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review 2018-07-22 14:06
Lumberjanes Vol. 4: Out Of Time - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Can we all just pretend the third Lumberjanes book never happened? Great. Thanks. 

I really thought about stopping my pursuit of Lumberjanes after the third book. Those creepy baby-janes just did not do it for me. The story was fine, but I hate, hate, hated the illustrations. While browsing the graphic novel section of the library the other day, I stumbled across the fourth volume, broke down, and checked it out. I am so glad I did.

I loved this book! It is everything I love about the Lumberjanes series (and no infantalized campers!)- glad to have you back, Brooke Allen, please never leave us again!

Awesome story and love the characters. I just cannot get enough of Ripley. She is just the cutest. Also, the whole progression with Jo and April? Love it! I really hope Barney stays in the series. And Jen! I love Jen in this book! Ahhhh, just so much awesomeness in one place! Such a well-rounded book. You even get to learn a little bit more about the Lumberjanes camp, which makes it all the more intriguing. I am back to loving this series and can't wait for the next book. 

Thank goodness Allen is back to illustrating this series. She really saved it for me.
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review 2018-05-17 00:32
Lumberjanes Vol. 3 - Shannon Watters
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Overall, a good read.

I liked the storylines of this book better than the second one (but not as much as the first one). It seemed less random than book two. It is still plenty random, but just the right amount. It has all of the weirdness Lumberjane fans know and love. 

The thing that really held this book back was the artwork. All of a sudden the main characters look like children. I loved the artwork in the first book, but in this one, the characters almost look like completely different people. Not a fan.

The various artwork styles used for the campfire stories was a cool choice. I wasn't a fan of all of them (Ripley's was really hard to follow-then again, so is Ripley), but it was an interesting way to introduce the book. 

For the most part, I liked this book. But the infantilized artwork really bugged me. This may be the end of Lumberjanes for me. 
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review 2018-05-14 03:07
Lumberjanes Vol. 2 - Noelle Stevenson
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one, but it was still an entertaining graphic novel. I love all of the characters (Ripley is my favorite for obvious reasons) and was excited to see Jen become a bigger part of the team. 

Great artwork with hilarious moments (I lost it at the curtain over the keyhole) and suspenseful ones (JO!). A very good mix of emotions in this one. 

The thing I didn't like about this one was that it felt even more random than the first one. It kind of felt like it was just tying up a bunch of loose ends from the first book. It was still fun and interesting, but not as engaging. Sometimes things got thrown in without any buildup so they felt very random. There were a few times I had to pause reading to figure out what in the world was going on.

But the plot is still really interesting and I still enjoyed the book. 

Included in the book is also a short tutorial for making friendship bracelets because FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX and all that awesomeness. 

As with the first, the Lumberjanes use influential females' names as exclamations ("Holy bell hooks!"). Awesome and empowering. 

There is also a preview of Giant Days, which looks promising. 

Great book. Can't wait to read the third one. 
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review 2018-04-27 15:16
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke A. Allen

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Loved it! An awesome graphic novel filled with adventure, hilarity, and PUNS!

Well-written and very intriguing with great artwork. This is an amazing graphic novel. 

My only complaint was the various typos in the Lumberjanes Field Manual pages, but they are pretty minor and not all that important to the overall story. 

The artwork in this book is fantastic. I really liked how all of the Lumberjanes actually look different. You can tell they weren't drawn by a man who tries to use the "Frozen excuse" ("How do you draw different women-folk who look different but are still attractive! Ah! Female characters are so hard to draw! Men are so much easier!"). Even their nose shapes are different in this one. A refreshing change to the world of comics where every woman is based off the same goddess-like archetype. Very, very well-done. 

I also really liked the story. This is a wonderful start to a series. It gives just enough information to keep you interested and wanting to read more without frustrating you with the mysteries of the plot. Perfection!

I really enjoyed the story in the book and look forward to continuing the series. 

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review 2017-12-19 02:15
Lumberjanes Vol 7
Lumberjanes Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View - Shannon Watters,Kat Leyh,Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen,Carey Pietsch,Ayme Sotuyo,Maarta Laiho

This volume was published relatively quickly (so it seems), but it was mostly a filler adventure. The ending hinted that something bigger is coming, so hopefully the next volume follows through. Maybe the start of a longer arc? I don't mind these shorter side stories, but they weren't what I was expecting when I started reading the series. 

 

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