Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Match Made in Heaven (My Boyfriend is A Monster #8) by Trina Robbins (Author), Xian Nu Studio (Illustrator), Yuko Ota (Illustrator)

Author: Trina Robbins
Illustrators:  Xian Nu Studio & Yuko Ota 
Series: My Boyfriend is A Monster #8
Publication: April 1st 2013 
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 128 pg.
Source: Publisher via Netgalley



Life isn't exactly paradise for aspiring artist Morning Glory Conroy. Anxious about an upcoming comics festival and worried about her best friend Julia's deteriorating home life, Glory has enough to juggle without also being swept off her feet by the guy Julia likes. Gabriel is the answer to every girl's prayers: sweet, full of wonder at the world, and divinely handsome. But does he count as a real boyfriend if his overbearing guardian forbids even kissing? Not to mention the added complication of his mischievous cousin Luci trailing Glory's every move just to cause trouble. Glory is in for a startling revelation when she discovers Gabriel's true identity—and learns that their romance has distracted him from an important mission. Will it take a miracle to sort out this mess, or can Glory move heaven and earth to help the people she loves?






I really liked the graphics for the comic and the story was good. It's about a girl named Morning Glory, who dreams of being a comic book artist. She's on the outskirts of the in crowds, meaning she's not in any of them and constantly gets picked on by the various cliques. Then she meets this new guy, Gabriel and he makes her see how amazing she is and eventually her attitude changes. 

Although, Glory's love life has changed, things at school begin to get worse. She continues  pursue her dream even as things constantly go wrong and she seems to have developed a case of bad luck. Gabriel encourages her to keep moving forward with her comic and tells her that it's really good. On the day of the festival Glory has a chance meeting with someone she admires in the industry but she isn't aware that danger lurks around the corner. Someone wants her dead. Can Gabriel save her before it's too late? 

I like how Glory's confidence gradually builds as the story progresses, which makes her an easy character for teens  who are picked on constantly be their peers to identify with some of her situations. Eventually, Glory begins to see what truly matters and experiences love in a way she never imagined. Gabriel is a laid back, sweet male lead and I enjoyed his interactions with Glory. Robbins ended this one in a way that was unexpected but I felt it fit perfectly with the story. The graphics are not in color yet the detail is amazing from page to page and I couldn't stop reading it. This would be a quick read for reluctant readers or teens that like graphic novels with a paranormal aspect but light romance. Overall, this is a great story about friendship and self-worth.




2 comments:

  1. Aww! Yay! You finally read and reviewed a graphic novel! I'm so proud. I haven't heard of this comic, but I like the art. It is anime-ish.

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    1. Lol, yes I did and it was really cute.

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