There is hint of lesbian romance between Lana's aunt and sea-goddess which I think was nice touch as well...
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    Aquicorn Cove was delightful! Lovely illustration style, excellent story, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
  • Helena Summers
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why, but I was expecting an adventure story about a girl and aquicorns, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was not the case at all. It was a quiet story about loss, taking care of nature and family. It was like the warm hug I didn't know I needed, one of these stories that just make you feel happy and relaxed for a while. It was the equivalent of drinking hot chocolate in a winter rainy day covered by your soft blanket.The art was adorable and magical, with pastel col I don't know why, but I was expecting an adventure story about a girl and aquicorns, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was not the case at all. It was a quiet story about loss, taking care of nature and family. It was like the warm hug I didn't know I needed, one of these stories that just make you feel happy and relaxed for a while. It was the equivalent of drinking hot chocolate in a winter rainy day covered by your soft blanket.The art was adorable and magical, with pastel colours and soft lines that made me feel very peaceful, kinda like the feeling I get when watching a Ghibli movie. The story was so sweet, and I loved how the diversity was just there and they didn't make a big deal out of it - different body types, the cutest sapphic relationship, and everything portrayed in a positive way. I know a lot of my friends would love this comic, so I can't wait for it to be released and buy it.
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  • ❈ laura ❈
    January 1, 1970
    my rating: ✰✰✰✰ The art is just breathtaking, so soft and beautiful I could spent hours and hours looking at it. Plus this graphic novels has a beautiful message to always look after the environment, that we can always help it even doing small things and it was just so powerful. Plus it has a cute f/f romance implied so I would 100% recommend reading this if you're interested! And it's short so you don't have excuses.This is the second graphic novel I read from this author and now I think I'm go my rating: ✰✰✰✰ The art is just breathtaking, so soft and beautiful I could spent hours and hours looking at it. Plus this graphic novels has a beautiful message to always look after the environment, that we can always help it even doing small things and it was just so powerful. Plus it has a cute f/f romance implied so I would 100% recommend reading this if you're interested! And it's short so you don't have excuses.This is the second graphic novel I read from this author and now I think I'm going to read anything she writes. ARC provided by Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Arybo ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always loved stories with important messages and this is one of them. Lana lost her mother in a storm on the sea. Lana’s father decided to not come back often to the places in which his bride died, a beautiful village on the coast, near a reef. After a tempest, they decided to come back to help the population to reconstruct everything. There is a beautiful page, only one, in which Lana thinks of her mother, and the reader can feel all the grief and the pain of this lost. There’s also anothe I’ve always loved stories with important messages and this is one of them. Lana lost her mother in a storm on the sea. Lana’s father decided to not come back often to the places in which his bride died, a beautiful village on the coast, near a reef. After a tempest, they decided to come back to help the population to reconstruct everything. There is a beautiful page, only one, in which Lana thinks of her mother, and the reader can feel all the grief and the pain of this lost. There’s also another page with a good representation of what can be considered depression. These images impressed me with their clarity and their emotional impact. When Lana and her father arrive at the village, they find Mae, the sister of Lana’s mother, a fisher and a sea lover. She’s trying to reconstruct the home and helping the village people with vegetables and fishing. However, her efforts cannot do much more, because another storm is coming. She decide to take the ship to save someone who is isolated, and then Lana and the others cannot find her anymore on the radio frequencies. In the meantime, Lana discovers a beautiful animal suffering from injuries caused by ocean pollution. She takes care of this little “sea horse”, making all the efforts to help him/her in recovering. During the storm, Lana asks to the sea to save Mae, and someone helps her. There is a secret population in the water, the aquicorns. They are beautiful creatures, but the ocean pollution is killing them and their place, the reef. The reef has always helped the human village during the storms, but The injuries stopped this important passage. On the other hand, not only the plastics in the sea are bad, but the fishers started fishing more and more animals, killing the ecosystem of the area. Killing the reef and the aquicorns. Lana and Mae have a wonderful connection with aquicorns’ people, but the ocean pollution by plastics and the “industrial” fishing are ruining all the interaction between humans and nature. I think this is the main message of this book. If you want to live in a better world, you need to learn to take only what you need, not more. Nature has her time. As I said, I liked the ecological message and the sections about lost and depression. I also loved the colors, bright and powerful as the drawings, which are simple but impactful. I appreciate this book because it can bring important thoughts to people, children and adults, about different themes, with a beautiful art style and a great story of love and nature. *I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
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  • Shari (colourmeread)
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable, visually stunning, and heartwarming all at once. Katie was able to touch on real life issues on loss, mourning, the environment, and change in a way that's gentle and thought provoking. The story is lovely, and the message easy to follow. I highly recommend this!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I can't get over the art style and how gorgeous it was. I'm a sucker for a cute graphic novel that also tells an important tale.
  • Bruna Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    UMA DAS HQs MAIS LINDAS QUE EU JÁ LI!!!!!!! [English review below]*I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*Aquicorn Cove is such a CUTE and heart-warming story! The artwork is delicate and it's just the art style I love. Lana is a sweetheart and I could relate to her love for the ocean and its creatures. Her aunt Mae is probably the COOLEST character I've seen in a long time - and I kind of freaked out when I realized how little we see big an UMA DAS HQs MAIS LINDAS QUE EU JÁ LI!!!!!!! [English review below]*I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*Aquicorn Cove is such a CUTE and heart-warming story! The artwork is delicate and it's just the art style I love. Lana is a sweetheart and I could relate to her love for the ocean and its creatures. Her aunt Mae is probably the COOLEST character I've seen in a long time - and I kind of freaked out when I realized how little we see big and (literally) strong women in comics! She's so beautiful and I'd love to read a short story focused on her growing up and learning how to fish and carry on the family's business.The environmental issues discussed here are great and I'd love to see more comics and novels about that. Also, I AM HERE for the LGBTQ+ vibes in this story!After reading this I immediately looked for Katie O'Neil's other works, such as Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society - so far, loving them all :)
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  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    I love the warmth of this book when it comes to the ocean and its creatures. Also, the grief of losing a loved one was expressed so effortlessly. Also x2, Queer ladies looking at each other like youngsters in low-key love. And as always, Katie O'Neill's art is both cute and beautiful. Love, love, love this.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    This sweet story is gorgeously illustrated! I loved the aquicorns, and the message behind Lana’s tale. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cute, lovely graphic novel.
  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful. Another year, another Katie O'Neill graphic novel. Another wonderful, gorgeous, accessible, pastel, feminine, feminist, childlike experience for all ages, featuring gay people. A young girl named Lana, and her dad, head to the seaside to help her aunt Mae rebuild her village after a storm. Lana learns about coral reefs, cute and colourful seahorses - big and tiny - and her aunt's past with the supernatural connected to these lovely creatures, called aquicorns. Lana is also coming to Delightful. Another year, another Katie O'Neill graphic novel. Another wonderful, gorgeous, accessible, pastel, feminine, feminist, childlike experience for all ages, featuring gay people. A young girl named Lana, and her dad, head to the seaside to help her aunt Mae rebuild her village after a storm. Lana learns about coral reefs, cute and colourful seahorses - big and tiny - and her aunt's past with the supernatural connected to these lovely creatures, called aquicorns. Lana is also coming to terms with her mother's death, and is rebuilding her family loveline as well as her home - on land and in the sea.'Aquicorn Cove' is about community, family ties, grief, balance, Mother Nature and our responsibility to take care of her, appreciating and learning from the past in order to progress and prosper, and conserving the sea. The sea = another world entirely; the giver and taker of life. A massive purity of tumultuous water, containing so many beautiful living miracles, beyond mortal comprehension. Our land needs it to survive, and vice versa.The save-the-coral-reef-and-ocean message is a major factor in the book, and it is delivered in a sincere and heartfelt way. No patronizing or heavy-handedness. Any child reading this will be touched by it, and take it to heart.Lana is adorable; a classic innocent, honest-to-goodness angelic, Studio Ghibli kid heroine. She deals with heartache and loss while discovering magical things in the world. Things that are worth fighting for. That are worth your happiness. Her aunt Mae is also a great character; as much the protagonist as her niece. She represents one half of O'Neill's LBGTQ content in this children's story.Speaking of rep, there is strong POC and body-positivity diversity here. Women absolutely rule this graphic novel, to the point where Lana's dad is pretty much the only male character.'Aquicorn Cove' - Ah! and aw! and awe. How pink! Plus it's precious, like a pearl. Like the blue and green sea.Katie O'Neill continues her tradition of changing children's lit for the better in the 21st century, in a hopeless world. A short, simple, soft but endearing and beautifully-told and flowing tale, with no villain, made to show the wonders of life, and fantasy. Because no matter how hard and horrible things are in the world, there will always be things in it that make it worth saving.'Aquicorn Cove' - add it to 'Princess Princess Ever After' and 'The Tea Dragon Society' in the treasure trove of O'Neill's original children's fairy tales. These need to be made into animated films.Final Score: 4.5/5
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  • stefiereads
    January 1, 1970
    This book is super cute!I love the illustration, the message to taking care of the ocean. It teaches us to always do the right thing, to not be selfish and think only about ourselves.Beside that, this book will make a very cute gift for your loved ones :)*Thank you NetGalley for providing the e-copy.
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  • Carry On, Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    Katie O'Neill writes and draws the most endearing stories
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyAnother great book from the author of Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society! This book combines the gorgeous illustrations that we have come to expect from O'Neill with a cute story about a girl discovering some magical wildlife at her aunt's seaside home. Throughout the book she learns more about the creatures that call the area home, her own family's history with the sea, and the importance of balance when it comes to human 'p I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyAnother great book from the author of Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society! This book combines the gorgeous illustrations that we have come to expect from O'Neill with a cute story about a girl discovering some magical wildlife at her aunt's seaside home. Throughout the book she learns more about the creatures that call the area home, her own family's history with the sea, and the importance of balance when it comes to human 'progress' versus nature. Overall it's just a really cute story with a great message and I would definitely recommend it for younger readers or anyone else who has enjoyed O'Neill's other books.
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  • Marius Paulsen (Antari-kun)
    January 1, 1970
    This is my honest opinion on Aquicorn Cove by the wonderful Katie OneillThis was everything I wanted and more! I love Oneills work so much, just her art, writing, everything is so beautiful and well-written. The story really said something that is a big topic these days and she elegantly introduced the element of the dying coral reef excellently. Katie Oneill is a new favorite author for sure! I would recommend this cute and important story to everyone! Thanks to Netgalley and Oni Press for the This is my honest opinion on Aquicorn Cove by the wonderful Katie O´neillThis was everything I wanted and more! I love O´neills work so much, just her art, writing, everything is so beautiful and well-written. The story really said something that is a big topic these days and she elegantly introduced the element of the dying coral reef excellently. Katie O´neill is a new favorite author for sure! I would recommend this cute and important story to everyone! Thanks to Netgalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read it before its release, I received an e-arc of this novel and I highly appreciate it :)
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  • Catie
    January 1, 1970
    Katie O’Niell is an automatic buy for me and my family. Her art style is highly imaginative with a dreamy yet intricate quality that I could pore over for hours. (In fact, my daughters did just that with The Tea Dragon Society). Her stories are sweet but contain a solid core of relevant and powerful themes. However, perhaps my favorite thing about her books is that she always includes a diverse cast of characters, settings, and situations. This story was no different.When Lana returns to the isl Katie O’Niell is an automatic buy for me and my family. Her art style is highly imaginative with a dreamy yet intricate quality that I could pore over for hours. (In fact, my daughters did just that with The Tea Dragon Society). Her stories are sweet but contain a solid core of relevant and powerful themes. However, perhaps my favorite thing about her books is that she always includes a diverse cast of characters, settings, and situations. This story was no different.When Lana returns to the island of her childhood, she finds that things have changed. A powerful hurricane has just ripped through many of the trees and homes, leaving destruction in its wake. Thankfully, her warm, formidable aunt seems determined to bring the village back together. However, when Lana discovers an adorable unidentified species struggling in a cove, she begins to uncover the hidden story of her aunt’s past, the trauma that led her father to leave the island years ago, and the truth behind the increasingly frequent and more destructive storms that ravage what once was paradise.Infused with grief, this charming story is also a powerful call to action. Lana and her village must make tough decisions to save their island – decisions that many of our children will face in their lifetimes. Highly recommended!
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    this was precious and so so important.
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    January 1, 1970
    Lana isn't sure what to expect when she and her father return to their seaside hometown. It can't be the same--not when Lana's mother is gone--but maybe helping her aunt and the other locals clean up after the latest big storm can make it close to the way it was.The last thing Lana expects to find while picking up debris on the beach is a magical seahorse. It turns out that the aquicorns have always lived near the village in the coral reef. But as the local fishermen take in larger and larger ca Lana isn't sure what to expect when she and her father return to their seaside hometown. It can't be the same--not when Lana's mother is gone--but maybe helping her aunt and the other locals clean up after the latest big storm can make it close to the way it was.The last thing Lana expects to find while picking up debris on the beach is a magical seahorse. It turns out that the aquicorns have always lived near the village in the coral reef. But as the local fishermen take in larger and larger catches, the aquicorns aren't sure how much longer they can stay.The village is only a small one and Lana is only one small girl in it. But as she learns more about her family and the aquicorns she starts to realize that sometimes even small actions can turn into big changes in Aquicorn Cove (2018) by Katie O'Neill.This standalone graphic novel blends fantasy elements with a strong message about environmental conservation and one girls efforts to move on after an unthinkable loss.Aquicorn Cove is filled with cute characters and adorable creatures in equal measure. This story also has a very clearly defined arc giving the narrative a strong focus and a satisfying level of closure. Finished copies of Aquicorn Cove will also include back matter about ocean conservation.O'Neill's artwork is vibrant and whimsical. Bright colors and bold lines bring Lana's village and the underwater home of the aquicorns to life. Rounded edges and a consistent palette also help to imbue the artwork with a soft and calm quality as well.Aquicorn Cove is a sweet and gorgeously illustrated story. A unique premise, thoughtful fantasy elements, and a winning case of characters makes this one a winner. Recommended!*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*
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  • Mckinlay
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an ARC from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*Katie O'Neill can do no wrong in my opinion. This was a beautifully drawn story about loss and caring for our environment. I absolutely loved it, obviously.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Lana and her dad return to their hometown by the sea to help Aunt Mae clean up after a severe storm. Lana is surrounded my memories of her mom, who died in a storm at sea. The last thing she expects to find is a creature similar to a seahorse in the coral reef! She takes it back to Aunt Mae's house to nurse it back to health and soon meets more of the magical creatures known as aquicorns who return treasures they find in the sea, including a necklace belonging to her aunt.Aunt Mae tells Lana abo Lana and her dad return to their hometown by the sea to help Aunt Mae clean up after a severe storm. Lana is surrounded my memories of her mom, who died in a storm at sea. The last thing she expects to find is a creature similar to a seahorse in the coral reef! She takes it back to Aunt Mae's house to nurse it back to health and soon meets more of the magical creatures known as aquicorns who return treasures they find in the sea, including a necklace belonging to her aunt.Aunt Mae tells Lana about the aquicorns and their underwater kingdom. The locals have been fishing for generations, it's their way of life and livelihood. After a disagreement with her magical friend about plastic nets harming the reef, Aunt Mae threw her necklace in the sea in anger. Now that is has been returned to her, Mae visits the underwater kingdom once again asking for protection from the brutal storms that are destroying the fishing village.Aquicorn Cove is a beautifully illustrated story of community, loss, and hope. It explains how a small group of people can make a large impact on the environment and how the relationship between man and nature is harmonious when we protect it from harm and it in turn protects us.A great message for people of all ages but aimed at young/middle grade readers.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC.
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  • Cherise
    January 1, 1970
    I was a big fan of The Tea Dragon Society, so to have a chance to read and review this title as well was big. I was beyond hyped and it did live up to it.Lana and her father go to visit her Aunt Mae on a small island after a storm. It just happens that Lana's mother was killed in a similar storm, bringing up a lot of emotions for the three of them. Lana finds a seahorse like creature that's injured and decides to nurse it back to health. By doing this, she gets visited by grown Aquicorns who bri I was a big fan of The Tea Dragon Society, so to have a chance to read and review this title as well was big. I was beyond hyped and it did live up to it.Lana and her father go to visit her Aunt Mae on a small island after a storm. It just happens that Lana's mother was killed in a similar storm, bringing up a lot of emotions for the three of them. Lana finds a seahorse like creature that's injured and decides to nurse it back to health. By doing this, she gets visited by grown Aquicorns who bring her lost items. Including an item that her Aunt Mae had thrown into the ocean. Basically, this story is about protecting the waters and the life in it by doing away with plastic nets that hurt the coral reefs and other parts 0f the ocean. Which brings bigger and more dangerous storms. But it's done in a magical way, with a person who looks after the sea and is basically Mae's girlfriend. She talks about the importants of not over fishing and fights for the right of the sea creatures. Mae of course plays the part of most of society of needing food and money to survive. Lana is the reason that bridges in between and gets Mae to realize that her stance is wrong. Basically, the art and story is adorable. Is it more of a piece about protecting the ocean? Yes. But we NEED books like this if we want our planet to survive for the future generations to come. Highly recommend.
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