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review 2019-01-01 21:03
Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This series is so up and down for me. In general, I like the stories. Some are crazy confusing, but they are always weird and entertaining in a good way. This one was no exception.

I started out Chapter 17 and was so excited to see the familiar loveliness of Brooke Allen's illustrations. This is the Lumberjanes I fell in love with. I almost stopped reading the series after volume 3 because of the huge change in art style.

Then I got to chapter 18 and was horrified to see that Carolyn Nowak illustrated the rest of the book. My heart sunk right there. The story was still good, but I just wasn't as into the illustrations. I don't really like Nowak's style for the Lumberjanes. From what I remember, I don't think I hated these as much as the ones in volume 3, but there were scenes where her illustrations really bugged me. 

I did like the plot of the book. The whole mermaid thing was really interesting and April learned a valuable lesson. It was also cool to see how our favorite Lumberjanes met and the origin of Ripley's adorably adorable hair. 

Good book on the whole, but I don't think I will every whole-heartedly accept Nowak's Lumberjane illustrations.
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review 2018-12-27 20:05
Lumberjanes Vol 8
Lumberjanes, Vol. 8: Stone Cold - Shannon Watters

I have Lumberjanes 10 checked out and it's Parents' Day which is exciting because I think something might finally happen that moves the story forward. I don't remember this volume at all. It was probably mostly filler, but I've generally enjoyed this series, so 3.5 stars.

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quote 2018-10-11 22:50
"What was that?"
"A not ominous and totally normal noise?"
*something magical & outrageous happens*
"Of course." *Jen slaps her head in a Homer Simpson "Doh!" way.

I "should" be reading my spooky books for the readathons, but I really need a mood lifter, so I'm reading some Lumberjanes. So random and makes me smile.



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text 2018-07-30 18:36
Time to vote: next Big Library Read
Death by Dinosaur - Jacqueline Guest
Away Running - David Wright,Luc Bouchard
Lumberjanes - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis
Down by Law - Ni-Ni Simone
Mask of Shadows - Linsey Miller
before I let go - Marieke Nijkamp
King Geordi the Great - Gene Gant
The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste
IA: Initiate - John Darryl Winston,Valerie Winston,Video Explainers,Deon Mixon Jr.,Jones Heraux,Bobbi-Lee Hunt

Please do reblog to spread the word.  If unfamiliar with the Big Library Read, it's a global book discussion with the chosen book 100% freely available in ebook form via overdrive (no waiting, no quantity limit).  This time the theme is Young Adult; not all nominees pictured.


Source: biglibraryread.com
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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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