will o' the wisp

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Will O' The Wisp

One of my book challenges I've set for myself this year is to read more graphic novels (though I'm still trying to decide if something I'm greatly looking forward to falls under the description of a challenge? Should something described as a challenge always have an onerous element?). I was pleased to start out with Will O' the Wisp, provided to me by Archaia via Netgalley.

Aurora's parents die by frying up some poisoned mushrooms, and she is saved only by the benevolent and mysterious gift of some forbidden milk thistle. She's sent to live with a grandfather she's never met on the Ossuary Isle, in the swamps (not only is she not checked on by CPS, there's no other teenagers or children and, most of all, no school).

What I wasn't thrilled with: the storyline seemed somewhat disjointed to me. There were several times that I read a page and then went on to the next only to think I'd skipped a few pages, as the scene was different when I'd fully expected a continuation. Having not read so many graphic novels at this point, I'm uncertain if this is common or a valid complaint. Several times, I thought, "Wait, is that scene over?" I was (just) slightly put off by some of the grammar, including some stereotypical context (the black hoodoo woman says things like, "don't none of you.." when she seems otherwise wise and educated).

But I did enjoy reading the novel and always looked forward to returning to it in my otherwise currently busy life. The illustrations were elegant and flowing, the characters both sweet and sketchy. The storyline was enjoyable and included a romance, which didn't end in a stereotypical, expected way, which I appreciated, particularly as this book is apparently primarily targeted to a young adult audience.

As this appears to be the beginning of the series, I do look forward to checking out the next volume and enjoyed the opportunity to read this one!