Review: Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) – Ted Naifeh

Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Title: Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4)

Author: Ted Naifeh

Release Date: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Oni Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Courtney Crumrin’s adventures continue — this time in a newly remastered, full-color edition! Courtney and Uncle Aloysius’ European vacation has brought them into the heart of a country rich with mystical history and tradition. At first, eastern Europe seems like the perfect place for Courtney to strengthen her abilities, but just as Courtney begins to tap into the mystery of the old country, she comes face-to face-with overwhelming magic and even larger moral ambiguities.

4 out of 5 stars

Courtney Crumrin travels to Europe with her Uncle Aloysius and finds out more about paranormal beings. She gets wrapped up with werewolves, vampires and even more warlocks. Courtney feels lonely even though she’s traveling with her uncle, so she befriends a vampire boy. He makes her swoon and he whisks her away with his magical wings. So romantic. Courtney has to deal with her new sense of loneliness while away from home…

This book was a great continuation of the first three. I think this one has been my favorite so far because she gets into some trouble, but that causes some cool additions to the plot. It makes me sad that Courtney is lonely because she gets semi-depressed. I also must have missed something because I’m not really sure what the horrible thing her uncle did that made her not want to talk to him anymore. I thought they were friends. Idk.

I liked that this took place away from the mansion and her parents. I don’t like her parents because they’re too focused on being fancy in the rich neighborhood. They don’t seem to care about her, so it’s nice she got to spend some time away from them. I wish that she was still buddy-buddy with her uncle because that would have made this story so much cuter.

There was a lot more action throughout this graphic novel. There were some fights between a few different groups of people which added some suspense and mystery. I like that she befriended the vampire guy, but I wish he wouldn’t have turned on her. Sorry, not a huge spoiler. He seemed like a cool enough guy and it just made me sad that they couldn’t be friends. They both needed a friend.

I’m sad because I don’t know how I’m going to get ahold of 5, 6, and 7 in this series. My library doesn’t have them, but I don’t like buying graphic novels because I read them so fast ugh. It’s a struggle being a book worm let me tell ya.


The Night Things (Courtney Crumrin #1)

The Coven of Mystics (Courtney Crumrin #2)

The Twilight Kingdom (Courtney Crumrin #3)

Review: Ms. Marvel (Volume #1) – G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel (Volume #1) – G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Title: Ms. Marvel: No Normal (Volume #1)

Author: G. Willow Wilson

Release Date: October 30, 2014

Publisher: Marvel

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 120

Source: Library

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

4 out of 5 stars

My roommate loaned me this book after she read it because she said it was really good, and she was totally right! I have been seeing this comic for awhile now. It was very popular on BookTube *check out my channel!* a couple years ago, but I really wanted to read it after I saw G. Willow Wilson do an author talk at an auditorium at my college.

Ms. Marvel follows a Muslim-American girl who is just trying to find who she is and where she fits in, and is suddenly granted with super powers. She has the internal struggle of deciding whether or not she wants to be true to her family, or not be the odd one out at social events at school. She wants to be just like Captain Marvel, and when she mysteriously finds herself in front of her favorite super heroes of all time, she asks to be just like Captain Marvel. She wants to be pretty, blonde, and look good in thigh-high boots. She gets that granted to her, but struggles because she still wants to feel like herself. Ms. Marvel takes on some bad guys, and gets closer with a good guy.

I really enjoyed this comic, and it makes me wonder why I didn’t pick this up earlier! I have really gotten into graphic novels and comics recently, and this was no exception. Kamala Khan is such a relatable main character, and I think it’s important to show this amount of diversity in the typical “American comic.” G. Willow Wilson talked a lot about how she wanted girls to feel empowered in themselves and wanted to make sure that the minority of Muslim girls were represented in a format like this. I think it’s so cool to present it like this, and Ms. Marvel is now one of the up-and-coming Marvel stars.

This read quite young to me, but it could just be because it’s from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl. She hasn’t quite gotten over that being part of the “cool kids” isn’t worth the trouble yet, so she’s having some internal battles over wanting to fit in. I loved that her super power is being able to grow and shrink because that’s not a typical power that you would immediately think of. It’s not the most feminine power, and I think that that shows even more diversity within the story. She has relationships with other Muslim girls, and has been best friends with a Caucasian American boy her whole life, thus creating even more diversity.

I think that this amount of diverse thinking is so important today, and having comic books with these ideals just shows that the world is willing to change and evolve. I think it’s beautiful because it’s showing everyone that they should be accepting of everyone around them no matter how they look or their culture.

I would highly recommend this comic to middle school girls, because the message of being true to yourself is very relevant during those difficult years of development. Being you and being accepting of others is so important!