Teen Titans: Beast Boy Review

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About the Book

Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the 17-year-old with green streaks in his hair can’t find a way to stand out–and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn’t find a way to impress the Chosen Ones–the social elite at Bull Creek High School–he will never know what it’s like to matter. Gar’s best friends, Stella and Tank, don’t understand why he cares what other people think. They miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend.

Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the Chosen Ones and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops and, suddenly, he’s stronger and faster. He’s finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher.

When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself–and the people who truly matter–before his life spirals out of control.

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Review

I’ve said it time and time again, but DC is KILLING it with these new graphic novels! They’re just so elevated and fresh! And I love seeing all of the authors I recognize for their books adapting their writing for a graphic novel. And the added plus is seeing these adaptations to characters I already know and love. I mean, I grew up watching Teen Titans so I of COURSE squealed when I saw Beast Boy!

Now, was Beast Boy my favorite of the Teen Titans? No, I’ve always been a sucker for Raven. But was he a close second? You bet! So my enthusiasm for this one was obviously through the roof. And then when I saw who the illustrator was I might have salivated a little bit. I mean, if you’re not familiar with Picolo’s work you definitely need to remedy that! I’m a sucker for good illustrations and there’s just something about his line work and eye for color that draws me in!

Honestly, this graphic novel is perfect for so many people. People who love comics, who want the nostalgia of Teen Titans, those who love graphic novels, and those who might even just be intrigued. It’s a great story wrapped up in a quick read that you can extend by staring at every little detail in the illustrations. So, the holy grail of graphic novels!

About the Author

Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author. She is the coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, which has been published in 51 countries and 37 languages, with over 10 million copies in print. In 2013, Beautiful Creatures released as a feature film from Warner Brothers. Kami is a cofounder of the YALLFEST kid lit book festival and the author of five solo novels, including her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels Unbreakable and Unmarked (THE LEGION series) and The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos. Kami’s first graphic novel Teen Titans: Raven, with artist Gabriel Picolo, is the first book in her TEEN TITANS series for DC Comics and the adult series JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY, from DC Black Label.

About the Illustrator

Gabriel Picolo is a Brazilian comic artist and illustrator based in Sao Paulo. His work has become known for its strong storytelling and atmospheric colors. Picolo has developed projects for clients such as Blizzard, BOOM! Studios, Harper Collins, and DeviantART.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Tour

Join Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo for a series of virtual conversations about their new DC graphic novel, TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY!

September 9
Politics & Prose – Moderated by Danielle Paige 7:00 PM ET
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September 10
Blue Willow Bookshop – Moderated by L.L. McKinney​ 7:00 PM CT
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September 12
DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse
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September 14
Books & Books – Moderated by Jennifer Niven 7:00 PM ET
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September 16
An Unlikely Story 7:00 PM ET
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September 17
Mysterious Galaxy – Moderated by Jonathan Maberry​ 7:00 PM PT

September 19
Bedrock City Comic Co.Moderated by Claudia Gray​ 7:00 PM CT
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September 24
Miami-Dade Public Library System | Main Library 7:00 PM ET

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Gotham High Review

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About the Book

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.

After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.

When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.

With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!

Review

Happy book birthday! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic book, so I jumped at the bit to read Gotham High early! I mean it helps with my eagerness that I have always been a huge Batman fan! But I also love the illustrations in this comic and I mean, just look at that cover! The colors! The images! Just, perfection!

Honestly, for me the illustrations in a comic book make or break the story. If I don’t really like the style of illustration I find that I focus more on that versus the actual text. So, I was really excited when I saw these illustrations. Like REALLY really excited! Because they’re just so gorgeous!

The next thing I actually really liked was all of the culture diversity in this book! Each of the main characters are culturally diverse and while that differs from the traditional story, I think that the author kept enough of the classic elements to make the story still seem like a Batman story. This all leads me to the fact that the female was a villain. I know a lot of people are upset by this, but I actually don’t mind. I mean, not all women are nice and strong and amazing, some are manipulative and rude and villain-y (you can probably tell I like these types of characters more, gives them more depth). I also like that this story was modernized but not TOO modernized. For me it wouldn’t be a comic book if it didn’t have any of those cheesy vintage-y elements.

Trailer

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

About the Illustrator

Thomas Pitilli is an illustrator and comic book artist living in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in such publications as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and more. He is artist on the comic series Riverdale from Archie Comics as well as an upcoming project with DC Comics. When not making art, Thomas enjoys music, museums and summertime in NYC. 

*I received a copy from DC in exchange for an honest review*