Toole, Anne Crystal Cadets 128 pgs. Roar Comics, 2015. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G GRAPHIC NOVEL
After Zoe is given a crystal that belonged to her birth mother,
she is quickly caught up in a new life that is both scary and wonderful. It
turns out that she is a crystal cadet, one of a few girls who is in charge of
battling darkness. Using their crystal powers these girls can vanquish darkness
and fly on magical steeds. But some of them are yet undiscovered, so the girls
start the search for the new crystal cadets, while the darkness grows.
wanted to put it out there that I REALLY wanted to like this book. First off,
there aren’t enough great graphic novels for girls, secondly I am pretty obsessed
with crystals and gems. This book didn’t quite fit the bill: it was extremely fast paced, super confusing
plot and with many characters that looked a lot alike, and it had a sailor moon
vibe that felt very unoriginal. It almost reminded me if someone took
photographs of their TV/Computer while an anime was playing then added talk
bubbles to it, giving a very choppy and awkward feel. This book doesn’t provide
any chance to get to know any of the characters or their world, would have been
better to chop this one into maybe 8 books.
EL –NO Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.