REVIEW | LumberJanes: Unicorn Power!

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for feedback. I read this back in late June, this is a set publication for October 9th, the day before it’s publication date. This might just ruin my horror month theme I have planned for October but, knowing me, that might not even happen at all. I’ll find out, you’ll already know. Trippy.

unicorn power

Genre: fantasy
Audience: middle grade
Pages: 256, hardback

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin – Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley – love their summer at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen…and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contains endless mysteries. Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the  girls up on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns. This hilarious, rollicking adventure series brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel-format with brand-new adventures. 

REVIEW

What would have been nice for me to have done would have been to read the comics before I read the novel-edition. The Lumberjanes are a well-known comic that I have been intending to read for such a long time and, when I saw it on Netgalley, I assumed it was a new comic Lumberjane series. I just saw the word “Lumberjane” and immediately hit request. Oops! That does not mean I was at all disappointed, I just perhaps got less enjoyment out of this then I might have done had I read the comics first. That was my mistake here.

I loved the drawings throughout. I might be a twenty year old adult now but that doesn’t mean I don’t love drawings in my books. I’m not sure if they’re finished yet or if the publisher/author intends for them to be in colour but whatever they plan to do with them I enjoyed them. It helped keep my short attention span alert.

Secondly, I loved the relationship between the girls. I loved their antics and the way they speak to each other. They’re just so fun and lovely. I really felt drawn into their world and their adventures, even though I have never been a girl scout so I’ve never had that experience (but I have always wanted to).

Because it was such a short book, there isn’t too much to say on it really other than it was super fun and quirky and adventurous and very “girl power!”, I really liked it and I think I will continue on with the series in future. I would have loved to read this book series as a child. I also should get round to reading those comic books!

Lorna

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