Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 1
Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles and finds that the only ones who can help her find love and live life to the fullest are the ghosts of her new home!In Los Angeles, finding an apartment is killer—unless you live with the dead. Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles for her boyfriend Ronnie, ready to live her happily ever after. But when happily ever after turns into happily for a month, she’s stuck in a strange city with no friends, family, or prospects for fun. Desperate to escape the lingering ghost of Ronnie’s presence everywhere, Daphne sets out to explore the city—and ends up encountering ghosts of a more literal kind! Rycroft Manor is abandoned, beautiful, and haunted. Will the dead be able to help Daphne find the life she’s been missing in the big city? From GLAAD Award-nominated Sina Grace (Iceman) and illustrator Siobhan Keenan (Jem and the Holograms) comes a story about learning how to make friends, find love, and live life to the fullest with a little help from some friends whose lives didn't end at death. Collects Ghosted In L.A #1-4.

Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 1 Details

TitleGhosted in L.A., Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 14th, 2020
PublisherBOOM! Box
ISBN-139781684155057
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, LGBT, Fantasy, Paranormal, Ghosts

Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 1 Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I have been on a roll LATELY with reading great graphic novels and this one was no different! While I do think this one suffered a little bit from a lack of world building, I still VERY much enjoyed this and I cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next volumes! Also, bonus points for showcasing so many of my favorite parts of Los Angeles. That is def the thing that I am looking the most forward to getting in future volumes and I just can't! wait!
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  • Paul E. Morph
    January 1, 1970
    Really nice artwork on this one but the story didnt really grab me. I think part of the problem might be that, at 44, Im at least twice as old as the intended target audience. If youre in your late teens or early twenties and struggling to find your way in a new town, this could be the book for you. Really nice artwork on this one but the story didn’t really grab me. I think part of the problem might be that, at 44, I’m at least twice as old as the intended target audience. If you’re in your late teens or early twenties and struggling to find your way in a new town, this could be the book for you.
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  • Julia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Ghosted in L.A. Vol 1 had a great premise. We follow a girl, Daphne, while after moving she meets new undead friends. The art is absolutely stunning, and the representation was also really good (jewish mc with bisexuality/pansexuality hints, lgbtq side characters). Unfortunately it was pretty boring and a bit confusing. The pacing of the timeline wasn't the best and it was really hard to follow and care about the story in this way. This series has potential, if it picks up I will definitely Ghosted in L.A. Vol 1 had a great premise. We follow a girl, Daphne, while after moving she meets new undead friends. The art is absolutely stunning, and the representation was also really good (jewish mc with bisexuality/pansexuality hints, lgbtq side characters). Unfortunately it was pretty boring and a bit confusing. The pacing of the timeline wasn't the best and it was really hard to follow and care about the story in this way. This series has potential, if it picks up I will definitely check the other volumes in the future. The characters were intriguing and definitely the best part of this volume.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really fun, unique storyline! I loved the different personalities of the ghosts and the fact that each of them have a style that's representative of the times they died in. The twist with one of the ghosts was pretty fun, and I'm totally here for some cute queer ghost/living romance in the future if the story decides to follow that route with a couple of the side characters. The casual diversity was wonderful (the main character is Jewish and bisexual, multiple side characters are This was a really fun, unique storyline! I loved the different personalities of the ghosts and the fact that each of them have a style that's representative of the times they died in. The twist with one of the ghosts was pretty fun, and I'm totally here for some cute queer ghost/living romance in the future if the story decides to follow that route with a couple of the side characters. The casual diversity was wonderful (the main character is Jewish and bisexual, multiple side characters are queer and/or POC) and the art and color palette were lovely. My only real complaint is that the main character is really obnoxious at times, but it's hard not to root for her despite that. Overall, I can't wait to continue in the next volume!Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    rep: bi/pan Jewish mc, gay side characters(read as single issues)
  • Ana Ramos
    January 1, 1970
    The story grabbed me almost by the sec. The art and color pallet were absolutely stunning! There's only so much LGBTQ+ representation right? In this coming of age story we see Daphne having real struggles as she is presented to this new life as an adult and taking full responsibility for her actions. Overall it was a light YA fantasy story and it's really easy to get into the world.I can't wait to see what the second volume brings to us and I'm dying to know if there will be a paranormal The story grabbed me almost by the sec. The art and color pallet were absolutely stunning! There's only so much LGBTQ+ representation right? In this coming of age story we see Daphne having real struggles as she is presented to this new life as an adult and taking full responsibility for her actions. Overall it was a light YA fantasy story and it's really easy to get into the world.I can't wait to see what the second volume brings to us and I'm dying to know if there will be a paranormal romance.I received this copy from BOOM! via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Briar's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    To begin with, that cover pulled me in. Sure, the description and title sound awesome but the cover is just gorgeous! It pulls me in because I want to know why the lead is the center of attention. Those ghosts are bugging her and I need to know why, and she doesn't seem to phased... just annoyed? We meet Daphne and she's going off to university. Her roommate seems crazy and locks her out of her room and her boyfriend breaks up with her, because who doesn't love drama day one of being away from To begin with, that cover pulled me in. Sure, the description and title sound awesome but the cover is just gorgeous! It pulls me in because I want to know why the lead is the center of attention. Those ghosts are bugging her and I need to know why, and she doesn't seem to phased... just annoyed? We meet Daphne and she's going off to university. Her roommate seems crazy and locks her out of her room and her boyfriend breaks up with her, because who doesn't love drama day one of being away from home? And then she runs into a pole and finds herself at a creepy mansion. Normal Tuesday for most people, right?And then she sees GHOSTS. Because life can't get any more crazy. And boy, are they SASSY. But Daphne makes friends with these ghosts and it seems like a grande idea! To make it better, these ghosts have different abilities too.Life gets complicated for Daphne, and her and the ghosts have to learn to deal with all of the drama that comes with being a new adult. Oh, and they're all very quirky too. Some like her, some don't. On top of that, we get to see some of their pasts to understand them and their ways (and deaths).I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Seriously, it just hits me in all the right places. I can relate to Daphne, I love the ghosts and their quirks and I think it's just super fun. I did have a chuckle because there are stars **** for swears. It had me giggling a bit, but I totally filled the words in with my own choices. Why not? I'm an adult. It's fun.I've gotta say, I really enjoyed this graphic novel! If more volumes come out, I really want to dig into them because this book is so delightful! It's the type of story I've been looking for for a while. Fantastical, new adult, amusing and dramatic all wrapped up in one. I would say it's the perfect mix for me as a reader.Five out of five stars!Other Notes: The variance covers in the copy I got were BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, I love them! I can totally see why this cover is the original, but the variants are also pretty to look at.Other Notes 2: WHY WOULD IT LEAVE OFF LIKE THAT?! Ugh. Cliff hanger! I need Volume 2 ASAP! Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for sending me a copy of this book to review! It's much appreciated!
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  • The Rebel Scribe
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and to BOOM! Studios for sending me an e-galley of this comic collection in exchange for an honest review!Ghosted in L.A. follows Daphne as she's following her high school sweetheart out to California after high school. First she's faced with the cliche rude roommate who is too cool to make small talk like a normal person, then her boyfriend breaks up with her and leaves her running down the L.A. streets crying until she comes across Rycroft Manner. At first glance she Thanks to NetGalley and to BOOM! Studios for sending me an e-galley of this comic collection in exchange for an honest review!Ghosted in L.A. follows Daphne as she's following her high school sweetheart out to California after high school. First she's faced with the cliche rude roommate who is too cool to make small talk like a normal person, then her boyfriend breaks up with her and leaves her running down the L.A. streets crying until she comes across Rycroft Manner. At first glance she realizes it's abandoned and walks around then suddenly realizes she's not alone, Rycroft is filled with ghosts. This Volume includes issues 1-4.I really liked the art style. I noticed it kind of shifts from the first few pages into something different and almost takes on a manga-esque quality at times. I'm sure that's intentional and serves some purpose in the story that might make more sense in the later volumes. Maybe it's just progression.It's a pretty interesting concept and after the cliffhanger that it left off on I'm curious to see what happens.
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  • Greyson | Use Your Words
    January 1, 1970
    Representation: Bi Jewish main character & gay side charactersThis was really fun and has such a interesting premise! I too, would love to live in an old L.A. manor with a variety of ghosts from decades past. I can't wait to learn more about each of the ghosts pasts! And Daphne's college roommate, Michelle. (view spoiler)[And also the apparently bad people Agi fed to Maurice. (hide spoiler)] Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.___│ Representation: Bi Jewish main character & gay side charactersThis was really fun and has such a interesting premise! I too, would love to live in an old L.A. manor with a variety of ghosts from decades past. I can't wait to learn more about each of the ghosts pasts! And Daphne's college roommate, Michelle. (view spoiler)[And also the apparently bad people Agi fed to Maurice. (hide spoiler)]— Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.___│Blog│Instagram│Twitter│Tumblr│
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5I very rarely read graphic novels, but this is one I would read more of. I have to admit that Daphne -- a bi/pan Jewish woman -- wasn't necessarily the best protagonist I've ever read. She was rather bland, kind of like the typical 'I'm not like other girls' girl you see who takes on other people's personality traits and refuses to acknowledge her wealth or privilege. However, I did love her interactions with the ghosts and I feel like she's probably going to learn a lot about herself 3.5/5I very rarely read graphic novels, but this is one I would read more of. I have to admit that Daphne -- a bi/pan Jewish woman -- wasn't necessarily the best protagonist I've ever read. She was rather bland, kind of like the typical 'I'm not like other girls' girl you see who takes on other people's personality traits and refuses to acknowledge her wealth or privilege. However, I did love her interactions with the ghosts and I feel like she's probably going to learn a lot about herself throughout the series.The artwork, though... That's something else entirely. The colour palettes are gorgeous and I loved seeing the histories of some of the ghosts. Lots of LGBT rep in here which is a bonus! The ending was a little weak for me, although I can see some avenues that the story would take with it.
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  • Satin
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this arc! I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it was interesting to me from the beginning. A ghost story set in a mansion in LA? SIGN ME UP! I really liked the art style in this book, and it stood out to me from the very beginning. I developed a close bond with all the characters throughout the story, and their personalities really came through. I loved the soft color combinations throughout as well. The ending killed me though, I Thank you to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this arc! I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it was interesting to me from the beginning. A ghost story set in a mansion in LA? SIGN ME UP! I really liked the art style in this book, and it stood out to me from the very beginning. I developed a close bond with all the characters throughout the story, and their personalities really came through. I loved the soft color combinations throughout as well. The ending killed me though, I definitely want the second volume! Overall, highly recommend!
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  • Lana
    January 1, 1970
    e-ARC received from NetGalley. The premise sounded super interesting and the art was decent, but I felt like Daphne (the main character) and the story were just random and a little all over the place at times. One character turns out to be gay, which almost seemed like it was thrown in as a shock factor, but other than bonding with a ghost who was also gay, it didnt really add anything to the reading experience or plot. e-ARC received from NetGalley. The premise sounded super interesting and the art was decent, but I felt like Daphne (the main character) and the story were just random and a little all over the place at times. One character turns out to be gay, which almost seemed like it was thrown in as a shock factor, but other than bonding with a ghost who was also gay, it didn’t really add anything to the reading experience or plot.
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  • Kajree Gautom
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first comic novel and I adored it. It was so cute and funny. Daphne was a confusing main character with extremely quick mood switches and I felt the story too at times moved very fast, but it was an enjoyable read. The illustrations were superb, I'd have to give that. And all the characters had their own backstories so that made it even more interesting. I just felt like it ended too soon ah. Need the next vol right now!!! I can't wait to see how Daphne fares with the ghosts 😁😁
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  • Cass Moskowitz
    January 1, 1970
    This book Kept me wanting more with every page. I loved all the characters with their diverse personalities and interests, and the story itself felt relatable even while being about ghosts. Who hasnt felt alone and misunderstood in a new place? Kind of wish I had a group of ghost friends when that happened. Cant wait for volume 2! This book Kept me wanting more with every page. I loved all the characters with their diverse personalities and interests, and the story itself felt relatable even while being about ghosts. Who hasn’t felt alone and misunderstood in a new place? Kind of wish I had a group of ghost friends when that happened. Can’t wait for volume 2!
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  • lethe marks
    January 1, 1970
    Endearing. Colorful. Trivial.My favorite aspect about this comic was the art style. I thought the illustrations fit the story very well, and even the tiniest details made the reading experience all that more enjoyable. The way the ghosts were not only pictured in their very own color scheme, but also had their speech bubbles differentiated was a very smart choice. The artist behind these drawings is obviously very skilled, and was a perfect choice to have illustrate this comic series.I also Endearing. Colorful. Trivial.My favorite aspect about this comic was the art style. I thought the illustrations fit the story very well, and even the tiniest details made the reading experience all that more enjoyable. The way the ghosts were not only pictured in their very own color scheme, but also had their speech bubbles differentiated was a very smart choice. The artist behind these drawings is obviously very skilled, and was a perfect choice to have illustrate this comic series.I also loved the inclusion of LGBTQ+ themes, plot lines, and characters. I appreciated the fact that although queerness was a topic explored, it wasn't the main focus of the story or ostracized in any way. It was normalized, and fun, and still remained inclusive.There were of course a few thinks that I found irksome about this comic. For one, I did not find myself enjoying the main character at all. I did appreciate the fact that the reader is hinted at some much needed character development on her part, as well as the self-awareness she had, but she was still rather unlikable. She was naive, impulsive, and did not think before acting or getting angry. The other characters were easier to fall in love with, but besides a few of the ghosts, they were all rather surface-level and lacked depth and nuance.One of my favorite things about this story was the focus on backstory. I loved that the author made the choice to begin every issue with a few panels of character backstory, as it added some much needed intrigue and as a reader, I will never not love having the opportunity to learn more about what makes a character tick. In the end, an enjoyable story that needed a few tweaks here and there but nothing that could not be explored or fixed in future volumes. Once again, a huge thanks to NetGalley for approving me this early review copy!
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    One of my first real ventures into graphic novels and it didn't entirely disappoint. The artwork was stunning. I really appreciate what the visual clues can tell me about the characters. I really enjoyed the background/flashbacks we got of some of the ghosts and I'm interested in the ones that no doubt come in the future. I also appreciate the representation. It's a lot of surface level mentions so far but it doesn't pull focus from the story, it just enhances the characters into fully realized One of my first real ventures into graphic novels and it didn't entirely disappoint. The artwork was stunning. I really appreciate what the visual clues can tell me about the characters. I really enjoyed the background/flashbacks we got of some of the ghosts and I'm interested in the ones that no doubt come in the future. I also appreciate the representation. It's a lot of surface level mentions so far but it doesn't pull focus from the story, it just enhances the characters into fully realized beings. I also enjoyed the reading experience. It was vibrant, visually stimulating, and easy to follow. I overall liked the characters and what I've gotten from the plot so far; there's definitely strong character moments which holds my attention. However, an adjustment I need to make to fully enjoy the novel is to not have a complete story. It's a fairly short volume so there's a lot of surface level material and the story ends on a cliffhanger. It's just the first part of the story and I cannot hold that against the story even though it was a less favorite aspect. I'm interested in continuing the story but I almost feel like I need to wait to have the entire story to fully immerse and enjoy myself.*Thank you to Netgalley and BOOM Box! for the ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Lili
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5Ghosted in LA is my first graphic novel of the year and I am not disappointed! The storyline follows a girl who just moved to LA for college. She has a rough start and to make things complicated she encounters a manor with ghosts. These ghosts are unique individuals who seem to be stuck in the manor.I really like the diversity of the characters and the illustrations. The representation in this novel is amazing! I enjoyed the shifts of point of view of each character that gave us a glimpse of *4.5Ghosted in LA is my first graphic novel of the year and I am not disappointed! The storyline follows a girl who just moved to LA for college. She has a rough start and to make things complicated she encounters a manor with ghosts. These ghosts are unique individuals who seem to be stuck in the manor.I really like the diversity of the characters and the illustrations. The representation in this novel is amazing! I enjoyed the shifts of point of view of each character that gave us a glimpse of the ghost’s past. I do think the main character, Daphne, is a bit obnoxious but I see a potential of character growth. Another aspect I did not like was how fast things happened at the beginning. There was so much going on to a point of it not being plausible. But I do understand it’s a graphic novel and after that, it was enjoyable to read.Overall, it was a lovely read and I am looking forward to reading more of Daphne and her adventures. Thank you to Netgalley and Boom!Box for the copy in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Emma☀️
    January 1, 1970
    A fun, unique graphic novel! The art is stunning and the colours used complemented each other so well on the page! The premise was the first thing that hooked me. Living in a manor with ghosts wholl give you advice on your social life? Sign me up! This was a good introduction to Daphne and the ghosts. However, the plot was a bit lacking. The first volume eased the reader into the story and introduced all the characters. This felt a bit slow for me but it soon picked up halfway. Rest assured, A fun, unique graphic novel! The art is stunning and the colours used complemented each other so well on the page! The premise was the first thing that hooked me. Living in a manor with ghosts who’ll give you advice on your social life? Sign me up! This was a good introduction to Daphne and the ghosts. However, the plot was a bit lacking. The first volume eased the reader into the story and introduced all the characters. This felt a bit slow for me but it soon picked up halfway. Rest assured, this is only the first volume so there is definitely more ghostly shenanigans to come.Daphne is a sweet main character, but I found her to be a bit bland. Nothing about her stands out. The ghosts, however, were really interesting. They all had different personalities and I am excited to read more about their pasts.And to add: I loved how diverse the cast was! It was a breath of fresh air.Overall, a good start to a new series! I will be checking out future volumes.ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    This had an interesting premise and the illustration style was gorgeous, very playful and fun. Daphne follows her boyfriend to L.A. for college. She's excited to start a new chapter in her life. But her roommate hates her and her boyfriend dumps her. Now she's stuck in a strange city without a friend. While exploring the city, she comes across a Rycroft Manor, a beautiful house that just so happens to be haunted by actual ghosts. They take her in, leaving Daphne to wonder if maybe the undead are This had an interesting premise and the illustration style was gorgeous, very playful and fun. Daphne follows her boyfriend to L.A. for college. She's excited to start a new chapter in her life. But her roommate hates her and her boyfriend dumps her. Now she's stuck in a strange city without a friend. While exploring the city, she comes across a Rycroft Manor, a beautiful house that just so happens to be haunted by actual ghosts. They take her in, leaving Daphne to wonder if maybe the undead are her best chance of having a family in L.A.I liked the story and that ending makes me want Volume 2 now so I can see where the author takes this story. The main character is a bit stereotypically "I'm special" at times, but she felt very real. The ghosts have very diverse backstories and abilities, which gives the characters some more depth. There's also religious and sexual diversity in this, which I liked.(I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    January 1, 1970
    If you've ever thought that you really wanted to read a comic that combines the best elements of Son in Law (and yes I mean the Pauly Shore movie), Tales of the City, and Cordelia Chase's ghostly roommate Dennis, boy have I good news for you! Ghosted in L.A. is a cute little comic about finding yourself in the City of Angels and what it means to embrace who you truly are and the regrets that haunt you if you miss your chance. While at times the protagonist Daphne can be overly naive and annoying If you've ever thought that you really wanted to read a comic that combines the best elements of Son in Law (and yes I mean the Pauly Shore movie), Tales of the City, and Cordelia Chase's ghostly roommate Dennis, boy have I good news for you! Ghosted in L.A. is a cute little comic about finding yourself in the City of Angels and what it means to embrace who you truly are and the regrets that haunt you if you miss your chance. While at times the protagonist Daphne can be overly naive and annoying most of that can be forgiven in that she's only 18 and suffering from an extreme upheaval in her life. I can't wait to see what happens going forward and to solve the mysteries of why ghosts are drawn to Rycroft Manor as well as that cliffhanger! Bonus points for the Riverdale mention and ALL THE POINTS for using one of my favorite 30 Rock quotes. Excuse me while I go work on my night cheese.
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  • Jessica Haider
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne moves to L.A. to attend college and be near her boyfriend. She quickly finds herself feeling alienated after she has a fight with her best friend, her boyfriend dumps her and her roommate seemingly hates her. While wandering the city she stumbles upon an apartment building that is occupied by ghosts. This is a collection of 4 comic books. I hadn't read anything by this author before. The artwork was good and the story has promise. The tale didn't quite pull me in as much as I'd hoped. It Daphne moves to L.A. to attend college and be near her boyfriend. She quickly finds herself feeling alienated after she has a fight with her best friend, her boyfriend dumps her and her roommate seemingly hates her. While wandering the city she stumbles upon an apartment building that is occupied by ghosts. This is a collection of 4 comic books. I hadn't read anything by this author before. The artwork was good and the story has promise. The tale didn't quite pull me in as much as I'd hoped. It came off as very introductory and didn't get us too involved in the story (yet). The story will likely be continued in a 2nd volume as this one didn't wrap things up completely. I am curious to see where this story goes so would checkout follow-up volumes. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I've been having trouble getting into long form stories lately, so this graphic novel hit the spot perfectly! The art is beautiful to look at and full of color. (And the main character's fashion sense is on point! Im jealous.)Daphne moves to LA for college, which she has basically chosen to be close to her boyfriend...who breaks up with her on day one. For the first time she's on her own without friends or family when she stumbles upon Rycroft Manor, a beautiful but really haunted old apartment I've been having trouble getting into long form stories lately, so this graphic novel hit the spot perfectly! The art is beautiful to look at and full of color. (And the main character's fashion sense is on point! I’m jealous.)Daphne moves to LA for college, which she has basically chosen to be close to her boyfriend...who breaks up with her on day one. For the first time she's on her own without friends or family when she stumbles upon Rycroft Manor, a beautiful but really haunted old apartment complex. Which she moves into, because 6 ghost roommates seem like a better idea than staying with her uptight dorm mate. Weirdness ensues.If you're looking for a lighter read, this story will do the trick (although there are some sinister hints dropped here and there, so I make no promises about the course of later volumes). Most characters are likeable, and while there are a few crotchety ghouls, even the scarier scenes are not really worthy of a horror moniker.Overall, I found this title a very cute start to the series. Interested to see how the story develops.Digital ARC provided by Netgalley.
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  • Adi
    January 1, 1970
    *E-ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley*Ghosted in L.A. is the story of Daphne, a young woman moving to college thousand miles away from her home for a boy. And yes you guessed it, things are not going to be the way she was expecting. Side note I would have gave it 3 or 3.5 stars for the plot but the illustrations were so good and I would have gave them 5 stars so this is why I gave the overall 4 stars. So yeah 3 stars is not bad but for me it's not that good. I really wanted to love this *E-ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley*Ghosted in L.A. is the story of Daphne, a young woman moving to college thousand miles away from her home for a boy. And yes you guessed it, things are not going to be the way she was expecting. Side note I would have gave it 3 or 3.5 stars for the plot but the illustrations were so good and I would have gave them 5 stars so this is why I gave the overall 4 stars. So yeah 3 stars is not bad but for me it's not that good. I really wanted to love this graphic novel, I was really enjoying it but I have to say that it was way too quick. Daphne encounters this ghosts and she never questions it, she just right away accepts it and I would have liked a bite more of resistance from her. ( A whole chapter about the fact that the situatin is weird would be great)I know this is a graphic novel and it can't go too much into details and feelings but I just needed more of the story for it to make sense in my head. Nevertheless I loved seeing the background of some of the ghosts. Yet I didn't really connect with any of the characters, I think I just need more volume to be able to connect with them so I'm really looking forward for the second volume.And just one more thing: this needs to be translated in french because we just need more stories with this type of rep in France!!
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  • Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! This was a great introduction to the world! I liked the main character and I'm very interested to see the backstories on more of the ghosts! There was great LGBT+ representation throughout the volume, and the artwork was fantastic! Can't wait for the next one!
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    This volume follows our main character of Daphne as she follows a boy to college in LA and almost immediately gets dumped. As she is wallowing, she discovers a house inhabited by ghosts. What follows is a unique coming of age story. I loved that juxtaposition of a young adult figuring out life sort of being helped by people whose life is already over. I also loved the art style and cannot wait for the next volume.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing the E-ARC in exchange for an This volume follows our main character of Daphne as she follows a boy to college in LA and almost immediately gets dumped. As she is wallowing, she discovers a house inhabited by ghosts. What follows is a unique coming of age story. I loved that juxtaposition of a young adult figuring out life sort of being helped by people whose life is already over. I also loved the art style and cannot wait for the next volume.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing the E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    (Thanks Netgalley for the ARC!!) 3.5 to be honest but I always round down so we rounded up for this one. I don't read a lot of graphic novels but this one was right up my alley and I'm really glad I did! The art was really fantastic! I love how each ghost was designed ( the behind the scenes of the art at the end was super cute and fun to read!) I want to say I like the story but I really can't tell where it's going quite yet? So I like...the potential of a good story that is brewing? I'm (Thanks Netgalley for the ARC!!) 3.5 to be honest but I always round down so we rounded up for this one. I don't read a lot of graphic novels but this one was right up my alley and I'm really glad I did! The art was really fantastic! I love how each ghost was designed ( the behind the scenes of the art at the end was super cute and fun to read!) I want to say I like the story but I really can't tell where it's going quite yet? So I like...the potential of a good story that is brewing? I'm definitely going to keep up with the series and get my hands on new copies ASAP. I found some of the writing a bit choppy at some parts but just in a /this is awkward/ way. I also think the timeline is happening a bit too rapid fire for me but I can roll with it overall. I'm really curious to see where the rest of the story goes!
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  • April Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*3.5 starsGhost, meets graphic novel, meets L.A., meets some interesting diversity? Um yes please.I love how fun and playful the art style is in this read. The art is always the first thing I noticed, so it was a little disconcerting at first when the style did a slight change, but I love colors and art that make up most of this read.I can't say I'm a huge fan of the main character in this one. She had a little bit of the 'I'm specially' *ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*3.5 starsGhost, meets graphic novel, meets L.A., meets some interesting diversity? Um yes please.I love how fun and playful the art style is in this read. The art is always the first thing I noticed, so it was a little disconcerting at first when the style did a slight change, but I love colors and art that make up most of this read.I can't say I'm a huge fan of the main character in this one. She had a little bit of the 'I'm specially' trope going on but nearer to the end of the read, when she had grown a bit, I really like watching her interact with the other characters.It was also great to see the sexual and religious diversity of all of the characters.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publishers, BOOM! Studios, and Netgalley for this E-ARC. All opinions are my own.In the first volume of Ghosted in L.A. we follow Daphne, a young woman who moves from Missouri to California to follow her boyfriend who currently lives/studies there. At first it seems like she'll have the normal collage life with parties, a room mate she doesn't click with and that sort of things, but things happen. And, oh, ghosts are real too. I very much enjoyed the art style in the comic and Thank you to the publishers, BOOM! Studios, and Netgalley for this E-ARC. All opinions are my own.In the first volume of Ghosted in L.A. we follow Daphne, a young woman who moves from Missouri to California to follow her boyfriend who currently lives/studies there. At first it seems like she'll have the normal collage life with parties, a room mate she doesn't click with and that sort of things, but things happen. And, oh, ghosts are real too. I very much enjoyed the art style in the comic and the story was alright too, although not really innovative. But maybe that's the charm of it? You don't need to keep track of multiple things because the overall structure already is known and you can focus on enjoying the art and the characters! Something the dialogue/story did manage very well was flow and actual story progression which made me hopeful about coming volumes. I think this has lots of potential and it's always nice with a mystery to be solved and threads to find over the chapters.
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  • Zoe Ysabella
    January 1, 1970
    I want to preface this review by saying I love BOOM! comics. I think they put out consistently great work to a wide range of audiences.Ghosted in L.A. follows a girl named Daphne who follows her boyfriend to a CA school, and then is stuck there after he quickly breaks up with her. She stumbles upon this old manor which houses a number of ghosts (each with a special power) who agree to let her live there in return for errands and the like. This is a hot mess. Daphne is incredibly unlikeable but I want to preface this review by saying I love BOOM! comics. I think they put out consistently great work to a wide range of audiences.Ghosted in L.A. follows a girl named Daphne who follows her boyfriend to a CA school, and then is stuck there after he quickly breaks up with her. She stumbles upon this old manor which houses a number of ghosts (each with a special power) who agree to let her live there in return for errands and the like. This is a hot mess. Daphne is incredibly unlikeable but also has no actual personality traits except for "taking on other people's personality traits." She continually complains about how rough her life is, but her ex-boyfriend even points out that her parents have enough saved up for college that she could transfer at anytime, while he has to work three jobs to pay tuition. This comic essentially reads like a series of unconnected shorts-- there's no overarching narrative, there's no consistent characterization, each page feels like it's from a different book. However, within all this, I can't say enough about the art. Even if the story makes no sense, the art is really gorgeous. It has a cartoon realism style which communicates emotion well. It's also just nice to look at! The art carries the writing well, and if you like the art style, you might even like Ghosted in L.A. just for the visuals. Pros-ghosts are rad-pretty art-this reads like a bunch of random ideas were put in a blender and what came out was this story. I promise you, you cannot ever tell what is coming nextCons-nothing is consistent-main character is not a good person-there's a lot of action without substance, which leaves no time for character developmentThank you to NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • Scout
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne. Im dead. Believe me when I say that I have experience on things I regret. This is not a spoiler-free review!Unfortunately, Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 1 just didn't do it for me. I was attracted to the gorgeous art style (and believe me, it is gorgeous) as well as the fascinating premise ghosts that help a wayward uni student with her love life? Sign me up! - but consistently shallow supporting characters and confusing dialogue made it impossible to fully enjoy.The basic plot structure for “Daphne. I’m dead. Believe me when I say that I have experience on things I regret.” This is not a spoiler-free review!Unfortunately, Ghosted in L.A., Vol. 1 just didn't do it for me. I was attracted to the gorgeous art style (and believe me, it is gorgeous) as well as the fascinating premise – ghosts that help a wayward uni student with her love life? Sign me up! - but consistently shallow supporting characters and confusing dialogue made it impossible to fully enjoy.The basic plot structure for this volume is promising: university student Daphne Walters moves to a new state to follow her boyfriend, only to be left to her own devices when he dumps her. From there, she discovers a manor housing ghosts, and this is where the story is supposed to take off.As I mentioned, the art style is adorable and well-done, and the concept is one that I love. It’s also nice to see a main character who’s casually Jewish – it’s not her only identity, but it is a core part of her, which I like.There were key moments and decisions within the formatting of the comic that I thought was well-done: for example, I really enjoyed the “flashback” sequences that began after the first chapter, allowing for a little more backstory for the ghosts. However, I can’t help but think how interesting it would have been to have started with a flashback in chapter one – prior to even meeting the ghosts – as a strong hook for the story.As for scenes that I really liked: I thought Agi – one of the ghosts living at Mycroft Manor – and Daphne’s bonding scene in chapter two was sweet, and a good way to complicate Agi’s character. Bernard, another ghost, had a great intro sequence prior to chapter three.Despite these great aspects, too many other things fell flat for me to fully enjoy this volume.The biggest issue is that the cast of characters is far too large for them not to all have been given explicit introductions in some way. I could not for the life of me figure out who was who among the ghosts when names were being thrown around, especially when they weren’t done very well. For example, I learned the names of Boyd and Maurice long before I learned Ricky’s name, and Ricky was the first ghost other than Agi that had drawn out scenes with Daphne! I spent half the volume thinking every other name that was said might be Ricky, purely because he seemed to be bigger role than he ended up being.It’s a problem when you find the main character unlikeable. Daphne came across as obnoxious, overly dramatic, and selfish. She also read as inconsistent; for example, she hated the attitude Brint, a stereotype of a misogynistic type – and yet she immediately agrees to go out on a date with him right after he makes a pass at her sexually.This segues easily into my next point: she doesn’t think anything through and comes across as ditzy, which is frustrating to read. In some ways, she reminds me of Rebecca Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic, but with less charm. After said stereotype-man tries to dance provocatively with her at a concert (that she invited him to, knowing his intention to be sexually inappropriate – and of course, simply responding to his advances at said concert with “can you not?”) and after getting thrown out from the concert because he tries to pick a fight with a random bystander, and after asking blatantly if she “had rubbers” at her place, saying exactly what he intended – she allows him to walk her home, not really putting her foot down that she wants to be left alone. Then, when she’s at the manor, she acts as if he followed her completely against her will. During this time, she’s also texting her now ex-boyfriend frantically. When Ronnie, her ex, shows up to make sure she’s okay, questioning why she’s at an apparently abandoned manor (completely reasonable concerns, if you ask me), she flips out, yelling at him that she doesn’t owe him anything and acting as if he were the one overstepping. Why is he the bad guy for showing up when she texted him, begging for help? Of course, she never apologizes for that behavior, and it’s never addressed.I also felt uncomfortable with what felt like overly-sensitized dialogue. I don’t necessarily have an issue with modern politics coming into play, and many of the topics coming up are reasonable to want to address, but having it saturated within the first four issues really drained me. It felt very in-your-face. For example, the following dialogue, which to me is just a bit over the top (not to mention, a little ridiculous):“I could hug you! If you were corporeal and okay with physical acts of affection, of course.”I understand that consent is important even in little things like this, but it felt like such an unnatural way to phrase that that it just bothered me. In the same vein, the “she said no” sequence with the ghosts involving Brint was way too cheesy and blatant, in my opinion. “Mansplaining” was a word tossed around, and “slut-shaming,” all within one issue. Again, I have no problem with these issues being tackled in a work! It just felt like it was being crammed down my throat all at once, rather than naturally playing out.Ronnie’s coming out was treated very casually by Daphne – there was no surprise at all that a man she’d been planning to spend her life with came out as gay, none at all – and that bothered me. Even as someone who is LGBT myself, I would be a little shocked if my male significant other dumped me out of nowhere and then soon after came out to me. Supportive, of course, but still shocked.I felt like many of the things that were done in the story to make Maurice (another ghost) out to be a bad guy were…reasonable things for him to be upset about, so I had a major disconnect with him being made a villain. I also felt that his “meltdown,” for lack of a better word, didn’t make any sense at all, and only cemented that the author’s intent with his behavior was to make him appear as an unlikeable villain. It just fell flat to me. He brought up great points on how selfish and airheaded Daphne is, and I sympathized with him far more than I did her.No one seemed super shocked that there’s a manor full of ghosts. Daphne was bothered for five minutes, and Ronnie didn’t even flinch. Just unrealistic. In the same vein, every single non-ghost supporting character other than Ronnie felt like a stereotype. Brint, Daphne’s roommate Michelle, everyone.For formatting, it was a bit annoying to have cuss words completely starred out with asterisks. I’m not sure if that was required by the publishing company, or a personal choice, but it didn’t work for me.“Agyness” is an awful way to spell Agnes, prove me wrong.I guess…there just really aren’t any stakes. Daphne proved that more than once, breaking Agi’s rules over and over (one of the main things Maurice was angry about – and, again, reasonable) throughout the course of four issues. When Daphne questions whether or not Agi is who she seems at the end of the fourth issue (wondering if, perhaps, she is in danger by staying), I couldn’t get into it because…she isn’t being forced to stay there. She isn’t in a situation she can’t leave; she’s got a dorm at her school! She’s choosing to stay. I can’t feel bad for someone who is choosing to put themselves in a possibly dangerous situation, especially when we see more than once that she doesn’t ever learn from her mistakes.Last, of course, it ends on a frustrating note: Kristi, the friend that Daphne got into a fight with and hasn’t been talking too much – if at all – over the course of the volume suddenly shows up in the last few pages, talking about “coming to visit” Daphne because Daph wasn’t calling Kristi back. And yet…I don’t recall seeing a single mention of a missed call from Kristi. I think I would have noticed.Many thanks to Netgalley for providing a free copy in return for an honest review.
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