Mini Reviews | The Tea Dragon Society & The Umbrella Academy 1 & Spy Family 1

I haven’t been reading a lot but I did read a couple of manga and graphic novels recently. So I wanted to share my thoughts about those reads. Today I will share my reviews for Spy Family, The Umbrella Academy and The Tea Dragon Society. Let’s jump in!

Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!
Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath!

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo, Casey Loe
Published by Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press on 04/07/2019
Genres: Manga

I got this manga for my birthday from my brother and I was very happy with it! This made it’s way to my wishlist because I saw it recommended either on Booktube or Booktok haha. And it was good! We follow a spy who has to get an instant family for a job. And of course shenanigans ensue ;).

I didn’t realise there was a bit of a supernatural element to this and I was pleasantly surprised. It would’ve been nice to know that beforehand because I was quite confused at first haha. In the end I did really like that element. I also liked the art style and the overall plot. You can bet I want to read the sequel to this! There are a couple more volumes out al ready, the fifth one will release in English this June. In Japan the eight volume is out I believe!

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."
These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.
Collecting: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite 1-6, as well as out-of-print short stories and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Gabriel Bá, James Jean, and Gerard Way

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá, Dave Stewart
Published by Dark Horse Comics on 17/07/2020
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 184

This is the graphic novel the Netlflix hitseries is based upon. I did actually watch the show first because this one was hard to get for awhile. But after watching the first two seasons I did actually get the first two volumes. For now I’ve only read the first volume but I do plan on reading the second one fairly soon.

I don’t say this a lot but I do actually prefer the tv show. The characters are mostly what you’d expect but I just couldn’t let go of the image I have of them. I love the tv-show portrayal and it was interesting to see the characters and story it was all based upon. This first volume has a plot that is very similar to the tv show. There are a couple of deviations that might’ve been interesting to see play out but overall it was pretty true to the story.

I didn’t love the art style unfortunately. It just wasn’t my style, it’s not bad at all but simply not what I love to see. I did love the title’s for every issue! It was really well done and pretty funny. The overall plot was okay, it felt a bit rushed and I would’ve liked to see the author go a bit more in-depth with it. Hopefully this is a bit better done in the second volume. I think that will be part of my decision to get the third volume or not.

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill
Published by Oni Press on 31/10/2017
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 72

The Tea Dragon Society has been on my wishlist for such a long time now! But it’s pretty pricey so I never got it before. I still had a couple of euros on a giftcard so I only needed to spend a couple more euros on it now. And that was the incentive I needed to finally get this one. It’s a big hardcover book and it’s gorgeous!

You get a feeling for the art style from the cover and I can confirm that the inside is just as beautiful. I adored the art style, it’s very pretty and soft and has beautiful colors. The plot was pretty interesting but not really why you should read this book. It’s super ‘exciting’ so to say but it was beautiful nonetheless.

I loved the characters a lot. They are all so precious as are the tea dragons. I would love to have tea dragon myself, they are the cutest creatures ever. The third book in this series releases next month and I would love to get the rest of the series. I’m sure the next books will be just as cute and will be just as gorgeous to look at.

And those were three mini reviews from me! They are pretty short but sometimes you just don’t have that much to say about a book although you do want to talk about it. Does that make sense haha? Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts down below!

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