Graphic Novel Reviews: Wytches, and Amulet: The Stonekeeper

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Wytches by Scott Snyder, Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, Clem Robbins

So I am convinced that I have not read enough graphic novels in my life, and I’m really trying to fix that. I told a coworker of mine that I needed to read more, but I almost had no idea where to even start. So he gave me this graphic novel. That night, after closing at 11pm, I went home and devoured it in one sitting.

This book is utterly terrifying and yet fascinating. I am not a horror fan most of the time, but when it is done well, I love it. This was one of those moments. The art was fantastic, though sometimes a little difficult to discern exactly what was going on…though that may have been the choice of the artist and writers.

The storyline was fantastic, and I’ve never read a book where the girl is a teenager, but the relationship in focus isn’t about her relationship with a boy she likes, or your normal love triangle. This is about the relationship she has with her family, and more specifically, her dad. That facet made this book even more intriguing and exciting.

If you like horror and graphic novels, this is a must! It’s intriguing in a morality perspective as well as just good story writing.

I gave this book 5 stars.

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kubuishi

I have been trying to find a book that my little cousins would enjoy, one that would engage their little nerf-gun and lightsaber minds, and I settled on trying out this series, hoping that it would be a good place for them to start in the book world.

I will say one thing. I didn’t know that a middle grade graphic novel could make me cry, but this one did it in the first chapter. I was sobbing buckets of tears after only finishing the prologue. Talk about killer! I loved the story and the art in this book. It was a perfect mixture of art and middle grade wonderfulness!

I finished it in a couple days and bought the next two books. I immediately gave the title to my little cousin, who is 8 years old and told him that I would send him the book in a couple weeks. Well, that day, he told his mom and bought the entire series. He is now on book 6, and can’t wait for the latest one to come out.

Needless to say, I think it was a hit, and an excellent choice for middle grade boys who are reluctant readers. Not only that, but anyone would really enjoy this series. It’s engaging and the characters are endearing.

I gave this book 5 stars.


  1. Amulet is such a fun and cool book! All the kids love it at the library. I have yet to read Wytches but maybe I should change that.

    1. Oh yes! Amulet is so fun and such a great story! I love it and my little cousins have devoured them like crazy! Wytches is great! I hope you like it! It's terrifying but so good!


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