Moonstruck, Vol. 2 (Moonstruck #2)
Werewolf barista Julie and her supernatural friends try to unwind at a party, but a conniving fraternity of fairy bros has other plans for our heroes. With one of their friends trapped in the frat house and the winter solstice (a notable night of magical mischief) looming ever-closer, it's up to the amorous werewolves and gregarious centaur to save the day.Collects MOONSTRUCK #6-10

Moonstruck, Vol. 2 (Moonstruck #2) Details

TitleMoonstruck, Vol. 2 (Moonstruck #2)
Author
ReleaseMar 19th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534308459
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Lgbt, Young Adult

Moonstruck, Vol. 2 (Moonstruck #2) Review

  • unknown
    January 1, 1970
    The art is cute and the characters are fun but for the second volume in a row, I find I can barely figure out what's supposed to be going on in the plot. Characters seem to be imperiled, but also days seem to pass concurrently that are full of leisurely visits the mall and the coffee shop? The stakes this time around seem SUPER low, which is fine, but like, they aren't even interestingly low. And once again, we seem to be building to a climax that is confusingly diffused in a page or two.IDK. It The art is cute and the characters are fun but for the second volume in a row, I find I can barely figure out what's supposed to be going on in the plot. Characters seem to be imperiled, but also days seem to pass concurrently that are full of leisurely visits the mall and the coffee shop? The stakes this time around seem SUPER low, which is fine, but like, they aren't even interestingly low. And once again, we seem to be building to a climax that is confusingly diffused in a page or two.IDK. It's cute, and I applaud the representation on display, but the scripts need some extra attention.
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    such cute art and i love the fun paranormal creatures running around but damn the plot makes 000% sense. Loved the fairy frat boys though. Great twist.
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissAnother really cute volume in this series. It's definitely not a high-stakes book, but the character designs are really cute [I loved the Frat Bro Faeries in particular] and watching two anxious lesbian werewolves running around apologizing to each other constantly is just weirdly adorable. It did seem like the way that the faeries' magic worked wasn't always consistent, but it was still a really fun read so I think it's easy to let a few small t I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissAnother really cute volume in this series. It's definitely not a high-stakes book, but the character designs are really cute [I loved the Frat Bro Faeries in particular] and watching two anxious lesbian werewolves running around apologizing to each other constantly is just weirdly adorable. It did seem like the way that the faeries' magic worked wasn't always consistent, but it was still a really fun read so I think it's easy to let a few small things slide.
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  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    January 1, 1970
    I was super excited for volume 2 of Moonstruck!!! But I'm honestly pretty disappointed? I love the characters, love all the of representation, love the world but...the whole thing left me so confused. I honestly don't know what the plot of this was? There were fairies? They trapped people? And then...??? It also seemed like things were always happening to the characters instead of the characters actually doing anything. Even during the resolution, Grace and Selena didn't do anything! It just hap I was super excited for volume 2 of Moonstruck!!! But I'm honestly pretty disappointed? I love the characters, love all the of representation, love the world but...the whole thing left me so confused. I honestly don't know what the plot of this was? There were fairies? They trapped people? And then...??? It also seemed like things were always happening to the characters instead of the characters actually doing anything. Even during the resolution, Grace and Selena didn't do anything! It just happened!I love Grace and Selena as a couple but...their relationship was not well developed in this volume, in my opinion. They were all doe-eyed lovey-dovey with each other one second and then Selena was absolutely raging at Grace for something that seemed pretty miniscule!The best thing about these books continues to be Chet though. They're still a super fun character, though they didn't seem particularly relevant, or invested, in the plotline. Though, even Grace didn't seem very relevant to the plotline if I'm being honest!
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  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    It starts off that from where Vol 1 ended and Julie has landed a gig writing the next story of her favorite series and we see little snippets of her work but she isn't ready to show her girlfriend Selena what she has written and problems ensue. I get this is not a high stakes GN but the author really wants to throw drama in the series for zero reason. Selena and Julie bicker back and forth and then suddenly make-up. It's not needed and really distracting. We just want to see a cute relationship It starts off that from where Vol 1 ended and Julie has landed a gig writing the next story of her favorite series and we see little snippets of her work but she isn't ready to show her girlfriend Selena what she has written and problems ensue. I get this is not a high stakes GN but the author really wants to throw drama in the series for zero reason. Selena and Julie bicker back and forth and then suddenly make-up. It's not needed and really distracting. We just want to see a cute relationship - drama is not always required. The biggest problem with Vol 2 though is that it made no damn sense. It jumped all over the place - we'd be watching a nice little scene with our main characters and then suddenly we are in a fairy house and they are trapped? Who are the fairies? Good question - I have no idea. Why are they trapping our main characters? Another great question that I have zero answers to. It was just bizarre. I have read other reviews and it seems I am not alone in my confusion. It was kind of a hot mess of a plot, to be completely blunt. Yet again, I wanted to enjoy this story so much more than I did. I still love the main characters - Selena and Julie. They are freaking adorable and I love their chubby little selves (Hooray for fat rep!) and the LGBTQIA and POC representation is again amazing, but it's just not enough to save this story. I doubt I'll continue if there are anymore in the series.
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  • Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 3.5 stars
  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly disappointed by this instalment. I adored Volume 1 of this series; it was so fun, the fantastical elements/magical realism were great, Julie and Selena were adorable and I ate it up like a cupcake. The second volume, however, feels a bit lacking.First of all, the plot was... I'm hesitant to say a mess, but it definitely wasn't especially coherent. I found it hard to get a sense of exactly what the plot WAS. We hopped all over the place and I found myself quite confused. I also found myself Sadly disappointed by this instalment. I adored Volume 1 of this series; it was so fun, the fantastical elements/magical realism were great, Julie and Selena were adorable and I ate it up like a cupcake. The second volume, however, feels a bit lacking.First of all, the plot was... I'm hesitant to say a mess, but it definitely wasn't especially coherent. I found it hard to get a sense of exactly what the plot WAS. We hopped all over the place and I found myself quite confused. I also found myself beginning to be frustrated with the characters. Selena bothered me in this volume - she kept blowing up at Julie for what seemed like no reason. I don't read this series for the relationship drama, I read it for the fun hijinks and pastel pictures, so when Selena keeps biting Julie's head off and they're arguing over... what even werethey arguing over? I don't know. It felt a bit unnecessary. I don't think this series needs a turbulent relationship to keep it interesting. I also find myself entirely uninterested in the Pleasant Mountain Sisters excerpts. You're making me take breaks from a world of non-binary centaurs, lesbian werewolf baristas, fairies and fortune-tellers... to read about a bunch of teenage white girls having dull, entirely non-magical drama? I guess this is supposed to represent how this is the characters' version of fantasy, but to me, it doesn't add anything to the story.There were some fun and enjoyable bits in this book for sure! Chet stole the show as always. The art style is as loveable and beautiful as ever. I liked the expansion of the magical creatures represented in the series, and some of the puns just really tickled me (the vampires work at a store called 21 Forever? Come on, that's comedy gold.) When Julie and Selena were on and working together, they were adorable. Chet also has a budding relationship that I'm super invested in. I think the magic is still there, it was just lacking a spark in this volume.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss and the Publisher.I really love these characters. I liked the addition of the new "villains" as the diversity of the magical universe of Moonstruck continues to develop and open up. And while at times it felt like this went in circles instead of advancing forward in terms of story progression ... I am still super invested in volumes to come. And thankfully, there was nothing about Chet's butt in this one because there was A LOT about Chet's butt in the first one.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    This series is seriously THE CUTEST! And so fun! And whimsical! But still deals with real relationship and friendship issues and I just love it! The art is colorful and adorable and the characters are so lovable!
  • Nicole Buettner
    January 1, 1970
    What even happened?
  • rachel
    January 1, 1970
    #1 Moonstruck, Vol. One: Magic to Brew ★★★☆☆
  • Alina
    January 1, 1970
    5 STARS.This is seriously so wholesome and amazing and I love it with all my heart. The subplot in the Know-It-All interviews was so cool!AND MANUEL NAMES HIS NEWPAL FLUFFY'S BF I CANT
  • Jacqueline O.
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured the first year of Moonstruck in its bimonthly softcover form, and this collection of the second year is equally brilliant, fun and different. Julie is a barista in a college town, trying to come to terms with being a werewolf and her identity as a lesbian. Her friends are also magical creatures like a centaur, vampires, a minator, and a prophetess named Cass. This time around it's finals time, so of course, everyone wants to take a break. The annual Winter Solstice party at one of the I devoured the first year of Moonstruck in its bimonthly softcover form, and this collection of the second year is equally brilliant, fun and different. Julie is a barista in a college town, trying to come to terms with being a werewolf and her identity as a lesbian. Her friends are also magical creatures like a centaur, vampires, a minator, and a prophetess named Cass. This time around it's finals time, so of course, everyone wants to take a break. The annual Winter Solstice party at one of the fraternities seems like a chance to relax and blow off steam.Julie is now dating Selina, another werewolf, and more comfortable in her skin, though she's still a bit shy and her self-esteem is a bit low. Still, she's written a script for a "Pleasant Mountain Sisters" graphic novel. "Pleasant Mountain Sisters" is a syndicated series of books for pre-teen girls and Julie is a fan. Julie has Manual read and proofread her script, but someone else has entered comments in the pages already. Selina gets upset when it turns out two people read Julie's script before Julie showed it to her. Manual also asks Julie if she's comfortable publishing such an "autobiographical" story.The group does go to the Beta Psi Episilon (ßѱΣ) party, and even though its the dead of snowy Winter, the fraternity is bathed in warm Spring sunshine. The house is protected by a fairy circle. Once inside Julie, Selina, Chet and their friends meet up with some other friends. The band is Lindi and the Hops, but they start to argue amongst themselves. Julie and her friends decide to leave - only to discover anyone who had anything to eat or drink can't leave, because: fairy circle.Julie is able to leave and the next night ends up at the sorority house that's a rival to the frat house. It's also a fairy house but their Winter Solstice party is always a far second to the frat party. Julie and Selina must find the members of Lini's band that escaped the frat party, and tank the party or she and Selina will be trapped in the Sorority House, where they ate tea sandwiches.It is definitely worth reading the graphic novel to see how Julie manages to free herself and Selina from one fairy circle, bring down the rep of the fraternity, and how Julie and Selina work things out between themselves. Along the way, Moonstuck introduces a number of magical people who have issues, insecurities, and problems that teenagers and twenty-somethings will identify with. Moonstruck is a joy to read - the art is light and has a gorgeous pastel color palette, even in the scenes with Lindi the dragon. I highly recommend this book and this series.
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  • Paul Decker
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*I absolutely LOVED the first volume of Moonstruck. An alternative modern world full of magical creatures and so much beautiful diversity and representation! The fun continues in this second volume. The relationships that formed in volume one are still fresh and this volume continues them along naturally with the usual bumps and bon *I received this book as an eARC from Image Comics via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*I absolutely LOVED the first volume of Moonstruck. An alternative modern world full of magical creatures and so much beautiful diversity and representation! The fun continues in this second volume. The relationships that formed in volume one are still fresh and this volume continues them along naturally with the usual bumps and bonding. There are so many fun, little references in this volume. NewPals is this world's version of NeoPets or Club Penguin. It comes up multiple times throughout the story. The Pleasant Mountain Sisters stories return with a glimpse into a fan fic. The magical creatures focused on in this volume include fairies, dragons, and vampires. The fairy circle in the form of a frat house is excellent! I love the way these classic magical creatures are brought into a modern-ish world. There's a store in the mall called 21 Forever where vampires work!This was another great story! Supernatural things are happening, but the cutesy character stories are at the heart of the book. Those in relationships learn new things about their significant others in this volume. I give this book a 5/5! I'm so happy that this series is continuing. You should definitely go read volume one! I absolutely love this world. Magic and Queerness!!!
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  • Natalie Cannon
    January 1, 1970
    After falling in love with Moonstruck's first volume, I was more than ready to continue falling butt over teakettle for volume 2. And well, I did.Our favorite anxious werewolf is back in her comfortable coffee shop, and things are going so well: Chet is happily introducing their favorite online game, Newpals (think Neopets), to their boyfriend Manuel; Selena and she are cuddles and rainbows; and Julie's managed to complete her Pleasant Mountain Sisters novel. But all that comes crashing down whe After falling in love with Moonstruck's first volume, I was more than ready to continue falling butt over teakettle for volume 2. And well, I did.Our favorite anxious werewolf is back in her comfortable coffee shop, and things are going so well: Chet is happily introducing their favorite online game, Newpals (think Neopets), to their boyfriend Manuel; Selena and she are cuddles and rainbows; and Julie's managed to complete her Pleasant Mountain Sisters novel. But all that comes crashing down when the group attends a frat party and becomes caught in the middle of fairy feud. Everyone's relationships are tested and called into question as the fairies face off for the title of best party hosts on campus. And all the while, Cass is plagued by increasingly ominous visions....The art continues to be cotton candy pastel soft, and, while the story is more rife with tension than volume 1's story is, the narrative is a balm to my soul. I was struck by the fact that, though the world is full of magical creatures, the real diversity of the world is there. Selena's awkward attempts at Spanish endearments, the huge array of body types/ability/gender, and Julie's sputtering confidence felt very true to life. The humor seemed even better than before. While reading, I was constantly smiling and laughing.Overall, Moonstruck continues to be a treasure trove of good feelings. I recommend it to anyone who needs a break from the grimdark werewolf stories that populate urban fantasy. This comic is here to scratch that hopepunk queer werewolf itch.
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  • Rachel Rauch
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a good book (3.5 Stars) but I had a few problems with it. First of all, the story sort of has a weird non-sequitor feeling to it. The second chapter is all about them finding Mark when that was really easy and then suddenly they’re in a sorority fairy house. If you ask me, they didn’t need chapter two. Two, Cass’s predictions had nothing to do with the story really unlike the first volume but apparently she still had to be a part of the book. Maybe it could be leading to something bigger in It’s a good book (3.5 Stars) but I had a few problems with it. First of all, the story sort of has a weird non-sequitor feeling to it. The second chapter is all about them finding Mark when that was really easy and then suddenly they’re in a sorority fairy house. If you ask me, they didn’t need chapter two. Two, Cass’s predictions had nothing to do with the story really unlike the first volume but apparently she still had to be a part of the book. Maybe it could be leading to something bigger in book 3 but I don’t know. Second of all, Julie and Selena have A LOT of problems. Selena is REALLY overprotective and jealous and just prone to mood swings in general. When CT came up, I was like “that’s a character I can get behind.” It’s not like I don’t like Selena, but I don’t feel like she’s good for Julie. That’s just my hot take though.In all, a good book, I just thought that the plot wasn’t as solid as the first one. Could have done so much more with the Seelie-Unseelie feud.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot figure out what this series is trying to be. Grace Ellis has crafted some delightful characters that are beautifully illustrated by Shae Beagle, and the world they inhabit is a cool town with endless potential and imagination. However, the plot is inconsistent with character motivations and emotions shifting constantly which makes for a jarring read that never seems to find a direction. The conclusion feels forced, and although it is left open for further volumes, the drama does not see I cannot figure out what this series is trying to be. Grace Ellis has crafted some delightful characters that are beautifully illustrated by Shae Beagle, and the world they inhabit is a cool town with endless potential and imagination. However, the plot is inconsistent with character motivations and emotions shifting constantly which makes for a jarring read that never seems to find a direction. The conclusion feels forced, and although it is left open for further volumes, the drama does not seem worthwhile. Even Caitlyn Quirk's coloring is inconsistent in this volume which further suggests that this series is being rushed to publication. Image shifted this series to collected volumes instead of individual issues after the first issue of this volume was published, but it does not take advantage of that format. Maybe future volumes will have a better cohesive feel and deliver a stronger narrative. These characters deserve that.
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  • Adam Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Much like the first volume, I really enjoyed the characters and overall story, but the pacing from page to page just didn't work for me. The art is cute, the characters even cuter, and the idea of a fairy circle protecting a frat party from winter only to have a fight break out between a Medusa and a band full of dragons was a fun idea.While I'm not loving the series, I still want to see where it goes.I recommend this for people looking for cute lgbtqia stories about magic, fans of saccharine ch Much like the first volume, I really enjoyed the characters and overall story, but the pacing from page to page just didn't work for me. The art is cute, the characters even cuter, and the idea of a fairy circle protecting a frat party from winter only to have a fight break out between a Medusa and a band full of dragons was a fun idea.While I'm not loving the series, I still want to see where it goes.I recommend this for people looking for cute lgbtqia stories about magic, fans of saccharine characters who still manage to be multi-dimensional (like Sadie and, to a lesser degree, Steven from Steven Universe), Steven Universe fans, lonely but optimistic centaurs, and people looking for comics that are unlike pretty much anything else coming out from the Big Three. Also Neopet fans, but don't tell anyone I told you that.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I would probably rate this as 3.5 stars, but it may deserve more. The characters and their relationships are great. I wasn't fond of some of the plot this time through. But I think that's more of a personal taste thing than a good or bad thing.Another aspect that I hope didn't drag down my review was the history. Chapter 1 was familiar to me because I read it as issue #6, before I learned that the series was moving from floppy issues to paperbacks. And, seeing a letters column in each chapter fe I would probably rate this as 3.5 stars, but it may deserve more. The characters and their relationships are great. I wasn't fond of some of the plot this time through. But I think that's more of a personal taste thing than a good or bad thing.Another aspect that I hope didn't drag down my review was the history. Chapter 1 was familiar to me because I read it as issue #6, before I learned that the series was moving from floppy issues to paperbacks. And, seeing a letters column in each chapter felt weird after moving from a monthly to a paperback release.I hope there's a Volume 3, because I suspect that most of what I didn't like about this may be limited to the current arc. And I want more Moonstruck!
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  • Sofia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI feel exactly the same about this volume as I felt about the first one. I adore this series conceptually. It has SO MUCH potential and such a fun premise. It makes me feel the way animated kids’ shows make me feel, except this series has way more canon queer rep than any kids’ show I’ve seen. This series is the media I wish I had as a kid. The characters are so fun and I love the pastel fantasy world they live in. The plot is just… messy. I think they improved slightly from the first v 3.5 StarsI feel exactly the same about this volume as I felt about the first one. I adore this series conceptually. It has SO MUCH potential and such a fun premise. It makes me feel the way animated kids’ shows make me feel, except this series has way more canon queer rep than any kids’ show I’ve seen. This series is the media I wish I had as a kid. The characters are so fun and I love the pastel fantasy world they live in. The plot is just… messy. I think they improved slightly from the first volume, but I was still largely confused and put off by the pacing and progression of the plot. I’m sticking with this series because it still has so much potential, but I really hope they tidy up the plot in future volumes.
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  • Milliebot
    January 1, 1970
    Another adorable entry in this modern fantasy universe. I loved the addition of the fairy characters and the blood-feud drama. Despite the book being full of werewolves, centaurs, fairies, snake-women and more, the characters all feel so very human. Definitely a bunch of young adults (late teens, early twenties, I'm guessing) and struggling with the everyday drama of life, friendships, relationships and enemy...ships. Both main protagonists are pretty relatable and well-rounded; they have moment Another adorable entry in this modern fantasy universe. I loved the addition of the fairy characters and the blood-feud drama. Despite the book being full of werewolves, centaurs, fairies, snake-women and more, the characters all feel so very human. Definitely a bunch of young adults (late teens, early twenties, I'm guessing) and struggling with the everyday drama of life, friendships, relationships and enemy...ships. Both main protagonists are pretty relatable and well-rounded; they have moments where I want to slap them, moments where I want to hug them, moments where I cheered for them. I'm very interested to see where this series goes and I love, love, love the adorable art style! If you need some LGBT+ modern fantasy romance in your life, pick up these comics!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the first volume and had been so excited for volume two, but unfortunately I was disappointed. I still really enjoyed the magical universe, the incessant puns and the diverse cast of characters, but I couldn't really follow the plot. And why is Selena annoyed with her girlfriend all the time? She seemed to be annoyed that Julie had female friends? It didn't seem a healthy relationship at all. I really want more volumes, but hopefully with some more consistent writing plot-wise.[ I really enjoyed the first volume and had been so excited for volume two, but unfortunately I was disappointed. I still really enjoyed the magical universe, the incessant puns and the diverse cast of characters, but I couldn't really follow the plot. And why is Selena annoyed with her girlfriend all the time? She seemed to be annoyed that Julie had female friends? It didn't seem a healthy relationship at all. I really want more volumes, but hopefully with some more consistent writing plot-wise.[Free ARC from Edelweiss+]
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  • Liz Beardslee
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars - I really REALLY want to like these graphic novels, I do. The illustrations are so stunning and I love how committed to each aesthetic the artist is. The writing just does not match up to the imagery. I love that this has so much LGBT+ representation, but it just misses the mark in many areas. I often found myself wondering how we got from one place to the next between chapters. Also, the dialogue is stilted and I'm lost throughout half of it.If you're looking for graphic novels with 2.5 stars - I really REALLY want to like these graphic novels, I do. The illustrations are so stunning and I love how committed to each aesthetic the artist is. The writing just does not match up to the imagery. I love that this has so much LGBT+ representation, but it just misses the mark in many areas. I often found myself wondering how we got from one place to the next between chapters. Also, the dialogue is stilted and I'm lost throughout half of it.If you're looking for graphic novels with LGBT+ representation I would recommend Lumberjanes, Kim Reaper, or Fence.
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  • Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Another Moonstruck addition filled with adorable art and endearing characters, and this time even more mysteriousness. I feel this volume was building towards something bigger while establishing more about the characters already introduced to us and the way they view the world and face emotionally exhausting challenges. I would like to understand more about Julie and Selena and what their identities as werewolves mean to them, and am definitely excited to read more!
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  • Lindsay Ross
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the first volume for its inclusiveness so I was excited for volume two. However, this left me annoyed, confused, and uninterested in a volume three. The characters romantic relationships had me rolling my eyes and struggling to finish because of how little I cared about them. Also the plot wasn't as strong as the first volume.
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  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    This is still super cute. I love the characters. I love the references. I loved that this one played on the fae. But the plot wasn't always super clear, both in action and relationships. Additionally, the ending felt a bit like a deus ex machine, which might have also been okay because it was kind of unclear what we were building up to.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh. There is so much potential here. I love the world building, the characters, the great details and the dialogue unfortunately the plot is a hot mess and Julie and Selena's relationship is codependent and unhealthy. Finally there is some overall plot running through the series but it's really unclear what's going on.
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  • Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
    January 1, 1970
    Very very cute and I love these characters and the artwork. But the plot didn't quite hold up to volume 1. I was a little bored in some points. Beautiful art and characters that need to be protected at all costs. I love those two werewolves with my whole heart.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Edelweiss for the eArc! Just as adorable as vol 1! While I sometimes wish the story and the characters were a little more developed and consistent, this comic continues to be super cute with fabulous art and diverse characters. I will absolutely keep reading!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This one was messy and frenetic and a little bit annoying. I don't know. I'm going to keep reading just because of the lack of queer fantasy GN, but I kinda wish the creators would tighten things up. Also the continual early 2000s stuff just seems like fan service at this point.
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