THE ALTERED HISTORY OF WILLOW SPARKS, by Tara O’Connor, ONI Press

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What happens when you can finally get everything you ever wanted?

Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, just trying to get through each day relatively unscathed. But when Willow finds a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life, it feels like her luck is finally turning. Becoming more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has a reaction, and the future has unusual—even dangerous—ways of protecting itself.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

I am a huge fan of graphic novels, and have been said to be a meticulous critic about them too.  The reason is because I have my own graphic novel series for children called, “The Adventures of Iggy Squiggles.”  I’ve been creating graphic novels for over 20 years, and reviewing, editing them for almost the same amount of time.  My medium is ink and watercolors, or graphic art-computer generated animations.

So when I see a graphic novel I’m interested in, I like to get my hands on it to see what others are doing.

This book is so great!  I love the story, let alone the artwork and think it covers topics like fitting in, being popular, bullying, friendship, honesty and being happy with yourself perfectly.  The art compliments the story helping to push the plot along perfectly.  Clear, exciting and entertaining is how I’d describe the story and art, and, at the back of the book the author notes show how the Protagonist’s appearance changed to what it is now and goes on to explain how she altered other character’s appearances through the conceptual stages.

There’s a gay element to the story, a female bully, a magical element, and great self-imaging sections. I enjoyed this novel and for those out there that also like graphic novels, with a YA feel, then you should pick this book up to read!

I give it:

5starReviews-1

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