An Embarrassment of Witches
A coming-of-age urban fantasy set in a world full of animal familiars, enchanted plants, and spell-casting that explores the mundane horrors of breakups, job searches, and post-graduate existential angst.Life after college isn't turning out exactly as Rory and Angela had planned. Rory, recently dumped at the gate of her flight to Australia, needs to find a new life path ASAP. What do you do with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Southeast Asian Spellcraft? Maybe her cute new housemate Guy is the answer she's looking for (spoiler alert: he isn't).Meanwhile, Angela is buckling under the pressure of a high-stakes internship in a cutting-edge cryptopharmocology lab run by Rory's controlling mother, who doesn't know Rory is still in town... and Angela hates keeping secrets.An Embarrassment of Witches is the story of two childhood friends learning how to be adults--and hoping their friendship can survive the change.

An Embarrassment of Witches Details

TitleAn Embarrassment of Witches
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherTop Shelf Productions
ISBN-139781603094627
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

An Embarrassment of Witches Review

  • Nenia ❤️️ I hate everything you love ❤️️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWitches seem to be the hot topic this year in young adult and new adult fiction, probably due in large part to the popularity of shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Witcher. Well... as someone who is obsessed with witches, I am all for it! I grabbed AN EMBARRASSMENT OF WITCHES on impulse because I loved the cover and the concept seemed really good, too. The best way to describe AEoW is like a cross between Jeph Jacques's Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWitches seem to be the hot topic this year in young adult and new adult fiction, probably due in large part to the popularity of shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Witcher. Well... as someone who is obsessed with witches, I am all for it! I grabbed AN EMBARRASSMENT OF WITCHES on impulse because I loved the cover and the concept seemed really good, too. The best way to describe AEoW is like a cross between Jeph Jacques's Questionable Content webcomic and J.K. Rowlings's Harry Potter.Rory is a college-age witch living in an AU version of our world where all of the major brands have witchy twists ("Taco Spell"), everyone has a familiar, animals can talk, and people can do magic. She has just broken things off with her boyfriend and is trying to figure things out with a new guy, named... Guy, and her best friend and roommate, Angela.There isn't really a plot to this comic. It's more like a coming-of-age but with magic. Rory wants to be loved and have adventure, but she's a taker and a bit impulsive, so she's always making mistakes and pushing people around her away. Angela wants to do really well on her new internship but she's a pushover who has trouble saying no and has a lot of anxiety, which revolves around a severe fear of failure.I loved the turquoise, yellow, and purple color palette. The illustrations are whimsical but never overshadow the text (or vice-versa). Anyone who loves books about magical schools or new adult books that don't sugarcoat real young adult problems will love this, especially if they like Questionable Content, Sabrina, or Harry Potter. It ends on what I felt was a bit of a cliffhanger, though, so I hope there's more books coming out of this universe. I #need closure!Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!4 to 4.5 stars
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    This is a terrific graphic novel about two witches, best friends dealing with guys, parents, school, growing up and navigating that weird space where you're close to being an adult but not there yet. Angela's been the steady one and she's getting tired of covering for Rory's impulsive screw-ups while dealing with her own stuff. Each is trying to find her way in the witch world and it tests their friendship big time. There's great world-building. Sophie Goldstein is a very clever storyteller; she This is a terrific graphic novel about two witches, best friends dealing with guys, parents, school, growing up and navigating that weird space where you're close to being an adult but not there yet. Angela's been the steady one and she's getting tired of covering for Rory's impulsive screw-ups while dealing with her own stuff. Each is trying to find her way in the witch world and it tests their friendship big time. There's great world-building. Sophie Goldstein is a very clever storyteller; she packs a lot into every character and plot twist. Jenn Jordan's artwork is terrific, I love the color scheme and every page has clever and delightful things going on in the background that add to the story or just bring smiles. The book is adorable and relatable realness in another realm where there are mandrakes and barnacle geese and broom Uber. I loved it! Great gift too.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Rory and Angela are bffs forever; or are they? High school buds, college roommates, but graduation happens, boys happen, internships and travel, and throw in the mix an irritating(ly right) mother and supportive father, talking familiars (owls, and so on),mdragons. So it's post-college friendship angst with magic, solid world-building, and a sense of humor matched with attractive artwork. I like it! This is my third book from Goldstein, all solid, trying new types of stories out: House of Women, Rory and Angela are bffs forever; or are they? High school buds, college roommates, but graduation happens, boys happen, internships and travel, and throw in the mix an irritating(ly right) mother and supportive father, talking familiars (owls, and so on),mdragons. So it's post-college friendship angst with magic, solid world-building, and a sense of humor matched with attractive artwork. I like it! This is my third book from Goldstein, all solid, trying new types of stories out: House of Women, The Oven, and they are all different and intriguing. I'll keep reading her!
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Emily ClarkAn Embarrassment of Witches is written by Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan and the art and cover design are by Sophie Goldstein. The title it seems is a play on the phrase an embarrassment of riches meaning to have too many good things to choose between. The story follows the lives of two young witches, both of whom are trying to do the next big thing in their lives after university. For Rory, this means moving away from everything Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Emily ClarkAn Embarrassment of Witches is written by Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan and the art and cover design are by Sophie Goldstein. The title it seems is a play on the phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ meaning to have too many good things to choose between. The story follows the lives of two young witches, both of whom are trying to do the next big thing in their lives after university. For Rory, this means moving away from everything she’s ever known, whereas for Angela it means staying at home and impressing her family.As things fall apart around them, they unknowingly become closer to living more honestly and doing what they really want to with their lives, rather than what they think they want.This graphic novel was incredibly original and packed with the wisdom of those who can find value in their experiences, good or bad. It explores very accurately (in the opinion of someone who recently left university) what life can be like after education, when it’s so unclear what you should be or want to be, or even what others want you to be. It’s so easy to live your life thinking you know what is good for you when in reality all you are doing is trying to make someone else proud, or prove someone wrong.The magical realism of Goldstein and Jordan’s plot and visuals will have you wanting more and more. Every scenario, seemingly normal at first will surprise you with a touch of magic you didn’t quite expect. The surreal and the mundane combine so effortlessly in this tale that you find yourself relating to the most bizarre of scenarios, for example, (spoiler alert), a barnacle goose falling on your head, interrupting a romantic moment. The graphics have a colour scheme of mostly purples, yellows, and greens, which looks beautiful and striking and sets the scene perfectly in this parallel world where magic and witches exist.Something else I love about An Embarrassment of Witches is the fluidity of the pages, it is as if the structure of the page reacts to the characters and the situation, rather than it being something set in stone all the way through. A page in it has just one word, yet the visuals make it one of my favourite pages in the whole novel. On another page, there is a guide on how to do origami, and as the character is making the same thing, you feel you can interact with the story. It just all feels so unique. Having said this, the origami also features as a way to structure the story, in the form of a fortune-teller, breaking up the story with remarks on how things are going, or what is coming next, like chapter titles, but much more creative.The graphic novel is also a great exploration of friendship and how easy it can be to forget what’s important to us when we are angry, lost and scared. How important it is to just talk to each and say how we really feel.I haven’t read anything like this before, something so relatable and magical at the same time. I recommend it to anyone who is struggling to find themselves after a big change, or just wants an entertaining read, with beautiful visuals.
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  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Characters? Check!World building? Check!Relationships? Check!Plot? Ummmmmm . . . .A trifle about about friendship and floundering during your twenties set for no particular reason in a fantasy world of witches and magic.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    January 1, 1970
    The moment a character broke into 'A Whole New World' whilst flying on a magic carpet, I knew I was not going to regret reading this. I'm very happy to report I was right in that assumption.Having picked this up on a whim, I had no idea what I was getting but I loved it. It managed to be funny, ridiculous, relatable, magical and heartwarming all at the same time. It brilliantly explored recognisable aspects of life, such as parental expectations, being seen as a 'grown up' but not quite feeling The moment a character broke into 'A Whole New World' whilst flying on a magic carpet, I knew I was not going to regret reading this. I'm very happy to report I was right in that assumption.Having picked this up on a whim, I had no idea what I was getting but I loved it. It managed to be funny, ridiculous, relatable, magical and heartwarming all at the same time. It brilliantly explored recognisable aspects of life, such as parental expectations, being seen as a 'grown up' but not quite feeling like one and changing relationship dynamics with yourself and other. And it did all this whilst also featuring a talking hedgehog called Rhonda and a literal 'Little Shop of Horrors' plant.I had so much fun with this and really hope these authors collaborate again, because they clearly have a brilliant sense of humour and outlook on the world and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading, both for its art style and plot.
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  • Krista Regester
    January 1, 1970
    Friendship, witches, responsibility. What's not to love?!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute story, set in a parallel universe where witches are part of the population and everyone celebrates Saturnalia instead of Christmas, but the movies and other pop culture is the same. It is a little confusing, but you get used to it. There is air travel by plane or by flying ship. And your famliars talk to you.And in the middle of this is 20-something Rory, who thought she had her life planned out, but life had other ideas in mind.There is humor, and play on words, and heart break, This was a cute story, set in a parallel universe where witches are part of the population and everyone celebrates Saturnalia instead of Christmas, but the movies and other pop culture is the same. It is a little confusing, but you get used to it. There is air travel by plane or by flying ship. And your famliars talk to you.And in the middle of this is 20-something Rory, who thought she had her life planned out, but life had other ideas in mind.There is humor, and play on words, and heart break, and all the usual stuff that happens to 20-something when they go out into the world.It is a quick read, but not something I would want to reread.
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  • Alenka
    January 1, 1970
    Jenn Jordan and Sophie Goldstein together again!! I'm so excited!The first thing I have have to say about this comic is that the colors are GORGEOUS. It's a really pretty book, with lots of super fun character and creature designs, like the animal familiars and the goose tree. Visually, they knocked it outta the park. The story focuses on a struggling friendship between two women fresh out of college. They've been friends since they are kids and have some long established bad patterns in their Jenn Jordan and Sophie Goldstein together again!! I'm so excited!The first thing I have have to say about this comic is that the colors are GORGEOUS. It's a really pretty book, with lots of super fun character and creature designs, like the animal familiars and the goose tree. Visually, they knocked it outta the park. The story focuses on a struggling friendship between two women fresh out of college. They've been friends since they are kids and have some long established bad patterns in their relationship. Rory is selfish and afraid to take the next step in life, preferring to lean on others' ambition and desires instead of bravely chasing her own goals. Angela has landed a prestigious internship and struggles to stand up for herself. They have to grow a bit apart in order to grow out of these habits, which is a difficult reality to accept. Sophie and Jenn really capture the complicated nature of adult friendships. It can be hard to recover when our paths diverge from those our friends are taking. It's also hard to step away from the adults and friends who've sheltered or cared for us in order to face our own faults, and Rory's story especially highlights that.A gorgeous, complex comic about growing up and friendship and, of course, mythical creatures. I love it.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun, quirky little graphic novel about "adulting." Some young women, lifelong friends, each encounter the hardships of adjusting to adult life, and they each respond in their unique ways. There's some drama, some crying, some laughing, and lots of fun imagery along the way.But it is also a little cliched. Or a lot. Sometimes that's okay, and I think it is mostly okay here, but it did create a sense of blandness to some degree. Or maybe not quite blandness, maybe more like over This was a fun, quirky little graphic novel about "adulting." Some young women, lifelong friends, each encounter the hardships of adjusting to adult life, and they each respond in their unique ways. There's some drama, some crying, some laughing, and lots of fun imagery along the way.But it is also a little cliched. Or a lot. Sometimes that's okay, and I think it is mostly okay here, but it did create a sense of blandness to some degree. Or maybe not quite blandness, maybe more like over familiarity. Regardless, no deep insights will be gained from this adult graphic novel, nor even practical advice about adjusting to the adult world of boring responsibilities. Its message is akin to "accept yourself and others for who you all are, and things will basically work out." Sure, maybe everything will work out. Or maybe it won't.The best part of the story are the familiars. They should have their own book.3/5
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    This one took me by surprise. I checked it out on a whim from Hoopla because the cover looked cool. The art is fun and the colors are lovely. Lots of bright but plain backgrounds with spots of detailed pattern. Sometimes everyone but the main characters are in a purple shadow but sometimes not. Panels are also used interestingly to carry the eye along. The story is relatable in that early 20s way. I love how it mixes our world and this witchy world together so well. Honestly it took a few pages This one took me by surprise. I checked it out on a whim from Hoopla because the cover looked cool. The art is fun and the colors are lovely. Lots of bright but plain backgrounds with spots of detailed pattern. Sometimes everyone but the main characters are in a purple shadow but sometimes not. Panels are also used interestingly to carry the eye along. The story is relatable in that early 20s way. I love how it mixes our world and this witchy world together so well. Honestly it took a few pages to understand that it's not our world. Those in academia will enjoy the academic talk that we understand but also not because this is not our world. It's light but it has heart and I recommend it, especially now.
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  • Carrie Griffin
    January 1, 1970
    I tore through this painfully relatable, beautifully empathetic look at friendships, relationships, and finding your footing post-college. The fantasy setting lends a fun and imaginative atmosphere and frankly fantasy monsters are the most accurate way to depict the horrors of grad school anyway. Loved the nuance with which this book treats all of its characters, notably its ostensible antagonists. There are communication issues, people are complicated, situations are complicated, but no one is I tore through this painfully relatable, beautifully empathetic look at friendships, relationships, and finding your footing post-college. The fantasy setting lends a fun and imaginative atmosphere and frankly fantasy monsters are the most accurate way to depict the horrors of grad school anyway. Loved the nuance with which this book treats all of its characters, notably its ostensible antagonists. There are communication issues, people are complicated, situations are complicated, but no one is out right malicious. Funny, expressive, and so obviously crafted with so much care and love from its authors.
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  • juicy brained intellectual
    January 1, 1970
    def for nerds who whine about "adulting"
  • JoshLickspittle
    January 1, 1970
    This book does an amazing job of summing up the existential anxiety of post college life for millennials in America. It uses fantasy tropes to build a world where everything is new and magical and... doesn't quite make sense, but people still have to move forward as if it does. The story follows two women who have grown up together and are struggling to see past the kids they once were, and can't see themselves as these new adults either. After they leave the safety of college and family, they This book does an amazing job of summing up the existential anxiety of post college life for millennials in America. It uses fantasy tropes to build a world where everything is new and magical and... doesn't quite make sense, but people still have to move forward as if it does. The story follows two women who have grown up together and are struggling to see past the kids they once were, and can't see themselves as these new adults either. After they leave the safety of college and family, they have to join the world of internships, temp work, and complicated adult relationships. The twist here is that the internships involve magical plants, the temp work is at a witch/familiar relationship counseling office, and the relationships revolve around theoretical intramagicks at a doctoral level. It truly captures the feelings of not knowing where you belong, while also building on the bewitching hope and excitement about the world that this age carries with it.If you grew up reading Harry Potter, or are a fan of the Magicians (the show or the books), or if you want to read a fully engrossing graphic novel about friendship, family struggles, and the minutia of academic life, then this book is not one you should miss!
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  • Villain E
    January 1, 1970
    A couple of college-age friends are trying to figure things out. Rory is the type to get enthusiastic about stuff but not see it through. Angie is a bit of a doormat, but is resentful of the people who treat her like a doormat. They both resent their parents asking questions, but they can't acknowledge that it's because they're embarrassed by the answers.Oh, and there's magic.The characters are captured pretty accurately. The story feels real, if predictible. I question some of the art choices. A couple of college-age friends are trying to figure things out. Rory is the type to get enthusiastic about stuff but not see it through. Angie is a bit of a doormat, but is resentful of the people who treat her like a doormat. They both resent their parents asking questions, but they can't acknowledge that it's because they're embarrassed by the answers.Oh, and there's magic.The characters are captured pretty accurately. The story feels real, if predictible. I question some of the art choices. There's a limited color palette. At one point someone says "Push the red button" but red isn't one of the colors. At another point, Rory's animal familiar is in a carrying cage. Rory is walking around, the cage clearly not in her hands, but then she stops an opens the cage. Is it following her? I know it's a magical world, but I would have liked that established. There are a bunch of little things like this throughout the book.If you like books about early 20-something angst, then you might like this. If you're into magical realism, the magic backdrop is fun, but doesn't carry the story.
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  • Morgan AC Mott
    January 1, 1970
    I was going to give this a 3 just because the protagonist is so hard to deal with. She's supposed to embody all the worst, weirdest emotional stuff that happens around the college experience, so I guess you're supposed to hate AND relate, but her growing as a person at the end didn't really redeem her much for me. Her childhood bff though is the true hero of the story, and the book recognizing that brought my rating up to a 4. The magical world imaginings are creative and clever, with little I was going to give this a 3 just because the protagonist is so hard to deal with. She's supposed to embody all the worst, weirdest emotional stuff that happens around the college experience, so I guess you're supposed to hate AND relate, but her growing as a person at the end didn't really redeem her much for me. Her childhood bff though is the true hero of the story, and the book recognizing that brought my rating up to a 4. The magical world imaginings are creative and clever, with little magical homages throughout. The art style and coloring just fucking rocks, brilliant and psychedelic almost, but not too complicated.Made me hate my past self, 4/5 ⭐
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  • Gwen
    January 1, 1970
    Adapting to post-college life, and trying to answer the Big Question (what do you want to do when you grow up), is hard. Relationships -- familial, friends, romantic --get tested as people try to figure out What Next. In this magical world (Seers is a great store!), Amanda and Rory try to negotiate their futures, both as individuals and as best friends. There's growth, uncertainty, rejection, and snappy illustration, even as I'm still trying to figure out how to read a graphic novel.
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  • Fiore
    January 1, 1970
    The style is wonderfully expressive and I enjoy the modern day college of magic setting. My low rating has to do with how these type of stories always frustrate me. Young adult lead character is a mess and generally selfish, especially towards best friend. But things work out because character recognizes fault, all is right with the world. It just personally bothers me because I hold grudges like woah and really feel for the best friend type.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI think this is a relatable graphic novel about adulting from the perspective of witches. I thought Rory was annoying but I guess I can understand why she acted the way she did. I think if she just communicated better some drama could have been avoided. Actually that probably one of the lessons of the book, COMMUNICATE! The colors were great.My main reason for not giving this 4 stars was the drama.
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  • (a)lyss(a)
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a cute story!The art is great and the story is compelling. It captures the angst of being a young adult and wanting to make the right decisions. Also the amazing power of friendship and importance of maintaining them. The characters feel real and compelling - Rory is stubborn and I wanted her to do things differently. This is a short and wonderful read!
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Really cute graphic novel. It brought me back to when I was in my early to mid twenties wondering what I was going to do in life. I enjoyed the nods to pop culture (Taco Spell). The familiars were adorable, I want one for real! A relatable story in a modern urban fantasy. Well done!
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    While the art and the world were quite interesting, I found the main character Rory to be abysmally annoying. They tried to create a strong dichotomy between the two friends but it mostly showed how terribly absorbed people will make you question your value and just wear you down.
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  • Laken Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    rtcrating: 2.5 stars
  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    this was a good book
  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    An extra star for being pretty obviously set in Pittsburgh/Oakland
  • Namratha
    January 1, 1970
    I think the presence of a Familiar in my life would make it infinitely better.
  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly charming and utterly gorgeous. A story about the all-too-relatable growing pains of growing up, with a welcome dose of magic in the mix. Goldstein's artwork sings in this, and I found myself gushing over the gorgeous spreads and evocative color palette.
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